San Francisco, CA – Multiple Grammy-winning musician, producer, and musical director Narada Michael Walden (who has produced hits for Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, and Mariah Carey among many others) brought together top gospel musicians in the Bay Area for the Mill Valley Great Gospel Show at the Sweetwater Musical Hall. It was a standing-room-only night of spirit-moving, hand-clapping, soul-lifting musical power, covering songs by Mahalia, Aretha, and more. From that amazing evening of inspired performance, comes NARADA’S GREAT GOSPEL SHOW LIVE – 10 amazing #GreatGospel Songs captured live at the show plus 2 special bonus studio single tracks, Get Together and Oh Happy Day! The LIVE set opens with a powerful message number, Said I Wasn’t Gonna Tell Nobody (Couldn’t Keep it to Myself) from Narada’s Great Gospel Choir, infusing the audience with an atmosphere of great expectation. Powerful Gospel Favorites like Break Every Chain (Cornell “C.C.” Carter), The Old Landmark (April Wright-Hickerson), and He’s Got the Whole Word In His Hands (Jeanie Tracy) come together with uplifting pop favorites like Bridge Over Troubled Water (Naté Soulsanger) and Freedom (Narada Michael Walden himself!). Down to the last audience-on-its-feet-hollering-for-one-more “Oh Happy Day” note, this special night of #GreatGospel is an amazing musical experience. In addition, LIVE includes two popular new 50th anniversary celebration studio singles: the chart-topping pop Gospel favorite Oh Happy Day and Get Together, the iconic Top 40 hit popularized by Jesse Colin Young and his band, The Youngbloods. Both singles were recorded in Narada’s world-famous Tarpan Studios – often called the “Motown of Marin” for its ability to produce chart-topping hits. “I am proud of our country America,” Narada explains, “I saw the struggle of the Sixties, racial divide escalating and Vietnam wars dividing us at our core. Like Marvin Gaye said: “What’s Going On?” Music was our salve for healing. Soothing pop songs like “Get Together” and “Oh Happy Day!” – a live cut in a church – proved to be what we all needed to hear in 68-69! These sounds helped us get thru the most turbulent of times. It is my prayer that these songs, 50 years later, will inspire a change for the better again.” “Get Together” and “Oh Happy Day” originated in the Bay Area fifty years ago and have firmly established themselves in Gospel History. Today, Narada draws upon their beautiful legacy and presents them with a passion and energy, bringing them perfectly into the world of today – which, just like 1968, needs the healing and hope that great music can offer in turbulent times. Rusty Watson, Edwin Hawkins’ musical director for 25 years, joined Narada Michael Walden on stage, and together with the best of Bay area musicians and singers, they delivered this show with intensity and an on-point message. NARADA’S GREAT GOSPEL SHOW LIVE is available on Amazon, iTunes, Google Play.
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