This is a recording of James Brown, the father of funk, and The Famous Flames performing the song Try Me (I Need You).
Due to James’ chaotic upbringing, he intensely micro-managed music whenever possible, for a sense of control on life. His passion surrounding music forced him to adjust band members often, penalize musicians for mistakes, and expect perfection from his fellow performers.James often took full credit for songs despite collaboration and even continued calling new band members the “Famous Flames” although most of the original cast were no longer involved.
Early on, James despised drugs and fought to have a clean-cut band, however, his own battle with alcohol and drugs eventually dominated his existence, leading him in and out of jail. Although James Brown, father of funk, attempted to gain control of his life as an adult by creating music like no other, his unstable upbringing ultimately led to his career’s demise.
Alyssa Kinnard is a twenty-one year old, full-time college student, earning money by substituting and babysitting whenever out of class. Alyssa is studying Elementary Education, writing arts, teaching students with disabilities, and history for middle school. Alyssa enjoys spending free time practicing and improving her yoga abilities as well as spending time either traveling, being outdoors when weather permits, and supporting local music, such as twentythreenineteen and Ringtail Howitzer. Alyssa is always open to new opportunities and loves getting to know new friends. Alyssa even spent time touring with her boyfriend’s band and met some of her favorite musicians, Boy Rex and Future Teens.