Thanksgiving Week – Day 3

  1. I Just Want to Say Thank You Myrna Summers 6:52

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Evangelist Myrna Summers is the Minister of Music at Reid Temple A.M.E. Church in Glendale, Maryland. Myrna is the leader of the church’s five choirs, orchestra and is the Director of Reid Temple’s Mass Choir. Prior to joining and assuming her duties at Reid Temple A.M.E Church in 1999, Myrna was Minister of Music at Refreshing Spring COGIC in Riverdale, Maryland.

Myrna, a Washington, D.C. native, has been performing professionally for over four decades in the United States and Europe. Her strong and energy filled alto voice has earned her numerous honors and awards. She was nominated for Grammy Awards for her original compositions “God Gave Me a Song” and “Give Me Something to Hold on To”. In 1970, Myrna was the recipient of the Mahalia Jackson Award. Her 1982 recording of “Uncloudy Day” has become a gospel classic. She received a Stellar Award in 1989 for Best Traditional Gospel Artist (Female). Myrna has performed at Madison Square Garden in New York; The Apollo Theatre in New York; The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.; The Lincoln Center in New York; and in London, England and Frankfurt, Germany.

  1. I Have So Much To Be Thankful For Georgia Mass Choir 4:00

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The magic began in 1983 in Macon, Georgia, when the Georgia Mass Choir was organized by the Rev. Milton Biggham, who signed up the finest singers in the region, ranging in age from 13 through 70. Biggham not only is founder, lead singer and major songwriter for the choir; he is director of Savoy Records-the choir’s label, which is a gospel division of Malaco Records.

The highly acclaimed gospel choir reached a musical milestone with the November 1996 release of an eight spectacular album, The Georgia Mass Choir: Greatest Hits. The world also heard the Georgia Mass in the globally televised 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, during which the choir performed six times-including in the Opening Ceremonies and the healing re-opening ceremonies of Olympic Centennial Park, after the bombing.

The 150-member group has continued to be honored with Stellar, Grammy and Dove Award nominations. This faith-filled vocal powerhouse also is featured in Disney’s major motion picture, The Preacher’s Wife. Three of the choir’s signature songs from Greatest Hits-He’s All Over Me, Joy and Hold On, Help Is On The Way-are on the movie’s soundtrack CD. Preacher’s Wife star and recording superstar Whitney Houston leads choir selections.