With its raw candor and upbeat tempo, Through These Eyes eloquently documents Simpson’s fifty-year love affair with music. Having interviewed well-known stars, including Stevie Wonder, Prince, Elton John, Aretha Franklin, David Bowie, Janet Jackson, James Brown, Usher, Jay-Z, Notorious BIG, Whitney Houston, Tupac, Madonna, Smokey Robinson, and many others, Simpson brings a near-photographic memory offering of heartfelt stories and recounts of his walks with fame and cherished relationships.
Best described as a stroll down memory lane, a melodic tune felt through words, or a front row seat for ardent fans, readers will be captivated and caught up in the rapture of inspiration and purpose-driven passion. Simpson’s life is and will always be the glimmer of hope in the sky that reminds us to shoot for the moon, and even if we miss, we will still be among the stars.
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Influencer. Humanitarian. Legend.
Donnie Simpson hailed “the man behind the music,” embarked upon a lifelong journey filled with sweet melodies of soul at the tender age of fifteen. By the age of nineteen, Simpson had found favor in the rhythm after embarking upon a groundbreaking career in the radio industry, as the voice of Detroit’s WJLB. His authenticity, quick wit, and sensual voice dominated airways, and he was quickly established as an industry pioneer, breaking music for artists from The Temptations to Elton John.
And yet, despite his ascension as a heroic influencer in the music industry and love of his hometown, Detroit, Michigan, Simpson would yield to a higher calling, expanding his territory and establishing him as a staple in the Washington, D.C. community. After spending four decades as the preeminent celebrity of DC media, Simpson has been crowned a bonafide American icon.
In 1983, Simpson was recruited by Robert L. Johnson, founder of Black Entertainment Television (BET), to host the network’s primetime music video show, Video Soul. In 2004, Simpson was welcomed into the BET Walk of Fame. In 2015, he was inducted into the Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame, as the only non-musician so honored.
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