From Its First-Ever Alumni Compilation CD
Washington, DC, January 12, 2012 – Duke Ellington School of the Arts is proud to announce that the first single to be released from its upcoming “Bridging the Gap Vol. 1” CD features distinguished actor and alum, Lamman Rucker.
Rucker, best known for his role in Tyler Perry’s “Meet the Browns,” lends his sultry voice to “Waiting on You,” a spoken-word performance set to music. The single will be released on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2012 on iTunes and Amazon.com.
“‘Waiting On You’ is a fun, sincere, flirtatious, vulnerable and hopeful monologue from a man longing for his special lady to show herself to him; all the while praying that his personal journey and evolution has prepared him for the blessing,” said Rucker, who is currently starring in the play “Black Angels Over Tuskegee,” in New York. “Us strong brothas need love, too!”. The song is produced by fellow alumni Sharif Walters (aka) Shawn Sharif and Mike Pryor Sr.
“Bridging the Gap: Volume 1,” is a compilation CD completely produced and performed by graduates of the famed school, including such artists as Tony Terry, Sylver Logan Sharp, and Grammy-nominated Christylez Bacon. The CD will be released March 6 and will be available on iTunes and Amazon.com, as well as select retailers. All proceeds will go to support Duke Ellington programs and its students.
“This Alumni CD Project is all about ‘bridging the gap’ between the Duke Ellington School of the Arts’ glorious past and its bright future,” said Ellington Head of School/CEO Rory Pullens. “We are so fortunate that alumni have remembered the greatest lesson ever taught at Ellington – that artists must give back to their community, to the next generation of artists.”
As one such proud alum, Rucker is excited to have the opportunity to share the gift that Ellington nurtured.
“The school is a landmark, a beacon of salvation, self-expression, self-actualization and self-sufficiency for all who’ve ever been a part of it,” he said. “Duke Ellington was one of the highlights of my life and is the foundation of all of my success as an actor, activist, educator & entrepreneur.”
Founded in 1974, Duke Ellington School of the Arts is the only DC public high school that provides pre-professional arts training to students through an intensive arts program that nurtures and inspires passion for arts and learning.
Watch Lamman talk about his family and roots!