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MUSICIANS - SINGERS, SONGWRITERS & COMPOSERS - 3

PATHWAY OF THE SINGER AS MULTI-HUED THRUSH:
Storyline: The self-destructive songbird has trouble living with and without acclaim, despite a great desire for it, after earlier finding her own body to be her greatest stumbling block against wished-for recognition for her unique gifts.

cMariah Carey (1970) - American singer. Outer: Mother was a vocal coach who was Juilliard-trained and a soloist with the NYC opera, father was a aeronautical engineer. Youngest of 3. Mother was of Irish Catholic descent, father was Afro-Venezuelan. Her parents divorced when she was 3, and she rarely saw her father afterwards. Grew up in poverty, as well as racial prejudice, with music as her only real escape. Her family moved a lot before finally settling in Huntington, Long Island. Began receiving voice lessons from her mother at 4, very close relationship twixt the 2. Traveled with her everywhere, and gained her sense of independence from her. Knew she wanted to be a singer from an early age, and ultimately developed an astonishing 8 octave range. Enjoyed gospel music initially, and began writing songs in her early teens. At 13, she started working professionally singing jingles and demos of writers’ songs. An indifferent student in high school, she was known as “the Mirage,” for constantly cutting classes. 5’9” and voluptuous. Moved to NYC after high school, and got a recording contract from Tommy Mottola, her future husband, in 1988. The pair were later divorced, when she found him far too controlling and over-protective. Co-wrote all 11 songs on her eponymous debut album, which became number 1 for 22 consecutive weeks. During the 1990s, she enjoyed phenomenal success, combining a svelte siliconed form, which she uninhibitedly exhibited, perhaps as an unconscious reaction to her previous dumpy frame in her earlier go-round, although she was never able to truly turn herself into a stage presence. Despite being on top of her popular game, the turn of the century saw her magic touch wane. Made her movie debut in Glitter, which was loudly derided, released an uninspired album, suffered a mental breakdown and was dropped from her label, with a $28 million severance package. At the same time, her father died of cancer, and her 3 year romance with Mexican singer Luis Miguel petered out. Later claimed the period served as a much needed breakthrough for her, in order to rearrange her priorities, and curtail her nonstop work ethic, thanks in part to reconciling with her stern sire, who had been very much interested in her all along, despite never being able to show it. Regrouped, re-emerged, and signed an $80 million dollar 4 album contract, only to be bought out of that one as well for $49 million, amidst recriminations from both sides. Undaunted, she bounced back with the number one album of 2005, “The Emancipation of Mimi,” and her career very much in tact. Has had more no. 1 singles, 18, than any other singer save for the Beatles and Elvis, while selling over 200 million albums worldwide by her late 30s, and achieved more Billboard number one singles than anyone ever. After a whirlwind courtship, she married much younger actor and rapper Nick Cannon in 2008. Twin boy and girl from the union, which ended in separation in 2014, when she caught him cheating, and he later filed for divorce. More bestselling albums and tours would follow and In 2012, she signed on as a replacement American Idol judge for its 12th season for a cool $18m, despite an earlier assocation with the show where she was described as a nightmare to work with. Eventually fired, along with archrival Nicki Minaj, when the show bottomed out in the ratings. In 2015, she hooked up with mogul James Packer in a high profile relationship, only to break up with him the following annum, claiming the $50 million prenup agreement she made with him, despite not marrying him or signing it. Also keeping the $10 million engagement ring he gave her. Launched her docuseries chronicling her world tour, “Mariah’s World” at the end of 2016 to rave reviews, thanks to her offbeat charm and profound gift to entertain on all levels. Messed up her lip-sync New Year’s Eve Times Square performance as a coda to her 2016, and exited in tears, before tweeting “Shit Happens.”. Has a net worth of over half a billion. Inner: Nighttime person, somewhat introverted, happiest in the studio, and not that into performing in person. Diva to the core with an endless list of bizarre demands, as if she lives in a bubble removed from everyone else’s reality. Return lifetime of dealing with her ongoing internal self-destructive tendencies, this time her mental and emotional state, rather than her physical one, in her desire to be well-loved for her prodigious talents, and to find the proper means of self-expression to integrate herself both privately and publicly. cMildred Bailey (Eleanor Rinker) (1907-1951) - American singer. Outer: Mother was 1/8 Couer d’Alene Amerindian, father was a farmer of Irish descent. From a musical family, her mother and one brother were accomplished pianists, while her sire sang and played the violin. A second brother was a saxophonist. Her parents split up when she was young, and she moved to Spokane along with her brothers, where Bing Crosby was a neighborhood friend, and later credited her with giving him the impetus to go to Hollywood, while her mother schooled her in native traditions, as well as singing. The latter died of TB when she was in her teens, and she moved to Seattle to live with an aunt. Briefly married Ed Bailey at an early age, although she retained her husband’s name for the rest of her life. Became a song plugger, and moved to Los Angeles in 1925, playing piano and singing in a speakeasy. Fleshy, with a small, delicate, lilting voice, which she used as a jazz instrument. Her brother Al Rinker became part of the Bing Crosby trio, the Rhythm Boys, and they helped her move towards centerstage, after earlier touring with a dance revue and singing solo on a Los Angeles radio station. Joined the Whiteman Orchestra in 1929, to become their first touring female singer, staying with them until 1933. Married vibraphonist Red Norvo in 1934, and quickly became bored being a stay-at-home housefrau. No children from the union. By 1936, she was touring again with her husband, while recording with small talented groups, and enjoying the sobriquet of Mr. and Mrs. Swing with her mate. Always in precarious shape due to diabetes and weight gains, poor health finally forced her to retire from touring in 1939, although she continued to record with some of the era’s top musicians. Divorced in 1945, but she worked with her husband occasionally, until her career abruptly ended and she sank into obscurity and depression. Along with diabetes, she also developed a heart condition and hardening of her arteries. Lived alone with her beloved dachshunds, and, ultimately moved to a farm, where she ended her go-round extremely frustrated by the arc her life had taken. Still occasionally performed in NY clubs, until her health forced her to permanently retire in 1950. Died penniless in a Poughkeepsie hospital, although she enjoyed a posthumous career when her recordings were rereleased much later on compact disc. Inner: Born to perform, unable to reconcile being off-stage with being satisfied. Suffered from low self-esteem, despite serving a strong influence on the generations of female jazz singers who followed her. Had a sharp tongue, and bitterly viewed better looking female vocalists, whom she felt had far less talent than she. Claimed her obesity was glandular, ignoring her huge appetite at the table. Cracked record lifetime of serving as a gifted vocal instrument while ignoring the larger physical orchestra of her body

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PATHWAY OF THE PERFORMER AS SELF-HELP MUSICAL THERAPIST:
Storyline: The quadraphonic queen obliges her audiences by not only feeling their pain but addressing it through her own experience as a voice of loss, gain and the hope that a healthy dose of self-love can ultimately make everything all right.

Mary J. Blige (Mary Jane Blige) (1971) - American singer, songwriter and actress. Outer: Of African-American descent. Father was a jazz musician, and mother was a nurse. 2nd of four children in a household tainted by the abusive behavior of her sire towards her mother. When she was four, her progenitor abandoned the family, and the following year she was molested by a family friend, leading to a confused childhood with bad feelings about herself followed by promiscuity as an adolescence, despite a fear of being touched. Lived in Georgia, where she sang in a Pentecostal church, before returning to her native Yonkers, where she dwelt in an extended female household, replete with several aunts, cousins, her mother and her older sister. Dropped out of high school, although eventually got her GED in 2010. A recording booth cassette led to a contract with Uptown Records, as its youngest and first female singer, although she wound up a backup for older label mates. Very slowly raised her profile over the next couple of years, while also dealing with depression, self-hate, drug use and alcoholism over her undigested past. Released her debut album in 1992, with Sean “Diddy’ Combs as her producer. “What’s the 411?” whose name came from her previous work as a directory assistance operator, gaining her her first #1 single with “You Remind Me,” and her career was launched, replete with multimillion sales for the album. Her second album, “My Life” saw her co-write a lot of the material based on her own painful past, and setting the pattern for her subsequent career, and the loyalty of her fans, who heard their own problems in her music, and used it to try gain control over their similarly afflictive existences. Suffered an abusive relationship with R&B performer K-Ci Hailey, while working in collaboration and on a variety of projects. Won the first of her 9 Grammys in 1996. Made her acting debut two years later on “The Jamie Foxx Show,” before going on to do indies and other TV fare. Continued her successful releases and tours through the decade, earning her her earlier sobriquet of the “Queen of Hip-Hop Soul,” with a fanatically loyal audience who saw her as the voice of their inner lives. Changed labels and producers while experimenting with different genres, before rejoining Combs for her 6th album, which proved relatively disappointing in sales, despite reaching the platinum-plateau once again.In 2003, she married record industry executive Kendu Isaacs, a divorcee with three children, who also became her manager, while aiding her in finally ending her dependencies on drugs and alcohol, and helping her find a sense of divine grace.. Made her Off-Broadway debut the following year in “The Exonerated,” playing a death row inmate serving time for a crime she did not commit. The same year, she launched her own record label, Matriarch Records. Continued to prove phenomenally popular in England, while also appearing in collaboration with others. Performed at the Obama Inaugural celebration in 2008, and in 2010 entered the entrepreneurial ranks with a perfume, “My Life,” as well as a line of sunglasses. By 2010, she had sold over 50 million albums and 15 million singles. Co-crreated a charity in 2007, Foundation for the Advancement of Women Now, that was supposed to empower young women with education and career programs, only to see it implode in 2012 due to mismanagement, before vowing to right it, amidst lawsuits, missing donations and federal taxviolations. Also mismanaged her own considerable fortune, forcing her to struggle just to pay the rent. Part of the all-black cast of “The Wiz Live”, which aired in late 2015 to generally positive reviews. During this time, she had unpaid back taxes of over $6 million. The following year she filed for divorce from her husband/manager after 12 years of marriage, denying him spousal support, while he insisted on quite the opposite with extravagant demands. Has a net worth of $45 million. Inner: Self-destructive and self-healing. Steely, passionate, highly materialistic, and more than willing to reveal her deep wounds as a form of therapeutic release for her adoring audiences. Can I get a witness lifetime of dipping deep into the pain of earthly existence in order to find a true balance not only for herself, but those entranced by her music, as well. Dinah Washington (Ruth Lee Jones) (1924-1963) - American singer. Outer: Of African-American descent. Mother was a church organist, and her daughter’s first teacher, although she later disapproved of jazz and popular music. Moved with her family to Chicago when she was three and always considered the Windy City her home, while taking on her matrilineal name. Sang in her church choir, and later directed it, while her youth was filled with gospel music. After winning a talent contest at 15, she sang on the gospel circuit and then started her professional career as a pianist and singer three years later. Began her serial string of seven marriages during this period, having a son in an unrecorded union when she was 17 that ended in divorce. A second brief connubial alliance followed, while she had her name changed by her discoverer, manager Joe Glaser, who recommended her to bandleader Lionel Hampton. Spent three years with him, while making her recording debut in 1943, garnering her first hit with “Evil Gal Blues.” Had a distinctive vocal style which she was able to adapt to virtually any form she assayed, thanks to her clear diction and phrasing. Went solo afterwards and enjoyed a high profile R&B career, recording over 300 sides with ten Top Ten hits from 1948 to 1955, covering a host of genres from pop all the way to country, which occasioned criticism for her selling her soulful soul to the Devil of commercial success. During this period she had a second son with George Jenkins, a drummer for Hampton, during her third marriage, which also ended in divorce. Her fourth marriage in 1950 was to bassist Walter Buchanan, which lasted two years, and was followed by a union with jazz drummer Jimmy Cobb, and a two year marriage to tenor sax legend Eddie Chamblee beginning in 1957, which, like the others, all ended in divorce. Subject to depression, she used her money to buy cars, furs and clothes to try to keep the blues from her door. During this time she recorded numerous jazz sessions with both big bands and small combos. Had her first big mainstream hit, “What A Difference A Day Makes,” in 1959, when she combined a bolero tune with an old jazz standard. Continued afterwards in a pop vein with a formulaic sound combining her singing with lushly orchestrated backgrounds, in an easy-listening format that had her purist critics frothing. Her sixth marriage was to Dominican actor Rafael Campos, and her final union was to future pro football Hall of Famer Dick ‘Night Train’ Lane in 1963. Throughout her later career, she struggled with weight problems which brought on crash dieting, as well as insomnia, which caused her to take diet pills and led to her premature death, from a combination of them and alcohol, in a subconscious suicide which was ruled accidental. Posthumously inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1987 and elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993. Inner: Brash, erratic, extravagant and curiously unfulfilled, despite her ongoing popularity. Understood lost love down to her very core, and was able to transliterate it in her singing, which was straightforward and unsentimental, earning her a wide host of fans who heard their own sorrows directly in her singing. Queen of the Blues lifetime of bringing excess to all her endeavors, until finally overshadowing her overwhelming talent with it, leading to a direct resurrection into a house of pain in order to finally find her way through to her true self.

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PATHWAY OF THE PERFORMER AS SHORT-LIVED SHOOTING STAR:
Storyline: The early death diva manages to transcend much discordance in her meteoric rises, only to be undone by a premature draw towards thanatopsis, in her ongoing struggles between creation and destruction.

mLisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes (1971-2002) - American singer and songwriter. Outer: Of African/American and Portuguese descent. Father was was a U.S. serviceman. The oldest of three children, with a brother and a sister, for whom she eventually became legal guardian. Grew up at numerous army posts in an alcoholic and abusive environment, and dropped out of high school, although her mother made her get a GED, and she eventually settled in Atlanta. Given the nickname ‘Left Eye,’ by a boyfriend who saw one orb as larger than the other, which led to her wearing a condom in a pair of eyeglasses at career’s beginning, that eventually became an eye ring on her left eyebrow. 5’1”. Formed the R & B female trio Second Nature, with Tinnne “T-Boz” Watkins which morphed into TLC in 1991, which were the initials of the founding members. When one was replaced with Rozonda Thomas, the nickname of Chilli was immediately issued to maintain the integrity of the group. Their first album, “Ooooooooh...on the TLC Tip,” was released in 1992, and became a worldwide hit. Sported several tattoos, including a large eagle on her left arm. Her volatile relationship with former pro footballer Andre Rison, as well as her own problems with alcohol threatened to overshadow her career, as did her outspokenness. Arrested for drunk and disorderly in 1993, as well as trespassing and battery, she entered a detox facility the following year, after appearing in her single film, House Party 3. Torched and destroyed Rison’s house in 1994, after setting fire to his tennis shoes, which led to five years of probation, therapy and eventual reconciliation. Intermittently released two more albums during the decade, each of which was a multimillion seller, making TLC one of the best-selling female groups of all time. Won a pair of Grammys for their second effort, a multi-platinum affair, only to declare bankruptcy in 1995, through a lost breach of contract suit, and a huge debt to Lloyds of London because of the arson. By their third album, which also garnered a pair of Grammys, tensions between her and the other two members who called her selfish and self-centered, led to putting a hold on their efforts and her pursuing a solo career, in which she appeared as a rapper to excellent advantage on several other people’s singles. Did some commercials and also hosted a short-lived MTV series, “The Cut,” an American Idol-like precursor. Adopted a young girl in 2001, and also created Left Eye Productions to search for new talent, mentored the R&B trio Blaque while releasing her debut album “Supernova.” Signed with Death Row Records towards life’s end, under N.I.N.A. (Not Into Name Alternatives) but never released anything through them. Started her own foundation dedicated to helping neglected and abandoned youth. Began traveling to Honduras to help with reconstruction projects, as well as an educational center she was trying to set up, following Hurricane Mitch in 1997 there. Subsequently killed in an SUV crash, the only one of 8 people in the vehicle to die. Suffered massive head injuries, as the entire accident was recorded by someone in the front seat. Her final month was also the subject of a hand-held documentary, including another auto accident in which a boy named Lopez was killed, in intimation of her own imminent end. Her funeral was attended by over 30,000 people. Inner: Angry, flamboyant, spontaneous, and highly volatile, although strongly spiritual, as well. Giving and nurturing, as well as highly confrontative, a mixture of the light and the dark. Searched out holistic practices to counterbalance her off-putting growing up. Believed “energy never dies. It just transforms.” Inner vision lifetime of trying to see eye-to-eye with herself, and balance her gifts against an equal draw towards obliteration. mTammi Terrell (Thomasina Montgomery) (1945-1970) - American singer. Outer: Mother was an actress, father was a barber and politician. One sister became a singer as well. Began performing in the family church, while taking lessons for voice, piano and dance. Won a talent competition at 11, and by 13, was an opening act for several R & B stars. In 1960, she signed her first contract, although her initial two efforts showed she was better served as a concert artist than a recording one. 5’1”, 130 lbs. Signed by James Brown, who oversaw her further career, and also became romantically involved with her during their nine months on the road together, but the connection was broken up by her family. Enrolled as a premed student at the Univ. of Pennsylvania, and continued performing and touring, so that by the end of 1965, she was added to the Motown stable. Its head, Berry Gordy, remolded and renamed her, as Tammi Terrell, although her next releases still failed to establish her. Had an on-and-off rocky relationship with David Ruffin of the Temptations. In 1967, she was teamed with Marvin Gaye, and immediately scored with “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” thanks to an electric chemistry twixt the two. Enjoyed a string of hits with him, and then began experiencing intense migraines, to the point where she collapsed on stage while performing with him in 1967. A cancerous brain tumor was subsequently discovered, which ended her public career, although she continued to record both as a solo and with Gaye. Much of their later material had to be overdubbed, or ghost sung. Forced to undergo eight unsuccessful operations, while going blind and being reduced to a wheelchair. Finally died of her affliction as the tender age of 24, weighing only 85 pounds. Tumors are always indicative of deep-seated fury. Inner: Sweet-natured, and the life of the party, with a strong personal magnetism. Reportedly the victim of physical abuse at the hand of a boyfriend, who once threw her own a flight of stairs. Rage within lifetime of being overwhelmed by ancient anger, forcing her to do an early fade in order to deal with it from a somewhat more spiritual perspective the next time around in this series.

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PATHWAY OF THE PERFORMER AS SORCERER’S APPRENTICE:
Storyline: The musical muse serves as a dark sensualist’s partner before briefly losing her mind, then returns to duet with his later incarnation, while forging a memorable bluegrass-country career for herself.

Alison Krauss (1971) - American singer and songwriter. Outer: Father was a German immigrant who became a teacher of his native language. Mother was of German and Italian descent and the daughter of artists. Older brother Viktor also became a musician. Began studying classical violin at 5, but quickly changed to bluegrass fiddling, and by 10 she had her own band, while winning local talent contests. signing her first contract at 14. 5’7” with blonde hair and green eyes. Released her first album, “Too Late to Cry,” in 1987, while using Union Station as her back-up band, and the combo soon became Alison Krauss and Union Station, with their first release as such, “Two Highways” in 1989. Began reaching the Billboard charts the following year, while earning the first of her record number of Grammys in 1991. At 21, she joined the cast of the Grand Ole Opry, and continued with her unbroken successes, including guest appearances on a host of other people’s albums as both a vocalist and fiddler. In 1997, she wed musician Pat Bergeson. One son from the union which ended in divorce in 2001. By her early 40s, she had won 27 Grammys to become the most awarded female singer of all-time. Began collaborating with Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant, releasing their first album “Raising Sand,” in 2007, and it went on to win a 2009 Album of the Year Grammy. The duo have continued to tour together, with Plant preferring her musical partnership to any return to Led Zeppelin, with their vocal harmonies especially telling.In 2017, she released her first solo album in 18 years , “Windy City” in which she covered bluegrass and country classics of heartbreak to excellent effect. Has a net worth of $16 million. Inner: Harbors a clear angelic voice, and is dazzling on the fiddle. Strongly feminine and deeply introspective, with a total dedication to career and a gift for collaborative effort. Her name is also a reflection of Aleister Crowley, her previous mate. Spellbinding lifetime of bringing forth her special musical talents as an angel freed from the grips of a former devilish mentor in her previous go-round in this series. Rose Edith Kelly (1874-1932) - English spouse and acolyte. Outer: Father was a curate. Oldest of 3, with a younger sister and brother, who became a well-known artist. At 10 the family moved to Camberwell where her sire served as a curate for three and a half decades. Went to Capetown, South Africa with her brother at 21, to allow him to convalesce from a liver ailment. Returned to England and married Major Frederick Thomas Sketrett, some 15 years her senior and a member of the Royal Army medical corps in 1897. Following his death two years later, she moved to Paris to be with her brother for six months. Met magician Aleister Crowley (Robert Plant), and the two eloped in 1903 to save her from an arranged marriage. Two daughters from the union, with one dying at the age of 2. Her second husband, a sensualist supreme and practitioner of black magic, took her to Egypt on an extended honeymoon. During a ritual to show her the Sylph, a spirit of the air, she entered a light trance and told him “They’re waiting for you.” Showed herself to be a gifted channel and eventually helped him bring forth the first three chapters of “The Book of the Law,” which Crowley later claimed was the product of his guardian Angel talking through a trio of Egyptian deities, and, according to him, the start of a new stage in humanity’s spiritual evolution. Took to drink as a means of trying to ground herself, and in 1911, her husband committed her to an asylum for alcoholic dementia. On her release, she married Dr. Joseph Gormley, a Roman Catholic, in 1912. Her drinking habit returned, and the rest of her life is ill-recorded. Lost her husband in 1925 and died seven years later. Inner: Good channeling abilities with an equal measure of self-defeating proclivities. Self-destructive lifetime of letting herself be overwhelmed by the controlling personality of her mate, before dipping into insanity to free herself of him, and then spending the rest of her existence in an anti-climactic state.


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PATHWAY OF THE SINGER AS COMPOSER OF ANGRY ANTHEMS:
Storyline: The volatile vocalist captures the lightning of youth in a musical bottle, and then struggles strongly to keep it from all breaking apart.

xEminem (Marshall Mathers III) (1972) - American singer and songwriter. Outer: Never knew his father, who left when he was several months old. Had a vagabond childhood with his mother, living hand-to-mouth with relatives and friends, while developing a life-long enmity for the latter, whom he would later portray as unstable and addicted. Very close to a same-age uncle who turned him onto rap and ultimately committed suicide. Grew up in various inner city and poor suburban neighborhoods, and absorbed both the culture and the ‘tude from his environs, despite suffering drubbings at the hands of his impoverished peers, to the point where he once went into a five day coma from a beating. Finally settled in a virtually all-black Detroit housing project when he was 12, where he absorbed the musical culture. Dropped out of school in the 9th grade, to focus fully on hip-hop, and by his mid-teens was entering open mike competitions, often the only EuroAm on stage. Elicited support, and released his first album in 1996, which barely sold, and convinced him not to compromise his true ‘tto sensibilities. 5’7”. Married Kimberly Anne Scott and then acrimoniously divorced her in 2001, one daughter from union. His wife tried committing suicide after attending one of his shows, while he earlier tried the same because he couldn’t support his family, then later threatened to kill her. Came to the attention of some high-powered music industrialists, worked with Dr. Dre, and in 1999, he became a controversial national figure with “The Slim Shady LP,” a violent mix of rap fantasy showing a homophobic, misogynistic sensibility. His mother preceded to sue him over his poetic license with her, while he so overextended himself in his thirst for audience, that he wound up cracking his ribs on a beer-soaked stage. Arrested on gun charges in 2000, which later brought him probation. His second album “The Marshall Mathers LP,” continued to show his mix of the profanely poetic, and cemented his emblem status of rebel with a cultural pose, while also winning a Grammy, one of 9 he would collect before his mid-30s. Made his movie debut in 2002 in the quasi-autobiographical 8 Mile, while slowly moving into mainstream acceptance as a multi-media figure of his times, including a fashion line named Shady. Has shown more maturity, as well as emotional vulnerability in his later releases, although continues with his earlier inappropriate rants, while lessening the poetic sensibility at the base of his initial works. In 2005, he was forced to cancel a tour because of a dependence on sleep medication, after announcing and then denying he planned on retiring. Despite his previous excoriation of his ex-wife, reconciled with her, and they remarried in 2006, only to divorce a second time less than a year later. While suffering from numerous health and addiction problems, he allowed his weight to balloon and became a depressive recluse, letting his body make the decision for him to withdraw from public life, in order to focus on his daughter, and his self-destructive draws, to the exclusion of all other elements of his life. In late 2007, he overdosed on methadone, and was hospitalized, which scared him straight again. Began a 12 step rehab program, replete with meetings and a therapist, allowing him sobriety from April of 2008 onward. Used the experience for a cathartic comeback album, “Relapse,” the following year, which would follow the pattern of his previous bestsellers, a mixture of fact, fancy and farce, to let his fans know he had once again resurrected himself. The winner of some 17 Grammys for both rap albums and performances. Inner: Explosive and needy, with a gift for rendering his own experience into memorable anthems. Angry, mother-ridden, addictive personality, but with the ability to turn his darkness into the light of creativity. Despite public posturing to the contrary, innately shy and sensitive. Expletive-undeleted lifetime of acting as a cultural bridge, and trying to work through his own unintegrated character via his ability to turn his experiences into popular art. xEddie Cochran (1936-1960) - American singer and songwriter. Outer: From a family of transplanted Oklahomans. Youngest of 5 children. Surrounded by a close outdoorsy crew, he was raised in Minnesota until the age of 9, when his family came to Bell Gardens, Calif. Self-taught as a guitarist, he had an excellent ear, and began playing locally, while dreaming of going to Nashville. Hooked up with an unrelated Cochran and performed in Southern California as the Cochran Bros., playing lead guitar and doing country/western songs. Along with songwriter Jerry Capehart, he signed his first record contract in 1955, although his initial efforts went unnoticed. Began touring with the Cochran Bros later that year, and after seeing Elvis Presley perform in Dallas, he saw the musical future and its name was rock’n’roll. Began doing more lead vocals, where before he had been mostly an instrumentalist. Began to be noticed more and appeared in an r’n’r film, The Girl Can’t Help It. His partner got him a contract with Liberty Records, and he found his niche, becoming a successful touring act, as well as winning another film role, while penning his two best-remembered songs, “C’mon Everybody,” and “Summertime Blues,” the latter an anthem of youthful disaffection. Toured continually, showing an expertise on his instrument and a natural showman’s flair, with a talent for overdubbing and arranging as well. Killed in a taxi accident in London on the way to the airport, at the tender age of 21, when the cab rounded a curb at 70 mph, and hit a cement post, throwing him from the vehicle. Singer Gene Vincent (Machine Gun Kelly), with whom he had recorded, was also injured in that accident. Inducted into the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. Inner: Exuberant, energetic and full of himself. Short straw lifetime of living fast and dying young, and still making rock’n’roll immortality.

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PATHWAY OF THE MUSICIAN AS SOUL MAN EMERITUS:
Storyline: The discordant bard struggles through both sound and silence to give play to his all-or-nothing sensibilities in his dualistic battles between the angels and demons within.

