MP3 Wade Witherspoon - The 3rd Project
Contemporary, r&b-tinged Gospel with an undeniable pop groove.
15 MP3 Songs
GOSPEL: Contemporary Gospel, GOSPEL: Traditional Gospel
Wade, (full name Wade Hampton Witherspoon, III, Libra- Oct. 9) began his musical career with piano lessons at age 7. His parents'' gift of an alto saxophone at age 10, led to playing on his elementary and later, Jr. high band, and "gigging" in the clubs with local R&B groups by the age of 13 (obviously, those were different times). Not exactly what his mother-an elementary school teacher, and father-a high school principal had planned. Nevertheless, in high school, he joined a group of friends who formed the band GREEN ICE.
For 16 years, the band played clubs, colleges and concerts all over the southeast and, despite not having a record out or even a recording deal, they performed as the opening act for some of the biggest artist of the 80''s including Kool & The Gang, Mother''s Finest,George Duke and Cameo, among others, playing an average of 150-200 dates a year. They gained almost "legendary" status locally. As their popularity grew, so did their ambitions. GREEN ICE rented a house in Atlanta, and performed full-time for several years. They returned to Rock Hill and Wade earned his BA degree from Winthrop University. He has worked for the Rock Hill School Dist. for 9 years.
Wade was born in Columbia, S.C. and raised in Rock Hill, SC. Among other things, he has hosted/ co-produced/ composed music for local multi-cultural programming on Public Broadcasting (Educational Television). His unique "radio" voice was featured as narrator of the Planitarium show for the Museum Of York County and he is active with Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Wade stays busy performing every chance he gets. He sings the "National Anthem" for local events(the City Of Rock Hill 9-11 program,Winthrop University basketball,the North/South All Star Basketball Classic,the Rock Hill School Dist.,Hospice Memorial Service among others), and does everything from weddings to funerals. You can catch him on Sundays singing in the choir and playing bass guitar at his church, NEW https://www.tradebit.comVET AME ZION.
Wade plays saxophone,flute,keyboards and handles vocals, for the 7-piece HILL CITY Band (featuring former GREEN ICE lead vocalist Ricky Richmond). He plays bass guitar for the Rock Hill Ecumenical Chorale-a choir made up of members from several area churches,along with the members of PLAIR. Wade also demonstrates his skills on bass guitar on 5 tracks of hot R&B artist Rudy Currence''s debut solo CD "More Than You''ll Ever Know", which is also available on CD Baby. If this were not enough, for 14 years, Wade has been the lead vocalist, keyboardist and guitarist with the very popular regional group-PLAIR.
This 4-piece group consist of https://www.tradebit.comir,and his sons, Victor and Bobby Plair Jr.(who Wade has been best friends with since first grade). PLAIR''s first CD is titled "29:44" (available on CD Baby at https://www.tradebit.com and the group has appeared on the small screen in two made-for-TV movies. In 1997, they played a blues band in "My Stepson, My Lover" for the USA Cable Network. The movie still airs periodically, most recently on the Lifetime Channel. Their second movie role was portraying members of Little Richard''s band in the miniseries "Shake, Rattle and Roll", which aired in November,1999 on CBS, and on VH-1''s "Movies That Rock". The official PLAIR web site is currently under construction at https://www.tradebit.com.
Wade, a multi-talented musician/ vocalist/ producer/ songwriter, plays all the instruments and sings most of the vocal parts on most of the tracks on his CDs(on "The 3rd Project" he plays 11 instruments and he has an amazing 5 octive vocal range). He records in his private home studio, Spoonfed Recording. Currently he is working on several projects in the studio. In addition to music for his next Gospel CD as well as an R&B CD, Wade just finished up-and-coming vocalist Robert Smith''s debut CD. The CD features the song "Perfect Peace", written and performed by Robert and musician Reggie Graves (guitarist with Gospel artist Donald Lawrence), look out for this one! Rapper L.O.C. has released "Planet Rock" (Carolina Voodoo Child-available on CD Baby)and he just finished mixing "Palmetto State Playaz", both recorded at Spoonfed. Both CDs feature local rappers who are part of his production company "Grand Theft Records". L.O.C. has recorded more than 75 tracks at Spoonfed for himself and the artist with his company,so look for music from him for quite some time. His Web Site (under construction) is https://www.tradebit.com
The "Love We Share" was Wade''s first solo recording in 1996(there are still a few copies of this project available on cassette only for $5.00, if you E-Mail Wade). He followed that with his first contemporary Gospel CD, "The Destiny of Man" (click on the link at left). He continues his musical ministry with the release of his current CD "The 3rd Project". This CD includes several inspirational songs - with help from some of Wade''s talented friends - such as "How Many Times"- a song expressing how it seems no matter what we do that may not be pleasing in the eyes of the Lord, as long as we are sincere in asking for forgiveness, through his goodness and mercy, the Lord continues to bless us and forgive us over and over. The song features the vocal group Promises doing background vocals and saxophonist extrodinare Carl Ratliff. Promises -an acapella vocal group- also does "Don''t Know Nothing". Wanda Canty helps out on "Up There". Wanda and Wade were original members of Promises. Rev. Al Boyd, an incredible vocalist and former lead singer with the R&B group N''Phase, sings his version of the traditional "Sweet Hour Of Prayer", doing all the vocal parts and sounding like a choir. N''Phase was signed to Madonna''s Maverick label(yes "THE" Madonna) and they had a top 40-R&B song in the late 90''s titled "Spend The Night"-written by https://www.tradebit.comly(yes "THE" https://www.tradebit.comly). Rev. Al now pastors his own church in Rock Hill. "It''s OK" features local rapper L.O.C. "A Shattered Peace (Sept. 11th)", featuring PLAIR, is dedicated to all who were affected by the tragedy. "The 3rd Project" is a new inspirational sound with several surprises and a message for all. The CD also includes a lyric/photo book. Wade''s CDs are also now available at the https://www.tradebit.com web site.
