Christine Anne Perfect, known professionally as Christine McVie following her marriage to John McVie, is an English singer and keyboardist, best known as one of the three lead vocalists and the keyboardist of Fleetwood Mac. She joined the band in 1970, she has released three solo albums. McVie is known for her smoky, contralto vocals and her direct but poignant lyrics, which concentrated on love and relationships. AllMusic describes her as an "Unabashedly easy-on-the-ears singer/songwriter, the prime mover behind some of Fleetwood Mac's biggest hits." Eight of her songs appeared on Fleetwood Mac's 1988 Greatest Hits album. In 1998 McVie was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Fleetwood Mac and received the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music; the same year, after 30 years with the band, she opted to leave and lived in semi-retirement for nearly 15 years. McVie released one solo album in 2004. In September 2013, McVie appeared on stage with Fleetwood Mac at London's O2 Arena.
She rejoined the band in October 2014, ready for Fleetwood Mac's On with the Show tour. In 2014 she received the Ivor Novello Award for Lifetime Achievement from the British Academy of Songwriters and Authors. McVie was born in the Lake District village of Bouth and grew up in the Bearwood area of Smethwick near Birmingham, her father, Cyril Percy Absell Perfect, was a concert violinist and music lecturer at St Peter's College of Education, Saltley and taught violin at St Philip's Grammar School, Birmingham. McVie's mother Beatrice Edith Maud Perfect, was a medium and faith healer. McVie's grandfather was an organist at Westminster Abbey. Although McVie was introduced to the piano when she was four, she did not study music until age 11, when she was re-introduced to it by Philip Fisher, a local musician and school friend of McVie's older brother, John. Continuing her classical training until age 15, McVie shifted her musical focus to rock and roll when her brother, came home with a Fats Domino songbook.
Other early influences included The Everly Brothers. McVie studied sculpture at an art college in Birmingham for five years, with the goal of becoming an art teacher. During that time she met a number of budding musicians in Britain's blues scene, her first foray into the music field did not come until she met two friends, Stan Webb and Andy Silvester in a pub one night. At the time, they were playing in a band called Sounds Of Blue. Knowing that McVie had musical talent, they asked her to join, she sang with Spencer Davis. After five years, McVie by that time Sounds of Blue had split up. McVie found she did not have enough money to launch herself into the art world, so she moved to London and worked as a department store window dresser. In 1967 McVie learned that her ex-bandmates, Andy Silvester and Stan Webb, were forming a blues band, Chicken Shack, were looking for a pianist, she wrote to them asking to join, they invited her to play keyboards/piano and to sing background vocals. Chicken Shack's debut release was "It's Okay With Me Baby", featuring McVie.
She stayed with Chicken Shack for two albums, during which her genuine feel for the blues became evident, not only in her Sonny Thompson-style piano playing, but through her authentic "bluesy" voice. Chicken Shack had a hit which featured McVie on lead vocals. McVie received a Melody Maker award for female vocalist in both 1969 and 1970. McVie left Chicken Shack in 1969 after marrying Fleetwood Mac bassist John McVie a year earlier. McVie was a fan of Fleetwood Mac, while touring with Chicken Shack, the two bands would meet, they were "label mates" at Blue Horizon, Fleetwood Mac had asked her to play piano as a session musician for Peter Green's songs on the band's second album, Mr. Wonderful. Encouraged to continue her career, McVie recorded Christine Perfect. After marrying Fleetwood Mac bassist, John McVie, she joined Fleetwood Mac in 1970, she had contributed backup vocals and painted the cover for Kiln House. The band had just lost founding member Peter Green, its members were nervous about touring without him.
McVie had been a huge fan of the Peter Green-era Fleetwood Mac. McVie went on to become an integral member, another lead vocalist, keyboardist of the group and the first album with her as a full-fledged band member was Future Games, it was recorded at London's Advision Studios and included the first with American-born member Bob Welch in place of founding member Jeremy Spencer. Danny Kirwan was still in the band at this point, but he was fired in 1972 after an incident on tour where he refused to perform at a gig after a row with Welch; the early 1970s was a rocky time for the band, with a revolving door of musicians. Furthermore, a group impersonating Fleetwood Mac was touring the United States with encouragement from the band's manager, Clifford Davis; the tour collapsed. In 1974, McVie reluctantly agreed to move with the rest of Fleetwood Mac to the United States. Within a year Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham of Buckingham Nicks joined the band, giving it an added dimension, their first album together, 1975's Fleetwood Mac, had several hit songs, with McVie's "Over My Head" and "Say You Love Me", both reaching Billboard's top-20 singles chart.
It was "Over My Head" which first put Fleetwood Mac on America
Emma Okas Wike is a real estate developer and urban planner from Rivers State, Nigeria. He is the principal partner of the firm Emma Wike & Partners. Wike is a graduate of the Rivers State University of Science and Technology from where he obtained his diploma in Town planning, bachelor's degree in Estate management and master's degree in Environmental management, he has over twenty years of experience in Real estate management acquired from working for companies such as Sam Oduve & Partners, Knight Frank & Rutley and Alagbe & Partners. He is the founding member and managing partner at Emma Partners. On 11 June 2015, he became a board member of the Greater Port Harcourt City Development Authority. In April 2016, he rose from publicity secretary to 2nd vice-president of the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers. Fellow, Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers Member, International Real Estate Federation Member, International Right of Way Association Member, International Facility Management Association Member, African Real Estate Society Greater Port Harcourt City Development Authority Rivers State Ministry of Urban Development Official website
West Perrine is a census-designated place in Miami-Dade County, United States. Prior to the 2000 census it was part of Perrine; the other part of Perrine became the East Perrine CDP for the 2000 census and is now part of the incorporated Village of Palmetto Bay. West Perrine is still an unincorporated area, although some residents have discussed the possibility of incorporating Perrine; the population was 8,600 at the 2000 census. The name derives from a land grant issued to agriculturist. West Perrine is located at 25°36′18″N 80°21′43″W. According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 1.7 square miles, all of it land. The community is located southwest of Miami on U. S. 1. As of the census of 2000, there were 8,600 people, 2,642 households, 2,021 families residing in the CDP; the population density was 4,966.9 people per square mile. There were 2,814 housing units at an average density of 1,625.2/sq mi. The racial makeup of the CDP was 18.92% White 73.41% African American, 0.28% Native American, 1.20% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 3.16% from other races, 2.97% from two or more races.
Hispanic or Latino of any race were 16.29% of the population. There were 2,642 households out of which 39.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 36.6% were married couples living together, 31.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 23.5% were non-families. 19.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.7% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.25 and the average family size was 3.71. In the CDP, the population was spread out with 33.9% under the age of 18, 9.6% from 18 to 24, 27.4% from 25 to 44, 18.9% from 45 to 64, 10.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females, there were 87.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.8 males. The median income for a household in the CDP was $28,420, the median income for a family was $29,987. Males had a median income of $27,383 versus $22,944 for females; the per capita income for the CDP was $12,190. About 30.8% of families and 34.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 52.1% of those under age 18 and 25.0% of those age 65 or over.
As of 2000, speakers of English as a first language accounted for 79.75% of residents, while Spanish made up 17.78%, French Creole was the mother tongue of 2.46% of the population