Everett “Blood” Hollins out of Hampton, VA, recorded for RCA and Strange Fruit Records. “Blood” played trumpet or flugelhorn on a number of recordings or added vocals to projects by Weldon Irvine, Friends of Distinction, and others, including a duet with Jean Lang, a Newport News resident who signed with Philadelphia International Records .
Hollins was also a friends with another Peninsula native, David Williams, guitarist for Michael Jackson and others.. When Williams teamed with James Jamerson, Jr. to form the group Chansen, Hollins introduced the duo to the soon to be Executive Producers for the project, Marc Kreiner and Tom Cossie.
Currently, “Blood” is an ordained minister known as Elder Everett Hollins of Greater Joy Church of God in Christ in Newport News where he sings, plays keyboards, and writes Gospel songs.The latest album project is the Joyful Praise Ensemble.
The Joyful Praise Ensemble is the brainchild of its founder and producer Everett Hollins, a former background musician for the late Otis Redding / Patti LaBelle / Candi Staton / Johnny Taylorto name just a few. In the 70's he received gold records for his association with the group "Chic" whom he introduced to the world with their first single, "Dance, Dance, Dance". Source
On the album, Hollins performs a song by Andre Crouch called, “The Blood.”
Blood Hollins "Don't Give It Up."
:How Have You Been" - Blood Hollins & Jean Lang
Newport News native, Jean Lang, had her heart set on becoming a singer. She started early in her hometown by singing with various local bands before making her way for bigger opportunities in New York. There she continued in pursuit of her goal and eventually meeting the right people, like Alonzo Tucker (who co-wrote “Baby, Workout” with Jackie Wilson).
A meeting with Leon Huff of Philadelphia International Records’ famed team of Gamble & Huff, soon got Jean Lang in with the label, where she started writing and co-writing with people like Bunny Sigler for artists like Billy Paul, The O’Jays, First Choice, and Three Degrees.
Lang also hooked up to record with another Hampton Roads resident, Everett “Blood” Hollins to record the song, “How Have You Been.”
"How Have You Been"
"Shower the People"
"I'm Gonna Make It" written by Jean Lang. & Bunny Sigler
"I Didn't Know" written by Jean Lang & Bunny Sigler
A tall, slim, attractive Newport News native with a beautiful voice, named Jackie Gregory, used to take the stage to open for a number of other artists and shows, like Charlie McClendon and Roy Hines. A lot of talented performers and contributors to the world of music are from this area, and VMSoul would like to remember them and maintain their legacy for history.
Newport News resident, Roy Lee Hines, was an influential force on music in the area. Hines played with acts like the Rocking Cabanas, Otis Redding, Bill Deal, the Rhondels, and Roy Hines and the Sound Machine.