Wilton Banks Is Best Known For His Appearance on “The Cosby Show” and “Entertainment Tonight”
Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — Recording artist, Wilton Banks has released a single in honor of First Lady Michelle Obama. His song entitled “First Lady”, respectively mentions her charm, elegance, intellect, and states that she is the standard for the world, the pride of man, woman, boy and girl. In addition to honoring the First Lady in Chief, Wilton says that this song celebrates women everywhere.
“Singing and songwriting are my gifts,” says Banks who started singing in church at age three. He penned his song after the election of President Obama and decided to release it on a national scale at this time. He states, “Recently I read a letter written to the First Lady by Beyonce` Knowles. I am amazed that many of the comments she made are similar to the words in my song. I would love to hear her sing it.”
As to whether First Lady Michelle Obama has heard the song Banks states, “Iâ€™m not sure, but I do have a note from Secretary of Education, Ernie Duncan stating that he passed on a copy of the song to the White House.” The education tie-in seems fitting in that Wilton has a degree in education from Grambling State University, and his father, the late Rev. Henry Banks Sr. received an award for sending the most students from one family through Grambling. A total of (9) children attended, with (7) graduating with degrees in education. In addition, Rev. Banks is responsible for getting the first school bus running for blacks in Northern Louisiana. Wilton plans to use proceeds from the song to help establish The Henry Banks Sr. Scholarship Fund in honor of his father.
A trailblazer, Wilton also wrote, “Rap the Facts”, a musical educational series that teaches math through singing, rapping, rhythm and rhyme. His innovative method of teaching math netted “Uncle” Wilton, an appearance on The Cosby Show. Banks states, “As a teacher, I noticed that my students really enjoyed the catchy rhythms and rhymes that I would come up with on the spot to help them learn. I decided to set them to music and students are able to learn the multiplication facts/times tables, in a fun way.”
To see The Cosby Show (Episode Title- Live and Learn) featuring Wilton Banks along with legendary drummer Max Roach, visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTuZFNRbFX4.
To hear the song “First Lady”, visit www.wiltonbanks.com.
Follow Wilton Banks on Twitter @wiltonbanks
Photo Caption: Wilton Banks