Songs of Faith and Hope with Shawn E. Okpebholo

February 12, 2022, 4:00 pm

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Headshot of Shawn Okpebholo, looking straight at camera wearing black half-frame glasses and white t-shirt.,
Shawn Okpebholo (Photo: Greg Halvorsen Scheck)

An interview with composer Shawn E. Okpebholo on writing music that celebrates faith and hope over hate and fear, collaborating with Will Liverman and J’Nai Bridges, and his new album “Lord, How Come Me Here?”

 

Learn more about the composer at his website.

Playlist

Traditional, arr. Shawn E. Okpebholo: Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
Will Liverman, baritone
Cain Thomason-Redus, flute
Paul Sánchez, piano
Lord, How Come Me Here? – Spirituals, Folk Hymns, and Art Song Reimagined
Navona Records NV-6418

Traditional, arr. Okpebholo: Lord, How Come Me Here?
J’Nai Bridges, mezzo-soprano
Leonardo Altino, cello
Lord, How Come Me Here? – Spirituals, Folk Hymns, and Art Song Reimagined
Navona Records NV-6418

Traditional, arr. Okpebholo: He’s Got the Whole World In His Hands
J’Nai Bridges, mezzo-soprano
Paul Sánchez, piano
Lord, How Come Me Here? – Spirituals, Folk Hymns, and Art Song Reimagined
Navona Records NV-6418

Traditional, arr. Okpebholo: Oh Freedom!
Will Liverman, baritone
Paul Sánchez, piano
Okpebholo: Steal Away


Traditional, arr. Okpebholo: I Want to Die Easy When I Die / Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child
J’Nai Bridges, mezzo-soprano
Will Liverman, baritone
Paul Sánchez, piano
Okpebholo: Steal Away

John R. Sweney: Give Me Jesus
Jessye Norman, soprano
Ambrosian Singers
Willis Patterson, conductor
Jessye Norman – Spirituals

Philips 4164622

Traditional, arr. Damien Sneed: All Night, All Day
Lawrence Brownlee, tenor
Damien Sneed, piano
Spiritual Sketches
LeChateau Earl Records