No one can categorize Bobby McFerrin. His music is a universal expression of rhythm, tone, timbre, genre, spirit, and soul. 10 Grammy Awards gives an idea of his musical genius, but history, longevity, and unique composition are the true essence of a man embracing world cultures musically. McFerrin, a native of Brooklyn, New York, was born to classically trained singers. His father Robert McFerrin, Sr. was the first African-American male to perform a solo at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, and he sung the vocals for Sidney Poitier in the 1959 Samuel Goldwyn movie production of Porgy and Bess.