THE LIFE OF MUSICIAN “CALEB QUAYE”
“A Voice Louder Than Rock” is a feature length documentary account of the life of musician Caleb Quaye. It’s a story of “Rags To Riches To Rags To Redemption- Reaching the Fatherless with a message of hope and reconciliation”. Caleb Quaye is best known as Elton John’s Original guitarist, but not many people know the story of the man who helped Elton get his first recording contract at Dick James Music (DJM) while they were teens. Caleb has also been called “The World’s Greatest Guitarist” by Eric Clapton.
Caleb reunited with Elton in 1975 for the “Captain Fantastic Tour” and “Rock of The Westies” tour. After Elton dissolved that band Caleb went on to tour with Hall & Oates. During this period on his 30th birthday in Oct 1978, after a performance in Atlanta Caleb heard “The Voice” for the first time. His life spiraled out of control… Beginning with his father’s desertion at age 12, he lost his wife, his money and almost his career. He became a drug addict who was selling drugs, guitars and whatever he could get his hands on.
His Salvation came in the form of his friend Chester Thompson, drummer for Genesis and a devout Christian. For years he would ask Caleb if he’d like to come to church. Caleb would decline… All that changed on Easter Sunday 1982 when Caleb at his lowest point called Chester and he invited Caleb to church. Caleb agreed, went to service that day at Church On The Way and heard “The Voice” again who told him “Today you WILL come to ME” Caleb was SAVED that day and hasn’t looked back. He left the Rock world and became an ordained minister. He has a thriving music ministry and has performed at Worship conferences worldwide.
In 2009 Caleb returned to his musical DNA by forming his present band “The Faculty”. The band is a mix of inspirational jazz-fusion music with 2 cds released “Out Of The Blue” 2010 and “All The Way Live” live recording in 2011.
They are currently performing around Southern California.
To bring it all full circle, Caleb was named Worship Pastor at Church On The Way in May 2014… Thirty-Two years in the place where his new life started. Caleb resides with his wife, mother, daughters and grandchildren here in Southern California.
WHAT A LIFE!!
Now his story is poignantly told in “A Voice Louder Than Rock” a feature length documentary account of the life of musician Caleb Quaye.
Valerie J. Tucker is the visionary behind GloRoc Productions LLC (circa 2014) and VALJTUC Management (circa 2006). As owner of GloRoc Productions and VALJTUC Management, Valerie has combined a potpourri of skill sets from CEO to Producer to booking agent to publicist in her management of Caleb Quaye and The Faculty, Hawkins Jazz Collective and formerly The George Lesiw Band. Her varied life experiences and street savvy, along with her formal education and expertise from decades of employment at the top echelons of the news and entertainment world, have made her an extremely effective and fiercely respected individual in the entertainment industry.. If her clients’ talents are the engines that propel their success, Valerie’s drive, intelligence and amazingly diverse abilities are the fuel that provides the thrust. From overseeing production, promotion, distribution and marketing of content, and actually staffing the crew. Valerie’s extraordinary skill, boundless stamina and infectious personality have proven indispensable to those she represents.
Ms Tucker is a multiple Emmy Award winning television news Producer/Editor for her “Songs Of Our Success” Black history series hosted by Tony McEwing for the Los Angeles FOX O&O KTTV Channel 11. Ms. Tucker worked for KTTV Fox 11 Morning News and the Emmy award winning Good Day LA as feature entertainment producer/ editor from 1995- 2010. Prior to her tenure at Fox 11, Ms. Tucker worked as an editor at KNBC upon her arrival in Los Angeles in 1992. She began working at KCBS-TV in 1993 as an editor/camera person (most notably working with Harvey Levin (TMZ) during the first OJ Simpson trial) until 2001.
Ms. Tucker began her career in New York City in 1981 where she worked for Video Productions Inc. (VPI, Inc) as a producer/editor of TV Record Offer commercials, editing of television specials and music videos for C&C Visuals. Supervised overseeing the international conversion of the Soap Operas “Ryan’s Hope” and “Loving” for RAI Italian Television, as well as “The Galloping Gourmet” and “The Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon” for European markets in conjunction with Fremantle International Inc. for VPI, Inc.
In 1989, Ms. Tucker was hired as an Editor for “Crimewatch Tonight”, a nightly nationally syndicated news show for Orion Television. While at Crimewatch she took on the additional duties of Photographer/Field Producer for feature stories. In 1990, Ms. Tucker was hired at WNBC-TV in New York as an Editor. In 1991, she transferred to “The Today Show”/NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw remaining there until relocating to Los Angeles.
In 2001, Ms. Tucker won the LA Press Club award for best documentary for “After Foster Care, Now What?” for which she served as Sr. Producer. Nominated in 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2009 for a Los Angeles area Emmy award for “Songs Of Our Success”. Winning the award as Producer in June 2002 and Senior Producer in September 2004. Ms. Tucker has won seven (7) Emmy awards for editing dating back to her tenure at KCBS in 1996.
In 2010, Ms. Tucker served as Creative Consultant on “Kink Crusaders” a documentary about the Leather community produced by Third Rail Media. The film is currently being shown at film festivals worldwide and available on DVD.
Ms. Tucker is currently working on several projects in the film and television industry.
Ms. Tucker is a native of Norwalk, CT and received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications in 1981 from the University of New Haven in West Haven, Connecticut. Ms. Tucker currently resides in Orange County California.