"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 may were making a song gospel music."
in the course of his top, he was once super-handsome, athletic, and charged with sexual air of mystery that attracted ladies to him like flies to honey. Atop this abundance used to be his extraordinary 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 mountain climbing at the roof of a rushing automobile 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.
via his overdue kids he have been recruited by way of 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 seems to be took him deep into hedonism--reckless riding, heavy romancing, and addictive tablet 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 sooner than the pop sound claimed modern Christian track, the Sons of tune became gospel the other way up with histrionic concord, high-styled tuxedos, and Hollywood verve. Their signature track, "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. whilst good into his sixties, Newton grew to become his existence round and used to be capable of confront his demons and talk about his prodigal days. He talked broadly with Russ Cheatham approximately his self- destruction and the nice own fee of his personal bad-boy offerings and overdue redemption.
during this candid biography, one among 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 application at Cumberland college. His paintings has been released in Bluegrass Unlimited and Music Row Magazine.