Makes No Difference Who You Are, Believe
Celebrating 26 years, it’s the annual tribute to ‘Heroes and Legends (HAL) Awards Scholarship Dinner’ hosted by Ray Parker, Jr. Detroit Singer and Actress Beth Griffith, returns as a celebrity performer for the HAL Awards Legends of Soul Concert along with Lamont Dozier, Jr and CJ Emmons. The two-day weekend is Saturday, September 26th and Sunday, 27th at the world-famous posh Beverly Hills Hotel located at 9641 Sunset Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210. Both events start at 7:00 pm.
This year’s 2015 HAL Award honorees are: Bobby Brown, The Dramatics ft. L.J. Reynolds, El Debarge, Dennis Edwards, Brenda Holloway, Barbara Morrison, Andy Skurow and Tony Toni Tone’. Co-hosting are James Reynolds and Willie Tyler.
Beth is passionate about inspiring young performing arts students. She is doing a remarkable job keeping the music legacy of her famous father, Motown Funk Brother Pianist Johnny Griffith alive and relevant. Beth teams up with local talk show host, Davi Davenport at Crenshaw High School in Los Angeles, Friday, September 25, 2015 for a live taping of ‘Davi Davenport Live.’ Beth will engage with students in the classroom of Dr. Iris Stevenson known to be the inspiration for Whoopi Goldberg’s high-school-choir-directing role in the popular 90s movie, Sister Act II: Back in Habit. Dr. Stevenson actually taught her arrangement of ‘Joyful Joyful’ to the actors in the choir.
Davenport, a native of Chicago shared, “I’m excited to leverage Beth as a role model for Crenshaw High School students. I want to show them that following your dreams no matter what, is very important. This segment of ‘Davi Davenport Live’ will be a very sincere interaction with engaging dialogue. Many of the students have extremely challenging lives and by exposing them to entertainers like Beth and her journey will be refreshing and very encouraging for them. Young people around the globe could benefit from hearing her inspirational and positive words. If more people had half the beauty in their heart that Beth has, the world would be a better place.”
The HAL Awards were created by celebrated songwriter, and Motown Alumna, Janie Bradford. She is dedicated to awarding scholarships to performing arts students who have maintained at least a 2.0 grade average and who show promise in the area of performing arts. Bradford says, “The scholarships provide the financial assistance these students need to continue their education. We leverage celebrities from across the globe to inspire and mentor these students to follow their dreams. It’s a star-studded Hollywood event with purpose.” For tickets and details for the annual tribute to ‘Heroes and Legends (HAL) Awards Scholarship Dinner’ and the HAL Awards Legends of Soul Concert, visit http://www.halawards.com or call 310-274-1609.
Beth welcomes speaking engagements and interview opportunities through Universal Xperience. Contact Cheryl Patterson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 313.434.4104.
DISCOVER BETH GRIFFITH
Known for her outstanding work with Whitney Houston in the movie ‘Sparkle’ (2012) Beth was excited and humbled to be selected as the stand-in actress and body double for Houston. As an accomplished singer, Beth was a background vocalist for multi Grammy Award recording artist Anita Baker. Beth went on to be a background vocalist for Grammy Award Nominated KEM.
Beth Griffith is always on the road, literally. The beginning of 2015 found Beth singing in front of sold-out arena audiences in over 25 cities with ‘The Forever Charlie Tour’ featuring Charlie Wilson with special guests KEM and Joe. The tour was so successful, a second leg was added in May with at least 18 more cities and Beth found herself yet, on the road again!
Beth is a sought after voice-over talent and recently recorded a television commercial for Art Van Furniture store called ‘True Colors.’ The Art Van Furniture television commercial ‘True Colors’ was so popular it was rebroadcast again during the Labor Day holiday weekend. Looks like Art Van Furniture knows a good thing when they hear it and it’s Beth Griffith.
As the commercial gained 166,000 views on YouTube, Art Van went public with their praise and via Facebook shared, “Beth Griffith-Manley is a GIFT to all of us – her voice on this video brings our whole team to tears and fills us with pride.” View ‘True Colors’ ft. Beth Griffith by clicking the above picture.
