Chattanooga Choral Society for the Preservation of African American Song | Close To Thee

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Close To Thee

by Chattanooga Choral Society for the Preservation of African American Song

For over 25 years this singing group has performed to preserve the heritage of the Negro Spiritual. This album is noted for its rich and beautiful A Cappella performance of both traditional and contemporary spiritual arrangements.
Genre: Spiritual: Hymns
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1. Rise, Shine
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2. Come Here Jesus
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3. Yes, Lord
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4. Leaning On The Lord
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5. I Wanna Be Ready
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6. Old Time Religion
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7. I've Been Buked And I've Been Scorned
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8. As By The Streams
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9. Oh, Hear The Lambs
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10. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning
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11. God's Gonna Set This World On Fire
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12. Give Me Jesus
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13. Dwell In The House
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14. Ain't Got Time To Die
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15. I Want To Die Easy
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16. Hold On
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17. Time To Go
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18. All Right
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19. Close To Thee
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The Chattanooga Choral Society for the Preservation of African American Song traces its beginning to informal gatherings of former students, church choir members and friends of the late Edmonia Johnson Simmons, a noted high school music teacher in Chattanooga, Tennessee. For several years, former students would meet for informal sessions in her home. In 1984 Dr. Lee Norris Mackey , who trained under Simmons, undertook a research project to investigate the programming performance practices and recordings of African American spirituals by Historically Black Colleges and found a significant decline in the performance of spirituals. Thus the need, mission, and name of this singing group was affirmed. The group presented its first concert in 1984 and has since performed throughout the southeastern United States as well as a tour of Spain. Much of the groups success has been as a result of the distinguished conductor, composer, and arranger Dr. Roland Carter who served as director from 1990 to 2008. He now serves as musical consultant with the directorship now shared by Wilma Boykin LeSure and Michael Jerome Mitchell, Jr.
The group is noted for its rich A Capella interpretation of Negro Spirituals but will occasionally perform contemporary gospel as well. This is the initial album of this group and exemplifies why the group is always in demand for performances throughout the year.


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