Tony Curtis & Company

Tony Curtis & Company

 Florence, South Carolina, USA
BandChristianR&B

Tony Curtis & Company is a contemporary urban African-American ensemble. Tony, a cross between BeBe Winans, Eddie Levert and R. Kelly moves electrifying audiences bringing them to their feet with hand clapping and feet stomping and “Company” singers are like the Clarke Sister and SWV.

Biography

Tony Curtis & Company was introduced to Alvin Lee and the “Lee Boys” who are one of America’s finest African-American sacred steel ensembles. Tony Curtis & Company performed with the Lee Boys at the Bull Durham Festival in Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina September 2009 and at “Fall for Green Festival” in Greenville, South Carolina October 2009 and other events.
Today, Tony Curtis & Company continues developing their longtime relationship with the Lee Boys. Locally, Tony performs with Clay Brown and the Legend Band who are known for rhythm and blues beach music performing at the Annual Pecan Festival in Florence, South Carolina and the Elizabeth Baptist Church Male Chorus.
At the age of ten, Tony Curtis was inspired to play guitar when he and some of his childhood friends would go to different programs watching and listening to groups from the quartet era, one being the Dixie Hummingbirds. His mother purchased him his first guitar. His interest for music became even stronger in high school when he and five of his childhood friends formed a group called, “Inspiration” where they displayed their talents with singing, percussions, string instruments and keyboard; he realized his destiny was to write, sing and play.
Tony Curtis dedicates this long time dream in memory of his mother who always encouraged him to pursue his “music” dream. She said to him not long before she passed May 2009, “Son, never give up. Keep striving and you’ll get it. Don’t let anyone stop you!” This is when he changed the name to Tony Curtis & Company consisting of: Patricia (Pat) Nelson Washington (alto), who is the eldest daughter of the legendary sacred steel player, “Henry Nelson” and sister of the legendary “Aubrey Ghent & Friends”. Patricia sung with Tony in 2003 with Men of Vision & Prophecy; Jasmine Washington (soprano), one of the granddaughters of the late “Henry Nelson” and who is well versed in drums and Jacqueline (Jackie) Washington (tenor) another granddaughter of the late “Henry Nelson” and who is following in her grandfather’s and uncle’s footsteps playing the steel guitar carrying the family legacy as a female steel player.

Lyrics

You Don't Have to Cry

Written By: Tony C. Dunham

You don’t have to cry - cry
Dry your weeping eyes – your weeping eyes
God is on your side – he’s on your side
He’s making a way for you

VERSE: Weeping may endure for a night
But joy will come in the morning light (in the morning light)
Whatever you going through
Just remember God said he’ll take care of you (oooooooh)
It’s gets so hard sometime
But your breakthrough is on the way (is on the way)
Just trust and believe
Everything, everything gonna be okay

You don’t have to cry - cry
Dry your weeping eyes – your weeping eyes
God is on your side – he’s on your side
He’s making a way for you

VERSE: Sometimes, feel like weight of the world is on your shoulders
And you don’t know, don’t know what to do, no, no, no (don’t know what to do)
If you trust in Jesus and he will hear your call
If you only just believe (ooooooh)
Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning time
Cause everything’s gonna be alright (gonna be alright)
You don’t have to cry, you don’t have to cry no more (don’t have to cry, don’t have to cry)
Everything’s gonna be alright

You don’t have to cry - cry
Dry your weeping eyes – your weeping eyes
God is on your side – he’s on your side
He’s making a way for you

Ending: Ooooooooooh

Friend of Mine

Written By: Tony C. Dunham

Do you know Jesus?
He’s a really good friend of mine
Do you know Jesus?
He’s a really good friend of mine

Verse: Just like the disciples
Were out on the sea
Someone stood up and said, “Lord please save me.”
Jesus stood up and said, “Water be still; do my prophet no harm Cause I am here.”

(DRIVE)

Verse: Just like the woman who was sick for twelve long years
She spent all of her money; still she couldn’t get well
But she heard a man name Jesus was passing through
If I can touch his garment, then I’ll be brand new

(DRIVE)

Verse: There came Jesus on the cross between two thieves
The first thief said, “If thou art the Christ come down and save me.”
And the second one said, “Lord, I acknowledge thee.”
In paradise, thou will be with me

(DRIVE)

Ending: Do you know Jesus?

