The “Angel of the Night,” singer Angela Bofill is paralyzed on her left side following a stroke suffered on Jan. 10, according to her manager Rich Engel. Angela is convalescing is at Sutter Hospital in Santa Rosa, CA.
Bofill, 51, was released from intensive care on Sunday (Jan. 15) and will require speech and physical therapy, Engel said.
A benefit concert has been organized to pay her hospital bills, as Bofill did not carry health insurance. The show, planned by Engel along with N.Y. radio stations Kiss FM, and CD 101.9, will be held on March 11th at the Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood, N.J. Similar events are being planned for Detroit and Los Angeles, Engel said.
Raised in New York by a Cuban father and a Puerto Rican mother, Angela Bofill was a student of many styles of music, from the latin sounds played regularly by her family to the soul and jazz sounds of her neighborhood in the Bronx. She began singing professionally as a teenager as a member of New York’s All City Voices and as featured lead soloist for the Dance Theater of Harlem.
After completing her studies in California, Bofill was introduced by her friend, jazz flutist Dave Valentin, to Dave Grusin and Larry Rosen of GRP records, and they signed her for her 1978 debut, Angie. The album was a breakout smash on contemporary jazz radio and the tastefully arranged jazz vocal disc showed a gifted young artist with a rich voice beyond her years. Featuring a number of great cuts, including most notably a cover of “This Time I’ll Be Sweeter,” Angie became one of the year’s biggest jazz albums. She followed it in 1979 with the even better “Angel of the Night”, a more muscular album that showed she had the chops to handle upbeat material like the title cut and the fantastic “What I Wouldn’t Do” as well as softer tracks such as “I Try” (later beautifully remade by Will Downing).
Donations can be sent to Live At Night, P.O. Box 1140, Maplewood, N.J. 07040. Checks payable directly to Angela Bofill.
1 question, is she broke or sumthin’?!?
One of my absolute favorite songs is “I Try” both Angela B’s & Will Downing version, that song gets into my soul.
Bio Credit: http://www.soultracks.com