In 1977, Frank Bey’s radical soul and funk band, The Moorish Vanguard, imploded after a deal gone wrong with James Brown. Crushed, Frank quit singing for 17 years. He found his way driving taxis, taming birds, insulating airplane hangars, building homes, and cooking seafood. But music called him back.
He sold everything and launched a comeback career in the blues and soul, capturing four Blues Music Award nominations and touring internationally. However, an ongoing battle with kidney disease put everything in jeopardy. In a remarkable act of courage, faith, and wisdom, Frank took a step back to refocus his career, return to his roots, and find a new, higher path for his music and story. In the winter of last year, he found his way to Nashville for the first time in his life to craft his dream album with Grammy-winning producer, Tom Hambridge.
There aren’t many voices from the roots of soul and blues music left. Frank Bey uses the tradition’s deep feeling and spirit to do what he’s done his entire life, make a space for audiences to bring their emotions, their truth, their vulnerable open-heartedness, and to set their vision on better, brighter days. Our film brings you into the radical love and labor that Frank gives to make these spaces and music despite all obstacles and all odds.
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