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Freddie Hall

By Michele Zamora


FOR THE NEW YEAR wouldn’t it be great to say, "I love what I do, and do what I love". How many people can say that?

I know that I can! I feel very blessed being in the profession that I have chosen. The new term for professionals that provide services in the fitness and activities industries is called "lifestyle director". During my position as a lifestyle director I have had the pleasure of meeting others that “love what they do and do what they love”. One gentleman that I have met is Freddie Hall. Freddie Hall is a wonderful performer and I have seen him capture the attention of small children and adults. When Freddie isn’t performing, he has some fun stories to share. One of my favorites is his story about being on The Gong Show. The following is his recount of that adventure:

"Many years ago when I was living in the Los Angeles area, I had an opportunity to audition for The Gong Show, produced and hosted by Chuck Barris. Being on the show afforded me the opportunity to meet Gene Gene the Dancing Machine, the Unknown Comic, and Chuck Barris himself. The three judges for my performance were Jamie Farr, Chuck Woolery, and JP Morgan. The competition involved 6-7 acts, and it was tough. However, there were some weird acts as well as straight acts. I was one of the straight acts, which involved singing and playing the guitar. I performed the song, Listen to the Falling Rain. After performing, one of three things could happen. You were either gonged because you were horrendous, you received a score between 1 and 10 and the judges said thank you, or you won the prize which amounted to $516.32. I was the last one to perform and was anxiously awaiting the judge’s scores. Well, to my surprise, I was the chosen one with a top score of 10 and got the big bucks."

Freddie was kind enough to share his life with me. His interview follows:

How old were you when you started to entertain?

I was eighteen when I started entertaining. I was attending a college in Upstate

New York where I taught myself how to play guitar. I’ve been living in Arizona for three and a half years. I relocated here from the Boston area to get away from the snow and cold weather. 

How do you describe your performances?

Whether performing solo with my guitar or as part of a duo or trio, I am upbeat, high energy, melodic, catchy, engaging, warm, jazzy and contagious.

What is your favorite part of performing?

I think my favorite part of performing is interacting and engaging with the audience. Being able to tell a story through music and watching and listening to how people respond is awesome. It’s a feeling of accomplishment, knowing that I can create an inner feeling for my audience that is conveyed through music.

Who are some of your idols and influences?

I have met Nat King Cole, Gladys Knight, Aretha Franklin, Bill Cosby, The Temptations, Redd Foxx and Fats Domino. The biggest influence on my music has been Nat King Cole. I met him while I was still in high school in upstate New York.

I actually sang with The Temptations in Orlando, FL.

With what non-profit organizations are you involved?

Each year I take part in patriotic events at the Goodyear Swap Meet and the Mesa Market Place. As of yet, I have not had an opportunity to participate with any non-profit organizations for fundraising. However, if an opportunity came along for me to lend my talent to help an organization with their fundraising programs, I would be willing
to do so.

Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers?

I composed a song entitled, "The Statue of Liberty", as a positive response to the September 11, 2001 disaster of the Twin Towers being destroyed by terrorists. On April 24, 2002, I received a letter, on official White House stationery, from President George W. Bush. He stated how he appreciated my kind gesture and thoughtfulness for composing such a song. President Bush then proclaimed September 11th to be named Patriot Day in remembrance of the disaster. He asks that all Americans fly their flags at half staff every September 11th, and to remember the disaster with a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m. eastern daylight time.

The Statue was a gift from the people of France to the people of the United States and is one of the most universal symbols of political freedom and democracy. Small infinity logo (end of article)

 

The Statue of Liberty

words and music by Freddie Hall © 2002.
http://www.freddiehall.com/

 

She’s the Statue of Liberty; with open arms she welcomes me.

Oh she’s such a beautiful sight to see, that glorious lady in the sea.

She’s the Statue of Liberty; she represents the home of the free.

People come for miles from across the land to see the lady with the flame in her hand.

For every man, every woman and child

She stands right there looking gracious and proud.

She is only here for humanity, in this wonderful land where we love to be.

She’s the Statue of Liberty, justice for all as she cries out to thee.

She has been here so long for the whole world to see.

She’s the Statue of Liberty!

Freddie is a singer guitarist. He has been performing most of his adult life at various venues throughout the USA. He grew up singing in Canastota, N.Y. He was influenced by the music of Nat "King" Cole, Ray Charles, B.B King and Johnny Mathis.

Freddie has performed at the International Talent and Modeling Association Convention at the NY Hilton taking 2nd place for the best male vocalist.

He was a special guest performer on WCCA Television, Worcester, MA performing his original composition "Statue of Liberty," a tribute for 9/11.

He sang on the Las Vegas Strip for 3 years at various hotels.

Internationally, Freddie most recently performed at the U Maleho Glena Jazz Club and the Cabestro Music Club in Prague. In Paris, he has performed at the Blue Note Jazz Club and at Percy’s Place.

Freddie performs original compositions, jazz favorites, and blues blended with contemporary pop songs. He has performed with The Temptations, Aretha Franklin and James Montgomery.

Freddie received his Ph.D., in Speech- Language Pathology at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He enjoys working with children and adults with speech and language disorders.

Freddie currently resides in the Phoenix area and for the past several years has performed at various venues throughout the valley.

Listen to some of his music and check out his calendar dates for upcoming performances on his website: http://www.freddiehall.com/

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