D’Angelo (Michael Eugene Archer) (1974) - American singer, songwriter, instrumentalist and record producer. Outer: Of African/American descent. Mother was a legal secretary with a huge collection of soul and jazz music, and was literally and figuratively instrumental in his burgeoning career, critiquing all his efforts. Grandfather and father were both Pentecostal preachers. Raised in an all-enveloping Pentecostal atmosphere, with conjurations and possessions part of his upbringing. The youngest of several brothers. Began playing the piano at 3, and the organ the following year. Identified strongly with singer Marvin Gaye, to the point where he needed therapy following the former’s premature death at the hands of his father, also a preacher, in 1984. Formed his first band at 16, Michael Archer and Precise, penning his own songs for the group, which won several local talent shows. Began teaching himself other instruments, including keyboards, guitar, sax and drums, which he would subsequently employ in his work, so as not to have to depend on anyone else for his instrumentation, while using the Artist formerly known as Prince, as his inspiration and mentor. 5’7”. Felt a strong affinity for hip-hop, and in 1989, won amateur night at Harlem’s legendary Apollo Theater three weeks running, which enabled him to buy more instruments, quit school and move to NYC. Briefly worked with I.D.U., a hip-hop group, then got a record deal with EMI, and released his first album in 1995, “Brown Sugar,” which went double platinum, after a slow start, and produced several hits. Served as arranger, composer and producer on it, in his desire to control all aspects of his oeuvre. Had a star-studded debut at the Supper Club in NYC, and was quickly recognized as an amalgamator of classic R&B with hip-hop, in what would be dubbed neo-soul. Instead of feeling compelled to follow his first effort up, he largely dropped out of sight, doing soundtracks and collaboration work with others, while experiencing writer’s block. Finally released “Voodoo,” five years later, on which he employed the help of a number of other musicians. Had a son, in the intervening years with soul singer Angie Stone, before breaking up with her, after helping produce her debut album. Won two Grammys for “Voodoo” with the single “How Does it Feel,” a huge hit, thanks in no small part to a nude video of him down to his hips. Followed it up with “The Voodoo Tour,” a round-the-world large-arena spectacle, which paid tribute to Prince’s shows of the 1980s. Went back into relative seclusion afterwards, doing only collaborative work and appearing on other people’s albums, while refusing to give interviews or live performances. Gave continual hint of his third album, “James River” on which Prince worked, although its release kept getting postponed. A goodly part of his problem has been both alcohol and drug-related. Fined for marijuana and cocaine possession as well as drunk driving in 2005, and the same year he was critically injured when the SUV he was driving hit a fence, and he was ejected from the vehicle. Went into rehab afterwards, and was fined for the accident, as well as having his license further suspended. In 2010, he was arrested for solicitation after asking a female undercover officer for oral sex, in his ongoing dualistic battles between the creative and the self-destructive. Finally released his third album. “Black Messiah,” in 2014, which was deemed by one-and-all, an extremely sexy waxwork, sure to embellish his standing as a pre-eminent soul singer of his times. Inner: Perfectionist, thoughtful, otherworldly and earthy. Shy, more of a listener than a talker, with a deep-seated sense of pure sound, and a great need for complete artistic control over all his endeavors. Likes to play off major and minor chords, while using his voice as a unique instrument, including singing falsetto. Harbors a host of contradictions, reflecting both light and dark, in a curious career as noted for its silences as it is for his unique sound. Angel and demon lifetime of doing battle with himself and his dual need for control and equal capacity for being out-of-control, as a means of bringing forth his extraordinary musicianship. Otis Redding (Otis Ray Redding, Jr.) (1941-1967) - American singer, songwriter and producer. Outer: Of African/American descent. Named after his father, who was a Baptist preacher and gospel singer. When quite young, his family moved to Macon, whose favorite son, Little Richard, served as an inspiration for him. Lived in a housing project, while his sire worked at a nearby Air Force base, although poor health limited his ability to support his family. Sang in his church choir, as well as his school band, while also taking up the drums. Forced to drop out of school as a sophomore because of family finances, doing odd jobs, while also competing in local talent shows. His first attempts at live performance were less than successful, although guitarist Johnny Jenkins saw potential in him, and helped give him far more of a stage presence, until he was finally banned from competition because he won too many talent shows. Toured with Little Richard’s back-up band, the Upsetters, then the Pinetoppers, using a high school friend, Phil Walden, as his manager. In 1960, he made his first recordings, showing a strong Little Richard influence. The following year, he married Zelma Atwood, two sons and a daughter from the union, with Dexter and Otis III both becoming musicians, and his daughter Karla a CPA and business consultant. In 1962, he had a modest hit with “These Arms of Mine, which got him a contract with Volt Records. 6’1”. Penned more hits, while fashioning a dynamic stage show, although he remained an object of adoration for a limited audience of soul aficionados, while other artists reaped huge successes with his songs, including “Respect,” which became totally identified with Aretha Franklin. His throaty, gruff, syncopated and highly emotional voice would convey a preacherly style that was limited in range, but limitless in feeling, as a testament to his testifying upbringing. Involved himself in all the arrangements for his songs, while serving as a galvanic force for everyone who played with him. In 1964, he released his first album, “Pain In My Heart,” and by 1966, his “Try A Little Tenderness,” finally put him on the pop map. By the following year, he was poised for mainstream stardom, after a hugely successful appearance at the Monterey Pop Festival. In the interim he had to have corrective surgery for polyps on his larynx. Along with a ranch, he bought a twin-engine Beechcraft, to shuttle himself and his back-up band, the Bar-Kays, to engagements. Started to synthesize a number of traditions, including soul, folk and pop, but at year’s end, he and four bandmates plunged into a lake in a plane crash in heavy rain and fog, three days after recording his seminal, “The Dock of the Bay,” which proved to be his only number one hit, winning him two Grammys the following annum. Had a wealth of material released posthumously, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989. Also given a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1999. Three years later, a memorial statue of him was unveiled in Macon. Inner: Self-professed country boy, hardworking and generous. Plane crashes often involve literally moving up or down to another plane of oneself. Supersoul man lifetime of serving as one of the major influences of Soul and R&B, before exiting at the top of his game, to return in a far more self-destructive mode in order to explore the darkness behind the light of his dual needs to both soar and plummet as direct expression of his deeply conflicted self.

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PATHWAY OF THE MUSICIAN AS SOUTHERN SOUL MAN:
Storyline: The round mound of sound is forced to deal with his previous go-round’s sudden exit through directly experiencing it again via his mother’s equally shocking demise, while trying to transmute his rage and loss into a deeper sense and acceptance of himself.

Cee Lo Green (Thomas DeCarlo Green) (1974) - American singer, songwriter and record producer. Outer: Of African-American descent. Both his parents were ordained ministers, and he began singing in his mother’s church. Father died when he was two years old. Mother was one of the first female volunteer firefighters in Atlanta. While in high school, he joined the Atlanta rap quartet Goodie Mob, as its youngest member. Lost his mother when he was 18, after she had been involved in a car crash two years prior, leaving her a quadriplegic. Began acting out his extreme anger, beating up on the homeless and torturing stray animals, while his sense of grief and loss never left him, and continued to inform his later work. 5’6” and rotund. Goodie Mob, which was part of the Dungeon Family, launched their debut album, “Soul Food,” in 1995, and he won acclaim with his rapping and hooks, with the former taking precedence over his singing. Left the group to do two solos albums, in which he began exploring his singing more, although both failed to sell well, despite his expanding both his sound and his subject matter, before finding huge popular success as one half of Gnarls Barkley with producer DJ Danger Mouse, releasing their debut album in 2006, “St. Elsewhere,” with its hit single, “Crazy.” The name would be a takeoff on basketball legend turned TV analyst Charles Barkley, also known as the “round mound of rebound.” Married Christina Johnson, who had two daughters, and together they had a son, before divorcing in 2005. Continued his solo work, as well, performing with an all-woman back-up band, “Scarlet Fever,” while doing voice work for cartoons. In 2010, his single, “Fuck You” off of the album “The Lady Killer,” was a worldwide hit, with all the songs either written or co-written by him, save for one. Pleaded no contest to a felony charge in 2014 over an incident two years prior when he spiked a women’s drink with Ecstasy, and was given three years probation. Tweeted some egregiously insensitive comments about rape on twitter afterwards, for which he hurriedly apologized. Inner: Boisterous, brash, confident and fun-loving. Populist at heart, with a desire to reach and touch people. Feels himself to be a work-in-progress, with a strong connection to the musical traditions that ultimately fed into hip-hop. Able to transmute some of his deep anger into his music, while tempering it with a desire to uplift and entertain. Southern soul lifetime of dealing with grief, loss and a reawakened sense of his physical and emotional self, through pure musical expression. Billy Stewart (1937-1970) American singer and songwriter. Outer: Of African-American descent. From a musical family, with his mother a gospel singer. Formed a singing quartet at 12 with his three younger brothers, singing gospel, before morphing into his mother’s group, “the Stewart Gospel Singers” as a teen. For five years, they had their own Sunday radio show in Washington. Began switching over to secular music, with the Rainbows, a group that included Marvin Gaye and Don Covay, both of whom would later become soul stars. Won a local talent contest singing George Gershwin’s (Michael Tilson Thomas) “Summertime,” which got him a job with Bo Diddley as a backup singer and piano player with his group. Signed to Chess Records with Diddley’s help, releasing his debut song “Billy’s Blues” in 1956 before moving over to Okeh, and working with the Marquees. Had a scat-singing style, and a strong sense of melody, which blended R&B jazz and his own unique improvisational interpretations, including trilling his lips. Returned to Chess, where he had his biggest hits, and in 1966, released his first album, “Unbelievable,” in an attempt to reach a wider audience. Turned “Summertime,” into a chart-buster, although the latter part of his career was less successful, save for his live performances. Began putting on weight, and in 1969 he was diagnosed with diabetes, with both affecting his performances and career. Had a motorcycle accident in 1969, suffering minor injuries, then while driving down a North Carolina road, with three bandmates, he plunged into the Neuse River, killing all four. In addition to his singles, he released 5 albums. Inner: Instrumental in his approach to singing, using his voice as a vehicle for pure sound. Probably felt his body was too great a burden, and unintentionally committed suicide. Deep water lifetime of a strong spiritual familial base, which allowed him ultimately to explore pure vocal sound, only to ultimately fall victim to his own obese body, which was completely out of tune with the soaring, scatting voice he held within it.

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PATHWAY OF THE MUSICIAN AS STATER OF WILL AS SELF-I.D.:
Storyline: The techno-tunesmith recreates himself after a violent exit, as a figure of strong volition, giving voice and passion to a far better world than the one he departed and reentered, through the healing tonic of music and an all-abiding belief in the future.

will.i.am (William James Adams, Jr.) (1975) - American singer, songwriter, actor, designer and producer. Outer: Of Jamaican/African descent. Raised on welfare in the projects of East L.A., along with his older brother, by his mother, who took great care in nurturing his talent, and giving him focus, so that he could transcend his humble upbringing. Never knew his father, after whom he was named. Suffered from ADD, but not enough money for Ritalin, so he had to work through it himself. Became interested in music during the break dance craze of the 1980s, and wound up in an upscale high school outside his neighborhood to get him away from its negative influences. While there, in 1988, he became close friends with Allan Pineda Lindo, who later performed under the nom de rap of apl.de.ap. Together they formed a hip hop group, the Atban Klann (A Tribe Beyond a Nation), along with a third member. Part of the underground rave scene in L.A., which would affect his ultimate electro-sound, as did his desire not to be ghetto gangsta rap cliché. 5’9”. Originally performed as Will 1X, and the group was picked up by rapper Easy-E, signing them to his Ruthless Records in 1991. Their first album didn’t conform to the label’s usual fare, and it was shelved, despite the mellow fusion sound of jazz and rap, ending that musical phase of his career, which unconsciously tapped into his previous go-round in this series. Following Easy-E’s premature death from AIDS in 1995, the group went in a completely different direction, with an electric sound, while changing their third member to Jaime Gomez, or Taboo. Before this period, he attended the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, which led to a clothing line, i.am. The trio also became the Black-Eyed Pods, and signed on with Interscope Records, finding a different audience for their subsequent popular releases. After two albums, they changed their name to the Black-Eyed Peas, while adding the singer Fergie to their mix, which gave them a far larger audience, beginning with their 2003 release, Elephunk. Recorded his own solo albums as well, beginning with “Lost Change,”while working on other people’s efforts, as a producer, including Fergie’s maiden release, “The Duchess.” In 2007, he designed a denim collection, i.am Antik, while also creating the apparel for the Peas. Continued to expand his output, in his producing, designing, and writing, while becoming involved in the Barack Obama presidential campaign in 2008, via a musical video and album, which enlisted the help of a host of Hollywood luminaries. After a break, the Black-Eyed Peas returned in 2009, with “The E.N.D.,” followed up by “The Beginning,” both of which were huge hits. Created another persona for himself, Zuper Blahq, and released several collaboratory singles under it. Has also done voices for films, as well as contributed to soundtracks, while making his film debut in 2009 in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, part of a popular comic-book inspired sci fi series. In 2011, BEP entertained at half-time for the Super Bowl. A technophile, he is also a creative director for chipmaker Intel Corp, working on both promotional music and devices for the company in an integration of science and entertainment, which is one of his ongoing desires. A philanthropist, as well, he started a Mortgage Relief Program called i/am home to rescue jobless families from homelessness, among his other giving efforts. Remains a world figure in the music realm, while constantly expanding his reach and influence in other spheres, as a true entertainment figure of the 21st century, with a boundless vision of the future and its uplifting possibilities. Inner: Thoughtful, articulate, with a desire to help and heal the world. Some question remains about his sexual orientation, around which he is purposefully vague. Sees music as healing, particularly since he suffers from tinnitus, a ringing in the ears, and is only comfortable when he is surrounded by noise, since silence is painful. A workaholic, he feels compelled to be busy, since inactivity is uncomfortable for him on a physical level, in an unconscious offshoot of his previous go-round’s sudden and violent head-on ending. Enjoys an extremely strong bond with Fergie, in a reordering of their own crypto longtime relationship. Will-filled lifetime of feeing compelled to heal a world whose hatreds impelled his previous premature exit, through a combination of his multi-gifts of expression, and a necessity to stay busy, to keep his own wounded body in a state of equilibrium. Jesse Belvin (1932-1960) - American singer and songwriter. Outer: Of African/American descent. Family moved from Texas to Los Angeles when he was 5. Began singing in church two years later, and by his early teens he saw rhythm and blues as his perfect métier. In 1950, after finishing high school, he joined jazz saxophonist Big Jay McNeeley‘s back-up quartet, Three Dots and a Dash. Subsequently sang and recorded with a host of groups in a variety of styles, showing considerable musical flexibility. Also harbored a distinctive falsetto, which led to teaming up with bandmate Marvin Philips, and the two signed with Specialty Records as Jesse and Marvin. Their first three efforts, with him on piano and Philips on sax never found an audience, but their fourth collaboration, “Dream Girl,” proved his first hit, rising to number two on the R&B charts in 1953. Drafted into the army, just as it seemed his career was about to take off, he penned “Earth Angel,” which was inspired by his future wife, Jo Ann (Fergie). The song was recorded by a doo-wop quartet named the Penguins, and it became the first R&B hit to make it to the pop charts, while many credit it as being the very first true rock’n’roll hit. A lawsuit between him and Penguin Curtis Williams, as well as Gaynell Hodge of the Turks, eventually led to his receiving only one/third credit for the huge hit, due largely to his laxity in protecting his own material. Extremely prolific as a songwriter, although far less astute as a businessman, he often sold songs for as little as $100, while others made huge piles of money on his efforts, so that he received virtually no credit for hundreds of tunes he composed. Able to write so easily, that he could create a song while in the car driving to a recording studio. After marrying in 1955, his wife Jo Ann became his manager, and also a co-songwriter with him. Two sons from the close union, including Jesse Belvin, Jr., a singer, as well. Signed a long-term contract with Modern Records in 1956, but also continued singing for other labels under a variety of names, while working anonymously with a host of groups. Had his biggest solo hit, “Goodnight My Love,” which had been written by George Mottola a decade earlier, but he wound up finishing it, with the bridge theme. An eleven year old Barry White reportedly played the piano on the release. The song would become the anthem for Alan Freed, then the most popular r’n’r disk jockey in the country. Continued recording for other labels under his own name, and in 1958, he formed a vocal quintet, the Shields, and had a top 20 hit with them. The same year, he signed with RCA Records, who intended to showcase him as a potential crossover star as a balladeer in the tradition of Nat ‘King’ Cole (Usher). His wife penned hits for him, while also influencing his style, to one that would appeal to a greater audience, with a more sophisticated sound. Earned the sobriquet of “Mr. Easy,” for his effortless vocals, while hooking up with jazzman Shorty Rogers, to form Michele Music, which included their wives. “Mr. Easy,” on their label, became a classic jazz/pop LP, and his strongest release, giving his career great promise, although his life would end tragically soon afterwards. Received a half dozen death threats, for taking part in the first integrated concert in Arkansas, in which ugly racial epithets were continually shouted by a mainly white audience, stopping the show twice. Several of the acts left early, while he waited til show’s end, then drove off with his wife and chauffeur. After 100 miles, near Hope, the birthplace of Bill Clinton, the car swerved to the left and hit another vehicle head-on, killing him and his driver instantly, while his wife lingered in the hospital for two days, before dying. The investigating state troopers saw that both the rear tires on his Cadillac had been slashed. The deaths, however, were officially reported as accidental. Both his children were adopted and subsequently raised by his mother, while his succeeding reputation has never quite been given its full due, for the influence he had on subsequent R&B singers. Inner: Generous, warm, kind and sharing. Member of the 27 Club, a large group of very talented musicians whose lives were suddenly ended in their 27th year. Goodnight my love lifetime of falling victim to the racial intemperance of his times right when his star was truly ascending, before literally dissembling to rejoin his longtime partner in completely difference circumstances and with a far greater need to uplift the world.

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PATHWAY OF THE MUSICIAN AS EARTH ANGEL:
Storyline: The hip hop headliner expands from her earlier support and managerial roles to become a high power entertainer in her own right, integrating past and present, while moving stage center, thanks to an excellent ongoing commercial instinct for whatever she assays.

Fergie (Stacy Ann Ferguson) (1975) - American singer, songwriter, actress and fashion designer. Outer: Of Irish, Scottish, Mexican and Native American descent. Both parents were school teachers, and also huge fans of Motown, unconsciously reconnecting her with her previous go-round in this series. Raised in a devout Roman Catholic household, but her parents, nevertheless, encouraged her and her younger sister to pursue careers in the entertainment industry. Studied dance, and began her professional life at age 9, by doing voices for various Charlie Brown TV cartoon specials, before joining the cast of “Kids Incorporated,” a Disney variety show centered around a fictional musical group, in 1984, and spending six seasons with them. During this time her parents divorced, while both battled cancer, which they survived. 5’2”, and voluptuous. Cheerleader, straight-A student and spelling bee champ in high school, despite all her other extracurricular activities. In 1991, she formed Wild Orchid with a childhood friend and a fellow former cast member of “Kids Inc.” The group released their first album in 1996, then became an opening tour act. After their record company refused to release their third album, they disbanded in 2001. Became a crystal meth addict during her Wild Orchid days, and eventually weighed just 90 lbs. Felt compelled during this period to overdo it on her sexuality as well, with both genders, in her ongoing need to test her sense of abandon and self-discipline. Able to quit cold turkey via hypnotherapy in 2002, then, the following year, while appearing on a radio show with him, she approached will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas to help produce her first solo album, and wound up an integral member of his group, changing its dynamic, to a far more commercial sound, from its original electric-eclectic roots. Their first collective effort, “Elephunk” went triple platinum, and made them an international phenomenon. By their next album, she had become a central figure, as the group steadily broadened its mainstream appeal. Their release “Don’t Phunk With My Heart,” won a Grammy in 2005. The following year she resumed her acting career, with a couple of small roles in a couple of big films, while achieving a childhood ambition by hitting number one on the charts with “London Bridge.” Her solo album, “The Dutchess,” which was produced by will.i.am, followed, and it, too, sold well. The group took a hiatus in order to pursue their own interests, allowing her to serve as an ad icon and designer of handbag collections, before the Black-Eyed Peas reunited in 2009 and hit number one on the Billboard charts for the first time with “The E.N.D,” which also took in three Grammys the following annum.After dating for five years, she wed actor Josh Duhamel in 2009, one son from the union. Became a part owner of the Miami Dolphins of the NFL, while also issuing a celebfragrance, Outspoken. Through the continued musical eminence of the Peas, she has retained the position as the most commercially successful of the female hiphop artists, resulting in the usual carping about her pop preeminence, despite a genuine talent to explore and exploit all elements of her gifts to entertain and remain an iconic public figure. Inner: Open, candid, and very much self-aware. A combination of strong self-discipline and lack of self-control, with the former continually predominating over the latter. Strongly sexed, and an addictive personality at heart. Suffers from ADD, which will.i.am also struggled with, while the two of them retain an extremely strong bond. Head-on lifetime of stepping stage center, after many a support go-round to claim her own unique position in the pantheon of pop culture, while maintaining her long-term connection with her crypto-mate, in their mutual desire to be world-class entertainers. Jo Ann Belvin (1936-1960) - American manager and songwriter. Outer: Of African/American descent. Early life ill recorded. Served as the inspiration for her future husband, Jesse Belvin’s (will.i.am) first big r’n’r hit, “Earth Angel,” which was sung by the Penguins. The duo were married in 1955, two sons from the union, including Jesse Belvin, Jr., who became a singer. Began managing her husband’s career as well as penning songs for him. Served as a much-needed grounding for him, since he had previously sold songs for practically nothing. In 1958, she engineered a contract with RCA records for him, with the thought of making him a crossover balladeer, a la Nat ‘King’ Cole (Usher). Before both their ambitions could be realized, he was part of the first integrated concert in Arkansas, in Little Rock, which elicited interruptions by white racists telling the kids in attendance to go home. Several performers left early, while they stayed until the end, then left in a chauffeured Cadillac. After 100 miles, near Hope, Arkansas, the birthplace of Bill Clinton, the vehicle veered over into the left lane and hit a car coming in the opposite direction head on, instantly killing her husband and the driver. She lingered for two days in a hospital before expiring as well. The official verdict was that it was an accident, although the initial highway patrolmen on the scene said they thought the tires were slashed. Her two children were subsequently raised by her husband’s mother. Inner: Well-organized and highly ambitious with a good instinct for commercial success. Support lifetime of direct involvement in the entertainment industry as a prelude to becoming a performer herself, following a shocking ending that shook up the essences of both her and her husband to put each on a separate, but still conjoined pathway together, in their ongoing exploration of their dual partnership on as many different levels as possible.

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PATHWAY OF THE MUSICIAN AS CANADIAN DESCANTER:
Storyline: The throwback troubadour integrates the swing era music of his previous go-round with his up-to-date reinterpretations of it, after earlier acting as a style-setter in a similar easy listening musical genre.

Michael Bublé (1975) - Canadian musician. Outer: Of Italian descent. Father was a salmon fisherman. The oldest of three, with two younger sisters, including Crystal, an actress. His grandfather introduced him to swing music, allowing him to unconsciously tap into the musical era of his previous go-round. 5’10 1/2”. Worked with his father for six summers during his teens, salmon fishing, and listening to his grandfather’s jazz tapes, during the long grueling hours. The latter was a plumber, who would work for free in nightclubs, in exchange for letting him entertain, beginning when he was 16, while also paying for his singing lessons. Won some amateur contests, and appeared in musical revues, as well as on Canadian TV, while working peripheral gigs such as a singing telegram messenger, and entertaining pensioners on cruises. Struggling for most of a decade, to the point of thinking of going into journalism, when he was discovered by a speech writer for Canada’s prime minister. After raising a half million to cover its costs, since his record company wasn’t sure how to market him, he recorded his debut eponymous album in 2003. Quickly became an international phenomenon, going multi-platinum in 15 countries, with his second, “It’s Time,” setting a billboard record for any and all artists, by retaining it’s number one slot for over 80 weeks. Toured widely, and each succeeding album would be extremely well-received, with his various efforts totaling some 35 million in sales. Despite never learning how to read or write music, his innate melodic instincts have been more than enough to win wide popular appeal. Has also appeared in several films, in addition to numerous Canadian and American network performances. After a mike went dead at the end of one of his shows, he began concluding his offerings unamplified. Had a longtime engagement to Debbie Timuss, an actress, singer and dancer, then took up with actress Emily Blunt for three years. In 2011 he married Argentinean actress Luisana Lopilato. Two sons from the union, with one manifesting cancer at the age of 3. The winner of a trinity of Grammys, as well as a host of Juno awards, he is also an owner of the Vancouver Giants hockey team. Inner: Affable and easygoing, with a very strong work ethic and a rougher edge than his smooth-singing indicates, as “the housewife’s choice.” Holds both Canadian and Italian citizenship. Longtime hockey fan with earlier fantasies of becoming a pro. Wanted to be famous from the age of 2, and still wishes to be known as a great entertainer. Flip side lifetime of sticking to his unique stylizations until finally finding the audience for his great love of the jazz singing of an earlier era, while unconsciously tapping directly into the same roots, musicality and emotionality of his personal past. Carmen Lombardo (1903-1971) - Canadian/American singer, songwriter and musician. Outer: Parents were Italian immigrants. Father was a tailor, and an amateur singer. Second of five brothers, with four, including Guy, Lebert and Victor, becoming musicians, and the fifth an interior decorator. Two sisters, including Rose Marie, who also sang with the Lombardo Orchestra. Studied flute as a child, and played saxophone with the Lombardo Brothers’ Orchestra in his teens. Worked in Detroit with a hotel band, then in 1923, co-founded Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians, for which he was the original male vocalist as well as its alto saxophonist, flutist and music director. Married Florence Haas in his 20s, no children from the union. The band ultimately made NYC their homebase, with frequent radio appearances. Until 1940, he was its featured singer, despite preferring to compose and play the sax. The group would be one of America’s favorite dance bands, providing easy listening and a sweet sound, that belied their excellent musicianship. A prolific songwriter, he worked with a number of lyricists and provided the band, which called itself, “The sweetest music this side of heaven,” with many of its hits, also recorded by other artists. Found himself both imitated and satirized for his smooth vibrato sound, which marked both his singing and playing. Sometimes allowed his voice to tremble, as if he were about to break into tears. Although replaced in 1940 as lead vocalist, he continued to sing with the Lombardo Trio, and as a solo, usually doing songs he had written. The Lombardo Orchestra became a New Year’s Eve tradition on radio and then TV from 1929 through 1976, with “Auld Lang Syne” their signature piece. The band would afford him his final public appearance, looking weak and wan, before succumbing several months later to cancer. Inner: Affable and highly competent in his various musical talents. Easy listening lifetime of spending his entire life surrounded by both family and music, while exploring the full breath of his facility for tuning into the popular harmonic idioms of his times.