When she is not touring with KEM, you can find Beth in the studio working on original music slated for release in 2016. Look for a special fan appreciation holiday single from Beth, November 2015. No stranger to couture fashion, Beth has caught the eye of New York photographer, Lloyd Crawford publisher/and editor-in-chief of iFashion Magazine. Look for an upcoming cover story around the beginning of 2016.
DISCOVER JOHNNY GRIFFITH
In 2103, Beth was honored to represent her father, Johnny Griffith as the legendary Motown Funk Brothers received their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Some of the celebrities in attendance were Stevie Wonder and Ray Parker Jr. They joined surviving Funk Brothers – Jack Ashford, Joe Messina and Eddie Willis in the star-studded ceremony.
The Funk Brothers was a 13-member studio band of highly-talented musicians: Richard “Pistol” Allen, Jack Ashford, Bob Babbitt, William “Benny” Benjamin, Eddie “Bongo” Brown, Johnny Griffith, Joe Hunter, James Jamerson, Uriel Jones, Joe Messina, Robert White, Eddie Willis and Earl Van Dyke.
Johnny Griffith is noted as one of the few classically trained musicians who worked at Motown with music degrees from Wayne State University and University of Detroit Mercy. “Johnny had a very beautiful touch, very melodic…. especially when he did a ballad, this guy was just incredible,” said Jack Ashford.
Johnny Griffith started playing at the age of 16 with Blues recording artist, John Lee Hooker and before he signed with Motown’s ‘Workshop Jazz’ label in 1961, Griffith had already toured with Dinah Washington, Aretha Franklin and Sarah Vaughan. On his return home to Detroit in November 2002, Johnny Griffith would pass away only one day before the premiere of Standing in the Shadows of Motown, a Grammy Award documentary of the musical contribution of the Funk Brothers and how the sound they created impacted and inspired a nation. Johnny Griffith was 66. Listed below are a few noted performances of Motown’s ‘’hired-gun’’ Johnny Griffith:
‘How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You’ (Marvin Gaye)
‘Mercy Mercy Me’ – The Ecology (Marvin Gaye)
‘I Can’t Help Myself -Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch (Four Tops)
‘Stop In The Name Of Love’ (Supremes)
‘I Heard It Through The Grapevine’ (Marvin Gaye Version)
‘Aint Too Proud to Beg’ (Temptations)
‘Stop In The Name of Love’ (Supremes)
‘Shotgun’ (Junior Walker and the All-Stars)
DISCOVER DAVI DAVENPORT
Davi inherited the creative gift of gab from her Mother, who was also a community advocate, and public speaker. Born in Chicago and a product of the public school system, Davi got involved as many extracurricular and academic programs possible. At a young age she was determined to excel in every way possible. As a college student, Davi graduated from Kennedy King College, earning certification in Radio and Television Broadcast. During that time she co- hosted ‘Davi and Barbie show with Barbara Martin’ on WKKC radio.
Understanding the importance of giving back, Davi was honored at schools across the Chicago for a program she created providing free health and beauty services weekly for any students and their families that were in need. Doctors, and other business owners teamed up with her to make lots of dreams come true. Davi went from CAN TV, to hosting ‘American Cancer Society Live’ tv show with Channel 5’s Dr. Sandy Goldberg and then on to Chicago’s WBGX 1590.
Davi is a youth advocate and has created programs like, ‘Today’s Youth Talking’ which exposes youth to the field of broadcasting as a career path. Davi is just gaining her second wind with the launching of this next phase in her career, a reality talk show called ‘Davi Davenport Live.’ Davi hopes the show will inspire and encourage viewers to be the best that they can be.
‘Davi Davenport Live’ is all about LOVE. Davi continues her strong work as a youth advocate, which she says proudly, “I love working with young people it makes me happy”. When opportunity meets persistence, it’s lights, camera, action with Davi Davenport behind the mic.
Watch ‘Davi Davenport Live’ on WeHo Time Warner Channel 36/U-Verse Channel 99. http://www.davidavenportlive.com/