The final collaboration from Eddie and Gerald Levert: an intimate glimpse into their lives, their passions, and their musical legacy. But most important, I Got Your Back gets inside the special and rare father-son bond that these two R&B legends shared. Eddie and Gerald put their hearts and souls on the line and talk about their failures, concerns, fears, and triumphs as father and son. With a powerful message of reconciliation for broken families, Eddie and Gerald explore the themes of fatherhood, male bonding and male-female relationships. The book includes moving tributes from Eddie, Patti LaBelle, Steve Harvey and others, as well as treasured family photographs.
About the Author
EDDIE LEVERT is one of the founding members of the pioneering 1970s soul group and 2005 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees The O Jays. He lives in Las Vegas.
Founder of the chart-topping group LeVert, GERALD LEVERT released his first solo album in 1991, and in 1997 formed LSG with Keith Sweat and Johnny Gill. Gerald also wrote and produced songs for many musical artists, including Barry White and Patti LaBelle. Gerald Levert passed away suddenly in 2006 at age forty.
LYAH BETH LeFLORE is the coauthor of the novel "Cosmopolitan Girls," and the author of "Last Night a DJ Saved My Life." Lyah has been a television producer and entertainment executive for over a decade and has worked at Nickelodeon, Uptown Entertainment, and Alan Haymon Productions."
“The candid father and son conversations…are the heart of the book.” – Leonard Pitts, Jr., Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and author of Becoming Dad: Black Men and the Journey to Fatherhood
“Eddie Levert is an American icon. Gerald Levert is the most talented soul-singer of my generation. With ingredients like these, anything they create together is delicious! This book is a tasty testimonial to the power of love.” –Tavis Smiley, host of The Tavis Smiley Show, New York Times bestselling author of What I Know for Sure, and editor of the New York Times bestsellers The Covenant with Black America and The Covenant in Action
“I GOT YOUR BACK celebrates black men and the deep relationship that Eddie and Gerald Levert share as father and son. For generations they have inspired us with the power of their Love Train especially for me as I reflect on my relationship with my grandfathers and father.” –Hill Harper, actor and New York Times bestselling author of Letters to a Young Brother: MANifest Your Destiny
“Eddie Levert is one of the great figures in American popular music and Gerald Levert is the greatest soul singer of his generation. Both exemplify the height of grace dignity and integrity as self-respecting black men. I GOT YOUR BACK is their powerful and poignant gift to us – a life enhancing message we so badly need in these difficult days! I thank Lyah Beth LeFlore for her help in laying bear the wisdom of these two geniuses!”
–Dr. Cornel West, New York Times bestselling author of Democracy Matters and University Professor of Religion, Princeton University
“I got my start in R&B music with Gamble and Huff's O’Jays so Eddie Levert will always be important to me. I've been a fan of Gerald Levert ever since he began. To see a father and his son make indelible marks on music over many years is very, very special.” –Clive Davis, founder of Arista Records and J Records, Grammy Award winning record producer, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Chairman and CEO of BMG North America
“Eddie and Gerald Levert are musical nepotism at its best. Strong “Man” voices singing harmonious lyrics. If you play one of their songs, you should be able to get you some…..” –Cedric the Entertainer, actor and comedian
“When I think of Gerald and Eddie together, I had never seen anything like that in my whole life…the love they shared for each other, the way they talked to each other, the way they got along, and the music they made over the years is truly mind-blowing.” –Reverend Run, hip hop icon, pastor, author of Words of Wisdom, and star of MTV’s Run’s House.
“As a member of the legendary singing group, The O’Jays, Eddie Levert’s brand of silky soul is the reason some of us are here. Gerald Levert has continued to keep the baby-making songs alive. With I Got Your Back, these talented men show us another side; the beautiful bond between father and son.”–Mo’nique, actress, comedienne and New York Times Bestselling author of Skinny Women are Evil