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Despite the tragedy of losing two of his talented sons, R&B legend Eddie Levert continues to find healing in the music.

This year, the O’Jays lead singer steps out on his own for the first time, releasing “Eddie Levert: I Still Have It.” The first single is the aptly titled “I’m Still Standing” released via iTunes.

“This album is an extension of me as an entertainer,” Levert says. “With all my years in this business, I still love performing. This is my first solo album and I am so excited to share this with my fans.”

But no worries, O’Jays fans. Levert is also recording with the O’Jays for an upcoming CD. Either way you slice it, solo or with his group, Levert is one of our living legends. Read on for more about our latest In-Studio Jam artist.

BORN: Edward Levert in Bessemer, Alabama

BIG BREAK: Moving from Alabama to Canton, OH and going to high school with future O’Jays members Walter Williams, William Powell, Bobby Massey and Bill Isles.

EDUCATION: Levert went to Canton McKinley High School in Canton, OH, which obviously had its share of great singers as he met the four guys who would ultimately comprise the original O’Jays lineup.

BACK STORY: The O’Jays were inspired to sing by Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers, a popular doo-wop group led by Lymon who was profiled in the biopic “Why Do Fools Fall in Love?”

Read more at http://www.blackamericaweb.com/?q=articles/entertainment/blak_music_month/39695

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