Detroiter, 4 time Grammy Nominee Michael Henderson who along with the rest of the world mourns the loss of sister and friend, Aretha Franklin pays tribute in his concert at the esteemed Charles H. Wright Museum Of African American History.
Fame came early in life for the prodigious bass player in Detroit’s music circles who as a teen (after having received permission from his mom) was “on the road” playing with such groups as “The Detroit Emeralds, The Fantastic Four, Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight & The Pips, The Four Tops, The Funk Brothers, Martha Reeves and The Vandellas, Marvin Gaye (Henderson can currently be heard on the Marvin Gaye release, “What’s Going On: 40th Anniversary 2 CD/LP Super Deluxe Edition) famed “Funk Brothers” Jimmy Ruffin, David Ruffin, The Spinners, The Originals (Background vocal group for Motown) Aretha Franklin and many others before finding his own voice and superstardom as a solo artist with the recording of the wildly successful top ten hit “Valentine Love” which features the sultry vocals of Ms. Jean Carne!~ Shortly thereafter, Michael Henderson wrote and recorded the now classic duet, “We Both Need Each Other” with Philadelphia Native/songstress, Ms. Phyllis Hyman! Her very first top ten hit song!! Henderson returned to the recording studio to to produce yet another one of his extraordinary compositions, an audience favorite, the much requested, “You Are My Starship” on which he sings each and every part as well as playing the intrinsic bass line!~ For many years it was thought that friend Norman Connors was the vocalist on this song, clearly a misconception.. With the release of the aforementioned titles, “Valentine Love featuring Jean Carne We Both Need Each Other featuring Phyllis Hyman and You Are My Starship, for the former Miles Davis bassist, a platinum selling solo career was born… Many top ten would follow they are, “In The Night Time! At The Concert featuring Roberta Flack! Wait… Until The Rain! Take Me, I’m Yours featuring Detroit native Rena Scott! Wide Receiver! Happy! Geek You Up! and many more!!
Mr. Henderson celebrates the lives and legacies of many of his friends through his long and storied career in music as well as the release of “Take Me, I’m Yours: The Buddah Years Anthology!!” SOLD OUT CONCERTS are a true testament to the relevance, skill and musicianship of the maestro of R&B, Funk, Jazz, and Jazz-Fusion!~ The Party starts NOW!~