Un B lievable!! Still in shock.. How fortunate for the Lawsons and the Persuasions and all the Persuasions fans to have lived long enough to see a segment of the entertainment industry acknowledge the black sheep genre of all music categories. NBC TV and on Prime Time. Wow! And Sony offering a $200,000 recording contract to A Cappella singers! I could have produced at 4 excellent albums with all that! LOL..
Coincidentally this year not one but 2 documentaries have been released celebrating the tragically overlooked art of A Cappella and Jerry has bits in each of them. The remaining Persuasions also participate in one of them. The first is by filmmaker Keith Lewis and is titled: ”A Lesson In A Cappella”. Lewis asks ” Where Does A Cappella fit in?” For all it’s rich roots and historical significance and it’s crucial role in the development of popular music it is routinely overlooked by both music historians and the music industry. Why is it that such fun, uplifting, sing along and deeply moving music is not included in radio land outside of college stations? Congrats to Keith on his first documentary. He is making it available for free to all schools! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u80sNPwMoNI
The 2nd documentary produced by Abe Santiago and Stevie Dunham is titled “Street Corner Harmony” and has just been nominated in the “Best Documentary” category by The Golden Door International Film Festival. It is screening Sunday, October 16th at noon in the Loews Theater, Jersey City, NJ! We are so proud of Abe & Stevie as this is their first attempt at producing a documentary and it’s a subject very close to their hearts. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7f-C0Z5X5H8
The Persuasions were told for 30 plus years that there was no market for A Cappella. Many journalists who reviewed Persuasions shows and even the record label execs who signed the Persuasions said that A Cappella is nothing more than a novelty act. Who wants to hear 5 guys with no band? Meantime the Persuasions were traveling the world creating smiles around the globe and were for a very long time the only A Cappella group with continuous recording contracts and never needed a day job! -