"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 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 ladies to him like flies to honey. Atop this abundance used to be his remarkable voice, "the voice of an angel."
This ebook is his prodigal-son tale. Audacious, Newton by no means became down a dare, no matter if 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 youngsters he have been recruited via the Blackwood Brothers, the number-one gospel quartet on this planet. 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 to be like took him deep into hedonism--reckless riding, heavy romancing, and addictive tablet popping.
As Nineteen Fifties rock 'n' roll started its invasion of gospel, he and companions shaped the Sons of music, the 1st all-male gospel trio. lengthy ahead of the pop sound claimed modern Christian tune, the Sons of music grew to become gospel the other way up with histrionic concord, high-styled tuxedos, and Hollywood verve. Their signature tune, "Wasted Years," foreshadowed Newton's punishing fall.
This biography appears to be like again on the damaging way of life that wrecked a glowing profession. whilst good into his sixties, Newton grew to become his lifestyles round and used to be in a position to confront his demons and talk about his prodigal days. He talked widely 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 lifestyles that vacillated among fulfillment 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.