I was backstage at the Legendary Symphony Hall in Newark, NJ at the “Gospel at the Roots” Concert honoring the newly elected Mayor, the Honorable Mayor Ras Baraka. Where I had the privilege of conducting backstage interviews with Thee Dr. Albert J. Lewis and a few seasoned members of the Voices of Victory and Newark’s Special Ensemble.
It was a delightful evening of worship and praise through song as the 3 time Stellar Award Winner Anthony and Group TherAPy took us to church the old time way with some good ole hymns and showed us why we have a Testimony. Immediately Newark Embraced Brown and stood to their feet in Joy certainly displaying Gospel Music at its Roots.
The Special Ensemble of New Jersey also performed. They are a group of young people ages ranging from 13-21 from all over New Jersey. They all met in Summer of 2010 Music Enrichment Program at Symphony Hall. Through their love of Gospel Music they formed The Special Ensemble and has been singing ever since. They brought the house down with their rendition of I Feel Like Going and a few others. These young people truly know how to Give God Praise!
Newark’s Legendary Choir, The Voices of Victory comprised of citizens of Newark where the oldest member is 89 years old lead by Dr. Albert J. Lewis and still singing for Jesus! Of course they accurately displayed Gospel Music at it’s roots by singing songs like Only a Look at Jesus.
I also had the privilege of meeting Mr. Leon Denmark, the Executive Director of Newark Symphony Hall and was able to get a photo opp.
Last but not least the evening ended with Sir Richard Smallwood and Vision giving us every Richard Smallwood standard from Anthem of Praise to Total Praise. The night was truly a night to remember and Newark really benefited from this treat.
To Listen to Interviews with the Artists Tune in to Indeed w/Rhenotha Whitaker Radio Show this Wednesday at 6pm.
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