April 2018 Interviews

Celebrity Interviews – April 2018

Rev. Earl Smith - Chaplain - The Golden State Warriors/ San Francisco 49ers - Death Row Chaplain

Rev. Earl Smith - Chaplain - The Golden State Warriors/ San Francisco 49ers - Death Row Chaplain - Published on April 7, 2018

Earl Smith, Chaplain of the 49ers & Golden State Warriors and CEO of CARE, new book "Death Row Chaplain" available wherever books are sold.

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Rev. Dr. Cordell E. Simpson - Chaplain Vanderbilt Health - Eighth Street Missionary Baptist Church

Rev. Dr. Cordell E. Simpson - Chaplain Vanderbilt Health - Eighth Street Missionary Baptist Church - Published on April 7, 2018

Rev. Dr. Cordell E. Simpson I was born in Nashville, TN where he received his formal education. After high school he entered the United States Army where he served for four years in the 101 Airborne Division.

In 1978, the Lord called him to preach the gospel. He has pastored in three states: Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee. The Rising Star Baptist Church in Birmingham, AL., Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Rome, GA. and Bethel Baptist Church in Alcoa, TN. He has pastored for a total of 26 years. Rev. Dr. Simpson has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the Birmingham Baptist Bible College. He has also studied at Beason School of Divinity Birmingham AL. and the Birmingham Theological Seminary. He has a Master in Counseling, Master of Divinity and a Doctorate of Divinity from the International Bible College and Seminary in Independence, MO. where he made the Dean’s list with a 4.0 grade point average. Dr. Simpson has led six Missionary Journeys to Nigeria Africa where they have carried rice to the widows in the villages and School of the Blind, Clothe the Naked in the Adumawa Mountain of Nigeria. He taught a Pastor’s conference and preached revivals in 16 states of Nigeria Africa. He has led many to except Christ as Lord and Saviour.

In August of 1998, Rev. Dr. Simpson entered into the Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Program at UTMC Knoxville Tn. and completed a residence of four units. In August of 2001, Rev. Dr. Simpson retired from the pastoral ministry and was hired as the first Black staff chaplain for the Heart, Lung, and Vascular Institute, Hospice Chaplain, and Coordinator for the pastoral care for Black clergy. In 2006, Rev. Dr. Simpson received a call from God to leave UT Medical Center to become the Twelfth Pastor of Eighth Street Missionary Baptist Church in Nashville, TN. Dr. Simpson has since become the first African American Staff Chaplain at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He continues to practice evangelism not only in the church, but also in the community. He is also active in the Stones River District Association, a member of The TBME Convention of Tn. and The National Baptist Convention USA Inc.

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Mickey Raphael - Tin Sandwich Player For Willie Nelson's Band (Harmonica)

Mickey Raphael - Tin Sandwich Player For Willie Nelson's Band (Harmonica) - Published on April 4, 2018

Born and raised in the Lone Star State of Dallas Texas, Mickey Raphael’s career as Willie Nelson’s Harmonica player has spanned almost three decades. His intelligent playing style has become a hallmark of Nelson’s crossover sound, earning him a large audience worldwide. As a teenager, Raphael gravitated toward the Dallas folk music scene and fell under the spell of legendary harmonica great Don Brooks. “I went to this little coffee house one night and saw him playing and it just impressed me so much,” Raphael recalls. “He had moved to New York and was kind of a legend around Dallas. He sat me down one night after a show and showed me this little lick that went all the way up and down the harmonica, just a little pattern.

Right away I just jumped about twenty steps from the little I already knew about the harp.” Raphael eventually joined singer B.W. Stevenson’s band. One of his most enthusiastic boosters was University of Texas Football coach Darrell Royal, a passionate fan of country music. One night in 1973, Royal invited Raphael to a post-game party in a Dallas hotel room and asked him to bring along his harps. The resulting informal jam session included Charley Pride and Willie Nelson, who passed around a guitar and took turns singing.

“I played a little with Willie and he asked me to come and sit in with him sometime. A while later he played a fireman’s benefit in a high school gym somewhere outside of Dallas and I showed up there and played a little. Later, we were sitting there talking and he said, “Why don’t you come to New York with me in a couple of months – we’re going to play Max’s Kansas City.’ So I went up there and played with Willie. He really wasn’t touring that much then; it was still a couple of years before he left Texas again on real tours.” Raphael moved from Dallas to Austin, Nelson’s home base, and began a crash course in country music. “When I joined Willie’s band, I really didn’t know anything about country music. I’d never really listened to it at all. I was a folk blues player. I just wanted to play in a country band and ride around in a bus.”

Raphael credits blues great Paul Butterfield and rhythm and blues saxophone genius King Curtis as two of his biggest influences. “Charlie McCoy was the first harmonica player I really listened to in country music.” about
about Raphael played throughout the years with a variety of artists, ranging from Elton John, U2, and Motley Crue to Vince Gill, Emmy Lou Harris, The Mavericks, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Neil Young.

Always on tour with Willie Nelson and Family, Raphael’s career continues to take him to new uncharted territory. When he’s not on the road, he continues to commute to Los Angeles for studio work.

In 1988, Raphael, released his first solo project, entitled Hand to Mouth. The ethereal collection of songs features a variety of timeless instrumental tracks, including The Search and Gypsy and Breathless. Due to popular demand, the project was re-released in 2000.

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