- My Soul Doth Magnify the Lord O'Landa Draper and The Associates 3:28
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) was a Grammy Award-winning Gospel music artist. He was the founder of the Associates Choir and considered to be one of the top gospel artists in the 1990s. Draper was nominated for the Grammy Award, Stellar Awards and the Dove Award multiple times.
Draper was known for his choir directing style. Songs that were well-known by fans of Draper’s work were, “My Soul Doth Magnify the Lord”, “Lift the Savior Up, “Stand Up”, Gotta Feelin'”, “He Touched Me”, and “Give It Up”.
Draper grew up in Alabama and Washington D.C. listening to gospel music as a child. His late mother, Marie Draper, was a gospel music promoter and artist, and was a main reason for his fascination in the genre. When he was 13, he moved to Memphis and attended Overton High School (Memphis, Tennessee) where he joined a glee club. He began to write and sing gospel music in the club. After he finished his musical studies in high school, he moved on to the Memphis State where he directed the school’s choir. After school he would work part-time for Federal Express.
In 1985, he formed his own choir and named them “The Associates” in Memphis, Tennessee. Gospel artist Earnest Pugh was once a member of The Associates.
On July 21, 1998, only weeks after his recording of “Reflections”, Draper died of renal failure at age 34.