One of the musical highlights for October was the live recording by the the Howard University Gospel Choir that took place Saturday, October 4 at Cramton Auditorium on the university’s campus.
Under the musical direction of Reginald Golden and Darrell Brown, the choir delivered a rich mixture of songs that captivated the audience, including the ever-popular “Even Me” featuring Victor Brice with Brown narrating.
Many former choir members were in the audience and were acknowledged at the start of the program. Rev. Rosalind Tompkins- Lynch, one of the founding members delivered the opening prayer after the hilariously warm-up by the choir’s business manager, Ray Bramble who has great comedic timing. Praise and worship led by Jarmel Evans.
There were many great performances that featured Sunday Best Season 7 winner Geoffrey Golden (“Rain”), Sunday Best Season 7 contestant and Howard student Ayodele Owolabi (“All The Glory”), Brittney Wright (“He Loves Me” and others.
There was also performances by Howard alum, former musical director and Sunday Best Season 2 contestant Clifton Ross III who recalled how he started directing the choir at age 19 and did so for 7 years. He expressed his excitement about the recording and said he felt like the choir was his “baby.” In addition to performing “Anoint Me Now” with the choir, Ross debuted the beautiful “He Never Changed His Mind,” from his upcoming EP.
The choir delivered “Total Praise” skillfully as gospel great and founding choir member Richard Smallwood looked on in approval.
The hidden gem for the night was certainly the choir’s assistant business manager Kristen Taylor. Known for her business acumen with choir affairs, she effortlessly unleashed her vocal mastery on “Marvelous Things” with Victor Brice. There was a noticeable shift in the already charged atmosphere as all around the room the audience stood, half worshipping, half in awe of the power conveyed in the song.
Spotted in the audience were Jawn Murray, Jeremiah Hicks, James Murphy, Patrick Lundy, Robert E. Person, Kendall King and Ron Magnus, DC Host Commitee Chairman, Gospel Music Heritage Month, as well as a host of other DMV artists who came to support great music, and in some instances, their alma mater.
The album is scheduled for national and international release in 2015 and is being produced by Reginald Golden and Darrell Brown along with Kevin Golden. Grammy Award and Stellar Award-winning producer Kevin Bond serves as production advisor.