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Two of Cleveland’s finest star in Black Nativity

James W. Wade III | 11/26/2013, 9:21 p.m.
Bernita Ewing and Eddie B. Sands Jr. are staring in this major movie production along with Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett ...

It was at an early age that Eddie first began to sing and develop a love for music and performance. At the age of twelve, he performed in the James Cleveland youth choir. He was trained under Michael Malone, founder of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, D.C., where he honed his skills as a professional singer. He is also a graduate of the Ohio Christian University with a degree in Leadership and Ministry.

Sands has opened up for such singers as Gerald Levert, Richard Smallwood and Jeff Majors. He has performed on numerous stages around the country including the historic Karamu House Theatre, where he was part of the dynamic cast who launched Otis Sallid’s Gospel! Gospel! Gospel! to a sold out house.

He just returned in December from Switzerland touring with the Leonard Burks singers of America, a great ensemble with some great voices. Sands Jr. describes his music and voice as “real and honest.” He exposes his soul to his listeners. He is motivated by a desire to share gospel that conveys a message of hope and deliverance.

Make sure you catch them this Saturday, singing for World AIDS Day 2013 at the Cleveland Convention Center from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., come and support Cleveland’s own stars of Black Nativity.

Sands will also be singing with the outstanding gospel group Humbly Submitted.