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PATHWAY OF THE PERFORMER AS HIPHOPPING BOOP-BOOP A DOOPER:
Storyline: The scat singer turned scatologist dips ever deeper into her self-imprisoning underside in order to see if she can finally make it out to the other side of her self, with talent and extended career intact.

hL’il Kim (Kimberly Jones) (1975) - American singer, songwriter and actress. Outer: Of African-American descent. One brother. Father was extremely disapproving of her, and her parents divorced when she was 8. Tried to stay with her mother afterwards, but money problems gave custody to her progenitor. Always had a desire to be different, affecting unique dress, which would later metamorphosize into a penchant for revealing designer clothes with outrageous accessories, and plenty of bare flesh. 4’11” and voluptuous. Left home at 14, and lived with drug dealers, running errands for them, while continuing to suffer put-downs by men, until she met dealer and soon-to-be superstar rapper Biggie Smalls, the Notorious B.I.G. Began recording with his Junior M.A.F.I.A. posse, and transformed herself into a blue-eyed blonde. Spent years living out of her mother’s car and on other people’s couches, before becoming a star on her own in 1996, after showing herself to be a standout with her earlier group. Her first album was “Hard Core,” a raunchy celebration of her own earthy sense of the uninhibited and sexual feminine, which paved the way for a host of female rappers to follow in her petite but large footsteps. Devastated by the loss of her mentor, the Notorious B.I.G., who was killed in 1997. Although he had been married to another singer, the duo had had an on-again, off-again romance. Sank into a deep depression, but eventually took recontrol of her life, and showed she could operate on her own. Created her own label, Queen Bee, and spent several years on her 2nd album, “The Notorious K.I.M.”, before discovering part of it had been bootlegged, necessitating new songs and the reworking of others. Witnessed a shootout in 2001, and subsequently lied to the grand jury about it, necessitating a year and a day prison sentence In 2005. Hurriedly recorded an album, “The Naked Truth,” in which she took potshots at perceived turncoat friends, before going in, while toning down her public image. Hit with a plagiarism lawsuit on getting out, although resumed her high profile career, without missing a proverbial beat, thanks to the support of lots of fellow entertainers, eager to keep her in public view, despite a noticeable lack of new album releases. Continued, however, to attract unseemly energy around her, when a young woman was beaten to death by a rejected bartender at a birthday party given for her in 2008. Changed her appearance in 2012, with a lighter complexion, fuller cheekbones and smaller nose, making her almost unrecognizable, in a need to resurrect her career, while suing her lawyer for bad licensing agreements. Had a boy with rapper Mr. Papers in 2014. Inner: Outgoing, unassuming, raunchy and flamboyant, using both explicit lyrics and eye-popping outfits to command center stage. Attempt-at-healing lifetime of trying to transcend her multi-life difficulties with plagiarism, legalities and unsympathetic judges, via a mid-career interruption, rather than a summary end of career in the middle, as she did the last time in this series. hHelen Kane (Helen Schroeder) (1903-1966) American singer and actress. Outer: Mother was Irish and worked in a laundry, father was a German immigrant who had difficulty with steady employment. Raised in poverty, she dropped out of school, and was working professionally by her mid-teens. Toured the Orpheum circuit,with the Marx Brothers, as a singer, and was a vaudeville performer as both the member of an all-girl trio, and also as a chorine, where she received exquisite on-the-job training, learning phrasing, timing and her particular specialty, playing with and intoning lyrics so that each word rang out clearly. 5’, fleshy and large-eyed, with black, curly hair and a playful little girl voice, replete with a Bronx accent. Married Joseph Kane, a department store buyer, in her early 20s, and took his name professionally, although she divorced him three years later, as soon as her appelation was up in lights. Got her Broadway break in 1927 with a flop, “A Night in Spain,” which led to a gig at the Paramount Theater, where she started scatting, “boop-boop-a-doop,” in the middle of a hit song, and it came to be the defining moment of her professional life. Suddenly, she was making $5500 a week as a Broadway star, introducing a classic, “I Want to Be Loved By You,” before returning to the Paramount as a headliner at an equally inflated salary. Tuned into her paternal heritage, with sprechgesang, a combination of speech and song, and continued with her scatting, where she turned her voice into a musical instrument. Over the next two years, she made 22 recordings, while enjoying cult status as a singer, with movies giving her an added physical resonance. Appeared in seven musicals between 1929 and 1931, beginning with Nothing But The Truth, when all of a sudden her career ground to a screeching halt. In 1930, Fleischer Studios and Paramount Pictures introduced a character loosely based on her called Betty Boop. Originally a dog, and later a doll-like human with great big eyes, BB was the quintessential flapper. Subsequently sued Paramount for a quarter of a million over their infringement, but failed to convince a judge of her uniqueness, and lost the suit. The Great Depression also signaled an end to her particular style of singing, and she was never able to make a readjustment to changing times. Never made another film, and spent the 1930s on the underside of the entertainment card in various theaters and clubs. In 1933 she married an actor, Max Hoffman, Jr., only to divorce two years later. Her final marriage to nightclub owner and sometime performer Dan Healy, however, proved the charm, and they stayed wed until her death. No children from any of her unions. Made a couple of TV appearances in the 1950s and 1960s on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” so that she remained working her entire life, but only enjoyed the limelight for a very brief run in her late 20s. In the 1950s, she came down with breast cancer, and, despite several hundred radiation treatments, she succumbed to the disease at home, with her husband by her bedside. Inner: Unpretentious, and a natural entertainer, with an unusual voice. Boop-boop-a-doop lifetime of enjoying a few brief years of spectacular success, and then a long second act as an undercarder, thanks to an inability to change with changing times.

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PATHWAY OF THE PERFORMER AS HIGH PROFILE PARTNER:
Storyline: The unconventional cook cooks up unusual adventures for herself via her equally nontraditional relationships and a facility for being the dominant personality in them, despite the greater fame of her partners.

Samantha Ronson (1977) - English/American musician and disc jockey. Outer: Of Ashkenzai Eastern European Jewish descent. Mother was a writer and socialite, and father was a music executive, as well as a real estate entrepreneur. Her older brother Mark became a music producer, while her twin sister Charlotte is a fashion designer. Following the divorce of her parents, her mother wed Mick Jones, the guitarist for Foreigner, and moved her brood to NYC, while the family expanded to a half-brother and half-sister. Had a stimulating childhood surrounded by her stepfather’s music, and at 16, appeared with a rap group called the Low Lifes. Became a DJ for MTV, and began touring, as well as cutting albums, although her early efforts failed to capture the public imagination. Her first solo album, “Red” was never officially released, although she featured it on her MySpace page. Appeared with fellow label mates for Roc-A-Fella, after becoming the first act signed by them. Eventually decided to focus more on being a DJ than a recording artist, while her biggest claim to fame would be her on-again off-again relationship with bad grrrl Lindsay Lohan, beginning in 2008, occasioning much tabloid gossip, particularly around the latter’s penchant for grabbing headlines around her excesses. Considers herself bisexual, despite being imprinted in the public mind as LL’s desperate squeeze. Involved in several lawsuits, including one with her own lawyer, while also making several TV appearances, mostly playing herself. Owns a nightclub in NYC, the Plumm, with several other show biz celebs. Inner: Strong-willed and very much her own woman. Flip side lifetime of continuing her pursuit of the fortunes of fame as a secondary character in the public mind, but a primary one in the lives of those she closely touches. Alice B. Toklas (1877-1967) - American/French consort and memoirist. Outer: Parents were Polish immigrants, and observant Jews. Father had emigrated with his brothers for the gold rush, but became a dry goods merchant instead, ultimately settling in San Francisco. One younger brother. Educated in private schools, before going to the Univ. of Seattle, where she studied piano, and thought about becoming a concert pianist, although never pursued it. Lost her mother just before her 20th birthday, and became her father’s caretaker, while seeing she much preferred the company of women, and would never lead a conventional married life. Hung with an arty crowd, and when San Francisco was devastated in 1906 by an earthquake, she became friends with the brother and sister-in-law of Gertrude Stein (Sinead O’Connor), who had returned to the city from Paris to assess damage to their holdings. Returned with them to the City of Lights in 1907, and quickly took up with GS, rescuing her from her domineering brother, Leo. The two became a couple, while she served GS as social secretary, typist, and housekeeper, carefully monitoring their social life and maintaining a salon atmosphere around their Paris apartment. Proved to be the dominant figure of the two, despite GS’s reputation as a “genius,” and thoroughly enjoyed her own step into the spotlight, following the latter’s publication of “The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas,” in 1934. The book was not about her, but rather a memoir of GS, but it made her famous in artistic circles. GS continued to use her as her muse, while revealing an undertone of insecurity in their relationship, despite its overt closeness. After GS died in 1946, she began to publish, with her most famous tome, “The Alice B. Toklas Cookbook” in 1954, an anecdotal memoir, which featured a recipe for hashish brownies. Also penned a memoir and a second cookbook, which was mostly the product of its editor. Towards the end of her long life, she suffered from arthritis and cataracts, while undergoing poverty, since others took advantage of her frailty and absconded with the extremely valuable art collection she had. Ultimately converted to Catholicism, after being convinced it would be the only way she would meet up again with GS in heaven. The two would be buried beside one another in the Pere-Lachaise cemetery in Paris. Inner: Extremely well-organized, highly social, and trusting. Support lifetime of giving both ballast and autobiography to a seminal 20th century avant-gardist, and earning her own immortal niche in the world of letters in the process.

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PATHWAY OF THE SINGER AS ALL-AROUND HANDY MAN:
Storyline: The upbeat bluesman easily shapes his talents around the forms of the day, while showing he understands the intricacies of the checkbook as well as he does the mechanics of musical composition.

hNelly (Cornell Haynes, Jr.) (1978) - American singer. Outer: Of African/American descent. Mother was a fast-food server for 3 decades, father was a retired Air Force officer. Lived in Spain for a while. An only child, his parents split up when he was 7 when they moved to St. Louis, and neither was into taking care of him, so he spent his childhood moving from relative to relative and school-to-school. An excellent athlete, he dreamed of a big league career, and played amateur baseball, but felt it was too slow a path to big money. Never graduated high school, instead went to work right away at low-paying jobs. Street-smart and self-sufficient, he saw the underworld as a dead-end to his ambitions, and instead formed the St. Lunatics with 5 friends in 1996, and began playing small clubs, eventually scoring an underground hit in 2000 with “Country Grammar,” which limned his love for his hometown, marijuana and himself, not necessarily in that order. The group stayed together, losing one member to prison on drug charges. Despite difficulties with finding a label, they were eventually signed by Universal, and he became a solo act, while still performing with the Lunatics, as both thrived. Quickly became a rap superstar, with the ability to mix rough rap with an extremely melodious singing voice, and his desire to expand upon the genre. His 2nd album, “Nellyville,” was the first concept rap album, dissecting life in St. Louis, but again from an extremely narrow perspective. Showed great loyalty to his roots, with a strong identification with his hometown, and a desire to be a healer through his music, as well as a powerhouse in the music industry. Achieved the latter by becoming the most popular of the mainstream hip-hop artists, while carefully continuing to play to his core black audience, so as not to lose them. Made his film debut in 2001 in Snipes, and in 2004 became part owner of the Charlotte Bobcats basketball team. Also is part owner of a NASCAR team, as well as an entrepreneur with a clothing line, Apple Bottoms, which makes jeans for ample-bottomed women, and and an energy drink, Pimp Juice. Won Grammys in 2002, 2003 and 2004 for both collaborative efforts, and solo performance, while also pocketing Billboard and BET awards as well. Lost his sister to leukemia in 2005, and took on the responsibility of raising her son and daughter, to add to his own daughter and son, both conceived with ex-girlfriends. His TV appearances include a reality show, “Nellywille” on BET, beginning in 2014, chronicling his life, along with his four children, and the various dramas surrounding them all. Had his tour bus busted in Tennessee for drugs and handguns, and a was released on bail. Inner: Extremely competitive, great self-assurance, and iron-willed with a strong work ethic, as well as a sense of responsibility. Also extremely pleasure-oriented, using his music to extol a 24/7 lifestyle of pursuing self-gratification. Self-inventing lifetime of lifting everyone’s blues, St. Louis-style, with his desire to be a celebrated celebrity. hW. C. Handy (William Christopher Handy) (1873-1958) - American composer, cornetist and bandleader. Outer: Of African/American descent. Both his parents were ex-slaves. Father was a Methodist minister in a local church. Despite no real musical background in his family, he first learned music on the organ, and secretly studied the cornet with a white bandmaster. Forced to return a guitar he had bought with his own money by his father, who disdained secular music. Worked in the Alabama fields and also served as an apprentice to a printer. Ran off with a minstrel show, but had to come back home and finish his schooling, before working for the McNabb Iron Works, and briefly as a teacher. Remained musically active, organizing and arranging for amateur groups. Left home at 20 with a vocal quartet and headed for the World’s Fair, which was postponed for a year, forcing him to return south, only to be stranded in St. Louis with the street-sleeping blues. Played in small bands and became conversant with the black folkform of the ‘blues.’ Parlayed his cornet playing into becoming musical director in 1900 of the Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical College, and also became a music teacher in Mississippi. Married Elizabeth Price, a childhood love, in 1898, and had 6 children, settling into a prosperous life of composing and bandleading. After coming up with a song for a successful politician, he began exploring the blues as his true métier, although found the form primitive, and much in need of polishing. With “The Memphis Blues” in 1912, he helped establish the form as a worldwide phenomenon. Misadventures in handling the commercial end of his work led him into the music publishing business, and in 1913, with a partner, he formed the Pace and Handy Music Co. After it went bankrupt he refashioned it as the Handy Brothers Music Co. His most famous composition, “The St. Louis Blues,” would be issued the following year, and he went on to a highly successful career on all fronts, ultimately becoming more of a businessman than a composer, as he relocated to Harlem. Also wrote several books and anthologies, as well as an autobiography “Father of the Blues,” in 1941. In 1943, a skull fracture suffered in a fall left him totally blind, although he never lost his buoyant nature. After the death of his wife, he married Irma Logan, his secretary, in 1954. Spent his last 3 years in a wheelchair, and died of pneumonia. The movie St. Louis Blues, opened 10 days after his demise. Inner: Upbeat, respectable, urbane, polished, optimistic and joyful. Equally skillful in the realms of commerce and art. Buoyant bluesman lifetime of making a specific musical form his own, while proving himself equally adept at exploring, exposing and exploiting his creation.

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PATHWAY OF THE SINGER AS FIRST & LAST OF THE RED HOT MAMAS:
Storyline: The big-voiced vocalizer slims down in celebration of her new-found physicality, all the while making booming beautiful noise as she tries to expand her close sense of birth family with the vagaries of the larger world.

hChristina Aguilera (1980) - American singer, songwriter, and actress. Outer: Her Ecuadorian father was an abusive figure, making for an extremely unpleasant household, until her mother left him, and she went to live with her grandmother. Has avoided contact with her sire, ever since, while trying to work through the pain of it through her music. Her grandmother used to take her to little record stores, and buy her old records, unconsciously linking her up with her own world of the immediate past. Became known around the neighborhood as ‘the little girl with the big voice’ a contrast with which she identified. At 12, she became a Mouseketeer on TV, and wound up appearing with several future pop idols, including Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake. In 1999, she made her debut with a bubblegum album, which she didn’t care for, even though it sold 8 million copies, and emblazoned her wholesome image on the record-buying public, while winning a Grammy the following year for best new artist. 5’2” slim and bosomy. Did a Spanish-language follow-up album, and then decided to forsake her squeaky clean image. For her fourth album, she posed topless on the cover, and then made a video that reintroduced herself in fairly feral fashion, in leather and red, to the cheers of some and the thumbs-down of others, while she became a pop icon, getting plenty of press and exposure, as she added tattoos and piercings to her voluptuous corpus. Despite continually changing her image, her great big voice has been constant, raising her well above the exhibitionistic singers among her peers, as a genuine talent with great staying power. Through her sense of costume, she has become a theatrical experience unto herself, with the potential for an endlessly entertaining career, in her continual redesigns of herself around her choices of material. Finally able to trust men via an agreeable mate, Jordan Bratman, a music executive who she married in 2005, and the following annum her first album in 4 years, “Back to Basics,” debuted at number one. Subsequently proudly displayed her pregnant body on a magazine cover, before giving birth to a son. Launched her film career in 2010 with Burlesque, a musical drama which managed to hit all the showbiz cliches, while lightly exposing her tremendous talent. At the same time she filed for divorce, painting a far different portrait of her marriage than her original assessment. Managed to mangle the words for the Star Spangled Banner at the 2011 Superbowl, much to her chagrin and deep embarrassment, then compounded her problems by being arrested for public intoxication a couple of weeks afterwards, following pleas by friends to enter rehab. Served on the TV show “The Voice,” as a coach, while continuing to draw attention to herself through her outsize figure, and equally flamboyant gift to entertain. The winner of 5 Grammys, beginning with Best New Artist in 2000, along with several performance awards. Replaced on “The Voice” in 2016, because of personality conflicts along with rumors she was using drugs, although denied it, claiming she was merely taking an over-the-counter weight loss natural supplement. Has a net worth of $130 million. Inner: Highly ambitious and driven. Tries to use her music to empower women, while admitting to be sexually attracted to the feminine. Suffers from periodic depression and bad body image. Red Hot Mama lifetime of initially being filled with anger, but also the ability to transmute it through performance, in a go-round whose dynamic is the complete opposite of her last in this series, but with a similar desire to heal her pain through fan-love. hSophie Tucker (Sophie Kalish) (1884-1965) - American singer. Outer: Born while her mother, a Russian Jew, was on her way to meet her husband in Boston. Her parents owned a restaurant in Hartford, Conn. 2nd of 4 children. Hated restaurant work, while dreamed of being an entertainer. 145 lbs at 13, shy, played piano for her sister at amateur shows, and got laughs as ‘the fat girl.’ In 1903, she married Louis Tuck, a beer truck driver, one son from the union. Separated after her husband could not support the family, and later divorced him. In 1906, she left her son with her parents and went to NYC, changing her name to Tucker, while her family remained extremely supportive throughout her career. Had to work in blackface because she was deemed unattractive, and made her debut in December of 1906. Became known as the ‘World Renowned Coon Shouter.’ Ballooned up to 165 lbs, and joined a burlesque show, and finally appeared without make-up in 1908, when her luggage didn’t arrive on time. The audience loved the way she belted out songs, and from then on, she played off her size with her distinct brassy stage persona. “Some of These Days,” became her trademark song, as she rose to stardom in vaudeville.Married her pianist, Frank Westphal, in 1914, divorced 5 years later. Became more sentimental after the death of her father in 1915. Had a booming voice and an emotional delivery, and employed suggestive innuendo humor in her earthy act. In 1922, she toured England, proving equally popular there. Continued touring, and at the demise of vaudeville, switched to nightclubs as her main venue, while also appearing in 8 films, beginning in 1929. At her best, however, with live audiences. Later she would feel restricted by both radio and television. Married Al Lackey, a fan, in 1928 and divorced 5 years later. Served as the provider in all her marriages, and worked to the very end of her life. Known as ‘the Last of the Red Hot Mamas,’ later in her career, which lasted nearly 60 years. Inner: Earthy, brassy, extremely generous and born to entertain. Far less successful with the men in her life, despite strong familial connection. Big mama lifetime of learning to accept her girth and who she was, so that her audience was able to do the same, in a mutual love affair that drowned out the other disappointments in her life.

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PATHWAY OF THE MUSICIAN AS ENTERTAINING ENTREPRENEUR:
Storyline: The captivating capitalist combines a savvy business sense with a crude, but effective musical sensibility, to show himself to be both a survivor and an economic force to be reckoned with in his desire to be a somebody worth his weight in gold records.

h50 Cent (Curtis Jackson) (1981) - American musician. Outer: Of African/American descent. Mother was one of the few female drug dealers in his neighborhood, who died at 23 from a mysterious fire. Never knew his father. Picked up her street smarts, and was raised by his grandparents, who took him in at 8. His grandmother doted on him, giving him a dualistic sense of himself as part-thug, and part-beloved grandson who could do no wrong. Picked up his mother’s expensive tastes, and began selling crack at 12, gaining a rep as a neighborhood legend, as well as a long rap sheet and a stint in jail. Met Jam Master Jay, the DJ from Run-DMC, who served as his musical mentor and promoter, teaching him the basics, before steering him to Columbia Records in 1999, although they didn’t know what to do with him, particularly after he took nine bullets while sitting in a car outside his grandmother’s house, including fragments embedded in his tongue. 6’, muscular and tattooed. Recovered in a hospital, and released a bootleg single, “How To Rob,” while finding himself out of a contract, but was picked up by Eminem and Dr. Dre’s Aftermath/Shady Records, and the former produced, “Get Rich or Die Trying,” which made him a player on the rap scene, as the runaway rap hit of 2002, selling 11 million copies, a record for a debut. Fathered a son with Shaniqua Thompson, proving himself anything but a stable mate, in a continually contentious relationship with incidents galore. Able to maintain a high visibility, thanks to an ongoing feud with fellow rapper Ja Rule, and a high profile, albeit brief, romance with actress Vivica Fox, as well as a rude intrusion at the 2004 Grammys, when he thought he should have won the award. Formed a partnership with his producers, and created G-Unit Records, which unleashed several longtime friends onto the rap scene, although he later publicly feuded with one of them, The Game. Began a clothing line, and is steadily building a business empire for himself, while also exploring filmdom, with a fictionalized version of his life, Get Rich or Die Tryin’, as he continues to pursue his lifelong goal of being somebody who counts, both monetarily and artistically. In 2005, he became the first artist with 3 hits in the top 5 of Billboard’s Hot 100. The same year he published his memoir, From Pieces to Weight, then became a publisher himself, teaming up with Simon & Schuster for G-Unit Books, a sub-genre of hip-hop street-lit, that he helped co-create with a stable of street-cred writers. Joined the celebrity Sex Tape Brigade in 2010 by editing himself into one featuring the ex-wife of rapper Rick Ross, as part of their ongoing feud. In 2011, he co-wrote "Playground: The Mostly True Story of a Former Bully." a children’s book based loosely on his own experiences, with its rough edges smoothed out for his prospective audience, while continuing to burnish his violent image. Acknowledged a second son in 2014 with model Daphne Joy. Found guilty in 2015 of posting a sex tape of a Florida mom online and fined $5m, then filed for bankruptcy afterwards. Declaring bankruptcy, in 2016, he announced he would pay between 74% and 92% of his $36m in debts after a settlement was reached, including $6m to Lavonia Leviston for publishing a sex tape of her in 2009, which was the beginning of his own financial downfall. In 2017, the bankruptcy was officially discharged after he made good on $22 million of it. Inner: Lost 50 pounds on a liquid diet to play a cancer-stricken footballer, than put it back on, as a further show of his control over his muscular physicality. Coarse and crude, but with excellent business instincts, a unique musical sensibility, and once again, a survivor in a difficult milieu. Loves playing the bad guy. Money’s worth lifetime of taking care of business from a very young age, and surviving to not only sing about it, but create an empire built on his tuned-in sensibilities, and his capacity for survival, and fame, no matter what life throws at him. hEdward ‘Kid’ Ory (1886-1973) - American musician. Outer: Of African/American descent. Father was a plantation owner, but his son took his mother’s maiden name. One of 7 children. Began playing as a child on homemade instruments, and organized his own band. After the death of his mother, he started working at 10 to support his ailing father and 2 younger sisters. Paid a tutor to teach him at night, since he couldn’t attend school. Rose at 4 each morning to catch crawfish, then went to work as a water boy in the fields at 7 A.M. Studied music privately, although probably learned more from just listening. Originally a banjo player, he eventually found his instrument in the trombone, buying his first one at 12 and utilizing his earlier experience to establish his unique ‘tailgate’ style, where he played a rhythmic line under the other brass pieces. The name derived from carrying small bands in wagons during festivities, with the trombone player, because of the extended slide, sitting on the tailgate. Buddy Bolden (Charles ‘Bird’ Parker) heard him play and immediately offered him a position in his group. Formed his own band in 1911, and during the decade, he led it to pre-eminence on the New Orleans scene, while giving a start to numerous jazz greats of the era, including King Oliver (Dr. Dre), and Louis Armstrong. Nicknamed ‘Kid’ by his legion of female fans. Because of his health, he moved to California in 1919, and formed Kid Ory’s Creole Orchestra. In 1922, they became the first New Orleans jazz band to record. Moved to Chicago in 1925 to rejoin King Oliver, and continued playing regularly as well as recording with the transplanted jazz players there. Went into semi-retirement during the Depression, returned to Los Angeles, and successfully ran a chicken ranch with his brother, until the latter’s death in 1938. In 1939, with the revival of Dixieland, he found his music back in vogue, and revived his old band in 1943 to even greater acclaim. In 1954, he moved to San Francisco, where he opened his own club, On The Levee. Appeared in several films, including, The Benny Goodman Story. Continued playing, touring and recording until his final retirement in 1966, when he moved to Hawaii. Best known for “Savoy Blues” and “Muskat Ramble.” Inner: Coarse and candid, with an excellent business and organizational sense. There-at-the-beginning lifetime of coming in with a core of fellow musicians in order to explore the nascent jazz scene, and unlike many of them, proved to be a savvy survivor, very much in control of both his own destiny and memorable artistry.

