It was an honor meeting singer songwriter Valerie Simpson who was in town for The HistoryMakers,"An Evening with Valerie Simpson in honor of Nick Ashford" She took the time for a few press interviews and photos prior to the big event at Northwestern's Thorne Auditorium in Chicago.
She is still feeling the loss of he husband and writing partner Nick Ashford who passed away August 22nd from throat cancer.
She knows the healing power of music and looks forward to participating in tonight's tribute.
Singer Patti Austin will be performing later at the benefit and I caught her performance of one of my favorite Ashford and Simpson penned tunes,'You're All I Need To Get By' at the afternoon soundcheck.
PBS is taping the show so watch your television listings for an air date.
The HistoryMakers is a national, 501(c)(3) non-profit institution committed to creating a state-of-the-art digital archive by recording and preserving the stories of African American leaders who have paved the way in both America and the global society.
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Valerie Simpson-doing media interviews
Patti Austin with Julieanna L.Richardson,Executive Director of The History Makers
American Idol” music director Ray Chew during afternoon soundcheck
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