"I messed up," Calvin Newton lamented, after losing thirty years and doing time in either nation 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 major, he used to be super-handsome, athletic, and charged with sexual air of mystery that attracted girls to him like flies to honey. Atop this abundance was once his outstanding voice, "the voice of an angel."
This ebook is his prodigal-son tale. Audacious, Newton by no means became down a dare, whether it intended mountain climbing at the roof of a rushing motor 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.
through his overdue youngsters he were recruited via the Blackwood Brothers, the number-one gospel quartet on the earth. In his mid-twenties whereas he used to be making a song Christian songs with the Oak Ridge Quartet, Newton's powerful expertise and movie-star appears to be like took him deep into hedonism--reckless riding, heavy romancing, and addictive tablet popping.
As Fifties rock 'n' roll begun its invasion of gospel, he and companions shaped the Sons of tune, the 1st all-male gospel trio. lengthy sooner than the pop sound claimed modern Christian song, the Sons of music became gospel the other way up with histrionic concord, high-styled tuxedos, and Hollywood verve. Their signature music, "Wasted Years," foreshadowed Newton's punishing fall.
This biography seems again on the harmful way of life that wrecked a glowing occupation. whilst good into his sixties, Newton grew to become his lifestyles round and used to be in a position to confront his demons and speak about his prodigal days. He talked greatly 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 in all gospel's all-stars discloses a messed-up lifestyles that vacillated among fulfillment and failure, reputation and infamy, happiness and grief.
Russ Cheatham is an affiliate professor and coordinator of the legal justice software at Cumberland collage. His paintings has been released in Bluegrass Unlimited and Music Row Magazine.