J Donte | I Bless the Poverty (Cherry Street Remix)

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I Bless the Poverty (Cherry Street Remix)

by J Donte

I Bless the Poverty (Cherry Street remix) is a tribute to those who have struggled in poverty and have CHOSEN to rise above adversity.
Genre: Urban/R&B: R&B Pop Crossover
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“I Bless the Poverty (Cherry Street Remix)” is dedicated to Jayne’s Mom, Edith, and to all who have CHOSEN to overcome adversity. The opening lyrics specifically describe Edie’s experience as a child growing up in her first home in the tenements on Cherry Street in New York City. It is a tribute to her character and resilience and to the many people who have CHOSEN to overcome adversity and not let it defeat them.

Edith was born to extreme poverty and atrocious living conditions in New York City. She was the youngest of 6 children & her immigrant parents were both ill. She graduated from Julia Richman High School with honors and received a scholarship to Hunter College which she turned down so she could go to work and help support her family. With one pair of shoes to her name and a dress that her sister, Rose, handmade which she wore for her job interview; Edith was hired as the secretary to the head of the Navy. Six days a week she made the 2 hour ride to work on the C train and the D train to get to the Brooklyn Navy yard. She made and saved her money and it was Edie who had the down payment on their new house when she married Jayne’s Dad!

When Jayne asked long time co-writer/co-producer, J Donte, to collaborate on the song; they felt it was destiny as Donte’s story as well as his Mother’s were so similar to Edith’s. He also endured extreme poverty as a child in a household with 5 siblings and 2 beds! The song truly resonated with Donte as you can hear in his heartfelt performance.

Artist: J Donte
credits: © ℗ 2015 written, produced, engineered and all music performed by Jayne Olderman & J. Donte Harris
Piano: Joey Melotti
Background vocals: J Donte, Dana Rice and Jayne Olderman
Mastering: Rodney Mills Masterhouse

“We hope you, the listener, are touched, moved, entertained & encouraged by the song and, if you are experiencing adversity and challenges in your life, know that YOU can CHOOSE to rise above it and “defeat adversity”!”
Jayne & Donte

about the CD cover photos:
top Harlem Sidewalk 1939. Photo: Sid Grossman
lower left: Mulberry Street from the book “The American Odyssey” taken between 1888-1924
lower right: Hester Street early 1900s

I Bless the Poverty

No heat, no lights, the winters were so cold
6 kids, 2 beds, Jimmy the Coke on the corner below
The tenements were so overcrowded; The streets were so darn loud and
That was a different time when Momma was a child

She graduated with honors from Julia Richman High School;
Passed up a scholarship to Hunter; That had to be a tough thing to do
Lord knows you had to be strong to make it through those years
She tells me; “You accept it, respect it - no bitterness or tears”; She says:

Chorus #1:
I bless the poverty ‘cause I chose for it to drive me to escape adversity
I’m so grateful that I found the will and the way to succeed
Each day I awake I’m so thankful, so, I bless the Poverty

With one pair of shoes to her name and a dress that her sister handmade
Mamma got a job with the Navy; The bread winner though she was the “baby”
Her Boss hated her race ‘til she changed his point of view
She worked harder & smarter than anyone else could
That’s why she always tells me:

Repeat Chorus #1:

She saw a road where others saw no other way
She saw the light where others saw their darkest days
Yes she's a fighter, survivor I'm so blessed that she made it through
And when others chose to give up she did what she had to do...

I bless the poverty ‘cause I chose for it to be
The drive to take me to a better place defeat adversity
I’m so grateful that I found the will and a way to succeed
Each day I awake I am so thankful, so,

I bless the Poverty; I’ve known some dark and bitter times
Now every taste is so sweet and divine
I bless the poverty: 2 hour ride to work on the C train, the D train
I bless the poverty; bless the poverty, So, I bless the poverty



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