Posts Tagged ‘Damien Sneed’

Damien Sneed Calls Levites To NYC

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

DamienSneedDamien Sneed extends an invitation to music ministers, musicians, psalmists, praise and worship leaders, sound engineers, gospel music industry leaders and lovers of gospel music to join him in New York City for the Third Annual Levites Gathering, taking place June 8th-11th at the Cathedral at Greater Faith in the Bronx .

“This year marks our third annual conference,” said  Sneed, who came up with the idea for The Levites’ Gathering. “The inaugural conference was held in Detroit, followed by Washington, DC. Each year The Levites’ Gathering has grown exponentially. “We are delighted that the conference will be held in New York City because it’s known as a city for the arts.”

This year’s event will feature guest speakers Bishop Iona Locke, Prophet Todd Hall, Pastor Kim Burrell, Prophet Andre Cook, Pastor Juandolyn Stokes, Pastor Jonathan Shaw, Pastor John Paul McGee, Pastor San Franklin and Pastor Chantel Wright. Other presenters include Evangelist Rita Womack, Apostle James Duncan, Evangelist Sheilah Vickers, Evangelist Tekesha Russell, Elder Justin Cunningham, Karla Scott, Stanley Brown, Gwendolyn Quinn, Loren Dawson, Steven White and LaTonya Wrenn. Musical artists include Trevon Perry & Divine Purpose, Mike Willis & The Called, Lynette Rhett McNeil, Matia Washington, Tiffany Andrews Woodside, Markita Knight, Cory Campbell, Vincent Bohanan & SOV, and Damien Sneed & The Levites.

Abyssinian Mass CD Debuts In Top 20 on Billboard Chart

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

The recording of Wynton Marsalis’ Abyssinian Mass featuring the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and the 70 voice TAMChorale LeChateau conducted by Damien Sneed takes a bow at #12 on the Billboard Top Gospel Albums chart.  The work celebrates the 200th anniversary of the famed Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem and the recording captures performances from the Abyssinian Mass Tour that took place in 2013.  Its a glorious fusion of church service and big band weaved together and is receiving rave reviews from the Chicago Tribune and the Wall Street Journal.

Wynton Marsalis’ Abyssinian Mass CD Featuring Damien Sneed Set To Release March 18

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

TAMBlue Engine Records will release Wynton Marsalis’ critically acclaimed Abyssinian Mass disc featuring the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra along with Damien Sneed and Chorale LeChateau on March 18th.

Marsalis wrote the Mass in 2008 in commemoration of the 200th anniversary of Harlem’s Abyssinian Baptist Church. In 2013, the JALC Orchestra joined Marsalis on a 16 city tour pairing the orchestra with the multi talented Damien Sneed and his 70 voice Chorale LeChateau for 19 concerts that stretched across the east and the south.   Marsalis shared these sentiments:”Many of the greatest jazz musicians today come out of the church. The church is one of the last places that retain the actual feeling of the blues in sound and also the call-and-response rituals that are central to our music”. “The principal fact of The Abyssinian Mass – the feeling that we want you to come away with – is uplift through the way that we all come together.”Damien and Wynton

In addition to the 2 discs covering 20 musical offerings, the Abyssinian Mass includes a bonus documentary DVD featuring performances, interviews and insights behind the music.

Damien Sneed and Chorale LeChateau Participate In Holiday Sing In NY

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

Damien directsFamed songwriter/composer and producer Damien Sneed brightens the holidays with music as his acclaimed Chorale LeChateau joins the Orchestra of St. Luke’s in its 4th Annual “Holiday Sing” concert on Friday, December 18th 

I am totally thrilled to have the opportunity to orchestrate and arrange music for the Orchestra of St. Luke’s,” says Sneed. “I grew up listening to their Grammy Award-winning projects they recorded with my mentors Jessye Norman, Wynton Marsalis, Kathleen Battle and Renee Fleming. This will be another surreal experience that is definitely beyond my wildest imagination.”

Sneed and Chorale LeChateau’s performance was captured in the film Everyone Has a Place as they joined famed trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra for the celebrated Abyssinian Mass.


Damien Sneed Inks Deal With Central South, Featured In PBS Documentary

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

Damien directsDamien Sneed announced news of a distribution agreement with Central South for his LeChateau Earl Records label and the March 3rd release of his highly anticipated double disc Broken To Minister featuring the Levites. The CD was recorded live in Baltimore during the Church of God in Christ Auxiliaries in Ministry Convention.

The works of Sneed and his Chorale LeChateau will be featured alongside jazz great Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in the PBS documentary Everyone Has A Place premiering in Charlotte on February 3rd and will air in selected markets across the country throughout the Spring.  The documentary was filmed at Charlotte’s Friendship Missionary Baptist Church during the 16-city national tour of the Abysinnian Mass.

