Famed Detroit producer/songwriter Clarence ‘Clay' McMurray once stated "...there are only two real voices in Detroit of any consequence - Emanuel Laskey and James Epps." Seen in the context of a post war setting, and ignoring the omnipresence of natives like Aretha, the Motown ensemble and Jackie Wilson, this statement has a resonance and reassurance that bears a lasting testament to two of the best singers to emerge from the Detroit music revolution of the early 1960s. Neither reached the commercial plateau their talents deserved, yet both made some of the most compelling recordings ever made during that very special decade. Both have distinctive, easily recognizable voices that easily convey the emotions they dealt with. Emanuel Laskey's career began in 1962 and spanned over two decades. This is his story.
James Emanuel Laskey passed away in his apartment in the lower east side of Detroit on 23rd June, 2006 after a long battle with cancer. He was 61.His legacy, as one of Detroit's finest vocalists and performers, is assured, and he leaves a significant body of recorded work that will maintain his memory ad infinitum. As a person, he was a very special individual who will be sorely missed and fondly remembered by all who had the privilege to have made his acquaintance.
From the outset, he opted to call himself Emanuel, and not his given name James, deciding that it sounded more ‘showbiz' and had a more attractive sound and appeal.
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