Friday, December 21, 2007

Norwood Young's 2007 White Christmas Party!

If you've ever really dreamed of a white Christmas, then legendary R&B singer, Norwood Young is the man to make your dream a reality! December 20th, Young turned his home into a winter wonderland complete with countless Christmas lights, costumed carolers, elves, and REAL snow; however, the considerable drop in temperature and chilly winds were not of his doing! All man-made efforts were done in an effort to raise awareness and collect toys for the New Image Emergency Shelter for the Homeless through his organization, Feed His People.

Dressed fashionably in various hues of white, hundreds of Young's closest friends and invited guests came bearing gifts and ready to party at his estate, Youngwood Court, in Hollywood's famous Hancock Park. I was told that it was also once the home of the late great Nat King Cole. That for now is rumor, but what's fact is that Norwood Young is the former lead singer of legendary jazz group, Pieces Of A Dream. With the band he scored the gold single, What Can I Do? and hit gold again with the Millie Jackson duet, Young Man, Older Woman. He's famous for his music, but his parties are just as much the talk of the town.

All work and no play makes for a very uninteresting blogger. So once the red carpet closed, I headed straight for the warmth of the house. Inside, the party was definitely in full swing: Young's beautifully decorated home held wall to wall beautiful people in holiday spirits; Salt-N-Pepa's Spinderella had bodies moving and heads bobbing to a great mix of hits to satisfy our inner R&B junky; tasty mixed drinks and great food flowed non-stop from the front lawn to the back lawn; and the once modest pile of donated toys was now overflowing. It was official! Norwood Young's 2007 White Christmas party was unquestionably a hit and the presents and the guests just kept coming!

And while the party was at it's peak, Young blessed us with a performance of my favorite Christmas song, O Holy Night, then serenaded Apprentice diva, Omarosa, with Queen of My Life, the second release from his new album, 8th Wonder. Click HERE to hear more of Young's music.

And "it ain't over...the party's not over!" With so many talented performers in attendance, Young opened the floor to other great singers after his mini-show. Once Madame D, my personal local favorite, sang her soulful rendition of an R&B classic, I decided it was time to go. Stomach full, spirit uplifted, and with a couple of new business cards in my possession, I felt this "party with a purpose" was one the best events I had attended all year. Kudos to errbody involved! I'm already looking forward to next year's!

Now while I still have your attention, please take a moment to visit Young's Feed His People website at www.wefeedhispeople.org. Then take another moment to learn more about the New Image Shelter founded by twin sisters, Lynda Moran and Brenda Wilson at www.newimageshelter.org. Both organizations tackle the immediate needs of those without food, clothing, and shelter. Be a blessing and the blessing will be returned when you least expect it. Enjoy the slideshow!


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