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Bill Carpenter Sees 'Uncloudy Days'
Publicist Bill Carpenter Sees ‘Uncloudy Days’
By Shamerra T. Brown

After promoting the careers of artists such as CeCe Winans, Kirk Franklin and Candi
Staton, Capital Entertainment publicist, Bill Carpenter, has a new client on the roster.
This time around, he’s promoting his own project. A formal student of history,
Carpenter has written a book,
Uncloudy Days, chronicling the high and lows of
gospel music. The veteran insider gives
MannaScript a backstage pass into the
often misunderstood industry and ministry of gospel music.

Shamerra T. Brown: Bill, how did you come up with the idea to write a book?
Bill Carpenter: Well I thought that I needed to do something that would be my own
product, because I’m creating products for other people, but nothing for myself that I
could go out and have a living at and have something to leave my kids one day.  It
would also be a labor of love because I’d be writing the stories down of some of
these artists. When you look at this book, I would venture to say that half of the
people in this book, you’d be hard-pressed to find the information anywhere else.

STB: So, you’re sharing your personal stories that you’ve experienced with them?
BC: Oh yeah, and I interviewed and got stories that they’ve never told people.

STB: Are you concerned that some of them will deny the information you’ve printed?
BC: They can’t deny it, because it’s been written about. There is nothing
controversial in the book that hasn’t been written in other publications. Like the
James Cleveland stuff, which has been written about extensively in the L.A. Times…

STB: As your own promoter, are you starting to create your own buzz about
Uncloudy Days?
BC: The book company, Backbeat Books, has two publicists, so I don’t want to
discount what they’re doing. It’s just that I’m not depending on it. I’ve learned that
you can’t depend on people to make your dream come true.

STB: Bill, how’d you come up with the title, Uncloudy Days?
BC: I wanted to name it after a song. I wanted it to be a song that sort of exemplified
the irony that I personally find in life. Like, these people who worked on the
plantations, in the slave fields, would work out there all day long…and still have the
nerve to have faith in God, and that there was a better life for them. That’s really
ironic to me, because if I were in that position, I’d feel the opposite. So I say
Uncloudy Days because the book talks about the trials and tribulations of these
artists and how, in spite of what they go through, they’re looking forward to this
“uncloudy day.”

STB: What’s the concept and format?
BC: It profiles gospel artists and their testimonies.  Of course the smaller artists have
just a paragraph, so you can really call that a testimony…but the ones that are the
meatier pieces are the stories about how the bigger artists came to be where they
are.

STB: How did you arrange it?
BC: In alphabetical order, just like a regular encyclopedia.

STB: So, who takes up the most space in the book?
BC: Mahalia Jackson, Vickie Winans, and James Cleveland.

STB: What are you expecting to accomplish by publishing this book?
BC: I wrote this so that people who have an interest in gospel music can find out
about their favorite artists without going through all the troubles of researching.
Their history is here for the first time, in one place. For three years, I interviewed
over 100 people for this book.

STB: Thanks so much for your time Bill!
BC: It was my pleasure.

To purchase
Uncloudy Days and its accompanying CD, visit your local Borders
Books & Music, or visit Bill’s Web site,
www.capitalentertainment.com.
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