Guest Speaker:  Friday, August 21, 2020

Location:  Rotary Virtual Lunch Meeting via Google Meet

Topic:  An Interview with and Entertainment by Liberty Silver

Host:  President, John Fortney
Liberty Silver is a Canadian singer, based in Toronto, Ontario. She won two 1985 Juno Awards, one for Best R&B/Soul Recording of the Year and the other for Best Reggae/Calypso Recording. She has been nominated for a Juno award a total of five times.

Liberty Silver is a multi award-winning singer/songwriter who made her professional singing debut at age 12, when she opened for reggae legend, Robert Nesta “Bob” Marley, at Madison Square Gardens in New York City. She was a contestant for seven weeks on the popular TV show, Star Search, has pursued a number of musical genres, with a particular emphasis on jazz and neo-soul, and is renowned for her six-plus octave range.

In the mid-‘80s, Liberty won 3 Juno Awards for Best R&B Single and Reggae/Calypso Recording, and appeared in Canada’s Ethiopian famine relief song, “Tears Are Not Enough” in which she won a Grammy for that collaboration. In 1995, she was Jazz Report’s Female Jazz Singer of the Year. Her 1999 song, “Love’s Eternity Gate”, went double platinum and won 5 Black Music Awards, and in 2005, she received the ACAA, for Arts and Entertainment. Liberty co-wrote the themes for the Atlanta and the Athens Olympics Games; has opened for BB King, the Temptations and Harry Belafonte; and has performed or collaborated with Eddie Bullen, David Foster, Bryan Adams, Joni Mitchell and many others. In 2005, she released the album, At Last. Her latest and highly-anticipated album, Groove Symphony was released in December 2010.

Community: Liberty is involved with many charities including the United Way, Sick Children’s Foundation, and the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund; spokesperson for Diabetes Fund of Canada; Co-Founder, SAFE: working with youth in crisis through “sports and arts focus on education.”

Favourite book? My favourite book is Metu Neter (Words of Divine). It deals with the blueprint for bringing divinity out of man and woman, by making them divine beings through the higher knowledge of self, the Creator and the universe.

Favourite quote? “Nothing in life is a coincidence.”

Given the chance, what would you love to do that you haven’t done yet? Fly a plane.

What inspires you? Life inspires me. Everything in life is a reflection of the dimensions in us all, and it is the manifestation of this beauty that makes us all special – making life a lesson and journey towards inner peace, balance, real love and heaven.

Why do you do what you do? I was born to give, to share this gift, in order to inspire the good in others.

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