Keni Rightout

Lead vocalist Keni Rightout proved to be The Center Stage's breakout member, forming the Thunderfunk Symphony in the mid-'70s with childhood friend and composer Jesus Wayne, trumpeter Rahmlee Michael Davis, and several other notable locals. In 1981, Rightout released a 12-inch single on Disco giant Salsoul Records, boasting two Jesus Wayne compositions, "Right Now" and "Out Of Sight." His hustling, singing cousin Larry "Demetrius" Jackson appreciated Rightout's trajectory and suggested bringing the Center Stage moniker out of retirement. The Center Stage hammed their way through both recordings- Jesus Wayne's "Jam" and Ronnie Miller's "Lovin' Time"- on The Chicago Party (split between episode 13 and 22), donning their silver, pink and blue lamé jumpsuits. After an unsuccessful audition with Carl Davis' Chi Sound Records, The Center Stage made its final debut in 1983.

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