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A Full-Circle Moment- The Duke and the Queen

I moved to New York City when I was 19 but by the age of 22, I was standing in the middle of Duke Ellington’s living room auditioning to sing with him.  The whole thing was orchestrated by my manager at the time Norma Rein, who had a friend, who knew Duke.  I will never forget that day, my audition song was “How Great Thou Art” and I was a bag of nerves from the time I started to the time I closed my mouth with the last word.  I did not know what he thought of me because he had a poker face the whole time.  It was not until later that I got the call.  He asked me learn the songs “Come Sunday” and “the 23rd Psalm,” in order to do the Sacred Concert with him at the Grace Cathedral so that is what I did. 

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