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Buford Powers releases powerful new single
(Published: October 12, 2015)

Q: When did you decide to become a musician.

A: My love of music as been almost life long. My awareness of my desire to partake in music begin in middle school at 12 years of age, approximately. The past 20 years have been the journey, that should have started in junior school; however, there was resistance from within. My mother was instrumental in slowing down my musical growth; she discouraged my development.

In the year 1991, as fate would have it, I was driving cross country in my tractor trailer, with a co-driver named Mary Knowles, and early one morning, to keep awake I began singing into the CB radio, "Unforgettable." And a passing driver began to complain, "saying don't you know any George Jones," but on the heel of his complaint, a woman said with a voice like that why are you driving a truck, and that is how it begin.

You see, I didn't know at the time that my co-driver, Mary Knowles, was a trained musician, She can read music, play clarinet, and piano. She told me I had a beautiful voice; I just didn't know how to use it. and it begin there.

Q: Who were your musical influences growing up.

A: Being a baby boomer, I listened to the music of my time, which consisted of the male jazz singers of the 1940's, 1950's, and on, that meant, the Great American Songbook.

The list is long, but I'm sure Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Johnny Hartman, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Mel Torme, and countless others, all influenced me musically. Music was the social media of the day back then.

Q: Who wrote "I Wish I'd Met You" and what is the inspiration behind the track.

A: The composers of "I Wish I'd Met You" are Frank Underwood, Johnny Mendel, and Richard Bennett. I found the song on YouTube performed by Lena Horne and Sammy Davis, several years ago, and waited until I found the right female voice to sing with me. To my great delight, she turned out to be my next-door neighbor, from those years I was discouraged (not by her, of course) - Janice Maxie Reid. The inspiration for me is, it speaks to where a lot of my peers are in life, including myself, looking for the fulfillment of love, in the golden years. It is a beautiful song to say the least.

Q: What other musicians did you work with on the song, and how would you describe the recording process.

A: My producer has a beautiful studio that is state of the art with all the bells and whistles that are needed to produce fine music. He plays all the instruments.

Q: Who taught you to sing so well. Did you receive an formal training.

A: My mentors have been teachers from the San Francisco bay area over the past 20 years. I have had the privilege of performing with, The bay area's top musicians and feel blessed that they too have taken me under there wing to mentor me.

Q: What are your plans for an album.

A: I am going to begin recording songs for my next album in November of this year, with the theme of finding love late in life and not giving up, as the lyric says, "Would life mean anything if time has stolen love away." A resounding no!

More Information: http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/BufordPowers

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