Candace Lacy, Koda' Turner and Brother Yusef to perform at the 2014 Women of Achievement Breakfast.
CANDACE LACY started making music at the Baptist Church her father pastored in Houston, Texas. By the time she was 14, she was Minister of Music at the church. Years later, she's still making music, as Minister of Music at her beloved, Refuge Christian Center in Pasadena. It's a position she has held since 1990. The accomplished pianist and singer attended Texas Southern University, in Houston, in 1984, studying music. She had already began to play by ear, and when the family saw that it was her God given gift, they started her with lessons in junior high school.
Over the years Lacy has developed and perfected her talent. Her resume includes working with the likes of the Kirk Carr Singers, Shirley Caesar, Mary Mary, Stevie Wonder, and Al Green. She's also appeared in international venues including Switzerland and England.
When she is not playing and singing at church, she serves as an elementary school teacher (music) at Pasadena Unified School District. She takes great pride in watching her students go from 'can't read or sing' to singing a three and four-part harmony. She says it is great watching the manifestation of her work as a teacher.
BROTHER YUSEF has been described as a master solo guitarist, as well as a uniquely passionate vocalist. He remembers first hearing the call of the Blues as young child attending church with his grandparents in Bakersfield, CA. The raw and intense emotions in church left a lasting impression which he carried with him into other music genres. At age 19, Brother Yusef picked up a guitar and began experimenting with reggae, rhythm and blues, and jazz. He found himself at a musical crossroads in 1989 when he went to the Bakersfield church of his childhood, to pay his last respects at his grandfather's funeral. A soloist there began picking out a soothing church hymn on guitar, connecting Yusef to his grandfather, elders and ancestors in the rich tradition of the blues.
Brother Yusef has gained recognition from audiences and musicians throughout the Los Angeles and Orange County area for his range of sounds and emotions - sadness, joy, anger and laughter. He keeps "one foot in the past and one in the present", by combining "traditional" finger picking and slide guitar playing with the contemporary feel of urban blues. Audiences love the full sound of his solo performances (he uses his right hand thumb to beat out a percussive bass-line and shuffle, while the index finger plays rhythm and lead lines); and musicians nicknamed him "Fatback" or "Fatt-Back Bluesman", for his intense playing and vocal style.
Since 2001, Brother Yusef began performing regularly at Downtown Disney located at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California. In addition, he also performs throughout North America and Europe at various festivals and special events.
KODA' TURNER has been a Deputy Sheriff for 23 years. Her passion is singing since the age of four. Formerly with the Kurt Carr Singers, she has sang background for nationally known artists including Chaka Khan, Natalie Cole, The Clark Sisters, Tremaine Hawkins, Mariah Carey, Marvin Sapp and Kirk Franklin to name a few.
She has also performed as vocalist/actor in three Don B. Welch plays and appeared as a choir member on the movie First Sunday. Koda' (pronounced co-day), affectionately called "DAY", is a child of God and her goal is to help build Gods kingdom.
In addition to those performing, Jewel Diamond Taylor will be the keynote speaker, Dr. Pamela Short Powell will once again serve as our Mistress of Ceremonies and Dr. Rosie Milligan will give the invocation.
JEWEL DIAMOND TAYLOR is a dynamic author and motivational speaker. She received her education in Psychology from California State University, Dominguez Hills, then took a leap of faith when she left her Human Resources job in the aerospace industry in Southern California to begin her public speaking career. She soon found herself breaking ground as one of the first female African American motivational speakers. Today she is highly sought after by corporations, conferences, churches, campuses, and individuals.
Known as "the self-esteem doctor" and "the minister of motivation," Jewel is a speaker, minister, life coach, workplace trainer, retreat facilitator, and has authored five books. She is also founder of the Women on the Grow, Super Goal Saturday Motivational Seminars, the Don't Give Up Conference and Women's Paragon Leadership Training Series. Her high-impact keynotes and workshops are empowering, effective, electric, engaging, informative and memorable. She inspires, energizes, educates, and transforms.
DR. PAMELA SHORT POWELL is a longtime educator who has served at every level of the education scale. She is a former teacher and she served as a principal in the Pasadena Unified School District where she rose to the level of Assistant Superintendent. Dr. Powell became Assistant Superintendent of Schools for Oklahoma City and later served as the interim Superintendent of the Oklahoma City School District.
The Chicago-born educator holds a Doctorate in Education. As Superintendent, Dr. Powell served as the Board of Education's Chief Executive Officer and adviser. She was responsible for the supervision and management of the day-to-day operations of the School District and provided leadership and educational advice to the Board of Education, Administrators, teachers, support staff and community as well as the supervision and implementation of all programs and services.
DR. ROSIE MILLIGAN is a nationally known motivational speaker and the founder of Milligan Publishing Company. Her company has published over 150 new African-American authors in the past ten years. She has personally written and published over 10 books. Her Black Writers on Tour conference has attracted writers from across the country including the daughters of Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X.
She lives in Southern California and is sought after across the country as a speaker.
We hope you have made your reservation for this event to come and hear these remarkable, talented performers at the Annual Women of Achievement Breakfast. This year, eight special women who have given much to their chosen community church will be honored at the Brookside Clubhouse, on Saturday, April 12.
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