UPDATE 11/17/06 2:15PM - See video from the Memorial Service here and more videos of the service are available here!
This is so beautiful that I had to share... Be sure to click on each page to enlarge. Again, God bless him and his family....
The service tomorrow is expected to last between 60 and 90 minutes, and will be broadcast live on WZAK FM/93.1.
I AM GOING TO MISS YOU GERALD, BUT YOUR MUSICAL LEGACY WILL LIVE ON!!!
I realize that the text isn't that easy to read so I am including the text here (You can DOWNLOAD your own copy of the actual program for Gerald Levert's Memorial Service here.):
was born on July 13, 1966 in Canton, Ohio as the firstborn child of
Martha and Ed Willis Levert. Growing up in Shaker Heights, Ohio,
Gerald was raised in a Christian household as one of Jehovah's
Witnesses. He and his brother Sean spent countless hours imitating
their dad and the mighty, mighty O'Jays. Growing up listening to his
father, the seeds of a career that would put him in the same company
as Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye and Luther Vandross were planted as
he watched his father's career continue to grow. Always readying
himself for the passage of the proverbial torch, Gerald realized and
appreciated the blessing of the gift of song and his talent as a singer
while still yet a teenager. Gifted with a powerful, yet soothing voice
and the ability to speak to a multitude of listeners' needs and emotions,
Gerald was destined for greatness and fame at the onset of his career as a professional singer, songwriter and producer.
Gerald's ascent into stardom was first experienced in 1986 as a member of the R&B trio Levert,which included his brother, Sean, and childhood friend Marc Gordon. The group made their mark in the music industry with hits such as "(Pop, Pop, Pop, Pop) Goes My Mind," "Casanova," and "Baby I'm Ready." The four time platinum selling group set the stage for Gerald to embark on a solo career. His first solo album, Private Line, was released in 1991. Joining forces with his dad, in 1995 he went on to record Father & Son rendering the hit song “Baby Hold on to Me.”
As a singer and songwriter, Gerald was blessed with the fortune of turning out hits for nearly 20 years. From singing, writing and producing as a solo artist to writing and producing hits for others, his career has been consistently revered by fervent fans and admiring colleagues. As a singer and songwriter, Gerald spoke of love, family, politics, societal injustices and challenged us all to think
about society and our place in the world. In 2005, he even enlisted the help of noted social commentators Dr. Cornell West and Tavis Smiley for a dialogue about the state of mankind, as well as his father Eddie Levert and other family members to chime in on the song about changing family values on the album Do I Speak for the World?
From being a part of the 1996 trio LSG with R&B chart-toppers Keith Sweat and Johnny Gill to producing seven self titled albums and a host of songs for other artists such as Barry White, Patti Labelle, Anita Baker, this Ohio native son, with his soulful lyrics, became a timeless favorite of young and old alike. Offstage, all who knew him experienced first-hand Gerald's infectious personality, love of laughter, fierce loyalty and dedication to family. The warm and loving personality of Gerald Levert has been appropriately embodied by his signature “teddy bear,” the
souvenir of a lifetime for many a woman who ever attended a Gerald Levert concert.
The untimely death of Gerald Levert at the young age of 40 leaves a barren place in his family and the music industry. Gerald is survived by his mother and father - Martha and Eddie Levert, his children, Lemicah, Carlysia and Camryn, his brothers Eddie, Jr., and Sean (Angela), his sisters Kandice (Leonard Brooks), Asha, Eury and Ryan, and a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
Friends of Gerald will always be touched by and will miss the big “teddy bear” but his loving memory will continue to live forever.
My dad was a great man who was my hero, my role
model and my best friend. He taught me right from
wrong and not only how to be a good man but a good
person. Due to this tragic loss of my father, I now
understand the meaning when someone says “their
heart is filled with pain.” I am no longer afraid of death
because I now have someone waiting for me on the
other side….my pops, my pal and my best friend.
Love Always - Lemicah Edward Levert
Daddy, I love ya, so much! You're one of the best people
in the world. You're my hero. You may not be here
physically but you will always be here in heart, mind and
soul. All my life I thanked God for sending me the best
Dad/Father in the whole entire world. I am so proud of
what you accomplished. I will definitely keep your legacy
alive. I cherish all the moments we spent together. I will
see you in heaven! I love you again and know that you
will be missed.