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PATHWAY OF THE PERFORMER AS BORN TO SUCCEED:
Storyline: The determined diva has an instinct for achievement in all she assays as she builds on her previous ability to integrate a highly satisfactory private life with her public one, while adding a supplementary dimension of spirituality to her easy grace with the material realm.
hBeyoncé Knowles ((Beyoncé Giselle Knowles) (1981) - American singer, songwriter, record producer and actress. Outer: Of African/American descent on her father’s side, and Creole on her mother’s. Raised to be a devout Christian, and later able to rationalize her revealing costumes as a necessary part of her career. Younger sister Solange also a singer. 5’6”, and quite striking. First performed at a school talent show at 7, then did many more, while forming her own group, Girls Tyme. Attended a high school for performing and visual arts in Houston. In 1990, she formed Destiny’s Child with a cousin and two others. Her father, Matthew Knowles, who had worked at Xerox before putting together a marketing plan for his daughter, became the group’s manager while her mother, Tina, designed their costumes. Lost on TV’s “Star Search,” in 1992, but the group was eventually discovered by singer Whitney Houston and they made their debut album in 1998. It swiftly went platinum, catapulting them to the forefront of girl groups, while she remained their center, both writing and producing many of their songs, including their biggest hit, “Independent Women.” The group suffered lawsuits and acrimony over a subsequent breakup, although she was able to reform another trio, after going through a depressive period in which she lost her first love, whom she had been with since she was 12. Began to branch out into acting, appearing as Carmen in an MTV version of the opera in 2001, and then in 2002, she played the female lead in the popular Goldmember. Released her first solo album the following year, “Dangerously in Love,” which was a multimillion seller, and won 5 Grammys, thanks to her collaboration and relationship with Def Jam Recordings president and rapper Jay-Z, whom she would marry in 2008, to become the power couple of hip-hop. Like her fellow divas, she, along with her mother, started her own fashion line, House of Dereon, in 2004, while becoming spokeswoman for L’Oreal and launching her own fragrance, True Star, despite being allergic to perfume. Reunited with Destiny’s Child the same year, for another album, in a desire to raise them to another level, although it received poor reviews, and the universal advice for her to stick to her solo career, which she did, to excellent effect on her 2nd solo album with Jay-Z, “B’Day,” which was released on her 25th natal day. Saw her parents separate in 2009 in preparation for divorce over her father’s infidelities, after 31 years of marriage. Set a new Grammy record with 6 in 2010, including song of the year, to break her old record of 5, tied by 5 others. After suffering a miscarriage, she had a daughter with Jay-Z in 2012, which he celebrated in song. Lip-synced the natonal anthem on inauguration day, but more than made up for it wth a spectacular half-time show at the Super Bowl, including a reunion of her original group, Destiny’’s Child. Raked in $115m in 2014, making her easily the highest paid person in the music industry. Added two more Grammys to her collection in 2015. Gave a high-spirited halftime show at the 2016 50th anniversary half-time Superbowl show to kick off her black-celebratory Formation tour, while drawing enmity from the right for having her dancers wearing Black Panther berets and giving black power salutes while arranging themselves in an X to honor Malcolm X, in an attempt on her part to give symbol and voice to her suddenly rediscovered racial identity. The display also incurred the wrath of the police who called for boycotting her tour. Her first album in three years, “Lemonade” and its HBO special promoting it continued with her newfound political awareness with a celebration of the Black Lives Matter movement and the indomitability of black women, while hitting out at her husband’s presumed infidelities. At the 2016 VMAs, she got a record 11 nominations and won five awards, including the coveted Video of the Year, as further testament to her standing as a premier diva of her time, replete with a suddenly awakened political agenda, as well. The following year she added to her family with a pair of twins, a son and daughter. Has a net worth of $350 million. Inner: Great zest for performing, despite being all slick surface, and able to compartmentalize her life into her public exhibitionistic persona, and her private spiritual one. Deliberately dualistic, as a self-protective stance, preserving her natural reserve for friends and family, while giving her fans what they want, without letting it affect her real self. Unpretentious, with a great desire to be liked. Queen Bey lifetime of finding her usual easy grace in the material world, while adding the spiritual and then the political to her larger sense of self, in her ongoing desire to be as complete a person as possible. hBebe Daniels (Bebe Virginia Daniels) (1901-1971) - American actress and singer. Outer: From a family that descended from Spanish royalty. Mother was actress Phyllis Daniels, and father was a stage manager. Her brother Richard also became an actor. The family moved to Los Angeles when she was a child, and she made her stage debut at 4 in “The Squaw Man,” and was soon touring in Shakespeare and popular fare. Made her film debut at 7 in A Common Enemy, and had her first starring role in front of the lights at the same age. In between roles, she attended a convent school, while continually expanding her repertoire, so that she would eventually become a singer and dancer, and a slapsticker, vamp and drama queen. By her early teens, her focus was on film, and while appearing in a series of Harold Lloyd comedy shorts, she became an item with him. Although he wanted to marry her, she was far more into her career, and too independent for his traditional nature. By her late teens, she was looking for more challenge from dramatic fare, and signed with Cecil B. DeMille, although she only achieved secondary role status with him. Spent 10 days in jail for speeding in her early 20s, then capitalized on it with The Speed Girl. Subsequently switched studios, making the easy transition to adult star, mostly in froth. 5’3”. By decades end, and the advent of talkies, her contract was dropped, although she not only had a voice, she had excellent pipes as well, and her star continued to ascend, while she began recording for RCA Victor. Her cousin, inventor Lee De Forest, did much to improve the technology of early sound, helping her career immensely. Began appearing in musicals in the early 1930s, although switched back to drama when they ran their course. Married actor Ben Lyon in 1930, in a close union that would prove to be life-lasting, and would produce a son and a daughter. Once had several thousands dollars worth of jewelry stolen from her hotel room in Chicago, but gangster Al Capone (Pablo Escobar), was such a big fan, that he put the ‘or else’ word out, and it was quickly and nervously returned. After a successful first half of the decade in varied fare, she retired from the American silver screen, and moved to London in 1935. Did musical work on the London stage, becoming a major West End star, and also appeared on radio shows for the BBC, along with her husband, including a popular series called “Hi Gang,” for which she wrote most of the dialogue. Braved the London Blitz before returning to America, and after the war was given a Presidential Medal of Freedom. Worked briefly again in Hollywood as a producer, before going back permanently to London in the late 1940s. From 1951 to 1961, she produced and starred in “Life with the Lyons,” a popular radio show, with her husband and children in the cast. The show would make the transition to the telly in 1955, and would prove the finale of her varied and extremely well-received show business career. Died of a stroke and a cerebral hemorrhage, and her ashes were returned home to be buried in a Hollywood cemetery. Inner: Virtually born to perform, with a host of talents at her disposal. Conflict-free lifetime of enjoying not only continued success for her many gifts, but also a close family life, in an extremely well-integrated go-round that garnered love and applause galore.


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PATHWAY OF THE PERFORMER AS DEATH-TINGED BLUES SINGER:
Storyline: The undaunted dreamgirl continually loses the people closest to her, but is able to rebound the second time around, to give full resonance to her talents, after earlier being undone by losing her heart to perform over a previous intimate loss.

hJennifer Hudson (Jennifer Kate Hudson) (1981) - American singer and actress. Outer: Father was a bus driver, who died when she was 18. Third and youngest child. Raised a Baptist, and began singing with her church choir at 7. Her grandmother and choir mistress, would be her mentor and inspiration, and through her, she did community theater, as well as appeared in talent shows, although she had no formal musical training. 5’9”, and full-bodied. After graduating high school, she sang on the Disney Cruise Lines for six months, then came to public attention as one of the finalists of the third season of “American Idol.” Proved less popular with the larger audience, than she did some of the judges, ultimately working her way into the final 12. Although she didn’t win, she was able to turn the exposure, and a subsequent tour with her fellow Idols into a coveted role in Dreamgirls in 2006, for which she beat out the ultimate winner on “Idol,” Fantasia Barrino. Won an Academy Reward for Best Supporting Actress, as well as a host of other awards for her effort, which insured her a high profile career both on the silver screen and as a recording artist. As symbol of her newfound success, she became the third African-American to appear on the cover of “Vogue” magazine, following Oprah Winfrey and Halle Berry. Subsequently won a Grammy for her eponymous debut album in 2008, the same year her mother, brother and nephew were killed by her estranged brother-in-law. After removing herself from public view to grieve and pull herself together, she reappeared at Super Bowl XLIII, singing the Star-Spangled Banner, and has since fully resumed her career. In 2009, she had a son with her fiancee David Otunga, a Harvard Law graduate. Lost some 80 pounds afterwards as a WeightWatchers ambassador, only to receive criticism in some quarters she had become “too thin.” Did a moving tribute to Whitney Houston at the 2012 Grammys, singing one of her signature songs, in memorium of her recent passing. Got some measure of closure later with the conviction of her ex-brother-in-law for the murders of her family members, and asked God to forgive him afterwards, while he received three life sentences for the unconscionabe crimes. Made her Broadway debut in late 2015 in a well-received pared down reprise of “The Color Purple”. with her singing earning rave reviews. Inner: Straight arrow in her private life, eschewing drink and drugs. Strong Baptist sensibilities and a great belief in God as a guiding force. Dreamgirl lifetime of being forced to deal with the nightmare of close and sudden death once again, but this time resurrecting from it, as an emblem of emotional survival and transcendent talent. hRosa Henderson (Rosa Deschamps) (1896-1968) - American singer. Outer: Of African-American descent. Her uncle owned a carnival, and she left home in 1913 to travel with his show. In 1918, she married Douglas ‘Slim’ Henderon, a tenor saxophonist, and had two children with him. The pair worked with John Mason, and formed the Mason-Henderson performing troupe, which toured the U.S., playing segregated venues. Had a 9 year recording period, beginning in 1923, using a host of names as well as bands, including several different Fletcher Henderson (Kanye West) groups. Earned the reputation as one of the superior blues singers of her time, through her powerful voice and presentation. Performed in a host of shows and revues in NYC, as well as London. Following Henderson’s death in 1928, the heart went out of her performing, and she spent the latter part of her working life in a NYC department store. Appeared occasionally until 1932, and then did sporadic benefit concerts afterwards, while slowly fading into obscurity. Inner: Truncated professional lifetime of displaying her exuberant talent, before being undone by a premature death close to her, necessitating a repeat of sorts to allow her to transcend personal sorrow and give full and long-lasting breath to her talents in her next go-through in this series.

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PATHWAY OF THE PERFORMER AS COMPULSIVE PARTY GIRL:
Storyline: The addled addict knows how to briefly shine in the celebrity skies but not how to secure her place in that much sought-after firmament, thanks to an ongoing facility for bad choices, bad behavior, and an all-consuming desire to continually blot herself out.

hBritney Spears (1981) - American singer. Outer: Of English descent. Mother Lynne was a former grade school teacher and Southern Baptist, father was a building contractor. Her older brother Bryan eventually became one of her managers, and her younger sister Jamie-Lynn became an actress and singer. Fixated on being a star from a young age. Encouraged by her mother, she began performing in local dance revues and in her Baptist church choir. Turned down by the New Mickey Mouse Club at age 8, but got an agent from the effort, and spent 3 summers in NY at the Professional Performing Arts School, while debuting Off-Broadway as an understudy in “Ruthless.” In 1992, she appeared on TV’s “Star Search,” making it to the second round, then finally became a Mouseketeer, spending her pre and early teens as such. The show produced a host of future stars, including Justin Timberlake, with whom she would have a 4 year relationship, that ended with her fidelity in question. After forming Innosense with some of her female Mousketeers, she took a five year break from her career, while her parents split. 5’4”, with dyed blonde hair and light brown eyes. In 1998, she released her first single, “Baby One More Time,” and within a year, she was a major player on the pop scene, parlaying her cheerful and youthful sexuality, into a ubiquitous presence, thanks to tours, advertising deals, concerts, and best-selling albums. Co-wrote a book, “A Mother’s Gift,” with her own mother, with whom she would remain extremely close. Her mother would later pen a tell-all, in which she claimed her daughter lost her virginity at 14, and was drinking at 13 and experimenting with drugs at 15. Enjoyed a remarkable rise, and as America’s number one pop star and teenage temptress, she signed a multi-million dollar deal with Pepsi in 2001, then had her unprecedented third straight number one album on its release. Made her film debut in 2002 in Crossroads, winning herself a Razzie for worst actress, and a general nose-holding for her efforts by the critics. Continued courting controversy with a non-sisterly kiss with her idol Madonna on the MTV video music awards in 2003. Her fourth album, released the following year, debuted at number one to add to her record, while finally winning her a Grammy for best dance record. In 2004, she married Jason Alexander, a childhood friend, just to see what marriage was like, although it was annulled 2 days later. Went on another world tour afterwards, which was cut short by a knee injury, after both her and her dancers’ suggestive antics were deemed completely inappropriate for her younger fans. Married dancer and aspiring rapper Kevin Federline later that year, 2 sons from union. Launched a successful perfume, ‘Curious,’ and followed it up with two more olfactory hits, but in 2005, a reality TV series, which she co-produced and called “Britney and Kevin: Chaotic,” proved far less successful. Shortly after the birth of her second child, she turned Federline into Fed-ex, by filing for divorce, then had a spate of bad publicity, thanks to a photo of her driving with the baby on her lap, and giving pantyless flashes to paparazzi. A combination of bipolar disorder and an excessive intake of drugs would turn her into a nonstop entertainment news headline, replete with revolving door rehab stays, a shaved head, endless pursuit by paparazzi, numerous driving accidents, and the loss of custody of her children to her ex. To add to her family dramas, her 16 year old sister Jamie-Lynn announced she was pregnant at the end of 2007. Her antics would both fascinate and repel the public, in its endless desire to vicariously experience its tarnished idols. Took up wuth Adnan Ghalib a married English Muslim paparazzo to start off 2008, and then was hauled off to the hospital for psychiatric observation, in keeping with the promise of another year of providing bizarre fodder for the tabloids. A well-received stint on a sitcom, however, revived hope for her self-reclamation, which was followed by winning video-of-the-year honors for “Piece of Me” 2008 MTV Video Music Awards. At the same time, her father was made her conservator, taking all finances out of her hands. Spent the rest of the year explaining herself and putting her career back on track, including debuting a new album, “Circus” at number one, and launching her first tour in 5 years in 2009. Despite an extended leave of absence from the tabloids, hit with a $10 million lawsuit from an ex-body guard, accusing her of sexual harrassment, bad mothering, drug use and unhygienic habits in 2011. Settled out of court in order to avoid any further allegations becoming public, and in 2012, was selected as one of the judge/guides on the “X-Factor,” for its second seaso, although only lasted one year. Engaged to her former manager, Jason Trawick, who became her co-conservator, rendering her a cash cow puppet totally under the control of others. Eventually ended the relationship in an act of self-assertion reclaiming herself. Released her best album in a decade, “Glory” in 2016, as further indication she was finally in control of her life. Inner: Exhibitionistic, convention-flouting, good-timey girl, without the ability to control her considerable excesses. Repeat lifetime of early fame and early flame-out, in her ongoing struggles with demanding attention at all costs, and ultimately seeing that the cost for it is always far too great. hPeggy Shannon (Winona Sammon) (1910-1941) - American actress. Outer: Of Irish descent, with one younger sister. Born in the upstairs living quarters of her father’s store. Inspired to become a perfomer by child star Madge Evans. At 13, she came to New York and soon was a chorus girl in the Ziegfeld "Follies" and Earl Carroll’s "Vanities," the two highest profile Broadway reviews of the day, while claiming to be several years older than she was. Parlayed her red-haired good looks and party girl reputation into 15 Broadway light comedies between 1926 and 1930, netting much publicity, although none of the shows were hits. 5’4”. Married English actor Alan Davis in 1926. In 1931, Paramount brought her to Hollywood as a counterfoil to their star Clara Bow (Courtney Love), who was becoming increasingly unstable. Within days of her arrival, Bow suffered a nervous breakdown and she was rushed to replace her in the feature, The Secret Call. Promoted by the studio as the new ‘It Girl’, which angered Bow’s fans, and she wound up a flop on the silver screen, thanks largely to her lack of any noticeable thespian skills, and the overworked schedule into which she was thrust. Nevertheless, during this period, she served as a fashion plate, with an instinct for what would be popular, months before it was. Returned to Broadway in 1934, only to be overshadowed in her first role back by newcomer Jimmy Stewart. Always partial to alcohol, she began drinking even more heavily over her failure to extend her career beyond its superficial beginning, while her marriage also started to unravel. Returned to Hollywood in 1936, but eventually she could only get uncredited bit parts in grade B movies because of her continued alcoholism. Divorced in 1939, she married a cameraman/actor, Albert Roberts, whose failed Tinseltown career matched hers. Shortly afterwards, her husband returned from a fishing trip with a friend to find her slumped over the kitchen table, with a cigarette still in her mouth, and an empty whiskey glass beside her, victim of a fatal heart attack, and advanced liver disease. Less than three weeks later, Roberts shot himself, while seated in the same chair in which she died, leaving a suicide note professing his love for her. Inner: Highly ambitious, without the abilities to match her professional desires, but with a capacity for self-destruction that more than exceeded them. Good time girl lifetime of taking a limited talent as far as she could, before deliberately drowning herself in her failures, via her inability to rein in her enormous capacity for self-destruction.


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PATHWAY OF THE PERFORMER AS SINGING COWBOY TURNED C&W THRUSH:
Storyline: The Texas triller switches genders, only to ultimately alienate her fans with her questionable behavior, after earlier serving as a well=behaved and well-loved male star with nary a blemish on his well-recorded record.

LeAnn Rimes (Margaret LeAnn Rimes) (1982) American singer, songwriter and actress. Outer: An only child, she demonstrated the ability to sing at perfect pitch at the age of 18 months. Her musical family moved to Texas when she was six, where she took singing and dance classes, and began performing at local talent shows. Worked as a child in musical theater in Dallas, and tried out for the role of Annie in the Broadway hit, “Annie,” although didn’t get it. Appeared on the TV singing competition show, “Star Search,” and her good showing led her to launch a career in country music. By nine, she was touring nationally with her father, who began to record her at age 11, so that she released three albums by the time she was 13. Made her debut studio album, “Blue” in 1996, which was a huge hit, and she became a national figure, while still barely in her teens. Became the youngest person ever to win a Grammy in 1997. 5’5”, with dark blonde hair and narrow blue eyes. Continued releasing hit albums, combining country and pop, while appearing on the Disney Channel in a concert special. Blessed with a strong and emotive soprano, while also feeling confident enough as a youngster to choose material well outside her age range. Moved to Los Angeles in 1998 with her mother to pursue an acting career and made her film debut in 2000, in Coyote Ugly, in which he voice appeared and she did a brief cameo, followed later by small parts in both Hollywood fare and TV films. Focused on pop and inspirational music, before making a full crossover into contemporary pop music in 2000. Filed law suits against her father and former manager the same year, claiming they had stolen $7 million from her, which was later settled out of court. Also filed suit against her record label, in a need to take far more control over her life. In 2002, she married her back-up dancer Dean Sheremet. No children from the union, which ended in divorce in 2010, following her affair with married actor Eddie Cibrian, who was known as a serial cheater. In 2005, after numerous hits, she returned to country music, which failed to impress many critics, but her album was a best-seller anyway. Pursued an admixture of genres afterwards, while penning her own songs on “Family”. Began hosting the “Colgate Country Showdown,” a talent competition in 2007, and did so for numerous seasons afterwards. Co-wrote her first book, “What I Cannot Change,” in 2009, followed by a co-written story, “Holiday in Your Heart,” which was made into a cable movie, in which she played herself and also co-wrote the screenplay. In 2011, she married Cibrian, to the detriment of her career, thanks in no small part to an ongoing public feud with his ex-wife Brandi Glanville. Negative tabloid coverage of her infidelity and the breaking up of the Cibrian family, causing her extreme anxiety and stress. Lost a lot of weight, looking quite anorexic, while becoming obsessed with her looks followed by treatment for both disorders. Launched a cable reality show afterwards with her husband, in an attempt to reclaim herself. Inner: Charitable, and quite mature even in her teens, with a great need to have absolute control over her life. Also quite narcissistic and neurotic with an inability to handle criticism, thanks to an innate arrogance born of early fame. Sports 4 tattoos. “Trust” on her left wrist, “Still I Rise” on her right hip, “LovE” on her lower back and a feather on her torso. Early stardom lifetime of peaking quite young then finding it difficult to deal with criticism surrounding her less than stellar behavior, in her ongoing need to be loved and in control at all times. Tex Ritter (Woodward Maurice Ritter) (1905-1974) - American singer and actor. Outer: From a long line of Texas horseman. Father was a refinery worker. Grew up on a ranch, then attended the Univ. of Texas, where he majored in law, with initial thoughts of pursuing a career in the legal profession. 5’9”, with narrow eyes and an average build. Joined the Men’s Glee Club there, which completely altered his focus, thanks to the cowboy folksongs collected by several of his professors. Briefly went to Northwestern Univ. before launching his singing career in 1929 on a Houston radio station. Toured with a band, then in 1931 joined the NY Theater Guild and appeared in “Green Grow the Lilacs,” which served as the basis for the musical, “Oklahoma.” Became a featured singer in the Madison Square Garden Rodeo, which landed him a role on “The Lone Star Rangers,” one of the first western radio programs coming out of NYC. Signed a movie contract in 1936, and made some 85 films, 78 of which were westerns. Sang traditional western folk tunes instead of contemporary works like other singing cowboys. Married Dorothy Fay Southworth, his leading lady in four of his westerns, in 1941, two sons from the union, actor John Ritter, and Tom, who was born with cerebral palsy. Helped start United Cerebral Palsy Associations, Inc. in response, which helped raise public awareness and money to deal with the condition. As his singing cowboy career waned, in 1942, he became the first country artist signed by Capitol Records. He and his band, Tex Ritter & His Texans, had a number of hits and he is probably best remembered for singing the theme to the classic western High Noon in 1953. Starred in his own TV series, “Ranch Party” in 1959, which ran for four seasons, while he played mostly support roles or himself for the latter part of his career. Active throughout it, he was one of the founding members of the Country Music Association in Nashville, Tenn. In 1964, he became the fifth inductee of the Country Music Hall of Fame and served as president of that institution from 1963 to 1965. Co-hosted a late night Nashville radio program to conclude his active career. Launched an unsuccessful campaign for the U.S. Senate in 1970 as a Republican, but was defeated overwhelmingly despite his high name recognition. Died four years later of a heart attack. Has a Tex Ritter Museum within the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame. Inner: Friendly, well-liked, good-hearted and far more sophisticated than his singing cowboy image, with a genuine interest in traditional country music. Tall in the saddle lifetime of serving as the spirit and embodiment of the American cowboy through a fairly ubiquitous show business presence, and an easy to like amiability, before returning in far more high-strung manner to explore his unintegrated female side.

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PATHWAY OF THE SINGER AS CLASSICIST TURNED CHART-TOPPER:
Storyline: The former wayward Wagnerian pursues her own bliss in her metaphysical desire to know her true self, at whatever the cost.

Lana Del Rey (Elizabeth Grant) (1985) - American singer and song-writer. Outer: Of Scottish descent. Father was a copywriter turned real estate investor and her mother was a former advertising account executive. The oldest of three, with a younger sister and brother. Raised Roman Catholic, she began singing in her church choir as a child. Taught to play the guitar by an uncle. Suffered from alcohol addiction problem as a teenager, which sent her packing to boarding school for three years. Went to Fordham Univ. afterwards, where she studied metaphysics, looking to bridge belief with science in a desire to combine her deep sense of spirituality with a technological overview. 5’7” and slim with dark green eyes and hair that alternates between blond, raven and light brown. Stayed in NY for a total of 8 years, while also giving her time to painting and restoring houses on an indigenous reservation on the other side of the country. Began songwriting when she was 18, while also performing around NYC under a host of names, in an unconscious search for her true identity, although still didn’t see music as her career of choice. When she finally did, she signed her first recording contract in her early 20s. Lived in London for a while, then chose her name, via help from her lawyers and managers, because of the musical resonance to it. Has a contralto highly emotive and haunting voice, and enjoys playing with multi-tracks and overlays in the studio, so that her recordings are quite different from her live performances. Her first digital album was eponymous after which she bought out her initial contract and signed with a much larger set of companies. Made plaint that even though she had tried to sleep her way to a more stellar career, her promiscuity did little to advance her. Her second studio album, “Born to Die,” was a huge hit, as was her third. Added a short film Tropico to her c.v. in 2011. Released “Honeymoon,“ her third full album in 2015, in which she stated unequivocally that she wants nothing to do with ordinary pop stardom, and wishes to be viewed as a total outsider and her own woman, while playing with a host of conflicting feminine tropes. Splits her residences between Los Angeles and Glasgow, Scotland, while her relationships, which have been tumultuous, seem to take second place in her carefully calibrated universe, despite a desire for family and children. Her fifth studio album, 2017’s “Lust for Life” proved to be a departure from her smiling photo on the cover inward, signaling she was moving on from her earlier postures of pain and misery to a somewhat more joyful sense of herself. Has a net worth of $12 million. Inner: Self-styled Hollywood “sadcore” singer. Likes to reference cultural figures of the 50s and 60s, and is inspired by a host of cultural phenomena, including poetry and film noir. Eclectic in her tastes, and far less interested in feminism than the larger possibilities of space and time. Likes controversial names for her albums, and demands respect for her efforts. Has an M tattooed on her life hand for her grandmother along with the word “paradise.” On her right is the phrase, “trust no one.” Among her other tattoos are the words, “die young,” on her right ring finger. Big fan of English soccer. Trust no one but yourself lifetime of expanding herself musically, metaphysically and experientially in her never-ending desire to be on the most intimate terms possible with her own complex being. Helen Traubel (1899-1972) - American singer. Outer: Of German descent. From a prosperous family, where her father was a pharmacist. Grew up in a German-speaking household. Trained as a concert singer in both St. Louis and New York. In 1922, she married Louis Franklin Carpenter, a car salesman, but the couple soon separated although did not officially divorce until 1938. 5’9”, brown-haired and stout. Made her debut with the St. Louis Symphony in 1923. Toured extensively, giving recitals, while initially turning down the opportunity to appear with the prestigious NY Metropolitan Opera Company, because she wished to do further studies. Finally made her operatic debut in her late 30s in 1937 as a dramatic soprano in “The Man Without A Country,” which was rewritten to include a part for her. Married the following year to her business manager, William L. Bass. Made her Met debut in Richard Wagner’s (Werner Herzog) “Die Walkure” but soon found herself eclipsed by Kirsten Flagstad, before the latter was forced to go back to Norway during WW II. When a second rival came down with polio, she finally became the Met’s principal Wagnerian, per her heartfelt desire. Had a shimmering powerful voice that was perfect for Wagner’s works. Despite a fluency in singing Italian, she was never given the opportunity to do so. A popular concert and recital-giver, she did radio and later TV, singing both popular and classical music, while also doing some comedy as a foil. Served as a mentor for several years for Pres. Harry S. Truman’s daughter, Margaret. Ultimately fired in 1953 from the Met because its general manager thought her pop career was demeaning, and was taking away from her status as one of the company’s mainstays, although he would later ask her back. Focused afterwards on nightclub and TV work, while also appearing on Broadway and doing some film-work. Cowrote her biography, “St. Louis Woman,” in 1959, while producing two novels. Spent the latter part of her life caring for her second husband, and died of a heart attack in a hospital. Inner: Didn’t fell opera was her be-all and end-all, unlike her fellow divas. Very decisive in her decision-making, never looking back, with a desire to do things her way. Enthusiastic baseball fan and part owner of the hapless St. Louis Browns. High note lifetime of doing things her way, as a means of opening herself up to greater possibilities as an entertainer than her natural proclivities as a Wagnerian diva.

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PATHWAY OF THE PERFORMER AS SEMINAL SONG STYLIST:
Storyline: The futuristic conceptualist goes deep within to allow her to plumb her magical depths, as she serially rises from rough backgrounds to serve as inspiration to others through her pronounced artistry and refusal to fit anybody else’s view of who or what she should be.

