Verdine White - Founder of Earth, Wind & Fire
Monday, July 08, 2019
Earth, Wind & Fire are a music institution. Over their five-decade history they've sold out concerts all around the globe, scored eight number one hits and have sold over 100 million albums worldwide. They’ve released 23 albums. Eight of those albums went Double Platinum and hit the Top 10, making them one of the best-selling artist of all time. They've won an impressive nine Grammy Awards including one for Lifetime Achievement (2012). In 2000, Earth, Wind & Fire was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, cementing their lasting impact on popular music.
In 1969, music legend Maurice White birthed the music force named after the elements from his very own astro- logic charts. With soul as deep as the plant , Earth, Wind & Fire charted a history that will live on forever.
Their timeless songs and commitment to spreading positivity, Earth, Wind & Fire has consistently made music that has bridged the gap among all generations and nationalities. With a sound that blends funk, jazz, POP, soul and R&B, Earth, Wind & Fire launched a musical genre that can't be confined to a specific label except their own. Whether it’s the funky and infectious Let’s Groove to the timeless dance classic September to the heartfelt Reasons, Earth, Wind & Fire’s catalog of hits has become the soundtrack many lives; now, then and forever.
They continue to influence musicians from all generations and genres. Music giants Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and Prince have studied and hailed their artistry. While many of today's chart-topping artists including Kanye West, Justin Timberlake, Kendrick Lamar, Chance the Rapper and Solange have declared themselves super fans. Alicia Keys has called Earth, Wind & Fire the best band ever, and Mary J. Blige showed her love by recording their song Imagination. And the band shared the stage with Black Eyed Peas performing on the the half-time show at Super Bowl XX1X.
For their record-breaking success, they’ve been awarded with Lifetime Achievement honors from ASCAP, NAACP, BET, and have star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Their reach extends to heads-of-state. They have been invited to perform for Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, who said in an interview with Rolling Stone that Earth, Wind & Fire was a rhythm and blues and pop staple.
The music of Earth, Wind & Fire is more alive than ever as they continue to inspire new audiences and thrill those who have been with them from the beginning. Like the elements in their name, Earth, Wind & Fire’s music has withstood ever-changing trends in the world and shows no sign of vanishing and they continue to create joy and uplifting music that will forever reach a sacred universal atmosphere.
In 2016, Maurice passed. Maurice’s brother, Verdine, and co-founder of Earth, Wind & Fire, will be joining us for a rare interview.
|Event Type||Regular Event|
|Event Date||Monday, July 08, 2019|
|Event Time||6:30 PM|
|Guests Registered by a Member||$29.00|
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