Who Is the Real Father?

Sinikithemba Choir is an all-female HIV-positive South African choir. The only available CD is “Living Hope” released 2003. I had the privilege to hear them perform at Harvard’s Memorial Church when the group was on tour many years ago; a very moving event. I love African music and this song just grabs me when I … Read more and listen Who Is the Real Father?

Handel’s Messiah: A Soulful Celebration

So, lots of people know the “Hallelujah” [since we are performing it in two days I HOPE everyone knows it!!] from “Soulful Celebration”, but not many have heard the other 15 tracks that make up the entire piece (15 additional tracks not counting the Overture which I omitted). As a public service I am posting … Read more and listen Handel’s Messiah: A Soulful Celebration

This Too Shall Pass

James Cleveland and Charles (“Charlie”) Fold sing a great duet on the first few verses, and then the choir falls in. They may not have the most melodious voices, but together they are just right and compliment each other. Don’t miss the end; it’s a great vamp and great fun when Cleveland gets the audience … Read more and listen This Too Shall Pass

My Soul Doth Magnify The Lord

This is one fine piece of a capella singing, and the live recording with the enthusiastic audience is electric. The song is so powerful and perfectly delivered, it is a performance most other choirs could only dream of achieving. This is one of my personal favorites. O’Landa Draper (September 29, 1964 – July 21, 1998) … Read more and listen My Soul Doth Magnify The Lord

All the Way

From the album “I Don’t Know Why” by The National Convention of Choirs & Choruses. Released: 1983. As Thomas Dorsey traveled, the popularity of the gospel choir or chorus began to spread. It was through this that Dorsey saw a need to organize these choirs collectively into unions. The first Gospel choral union was organized … Read more and listen All the Way

When It’s All Over

The day after the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. preached at Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church in 1964, construction crews rolled off the lot of the church’s future sanctuary, leaving a steel frame on the corner of Princeton Avenue and 45th Place. For eight years, that steel frame stood as a symbol of the clash between … Read more and listen When It’s All Over

He Lives

Don’t let the cheesy strings on the electronic keyboard at the start throw you…it soon gives way to a mighty Hammond B3 and the song takes off from there. And talk about some vocal Olympics (starting abound 1:40)! YIKES. Rev. Timothy Wright once said, “I thank God for the memory of the late Dr. James … Read more and listen He Lives