O'landa Draper and the Associates
Celebration of Life

Myrrh Records is the first out of the blocks with what will surely be one of several comemorative projects for the late groundbreaking Gospel choir director, O'landa Draper.

The compilation is titled Celebration of Life, and was released to coincide with the first anniversary O'landa Draper 
and the Associates CDof O'landa Draper's sudden homegoing in July of 1998. Comprising a set of ten songs, each are uniquely identified with O'landa Draper and the Associates, coming from three of the four albums which he recorded for the label beginning in 1989, before moving on to the Warner Alliance label. His discography with Myrrh includes:

All the Bases
Do It Again
Above and Beyond
Live….A Celebration of Praise

Included in the mix in this compliation are "He Touched Me", "Jeremiah's Groove", and the riveting acappella signature tune that pumped local church and community choirs across the nation, "My Soul Doth Magnify The Lord".

The CD liner notes, while sparse in text, provide an interesting mix of historical photos and peer tributes.

Always innovative, joyous, and overflowing with expression, this collection demonstrates why Draper’s music led to two Grammy awards, six Grammy nominations, and multiple Stellar, Dove and Vision awards.

Producers: Various
album release date: July 20, 1999
Myrrh Black Music Division

— reviewed by Stan North —

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