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Hit music veteran works with Fairfield students for special concert

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FAIRFIELD, AL (WBRC) -

Michael Henderson’s 50-year music career has included hit songs and collaborations with the likes of Miles Davis, Aretha Franklin and Marvin Gaye.

Henderson can now add the band and choral students at Fairfield High Preparatory School to the list.

“I’m actually doing the learning. I’m sharing, but working with them has inspired me to just stay here a bit longer and share more,” Henderson said.

Henderson’s 1976 Top Five R&B hit “You Are My Starship” with Norman Connors is just one of the songs he has been rehearsing with the Fairfield students.

The final work will be two concerts on Friday, one for the school and a special performance for the community at 6pm at the school’s Fine Arts center.

“When you can sit with someone as an apprentice under them, there’s no substitute,” Fairfield Schools Superintendent Dr. Walter Gonsulin said.

Lenard Brown played a part in bringing Henderson to Fairfield.

His local music career with The Controllers was boosted nationally in part by fellow Birmingham musician Cleve Eaton, bassist at the time for the Ramsey Lewis Trio.

For Brown, connecting Henderson with the students is a way of passing past favors forward.

“They passed it on to us. I’m passing it on to them,” Brown said while pointing to the students. “I’ve done my part. I’ve got gold records. I’ve got all of that. It’s time to see them do the same thing.”

“They’re extremely excited. Their parents are excited. The teachers are excited,” Principal Michelle Hayes said.

Alexis Gay, a high school senior who plays trumpet, said the two day workshop has been valuable to her as she considers a career in music.

“It just feels like life to me,” Gay said about music. “It’s all I think about.”

Saxophonist Darrica King said it has been a great experience.

“Many schools would want this opportunity,” King said.

The Fine Arts Department’s public concert with Michael Henderson is scheduled for Friday at 6pm at Fairfield High Preparatory High School at 610 Valley Road.

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