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Daughters Of Soul Documentary Will Honor Music Legends & Their Daughters Thanks To The Family Stand’s Sandra St. Victor

Imagine the daughters of such music legends as Nina Simone, Donny Hathaway, Chaka Khan, Bill Withers, Sly Stone, and Syl Johnson all gathered together not only for a concert but a documentary that not only celebrates their legacy but also lets them shine in their our light as artists themselves. Well, it all part of a project helmed by veteran singer/songwriter Sandra St. Victor, lead singer of The Family Stand.

St. Victor is working to bring her project, Daughters of Soul, to fruition, and she has turned to

Pictured: Sandra St. Victor

Pictured: Sandra St. Victor

crowdfunding to do so. Her Pledgemusic campaign is in its last days and is nearing its goal. “At first, I really didn’t want to do the crowdfunding route, but it is actually people getting together to help get a project completed,” says St. Victor in a phone interview from The Netherlands. “Before, I didn’t like the idea of crowdfunding but really at the end of the day all successful careers are crowdfunding in a different way and the concept actually allows people to get more involved.”

Daughters of Soul includes Lisa Simone, daughter of Nina Simone; Lalah Hathaway, whose father is Donny Hathaway; Indira Khan, the daughter of Chaka Khan; Kori Withers, Bill Withers’ daughter; Phunne Stone, her father is Sly Stone; and Syl Johnson’s daughter Syleena Johnson. St. Victor was inspired to bring these women together by a Daughter of Soul concert tour she had been doing for years, 11 in fact. It is a two-hour collaborative concert that has toured everywhere from Spain to The Netherlands to London. St. Victor founded the concert series in 2004 with the goal to carry on R&B’s influential legacy. Now she’s expanding the concept into a documentary, a soundtrack, and a new tour.

“Some of the women were on tour with Daughter of Soul and I noticed how they bonded. All these women can relate to their shared experiences of growing up with legendary artists and then being recognized on their own for their talents,” says St. Victor. “I had been sitting around for years in hotel rooms and on the bus, at the airports with these women and listening to these women and their stories and it was enlightening. What I saw was so amazing, this bond, that I wanted to find a way for others to see.”

The documentary highlights the story of each of the artists, their thoughts in some cases, their moments with their legendary parent(s). They will also film concert footage as well. The documentary will be unique in that it will examine what it is like to grow up as the daughter of a musical legend. “How do you grow up in a house of a legend; how do you learn to navigate that; and how do you separate who you are and what people expect of you because of your last name?” asks St. Victor.  “This can be especially difficult if you decide to go into the same career. The documentary is not just about their parents but it is about these women. I hope folks will see the daughters and their relationships on a personal level. It’s not about their DNA, but their experiences.”

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St. Victor is working with Amsterdam-based award-winning film company Zeppers Film + TV to produce the documentary. The project is also getting help from the Dutch Film Commission And filming is slated to start later this year.

Besides sharing  the talent and the profiles of these women, St. Victor has a bigger goal with the Daughters of Soul project. She wants to make sure the legacy of soul music greats is passed on. She says,. “When I look now and I see our kids and what they don’t know about our history, it saddens me. I think it is important that we correct this. When I ask a child who Sly Stone is and they don’t know, I am deeply annoyed…the kids of Rolling Stones fans know who the Rolling Stones are. That’s what we have to work on. You can be sure my kids know who Sly Stone is and Stevie Wonder is.”

About the Author

Ann is a freelance writer who started her professional career at the NY Trend more than two decades ago. Ann has since gone on to write for a number of major outlets including: Black Enterprise, Essence, MadameNoire, Pathfinders, Frequent Flier, Playboy, The Source, Girl, Upscale, For Harriet, The Network Journal, AFKInsider, Africa Strictly Business, AFKTravel, among others.

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