Me two days before my last birthday
When I reached my last birthday I received given an unforgettable present, a Video Birthday Card from friends all around the world. The amount of love and effort that went into this massive undertaking was humbling and loving. When you get a gift from the heart it's very special. I can afford anything material that I want for myself so when Christmas and my birthdays come around I tell my friends not to give me anything. I always say, "I spend most of my time trying to get rid of stuff." I was deeply moved - especially after having dealt with the aggressive cancer battle that's plagued my life for the past couple years.
I'm physically in Rome, but I'm mentally in full gala mode
I'm in Rome right now with the CHIC girls doing a TV show for RAI, but as some of you have seen, I am in full Gala mode.
My foundation, the We Are Family Foundation, holds a yearly Celebration Gala and we honor very special people that do great things for others. We've honored Quincy Jones, Dr. Maya Angelou, Paul Simon, Sir Elton John and many others in the past years.
This year, we're excited to honor Dr. Jeni Stepanek, Ph.D., Daniel H. Stern and Adam Lambert. It's going to be a great night, followed by a concert with my band CHIC and Adam, and some very special guests.
Probably the coolest thing about my work with Adam Lambert is that it was born right in front of everyone. It was early last year that Adam and Sam Sparro were working on a track together, and tweeted how cool it would be to have me play guitar on it. A few fan re-tweets later and the 3 of us were talking about how to make it happen, and it did.
Two weeks ago, my foundation and I announced that we would be honoring Adam Lambert, and that we'd be performing together. Now we're confirming Sam Sparro to the show, and yes… we will most certainly be performing "Shady" together live, for the first time ever.
This was already a pretty unique event, and even more-so now. I am truly humbled and thankful for how this gala has evolved from a cancelled event (due to Hurricane Sandy) to what promises to be a most memorable experience.
For those of you that can make it, we're going to have A Magical Night!
Grammy nominated singer/songwriter, producer and man of style Sam Sparro
2012 was like a roller-coaster ride with many ups and downs
2012 was like a roller-coaster ride - many ups and downs, and many twists and turns. Though I'm in show business, I lead a semi-solitary life because I'm mainly a composer, but I love playing guitar and getting out.
I've collaborated on a number of recording, writing, production, and live events with a diverse group of A-list artists too long to mention in a single blog post.
One of the year's most surprising meets was Russell Peters. I've enjoyed his comedic skills long before we'd met, but I had no idea how deeply he was into music.
Many of my strongest relationships have come from a shared love of music. The first night I met David Bowie we talked each other's ears off about music - from the most mainstream to the most avant-garde. That meeting profoundly changed our lives.
When Russell and I met at his Barclays Center show, of course he had me laughing my A$$ off, but his ability to discuss music on that level shocked the $hit out of me.
My annual We Are Family Foundation charity gala takes place on January 31st and Russell will play a major role. He's already given me solid musical ideas and hooked us up with Hip-Hop legend Grandmaster Melle Mel.
At the gala, which was rescheduled after Hurricane Sandy shut us down, Russell will crack jokes, DJ, MC, and who knows what else on the final night of the first month of 2013. 2012 was like a roller-coaster ride, but that was The Last Year of My Life.
Though I'm smiling I'd just had a heavy day of medical test - 2012 was like a roller-coaster ride
Last year I collaborated with WAFF's 2012 Unity Honoree Adam Lambert and a number of A-list artists
"Let's Dance" happened as a result of that first meeting with me and David Bowie
Me, GZA, DjKool Herc, Melle Mel, & Russell Peters backstage - The first time I met Russell
Russell will play a major role at the We Are Family Foundation gala
Hurricane Sandy shut us down and blacked-out our venue
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