Love - Carlysia….your little princess!
Dear Daddy, I want to thank you for loving me,
coming to my school, my doll and being there
for me. You are the greatest dad a little girl
could ever have! I will miss you.
P.S. See you in my dreams
Love - Camryn
GERALD LEVERT CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
1. Private Line 1991
2. Groove On 1995
3. Love & Consequences 1998
4. G 1999
5. Gerald World 2001
6. The G Spot 2002
7. A Stroke of Genius 2003
8. Do I Speak for the World 2004
9. Voices 2005
1. Bloodline 1986
2. The Big Throwdown 1987
3. Just Coolin 1988
4. Rope a Dope Style 1990
5. For Real Tho 1993
With Eddie Levert:
1. Father & Son 1995
1. Levert, Sweat, Gill 1997
2. LSG-2 2003
Greatest Solo Hits on Billboard's R&B Chart:
1. Private Line 1991
2. Baby Hold on to Me 1992
3. Can You Handle It 1992
4. I'd Give Anything 1994
5. Already Missing You 1995
6. Thinkin 'Bout It 1998
7. Taking Everything 1999
VOICES OF THE FAMILY
We thought we’d have plenty of time to spend together
We thought we'd see your beautiful smile forever
We thought we’d always hear your wonderful laugh
But you’re gone so we’re dealing with the aftermath
We never thought we would say goodbye so soon
We’ll miss how your presence just lit up a room
We thought we’d hear your sensational voice for a while longer
You'd be happy to know the comfort of your fans and friends are making us stronger
Remarkable, sensational, kind and caring you are
Know that your legacy will live on both near and far
- Katrice Austin, on behalf of the entire family of Gerald Levert
AND THANK YOU’S
The family of Gerald Levert would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation and thanks for the
enormous outpouring of love and support from all who have been touched by Gerald's life. In
particular, we would like to extend a special thanks to:
Lyor Cohen, Craig Kallman, Kevin Liles, Ronnie Johnson, James Lopez
and the entire Atlantic Records family
Alan Haymon and Haymon Entertainment
Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs-Jones
Susan and Brian Hall
Tonya Range and the entire Cleveland Radio One Family
Dean Bolden, Star Fleet
Red and S&S Touring Company
Maxine Greer and the Pr Store
Dannette Render, DAR Public Relations, Inc.
Gerald Levert lived and breathed life as a rhythm and blues singer. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that all donations be made to the Rhythm & Blues Foundation. Checks should be made payable to the foundation and forwarded to Trevel Productions, 13816 Cedar Road, University Heights, Ohio 44118 to establish an endowment fund in the name of Gerald Levert.
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posted by Soulfull @ 11/16/2006
- At 11/16/2006 10:07 PM, Toni said...
That was a beautiful program. I wish I could've attended his service. Gerald was a great entertainer and a good father. My condolences go out to his family. It's still so shocking but the lord knows best. I loved what his children wrote in the program also. My heart is sooooooo heavy. He will be deeply missed.
- At 11/17/2006 3:33 PM, Soulfull said...
Yes, my heart is heavy as well. Yet, I do feel much closer to healing when I am able to listen to his music or enjoy one of his videos. Now that I have the program, I'm definitely going to frame the first two pages, put it in my office so I can reflect on the beautiful life of God's newest angel...
- At 11/18/2006 8:36 PM, MsJayy said...
Thanks for sharing this. What a beautiful testimony to a life well-lived. He will be missed more than he could have ever imagined.
- At 11/20/2006 10:50 AM, Soulfull said...
:sigh: Indeed he will, Jayy, and I've started to perk up a lot more lately because I doubt Gerald would've wanted us all to be sad forever...
- At 11/06/2011 3:41 PM, said...
To the family of Mr.Gerald will forever be missed. To the children keep your head up n know you have an angel wathing over you.
- At 12/21/2011 5:01 PM, said...
this world has suffer lost and you is still truly miss,I truly love you and deeply miss you,i thought you were the greatest singer in the world.your family is in my prayers always.