In the Stewart family archive there is a picture of
the Stewart Four. Eldest sister Loretta poised at the piano, fingers
at the ready, seemingly taking direction from the Lord Himself. Sylvester
looking wise like Solomon, Rose intense, Freddie, even then spiritually
dapper. The baby Vaetta has her head cocked to the side, ready to sing.
Vaetta "Vet" Stone's evolution would eventually culminate in the creation
of Little Sister, a dynamic trio of women
who were an integral part of Sly & The Family Stone from the beginning.
Prior to Little Sister , Vet was recruited into the gospel group, "The Heavenly Tones" of The Ephesians Church Of God In Christ in Berkeley, CA. The other members were Elva Mouton, Mary McCreary and Tramaine Hawkins. Gospel legends James Cleveland, Shirley Caesar and Albertina Walker were mentors of the group. James Cleveland produced their first album on the renown Savoy label. The "Tones" sang with all the top names in gospel music at the time.
Big Momma and Poppa Stewart
At age 17 Vet suffered a serious illness which nearly curtailed her career.
predictions of the Doctors, Vet was miraculously healed in a very short
time and joined Sly & The Family Stone as a backing vocalist, which
preceded Rose Stone joining the group.
She went on the road with the group, playing such interesting venues as Lil'
Bo Peeps in San Francisco, The Sugar Shack in Boston, celebrated Madison Square
Garden and legendary Woodstock.
Sly started writing material for Little Sister. The group came to fruition
with the addition of Elva Mouton and Mary McCreary, who also went on
the road with The Family Stone .
2005 finds Vet a member of the Praise & Worship Team at Evangelist
Temple Fellowship Center in Vallejo, California, Pastored by her brother,
Elder Frederick Stewart (Freddie Stone). Formerly the Choir Director,
Vet's Music Ministry includes the founding of her group, Phunk
Phamily Affair - recently renamed by Sly himself as The Family Stone Band - rocking houses from San Francisco to New York.
CO-founding members include Cynthia Robinson (Sly & The Family Stone),
Lisa Stone (daughter of Rose) and Grammy winning vocalist Skyler Jett.
For more information, please visit www.familystoneband.com.
It's no mystery music lovers! The Stone Family is still making history. We encourage you to return to this site for updates on this exciting venture...
Funk Music is alive!