Calvin Simon talks Parliament/Funkadelic, switching to gospel music and more

Calvin Simon
Calvin Simon
Published March 22, 2017

Parliament/Funkadelic founding member and vocalist Calvin Simon remembers the old days, but he doesn't refer to them as good.

He enjoyed the music and at times the success which landed him in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. But he served a year in Vietnam at age 26, and now suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. He spent decades enduring violent flashbacks and urges to commit murder.

It wasn't until he suffered a heart attack in 2001 that Simon found healing. He turned to Christianity before undergoing major surgery.

"I made a promise to the Lord, if I made it through my operation, I would spend the rest of my days serving him," says Simon, 74, who now lives in San Antonio in Pasco County. "That's when Jesus Christ really came into my life and I left the band I was in to do gospel music."

Simon recently released his second gospel album, It's Not Too Late. Click here for details.

For more of Sarah Whitman's interview with Simon, click here.