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Houston Voice, No. 998, December 10, 1999 - File 023. 1999-12-10. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. October 23, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/1439/show/1428.

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Title Houston Voice, No. 998, December 10, 1999
Contributor
  • Hennie, Matthew A.
Publisher Window Media
Date December 10, 1999
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
Collection
  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Transcript 22 OUT ON THE BAYOU HOUSTON VOICE • DECEMBER 10,1999 Outside theOr\ 1/ MusicHOK > Continued from page 17 Music" features 10 songs she recorded at her home in L.A. After the success of her song "Let It Rain," recorded and released by vocalist Amanda Marshall in 3996, Hall said she worked up the confidence to do something she'd always wanted: She pulled up stakes and moved to the West Coast to write songs. Hall dove into the L.A. music industry arena, using contacts to make more contacts and "co-writing with anybody thev could hook me up with." She co-wrote songs with the likes of Jennifer Stills, Steven's daughter; Madonna back-up singer Donna DeLori; and close friend Joanna deSeynes, the daughter of an orchestra conductor and an opera singer. In her spare time, Hall learned digital production, with the idea of producing music herself Her newfound talent is evident on "California-Made Music," now in limited release and available through Daemon Records. The CD may come as a surprise to some fans, Hall said, because it represents an almost complete departure from her familiar acoustic folk style. Most of the songs were written with other people and for other people, she said, allowing her to find new modes of expression. She described some of the songs as sounding like the bands Goo Goo Dolls, Backstreet Boys and N'Synch. "This is really different, I got to try a lot of new things," she said. "Here I am writing songs and it doesn't have to be for me, and it's fun!" Asked if she finds it hard to watch other artists perform her songs, Hall said it's just the opposite. "I get a bigger high off watching somebody else doing it. I go crazy in the audience," she said. The best thing about L.A.? "The energy," Hall said. "There is a frequency buzz in the air because everyone out there is trying so hard," she said, the enthusiasm in her voice evident. "Some are failing, some are succeeding, but everybody is working so hard. It was a motivator; you can't sit still there." Atlanta is home for Hall, and she's glad of the chance to sit still for awhile. She's putting down some roots this time—she bought a house and is in the process of renovating with the help of friend and musician Andrew Hyra. Hall is also setting up a studio, where she'll sharpen her new production skills. She's looking forward to sharing her talents with other area musicians, she said. "With all these new tools, I'm encouraging people to come and write with me," she said. "I also want to find voices who want to sing some songs I'm writing, and start working with bands who need singles ... I would like to get better at production and be actively involved with the acts, so that we produce together." Peoples: still feeling the love LaTonya Peoples is not into labels. But she is into love. Not "in love," you understand—actually she's single—but into love. Ask her what themes drive her music, and she answers without hesitation: Love. Love, and making people feel good. So it comes as no surprise that Peoples' first CD, which she produced and recorded completely solo and released last year, was called "Feel the Love." Her second, "The Spirit Within," a more ambitious offering backed by a full band, was released Dec. 11. A professional violinist as well as vocalist, Peoples alternates heartfelt lyrics with melodious violin composition to produce a sound that, of course, she doesn't like to label. "If I had to describe it, I'd say alternative R&B," she finally relented. "It's not exactly blues, not exactly jazz, not exactly folk. It's a combination of everything." Whatever it is, Peoples has been playing it since she was five years old. Her parents introduced her and her siblings to music early on, and she "just stuck with the violin," as well as learning piano and singing in the church choir in Topeka, Kansas, where she grew up, she said. Not surprisingly for someone who values love above all else, Peoples calls her family her "greatest source of strength." At 16, Peoples became a certified Suzuki Violin Instructor, then later earned a bachelor's degree in music therapy from Howard University. "Music is something that really makes me feel comfortable," she said. "I want music to help people feel good about themselves, to have an overall sense of worth. And it can do that, whether it's listening to someone else or developing a skill of your own. "Music is an expression that does not have to use words, a way to communicate with other people," said Peoples, who now practices as a music therapist in a nursing home. She also gives private violin lessons, in addition to performing whenever she can. In keeping with her anti-label, pro- love philosophy, Peoples doesn't like to define herself as lesbian but as a "lover of people." Her romantic partners do happen to be women, though, she said. Asked if her music sends a special message to the lesbians who come to all her shows, she replied that her message is universal. "It's for everybody, from all walks of life, for anyone willing to be open and feel the love," she said. Peoples says her "ultimate dream" is to open a non-profit resource center for inner-city kids, where they can be exposed to the arts, using creative expression as a therapeutic outlet and educator. The center would also offer classes in communication, anger management and social skills, she explained. "My heart !..*■ always gone out to people who are disadvantaged. Young people really shine when they are given attention, positive reinforcement," she said. V-vUMttPMWCHOtv* presents Beautiful an urban fairytale by Jonathan Harvey Opens Thursday, November 18 at 8 p.m. Plays Thursdays through Sundays until December 12 Tickets $20 Call 713-398-7577 \ for tickets and more information Z All shows at The Little Room Downstairs 2326 Bissonnet Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service. Inc. I KNOW WHO'S NAUGHTY! & I KNOW WHO'S NICE! "Fun" - The Advocate "Cool Site" - Yahoo "Best online matchmaker* • HX Magazine
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