*January 13, 1979 marks over three decades since Donny Hathaway’s tragic death, although brief, Hathaway crossed musical boundaries with R&B, gospel and jazz that has left an indelible impact on music today.
Musician Kirk Whalum poured his heart and soul into each note of his recent tribute CD “Everything is Everything: The Music of Donny Hathaway.”
Says Whalum on Donny Hathaway’s musical influence:
“The very first song I learned, besides Amazing Grace, was ‘Everything Is Everything.’ Throughout my career Donny’s voice haunts my every note as some gospel tutor, some soul mentor with extremely high expectations repeating: You got to mean it. Every note. Donny’s faith, his struggles, his convictions were raw and evident in every phrase. He meant it. And we feel it. We still do.”
Watch out for Whalum on The 53rd GRAMMY Awards which will be broadcast on CBS on Sunday, February 13, 2011, from 8 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT) from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.