FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE GOSPEL ROCK ICON LESTER CHAMBERS IS BRINGING A DESPERATELY-NEEDED MESSAGE OF PEACE, LOVE AND FORGIVENESS IN HIS NEW ALBUM, Lester Chambers Time Has Come.
CHAMBERS WAS ATTACKED IN 2013 WHILE PERFORMING AT A FESTIVAL IN HAYWARD, CALIFORNIA. AFTER SAYING A PRAYER FOR PEACE IN THE WAKE OF THE RACIAL TURMOIL CAUSED BY THE TRAYVON MARTIN CASE, CHAMBERS WAS ABOUT TO SING 'PEOPLE GET READY,' WHEN DINALYNN POTTER. JUMPED ON STAGE, SHOVED CHAMBERS DOWN TO THE GROUND AND STARTED BEATING AND KICKING HIM. THREE YEARS LATER, HE IS STILL RECOVERING PHYSICALLY AND EMOTIONALLY FROM THAT HATE CRIME. “I STILL SUFFER FROM THE THREE BROKEN RIBS AND HAVE SEVERE NIGHTMARES NIGHTLY,” SAYS CHAMBERS, WHOSE PERFORMING CAREER HAS BEEN SEVERELY CURTAILED BECAUSE HE HASN'T BEEN ABLE TO TRAVEL LONG DISTANCES.
CHAMBERS IS NOW READY FOR THE CLOSURE THAT CAN ONLY COME FROM CONFRONTING HIS ATTACKER IN PERSON. HOWEVER, HIS MESSAGE TO POTTER IS NOT ONE OF RECRIMINATION, BUT OF RECONCILIATION. THE 20-YEAR STAGE 4 CANCER SURVIVOR'S MESSAGE FOR POTTER IS THAT WE ARE ALL ONE FAMILY – BLACK, WHITE, WHATEVER – ALL ONE FAMILY!! A MESSAGE HE HOPES CAN ALSO BEGIN A HEALING PROCESS FOR AN AMERICA FACING A DIRE RACIAL DIVIDE.
THE FORMER LEAD SINGER OF THE 60S ROCK GOSPEL GROUP, THE CHAMBERS BROTHERS – WHOSE CLASSICAL HIT, 'TIME HAS COME TODAY,' HAS BEEN FEATURED IN OVER 150 MOVIES, TV SHOWS AND COMMERCIALS -- BELIEVES HIS TIME HAS COME. LOVE POURED IN FROM EVERYWHERE AFTER HE WAS ATTACKED IN 2013 AND HE'S RECONNECTED WITH FANS FROM AROUND THE WORLD THANKS TO THE INTERNET. THE LATE, GREAT PRINCE ADDED TO THE RESURGENCE IN THE CHAMBERS BROTHERS POPULARITY WHEN IT WAS REPORTED THAT 'TIME HAS COME TODAY' WAS ONE OF THE LAST SIX ALBUMS THE ARTIST PURCHASED BEFORE HIS UNTIMELY DEATH. A LONG TIME FAN OF THE GROUP, IT WAS LESTER'S HARMONICA SOLO THAT PRINCE SAMPLED IN THE 'THIEVES FROM THE TEMPLE' SINGLE FROM THE 1990 FILM SOUNDTRACK, 'GRAFFITI BRIDGE.'”
IN ADDITION TO THE UPCOMING ALBUM, CHAMBERS IS WRITING HIS MEMOIRS. FROM BEING MET BY THE BEATLES WHEN THEY FIRST WENT TO LONDON – “THEY WERE OUR WELCOMING COMMITTEE. THEY HAD A NIGHTCLUB AND BEAUTIFUL RECORDING STUDIO. THEY REALLY TREATED US NICE OVER THERE” – TO PLAYING AND HANGING OUT WITH SUCH PEERS AS BOB DYLAN, JIMI HENDRIX, JANIS JOPLIN, THE GRATEFUL DEAD AND THE JEFFERSON AIRPLANE, CHAMBERS HAS ENDLESS TALES FROM ONE OF THE RICHEST PERIODS IN AMERICA'S HISTORY THAT NOT ONLY ENTERTAIN, BUT ENLIGHTEN. ADDITIONALLY, CHAMBERS HAS A PILOT FOR A MUSIC/COOKING SHOW IN THE WORKS CALLED 'SOUL FOODS, RHYTHM & BLUES,” IN WHICH HE WILL BE WHIPPING UP FOOD AND MUSIC FOR THE SOUL WITH LONG-TIME PALS LIKE TAJ MAHAL AND ALICE COOPER.
The Mud Stompers and Stomping Mud Records are the brainchild of Lester Chambers, a two-time Music Hall of Famer. For more than 50 years he’s been revolutionizing the music industry. One of the first funk bands, the first inter-racial band, he still brings his passionate energy, aging like a fine wine.
A pioneer of the psychedelic rock movement, he was at Newport Folk Festival when folk hit the scene and quickly became an integral voice of the folk scene, saturated with gospel rock. Lester’s music delivers rich delicious bluesy rock with a folk rock sound.
The Mud Stompers are a spiritually-guided group of professional musicians, Lester Chambers, David Aguilar, Kenneth Roy Berry, Baron Chase, Marcia Migét and Kenny "Mo" Susan. The music is something that comes up from within, melding Blues, R&B, Funk, Jazz, and Rock & Roll steeped in gospel spiritual roots.
Lester Chambers was born and raised with his twelve siblings in Lee County Mississippi. His Baptist parents encouraged all thirteen of their children to sing in the local church choir. This early passion for music continued when the family moved to Los Angeles in the early 1950's.
Around the time the Beatles left England for America Lester and his brothers ventured into LA's fabled Ash Grove coffee house and began singing their special blend of gospel/folk music. An old guitar, bass and those heavenly voices led by Lester on harmonica and cowbell soon had folks lined up down Melrose in West Hollywood. Eventually leading them to New York City. Along the way Lester recalls seeing hundreds of colorfully dressed, long haired kids hitchhiking away from their homes. This Hippy exodus inspired his brother Joe to pen the words to Time Has Come Today: Time has come today For young hearts to go their way Can't put it off another day They say we don't listen anyway Time has come today
New York was quick to embrace this unique psychedelic, rock 'n' roll, gospel group and Columbia Records scored a huge pop hit with a first ever 11-minute single. Time Has Come Today, the title track became an anthem of the era. Like their good friends, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Sly and the Family Stone, they were filling arenas with both white and black kids for the first time.