Allen A.M.E. Cathedral, April 2003
In the Fall of 1993, Rev. Timothy Wright had a vision to bring together all of New York's Gospel choirs and form one mass choir for one night only. That vision resulted in The New York Fellowship Mass Choir album which featured "Come Thou Almighty King", "Praise The Name of Jesus" and many others.
That album featured Donnie McClurkin, Valerie Boyd, Hezekiah Walker, Eric McDaniels, Maurette Brown-Clark among several other artists.
In January of 2003, Rev. Wright had a vision to reunite the NY Fellowship Choir after 10 years. The event took place at the Allen A.M.E. Cathedral in Queens, NY on April 28, 2003. From beginning to end, this night was very special.
The evening featured many of the original participants of the NY Mass Choir. On the title track, "United, We Stand", Pastor Hezekiah Walker, Valerie Boyd and Rev. Wright share lead duties.
"You Lifted Me" is a sweet duet with Rev. Wright and Maurette Brown-Clark out front. Hidden Beach recording artist, saxophonist Mike Phillips sets the tone on the David Bratton-penned "House of the Lord". "My Desire" is a brilliant masterpiece featuring writer Demitrius Griffin. "Miracle" is a straight ahead Rev. Wright classic with its heavy bass-driven groove.
Keith "Wonderboy" Johnson shines on two of the album's tracks, the extremely churchy "I'll Serve the Lord" and the down home southern anthem "Jesus is a Friend of Mine". Professor James Hall's "Grateful" will also garner alot of attention. The sleeper track might be "I Know a Man" featuring up and coming NY artist, Earl Jones Jr.
The album was produced by Dwayne Wright (who also served as musical director), David Wright, and Donny Wright. There were about 20 musicians on this project which gives every song its own unique sound. Among them are The Wright Bros.(Donny, David, Derrick and Dwayne), Melvin Crispell, Travis Sayles and Juan "Natural" Najera.
The CD, DVD, and VHS video will all be released in stores on August 12, 2003, with two album release concerts scheduled, one at the Gospel Music Workshop of America on August 13, 2003, in Tampa Bay, Florida, and the second in New York on a date to be announced.
Some photos from the historic evening are presented in the sidebar above, and also below:
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