The Holidays are here. So, up until Christmas (and days after), Music Spotlight Tuesday will feature Christmas music.
There is no better way to kick off the merry season than with Handel's Messiah: A Soulful Celebration. It is exactly what the title describes: a soulful compilation of Handel's Messiah.
Released in 1992, this album features some of the best and brightest in music. In fact, it won the 1992 GRAMMY Award for Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album. That is very telling of the quality of this project, which was co-produced by Gail Hamilton, Norman Miller, and Mervyn Warren (a founding member of Take 6).
When artists such as Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Daryl Coley, Patti Austin, Tramaine Hawkins, Stevie Wonder, Take 6, Sounds of Blackness, The Boys Choir of Harlem, The Richard Smallwood Singers, Commissioned, The Clark Sisters, Al Jarreau, and Tevin Campbell are all included on a single album- which also features a track conducted by Quincy Jones- it would be difficult to expect anything less than a classic product.
Handel's Messiah: A Soulful Interpretation is a must-have for your holiday tunes.
Below are my Top 5 Favorite Songs from the album. Enjoy!
1. "Oh Thou that Tellest Good Tidings to Zion"- Stevie Wonder & Take 6
2. "And He Shall Purify"- Tramaine Hawkins
3. "Lift Up Your Heads, O Ye Gates"- Commissioned & The Clark Sisters
4. "Rejoice Greatly, O Daughter of Zion"- The Richard Smallwood Singers
5. "Hallelujah"- Various Artists