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My92.7 radio host Patrick Cannon is also the city council’s mayor pro tem. Cannon has been a longtime fixture in Charlotte’s face. We wrap up Black Music Month by occasionally highlight My92.7 radio personalities and deejays.

Negro spirituals provided the soundtrack of the civil rights movement. What do you listen to you to inspire you as an activist?

“Ooh Child,” (a song about a promise to a better life) by either the Five Stairsteps

Or Donnie McClurkin & Kirk Franklin

If you could meet any singer – dead or alive – who would you want to meet? Why?

I’ve actually met the person(s) I have wanted to meet in person. They

were Prince, the Isley Brother’s, Alicia Keys, and Morris Day. I wanted

to meet these artist because they are so talented in there own respects.

Seal and Akon are the one’s I’d like to meet today because of there awesome

talents. I think I still would have liked to have met Same Cooke, Michael

Jackson and Aaliyah before their departure from life on this side to have

shook the hand of a vessel that had major impacts on people around the globe.

What song brings back the most memories for you? Why?

Secret Weapon’s “Must Be the Music” reminds me of being up at the

neighborhood center getting my dance on. And the brother can dance, don’t get it

twisted! And Prince’s “International Lover” when I called myself trying court the woman

of my choice. And Morris Day’s “The Walk” – when I was just cooling it at a time in my life.

What’s your favorite musical era? Why?

Late ’70s and early ’80s R&B. This is when music was music with meaning,

understanding, and clear purpose.

How important is music in your life?

Very. It’s like oxygen. It’s hard to go on without it because it can

be therapeutic in taking you to a place that no other thing can provide

unless it’s the ocean.