The Pulse of Entertainment: Grammy Nominated Joan Belgrave Releases
‘Oooo Boy' EP, Working on Documentary for the Late Jazz Trumpeter Marcus Belgrave
(November 29, 2022) - "It's a song that touches my heart," said
Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Joan Belgrave about her single from her new EP "Oooo
Boy" - the title track. "The song is out right now. I wanted to get the last song out right away...to
say when you lose someone you don't lose them, they stay with you."
This is Joan's sixth solo project. The
title track features vocal assistance from Mark Scott (lead singer of the Miracles) and comes with a music video filmed at
the Berry Gordy Mansion in Detroit. It was produced by Grammy Award winning Sanchez Harley (Yolanda Adams, Shirley Caesar).
Belgrave is dealing with a physical ailment and wanted her children to know, through her music that she's not going anywhere
- one of the singles on the EP.
"I was pushing to get it done so my children could have it," she said
The singer has lived a glamorous life, as a vocalist for Motown Legends Gospel Choir; for herself on
"Excitable" (Blue River Records) in 2009, "Hey Love" in 2013, "Merry Christmas Baby" in 2014,
"Please Send Me Someone to Love" (Blue Note Records), and "Where Am I" (Tribes) in 2009; then experiencing
a loving marriage to legendary Jazz trumpeter Marcus Belgrave who was 19 years her senior, and performing as a duo with him
and collaborating with saxophonist Charlie Gabriel on "You Don't Know Me" A Tribute to New Orleans," "...Tribute
to Ray Charles," "The Great Ladies of Song" and "Marcus, Charlie, and Joan...Once Again". At 65 she
is still looking good, vibrant, and motivated to continue in song. She started singing in the church as a child in Michigan
and her popularity grew to include sold-out shows. She moved to Hollywood to work with classical vocalist Dr. Willis Patterson,
but the passing of her father brought her back home and it was singing at his funeral that sparked her desire to sing again.
Joan released "Emotions Blue" in 1998, her tribute to Billie Holiday, and "Variations" in 2005. Her surge
as a singer resulted in the end of her 16-year marriage to her three children's father. As a result, she went back to Detroit
and that is when she met Marcus Belgrave.
"Marcus was never jealous and insecure," Joan explained when
we talked about marriages in general. "I met Marcus at a jam session. He brought my two CDs. I produced concerts at the
time, and I said, ‘I'm doing a show...and putting a band together - I hired him (to open the show). Because of my divorce
I was not interested...but got married. I was in Los Angeles for 15 years...went out there to sing...and then I came back
to Michigan and met Marcus. My late husband was a Funk Brother played on ‘Distant Lover' and ‘Dancing in the Streets'."
Her EP "Oooo Boy" is a labor of love and a testimony to her endurance. As she deals with her serious ailment
she is working on a documentary on the life of her late husband, Marcus Belgrave. Aside from "Oooo Boy" and "I'm
Not Going Anywhere" there is also "Dreaming of You" on the EP. Joan Belgrave also launched the Belgrave Scholarship
Fund for young musicians, and the Marcus Belgrave Legacy Ensemble.
"Music helps me to focus on something else
than what is going on," she said. "I have some stuff (songs) Marcus and I did. I'm going to call it ‘Unfinished
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