UP CLOSE WITH JEANIE
By Jeanie Summerville
Whatz up, babies?
I hope, that all of you are in a good mood today and are willing to just chill and feel some more beauty while we bring to you another spotlight for your enjoyment on our journey of love, in the name of love, as we get to know one another better. So, at this particular time all I’d like for you to do is sit back, relax and enjoy. Or, stand and jump and shout if you want to! You can do that because we’re gonna take you there and oh yeah, it’s all good.
It’s time for me to put my dancing shoes on again and head over to the American Legion Post 148 because Latrece Goree is going to perform there tonight and there’s no way I’m going to miss it. Even though I’ve never seen her perform with her full-fledged band, I’ve heard from lots of people how wonderful she is. I’m here now and the place is packed. She’s jamming like nobody’s business and I love the way that she’s walking amongst the people as she sings songs from her heart. But anyway, I’m going to bring her to you right now so she can share her heartfelt beauty as you get to know her better.
“Hello, Frost Illustrated readers. My name is Latrece Goree and I’m the daughter of Betty and Freddie Johnson. I’m very blessed to have two great parents who have taught and shown me the way about GOD and that GOD is love. They also taught me, that out of the love that I have for GOD, that I must definitely show love to others and out of their teachings, it comes so natural from me. My life was modeled through them and they showed me how to walk this thing out and they have put everything that they have into me and now it’s time for me to take that same love and share it upon other people.
“About the Latrece Moment: My husband Justin named it that because he said that when I’m performing I’m in my moment because I’m doing what I love to do the most and that I am anointed in that area. I sing a lot of love songs, the blues, R&B and a little jazz. We’re very versatile and I love the live band sound. I’m so grateful that GOD chose me to be a vessel of music.
“There are actually six people in my band which also includes background singers. We all grew up in the church together and gave our gifts to the church. But, now we come together and we’re going outside the box. I love them all and we work very well together.
“I’ve been singing all my life since I come from a musical family. I started off, singing in the church choir. From there, I’ve been singing at any opportunity that I could so I could involve myself with it. I’ve also been in singing competitions and enjoy doing that as well. I’m currently performing monthly on Sundays at the Neon Armadillo and have been for seven months now. We’re thinking about picking up it maybe twice a month, we’ll see.
“When I’m in my moment, music is my soul and I love it. I listen to the melodies and the sound and when I’m singing, I’m listening to what I’m singing about. I pick out songs that I feel the crowd would definitely enjoy listening to and what I enjoy listening to. I love singing songs that gives me passion and since it touches me it’s going to deliver to the people. I love to sing about love and how we as people need to showcase love more. I believe that’s what the world needs and when I sing, it comes across. I try to make the people happy and I enjoy it when they’re feeling what I’m feeling because they give me that great feed back since I put my heart and soul into it while I’m giving them my all. I’m poring it to them and they’re pouring it to me, it’s a love affair.
“It’s not a one thing. I don’t ever want it to be a one thing because when I’m singing it’s not about me, it’s about me giving to the people. This is a gift that GOD gave me and of course I want to share my gift and my talents. So while I’m performing, I’m thanking GOD for blessing me with this gift so I can share it with others, because people are blessed by giving and I enjoy that and I love being a blessing to others. Singing and music touches people’s hearts and brings smiles to their face, it encourages them, it lifts them up to know that we can make it and go on just another day. That’s why I sing with the power that I do because I’m giving it all that I have because tomorrow is not promised and I want to make sure that I’m doing what GOD gave me to do right now, here today.
“This was my first time performing here at the American Legion and the turn out was just great. The Legion definitely rolled out the red carpet for me and I felt very much at home. The people came out, showed love and I love them so much. They responded with me and I just loved the interaction with them and I could feel the energy in the room. It was phenomenal and I enjoyed every moment of it. It’s something that no one should ever take lightly because when people come out to support you, they don’t have to. So when they do, that’s showing love and when they are there, I’m going to give them all the love that I have inside of me.
“I am very appreciative of the crowd that came out for me. It feels so good to be loved. And, I’d like for them to continue coming out and enjoying music and relax, have a good time because we’re giving this to our city.
“Last be not least, I want to give a shout out to my husband Justin because he supports me 100 percent. That man goes the extra mile for me! And, I thank GOD for him and I love him and he’s my biggest supporter along with my parents and family members.”
Now, at this time, I’m taking it to some of the people so that you can know what they think of the Latrece Moment and this is what they had to say:
“Hello, Frost Illustrated readers. My name is Marsha Rice and I’m here tonight to hear Latrece for the second time now and she’s awesome! Awesome, awesome, awesome! I’m so excited and happy to see a female vocalist here with a full fledge band. I hope they bring her back again because I will definitely be here.”
“Hello, Frost Illustrated readers. My name is Nicole and I’m here with my girls listening to Latrece and she’s doing a really good job. I really enjoyed her blues portion of the show because she took me way back and I love it and her band is really great too. This is also my first time seeing a female perform here with a full-fledged band and I love it. It’s a great thing to have in Fort Wayne and on the south side of town.”
“Then, Davondia Hill Stephens had this to say, I’m here tonight for Latrece Goree and I think that she and the band did an awesome job. She’s a 2013 Chaka Khan and if she comes back, I’ll come back to see her.”
Now in closing I say, thank you, Latrece, for bringing to us this moment. I truly enjoyed myself and I enjoyed watching the people enjoy themselves too, well done. Also, I’m so proud of you and it’s not only because you’re my niece but because you’re a beautiful human being. So until next week, you’ve been Up Close with Jeanie. Bye, bye babies.
P.S. If you would like The Spotlight shined upon you or someone who you know, all in the name of love, just send me an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to hear from ya.
P.P.S. I’d also like to thank all of you who have been sending me e-mails to give me some feed back on our journey. Keep up the good work and to those who haven’t please feel free to do so because I’d love to hear from you too.
This article originally appeared in our April 24, 2013 issue.