Cuba Gooding Sr.
With over 40 years under his belt as an entertainer, Cuba Gooding continues to thrill audiences around the world with his smooth, unique and captivating voice, all the while remaining a solid part of the musical consciousness of fans both old (The Main Ingredient) and new (as the proud dad of Oscar-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr. and Image Award nominated actor Omar Gooding).
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Gooding’s vocals are sampled by five-time Grammy Award winning Alicia Keys, on her smash single, “You Don’t Know My Name,” which, early in 2004, held the #1 spot on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-hop Singles & Tracks chart for nine straight weeks. Having achieved chart-topping singles with The Main Ingredient, including “Everybody Plays The Fool, “Just Don’t Want To be Lonely,” and many more, Cuba Gooding continues his rich musical legacy by teaming up with todays hottest producers.
Cuba Gooding has toured the world extensively, and has shared the marquee with the very best names in the music business. But Gooding is also extremely proud of his offspring’s success. The aforementioned Cuba Gooding Jr. won an Oscar for his role in the 1996 movie, “Jerry Maguire,” and his sibling, Omar Gooding, starred in the 2003 critically acclaimed sport drama “Playmakers”, the Showtime original series “Barbershop”, and is currently filming the HBO series “Deadwood.” And, although Gooding’s first love is music, he, himself, has appeared in three feature films, “Roscoe’s Fried Chicken and Waffles”, “Children of the Struggle,” and “Gedo” as well as making an appearance in the Showtime series “Barbershop” with his son Omar, and touring with Shirley Murdoch and David Peaston in the gospel play “Be Careful What You Pray For.”
While simultaneously touring with the super successful concert series, “Soul Jam”, and recording his new CD, Cuba Gooding also works diligently to support the internationally renowned St. Jude Children’s Hospital, where he hopes to bring an even greater awareness to the amazing breakthroughs St. Jude’s is making in their effort to thwart many diseases plaguing our communities. He can also be seen as the host on Time/Life Sweet Soul 70's Commercials
“I hope my new CD will reconnect me with fans from the past, as well as bring new fans into my fold,” Cuba Gooding concludes. “I put my trust in God, and he will guide me to give my very best. I hope to make this my most personal album ever. I want people to be proud and eager to listen to the message in each song, and to take a little bit into their lives in order to make this world a better place.”
Watch out for “Everybody Plays the Fool: The Cuba Gooding Story” which chronicles the Gooding Family and is scheduled to go into production in 2008. “It is my dream to appear on the big screen with my boys,” says Gooding.
Cuba Gooding and his life is truly one of the great American success stories.
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