"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 lifestyles that i may were making a song gospel music."
in the course of his top, he used to be super-handsome, athletic, and charged with sexual air of secrecy that attracted girls to him like flies to honey. Atop this abundance used to be his excellent voice, "the voice of an angel."
This ebook is his prodigal-son tale. Audacious, Newton by no means grew to become down a dare, whether it intended hiking at the roof of a rushing motor 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.
via his past due kids he were recruited through the Blackwood Brothers, the number-one gospel quartet on the planet. In his mid-twenties whereas he used to be making a song Christian songs with the Oak Ridge Quartet, Newton's robust 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 music, the 1st all-male gospel trio. lengthy prior to the pop sound claimed modern Christian track, the Sons of tune grew to become gospel the wrong way up with histrionic concord, high-styled tuxedos, and Hollywood verve. Their signature track, "Wasted Years," foreshadowed Newton's punishing fall.
This biography appears again on the damaging way of life that wrecked a glowing profession. while good into his sixties, Newton grew to become his lifestyles round and was once in a position to confront his demons and talk about his prodigal days. He talked greatly with Russ Cheatham approximately his self- destruction and the nice own rate 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 fulfillment and failure, popularity and infamy, happiness and grief.
Russ Cheatham is an affiliate professor and coordinator of the legal justice application at Cumberland collage. His paintings has been released in Bluegrass Unlimited and Music Row Magazine.