Fire

Written By: Tony C. Dunham

Just like:
Chorus: Fire, shut up in my bone
Fire, shut up in my bone
Fire, shut up in my bone
Fire, shut up in my bone

Verse: If you wanna live right, oooooh
You’ve got to be born again (born again)
If you wanna live right, oooooh
You’ve got to be born again

CHORUS

Verse: He’s coming back
He’s coming back one day (back one day)
He’s gonna take the holy, righteous saints of God
He’s gonna take them all the way

CHORUS

Verse: He’s coming back
And I wanna see his face (see his face)
He’s coming back people
And I wanna see his face

CHORUS

Verse: Gotta love your neighbor
Just like you love yourself (love yourself)
Stop cheating, backbiting and lieing
And put it on the shelf

CHORUS

Ending: Shut up in my bone

He Will Take Care of You

Written By: Tony C. Dunham

He will take care of you
He will take care of you
He will take care of you
He will take care of you

Verse: People of today; they come and they go
They forget about their lives and even their souls
Some folks think life is just a big ole game
Think they can laugh and do or say anything
(OOOOOH)
This is one thing I now; his word is true
Cause what he’s done for others, he will do for you
If you only trust and believe

(DRIVE)

Verse: Have you ever felt like you’ve been down and out
And you didn’t know how the Lord was gonna work it out
So you put your trust in him and you have seen
All the grace and mercy, my God has done for me
(OOOOOH)
This is one thing I know; his word is true
Cause what he’s done for others, he will do for you
If you only trust and believe

(DRIVE)

Ending: He will take care

What Would you Give

Written By: Tony C. Dunham

What would you give, if you only believe
What would you give, if you only believe
What would you give, if you only believe
What would you give, if you only believe
Would you give him your heart (give him your heart)
Would you give him your mind (give him your mind)
Would you give him your soul (soul, it’s more precious than gold)

Verse: Jesus said take up your cross and follow me
And in return, I’ll give you the victory
(If you only trust in me)
And believe
And in return, I’ll give you the victory
(If you only trust in me)
And believe

What would you give, if you only believe
What would you give, if you only believe
What would you give, if you only believe
What would you give, if you only believe

Verse: God his only son to die
So that you and I could have eternal live (If you only trust in me)
And believe
Jesus died on Calvary so that we could claim the victory (If you only trust in me)
And believe

What would you give, if you only believe
What would you give, if you only believe
What would you give, if you only believe
What would you give, if you only believe
Would you give him your heart (give him your heart)
Would you give him your mind (give him your mind)
Would you give him your soul (soul, it’s more precious than gold)

Ending: Oooooooh

I Will Trust in You

Written By: Tony C. Dunham

The storms of my life is raging
(THE STORM IS RAGING)
And the hills get so hard to climb
(AAAAH)
My heart is growing fearful but I’m trying to hold on but I will
(I WILL TRUST IN YOU)
I will, Lord I will
(I WILL TRUST IN YOU)

Verse: I will give you all of my heartaches
(ALL OF MY HEARTACHES)
Lord you know just what to do
(AAAAH)
I will trust you when I’m hurting and when I’m feeling sad
Because I will
(I WILL TRUST IN YOU)
I will, Lord I will
(I WILL TRUST IN YOU)

Verse: And this is why
Lord you gave your only son to die just for me
And they hung him high; Lord they stretched him out on Calvary
(AAAAH)
Your son died on the cross so that my soul would not be lost, but Lord I will
(I WILL TRUST IN YOU)
Lord I will
(I WILL TRUST IN YOU)

I will trust in you
I will trust in you, said that I’ll always
Ending: I will trust in you

The Whole World is in Trouble

Written By: Tony C. Dunham

Chorus: The whole world is in trouble
(And we need to do something about it)
The whole world is in trouble
(And we need to do something about it)
The whole world is in trouble
(And we need to do something about it)
We need to pray, pray, that the Lord will make a way
We need to pray, pray, that the Lord will make a way

Fathers, oh fathers (against their own sons)
Mothers, oh mothers (against their own daughters)
And men shall be lovers of money and selfish deeds
Lovers of money and full of pride
Lovers of pleasures (instead of God)

