“He was celebrated for his career and ostracized for his lifestyle.” That’s veteran producer and music writer, Leo Sacks, talking about an artist who changed his life — and who is now the subject of Sacks’ forthcoming documentary, “Taste Of Heaven: The Heartbreak Life Of Raymond Myles.”
A renowned gospel singer, choir leader, educator and keyboardist, Myles had already left an indelible mark on New Orleans’ music community when, at the age of 41, he was murdered near the Faubourg Marigny in 1998. Sacks had produced Myles’ only full-length studio album, a project that seemed to somehow bind them together on some level, leaving Sacks more of a devotee than a colleague.
Leo is currently struggling to secure funding to complete a film about Raymond’s life and art, and he recently shared with me why he believes Raymond’s story must be told. Whether or not you’re a fan of gospel, it’s pretty compelling. Check out the story here.