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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.

Damien Sneed and Wynton Marsalis Headline Gospel Celebration Tour

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

Damien and WyntonDamien Sneed will conduct the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis along with the 70 voice Chorale Le Chateau for Abyssinian: A Gospel Celebration visiting select cities throughout the United States beginning in October.

The Abyssinian Mass, composed by Marsalis honors the 200th anniversary of Harlem’s Abyssinian Baptist Church and is a collaboration of  jazz, gospel, instrumentation and vocals. The tour kicks off in Chapel Hill, North Carolina on October 3rd and includes stops at Washington DC’s prestigious Kennedy Center and the Black Academy of Arts and Letters in Dallas, Texas.

Chorale Le Chateau is prominently featured throughout the mass and is recognized for their stirring rendition of God Bless America, released digitally via Amazon and iTunes earlier this year.

Lawrence Brownlee and Damien Sneed Featured On NPR’s All Things Considered

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

Music fromSpiritual Sketches Cover Spiritual Sketches, the LeChateau Earl Records release from celebrated tenor Lawrence Brownlee and master pianist Damien Sneed was featured on the weekend edition of National Public Radio’s All Things Considered program.  NPR Music’s Tom Huizenga notes that the record does a great job of blending Brownlee’s awesome opera technique with very soulful singing.  All Things Considered host Jacki Lyden echoed Huizenga and said that Sneed and Brownlee’s powerful performance of  All Night, All Day is reminiscent of “Sunday Morning” and puts tears in your eyes.

Sneed and Brownlee celebrated the release of Sketches with a performance at Harlem’s historic Abyssinian Baptist Church as well as a Meet the Artist session at the Apple Store in Soho New York.

 

 

Damien Sneed Releases God Bless America Single

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

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LeChateau Earl Records announced the release of God Bless America, an arrangement of the American classic by Damien Sneed and Chorale LeChateau featuring  Chenee Campbell.

Sneed had this to say of the release of the single.  “It feels as if our nation is under siege. Senseless gun violence plagues our inner city neighborhoods with no regard for the lives of the innocent. Fires, floods, tornadoes, continually test us – our hope and faith are daily diminished. If there was ever a time that we needed to join together in continual prayers for our nation, that time is now. It is our hope that hearing this arrangement of God Bless America will draw us to prayer.”

Chorale Le Chateau is developing a remarkable reputation for its vivid interpretations of vocal literature, from Renaissance period pieces to jazz, spirituals, gospel, and avant garde contemporary music. This musical ensemble will join legendary jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis for a multi-city tour of the Abyssinian Mass.

The “God Bless America” release is one of several projects from Le Chateau Earl Records. In June, the label will release, Spiritual Sketches, another eagerly awaited project featuring the lead single “All Night, All Day” by Sneed and world-renowned tenor Lawrence Brownlee. In addition, a live recording from Damien Sneed featuring The Levites is scheduled for the summer as well as the album debut of newcomer Tekesha Russell.

Lawrence Brownlee and Damien Sneed Team Up For Spiritual Sketches

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

BrownleeLawrence Brownlee carries the distinction of being one of the most sought after singers in classical music today.  The international opera star paired up with his friend, Grammy award nominated producer and pianist  Damien Sneed for Spiritual Sketches,  a ten song set containing traditional spirituals scheduled for a June release on Sneed’s LeChateau Earl record label.

Brownlee used his experiences growing up as a child in church as a backdrop for the disc. “My musical background started with exposure to church music. I come from an extremely musical family, with both parents being gifted singers. My father was also the church choir director. There was a lDamienSneedove of music that was passed on to me and my five siblings; all of them are still involved in music to varying degrees. That early exposure in addition to a strong music education throughout all my years of schooling allowed me to be influenced by so many styles of music including classical, jazz, gospel. As a singer of color, I felt the unique responsibility not only to carry a torch that has been passed on by my predecessors, but to expand on the traditional negro spirituals.”

Brownlee and Sneed have performed selections from the disc as part of his solo recital tour.  Their captivating rendition of All Night All Day has been met with standing ovations at each performance.  Brownlee will do a special in store performance on June 9th at the Apple Store in New York and the disc will be available on iTunes on June 11th.

Damien Sneed Plans DVD Recording For July 6th

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

Damien Sneed JulyDamien Sneed announced a Live DVD taping for his group, The Levites in Baltimore on July 6th.  Sneed and The Levites took top honors at this year’s Gospel Heritage Conference Showcase and their hit Broken To Minister featuring Bishop Iona Locke is touching the lives of people across the country.

His latest offering, the LeChateau Earl Records Compilation featuring the hit singles Broken To Minister and Here With You is available via iTunes and Amazon.com

New Music Tuesday Highlights from Tye Tribbett, Javen and Damien Sneed

Monday, April 1st, 2013

Tribbett Same GodMusic Lovers Rejoice as the wait is over (well kinda).  Tye Tribbett’s Same God single that caused a stir at this year’s Stellar Awards drops on iTunes on April 2nd. Also hitting the marketplace is Javen releasing his single (the) Worshipper In Me featuring Jonathan Nelson and the LeChateau Earl Records compilation featuring the hit Broken to Minister from Bishop Iona Locke and Here With You from Damien Sneed and the Levites featuring Anaysha Figueroa Cooper.