Norwood Young

*The World Famous Conga Room in Los Angeles was filled with celebration recently as it was announced that singer Norwood Young had been signed to a recording contract with Every Day Music (E.D.M.) Records.

“There is something significant coming into my life and that is the signing of a new recording deal,” a jubilant Young told the star studded audience.

Young then welcomed Errol Brown, chief executive officer of E.D.M.Records to the stage.

“I want to thank you so much for coming out to support Norwood,” said Brown.  “In 2012, we’re going to blow it up and take it to a new level.”

Funny woman Luenell and Norwood (photo courtesy The Chocolate Voice - Shanda L. Pierce)

On hand to celebrate with Young were comedians Luenelle, Kym Whitley and Michael Colyar; actresses Loretta Devine and Vanessa Bell Calloway; “Basketball Wives” star Tanya Young Williams; singer Michell’e, clothing designer Angela Dean, and celebrity hairdresser Elgin Charles.

Michell’e, who is also signed to the E.D.M. music label, surprised everyone by wading into the audience and belting out her oldies-but-goodies hit, “No More Lies” as the audience moved and grooved.

Young, formerly a member of the legendary jazz band “Pieces of a Dream” who recently released his engrossing autobiography, “Getting Back to My Me,” wowed the audience with a lively selection of songs from his new album, also entitled “Getting Back to My Me.”

Famed actress/singer Loretta Devine & Norwood Young (photo courtesy The Chocolate Voice - Shanda L. Pierce)

Dressed in black slacks, a shimmering white satin shirt and gold shoes, Young exhibited a magnetic stage presence. Accompanied by three back-up singers and a full band, Young captivated the crowd with his silky vocal pipes that had the women grooving and the men tapping their feet.

At one point during his performance, Young handed the microphone to a rapt Devine, who blew the crowd away with her incredible singing.

At the end of the evening, Young, who is also popularly known as the “King of Hancock Park,”  inked the record deal on stage as the audience cheered and clapped.

Master of ceremonies and comedian Mark Curry kept the crowd in stitches during the evening. After a lively segment where Curry and Whitley traded barbs, the manic Curry wasted no time poking fun at audience members and guests.

Singer Josh London, dressed in black leather and sporting a Mohawk haircut, also performed during the evening, putting his own impassioned spin on Seal’s hits “Kiss From a Rose” and “Crazy.”  Curry was so impressed with London’s haircut that he called London’s hairdresser onto the stage.

Gingerly touching London’s hair, Curry quipped, “I loved you in The Road Warrior. You were great.”