Janelle Monae (Janelle Monae Robinson) (1985) - American singer/songwriter, actress, producer, and activist. Outer: Of African-American descent. Grandmother was a sharecropper who imbued her with the desire to become a storyteller, and was the glue who held the family together. Mother was a janitor, and father drove garbage trucks. One of two sisters. Her sire was also a drug addict, creating an extremely unpleasant home environment, from which she felt a great need to escape. Created her own little world as a child, in recompense, while always knowing that performing would be her life’s work. Identified with fellow Kansan Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz,” as a searcher for the yellow brick road magic that lies at the core of existence. Her parents eventually divorced, and her mother married a postal worker. The violence and drug use all around her, from both family members and peers, drove her deeper into the arts and self-expression as an antidote. After high school, she moved to NYC, where she attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Her ambitions to star in musical theater, only saw her in a couple of off-Broadway shows, because of stereotyping, and she moved on to Atlanta. Joined a band, and began doing the local college circuit before hooking up with Wondaland Arts Society, a collective experimental label, which she co-owns. Impressed rapper Big Boi of OutKast, one of her favorite groups, who put her on a couple of his soundtracks. Small, slim, with a distinctly unique look, replete with high pompadour, tuxedos, white shirts, black slacks and saddle shoes, feeling her sense of uniform is a way of honoring working people. Did a concept piece called “Metropolis,” which melded a variety of genres in four parts or “suites,” and created an alter ego for herself, a female android named Cindi Mayweather, who lives far in the future. The inspiration came from the 1927 Fritz Lang silent masterpiece of the same name. It came to the attention of Diddy Combs, who signed her to his Bad Boy label. Her first studio release, a concept album, “The ArchAndroid” was released in 2010, in which her alter-ego becomes a messianic figure to the android police state of Metropolis. Fronts high energy stage shows with a three piece band who play a host of instruments, and has built up a solid fan base for her singular sense of musical sensibility and style. Chosen as spokesmodel for the make-up company, Cover Girl in 2012 , as part of her own desire to be an inspiration for young women in the dual realms of beauty and strength. Created her own record label, Wondaland in 2015, and is also active in the Black Lives Matter movement. Made her acting debut in 2017 in Moonlight, a coming of age tale, in order to explore every creative venue available to her. Inner: Serious, passionate and soulful, and an active celebrator of the unique, willing to take chances with both her material and her delivery. Feels a spirit lives within her that gets unpredictable release in the adrenaline rush of her performing. Remains a fan of Broadway music, as well as a host of other genres in her eclectic tastes. Sees herself basically as a storyteller, with her musical side having the potential to change the world. Has a great desire to uplift and inspire, particularly young women. Vision quest lifetime of living out her own dreams, in order to inspire others to do exactly the same. Ethel Waters (1896-1977) - American singer, dancer and actress. Outer: Of African-American descent. Mother was raped at knifepoint at 12 by a mixed-race man, and she grew up poor, feeling unloved and unwanted in the slums of Philadelphia and Chester, Pennsylvania. Raised by her maternal grandmother, who instilled within her a deep distrust of white people, as well as an abiding religiosity, before later taking on the last name of her violent father, despite never having known him. Began performing at church functions at 5, and had little formal education. Grew up running errands for prostitutes, and serving as a lookout for opium den operators, which gave her a tough facade. At 12 she married Merritt Purnsley, who was a decade her senior, while attending convent school, the only place she claimed she found affection, in a childhood otherwise devoid of nurturing. Soon divorced her abusive husband, and worked for a time as a laundress and chambermaid in a Philadelphia hotel. After singing at an amateur night on her 15th birthday, she was hired and billed as “Sweet Mama Stringbean,” for her tall, lanky appearance. Made her vaudeville debut at 17 in Baltimore, where she became the first woman to sing W.C. Handy’s (Nelly) classic, “St. Louis Blues” on stage. Cheated out of her earnings, she left the show, and eventually joined a carnival, before making a name for herself as a jazz and blues singer. Moved to NYC in 1919, and two years later, she began recording, and would continue to do so for a variety of labels, throughout her career. Her performances at the Plantation Club in Harlem, after having replaced Florence Mills (Diana Ross), brought her to Broadway and the all-black revue “Africana” in 1927. Afterwards, she became the first black woman to headline at the Palace, vaudeville’s Mecca. In 1929, she made her screen debut in On With the Show, and would go on to become a trailblazer, opening numerous doors for black performers who followed her in a variety of venues. The same year, she married Clyde Edward Mathews, divorced five years later. Continued appearing on Broadway, as well as nightclubs, and in 1933, was featured in Irving Berlin’s “As Thousands Cheer,” her first venture out of ghettoized entertainment, where she sang one of her signature songs, “Heat Wave.” One of the highest-paid entertainers in America at this juncture, although it didn’t get her with name above title, as it did her white cohorts in the show. Her blues and jazz singing led to recordings with the greats of both genres, while composers began writing specifically for her, as she attained a unique cultural status from the 1920s to the 1940s. Became the first black star in a sponsored coast-to-coast radio show during the 1930s. Had her first dramatic role in 1938 in “Mamba’s Daughters,” playing a tragic matriarch. The same year, she wed Ed Mallory, and remained married to him in name until her death, while enjoying a lavish lifestyle, while her personal relationships remained secondary to her career. No children from any of her unions, while she also engaged in affairs with her own gender from time-to-time. After doing some shorts in the 1930s, she began appearing in film in 1942 in Cairo, and the following year, she reprised her stage role in Cabin in the Sky, although clashed with MGM studio heads over it. Always stood up for herself, and never forgave or forgot slights. Served with the Seventh Woman’s Ambulance Corps during WW II. Grew stout and matronly with her success, and won the NY Drama Critics’ Circle Award in 1950 for “Member of the Wedding,” before also doing the film version. The same year, she starred as a maid in the TV series “Beulah,” which won her the opprobrium of the black press for playing to stereotypes, and she eventually quit the show after two seasons, feeling demeaned by the scripts. Lost a considerable amount of money and jewelry in a robbery, and fell into the overarching disfavor of the IRS, while suffering from heart problems. Began appearing regularly on TV in the mid-1950s, and in 1957, sang with the Billy Graham Crusade. Became a born-again at the same time, while continuing to tour with Graham for the rest of her life. Because of her generosity, she wound up broke, despite all the money she had earned. Died of heart disease and liver failure in the home of a young couple who took care of her. Co-wrote two volumes of autobiographies. The first, “His Eye Is on the Sparrow” which was her favorite hymn, was published in 1951 and became a bestseller. The second, “To Me, It’s Wonderful,” was published in 1972. Inner: Despite a cheery public face, she never forgot the hard-knocks of her upbringing, which left her unforgiving and volatile, making her quite the opposite of the image she projected. Fiercely self-protective, with a lifelong distrust of white people, as well as contempt for those of her own race, who she felt looked down on her. Nevertheless, opened America to a much more full-throated view of the black experience through both her performances and her indomitability. Loved horror movies and was a huge boxing fan. Literally towering figure lifetime of transcending a hard-knocks beginning to become a seminal singer of her times, while continually doing battle with the fears and prejudices of an unintegrated America, until finally finding peace in her deep spirituality during the last two decades of her long life.

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PATHWAY OF THE MUSICIAN AS REBEL WITHOUT A PAUSE:
Storyline: The fulminating firebrand is unafraid of speaking her mind in her desire to stand up for her beliefs, and right injustices, as an ongoing controversial voice of her times.

Natalie Maines (Natalie Louise Maines) (1974) - American musician and activist. Outer: Of German, British and Welsh descent. Father was steel guitar player and country music producer Lloyd Maines, Began singing at the age of 3, and felt her stardom as a musician was an inevitability from an early age. Rebelled against the conservative environment of Lubbock, Texas and went to minority schools, while championing minority causes, including gay rights. Became a cheerleader in high school, while also briefly playing in a band, preferring r&b and alternative rock. Went to several schools, showing herself to be a campus firebrand. Won a full vocal scholarship to the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, during which time she auditioned for the Dixie Chicks, and becomes their lead singer. Dropped out of school to join sisters Martie Maguire and Emily Robison, and turned the floundering group into a hit crew, playing guitar and bass and writing numerous tracks for them. 5’3”, slim, blue-eyed and blonde-haired. The group proved extremely popular, winning 10 CMA Awards and 13 Grammys between 1998 and 2007, despite being country music pariahs during the last four years of that stretch. Wed bassist Michael Taraday in 1997, divorced two years later. In 2000, she and the DC made their TV film debut in “Dixie Chicks on the Fly” and the same year she married actor Adrian Pasdar in a ceremony that cost $55. Two sons from the union. In 2003, during a London concert, she protested the Iraq War and announced the Dixie Chicks were ashamed the president was from Texas, which raised the hackles of many fans, eliciting death threats and ending their run as country superstars. Only released one more album afterwards, in 2006, “Taking the Long Way” which won 5 Grammys including Album of the Year. The same year, they made the documentary, Shut Up and Sing which chronicled the reaction to their brief diatribe by the mostly conservative country music audience, who went on to boycott the group, although it had enough of a devoted following to allow it to continue in reduced circumstances. The group broke up, with the sisters forming the Court Yard Hounds, while she went on as a solo and in 2013, released her first solo album, “Mother.” The trio would occasionally tour but their future remains completely uncertain, as she has occasionally recorded with others. The Chicks re-emerged in 2016, touring again as blue state darlings, rather than country stars. Although they offered no new material they remain a renegade musical force, eager to give voice to their unalloyed rebelliousness. Maintains homes in LA, Austin and NYC. Highly active for a number of causes and an ongoing magnet for controversy. Filed for divorce 2017 after 17 years of marriage, requesting joint custody of their sons. Despite her hippie sensibilities, managed to have a net worth of $40 million, making her one of America’s wealthiest singer/songwriters. Inner: Naturally rebellious and argumentative, with a great desire to address social injustices. Aggressive, outspoken, confrontative and unafraid of the consequences of her actions. Strong-voiced lifetime of making her public presence known both through her outsized talent and her proclivity for speaking her mind, no matter the consequence. Zilphia Horton (Zilphia Mae Johnson) (1910-1956) - American musician, activist and musicologist. Outer: Mother was a school teacher, father was a coal miner superintendent. Second child and oldest of 4 daughters. Grew up in a prosperous small coal mining town in Texas, and a relatively affluent household, so that she was given music lessons at an early age. Studied the piano, beginning at the age of 5 and became an accomplished classical pianist. Her Presbyterian church emphasized social justice, to the point where the pastor, the Rev. Claude Williams, was ultimately ousted by the community elites, which only further enflamed her desire to see a far more equitable society. Graduated from the College of the Ozarks, where she majored in drama and music. In 1934, she joined Williams in trying to organize the local miners into the Progressive Miners’ Union, which cost the pastor his job the following annum. Tossed out of her own home by her father, when she refused to stop her activities, and began working at Highlander Folk School in Tennessee. In 1935, she married Miles Horton, a fellow progressive, and together they had two children, while living modestly and involving themselves in a host of causes. Partially reconciled with her sire through her husband’s efforts, while she became Highlander’s cultural director, where she pioneered the use of folk culture resources, particularly music for social justice causes. Tried to empower oppressed people, and was responsible for the popular use of the old hymn, “We Shall Overcome,” as the premier anthem of the civil rights movements. Added verses to the song, and was also responsible for the labor anthem, “We Shall Not Be Moved.” Remained active her entire life, before dying prematurely of acute kidney failure just before her 46th birthday, after accidentally ingesting a typewriter cleaning solution. Inner: Extremely strong sense of social justice, integrating inspirational music with her activism to give emotional foundation to her work. We Shall Overcome lifetime of dedicating herself to uplifting the downtrodden through protest and song before an accidental death that may have been a reflection of a suicidal wish to sacrifice herself for the greater cause of creating a far more equitable society.


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PATHWAY OF THE MUSICIAN AS MOODY MELODIST:
Storyline: The discordant chorister overwhelms himself in his last go-round with his disharmonious need for self-obliteration, before returning in far more controlled and calculating manner, to try to reintegrate around his exceptional expressive talents, without giving play to the hidden darkness he seems to continually hold within.

Drake (Aubrey Drake Graham) (1986) - Canadian rapper, actor and songwriter. Outer: Of Latvian and Russian Jewish descent on his maternal side. Mother was a teacher, father was an African-American drummer who worked with Jerry Lee Lewis, and proved a largely negligent sire. Two of his paternal uncles were also musicians. Following his parents’ divorce when he was 5 he was raised by his mother in Toronto’s upscale Forest Hill neighborhood in a traditionally reformed Jewish manner, while also spending summers with his sire in Memphis, which opened him up to soul music. Played basketball until a knee injury curtailed his hoop dreams while also thespng in high school although never graduated, preferring to pursue an acting career after appearing in several commercials, and studying at the “Young People’s Theater.” Highly ambitious for himself from his mid-teens onward, he got an agent and won the role of Jimmy Brooks on “DeGrassi: The Next Generation,” a Canadian TV show, in 2001, playing a basketball star confined to a wheelchair after being shot, for most of its eight season run. 6’1” and darkly handsome, with a strong masculine cast, while employing his middle name as his career mononym. Used his free time to pen lyrics and launched his singing career in 2006 with borrowed money and a mixtape called “Room for Improvement,” and quickly became a prominent rapper working and touring with others, as well as writing for them. Continued releasing mixtapes, which could be downloaded for free from his blog site, which enabled him to sign with L'il Wayne’s Young Money Entertainment in 2009 and immediately begin charting in the top ten. Moved to Los Angeles and signed an even bigger contract, while reinjuring his knee on tour. Released his debut album, “Thank Me Later,” in 2010, which achieved no. 1 status on Billboard, immediately putting him in the top tier of hip hop artists with his strongly emotional deliveries. Decided afterwards to focus on his recording career, in lieu of film roles offered him. Garnered headlines in 2012, with a bar fight with Chris Brown over his former girlfriend Rihanna, with accusations he was the instigator, and has continued to engage in dust-ups with fellow rappers as reflection of the dark and the light in which he dwells. In 2015, he released a short called ‘Jungle’ as well as a mix tape “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late”, which were viewed as a sulkfest, while continuing to be rap’s poster boy for narcissistic melancholy.As such, he won Billboard’s top rap artist the following year, as well as BET’s top male hip-hop artist. Earned good reviews on his 2017 release, “More Life” as a convivial counterfoil to his embittered negativity of recent year. Later swept the boards with the 2017 Billboard awards, winning 13 trophies all told, including top R&B song, top rap album, top rap tour and top Billboard 200 artist. Has a net worth of $60 million. Inner: Moody and highly emotive, although compromised between his strengths and the demands for upbeat hits by his less discriminating fans. Great desire to be everything to everybody, while continually celebrating himself in his lyrics and avoiding standard rap themes, per his outsider cast. Promiscuous, seductive and extremely materialistic, as well as sullen, giving him a ‘sad boy label.’ Deliberately modest in his habits, eschewing both strong drink and drug, thanks to a self-discipline totally lacking in his last go-round in this series. Highly calculated lifetime of looking to heal old wounds through a far more controlled pursuit of his goals, in his ongoing battles between his angels and demons within. Richard Manuel (1943-1986) - Canadian singer, keyboardist and songwriter. Outer: Mother was a schoolteacher, father was a mechanic at an auto dealership. One of four brothers who all sang in their local church choir. Took piano lessons from a young age, and was known as the ‘Beak’ because of his prominent nose. Liked to listen to black Nashville musicians on the radio at night, which inspired his own soulful brand of singing. Started a band with a trio of friends in his mid-teens, calling themselves the Rebels and then the Revols. Dark-haired, with a medium build, haunted eyes and a saturnine look. Had a unique inverted chord structure to his piano playing, while putting his voice to good emotional use, including a high falsetto. Hired by Ronnie Hawkins to join his band the Hawks, which would prove the nexus for the Band, his ultimate quintet, which came into being about two years later under the auspices of Levon Helm, the only American in the group, despite its distinctive Americana sound. Already an enthusiastic partyer and drinker, his good timey credo hid a darker side beneath, although he never let his dissipation affect his performances. The Band became the backup group to Bob Dylan in 1966, when he went electric, much to the disappointment of his original folkie fans. Moved to Woodstock the following year, and the Band recorded their first album, “Big Pink,” named after the house they rented, which proved a revelation in its mix of a host of genres, including string band, rhythm and blues, country and gospel. One of three singers for the group, and by far, the most emotionally expressive, giving voice to the deep sentient sensibility at his core. Married Jane Kristianson, a model who gave up her career for him, before giving him up, as he continued to sink into self-obliteration because of the pressures of fame and fortune, which blunted the whole Band’s focus, as he moved to Southern California, where he became lost in downers, and continued his excessive drinking, before becoming a Jehovah’s Witness, in a desperate attempt to reclaim himself. Barely appeared in The Last Waltz, the Band’s filmic valedictory, because he was too drunk to perform. Unable to write because of the state he had sunk into, he finally found redemption with Arlie Litvak, a young Jewish fan from Forest Hill, ironically the section of Toronto he would grow up in, during his next life in this series. The duo got together when his marriage collapsed in 1977. Moved back to Woodstock in 1984 with her to rejoin the Band members who had never left and the duo got married while he gave up drinking, although not drugs, which she eventually took up, freebasing heroin. Although he said he’d kill himself if he began drinking again, he did so. Began touring with the reconstructed Band again although it had lost its earlier magic, while his voice was too ravaged for his earlier high notes, leaving him depressed. While on tour on the nostalgia circuit, his body was discovered by his wife hanging by his belt in a Florida motel bathroom from a shower curtain rod, with no explanatory suicide note. Posthumously elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Band in 1994. Inner: Sweet, kind and likable, with a good sense of humor, despite a self-destructive streak a mile long. Self-deprecating, with a strong sense of empathy and a great sensitivity to pain, both his and others. I shall be released lifetime of ultimately allowing himself to be overwhelmed by his intense emotionality, before returning almost immediately to try to relieve the great Weight he carries within, through a far more disciplined display of his gift for emotional expression, without the attendant need to bury it alive with drink and drug.

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PATHWAY OF THE SINGER AS GARDEN OF UNEARTHLY TALENTS:
Storyline: The self-confident soprano adds to her impressive theatrical resume by augmenting her singing skills with her dramatic abilities, in yet another go-round of early stardom, with only the sky as her potential limit.

dEmmy Rossum (Emmanuelle Grey Rossum) (1986) - American singer/actress. Outer: Of Russian and Moldovan Jewish descent on her maternal side, and British and Dutch on her paternal. Mother was a corporate photographer, father was a banker, parents divorced before she was 3. An only child, she is close with the former, and identifies as Jewish. Began singing in the children’s chorus of the Metropolitan Opera at 7. Attended an expensive all-girl’s school, Spence School, but when given the choice at the age of 12, decided on furthering her career, and dropped out to focus on it. Continuing singing, while taking virtual classes sponsored on-line from Stanford Univ. 5’8”, with dark brown hair and light brown eyes. Began her acting career in TV roles, then made her film debut in Songcatcher in 2000, playing an orphan, which won her plaudits as “best debut,” from the Independent Spirit Awards. Impressed her subsequent directors with her extreme self-confidence, and in 2004, won the coveted soprano lead in Phantom of the Opera. Although the film received mixed reviews, she clearly became a star through it, with the potential of a long and lustrous career ahead of her, thanks to her own precocious sense of self-worth and willingness to continually perfect her craft with a very clear view of what she wishes to accomplish. In 2007, she secretly married Justin Siegel, a music business executive, although the union wasn’t made public until they went their separate ways in 2009. The same year she joined the cable cast of the long-running “Shameless” based on the British series of the same name, playing the role of the oldest sister of a large motherless family, and winning accolades for her efforts, although had a contract dispute, which was eventually resolved. Made her directorial debut with one of the episodes, and has also appeared in support roles on the large screen during this period. In 2017, she married Sam Esmail, the creator of the “Mr. Robot” series and an Arab-American, in a Conservative Jewish ceremony, re-emphasizing her identification with her birth religion, following Donald Trump’s election. Has a net worth of $10 million. Inner: Perfectionist, with a very powerful work ethic. Extremely self-possessed, highly intelligent and headstrong, while always being well-prepared for her roles. Precocious lifetime of realizing fame’n’fortune at a young age, with the maturity and confidence to make those twin citadels within her longterm grasp as well. dMary Garden (1874-1967) - Scottish/American singer. Outer: Father was a cashier at an ironworks, who married her mother a month before she was born. Oldest of 4 daughters. After her sire came to the U.S. to search for better opportunities, she followed with her mother when she was 7, initially to NYC, then New England, before returning to Scotland for a year and then settling in Chicago in 1895, where her sire worked for a bicycle manufacturer, before ultimately dealing in luxury automobiles. Showing a musical precocity, she was trained in the violin at 6, and the piano a half dozen years later, before studying voice in Chicago. After the family moved to Philadelphia, a wealthy patron sent her to Paris in 1897 to continue her voice training, although her finances eventually dried up, but she was befriended by another American soprano, who helped her launch her career. Decided early on never to marry and kept to her pledge, despite a host of suitors, and a couple of long-term relationships, including one with her secretary. Made her public debut in 1900 at the Opera-Comique, in fine show business style, by bringing down the house, when she filled in for the star, after the latter broke down in the second act of “Louise.” Appeared in more operas, then was chosen by composer Claude Debussy (Luciano Berio) for his premiere of “Pelleas et Melisande,” and the latter would become one of her signature roles. Made her American debut in 1907 at the Manhattan Opera House, in ”Thais,” a role she would silently repeat in her film debut a decade later. Caused a sensation in Richard Strauss’s “Salome,” and went on to win continual acclaim, not only for her singing, but her dramatic abilities, which were coupled with striking good looks. A mainstay on the opera circuit, she ultimately attached herself to the Chicago Civic Opera in 1910, and remained with them for the next two decades, while also serving as general director, or ‘directa,’ as she preferred being called, during the 1921-1922 season. Tried enlisting during WW I, then served as a nurse in a hospital in Versailles, before raising funds for the French Red Cross. Her two attempts at film during this period showed her to be unsuited for the medium, with an extremely stiff and stilted silent film style. Retired from the stage in 1931, although she remained active giving lectures and recitals, while later serving as an audition judge for the National Arts Foundation. Retained her connection to France, although was forced to flee Paris at the German invasion at the outset of WW II. Her later years saw her mentally confused and an embarrassment to old friends while on the lecture circuit, where she spoke on “Music, Men and Money.” Returned to her birthplace following her retirement, where her autobiography, “Mary Garden’s Story,” was published in 1951. This mishmash of misremembered events would be savaged in the press. Died in a nursing hospital, after being confined there following a fall in 1962. Inner: Career-wedded, with good innate dramatic skills. Never had a great voice, but made up for it with her abilities as an actress. Sophisticated and a crusader for opera, women’s rights and nursing. Perfumed garden lifetime of focusing entirely on her performing career, and her various causes, before descending into a shadow of herself, necessitating a return which would give her fuller display of her talents in the more fickle realm of pop culture, enabling her to focus on her dramatic strengths and her larger sense of self, rather than solely on her singing.

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PATHWAY OF THE PERFORMER AS EXHIBITIONIST EXTRAORDINAIRE:
Storyline: The attention-getting adventuress knows how to rise from rough beginnings to become an acclaimed superstar via her magnetic personality, as she continues to try to integrate her many sides, while rechanneling her innate anger in order to serve as a role model for those far less talented and driven than she.

Nicki Minaj (Onika Tanya Maraj) (1984) - Trinidad/American singer and songwriter. Outer: Of Indo/Asian, African/American and Trinidadian descent. Lived with her grandmother in Trinidad until she was five, with a host of a cousins, friends and animals. Moved to Queens afterwards into an unhappy home, where her father, a drug addict, once tried to kill her mother by setting the house on fire. Largely lived in a fantasy world to counter the unpleasant realities around her of parents constantly at war, creating a host of alter egos, to help her cope with the tumult inside her. Raised by her mother, she attended LaGuardia High School, which specialized in music and the visual and performing arts. Played clarinet and also participated in the drama program. 5’4”. Unafraid of confrontation, she often got into fights, as an aggressive, intimidating, loud presence, who knew how to draw attention to herself. After high school, she worked as an administrative assistant, while pursuing her real dream, of becoming a bigtime female rapper. Did background vocals, and began writing raps, using her turbulent upbringing as a base. After appearing on Myspace, she was signed by Dirty Money, then moved over to Young Money Entertainment, and began collaborating with rapper L’il Wayne. In 2007, she released her first mixtape called “Playtime is Over.” Came up with the last name of Minaj to mirror her own, while giving rap spelling to the word, “Menage.” Posed provocatively on a promotional poster, to draw attention to herself, and soon had a strong fan base. Her debut album, “Pink Friday,” was released in 2010, went platinum within a month, and she became the first female rapper to have seven songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, while becoming a worldwide entertainment figure. Very conscious of the overt sexuality of female rappers, which she has tried to tone down in her desire to be a role model, despite an innate exhibitionism on her part and a tremendous desire to be both seen and heard. Reportedly linked with singer Rihanna, although has continued to deny her bisexuality. Joined the judge’s panel of “American Idol” in 2012 in a shake-up that saw three of the four figures replaced, despite competitive misgivings by fellow talent jurist Mariah Carey. Eventually canned along with the latter because of low ratings, despite being the singular figure to add a spark to the show. Engages in competitive controversies with fellow singers, and was denied permission to speak at her high school, because of her out-and-out sexuality. Raised hackles in late 2014 when she released a video for her collaborative single, “Only”, with obvious Nazi imagery, on Nov. 9th, the anniversaries of Germany surrendering in WW I in 1918 and Kristalnacht, the smashing of windows of synagogues and stores owned by Jews, 20 year later. Later apologized for it. Constantly feuding with fellow stars, with the desire to always be center stage and the center of attention, no matter the venue. Her third studio album, The Pinkprint, released in 2014, proved her most personal, as she continues to be a dominating figure in hip-hop and rap. The winner of numerous awards, including a host of BET and American Music awards, although as of 2016, has never won a Grammy. In 2017, she announced a charity that would help A-students pay off their student loans and tuition. Has had a several year relationship with rapper Meek Mill. Has a net worth of $75 million. Inner: Aggressive, quirky and highly competitive. Has a number of alternate names and nicknames, including Barbie, Roman, Martha, and Rosa, indicating her own multi-sense of self. Pink lady lifetime of exploring her expository skills while dealing with a roiling inner life as a means of integrating her smaller self and larger talent in a world still learning to give women their true due. Josephine Baker (Freda Josephine McDonald) (1906-1975) - American/French dancer and singer. Outer: Of African/American descent. Grew up in a poor, black ghetto. Mother was a laundress, who had dreams of becoming a music hall dancer. Putative father was a drummer for vaudeville shows, and was never much of an element in his daughter’s life, because of touring, although her actual sire may have been white. Had one brother and two sisters. At 8, she was hired out to a white woman as a maid, where she was forced to sleep in a coal cellar with the family dog. Dropped out of school at the age of 12, and after the 1917 race riots in E. St. Louis, ran away from home and lived on the streets, dancing for spare change while foraging in garbage cans for food. Married Willie Wells in 1919, for a few weeks. The following year, she wed William Howard Baker, taking her last name from him, before divorcing three years later. In 1922, she joined the chorus line of a touring show, based in Philadelphia, where her grandmother lived, with the latter proving to be the one stabilizing adult figure in her early life. 5’7”, with a magnetic physical presence. Moved to NYC afterwards and performed as part of the Chocolate Dandies at the Cotton Club in Harlem, where she was an attention-getter with her clowning, mugging and improvising, as the last dancer in the line. In 1925, she went to Paris, and it would become her permanent base afterwards. Joined “La Revue Negré,” which highlighted both her innate comic ability, and her sensuous dancing, bringing her to the prestigious “Folies Bergere” the following year. Became an instant success as a personification of “le jazz hot”, with her exotic act, which featured a rubber banana skirt and little else, as the intelligentsia and artistic community of the City of Lights embraced her as their amusing muse. Her unique of sense of style also made her an inspiration to many of the city’s fashion designers. Never a great singer, dancer or actress, she nevertheless had an opulent personality that both transcended and magnified her talent. Opened her own nightclub, Chez Josephine, in 1927, and also published her first autobiography, “Les Memoires de Josephine Baker,” despite being only 21 at the time. Added singing to her act, and occasionally danced in the nude, while embarking on a world tour that took her to northern Europe and South America. Published her second autobiography in 1931, “Voyages et Aventures de Josephine Baker,” while her sense of theater extended to her private life, where she could be seen walking her pet cheetah down the Champs-Elysées. Did three films, becoming the first African-American star in the process, and came under the management of a former Sicilian stonemason, Guiseppe “Pepito” Abatino, who passed himself off as a count, and came up with the ideas for her films, before passing away in 1937. Her spectacular European success, in which she was one of the highest paid performers in the world, never translated to the U.S. In 1937, she renounced her American citizenship, and at the same time became a naturalized French citizen, while marrying Jean Lion, a French industrialist, and converting to Judaism, her husband’s religion. Began renting a castle, the Chateau des Milandes, in the south of France in 1940, and the following year had a hysterectomy, while divorcing her husband. Worked as a Red Cross nurse, and did undercover work for the French Resistance, during WW II as an information-gatherer and courier, using her easy access to cafe society, while also entertaining troops in Africa and the Middle East. After the war, she bought the Chateau, and serially adopted a dozen children from around the world over the next thirty years, ten boys and two girls, whom she called her “Rainbow Tribe,” while making her estate a World Brotherhood, and a showcase for international integration, although debts would undo the effort by the next decade. In 1947, she wed her fourth husband, French orchestra leader Jo Bouillon in a ten year union. During the 1950s, she returned to the stage in order to finance her ongoing brotherhood-sisterhood project, while becoming a civil rights activist. Refused service at the Stork Club in 1951, which led to accusations of her being a communist and fascist sympathizer by columnist Walter Winchell. In response. she refused to appear at any club or theater that was not integrated, helping to break down prejudicial barriers in many of them. Made a member of the French Legion of Honor in 1961, and spoke two years later in conjunction with Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” speech in Washington. Retired in 1968, and was evicted from her chateau, which was auctioned off to pay her debts. Given a villa by Princess Grace of Monaco in return. Her fifth and final marriage was to American artist Robert Brady, over two decades her junior, in 1973, and began performing again in both NY and Paris. Died of a cerebral hemorrhage, after falling into a coma for two days, following her last Parisian show. Buried in Monaco, she became the first American woman to receive French military honors at her funeral. Inner: Strong social conscience from her deprived upbringing, with a desire to elevate and integrate the world. Struggled with her own feelings of inferiority, as well her rejection by her home country to become a staunch advocate of equality. Bisexual, with her affairs including Mexican artist Frida Kahlo (Eva Aridjis). Once had a rejected suitor kill himself in front of her. Larger-than-life lifetime of totally reinventing herself to become a world figure through her magnetic personality, while fighting the prevalent racism of her times through activism and a dauntless drive to make the world a far more tolerant place, through her lustrous presence.

