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The legendary Peabo Bryson, responsible for hits such as Feel the Fire and Reaching for the Sky was hospitalized after experiencing a mild heart attack over the weekend. He was at his home in Georgia when it happened Saturday morning. At the moment, he’s doing well with his medical team at Wellstar Kennestone in Marietta optimistic about his health in moving forward. A representative for him told TMZ this morning “At this time, privacy is requested; however, the thoughts and prayers of friends and fans are welcomed and appreciated.”
His latest album Stand for Love was released last year. Produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis and released on their label, Prospective Records, it was his 21st album and at nearly 70 years old, he proved he’s still very much relevant today. Though he’s only released two albums in the 2000s, his recent return to radio can be accredited to a sort of creative restlessness. He says “I look back at my career and I go, ‘Well, I survived it long enough to achieve some lifetime-achievement awards, but what’s the point in all of that?’” Bryson says. “That kind of indicates that you reached some kind of pinnacle, or that you’re done, and I’m far from any off that.” In addition, “you wait until the timing’s right,” the singer adds. “We didn’t do it [release the album] until we found the right people who were all in sync and [had] the same kind of commitment and dedication to who I am, what this is, and what this can be.”
For a man to have contributed as much to our culture as Peabo Bryson, we need him to stick around a little longer. Even though it looks like he’ll be out of the hospital with a speedy recovery soon, we’re going to offer prayers to him anyway.