Tekesha Russell Sings of Wondrous Things on Debut CD

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

LeChateau Earl Records annTR Coverounces the  digital release of Wondrous Things, the debut release of singer/songwriter and worshiper Tekesha Russell.  Wondrous Things is the fourth release from the label, which was founded by  celebrated producer and recording artist Damien Sneed and noted pastor, preacher, evangelist and author Bishop Iona Locke. 

“Tekesha is a modern-day David”, exclaims Bishop Locke. This project is a compilation of thoughts and conversations with God, as well as observations about the world around her. Wondrous Things has a sound of its own, unlike anything that we have heard in gospel music. The uniqueness of this worship album takes us into the heart and mind of Russell, a gifted songwriter and an amazingly skilled vocalist. The single and title track exclaims how God only does wondrous things. “I’m really excited about seeing God’s promises fulfilled in this CD,” says Russell. “I was able to realize a dream of not just singing but composing and actually seeing my writing published. For a first project, this was a good marriage of composition and musicianship. I actually get to bring maximum glory to God.”  Look for Wondrous Things at CDBaby, Amazon and iTunes.


Lawrence Brownlee and Damien Sneed Bring Spirituals To Lincoln Center

Friday, January 24th, 2014

Opera star LawrencBrownleee Brownlee and celebrated pianist/composer/conductor  Damien Sneed will celebrate African American spirituals and church music as they present music from their CD Spiritual Sketches (LeChateau Earl Records) on Wednesday January 29th.   The concert is part of Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series. Brownlee made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2013 and was a featured performer at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo Italy while Sneed toured the country conducting Wynton Marsalis’ Abysinian Mass with the Jazz at Lincoln Center orchestra and his Chorale LeChateau. Sneed also participated in the BMI tribute to Richard Smallwood during this year’s Stellar Award weekend. DamienSneed

Spiritual Sketches continues to receive critical acclaim from audiences across the country.  Octogenarian and celebrated preacher Reverend Clay Evans was moved to tears upon hearing the duo’s performance of All Night, All Day.  “Angels Watching Over Me just so happens to be one of my favorites”, said Rev. Evans, founding pastor of Chicago’s Fellowship Baptist Church, “but Lawrence adds something to it when he sings it”.  “The only thing missing from the song is me bidding everybody a good evening, go on home, go to bed, pull the covers up all around you, go on to sleep knowing that the Angels will be there and when you get up in the morning, everything is gonna be alright”.  Spiritual Sketches is available digitally via iTunes, Amazon and CD Baby.

Damien Sneed Receives Prestigious Award From Sphinx Foundation

Monday, January 6th, 2014

Damien Sneed is a recipient of the 2014 Medal of Excellence from the Sphinx Foundation.  The organization honors three outstanding artists of color who demonstrate  artistic excellence, outstanding IMG_0101work ethic, a spirit of determination, and great potential for leadership. Sneed will be recognized along with Carla Dirlikov and Pedrito Martinez at the official Sphinx Medal of Excellence luncheon and a black-tie private dinner in Washington, D.C. 2013 was a whirlwind year for the Grammy nominated producer, as he and his group The Levites completed a European tour, released Spiritual Sketches, a collaboration with world renowned operatic tenor Lawrence Brownlee and received national commendation for his role in conducting legendary trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and his own Chorale Le Chateau during a multicity tour for the Abyssinian Mass.

Dorinda Clark Cole Takes SMAC to LA

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

For over 10 years, Dorinda Clark Cole has hosted her annual Singers and Musicians Arts Conference in her hometown of Detroit, Michigan.  This year, she decDorinda SMCided to package the conference and “take it on the road”.   On Decmeber 5th, all roads will lead to Los Angeles, California as SMAC makes its way to the Bishop Craig Worsham’s Peoples Independent Church. The three day confab features a musical extravaganza, new artist showcase and workshops featuring some of the top names in gospel including Tasha Page Lockhart, Teddy Campbell, David Daughtry, Damien Sneed,  Neily Dickerson, Eric Dawkins, Asaph Ward, Gerald Haddon, Jason White, Shep Crawford and many more.

Getting In The Spirit With Wynton Marsalis

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Damien and WyntonNine time Grammy Award winner Wynton Marsalis culls through his rich collection of recordings from the Columbia and Sony Classical labels for a very special compilation titled The Spiritual Side Of Wynton Marsalis hitting stores and digital outlets everywhere on October 22nd .

The release of The Spiritual Side Of Wynton Marsalis coincides with the month-long “Abyssinian: A Gospel Celebration Tour” featuring the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, conductor Damien Sneed, and 70-voice Chorale Le Chateau. Marsalis serves as Managing and Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Among the gems on the CD are performances from Evangelist Shirley Caesar and a previously unreleased performance of Thomas Dorsey’s “Precious Lord, Take My Hand,” by gospel legend Marion Williams.