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PATHWAY OF THE MUSICIAN AS SEMINAL ROCKER TURNED DUBSTEPPER:
Storyline: The alt.artiste explores different beats and modes in the r’n’r genre, after earlier serving as a guiding light in bringing round-the-clock rocking to a youthful public eager to blow out the ears of their preceding generation.

Skrillex (Sonny John Moore) (1958) - American singer/songwriter, DJ and producer. Outer: Father was an insurance claims investigator, mother was a homemaker. Did not find out he was adopted until he was 16, at which point he left home. Had one sister who was also adopted and two siblings who were the natural children of his parents. At 5 he was aping Michael Jackson, wanting to be just like him. Went to a boarding school in the Mojave Desert that focused on the arts for 2 years between the ages of 9 and 10. Home schooled afterwards, because he was severely bullied there on account of his small size. Friends called him Skrilly and Skril, and he added the -ex to make it a little more exotic, after initially being called Twipz. Started his own band at 13, then contacted the alt.rock band “First to Last,” at 16, and was given the opportunity to join them. After moving to Georgia, he became its lead singer. Stayed with them for three years, before deciding to go out on his own. 5’4”, slightly built and bespectacled with his hair shaved on the left side and long on the right. Signed with Atlantic Records and embarked on his own solo career in 2007, after earlier suffering vocal chord problems, because of a dislike of singing. Began producing and performing around the LA club scene, and released his debut EP, “My Name is Skrillex” in 2010, after which he was signed to Mau5trap records. Won 2 Grammys in 2012 for “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites.” The following year, he won 3 Grammys for his album, “Bangarang.” becoming the first electronic music prodder to win an award. Also performs with Diplo as Jack Ü, releasing their debut dance album in 2015 with a host of guest artists, with the hit “Where Are U Now” on it. Inner: Workaholic, and totally dedicated to his career. Initially quite insecure, hiding behind his hair, before shaving half of it off. Far more into music-making than singing, while viewing his oeuvre as a mix of dubstep or electronic dance music and electro-house, in his various alt.rock guises. Non-drug user, albeit a smoker and drinker. Alt.rhythm lifetime of becoming far more of an all-around music-maker, after earlier serving as one of the first of the transitional entertainers exploring the simple r&b beat of hardcore rock and roll. Bill Haley (William John Clifton Haley) (1925-1981) - American singer/songwriter, musician and bandleader. Outer: From a musical family. Mother was an English immigrant with strong religious convictions, and also an accomplished pianist. Father played the banjo and mandolin. Younger of two with an older sister. A botched operation when he was a child caused him to be blind in his left eye. The family moved from Kentucky to Detroit, where his sire worked as a mechanic, while his mother gave piano lessons. Got his first guitar at 13, which his father taught him to play, while he fantasized about being a singing cowboy. Dropped out of school at 15, then busked around the country, riding freights and playing whatever gigs he could, although felt himself a failure by his early 20s, when he returned home. Became a DJ for a local radio station, and in 1946, he married his childhood inamorata, Dorothy Crowe, who was part AmerIndian. Put together a band called The Four Aces of Swing, who eventually morphed into the Saddlemen, as back-up to his country-western yodeling and swing music. Eventually switched to a rockabilly style and took on the name of the Comets, as a nod to Halley’s Comet, and its periodic pass through the Earth’s atmosphere. As his career took off, it eclipsed his marriage, causing its end in 1952. Two children from the union, including a son who wrote a biography of him. Less than a week after his official divorce, he wed Joan ‘Cuppy’ Cupchak. Five children from the second union, which ended in divorce in 1960. Their second child, a daughter, died of SIDS in 1954. The following year he built Melody Manor, which would serve as a central house for his extended family. In 1951, he became the first white artist to record an R&B hit and went on to become a seminal figure in the birth of rock’n’roll with his band the Comets. His early recordings, with the word ‘Rock’ in them, inspired the term ‘rock’nroll.’ Sported a spit curl, which he employed to draw attention away from his wounded eye, while also favoring red plaid jackets. His biggest hit would be 1954’s “Rock Around the Clock,” which was followed up by a host of similarly strummed tunes, thanks in part to both appearing on movie soundtracks and prime time TV. His meteoric rise was soon eclipsed by more charismatic performers such as Elvis Presley (Kesha) and by the late 1950s, he had to turn to Europe and then Mexico to extend his hit run, while he switched labels. Ultimately became an oldies act in the U.S. although the band’s popularity remained strong in Europe. His final marriage was to Martha Velaesco in 1963, three children from the union. Died at home of a heart attack, although suffered from a brain tumor at the end which caused deranged and erratic behavior. Cremated with his ashes scattered over the Gulf of Mexico. Posthumously elected in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. Inner: Did over 10,000 shows, playing in front of more audiences than anyone of his time. Prone to alcoholism. Overcame an initial shyness to become a preeminent pioneer in the annals of rock’n’roll. Spit-curled hall of fame lifetime of blazing like a comet across the early r’n’r firmament as a seminal figure in its creation, before finally deranging himself in the wake of being eclipsed by the wave of more accomplished stars who followed him.


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PATHWAY OF THE SINGER AS MAGNET FOR VIOLENCE:
Storyline: The celebrated chanteuse harbors a secret attraction to criminal rage, despite being the picture of soft sophistication herself, as others continually act out what may be a host of unexpressed angry feelings within her.

hRihanna (Robyn Rihanna Fenty) (1988) - Barbadian/American singer and model. Outer: Mother was an accountant who was born in Guyana, father was half Barbadian and half Irish as well as a warehouse supervisor, whose addiction to crack cocaine and propensity for violence thoroughly marred her childhood. The oldest of 3, with two younger brothers. Her parents divorced when she was 14, after she had earlier turned to music to help her forget her home life. 5’8”, slim and striking. Formed a girl group with two classmates, while winning a local beauty contest, and also serving as a cadet in a program that trained with the island’s military, where singer/songwriter Shontelle was her drill sergeant. Discovered at 15 by producer Evan Rogers, she went to live with his family in Connecticut, with no desire to return to Barbados afterwards. Signed a contract with Def Jam Records, and released her solo album in 2005, “Music of the Sun,” which became a top ten Billboard hit. Her second album did even better, scoring in countries around the world, with a number one single, “SOS,” while her third album, prophetically titled, “Good Girl Gone Bad,” topped the other two with three number one singles, and a Grammy for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for “Umbrella,” which featured producer Jay-Z. A worldwide phenomenon before she even reached 20, she managed five Hot 100 Number One singles in the opening phase of her career. Made her acting debut in 2006 in a cameo role in Bring It On: All of Nothing, although music remains her number one interest, despite further occasional film roles. At the same time, she created Believe Foundation to help terminally ill children. Became the face of Clinique Happy perfume, and has appeared in ads for a number of high profile products, while launching her own entrepreneurial beauty and fragrance lines. An involvement with singer Chris Brown, in 2009, led to her becoming prime tabloid fodder as a victim of his violence when pictures of her battered face were shown around the globe. CB would subsequently be charged with felony assault afterwards, while she got a gun tattoo in a determined effort to show she was not a hapless martyr. Afterwards, she would expose herself through scanty or non-costumes in a desire to show her toughness and invulnerability. Has continually shifted her musical styles, beginning with reggae, and covering many pop genres, including dance hall and R&B, with a strong feel for her roots in Caribbean music, and an equal ability to deliver exactly what her fans love, including almost a dozen number ones on Billboard’s chart-topper lists, as well as five Grammys and a host of other awards. Despite her unhappy childhood there, she has become an active ambassador for Barbados, as a highly accessible celebrity of the island. Extremely photogenic, her videos have highlighted her exotic gamin looks, as well as her ability to feed into the fantasies of both her listeners and viewers. Made public plaint in 2012 about her single status, while teaming with CB on a duet, and flirting with his dangerous appeal, to the point where he and singer Drake, along with their entourages, had a jealous bar brawl over her. Eventually returned to him, feeling she could change him, while adding to her gun tattoos, in her ongoing fascination with violence before the duo finally called it quits. Signed a multi-year contract in 2014 to be creative director for women’s wear company Puma, helping to design their fitness and shoe line in a reported million dollar deal. Her fan base is known as Rihanna’s Navy, and she remains a pop phenomenon, as the first solo artist to surpass more than 100m gold and platinum certificates. Holder, as well, of the most digital single awards, meaning she’s sold more than any other artist since the awards were initiated in 1958, thanks to making herself easily accessible to her Navy. Despite her influence, also capable of misogyny and violent negativity in her videos in her self- styled role as voice and figure of her angry times. Her 8th studio album, 2016’s ANTI, combined a confused release with a confused sound, as she tries to move away from her earlier tried and true works. Has a net worth of $230 million. Inner: Excellent sense of style, with a proclivity for tattoos all over her body, and both a voice and a presence indicating a long career. Has expressed a liking for being tied-up and spanked as a bedroom submissive, in her explorations of her ongoing draw towards masochistic relationships. Cites Madonna as a primary influence, and like her, claims to be a princess of the Illuminati, a money drover sect long intent on world dominion, through her promotion of symbols of darkness and submission in her videos. Remixed lifetime of trying to get past an overarching violence that continues to dog her, in her dualistic draws towards both the light of pure self-expression and the dark of demonic self-obliteration. hRuth Etting (1896-1978) - American singer and actress. Outer: Father was a bank teller. Lost her mother at the age of 5, after traveling with her to San Diego for her health. Her progenitor then took her to live with his parents, and an unmarried aunt, before he remarried and had little contact with her afterwards. Raised by her grandparents. Her grandfather was a German immigrant who owned a textile mill, and taught her to use her money wisely. After graduating high school at the age of 17 she went to art school in Chicago. While designing costumes for the Marigold Gardens nightclub, she was asked to replace a sick tenor, since her voice was low enough to do so. Began dancing in the chorus line afterwards, and ultimately became a featured soloist. Blonde-haired, blue-eyed, with a stunning voice. In 1922, she wed low-level Chicago gangster Moe “the Gimp” Snyder, who got his nickname from taking 14 slugs in his right leg. He went on to manage her career, securing an exclusive contract with Columbia Records for her, although the union was largely loveless on her part. Made her first record in 1926 and her last in 1937, and became known as America’s sweetheart of song, with “Love Me or Leave Me,” as one of her signature tunes. At one time, she was voted the most popular woman in America. Initially a straightforward singer, she begin experimenting with tempo and phrasing, to become a much more sophisticated chanteuse, with marked changes in tempo as her hallmark. Had over 60 hits. Made her Broadway debut in “The Ziegfeld Follies of 1927,” and followed that with a number of hit shows, including the very last “Follies” in 1931. Appeared in 35 Hollywood shorts between 1929 and 1936, as well as small roles in three features, beginning with a bit part with Eddie Cantor (Chris Tucker) in Roman Scandals. Also was a regular performer on at least eight network radio programs. Invested her money wisely in real estate, making her quite wealthy. In 1937, she divorced her possessive husband, and fell in love with her pianist, Myrl Alderman, but the following year her ex shot him. Snyder was convicted of attempted murder but released on appeal the following year. Married Alderman in 1938, but her career was largely over by then thanks to the scandal generated by the highly publicized trial. Had a brief radio show in 1947, then disappeared from public view, save for the biopic based on her life in 1955, Love Me or Leave Me, with Doris Day playing her, and James Cagney assaying the Gimp. Refused a large contract afterwards, and remained retired. Lost her husband in 1966. Lived in a retirement home the latter part of her life, and told a reporter, if she had it to do over, she never would have entered show business. Inner: Well-grounded and clever with money, but with a curious attraction to violence, despite her own decidedly demure nature. Extremely well-received lifetime of playing with her ongoing attraction to disreputable men, despite evincing the ability over-and-over that she knew how to take care of herself, making ultimately for dissatisfactions that she would try to redress with a repeat performance of some of the same elements the next time around.

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PATHWAY OF THE MUSICIAN AS LITERAL HITMAKER:
Storyline: The hot-tempered Billboard Hot 100 mainstay continues to allow his temper to temper his gifts, much to his detriment, as he does ongoing battle with his twin needs to both create and destroy.

hChris Brown (Christopher Maurice Brown) (1989) - American singer, songwriter and actor. Outer: Of African-American descent. Father was a correction’s officer at a local prison, in an unconscious link with his last go-round. Mother was a former day care center director. One older sister. After his parents divorced, his mother’s boyfriend was extremely abusive to her, setting a negative example for him, that he couldn’t get past. Spent his childhood listening to music and began mimicking pop performers like Michael Jackson, hoping to be his next incarnation as a universally loved star. Sang in his church choir and at amateur talent shows, before being discovered at 13, and then moving to NYC. At 15, he signed with Jive Records, and had a multimillion seller with his first eponymous album, both in the U.S. and worldwide, including the distinction of being the first male recording artist to have a debut single top the charts with “Run It!” Wrote some of the tracks himself, and toured in England and Japan. His second album, “Exclusive,” continued in the same light, making him a Billboard Hot 100 repeat phenomenon, as well as a co-headliner. Worked with other artists as well, while showing an instinct for hitmaking. Made some TV series appearances, and laid the groundwork for a film career, while proving a worldwide phenomenon in the universal appeal of his music as he constantly experimented with genres. 6’2”. His reputation, however, would take a sharp hit, with black and blue photos of his girlfriend at the time, pop star Rihanna, in early 2009. Pleaded guilty to felony assault charges, and then did numerous public mea culpas, to try to contain the damage. Ultimately was sentenced to five years probation and six months of community service for the assault, while putting his career on hold, due to the negative reaction, before resuming it, a somewhat more contrite figure. Nevertheless, had another meltdown in 2011 after being asked about Rihanna in a TV interview. Won an R&B Grammy the following year, as signal he had made it back in the estimation of the music industry, despite dismay expressed by some of his fellow performers, and an angry tweeted rejoinder by him. Recorded with Rihanna, while hooking up with someone new, although got into a bar brawl in NYC with fellow rapper Drake over her, indicating his interest in and sense of possession around her had not abated. As his unstable incidents continued to mount, he revived his relationship with Rihanna only to finally end it, amidst more headline grabbing antics which ultimately netted him 1000 hours of community service, and further run-ins with the law. Hosted a pre-VMA party in 2014 in which shots were fired and may have been aimed at him, although record producer ‘Suge’ Knight was hit twice. Later, pled guilty to an earlier misdemeanor assault charge and was given time served for it, clearing his record for the moment. His on again-off again girl friend, Karrueche Tran finally broke up with him in 2015, when it was revealed he fathered a child by another, which he later promised to support. Continued his violent behavior, earning a battery charge by punching a woman in Las Vegas who had tried to take his picture. Has a net worth of $30 million. Inner: Volatile with an uncontrollable temper, despite an equal facility for giving his public precisely what they want. Run it lifetime of failing to learn from heavy lessons of his hidden past to once more allow his rage to define him, rather than his ability to soothe the savage beast within with his music. hLittle Willie John (William Edward John) (1937-1968) - American R&B singer. Outer: Of African-American descent. When he was 4, his family moved to Detroit. His sister, Mabel John, would go on to become one of the Raelettes, the back-up group for Ray Charles, and also had a solo career of her own. Showed himself to be precocious musically, and at 14 was already singing with the Count Basie Orchestra. Short but with a muscular tenor. After winning a talent contest, and recording for a couple of small labels, he signed with King Records at the age of 18, and had his first big hit, “All Around the World,” which would be followed up by a slew of hits, including the song most identified with him, “Fever,” which he recorded in 1956, and would later be covered by Peggy Lee, and become one of her biggest standards. Despite his stellar early career as one of the preeminent R&B singers from the mid-1950s to the early 1960s, he got into a fight after a show in Seattle, and fatally knifed someone. Sent to Washington State Prison, he was released on appeal. Tried to record a comeback album during that time, but was sent back to prison, when the appeal was rejected. Died of a heart attack at the age of 30, although the circumstances of his death are somewhat clouded, with differing causes, including asphyxiation or pneumonia. Posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996. Inner: Charismatic but unstable, with an inability to truly handle fame. Fevered lifetime of showcasing both his talents and his instability, in his ongoing dance with both fame and infamy.

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PATHWAY OF THE PERFORMER AS ARDENT ACTIVIST TURNED HALCYON HIP-HOPPER:
Storyline: The imperturbable m.c. or mike controller brings his deep sensibility to whatever genre he explores, while serving as both teacher and uplifter of the folk and popular musical idioms of his various times.

amar (amar Duckworth) (1987) - American hip-hop artist. Outer: Of African-American descent. Parents moved from Chicago to south central Los Angeles before he was born so that he grew up in the gritty hustle of life in the hood. Mother was one of 13 children, father was one of 7, and both wanted to move away from Chicago’s gangsta environment, without realizing they were getting into an even heavier scene, as they ultimately brought much of their extended family with them to Compton. Both his parents were involved in the nefarious underground activities of the area as well as occasionally working in fast food places and being on food stamps. Oldest of four with three much younger siblings, along with an extended sense of family because of all the relatives who used to hang at his house. Stuttered as a child, which turned him towards music as a means of clearer expression. At 13, he had already begun writing rhymes, but it wasn’t until 16, that he realized they could support him. At the same time, his sire sat him down and said “I don’t want you to be like me,” which ended his drinking and partying, and opened him up to his greater potentiality. Used his first signing bonus to move his parents, to whom he had always been extremely close, out of Compton to a safer environment, while dropping his last name. 5’6”, slim and compact. Began doing mix-tapes for Top Dawg Entertainment, who hooked him up with three others and dubbed them, Black Hippy. Immediately showed his musical versatility, creating hooks and bridges in his compositions well beyond the scope of his fellow teenage rappers. Toured, while releasing mix tapes, which gave him entry to the Billboard charts, and access to Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg as high level producers. By 2011, the duo publicly crowned him the “New King of the West Coast.” The following annum, he was under contract to a trio of companies, which marked the end of his run as a pure independent rapper. His major label debut, which was released later that year, and quickly went platinum, “good kid, m.A.A.d city,” is a tribute to his sense of being able to see the light even in the darkest street corner. While his oeuvre isn’t directly political, it shows an awareness of larger forces, and his subsequent releases have made him a major player in the hip-hop world, as a troubadour in the true sense of the word. Won two Grammys in 2015 for his song, “I”, while his eagerly awaited 3rd studio album, “To Pimp A Butterfly,” did not disappoint in its mixture of the political and the personal in both his varied deliveries and the wit and wisdom of his imaginative use of language, in s further underlining of his pop culture pre-eminence.Won 5 rap Grammys at the 2016 awards, where he gave a soulful and politically-charged performance that started with him rapping “The Blacker the Berry” in chains, surrounded by band members who played from behind bars. Released “Untitled Unmastered” a jazz-soaked social commentary compilation album in early 2016, that further enhanced his reputation as a spectacular musical voice of his times. His fifth studio album, 2017’s “Damn.” exemplified changes in style that are more musical and less lyrical, making it more in touch with contemporary hip-hop, rooting his sound in the disquieting genre of early 1970s soul. Won Video of the Year at the 2017 MTV Awards, as well as Best Hip Hop Video. Has a net worth of $18 million. Inner: Humble, composed and remarkably serene for the early life he was exposed to, while running on an ongoing hunger for greatness. Highly observant, with a sense of mission and an abject dislike of failure. Unlike his last life in this series when he actively wanted to change the world, realizes all change must come from within. Self-contained lifetime of moving up to the next level of himself as a self-chronicler very much reflective of the space and time in which he lives. Josh White (1914-1969) - American folksinger and political activist. Outer: Of African-American descent. Father was a tailor and a minister. Radicalized when he saw his sire almost beaten to death by white authorities over an unpaid bill after he had dared stand up to them, which resulted in him being sent to a mental institution, where he died in 1930 from the punishment inflicted on him. Mother played the autoharp, while he sang in church, showing himself to be quite precocious. Left home at the age of 8 in order to help support his family of seven, traveling initially with Big Man Arnold, while developing into a crowd-pleasing entertainer for small handouts. Spent a malnourished hand-to-mouth youth, which would profoundly affect his health later on, as he slept in fields and hid from the Ku Klux Klan, while witnessing atrocities galore committed on his people. Led a host of old, blind and mostly ill-tempered street singers around the country, while dancing, singing and playing the tambourine, in order to collect coins for his charge. When not busking, he played the guitar at night, developing his own unique strumming style, while the memory of those years were forever etched in bitterness. 5’10 1/2”. Began recording vocal/guitar duets with one of his original teachers, Blind Joe Taggert, in 1928 in Chicago, and stayed there for four years, continuing to record as a sideman. Broke a leg playing football, which made him return home, where he was signed to a contract that had him singing both spirituals and secular blues, although his mother frowned on the latter genre. Moved to Harlem in NYC afterwards, and it would become his new base. Damaged his right hand in a fight in 1932, which rendered it useless for strumming for five years, causing his to become a janitor, building superintendent and elevator operator, until he developed an alternate style of guitar picking. In 1933, he married Carol Carr, a singer who trained with Juanita Hall (Jennifer Lopez), four daughters and a son from the union, including actor and musician, Josh White Jr., as well as a foster daughter. Appeared on the radio, and developed a rapport with Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt, as well as his wife Eleanor, allowing him to introduce a host of songs to the classical American folk canon. His desire to bring African-American blues to a widespread audience would not go unnoticed, particularly after his hit “One Meatball,” sold a million records in 1940. The following year, he became the first black artist to give a Command Performance at the White House and then work in previously segregated hotels. By the end of WW II, he was the first to make a solo concert tour of America, while becoming a star on Broadway, as well as indie film, beginning with The Crimson Canary in 1945. His efforts, however, got him labeled a Communist and blacklisted, although he was able to weather the paranoia of the time, via his continual popularity in Europe. Made London his new base, while he was chronically ill the latter part of his life, because of his debilitating early years. Billed as Josh White, the Father of American Folk Music, during the 1960s, he suffered the first of three heart attacks in 1961, while continuing to smoke cigarettes, as his body fell victim to a host of infirmities. Pres. John F. Kennedy broke the TV black list in 1963, by inviting him to appear on a civil rights special, and he returned to doing protest songs, although much of his energy had been sapped by his declining health. Made numerous TV appearances his final decade, on American, English and Canadian TV, as well as doing two Swedish specials, before finally succumbing to his weakened constitution. Died at decade’s end of heart failure in a hospital during heart-valve replacement surgery. Inner: Intense, angry and self-destructive, thanks to what he had been forced to witness in the Jim Crow South, while growing up. Soulful singer, sophisticated instrumentalist. Projected a casually serious persona on stage, with slacks and open-collar shirt, setting the style for folksingers to come, as the world’s foremost acoustic blues guitarist of his time. I am the blues lifetime of serving as both teacher and activist surrounding America’s deep, rich folk heritage, literally living the songs he sang to his ultimate physical detriment.

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PATHWAY OF THE PERFORMER AS COUNTRY DOYENNE TURNED SOLO ACT:
Storyline: The mountain music matriarch opts for stage center after serving as back-up grounding for her talented family, in her ongoing desire to explore all facets of being a beloved entertainer.

