4/22/18 O&A NYC GOSPEL SUNDAY: The Caravans – Mary Don’t You Weep featuring Inez Andrews

GOSPEL SUNDAY

Robert Anderson started The Caravans in 1947. The group reached its peak popularity during the 1950s and 1960s, launching the careers of a number of artists, including: Albertina Walker, Delores Washington, Inez Andrews, Shirley Caesar, Reverend James Cleveland, Dorothy Norwood, Bessie Griffin, Josephine Howard, and Loleatta Holloway.

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4/15/18 O&A NYC GOSPEL SUNDAY: Kirk Franklin Salute To The Godfather Rev. Timothy Wright

The Kirk Franklin Salute to The Godfather Rev. Timothy Wright at the 2009 Stellar Awards. Continue reading

4/1/18 O&A NYC DANCE- GOSPEL SUNDAY EXTRA: I Wanna Be Ready- Matthew Rushing

On March 30, 1958, the dancer and choreographer Alvin Ailey (1931-1989) launched his company, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, at a performance in New York City that forever changed the face of American dance. He was 27 years old.

In honor of the Company’s 60th anniversary, Matthew Rushing – a 25-year veteran of the Ailey company — performed the iconic solo “I Wanna Be Ready” from Mr. Ailey’s classic work, Revelations. Filmed in Rogers, Texas, where Mr. Ailey was born and lived as a young child, Mr. Rushing’s performance features live accompaniment by five local singers.

I Wanna Be Ready

4/1/18 O&A NYC EASTER GOSPEL SUNDAY: Daryl Coley- When Sunday Comes

When Sunday Comes performed by Daryl Coley was featured on Donald Lawrence‘s 1995 gospel narrative album Bible Stories (1995).  Continue reading

4/1/18 O&A NYC EASTER GOSPEL SUNDAY: Daryl Coley- When Sunday Comes

When Sunday Comes performed by Daryl Coley was featured on Donald Lawrence‘s 1995 gospel narrative album Bible Stories (1995).  Continue reading

3/30/18 O&A NYC GOOD FRIDAY SONG OF THE DAY: Calvary- Richard Smallwood

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Richard Smallwood’s Calvary, led by Maurette Brown Clark, Darlene Simmons, and Carolene Hatchet, combines good compositional form with strong dramatic narrative elements creating a true gospel classic. 

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3/18/18 O&A NYC GOSPEL SUNDAY- CELEBRATING WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH: Sister Rosetta Tharpe – Didn’t It Rain

GOSPEL SUNDAYSister Rosetta Tharpe

Sister Rosetta Tharpe, is a pioneer of twentieth-century music. Tharpe attained great popularity in the 1930s and 1940s with her gospel recordings that were a unique mixture of spiritual lyrics and rhythmic/early rock accompaniment.  She became gospel music’s first crossover artist and its first great recording star. Continue reading

3/4/18 O&A NYC SUNDAY AFTERNOON JAZZ CONCERT: Mary Lou’s Mass-Excerpt Featuring The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Alvin Ailey’s collaboration with jazz pianist and composer Mary Lou Williams, two artists who shared roots and memories in the southern church, is a deeply spirited theatrical experience.
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3/4/18 O&A NYC GOSPEL SUNDAY: Jekalyn Carr- You Will Win

 Jekalyn Almonique Carr, independent artist, Grammy nominated urban contemporary gospel artist  evangelist, entrepreneur and musician, has a chart climbing single entitled You Will Win. Continue reading

2/25/18 O&A NYC GOSPEL SUNDAY: Dottie Peoples- On Time God And More

GOSPEL SUNDAY

Dottie Peoples has been a star in the gospel music industry for more than 30 years, since she was nine years old. Called the Songbird of the South by Atlanta WAOK radio announcer Brother Esmond Patterson, Peoples won the top four honors at the 1995 Stellar Awards with her album, On Time God. Continue reading