"I messed up," Calvin Newton lamented, after losing thirty years and doing time in either kingdom and federal prisons for robbery, counterfeiting, and drug violations. "These have been years of my existence that i may were making a song gospel music."
in the course of his top, he was once super-handsome, athletic, and charged with sexual aura that attracted ladies to him like flies to honey. Atop this abundance was once his superb voice, "the voice of an angel."
This booklet is his prodigal-son tale. Audacious, Newton by no means grew to become down a dare, no matter if it intended mountain climbing at the roof of a rushing vehicle or wading right into a freezing ocean. As a boy boxer, he was once a Kentucky Golden Gloves champ who k.o.'ed his opponent in twenty-three seconds.
by means of his overdue children he have been recruited by means of the Blackwood Brothers, the number-one gospel quartet on this planet. In his mid-twenties whereas he used to be making a song Christian songs with the Oak Ridge Quartet, Newton's strong expertise and movie-star seems took him deep into hedonism--reckless riding, heavy romancing, and addictive capsule popping.
As Fifties rock 'n' roll all started its invasion of gospel, he and companions shaped the Sons of tune, the 1st all-male gospel trio. lengthy prior to the pop sound claimed modern Christian song, the Sons of track grew to become gospel the wrong way up with histrionic concord, high-styled tuxedos, and Hollywood verve. Their signature tune, "Wasted Years," foreshadowed Newton's punishing fall.
This biography appears again on the harmful way of life that wrecked a gleaming occupation. whilst good into his sixties, Newton grew to become his existence round and used to be capable of confront his demons and talk about his prodigal days. He talked broadly with Russ Cheatham approximately his self- destruction and the nice own price of his personal bad-boy offerings and overdue redemption.
during this candid biography, one among gospel's all-stars discloses a messed-up lifestyles that vacillated among success and failure, reputation and infamy, happiness and grief.
Russ Cheatham is an affiliate professor and coordinator of the legal justice software at Cumberland college. His paintings has been released in Bluegrass Unlimited and Music Row Magazine.