"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'll were making a song gospel music."
in the course of his major, he was once super-handsome, athletic, and charged with sexual air of secrecy that attracted ladies to him like flies to honey. Atop this abundance was once his unbelievable 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 hiking at the roof of a rushing vehicle or wading right into a freezing ocean. As a boy boxer, he used to be a Kentucky Golden Gloves champ who k.o.'ed his opponent in twenty-three seconds.
through his past due adolescents he have been recruited via the Blackwood Brothers, the number-one gospel quartet on the earth. In his mid-twenties whereas he was once making a song Christian songs with the Oak Ridge Quartet, Newton's amazing expertise and movie-star appears 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 track, the 1st all-male gospel trio. lengthy prior to 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 appears to be like again on the harmful way of life that wrecked a glowing profession. while good into his sixties, Newton became his lifestyles round and was once capable of confront his demons and speak about his prodigal days. He talked broadly with Russ Cheatham approximately his self- destruction and the good own cost of his personal bad-boy offerings and past due redemption.
during this candid biography, one in every of gospel's all-stars discloses a messed-up existence that vacillated among success and failure, repute and infamy, happiness and grief.
Russ Cheatham is an affiliate professor and coordinator of the felony justice software at Cumberland college. His paintings has been released in Bluegrass Unlimited and Music Row Magazine.