When customers stroll into JOANN Materials, not solely have they got the chance to buy crafting provides,  there may be additionally a very good probability they may come away with an autograph from a Grammy-winning vocalist.

Terrence “T-Bone” Frierson is a longtime member of Sounds of Blackness, a Grammy-winning vocal and instrumental ensemble from the Minneapolis and St. Paul space. The group has carried out gospel, R&B, soul and jazz since their inception in 1969.

Frierson joined the group in 1985 as a veteran of the U.S. Military. After being stationed in Germany from 1980-1984, he spoke together with his oldest brother, Greg Adams, about auditioning for Sounds of Blackness. Following his audition, he earned his spot within the ensemble group on January 4, 1985.

“I stated, ‘I’ll come there,’ considering it’d be, like, The Temptations,” Frierson stated. “It was an ensemble and that form of shocked me. However I stated, ‘Properly, I’m right here now.’”

That ensemble went on to win three Grammy awards, 4 Stellar awards, one Emmy nomination, the Worldwide Time for Peace Award, the Worldwide Dance Music award, 5 NAACP Picture Award nominations and one NAACP Picture award. The ensemble has additionally had a number of hits on the Billboard R&B chart.

A partnership with A&M Data led the ensemble to be signed together with different well-known musicians, together with Janet Jackson, Cat Stevens, The Police and Sheryl Crow.

Frierson stayed in Minnesota till shifting to Owensboro two years in the past in November. Household ties and a summer time spent in Owensboro when he was a toddler prompted him to maneuver south. In response to Frierson, it was God’s work that finally introduced him to Owensboro.

“I used to come back right here once I was a child. My grandparents had been from Beaver Dam and my sister lived right here. My mom despatched me right here for the summer time once I was 13-years-old,” he stated. “The Holy Spirit introduced me right here. The Holy Spirit stated, ‘Come right here and assist your sister.’”

Frierson, his spouse Kindra and 17-year-old daughter Concord moved to Owensboro in November of 2017. He now helps his sister, a pastor at Owensboro’s Church of the Residing God, by providing his musical abilities throughout providers. Not solely is Frierson a singer, however a track producer and percussionist.

“After I got here again right here a number of years in the past, I used to be like, “Wow!’ Frierson stated. “I keep in mind when there weren’t any sidewalks on the road.”

Frierson’s musical abilities go additional again than Sounds of Blackness.

Born in Detroit, Michigan in 1962, he began touring, taking part in the drums and singing with Rev. James Marks & The Voices of Heaven on the age of 12. Throughout that point, Frierson recorded his first solo, “I Need to See My Savior’s Face,” written by Rudolph Stanfield, Jr.

Throughout Sounds of Blackness’ success, Frierson spent two years residing in London to meet a solo profession, the place, in 2007, he made his first solo album titled, “The Time Has Come,” which result in a tour in London and Japan.

Picture courtesy of Terrence “T-Bone” Frierson

Frierson’s second solo album, “Style-N-See That the Lord Is Good,” was made in 2012, and he’s presently engaged on a brand new single, “I By no means Knew”, with producer and songwriter Ed (Wooden) Harrison of Diamond Ring Data. His newest solo single, “Grandma’s Fingers”, and Sounds of Blackness’ newest single, “Til I Discovered You” are making waves on YouTube.

Frierson stated he loves every part he does — from working at Joann Materials, to singing at his sister’s church, to performing together with his ensemble group. After 15 years, he was ordained as a minister via the Christian World Outreach Ministry on Friday.

These at his work make it simpler for him to journey for exhibits and promotions, which he usually does. With new singles out, Frierson stated he by no means fairly is aware of when his crew can be flown out to carry out someplace.

“I simply left Minneapolis and we did a present in Charlotte a few week in the past,” he stated. “I’ll be leaving once more quickly to carry out in Hampton, Virginia.”

Considered one of Frierson’s favourite skilled recollections contains with the ability to journey together with his favourite artist — Stevie Surprise — to Africa in 1993. He has additionally finished tasks with Elton John and Bob Dylan.

With a profession that has spanned over thirty years, considered one of Frierson’s hopes is that he’ll get an opportunity to carry out on the RiverPark Heart.

“I might like to do a present on the RiverPark Heart. I quietly slot in the place I can slot in — I don’t need folks to assume I’m attempting to take over Owensboro,” he stated. “I’m simply attempting to assist. I’d love to offer folks a very good present right here.”

As busy as Frierson stays on a weekly foundation, he stated nothing in life is tough, so long as you adore it.

“It’s not onerous when you love one thing. I really like JOANN Materials, so it’s not a job to me,” he stated. “In Detroit, you’re round pure expertise in all places. You’ll be able to sit with it, or you possibly can run with it. I simply ran with it.”