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 decided 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.
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Nine 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 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.
Music from 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.
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 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 love 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 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
Music 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.
Master songwriter, pianist and conductor Damien Sneed is one of the headliners for the 2013-2014 Concert and Education Season at the prestigious Jazz at Lincoln Center. JALC announced the lineup for its new season and Abyssinian: A Gospel Celebration featuring Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with the 70-voice Chorale Le Chateau conducted by Damien Sneed is one of the highlights.
Marsalis composed the Abyssinian Mass in 2008 in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Abyssinian Baptist Church on West 138th Street in Harlem. The JALC Orchestra and Chorale Le Chateau will embark upon a 16 city U S tour during the month of October.Following the tour, Sneed will host 2 Jazz Meets Gospel concerts as part of the Jazz for Young People Series in addition to a listening party featuring new music from his Broken To Minister CD recorded live in Baltimore this past summer.
Great things are happening for Damien Sneed. Following his tenure as Season 4 Music Director for BET’s hit show Sunday Best, Sneed joined Wynton Marsalis in performance at the opening of the 2012 Olympics, accompanied opera diva Jessye Norman at the International AIDS conference Gala, made his debut at Carnegie Hall, toured Spain with the Coro de Gospel de Madrid and accompanied Rhonda Ross at the Presidential Inaugural Ball.
In addition to his travels as music director for Karen Clark Sheard, Sneed now gears up for the imminent release of a compilation on his newly formed LeChateau Earl Records label on February 12th. With music from his own Introspections CD featuring his group The Levites and Kingdom Victory Live, the musical debut of Bishop Iona Locke, LeChateau Earl Records is poised to take its place as a gospel music staple.
At radio is Here With You , featuring an unforgettable guest vocal performance by Light Records’ recent signee Anaysha Figueroa Cooper. Both Bishop Locke and Damien Sneed will tour in support of the CD release.