Lucy Hale (Karen Lucille Hale) (1989) - American singer and actress. Outer: Of British, Scottish and Irish descent with some German. Younger of two sisters, with an older half-brother. Always wanted to be singer, thanks to a great love for music, with an equal desire to be a performer. Took voice lessons from the age of 8, with her parents supporting her ambition. Sang along with the radio, and began her career as a singer in 2003 on “American Juniors,” in its search for band members, becoming its oldest member. The band disbanded in 2005, and she decided to try acting, while being home-schooled. 5’2”, dark-haired and green-eyed, with a striking beauty about her. Self-supporting from the age of 16, she appeared in the TV series, “Privileged” in 2008, and “Pretty Little Liars,” the following annum. Music, however, would remain her passion and she signed a record deal in 2012. Two years later, she released her first single, “You Sound Good to Me,” from her debut album, “Road Between,” which was a synthesis of pop and country, and was well-received, thanks to her powerful singing voice. Earned plaudits for her debut at the Grand Ole Opry shortly afterwards, which was a lifelong dream of hers, and then used the legendary stage for a backdrop for a music video. Her boyfriends have been actors or singers, and no relationship with them has lasted particularly long, as her focus remains on her career, which is still very much a-forming. Inner: Modest, calm and unexceptional in her likes and dislikes, a distinct product of her times. Very close to her mother. Stage center lifetime of turning her main focus on herself, after serving as the grounding for a legendary singing family, in her ongoing desire to explore all possibilities behind her ongoing superior musicianship. ’Mother’ Maybelle Carter (Maybelle Addington) (1909-1976) - American singer, instrumentalist and musical matriarch. Outer: May have been descended from a former British prime minister. Sixth of 10 children, born to a farmer and businessman who owned a local general store and lumber mill. Mother had an encyclopedic knowledge of mountain folk tunes. Learned to play the banjo and autoharp at a young age, then took up the guitar in her teens. Sang in close harmony with her extended family as part of her growing up, without any thought to a career in performing. Built up a large repertoire of traditional mountain folk songs, and sang at local events, before dropping out of school at 15, to join her cousin Sara (Ariana Grande) and the latter’s husband A.P. Carter in their public performances, doing three part harmonies with them. Married his brother Ezra in 1926, at the age of 16, in an extremely close union, and the group began calling themselves the Carter Family. The following year, the family answered an ad and was recorded in a nearby studio, to become the first commercial country music group. In what would later be dubbed “the Bristol Sessions,” named after the town the studio was in, they gave birth to the widespread acceptance of country music as the Carter Family, while also affecting the development of bluegrass, southern gospel and rock. Created a unique sound via her scratch style of strumming, using her thumb to play melody on the bass and middle strings, and her index finger for the rhythm. The recordings earned them a slot on a live radio program, which give them tremendous exposure, allowing them to influence a whole generation of singers. Became the first group to have a female lead singer in Sara, and use the guitar as a lead instrument. Sara and A.P. divorced in 1943, because of his extended traveling, and the former ran off to California with her husband’s cousin. Despite their departure, she started her own band, with her three young daughters, Helen, Anita and June, calling their act Mother Maybelle and the Carter Sisters. In 1950, the group moved to Nashville and appeared regularly on the nation’s most popular country music radio show, “The Grand Ole Opry.” Her youngest daughter eventually married one-note Johnny Cash, who went on to an even bigger career, featuring them on his weekly TV show, while the second generation continued to perform and record for the next three and a half decades. Suffered from Parkinson’ Disease towards the end of her life, and lost her husband in 1975. Died the following year at home, before she, her spouse and her daughters were all buried near one another, to remain united spiritually in death as in life. The whole family was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1970. Inner: Loving and well-loved. Extremely innovative instrumentalist, and quite happy to let others in her family stand stage center while she gave them grounding with her backing to them. Matriarchal lifetime of giving a strong familial base to the acceptance of country music as a national rather than regional phenomenon, while making her own unique contributions to the genre’s guitar play.

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PATHWAY OF THE PERFORMER AS ENSEMBLE ARTIST TURNED SOLOIST:
Storyline: The former family chanteuse opts to go it alone as both actress and singer in her desire to expand both her repertoire and her abilities as an all-around entertainer, just as her former sister-in-law is doing.

Ariana Grande (Ariana Grande-Butera) (1993) - American singer and actress. Outer: Of Italian descent. Mother was the CEO of a telephone and alarm system company, father owned a graphic design firm. Named after an animated cartoon character princess. Raised Roman Catholic, although abandoned her faith through displeasure with the Church’s conservative stances. Has one older half-brother Frankie Grande, an actor dancer and producer, who is 11 years her senior. Imbued with show business from an early age, she performed with a children’s theater and played in various orchestras. At 10, she co-found Kids Who Care, who played at charitable fund-raising events. Made her national TV debut singing the national anthem for the Florida Panthers hockey team. Accrued managers as a young teen, and had a supporting Broadway role at 15 in the children’s musical “13”, for which she won an award. Studied with tutors while in NYC, where she sang at the noted club Birdland. In 2009, she went to South Africa to teach music and dance to children, along with her brother. The same year, she got a role on Nickelodeon’s TV show “Victorious,” a tremendously popular sitcom set in a performing arts high school. Played Cat Valentine, a sweet, bubbly character, which gave her some cachet, as she began focusing on her first love of singing. Continued with the series for four seasons, while working with a vocal coach, and self-recording covers of popular singers, uploading them onto YouTube. Released her first single, “Put Your Hearts Up,” although quickly disowned it, feeling it was not reflective of her desire to be a pop and R&B singer. Had a recurring voice-over role as a princess on a Nickelodeon animated series, “Winx Club,” staying with it for a season. 5’, with brown hair and brown eyes. Parlayed Cat Valentine into a spin-off series, “Sam and Cat,’” in 2013,. Although it was a hit, it was cancelled in 2014, due to her rising musical career, and focus on singing, rather than acting. Signed with Republic Records, and her first hit single, “The Way,” was released in 2013, and instantly charted at #1, as did her initial album, “Yours Truly,” later that annum which went gold. Got caught licking other people’s donuts while saying “I hate America” in a bizarre video in late 2015 which cost her a gig at the White House, which occasioned a YouTube apology, and did not seem to affect her career, as she remained a fervent Hillary supporter in the 2016 election. Devastated by a suicide bomber killing 22 of her fans and wounding scores others in Manchester, UK, and immediately cancelled the rest of her 2017 world tour. Announced afterwards she would pay for all the victims funerals. Then decided to hold a benefit concert in Manchester, so as not to let hate win. Has a net worth of $35 million. Inner: Hyperactive and hypoglycemic, and the possessor of a four octave soprano range. Great desire to be loved. Dresses relatively modestly for a pop star, preferring to let her voice rather than her sexuality do the talking, since she’s not totally comfortable with the latter. Somewhat of a diva, and a practitioner of Kabbalah. Pop princess lifetime of making the switch from country to R&B, while pursuing a much higher profile career as a single act rather than being part of a family phenomenon. Sara Carter (Sara Dougherty) (1898-1979) - American singer and songwriter. Outer: From a musical family. Second of five children, with three brothers and a sister. Learned to play a variety of instruments as a child, including autoharp, guitar and banjo, which she would strum with her cousins. Legend had it she was sitting on her porch strumming an autoharp, while singing “Engine 143,” when her future husband, A.P. Carter, who was selling trees and shrubs for a nursery at the time, passed by. Tall, buxom and black-eyed. The duo wed in 1915, and while A.P. worked at various jobs, they played at local venues the next 11 years. One son and two daughters from their union. Her sister-in-law, Maybelle Carter (Lucy Hale), who had married her husband’s brother, began singing and playing guitar with them, and the trio started auditioning for labels in earnest. They were soon picked up by Victor Records, after six tracks they laid down sold well. Signed a longterm contract in 1928, and over the next seven years, they recorded most of their best-known songs, including “Wabash Cannonball” and “Keep on the Sunny Side,’ which became their signature song. Served as lead singer, with a distinctive alto, almost male voice, allowing the Carters to be among the first groups to have a female as lead vocalist, and employ the guitar as their main instrument. The Depression forced them to play locally in Virginia, despite having a national reputation, and the Carter Family had to separately move in order to find work. Because A.P. was often gone for months in search of new material, leaving her with little money, she separated from him in 1932, seeing him only at recording sessions, as she took on the physical burdens of maintaining a family in a rural environment. At decade’s end, she divorced A.P., and subsequently married his cousin, Coy Bayes, an electrician and mechanic in 1939. Continued to record for a variety of labels, before deciding to retire in 1943, and move to central California. The Carter family regrouped with Maybelle and her daughters, proving quite successful, and in 1952, she and A.P. rejoined them for another four year stint, before once again retiring. Following her ex-husband’s death in 1960, she played a number of folk festivals and recorded an album with the Carters in the mid-60s. In 1970, the Carter Family became the first group to be elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame. Inner: Modest, never really took to fame, and remained a private person her entire life, despite the very public nature of the Carter Family. Hard worker, with an abiding love of singing. Will the circle be unbroken lifetime of finding both harmony and disharmony in being a public figure, before returning in more self-confident form to explore the fuller length and breath of stardom as a single rather than an ensemble member.


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PATHWAY OF THE PERFORMER AS SERIAL TEEN IDOL:
Storyline: The sitcom rockabilly turned transplanted rapper switches genders as well as origins while showing the same tuned in instinct for chart/busters and rebellion in a desire to extend his/her career over a lifetime rather than remain a strictly youthful phenomenon, whom times passes by.

Iggy Azalea (Amethyst Amelia Kelly) (1990) - Australian rapper and model. Outer: Of Irish descent. Grew up in a small town in New South Wales. Father was a writer and comic artist, as well as a children’s book parodist, who built the family home from mud bricks. Mother worked as a hotel room cleaner. One of three children with a sister and brother. Visited America at 11 and knew she wanted to move there. Lived a wild life as a young teen, going out drinking on a false i.d. and picking up older guys, while also looking at the world conceptually through her father’s oddball artist eyes. Cleaned hotel rooms along with her mother, and saved enough to drop out of high school to pursue her dream of a hip-hop career. Ostensibly came to Miami afterwards for a brief stay with a fellow rap enthusiast, but used the opportunity to cut off ties with the past and fully emigrate to America at 16. 5’10”, slim with long blonde hair and dark brown eyes. Found relatively fast recognition with two music videos,“Pu$$y” and “Two Times” on YouTube, which both went viral and drew a lot of attention, thanks to her white girl infringement on what was generally viewed as a black musical realm. Developed a distinct uptempo clipped style, while supplanting her Aussie accent with a Southern drawl, to fit in with her desire to reflect regional rap of the South. Released mix tapes, which caught the attention of several industry heavyweights, while also becoming a professional model. Her combination of feisty raunchiness and unusual physicality drew plenty of attention so that her debut studio album “The New Classic,” which was released in 2014, received worldwide commercial acclaim, with several hit singles from it, making her a major player on the hip hop scene. At the same time, she announced she would no longer body surf her crowds after feeling continually violated by groping hands, as she etches out her own niche in a genre not known for its kindness to outrageous outlanders. Scheduled to face Hafe Wine (Maurice Williams) 40, in Texas court over his claims that they legally married as a common-law couple according to Texas law when she first came to the U.S., and he now wishes to divorce her. Although the two were never officially wed, she has to appear at the deposition, in a publicity ploy on his part. Excellent mimic, with critics comparing her performances as if she were singing in drag. Her pugnacious stances, however, would negatively affect her public career. Forced to cancel a 2915 tour because of low ticket sales, while also disinvited to a Pittsburgh Pride event because of homophobic tweets, as she suddenly finds herself more and more irrelevant, due to her racist utterances and insensitivity to her potential audience. Her private life suddenly looms as more important as she got engaged to Los Angeles Laker Nick “Swaggy P” Young. The engagement, however, was put on hold, via his bragging of an affair, as she was also hit with a huge tax lien for unpaid 2014 taxes in 2016. Inner: Earthy, and quite cognizant of various artists, due to her sire’s instilling within her a strong visual sense. Aggressive and hard, with little of the soft feminine about her. Obsessed with the late Tupac Shakur, whose music first drew her into hip-hop as a young teen. Sees herself as a conceptual artist in all she does, including displaying her body in some instances and not in others. Viewed by critics as a rapster in drag, thanks to her abilities at sounding like someone she is not. Not above controversies or feuds, and always more than willing to stand her ground. Remolded lifetime of switching over to his/her opposite gender, as well as emerging from a far harsher land in order to give ballast to a desire for an extensive career far beyond the scope of mere teen icon. Ricky Nelson (Eric Hilliard Nelson) (1940-1985) - American singer, songwriter and actor. Outer: Of Swedish descent. From a family with multi-generational show business roots on both sides. Father was bandleader Ozzie Nelson (Zac Efron). Mother was singer Harriet Hilliard (Bella Hadid), who had been previously married, after leading an earlier wild life as a young woman. Younger of two brothers, with his older sibling David ultimately an actor, director and producer. Separated from his family his first two years when they went out west and he stayed with his paternal grandmother. Eventually the quartet settled in Los Angeles, where he joined them, proving to be an insecure child, suffering from severe asthma. Their family sit-com, “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet,” was crafted as a radio show in 1944, by his father who served as its head writer. The original Ricky and David were played by child actors, until he and his brother joined the show in 1949. After a successful release of Here Come the Nelsons, Ozzie felt the show could be a TV vehicle, and it became one in 1952, enjoying a 14 year run, with simple familiarity as its stock in trade. The family became a cultural phenomenon of the 1950s with its members individually greeting one another to start each show, which were largely about nothing, save for the easy recognizability of its members. Went to public schools, which he disliked, and had studio tutelage, while showing himself to be quite rebellious as a diehard rock’n’roller, although his parents quickly quashed his need to act out, which extended to secretly smoking marijuana, and hanging out with bad company. Played clarinet and drums initially, although did not see himself as a musician. Nevertheless, he picked up a guitar in 1957 at the end of an episode, and, in so doing, launched his own musical career, reeling off a host of rockabilly hits over the next five years, while his parents astutely managed his money, since he showed little interest in it. Originally became a rock singer to impress a girlfriend, scoring a big hit with his first recording, the Fats Domino song, “I’m Walkin”. 6’, handsome, with light brown hair and blue eyes. A longtime marijuana enthusiast, he also indulged heavily in cocaine later on, eventually frightening cohorts into insisting he go into rehab, which he never did. Signed a 20 year contract with Decca Records in 1963 and was eager to distance himself from the ‘little Ricky,’ image that had initially propelled him to fame, as he changed his name at age 21, to Rick, with the desire to be seen as a serious musician. Spent his spare time in empty seductions, along with a series of girlfriends, ultimately totaling several thousand women in his casual attitude towards the opposite sex. Also launched a brief movie career, beginning in 1959 with the classic western Rio Bravo, although never followed it up with anything of substance. Appeared on numerous TV series and did a couple of TV films, although the focus of his career was always on his music. In 1963, he married artist and actress Kristin Harmon, the daughter of football great Tom Harmon. Three sons and a daughter from the union, Tracy Nelson, who became an actress, Sam Nelson, who became an actor, and twins Gunnar and Matthew, who were a successful singing duo. After being booed at a Madison Square appearance in 1971 for trying to perform new songs, rather than his familiar oldies, he composed his final big hit, “Garden Party,” making plaint that he did not want to live in the past. The rest of his career proved anti-climactic, playing state fairs, and clubs, spending some 200 nights on the road, which, along with his drug use, ruined his marriage, forcing him and his wife to separate, and then do battle in court before finally divorcing. Lost custody of his children and entered a dark period, before showing signs of rebounding, thanks in good part to his fiancee Harriet Blair, a one-time animal trainer and aspiring actress. Died in a plane crash on New Year’s Eve, caused by an on-board heater short-circuiting and catching fire, with Blair and his Stone Canyon band aboard. Plane crashes often indicate a literal desire to move up to another plane of one self. Posthumously elected to the R’n’R Hall of Fame in 1987. Inner: Polite, extremely loyal, and remarkably decadent for someone who tried to project a wholesome image. Often disgruntled and a victim of his own profound negativity, causing him to have great need to constantly escape from himself. Teen idol lifetime of outliving his initial remarkable run to dwell in his own unhappy darkness, before returning in opposite gender form to see if he could extend his gift for entertaining into a far more satisfactory go-round for himself.

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PATHWAY OF THE POET AS REBEL WITHOUT A PAUSE:
Storyline: The disputatious dissident tops off a lifetime of mixed protest where her loyalties are ultimately questioned, with an unquestioned go-round of political discordance, which once again gives her the duality of celebrityhood and de-indiviudalized collective feminist activism
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Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (1989) - Russian artist, punk rocker and political activist. Outer: Father was a doctor, who ultimately was very supportive of his daughter’s activism, writing a book about her. Spent part of her childhood in a heavily-polluted northern industrial city. A natural rebel, she has always loved finding herself in extreme situations. Her family moved to Moscow, and she was active in literary and art projects. Tall and slim, with brown hair and brown eyes and a pleasing physical esthetic. Left home at 17 to enroll in Moscow State Univ.’s philosophy department. Married artist and activist Pyotr Verzilov, who spent his boyhood in Canada and holds dual Canadian and Russian citizenship, one daughter from the union, which has also given her permanent resident status In Canada as well. Along with him, formed Voina or War, an art collective. Among their performance pieces, the group painted a 65 meter penis on a St. Petersburg drawbridge, and filmed erotic acts in 2008 in a state biology museum, when she was heavily pregnant, to mock a governmental call for increased reproduction. In 2011, the group’s women forcibly kissed policewomen in Moscow’s subway stations and on the street, in what was called “Operation Kiss a Pig.” Joined Pussy Riot, a group that was formed in 2011 with 11 members and another 15 or so who shot and edited their videos. Colorfully costumed and wearing ski masks, the group was short on musical talent and long on protest. In 2012, along with four other members, she staged a “Punk Prayer”, at the Moscow Cathedral of Christ the Savior, aimed at the Orthodox Patriarch’s support for Vladimir Putin, who in turn claimed they were agents of the devil. The group released a video of the incident, and along with two fellow band members, she was given a two year sentence, following an indictment that ran nearly 3000 pages. Went on a hunger strike while incarcerated over the deplorable treatment of female prisoners, and was hospitalized for a week, while becoming an international symbol of oppressed womanhood. She was moved around in the prison system and was released at the end of 2013 under an amnesty bill, as a ploy by Pres. Vladimir Putin for enhancing his reputation prior to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Protested in Sochi, and she and fellow Rioter Maria Alyokhina, continued to stage incidents, while being beaten and assaulted and hospitalized for their efforts. The duo were subsequently kicked out of the group, who objected to their individuality which ran counter to PR’s feminist collectivism. As s celebrity, she and Alyokhina were embraced by a variety of show business luminaries, and wound up dining at the White House, while taking full advantage of her international status as a voice of the voiceless, raising awareness of Russian prison conditions, while becoming a regular on the party scene in New York. Inner: Deeply involved in feminism, art and politics, but also a natural celebrity, evincing the same underground/ overground duality she did her last go-round in this series. Fist in the air lifetime of giving full play to her love of controversy and extreme situations, no matter the consequences. Anna Akhmatova (Anna Gorenko) (1889-1966) - Russian poet. Outer: Father was a naval engineer who left the military soon after her birth to become a maritime engineer for the government. Mother claimed a noble heritage, giving her daughter a certain duality, since she enjoyed socializing with both the nobility and radicals. When she was nearly a year old the family moved near St. Petersburg to accommodate her sire’s new position. Second oldest of 5, with an older brother and three younger sisters. Grew up in privilege, although her parents’ marriage was strained due to her progenitor’s constant bullying, womanizing and extravagant life style, causing them to separate in 1905. 5’11” and slim with gray-green eyes, pale skin, black hair and a slightly humped Roman nose. Studied law at the Kiev College for Women then literature in St. Petersburg, and began being published in her late teens. Used her Tatar princess maternal great-grandmother’s name because her sire did not want his name sullied by printed verse. Began giving public readings in St. Petersburg, and in 1910 married fellow poet Nikolay Gumilev, who had ardently pursued her. The union, however soon fell apart, because of her husband’s feeling that marriage was far too constraining for him. Their singular son, Lev Gumilyov, became a noted his/storian, and the duo eventually divorced in 1918, following her falling in love with and being abandoned by a rake, while her son was raised by his paternal grandmother who disliked her. With Osip Mandelstam (Tupac Shakur) and Sergey Gorodestky, she helped form the Guild of Poets, which focused on craft rather than ephemera as the key to grounded writing, via a school known as the Acemists, which ran counter to the then prevalent beliefs of the Symbolists. Enjoyed a measure of fame, as well as considerable attention from men for her natural magnetism and allure, including an affair with Mandelstam. Began seeing her verse published with the highly emotional “Evening” in 1912, and over the next near decade, produced four more books. During that time, the Russian Revolution overthrew the House of Romanov in 1917, and though she had the option to leave, she chose not to. After divorcing, she married Vladimir Shileiko, a scholar of Assyrian antiquity, who did not approve of his wife’s poetic activities. The two divorced in 1928 and he died two years later of TB Her ex-husband, who fought in WW I and was decorated for bravery was executed for conspiring against the new government in 1921, as an atmosphere of anti-intellectuality prevailed, and her work was condemned as part of a “bourgeois esthetic” out of keeping with the state’s supremacy. Roundly attacked, even by old friends and supporters, her work was unofficially banned in 1925, although it did not stop her from secretly writing. Made well-received translations of a host of authors and also worked as a critic and essayist. Lived in great poverty, with no money, while her son was also persecuted for being his father’s offspring. Saw her circle decimated by arrests, and became a common-law wife to Nikolai Punin, a promiscuous art scholar who was married to a doctor, although he also took on another mistress at the same time. He, too, was repeatedly arrested and eventually died in the gulag. Between 1935 and 1940, she penned an extended lamentation called “Requiem” in which she secretly limned the horrors of Stalinist repression. Kept under constant surveillance, with her phone tapped, although she continued to publish in secret in a form called “samizdat,” which was passed around, while she and her small circle memorized each other’s works, so that even if the printed pages were destroyed, they would continue to exist. Evacuated during the 900 day Nazi siege of Leningrad in 1942, during which time she fell ill with typhus, before returning to Leningrad in 1944, following the end of the German encircling of the city, feeling she had come back to a ghost, with many having starved to death during the nightmarish three years. Read to soldiers in military hospitals, as her work became more in keeping with the patriotic demands of the state, and far less individualized. After her son was arrested again in 1949, her attention turned to getting his release, while writing overt propaganda openly supporting Stalin and his regime. On her son’s finally gaining freedom again in 1956, he felt quite embittered towards his mother. By that time, Stalin had been dead for three years, and a campaign was on to demythologize him. Enjoyed a period of rediscovery by a new generation of critics and poets following “Poem Without a Hero” in 1957. Spent her final decade surrounded by helpers and admirers, while trying to re-construct work she had destroyed. Enjoyed wide honors once again, as well as permission to travel. Hailed as a brave dissident, as well as a martyr and heroine, she suffered a heart attack, and died of heart failure the following year. Displayed in an open coffin, thousands attended two memorial services for her in Moscow and Leningrad. Inner: Eventually deeply loved for not abandoning her homeland, although quite dualistic, capable of both dissidence and conformity, making for an inconsistent admix, due largely to extraordinary pressures placed on her as an artist and a woman. Continually disappointed in love, which informed much of her work. Seen as a highly manipulative by some, and remains a figure of controversy for a variety of critics for her survival strategies. Bitter fame lifetime of dealing with a subhuman state that had little use for poetics, and even less for personal expression, making for a figure of soaring literary sensibilities coupled with a need to temper them in order to survive, while also struggling with the many aspects of love, from continual personal rejection to the larger wholesale embrace of the literary and linguistic world.


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PATHWAY OF THE MUSICIAN AS RAT-A-TAT RAPPER:
Storyline: The eternal rebel follows the 8 mile high lead of his longtime cohort Eminem to become a rager, machine gunning out a lot of long-held anger, in the hopes that he won’t internalize it and self-destruct, as he did in his last rock’n’roll go-round in this series.

Machine Gun Kelly (Richard Colson Baker) (1990) - American rapper. Outer: Parents were missionaries. Spent his first four years in Egypt, speaking Arabic before he spoke English. Lived in Germany afterwards, before returning to the U.S. After sojourns in several large cities around the country, the family finally settled in Cleveland when he was 14, at which point his mother left the family. During his growing up, he went to a largely African-American school in Denver, where he was continually beaten up in the 4th grade, because of his scrawny frame, and eventually learned to rap as a means of asserting himself in hip hop battles, despite not having much respect for the genre, or the artists involved, whom he feels have lost their rebellious ways. Earned the nickname of Machine Gun Kelly, or MKG, the sobriquet of a prohibition era gangster, for his rapid-fire delivery, known as raging rap. 6’3”, thin and covered with tattoos. In 2009, he won two rap victories at Harlem’s Apollo Theater, the first rapper ever to do so. Using his basement as a studio, which he dubbed “the Rage Cage,” he released a mix tape titled “100 Words and Running” in 2010, and followed it up with another “Lace Up,” putting him on the rap map. His song “Cleveland,” became the anthem for Cleveland Cavalier basketball games. Signed with Diddy’s Bad Boy Records as well as Interscope and a hip hop clothing chain, and, at the same time, got himself arrested for organizing a flash mob, which brought him to national attention, and gave him further alternate cultural cred. Has a daughter, while being completely disconnected from his family, who disapproves of what he is doing, save for one loyal aunt. Inner: Angry and profoundly alienated, with a quick mind and an ever faster tongue. Given an early sweeping view of various cultures, allowing him an odd worldliness in an otherwise straightjacketed upbringing. Living the life lifetime of coming into circumstances that were easy for him to reject in order to give voice to the considerable angst and rage he holds within, through the percussive poetics of street syncopation. Gene Vincent (Vincent Eugene Craddock) - American musician. Outer: Father was in the Coast Guard during WW II. Mother maintained a general store, and after the war, the two opened a general store and tailor shop in Norfolk, Virginia. Got his first guitar at the age of 12, teaching himself to play blues, gospel and country music on it. Dropped out of high school at 17 and enlisted in the U.S. Navy, with his parents’ permission. 5’9”, 150 lbs. Despite conforming to rules and proving himself a solid sailor, his leave time saw him continually get into trouble, although he planned to make the Navy his career. Never saw combat, and with his reenlistment money, he bought a motorcycle. Had a bad accident on it in 1955, when a woman ran a red light, which severely damaged his left leg. Either she or he had been drinking at the time. Refused to have it amputated, and wore a brace, while he was medically discharged the same year with a permanent limp. Turned to music after hearing Elvis Presley, and began singing with a Norfolk radio station staff band, the Virginians. His first single, “Be-Bop-A-Lula,” released in 1956, turned out to be his biggest hit, with his back-up band His Blue Caps, whom he named after enlisted sailors, and whose personnel would be constantly changing. Married Ruth Ann Hand the same year in a brief union. Appeared in The Girl Can’t Help It, a seminal rock’n’roll film of the time, while acting out his self-destructive urges. Played a long run at the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas, although his leg, which was still in a plaster cast, began to bleed regularly, causing him a great deal of pain. Wed Darlene Hicks in 1958, divorced two years later, two children from the union. Took time off at a Vet Hospital, and from 1957 to 1960, released a half dozen albums for Capitol Records, as the Blue Caps finally broke up after this period. After tax problems in the U.S. he toured in both Europe and Australia, wearing black leather, the first American entertainer to do so. While in England, he was involved in the same fatal cab accident, rounding a curve and hitting a cement post at 70 mph, that killed his occasional collaborator Eddy Cochrane (Eminem), where he and songwriter Sharon Sheeley were both seriously hurt, breaking his collarbone and ribs in the crash. Married Margaret Russell in 1961, divorced two years later. While his brand of rockabilly lost favor in the States, he remained extremely popular in Britain and Europe throughout the 1960s, moving to England in 1963. His final marriage was to Jackie Fusco in 1968. Returned to the U.S. the following year for one last foray with fame, when he was rediscovered by California hippies. Spent most of his adult life in constant pain, overusing alcohol to self-medicate, before finally succumbing to a ruptured stomach ulcer, while visiting his father. Became the first inductee into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame in 1957, and the following year, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Inner: Wild at heart, with a continued recklessness that belied an equal drive for adulation and power through popularity. Self-destructive lifetime of continually testing the waters of his various vulnerabilities, before returning to a milieu that would bring forth his rage in completely uninhibited fashion so as to release it through percussive music, rather than ulcerated accidents.

