Another song from the Gospel Music Workshop of America Mass Choir recorded in Salt Lake City in 1992.
- All Is Well Gospel Music Workshop of America (GMWA) Mass Choir 5:56
The song was written by Elder Roger Hairston, pastor of the Temple of Faith C.L.G. (Church of the Loving God) in Columbus OH. He also directed the choir on this recording. Elder Hairston is one of many, many, Hairstons who have been pastors and/or involved with gospel music. One of the better know Hairstons was Jester Hairston, an American composer, songwriter, arranger, choral conductor, and actor. He was regarded as a leading expert on Negro spirituals and choral music. (He arranged a version of “Elijah Rock” that Joyful Voices perfromed. The “other” version of “Elijah Rock” was arranged by Mose Hogan). His notable compositions include “Amen,” a gospel-tinged theme from the film “Lilies of the Field” and a 1963 hit for The Impressions, and the Christmas song “Mary’s Boy Child”. He also made many appearances on radio (Amos and Andy) and television (Amen, Family Matters, etc.)
The story of the Hairston dynasty is remarkable and is documented in the book “The Hairstons: An American Family in Black and White”.