Posts Tagged ‘Spiritual Sketches’

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.

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.

 

 

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.