Mighty Real: A Tribute to Sylvester

Description: 
Honoring the late, great, gay, black disco diva
Composers: 
Dave Blackburn
James Wirrick
Carlo Donida
McKinley Horton
Budd Ellison
Giulio Mogol Rapetti
Armstead Edwards
Sylvester
Patti LaBelle
Djola Branner
Patrick Cowley
Performers: 
Dave Blackburn
Eric Gupton
Jeremy Ylvisaker
Aimee Bryant
Giulio Mogol Rapetti
Aaron Barnell
Jared Rush
Robert Eddie Robinson
Sandra Hodges
Valerie Robinson
James Wirrick
Carlo Donida
Jeffrey Bailey
Tommy Barbarella
McKinley Horton
Budd Ellison
Patrick Cowley
Armstead Edwards
Sylvester
Tim Sparks
Dave Curtis
Patti LaBelle
Djola Branner
Debbie Duncan
Catalog Number: 
#530
Genre: 
Jazz
Collection: 
solo voice
indie
gay
theater
singer-songwriter
in memoriam
music for dance
Location: 

San Francisco, CA

UPC: 
726708653026
Price: 
$15.00
Release Date: 
Jan 1, 2000
Liner Notes: 
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Format: 
1 CD
Mighty Real: A Tribute to SylvesteriTunes Artist's PageiTunes Album Page
Song TitleTimePrice
1.I (Who Have Nothing) (Uno Dei Tanti)06:44$0.99
2.Real Bridge00:44$0.99
3.Do You Wanna Funk03:33$0.99
4.Can't Stop Dancing05:28$0.99
5.I Tried to Forget You05:29$0.99
6.Changes03:11$0.99
7.Someone Like You04:36$0.99
8.Here Is My Love05:07$0.99
9.Stars04:47$0.99
10.You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)03:44$0.99
11.You Are My Friend04:38$0.99
12.You Will Be the One04:50$0.99
13.00:00$
14.I (Who Have Nothing) (Uno Dei Tanti)06:44$0.99
15.Real Bridge00:44$0.99
16.Do You Wanna Funk03:33$0.99
17.Can't Stop Dancing05:28$0.99
18.I Tried to Forget You05:29$0.99
19.Changes03:11$0.99
20.Someone Like You04:36$0.99
21.Here Is My Love05:07$0.99
22.Stars04:47$0.99
23.You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)03:44$0.99
24.You Are My Friend04:38$0.99
25.You Will Be the One04:50$0.99

Mighty Real: A Tribute to Sylvester

One Sheet: 

Mighty Real is part of a stage tribute by Minneapolis performance artist Djola Branner to the great, black, gay disco diva Sylvester. Branner pays musical homage to the legendary 70's singer/songwriter who created such hits as Do Ya Wanna Funk, Can't Stop Dancing and You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real).

Setting the stage for pop icons such as Boy George, RuPaul, and Prince, Sylvester's contributions to contemporary music and pop culture were immeasurable. Branner's smouldering falsetto, with gospel phrasing reminiscent of the late disco vocalist, virtually redefines ten of Sylvester's tunes and adds an original song, You Will Be the One.

The 90s remakes feature such accomplished artists as jazz vocalist Debbie Duncan, pianist Tommy Barbarella, Jeff Bailey, Jared Rush, Jeremy Ylvisaker, Tim Sparks, Aimee Bryant, Eric Gupton, Robert "Eddie" Robinson, and composer/musician Aaron Barnell.

Reviews: 

STONEWALL SOCIETY

I was extremely pleased when I first learned of "Mighty Real - A Tribute To Sylvester", as I have been a long time enthusiast. Djola Branner not only does justice to the work but breathes new life in classic Sylvester form. Not a duplication of Sylvester, but a true tribute to him, his performance, and technique. Branner brings vibrant energy, and personal attributes combined with a voice which empowers the material with talented understanding and thorough delivery. - Len

OAKLAND TRIBUNE

Mighty Real is part of a stage tribute by Minneapolis performance artist Djola Branner to the great, black, gay disco diva Sylvester. Branner pays musical homage to the legendary 70's singer/songwriter who created such hits as Do Ya Wanna Funk, Can't Stop Dancing and You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real). "There are two poles of Sylvester's world, the disco and the church... But unlike Little Richard, Al Green and Prince, Sylvester doesn't see the pleasure of the body and the spirit as opposing forces... For Sylvester, God is on the dance-floor as he is in Heaven." - Barry Walters

AMAZON

While this is a beautifully crafted tribute album, it also stands on its own as a showcase of the versatile and unique talents of artist Djola Branner. He is a force of nature both as a singer, but also as a dancer and actor. If you ever have an opportunity to see this man onstage, JUMP at the chance! Djola will reach into your soul and touch you in places you can not reach alone. He is truly one-of-a-kind. He is a star. - Henry Allen