GEORGIA SPIRITUAL ENSEMBLE
Negro spiritual is a distinct type of music which resembles
no other and therefore requires special treatment in performance."
Georgia Spiritual Ensemble was created to further the enduring
legacy and tradition of the Negro Spiritual. Born out of
the horrific conditions through which the enslaved Africans
suffered during their early days of existence in this country,
these songs became just one of the tools they used to inform
the world of their plight, sufferings, their feelings, and
to talk to their God about a life and a home in which they
longed to return to.
tradition of singing these, 'quaint,' plaintive melodies
in concert began with the Fisk Jubilee Singers in 1872.
With the constant formation of similar groups these precious
melodies will continue to be kept alive. The Georgia Spiritual
Ensemble is dedicated to sustaining that tradition by bringing
to life their feelings, emotions and musical genius each
of these musical gems possess.
of the singers sings with a feeling, depth and emotion that
is sure to spiritually move and excite every listener. Debra
Crampton, Timothy Harper, Selina Madison, Oral Moses, Mazelle
Webster and Johnetta Tillman all have had numerous successes
in performing in the Atlanta Metropolitan area and Nationally.
All possess academic achievements of note.
Georgia Spiritual Ensemble sings traditional and arranged
choral and solo spirituals that have been popularized throughout
the twentieth century. Because of the strong musical legacy
the spiritual possesses and the horrific conditions under
which it "sprang," into existence, it continues
to maintain its original haunting quality and its uncanny
beauty and dignity.