The Man in Room 1009 is dedicated to the Reverend Claude Jeter, gospel music pioneer & lead
vocalist of the amazing Swan Silvertones, whose contribution to the art of singing and
influence on both secular & gospel music is immeasurable.
Reverend Jeter spent his final days in Room 1009 at the Daughters of Jacob Hospital in the Bronx, NY,
which was the impetus for this song. He passed away January 6, 2009. As Jerry Lawson said, Reverend
Jeter’s spirit was with us during the making of this record. To me, that is undeniable.
My enormous gratitude goes out to Mr. Jerry Lawson, whose generosity & decency is equaled
only by his tremendous talent and creativity, for bringing a life to this song that I could
only imagine. And don’t get me started on his beautifully soulful accompaniment on Honey Belle!
Whatever else I may do in life, working with Jerry Lawson is certainly a high-water mark.
Thank you, Jerry Lawson
& Rest in peace, Reverend Jeter
Love - James Power