Notes from Oleta
Bloggin' and Braggin'
I don't tweet or tweak, but I just had to let you know what's going on! We've had a very exciting year so far and it's been wonderful sharing my latest Cd, "Let's Stay Here" with all of you. Thanks to everyone who've sent us so many kind words about our concerts and our Cds. All of this is the inspiration that keeps me creative and inspired.
Right at the moment I'm preparing for the fall and winter season of shows which will take us to Florida, Austin, TX and once again I'll be doing The Colors Of Christmas Tour with Peabo Bryson, Stephanie Mills and James Ingram. If you're in Cerritos, CA or San Francisco (at Davies Hall) in December, you must join us. It's going to be an incredible run of shows.
And we're also preparing to return to Holland in January and February 2011 to do 11 shows in The Netherlands. I can't wait to see all of my friends again.
The greatest news is regarding the rerelease of my, "Come Walk With Me" CD. I've had so many of you telling me how blessed you've been by this gospel CD and that either you've worn it out or lost possession of it because family and friends took your copy away. Well, GOOD NEWS!!! We are announcing that you can buy the CD from my website once again. The songs are as fresh and powerful as the day that we first recorded it. And it's being released just in time in case you want to gift this CD during the Holiday season. Get it now so you'll have it in time for Christmas. and I'll be happy to sign it for you if you request it.
Thanks to everyone who have supported us so beautifully throughout the year. You'll hear more from me about this year and the upcoming year very soon. But in the meantime, I'm sending my very warmest greetings and best wishes to you and yours!
Happy Holidays, my Friends!
So it’s Oct. 31st, Halloween. Tinkerbell, Spiderman, Bat Woman and a seven year old dressed as a toilet (VERY clever costume) have just come to our front door. By the way, John’s dressed as a chef (which he is... for ME!) and I’m dressed as a lady from the 15th century... or 16th or something. I don’t know. I had some clothes left over from one of my videos. I put some pearls around my hair and a choker (too big for me) on my neck, and a big lace handkerchief that my mother gave me for my wedding. The neighbors were impressed! My main goal for the rest of the year is to NOT eat whatever candy is left over. I think there’s going to be a LOT!
Did I say, “rest of the year”? Wow, I can’t believe it’s almost over. We started the year in Japan at “the Cotton Club” for a week and we had an incredible time.
I can tell you that was just one of the many great highlights of the year. We made a lot of new friends by doing a surprise performance for a company in Scottsdale, AZ, and for The Black Academy of Arts and Letters in Dallas, TX; we had an amazing experience with an orchestra in Lafayette, LA and in a theater in Toccoa, GA. “Sculler’s” in Boston is always a blast, but not only that; I was so thrilled to finally have the honor of performing with the Boston Pops in Symphony Hall.
From Sacramento to Queens; a jumpin’ time back with our friends at B. B. King’s in New York to Little Rock, DC and (are you ready?) Topeka!
John and I had a great time acting like tourists in London this year, even though I’ve spent a lot of time there in the past. It was great to renew an old acquaintance with such a lovely city. Throughout the rest of the year we traveled from Hawaii.... to Brooklyn; we visited our friends again on “the Crabcake Tour” back at the Birchmere and Ram’s Head in Alexander, VA and Annapolis, MD. From New Haven to Houston, and Largo, MD back to the Netherlands and then.....