In to It
"My hometown is Anniston, Alabama. There, I grew up watching my dad singing with gospel groups. When I was in elementary school, I can recall my mother and father taking me to gospel shows where my dad would perform on the same show with Shirley Caesar, The Mighty Clouds of Joy and others. I always enjoyed hearing their beautiful harmonies One day, I decided to join my brothers in a gospel group. What made me know that I had a great voice was the request that we received to perform in Gadsden, Alabama, along with the Mighty Clouds of Joy. At that time, Paul Beasley had left The Gospel keynotes and joined The Mighty Clouds of Joy. On the day of the performance, our gospel group sang one of the songs from The Gospel Keynotes' album that featured Paul Beasley. To the surprise of all in attendance, we sang that song extremely well. In fact, when our performance was heard by the other professional artists scheduled to perform that night, Joe Ligon and the rest of the Mighty Clouds of Joy left there dressing room to hear us sing. After that performance, our gospel group was asked to travel with them. But, my father and mother refused because they wanted us to attend college. I continued singing and became a member of the choir at Alabama A&M University for one year. The choir director encouraged me to continue singing in the choir, but I later left to join a band. I once auditioned for a well-known songwriter, now deceased, from New York who loved my voice. He thought that my style was similar to Smokey Robinson's. He wanted to write for me. However, my stay in Jacksonville Florida was short-lived. I moved to Tampa, Fl., in 1989 and later began writing songs along with James White who composed a song that appears on my debut CD. Also, I teamed up with Harold F. Washington who composed several songs on my debut CD and briefly accompanies me on one of the songs we co-wrote and produced together." - - Samuel Bullock.