Born on September 25th 1966, in Little Rock Arkansas to Raymond Babe Caldwell and Gwendolyn Jean Johnson by way of her great, great grandmothers bed! As soon as she could understand and recognize the sound of her own voice she started to sing! And, as soon as she could understand the purpose for words she started to write. Thus, her love affair with music began long ago and has continued on for more than 40 years!
Zodiac Libra...the sign of balance and creativity as gifted down from her parents whom both share the same Zodiac.
Biggest accomplishment giving birth to her son Mark who is yes, a Libra!
Currently residing in California, she has also lived in Chicago IL, Washington State, Philadelphia Pennsylvania and Honolulu Hawaii. After all of that travel, she says "no place beats California"!
This project is for anyone who believes that their vote doesn't matter...because it does and voter suppression and disenfranchisement is very real!
Thank you for handing me down those Libra genes....writing, singing, dancing and simply creating you did well. From ever since I could express my thoughts to paper I've written a many of songs and poems to your music, you are truly talented and I'm glad to be just like you! Your a true giver (sometimes too much) but I dig that about you, and I pray that for many more years to come you and I will continue to write beautiful music together!
I remember just like it was yesterday, when my siblings and I saw you carrying those eight grocery bags across the street, to our 3rd story apartment building 40 years ago. While my siblings chose to dash about and address those last minute chores, I stood still as I was forever taken aback by your very will to make a way or us kids and it was at that moment that I too decided to one day be strong woman. I feel ya' looking in on me all the time and I answer ya' back...what you think about that? And like the soldier you are, you give it to me straight. As you know, life has moved me from here to there whether I had my suitcases packed or not. The tough part has never been in the landing but rather the journey of learning how to pick my battles and giving myself the freedom to walk away and to except contently and completely when things turn out "just OK". Folks, are gonna steal "stuff" from ya' but they can't steal your "joy" without your permission.Miss you, love you, mean it!
The minute the doctor placed you gently on my chest and you opened your eyes and peeked at me and listened to a heartbeat that only you could recognize I knew at that very moment, that you knew that I was your mom. People define moms and mothers in different ways but generally the two terms match up close enough that if blind folded they seem the same. Our relationship is simply different.
Sometimes I listen to you, sometimes you listen to me. Sometimes we disagree, sometimes we come up with the same hand. Kid, I am alive today because of you and the many graces of GOD.
I am never good, if I think for a second that you are not. I love you in the same way that GOD loved HIS son, not always by my actions but truly by my souls intent. Kid, live your life well...continue to dream big and as I always tell ya', make great decisions! I will always love you...
Baby Sister B.A.
From "our" day one we reinvented glue. You have always been a smiling ear to my craft and if needed you'd push through and find the very heart of my visions and make any song sound good. You are Patient and Loving and am so happy that I got you!
Thank you for building my website and creating such a cool and zany video...your the best geek that I know. In the midst of my worry storm it was your calm that I looked up to, it was your cool breeze that settled my thoughts, it was your talent that kept and took my imagination to it's dreamyist unbeknownst places, it was your love of me, that at the end of the day ushered in the right amount of wind to lift my wings....now watch me fly! And, if ever you call I will be there in a breath....Thank you!
Raymond, Aljaz, Tisha & Shelly
Thanks for still claiming me after all these years! A.K.A. 5th floor, Ally, Star & Nick I've tried a many of things throughout my "young" lifetime Ha! And, y'all have stood by me, sang for me, danced for me (Watoto Wakumba;0 & Berkeley Street Corners;0) or simply stood up for me when I just didn't feel like standing...thank you for catching me, and rocking me back up to my feet! Love Ya!
Ms. Trav My Sistah THANK YOU for believing in me and this project without you I'd still be dreaming. I will never forget what you did for me, not soon-not ever. I just thank GOD for you and "our" brother Sean you guys have meant the world to me and I appreciate you both from the very depths of my heart...Peace and Blessings!
Ms. Flora & My Buddy The both of you have been a true inspiration to me....my memories or your smiles, laughter and out of this world personalities will keep with me for the rest of my life!
Buddy, although you have gone on to a better place, you should know that I constantly have the biggest flashbacks of our hilarious moments together you are and will forever be my main squeeze!
And one more thing, I miss telling you that I love you but most of all I miss you replying "I love you too!"...My lady Ms. Flora, a mom, a grandmother, a pianist, violinist, a comedian and gardener you are the strongest link...Together we give Thelma & Louise a run for their money! At 87 years of age honey you got it going on! And, I love you!
The music man well damn sir! You sure do know how to hit it out of the stadium why don'tcha'....Talent, Creativity, Vision, Ear I bet you could write a song about pancakes....man, man, man my dude for life!
Lastly but not the least, John Fred Souza you have earned a sacred place in my heart. A place were other's have never gone before, because before you, that place never existed.
Let's keep on making this unbelievable story together!
Peace, Blessings, Love & Light!
As I draw out from the deepest parts of my soul in order to feed the hungriness within my imagination, the one word that I feel most connected to is Faith. My faith to start, continue and complete that which started off as a dream.
Not to give thought or ponder to failure and success or allow others to define my good.
This project has burned on my heart from beginning to conception due to my passionate need to simply "do something" that would hopefully inspire, educate and entertain at least one person.
This song is my version of a dancing and rejoicing anthem, that attempts to reach others by way of rhythm, movement and message. This song is my FAITH.
Barack Obama has inspired me to do a many of things, change a many of ways but most of all he has inspired me as my sister always says to her children, to "listen, pay attention and follow directions" as these things could save your life. And, heck for that matter, let me just add what I always say, to my own son everyday, as he tastes and learns his way around all the good and bad in this world "Kid, make great decisions".
Barack Obama you are the bomb and I am so very proud of you!
I dedicate this song and project to my beloved mother Gwendolyn "Ameno" and my awesome, awesome dad Ray "Doc" Love that I love with all my heart, and to my son Mark you are My Best Good.
Peace and Blessings, Mo'Baby!
I rise, I rise, I rise.
- Maya Angelou