Chandler Center for the Arts staff sent a Q & A to Jimmy Carter, one of the members of the GRAMMY-winning gospel group Blind Boys of Alabama. We wanted to know what inspires him. Don't miss Mr. Carter and the rest of the group on Friday, December 13, at 7:30 p.m., in their Christmas Show filled with holiday standards from their Grammy-winning Go Tell It On The Mountain and Talkin' Christmas albums.
If you weren't a musician, what other career would you have chosen?
I would be a lawyer.
Who were your greatest musical influences?
George Jones and The Golden Gate Quartet.
You've worked with many artists over the years. Is there any artist(s) that you would like to work with but haven't yet?
What is your favorite Christmas song?
"White Christmas Makes Me Blue" by Randy Travis and "An Old Christmas Card" by Jim Reeves
The Blind Boys are known for crossing multiple musical boundaries with their remarkable interpretations of everything from traditional gospel favorites to contemporary spiritual material by songwriters such as Eric Clapton, Prince and Tom Waits. They have appeared on recordings with many artists, including Lou Reed, Peter Gabriel, Bonnie Raitt, Willie Nelson, Aaron Neville, Susan Tedeschi, Ben Harper, Patty Griffin and Taj Mahal. The Blind Boys of Alabama have appeared on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, Late Night with David Letterman, The GRAMMY® Awards, 60 Minutes, The Colbert Report and many other television shows.