PERFORMANCE DATES 2005-2006: (dates subject to change)
https://www.tradebit.com.17-Rock Hill,SC w/PLAIR&Ecumenical Chorale-First Baptist Church-Martin Luther King Day Program-FREE
https://www.tradebit.com.24-Rock Hill,SC w/PLAIR-Black History month program-York Technical College-FREE
https://www.tradebit.comch https://www.tradebit.coml,SC w/PLAIR-Springfield Elementary School-Lecture/Performance
https://www.tradebit.com.19-Rock Hill,SC "The National Anthem" at North/South Basketball Classic-Winthrop University
https://www.tradebit.comil 2-Columbia,SC w/HILL CITY-wedding reception(private)
https://www.tradebit.comil 9-Rock Hill,SC w/HILL CITY-Manchester Shopping Center "Come See Me" program- FREE
https://www.tradebit.comil-16-Rock Hill,SC w/HILL CITY-The Money-Benefit Program for Blackmond Road
https://www.tradebit.comil 30-Charlotte,NC w/PLAIR-wedding reception(private)
https://www.tradebit.com https://www.tradebit.coml,SC w/PLAIR-Springfield Elementary School
https://www.tradebit.com 21-Rock Hill,SC w/PLAIR-Clinton https://www.tradebit.comlege
https://www.tradebit.come 4-Rock Hill,SC w/PLAIR-wedding reception(private)
https://www.tradebit.come 11-Rock Hill,SC w/HILL CITY-wedding and reception(private)
https://www.tradebit.come 11-Rock Hill,SC w/PLAIR&Ecumenical Chorale-Oratory
https://www.tradebit.come 12-Rock Hill,SC w/PLAIR-Epiphany Lutheran Church w/PLAIR&Ecumenical Chorale-FREE
https://www.tradebit.comy 1-Rock Hill,SC w/HILL CITY-Tropical Escape Lounge
https://www.tradebit.comy 2-Blackstock,SC w/PLAIR-Blackstock Festival
https://www.tradebit.comy 31-Rock Hill,SC w/HILL CITY-Benefit Program for dialysis victim/musician-VFW club
https://www.tradebit.com.27-Rock Hill,SC w/HILL CITY-Elks Club-Emmett Scott High School reunion
https://www.tradebit.comt.2-Rock Hill,SC w/HILL CITY-Tropical Escape Lounge
https://www.tradebit.comt.24-Columbia,SC w/HILL CITY-University Of South Carolina-Family Day
https://www.tradebit.com.7-Rock Hill,SC w/PLAIR&Ecumenical Chorale-Winthrop University-Alpha Phi Alpha Conference
https://www.tradebit.com.14-Rock Hill,SC w/HILL CITY-Tropical Escape Lounge
https://www.tradebit.com.30-Rock Hill,SC w/PLAIR-Epiphany Lutheran Church Services
https://www.tradebit.com.18-Rock Hill,SC-Solo-Magnolia Manor-Omega Psi Phi Founder''s Day Ball
https://www.tradebit.com.25-Rock Hill,SC w/HILL CITY-Tropical Escape Lounge
https://www.tradebit.com.4-Rock Hill,SC-New https://www.tradebit.comvet AME Zion Church Christmas Concert-FREE
https://www.tradebit.com.8-Charlotte,NC w/Ecumenical Chorale
https://www.tradebit.com.9-Rock Hill,SC w/HILL CITY-Tropical Escape
https://www.tradebit.com.10-Rock Hill,SC w/HILL CITY-National Guard Armory-Christmas Party
https://www.tradebit.com.11-Rock Hill,SC-Ecumenical Chorale Christmas Program-Oakland Baptist Church-FREE
https://www.tradebit.coml,SC w/PLAIR-Private Christmas Party
https://www.tradebit.com.17-Rock Hill,SC w/HILL CITY-Elks Lodge-Christmas Party
https://www.tradebit.com.30-Rock Hill,SC w/HILL CITY-Tropical Escape Lounge
https://www.tradebit.com.16-Rock Hill,SC w/PLAIR & Ecumenical Chorale-First Baptist Church-MLK Breakfast
https://www.tradebit.com.9-Rock Hill,SC w/PLAIR-York Technical College-Black History Program-FREE
https://www.tradebit.com.18-Rock Hill,SC w/PLAIR-Wedding Reception(private)
https://www.tradebit.comil 20-Charlotte,NC w/PLAIR&Ecumenical Chorale-AKA Convention
https://www.tradebit.come 3-Rock Hill,SC w/PLAIR-wedding reception(private)
For HILL CITY bookings-contact Curtis Wilmore- 803-389-6624 or (803)327-4617
For PLAIR bookings/DVD demo of the group in concert-contact Bobby Plair,Jr.= 803-327-1892 or Doug Daniel at Daniel Entertainment-704-553-0222
To book studio time at SPOONFED RECORDING, send Wade an E-Mail(link at left).
Also contact Wade by E-Mail to receive a FREE powerpoint history of Wade''s career and photos of the studio on disc.
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