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PATHWAY OF THE MUSICIAN AS DIFFERENT DRUMMER:
Storyline: The decidedly toned-down tunesmith decides to explore both voice and songwriting in quieter fashion, after going all out on his music only to strangle himself via his compulsive need to literally drown out his innate draw towards premature oblivion.

Ed Sheeran (Edward Christopher Sheeran) (1991) - British singer and songwriter, rapper and producer. Outer: Of English-Irish descent. Mother was a jewelry designer, father was an art curator and lecturer. Younger of two brothers, with his older sibling Matthew, a classical composer. Raised a Roman Catholic, he grew up in a cultured home and began singing in church at 4 and writing his own music at 11. His first official EP, “The Orange Room,” inspired him to drop out of high school and go to London at the age of 14, where he immediately found work on the local circuit, although was often homeless. Released two albums in 2006 and 2007, which helped make him an opening act for more established groups. 5’8”, and round-faced, with unruly red hair and blue eyes. Also tattooed on his arms and sporting a huge lion on his chest. In 2010, he began turning to online performances and had a hit on the ITunes chart before he ever signed a record contract. Subsequently inked with Atlantic, to become a young recording phenomenon, with “The A-Team” in 2011. Toured North America in 2012 and 2013, as an opening act for Taylor Swift, and later a headliner on his own. Released his major debut studio album with “+” and it went gold in the UK, despite only receiving a luke-warm reception from critics as largely banal. Began writing songs with established acts, and in 2014 his follow-up album, “x”, debuted at number one in both the U.S. and U.K., whilepursuing the same acoustic pop pattern he had established for his earlier works. Continued to stay true to his own vision of what he should do, which impressed those of his age, if not critics Able to buy a farm near his childhood town of Framlingham through his early success. Has been rumored to be in a number of relationships, mostly with fellow performers, although remains wedded to his career during its early stages. At the 2016 Grammys, won ‘song of the year’ with “Thinking Out Loud.” His third album, “Divided,” saw its hit, “Shape of You,” streamed over a billion times, while he signed a secret deal in 2017 to settle a $20 million plagiarism lawsuit accusing him of stealing his hit “Photograph” note for note from a song called “Amazing.” Quit Twitter, where he had almost 20 million followers because of trolls who said mean things about him. Has a net worth of $65 million. Inner: Strong believer in pleasing his own tastes. Fans known as Sheerios. Notoriously nice and giving, as well as modest and unassuming. Extremely giving and charitable, with a strong sense of social awareness. Different beat lifetime of toning down the loud intensity of his previous go-round in this series, to make quieter and less aggressive music per his own transformed tastes. John Bonham (1948-1960) - British drummer and songwriter. Outer: Mother labored for 26 hours with him, before his heart stopped beating. A second doctor managed to revive him in a symbolic entrance around basic bodily rhythms. Eldest of three with a younger brother and sister, Debbie, who became a successful singer. Father of the same name ran the family building business, which was begun by his grandfather, who also shared names with the next two generations. Began drumming on anything available at 5 and received the support of his parents, who bought he his first drum set at 10. Went to private schools, and his head teacher at the second said, “He will either end up a dustman or a millionaire.” Dropped out of school at 16, to work for his sire, while also playing drums for local bands. Worshipped drummer Gene Krupa as his idol, and listened to both rock and jazz. 5’10 1/2”, with dark brown hair and green eyes. In 1965, he married Pat Phillips, who was pregnant with their son, Jason, who became a drummer, at the time. The duo had an extremely close relationship, as he initially began working for a high-class clothing company to support his crew. They added a daughter, Zoe nearly a decade later, who became a singer-songwriter, and he settled the family on a farm he bought. Continued to build on his reputation as a drummer of unusual power and technique, who played loud and hard, which caused him to be banned in certain local venues, as well as exit and join a number of bands, always looking to better his opportunities. By the late 1960s, he had a solid reputation, and, after weighing a number of offers, decided to join Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Robert Plant in a band called the New Yardbirds, which quickly morphed into Led Zeppelin, who released its first album in 1969. Their manager negotiated a huge deal with Atlantic Records, and they became a supergroup, touring and recording with a huge following, with extensive drum solos on his part that highlighted both his creativity and endurance. Contributed to their bottom heavy sound, in their extensive world tours, as he descended into excessive alcohol consumption and volatile behavior as befit an out-of-control rock star. At the end, he was dissatisfied with his drumming, feeling a host of people now superseded him. Eventually choked to death on his own vomit, which led to pulmonary edema in his sleep, after a 12 hour drinking binge on vodka, in which he consumed 16 shots. Cremated afterwards with his ashes buried at a local church. The remaining members of Led Zeppelin disbanded rather than replace him, although later performed together again on occasion. In 1994, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Inner: Aggressive, domestic and highly creative, with a huge self-destructive streak. Able to employ all sorts of tympani, as well as his bare hands for creating a beat, in his constant exploration of his craft. Had a lifelong love of vintage cars and motorcycles, amassing an impressive collection. Perfectionist, always looking to get his sound just right. Seen by many as the greatest and most influential rock drummer of all time. Self-obliterative beat lifetime of making his mark as a legendary drummer, only to ultimately drown himself in his own excesses, which probably fed into his far more modest return to the music scene in his next go-round in this series.


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PATHWAY OF THE PERFORMER AS BARRIER BREAKER:
Storyline: The fey fly boy sets the standard for R&B tenor trilling, only to feel ultimately disrespected for his efforts, before returning to challenge the macho sensibility of rap, with a less than manly stance heretofore unheard of in its exaggerated posturing.

Fly Young Red (Franklyn Freeman Randall) (1991) - American rapper. Outer: From a religious Baptist family. Initially actively adhered to its tenets, singing in church. Largely raised in Southern California, where he formed his first R&B group. Moved to Houston, Texas following hurricane Katrina, and it would become his base. Began to realize his true sexual orientation in his mid-teens, but it took him a while to feel comfortable with it, thanks to his upbringing. Small and slim. After claiming his true self, he performed on the gay black club circuit in Houston and Atlanta, establishing a name for himself with his niche audience. Cut a deal with a Las Vegas production company, and released a video in 2013 “Throw That Boy Pussy,” which went viral on the internet, and suddenly made him a national player, as the very first major hip-hopper to show clear preference for his own sex. Although middle-of-the-road himself in his stylistics, likes flamboyant backup dancers, while feeling it is time for hip-hop to expand to show a far more tolerant attitude to those who do not conform to overly macho standards. Inner: Upbeat, direct, and unapologetic for who he is. Fist in the air lifetime of championing a distinctly off-center stance within the rigid world of hip-hop behavior, as a pioneer of sorts giving voice and presence to deliberately hidden elements of an excessively male culture. Clyde McPhatter (1932-1972) - American singer. Outer: Father was a Baptist minister, mother was an organist. One of seven children with three brothers and three sisters. Raised in a religious environment, with his family heavily rooted in the church. Began singing in his sire’s church at the age of 5, and within five years was a soloist. Had a high, powerful voice that could hold single syllables over several notes. After the family moved north to New Jersey in 1945, he worked part time as a grocery store clerk, before graduating and moving to NYC, where he formed the gospel group, the Mount Lebanon Singers, while supporting himself as a store manager. Also delved into rhythm & blues, and after winning an amateur night contest at the legendary Apollo Theater in Harlem, he was later recruited to become a member of the top R&B group, Billy Ward & the Dominoes. Sang on what some consider the first rock’n’roll song, “Sixty Minute Man.” His high-pitched tenor gave a gospel tinge to the group, and he became an extremely influential singer in the Doo-Wop mode of R&B, with many who followed imitating his style. Left the Dominoes in 1953, after conflicts with Billy Ward, and, at the behest of Atlantic Records, founded the Drifters, which was originally made up of his old gospel group, the Mount Lebanon Singers. Fathered a son during this time with singer and actress Ruth Brown. After being inducted into the Army in 1954, he was assigned to Special Services which allowed him to continue his recording career. On his release in 1957, he went solo, enjoying his biggest hit, “Treasure of Love,” in 1956. A certain restlessness pervaded his later career, as he continually switched labels before then moving to England in 1968. Returned to the U.S. in 1970, appearing mostly in revival tours, while keeping himself hidden, feeling both neglected and disrespected. Died in his sleep of complications of heart, liver and kidney disease, thanks to his abuse of alcohol. brought on by his fall from favor his fans Posthumously elected into the R’n’R Hall of Fame in 1987. Inner: Extremely modest, never really thought that much of his abilities, although was deeply hurt by an eventual fall from grace with his fickle fans. Resented that he had become an R&B afterthought in the latter part of his career, which sent him into an alcoholic spiral from which he never recovered. Tenuous tenor lifetime of setting R&B standards, only to ultimately find himself neglected, ignored, and a prime candidate for his own sense of oblivion.

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PATHWAY OF THE PERFORMER AS FLOUTER OF SOCIAL CONVENTIONS:
Storyline: The ex-exotic dancer turns to voice to give fuller expression of who she is, an unconventional entertainer continually searching for her own truths as a hyperrealist.

Charli XCX (Charlotte Emma Aitchison) (1992) - English singer and songwriter. Outer: Grew up in the West Midlands of England. Father was Scottish and an entrepreneur, being, among other things a club owner and music promoter, as well as a big fan of punk rock. Always encouraged his daughter to be true to herself. Mother was of Indian descent from Uganda, whose family had been kicked out by dictator Idi Amin. The duo didn’t officially marry until they were together nearly two decades. Went to a private school and began organizing live performances through MySpace at 14, in warehouses, with drugged-out attendees. Named herself XCX around this time, because it sounded catchy, and liked the connotation of being X-Rated. Still in school, where she studied art and didn’t have much of a feel for music, despite writing songs and producing raw demos, while taking off for London at night and doing outrageous performances at raves, with nursery-rhyme raps and lots of yelling. Eventually dropped out of school to become a full-time entertainer, penning dark-side songs that quickly found on-line audiences. Signed with Asylum Records in 2010, only to take a break from music in search of her real self, which included a trip to Sweden and working with artists there. Took three years in between releases, and began getting noticed anew. 5’4” dark-haired and dark-eyed. Did some touring, while also doing mix tapes and EPs. Perfected her sound in 2011 and 2012, while honing her live show, in preparation for her first album release, “True Romance,” in which she was still figuring out who she was and what she wanted to say, while trying to be cool. It flopped commercially, and could have spelled the end of her recording career, save for the single, “I Love It,” that charted nicely. Able to work with many top names, as well as pen songs for them, while largely confining her touring to the UK, although by 2014, she expanded to North America. Her third album, “Sucker” released in 2014, would be what she felt was her true voice and self, a double goal of hers. Into strong hip-hop beats in all her music, while claiming a whole range of singers as her influences. Inner: Always looking to be original, while needing to satisfy herself with her output. Sees music in terms of colors, favoring black, pink, purple and red, while finding green, yellow and brown distasteful. Deeply self-involved and constantly self-searching, with personal truth a strong motivating factor in everything she does. Goth pop princess lifetime of turning to song and sound as her métiers of choice in brining her outrageous self once more to the attention of a world that is constantly in need of being stimulated and awakened by its artists. Sally Rand (Harriet Helen Beck) (1904-1979) - American dancer and actress. Outer: Born on Easter Sunday morn. Mother was a Pennsylvania Dutch Quaker school teacher and sometime newspaper correspondent, who was her husband’s second wife. Father was a veteran of the Spanish-American war. One younger brother. After her family moved to Missouri, she ran away with a carnival, which led her to Chicago, where she worked as a cigarette girl, artist’s model and cafe dancer. Studied ballet, and worked as an acrobat in the Ringling Bros. circus, before joining a repertory company, with the idea of become a serious stage actress. When the company broke up in Los Angeles, she entered film in comedy shorts, under the name of Billie Beck. 5’1”, slim and blonde-haired. Renamed Sally Rand by director Cecil B. DeMille (Michael Bay), who featured her in both leads and supporting roles. Chosen as one of the WAMPAS Baby Stars in 1927, although a prominent lisp ended her movie career with the advent of sound. Became a dancer, and came to Chicago in a show called “Sweethearts on Parade,” which led to a position at the Paramount Club, where she inaugurated her fan dance, using two large ostrich feathers, while appeared in a body stocking, to give the semblance of nudity, Her most famous appearance was at the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair, where she received untold publicity by being arrested no less than four times for indecent exposure, for not only dancing, but riding a white horse, seemingly Lady Godiva-like, down the streets of Chicago. Added the bubble dance to her repertoire to compensate for the wind outdoors, while also being the recipient of Max Factor’s body paint to give the illusion of nudity. In 1936, she bought the Music Box burlesque hall in San Francisco, and the city would become a primary venue of hers. Wed and divorced Tod Robbins, a writer of horror and mysteries, in the first of four unions. Her second marriage was to cowboy and bronc rider Turk Greenough in 1942, which also ended in divorce three years later, one son from the union. Arrested in 1946, and was given immunity by the judge during the length of the trial, only to be apprehended again during it, wearing long underwear with a note pinned to her that read, “Censored, SFPD.” When the judge viewed her performance he cleared her of all charges. Her third marriage was to her manager Harry Finkelstein in 1949, which ended in divorce the following year. Her final union was with building contractor Fred Lallah in 1954, which also ended in divorce six years later. Continued appearing on stage, doing her fan dance into her 70s. Died in a hospital of congestive heart failure, deeply in debt. Inner: Flamboyant and unafraid to speak her mind. Intelligent and articulate, as well as strongly opinionated. Initially motivated to create her act after seeing a flock of herons flying overhead when she was young, which gave her a feeling of ecstasy, that she eventually wished to convey through her dancing. Iconic lifetime of searching for beauty and self-truths through dance, a pursuit she would continue in her next go-round in this series via music and sound.


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PATHWAY OF THE PERFORMER AS HIGHLY DUALISTIC CHARACTER:
Storyline: The former baneful baritone, returns and tries to explore a whole other dimension of himself, as a positive role model eager to bury his hidden past while confusion remains his symbolic middle name.

Zayn Malik (Zain Javaad Malik) (1993) - English singer and songwriter. Outer: Of English and Pakistani descent. Mother was English, father was a Pakistani immigrant. One of four, with one older sister and two younger ones. From a combination Anglican Christian and Muslim family, with his mother converting to Islam and his parents having an open marriage. Had problems fitting in with his first two public schools, because of his mixed race background. Hyperactive as a child, he remained confused about his religious beliefs, while taking performing arts courses and appearing in school productions. 5’9”, with brown eyes, and both earlobes pierced. In 2010, he auditioned for the reality show competition “The X Factor” and wound up being grouped with fellow competitors Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson. Dubbed One Direction, they finished in third place, but were immediately signed to producer Simon Cowell’s Syco label. Their first single, “What Makes You Beautiful” topped the charts in 2011, while their debut album “Up All Night,” proved a best-seller in both the UK and USA the following year. Successfully toured with them, as the group’s bad boy with his multitude of tattoos, dyed pompadour and mischievous behavior. Involved with a number of X-Factor contests, and in 2013 was engaged to singer Perrie Edwards. In 2015, much to the shock of their fans, he dropped out of the group, stating he wanted to pursue a solo career, while the band decided to seek separate projects for a year in lieu of his leaving, with a reunion always a possibility. The following annum he exhibited a large tattoo on the right side of his face, with the letters M.O.M. in the midst of a soaring bird and flowers, which may or may not refer to his new album “Mind of Mine.” The display excited an internet frenzy, which may have been its entire purpose, while the album, released exactly a year after he went out on his own, showed the music he has always wanted to make, replete with falsetto flourishes, clipped beats and foul language to show how he has achieved his own sense of maturity from the rather blank-canvased performer he had earlier been.. Inner: Considers himself shy, while his fans are overboard over him. Vain and family-oriented, as well as a large talent once more on the world stage to see where his exotic nature will take him. New direction lifetime of coming in, in exotic form to see if he can finally integrate his outer talents with an inner being still fraught with a lot of confusion over who he really is. Dick Haymes (Richard Benjamin Haymes) (1918-1990) - Argentinian/American singer. Outer: Mother was Irish and was a singer and voice teacher. Father was Scotch/Irish.. Brought to the US as an infant where he was raised. Older brother of singer Bob Haymes. As a teen he drew attention to himself through his singing, although his progress was extremely slow, before finally becoming the featured vocalist of the Harry James band. In 1939, he married Edith Harper, who told him she was pregnant. When he discovered she wasn’t he had the union annulled the same year. Since he wasn’t officially an American citizen, he avoided the draft by registering as a resident alien. During WWII he sang with other big name bands before deciding to go solo. In 1941, he wed actress Joanne Dru, a son and two daughters from the union, including singer Dick Haymes, Jr., which ended in divorce in 1949. Got his own radio show, along with a contract from Decca Records, while also launching his film career, beginning with State Fair in 1945. Paired with several big name actresses in musicals. Although his public career showed him to be easy-going and eminently forgettable, his private life was ridden by alcoholism and debt. In 1949, he wed actress Nora Eddington, the former wife of Errol Flynn (Ethan Hawke). That childless union ended in divorce in 1953. The same year, while pursuing former co-star Rita Hayworth in Hawai’i he was not allowed back into the U.S. and immigration fried to have him deported, although he eventually won the fight and married Hayworth in 1953, only to divorce two years later. His fifth marriage was to singer Fran Jeffries in 1958, with whom he partnered as a nightclub act. One daughter from the union, which like the others ended in divorce in 1965. By the 1960s, he was complete and utter mess, although he was able to travel to Europe, where his popularity remained untarnished, and he enjoyed something of a comeback. His final marriage was to Wendy Smith, nearly 20 years his junior in 1965, which ended with his death. Son and daughter from the union, which was marked by a separation, and the beginning of divorce proceedings on his wife’s part. Ultimately recorded around 10 albums and appeared in 17 films. Died of lung cancer, and was cremated with his ashes scattered. Inner: Pleasant and unassuming on the surface, parlaying a bland unthreatening public persona and a rich baritone into a highly successful multi-media career. His darker side gained him the reputation of “Mr. Evil” in Hollywood. Janus lifetime of showing a bland public face and a disturbed private one, with the inability to control his addictive nature, or his continual draw toward self-obliteration.


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PATHWAY OF THE SINGER AS CONTINUAL VOICE OF HER GENERATION:
Storyline: The instrumental lyricist returns to focus on singing and performing after a highly successful partnership of fashioning hits for others, that was ended far too soon by her vulnerable mortality

Lorde (Ella Yelich-O’Connor) (1996) - Australian singer/songwriter. Outer: Mother, Sonja Yerlich, was a celebrated poet of Croatian-New Zealand descent, giving her access to not only pop music but serious lyrics during her growing up. Father was a civil engineer of Irish-New Zealand descent. Second of 4 children, with an older and younger sister, India, a singer, and a younger brother. The family had a huge library, and she was an enthusiastic eclectic reader from an early age, while also discovering a love of both singing and acting. Spotted at the age of 12 by an A&R talent scout, she was signed the following year by Universal. Within an annum she was working with seasoned songwriters, and released her first EP, “The Love Club EP” in 2013, which topped the New Zealand charts, despite no attempts at marketing or publicizing it. 5’5”, brunette and brown-eyed. Her debut album, “Pure Heroine” released in 2013, featured the song, “Royals” which won Song of the Year, as well as Best Pop Vocal Performance at the 2014 Grammys, while topping the Billboard charts, making her the youngest artist to do so in a quarter of a century while the image she projected was that of an old soul.. Combines melodic electro-rock with a sense of lyrical grace to make her a true voice of her pre-20 age group, with an interwoven aural sense of both sound and language. Also very much her own woman, deeply involved in all she does, so that when she split from her manager in 2015, it was another manifestation of her being very much in charge of her career. In 2017, she released “Melodrama,” which received high praise as a masterful reflection of the emotions of a young woman moving towards the far messier state of maturity. Has a net worth of $9 million. Inner: Extremely shy and fear-filled, finding performing difficult, despite her huge popularity. Highly opinionated, with a desire to give teenagers a role model that reflects their actualities, rather than the manufactured projection of publicists. Fascinated by royals, taking her name from an aristocratic title and adding an ‘e’ to it to feminize it. Voice of her generation lifetime of emerging early to try to integrate her poetic and musical sensibilities in most memorable fashion. Linda Creed (1948-1996) - American songwriter and producer. Outer: Of Jewish descent. One of three children, with two brothers. Had a middle-class upbringing, and fronted her own band, Raw Soul, while still in high school, singing and playing on the Philadelphia club circuit. Afterwards, she moved to NYC, where she got a job as a secretary at a music publishing company, only to return home after eight months, feeling frustrated and depressed. Teamed up with Thom Bell, as the duo of Creed-Bell became a virtual hit factory, as emblems of the Philadelphia Sound, producing 125 hits throughout the late 1960s and 1970s, with a roster of big name stars recording their upbeat material. In 1972, she married record producer Stephen (Eppy) Epstein, two daughters from the union. Diagnosed with breast cancer at 26, she never slowed down in her output, realizing she might only have a limited time left. Her biggest hit, written a month after a mastectomy, proved to be “Greatest Love of All,” although she succumbed to breast cancer before it reached the top of the charts. Her family created the Linda Creed Breast Cancer Foundation in her memory and in 1992, she was posthumously inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Inner: Never got swell-headed over her success, and always remained well-grounded and level-headed, with family and friends taking priority over fame. Partnership lifetime of dominating the charts while focusing on her private life, before returning as a singer and performer to take her gifts up to a whole other personal level, as a voice demanding to be heard on a whole bunch of different planes.

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PATHWAY OF THE PERFORMER AS OUTSIZED TALENT:
Storyline: The oversize songbird returns under extremely shaky circumstances, but emerges from them relatively unscarred, in what looks like another big-hearted, big-voiced lifelong love affair with her audience, as her prime intimate partner.

Rachel Crow (1998) - American singer and actress. Outer: Of African/American descent. Born a crack baby, she spent her initial months in a crack house, suffering abuse, before being taken into a white family as a six month old foster child. Her second mother was a former hospital counselor, while her father owned an excavation business. After a year, she was formally adopted, without knowing the identity of her birth parents. While home-schooled, she always had a great desire to entertain, be it doing amateur standup or belting out songs with her preternaturally big voice. Picked on when she did go to school, although found enough support from a few classmates, to pursue her ambition to become an entertainer. Did well in a few singing competitions, and took some improv acting classes, before winning a spot on the “X-Factor,” in 2011, bringing her to national attention. Forced to deal with her weight, despite being a hearty eater all her young life, because of the unreal demands placed on public performers to skeletize themselves. Although she was eventually eliminated in a somewhat controversial deadlock, and was deeply bothered by it, she was able to rebound, and promises to pick up exactly where she left off in her last go-round, as a big beloved voice. Has appeared on a number of TV shows, while utilizing a tutor to keep up with her studies. Inner: Upbeat, with the facility for transcending whatever is thrown at her. Has a strong interest in helping adopted children, while taking to heart the advice she received from Simon Cowell, “Work hard and always stay yourself.” Staying herself lifetime of being given the duality of a harsh entrance, and then a loving acceptance afterwards, in her ongoing desire to uplift and entertain through a booming voice and an equally positive outlook on life. Kate Smith (Kathryn Elizabeth Smith) (1907-1986) - American singer. Outer: Father was a wholesale magazine distributor. Close to her mother, with one sister. Didn’t talk until she was 4 years old, but within a year she was singing at church socials. At 8, she was chanteusing for troops at army camps in the Washington, DC area during WW I. Her sire viewed her incipient singing career with horror and insisted she study nursing, which she did for a few months at Geo. Washington Univ. Hospital, before dropping out to begin her public life at Keith’s Theater, despite never having had a lesson in voice, or being able to read music. Quickly signed for a revue which soon made it to Broadway. 5’10” and big-bodied, weighing in at 200 pounds before she was 20. Enjoyed acclaim for all her early roles on Broadway, but also her broad butt was the butt of broad jokes by the comedians she played with, causing her extreme humiliation and great unhappiness. Signed with Columbia via Ted Collins, a company vp, who advised her to forget about musical comedy and concentrate solely on her singing, while becoming her longtime platonic partner and manager. Their association would continue for nearly three and a half decades until his death in 1964. Her booming contralto landed her a booking at the Palace Theater, where she sang for 11 weeks, setting a record for a single performer. Also found radio to her liking, making her debut on her 22nd birthday with a fifteen minute twice-a-week program of her own, where she established her longtime trademark song, “When the Moon Comes Over the Mountain.” Soon had a sponsor, La Palina Cigars, a long-term contract and a four-figure salary. Made her film debut in 1932 in Hello Everybody, and then appeared infrequently in that medium. Three years later, she launched a daytime radio program, “Kate Smith Speaks,” which featured comments on women’s affairs and current events, and the anthem, “God Bless America,” an Irving Berlin paean to the U.S. which would forever be associated with her. From 1937 to 1945, she hosted “The Kate Smith Hour,” a hugely popular comedy and musical variety show. Sold a record number of War Bonds during WW II, and in 1950, she began a five year run on early TV, with “The Kate Smith Hour,” which ran 5 afternoons a week, and led to a prime-time weekly show, “The Kate Smith Evening Hour.” Served as a spokesperson for a variety of products, through her highly identifiable commonality. Made a second attempt with another variety show in 1960, but it was quickly dropped because of low ratings, despite high critical acclaim. Deeply depressed following the death of her mother in 1962 and Collins in 1964, she cut back on her performing schedule, returning to TV only as a guest on a variety of variety shows. Lived modestly with apartments in NY and a home in Virginia, while amassing some $35 million during her working life. Lost 90 pounds during a four year stretch in the 1960s, dyed her hair, and changed her dress style, but felt extremely uncomfortable doing so, and quickly returned to her old gustatory and habiliment habits. Began attending Roman Catholic services in 1940, and in 1965 had herself baptized as such. In the 1970s, she added a coda to her career, by having a recording of “God Bless America,” played before some Philadelphia Flyers home hockey games, which led to several live renditions and a statue erected to her outside their stadium a year after her death. Her endlife would see her in poor health during her last decade, after suffering brain damage from a diabetic coma. Given the Medal of Freedom in 1982, the nation’s highest civilian honor. Lost her right leg to amputation because of circulatory problems, and also had a mastectomy, before finally dying of diabetes. Totally wedded to her career and her audience, she never married, nor did she have any recorded relationships. Inducted in to the Radio Hall of Fame in 1999. Recorded almost 3000 songs and also introduced over a thousand tunes, far more than any other performer in either category. Her huge numbers also included 15,000 radio broadcasts and some 25,000,000 fan letters. Had two autobiographical tomes published under her name, “Living in a Great Big Way” in 1938, and “Upon My Lips a Song,” in 1960. Also wrote the “Company’s Coming Cookbook.” Inner: Goodhearted and good-humored. Prodigious eater and a skilled cook. Found dieting distasteful, and eventually came to accept her figure, which probably wound up in the 250 lbs. range. Known as “the Songbird of the South.” Outsize lifetime of bringing her big voice and body to an adoring public and allowing her career to define her larger life, preferring a public existence to a private one as a completely unique full-figured figure of her time.

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