The Pulse of Entertainment: The
Manhattans Featuring Gerald Alston Headline 2020 Soul Train Cruise
Gerald Alston is lead vocalist on such Manhattan classic
hits as "Shinning Star," "Kiss & Say Goodbye" and "There's No Me Without You" and he intends
to ignite the legacy flames caused by The Manhattans Featuring Gerald Alston with a headlining gig on the
2020 Soul Train Cruise January 18 - 25, 2019 to the Caribbean, a new album and new hit singles. Gerald is the last living
legitimate member of the American Music Award nominated group that started in 1962 in New Jersey by George Smith and classmate
Richard Taylor, and Edward Bivins, Winfred Lovett and their classmate Kenny Kelly. At the time Alston was lead singer for
the Gospel group Gerald Alston and the New Imperials. In 1970 Gerald was approached, for the second time, to join the group
after founder and lead singer George Smitty died of a brain tumor - this time Gerald accepted. "I met
The Manhattans just after graduating high school in 1970," Gerald explained. "I had a group called Gerald Alston
and the Imperials - a Gospel group. I started college and the professor called me and asked if The Manhattans could use my
equipment. I said yes. As I was setting up the equipment I was singing and they came in with their manager and heard me sing
- a God send. They asked me to open their show that night. They took my name and number. So when a member had a seizure they
took me with them and the rest is history." Alston has been with the group for 49 of its 57 years,
departing momentarily to record five solo albums (10 singles) on Motown Records. His lead vocals on The Manhattan hits were
groundbreaking. The single "There's No Me Without You," written by Bivins, was the 2nd single to ever go platinum
and it happen right after R.I.A.A. introduced the status in 1976. "Shinning Star" gave them their first... Read
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Newport Jazz Festival takes place August 2-4, 2019 at
the Newport Casino and Fort Adams State Park Headlining Artists Include Herbie Hancock and Common
(California, CA) - The Newport Jazz
Festival presented by Natixis Investment Managers, produced by Newport Festivals Foundation, takes place August 2-4, 2019
at the International Tennis Hall of Fame at the Newport Casino and Fort Adams State Park. Artists include Herbie Hancock,
Jon Batiste & Friends, Common, Corinne Bailey Rae, Kamasi Washington, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Terence Blanchard featuring
The E-Collective, Thundercat, Dianne Reeves, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Sons of Kemet, Spanish Harlem Orchestra, The Ron
Carter Trio, Buika and Makaya McCraven. The Newport Jazz Festival also receives generous support from Doris Duke Charitable
Foundationand Eventbrite. WBGO Jazz 88.3 FMis the festival's Travel Partner.
Grammy Winning Brandy Releases New Powerhouse Single 'Love Again'
Featuring Daniel Caesar
(Los Angeles, CA) -
Multi-platinum selling, Grammy Award winning R&B/Pop icon Brandy returns with a brand new powerhouse single "Love
Again," featuring Daniel Caesar on the Brand Nu Entertainment/Entertainment One imprint on June 28, 2019. Since then,
"Love Again" has already received +5.3 million streams.
VIDEO CLIP OF THE
Pulse of Entertainment covered the 3rd annual "Imagination Lunchbox International Children's Film Festival" held
recently at the Baltimore Shake & Bake Family Fun Center and Our Lady of Victory Catholic School. ILICFF was hosted by
Doresa Harvey (Magic 95.9fm), pictured above with Cenera Davis winner of the ILICFF "Film Festival Choice" for 'The
Hungry Hedgehodg (USA) and ILICFF founder multi-award winning actor/filmmaker Anthony Michael Hobbs! Watch coverage below!
of THE WEEK
(New York, NY) - Rising Afro-Pop sensation FATi will make her debut on Black
Entertainment Television (BET) with the video of her latest single, "Queen".
Filmed in the early spring of this year, "QUEEN" has already been added to video outlets
across the country such as LATV, Multiplicity, and H2O TV. With BET coming on board, this will help the video and song reach
a wider, international audience.
The creation of the "Queen"
video was a family affair, according to FATi."Queen" and FATi's first single, "L.O.V.E. LOVE" are both
featured on her debut album, "Give Me More", which is available via Amazon, iTunes, Tidal, Spotify and CD Baby.
She will be touring this fall with the legendary Kool & the Gang (band founder/leader Robert "Kool" Bell in