Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (What it feels like to play behind a celebrity)

I can honestly say that I have been very fortunate. In my musical career, I have had the honor to play behind many different celebrities. It doesn’t make me a celebrity at all , but it gives me the experience of working with them. After performing with KC and the Sunshine band this past weekend some people asked me that question, and i figured I would relate to it today. First off, most people who are considered celebrities are really no different than you or me.  These people are just as ordinary as you can imagine with the only difference being that they are in the limelight. While others may rank them high they have just as many problems as the rest of us.  Some of them are really nice, and some of them are “not so nice” but a lot of people are that way. I have been fortunate enough to meet up with people like Bon Jovi, Olivia Newton John, Gerald Levert,  Jill Scott, Chaka Khan, Teddy Pendergrass, Billy Paul and Rick Springfield. I have had dinner with Jeffrey Osborne, hung out with Lionel Hampton, Socialized with Eric Benet, and I have personally witnessed the “nice tattoo that Janet Jackson has on her rear end (smile).  I don’t get impressed with them singing, even though there was one person whose voice actually got to me. Russel Thompkins, the lead vocalist for the Stylistics, effected me greatly when I heard his voice in the monitors. This was mostly because his voice sounded so different. It was weird to actually hear him sing but I got adjusted to it really quick. Now I don’t think it matters to me at all who I play for. My job is to make sure my bass notes come out right and it is important that I have fun playing the music. The money is great but for me it also has to be fun. When I watched Beyonce sing I was not star struck at all. In fact, I kept wondering why there were so many taped sequences going on. I watch concerts with a different kind of eye now. I look for things that most people don’t. Hopefully for me I will have even more opportunities to perform for more celebrities. It is fun and it is great for my resume. If you are unfamiliar with my resume, just go to Thank you so much for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

Patti Labelle in concert with Brett Jolly on bass guitar

Patti Labelle and Brett

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