I came to work for Central Dallas Ministries in September, 2004. My first experience with 'A Night to Remember' included meeting Patti LaBelle, as professional and generous a person with her time as you can imagine. And there's no need to remind you of how great a performer she is.
It was a little while after her performance that I was told that Ms. LaBelle wasn't the first choice. In fact, the contracted performer for ANTR that year was Ray Charles.
Sadly, Ray Charles had died a couple of months earlier.
I was looking at a special on television the other night, 'Ray Charles' America'. It was revealing and enthralling! And as great as was Patti LaBelle's performance was at ANTR that year, the special reminded me of what we missed in Ray Charles. It's a reminder I thought I'd share with you.
By the way, 'I Can't Stop Loving You' is one of the first songs I remember hearing aside from church music, so it's always been very special to me!
You don't want to miss this year's 'A Night to Remember'! There's still time to purchase tickets.