Grammy Day: Doing It For The Kids

S.F. State’s Grammy Career Day draws hundreds: Aidin Vaziri | Hundreds of Bay Area high school students converged Wednesday on San Francisco State University for Grammy Career Day to learn several important lessons about the music business: The food is lousy, guitar players don’t wear nearly enough deodorant, and one of the backup singers on Whitney Houston’s version of the female-empowerment anthem “I’m Every Woman” is actually a very large man named Claytoven Richardson. When Richardson, a veteran session player and producer from Berkeley, delivered that last bit of information during the standing-room-only Vocals Workshop, at least one kid in the audience gasped, “For real?” To which Richardson responded by breaking into a pitch-perfect rendition of the chorus, “I’m every woman …” Read more.

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