"I messed up," Calvin Newton lamented, after losing thirty years and doing time in either nation and federal prisons for robbery, counterfeiting, and drug violations. "These have been years of my lifestyles that i may were making a song gospel music."
in the course of his best, he used to be super-handsome, athletic, and charged with sexual air of secrecy that attracted girls to him like flies to honey. Atop this abundance was once his surprising voice, "the voice of an angel."
This publication is his prodigal-son tale. Audacious, Newton by no means became down a dare, no matter if it intended mountain climbing at the roof of a rushing automobile or wading right into a freezing ocean. As a boy boxer, he used to be a Kentucky Golden Gloves champ who k.o.'ed his opponent in twenty-three seconds.
by means of his past due teenagers he have been recruited via the Blackwood Brothers, the number-one gospel quartet on the earth. In his mid-twenties whereas he was once making a song Christian songs with the Oak Ridge Quartet, Newton's strong expertise and movie-star seems to be took him deep into hedonism--reckless riding, heavy romancing, and addictive tablet popping.
As Fifties rock 'n' roll started its invasion of gospel, he and companions shaped the Sons of track, the 1st all-male gospel trio. lengthy ahead of the pop sound claimed modern Christian song, the Sons of tune became gospel the wrong way up with histrionic concord, high-styled tuxedos, and Hollywood verve. Their signature tune, "Wasted Years," foreshadowed Newton's punishing fall.
This biography seems again on the damaging way of life that wrecked a gleaming profession. whilst good into his sixties, Newton grew to become his existence round and used to be in a position to confront his demons and speak about his prodigal days. He talked widely with Russ Cheatham approximately his self- destruction and the good own rate of his personal bad-boy offerings and past due redemption.
during this candid biography, one in all gospel's all-stars discloses a messed-up lifestyles that vacillated among success and failure, reputation and infamy, happiness and grief.
Russ Cheatham is an affiliate professor and coordinator of the legal justice application at Cumberland college. His paintings has been released in Bluegrass Unlimited and Music Row Magazine.