CHORUS

Children killing children, using crack and cocaine
Aids running rapid (all over the land)
You better get your house in order, while you still got time
No man knows the day nor the hour when God (shall arrive)

CHORUS

Ending: We need to pray

God Cares

Written By: Tony C. Dunham

God cares

God cares
God cares
He cares about you

Verse: Sometimes life may seem so unfair
But we feel like that God doesn’t even care
I know, he cares about you
You might become angry and you feel like you want to scream
Give up your faith and even give up your dreams
I know, he cares about you

CHORUS

Verse: When your friends turn their back and walk away from you
Remember that God says I will always be there for you
I know, I know, he cares about you

(DRIVE)

Verse: He promised to love you and be by your side
Be your strength and even be your guide
I know, he cares about you

(DRIVE)

Ending: Cares

I Can't Refuse

Written By: Tony C. Dunham

Chorus: Jesus if you want me to go
I can’t refuse, you
Jesus if you want me to go
I can’t refuse, you

Verse: He woke me up early this morning
And he started me on my way
He let me live to see another day
Lord I thank you for starting me on my way

CHORUS

Verse: He put food on my table
He put clothes on my back
Let me live to see another day
Lord I thank you for starting me on my way

CHORUS

Speak to me Lord, speak to me Lord, I can’t refuse

Ending: I can’t refuse you

Oh Lord, Fix Me

Written By: Tony C. Dunham

Oh, Lord fix me
Oh, Lord fix me
Oh, Lord fix me
Fix me Jesus, fix me

Verse: Just like the woman who’d been sick for twelve long years
She heard a man name Jesus was passing by, too
She said, “If I could touch the hem of his garment, then I know, I would
be made whole.”
Jesus turned around and said, “Who touched me.”
The woman said, “Lord it is I. All I wanna do is touch the hem of your garment; then I know, then I know, I would be made whole!”

(DRIVE)

Fix me Jesus, fix me
Fix me Jesus, fix me

VAMP: Fix me Lord, fix me Lord, fix me
Fix me Lord, fix me Lord, fix me
Fix me Lord, fix me Lord, fix me

Ending: Fix me Lord, fix me Lord, fix me

Discography

1977 - Along with five of his childhood friends decided to display their talents: singing, percussions, keyboard and string instruments by forming a group called “Inspiration” after attending many programs with various professional groups performing in Florence, South Carolina.
1987 - While stationed in Japan, Tony entered a talent contest and won first place for his rendition of “Bridge over Troubled Waters” by Simon and Garfunkel.
1990 - Moved to Memphis, Tennessee where he played for the “Smith Brothers” and “The Royal Travelers” of Memphis. He filled in as a bass player for the late “Orlando Draper” known for “My Soul Doeth Magnify the Lord” and “Douglas Miller” known for “My Soul is Anchored in the Lord”.
2000 - Along with a childhood friend, Henry Jones created an all male group, “Men of Vision”, which produced their first CD, “Lord, I’m Your Child” where six (6) songs were written by Tony.
2002 - Entered a talent contest on Carnival Cruise line and won first prize for his rendition of, “I Swear” by the group “All 4 One”, a Grammy Award winning R&B group.
2003 - Third group was formed, “Men of Vision and Prophecy”, which produced their first CD, “You Don’t Have to Cry”. The title song and five additional songs were written by Tony.
2004 - “Men of Vision and Prophecy” entered and won first prize at the “Black Family Expo 2004 Singoff” being awarded a trophy and four hours of recording time with NyCe Records in Florence, South Carolina. This produced a single, “Oh, Lord Fix Me”, which was recorded but not released.
2006 - Begin working on his solo career.
2009 - Introduced to Alvin Lee & the “Lee Boys” who are one of America’s finest African-American sacred steel ensembles performing at the Bull Durham Festival in Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina and at “Fall for Green Festival” in Greenville, South Carolina October 2009.
2009 - Name changed name to “Tony Curtis & Company”.

Set List

Friend of Mine
He Will Take Care of You
I Will Trust in You
Love Train
I'll Take You There
Oh, Lord Fix Me
You Don't Have to Cry
The Whole World Is in Trouble
God Cares
Fire
I Can't Refuse
What Would You Give