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Folk Portraits

by Gregory Lipscomb

American folk songs and spirituals
Genre: Folk: Gentle
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1. My Country Tis of Thee
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2. Going Home
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3. This Little Light of Mine
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4. Amazing Grace
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5. He's Got the Whole World
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6. Kum Ba Yah
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7. At the River
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8. Sweet By and By
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9. Deep River
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10. I'm Gonna Sing
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11. Do Lord, Remember Me
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12. Swing Low Sweet Chariot
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13. Were You There?
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14. Ave Maria
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15. Ching a Ring
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16. Simple Gifts
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17. O Danny Boy
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18. God Bless America
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Album Notes
Acclaimed "outstanding" by The Baltimore Sun and other critics, Gregory Lipscomb is quite versatile as a singer, violist and arranger. His Folk Portraits has been heard regularly on radio stations and continues to receive critical acclaim.

Dear Listener:

My grandmother was really the inspiration for this album. It all started with my first CD, "Grand ma's Favorites," which was totally dedicated to her. It's never been on the market , but rather a gift for my family. Many of the same tunes are on "Folk Portraits," but my own arrangements. I only regret Grandma never got to hear it. I think she would have liked it better than the first one. I'm happy,though, knowing she heard the first one a lot during her last months.

The songs on this album, which were not directly inspired by Grand ma, were in reaction to September 11, 2001. I thought, "what could be more fitting than an album of American folk songs and spirituals?"

The horrible tragedy of September 11, 2001 profoundly reminded me of my connection to fellow Americans and to fellow human beings, for that matter. Regardless of race, creed, age, or general musical preferences, we all seem to share a common ground with the folksong. For this reason, I found it quite fitting to record this album as a reminder of our common humanity. I hope you find it to be non-pretentiously reflective and enjoyable.


Gregory W. Lipscomb

Native to Richmond, Virginia, he began viola studies at age eleven and later attended The Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Lipscomb began vocal studies during his senior year only one year prior to entering The Peabody Institute of Music as a graduate student in Voice.

Since then his career has ranged from opera roles, concert solos and recitals in the USA and abroad to playing viola in such orchestras as The Harrisburg Symphony, The Trenton Symphony, most recently principal violist with The Lancaster Symphony, and others. Upon occasion he has been engaged as both baritone soloist and orchestral violist in the same evening. Lipscomb has been known to fill-in for baritone soloists with only a few hours notice, minimal rehearsal, and later rejoining the viola section.

Currently Mr. Lipscomb resides in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and is on the faculty of The Settlement Music School, where he teaches violin, viola and formerly voice. "Folk Portraits," which consists of many of his own arrangements of spiritual songs, marks his solo-album debut.


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Jimmy Clemmens, Jr.

The haunting blend of spirituals and songs from Americana invoked in me a renewed sense of hope and love for this great country of ours. From the first note of "My Country 'Tis Of Thee," the artist brings his own unique vocal stylings and musical arrangements that make this album a must have for any music collector.

On a personal note, I have played this collection in many situations on a given day. At the gym, for example, the music herein helps me get through an intense workout and keep my spirit centered in the process. This is also an excellent ministry and witness tool, for sharing the Gospel.

If there is anything in your spirit that needs to come out, play this music even once and the flood gates will open up. If you haven't yet heard this music, by all means sit down and listen to the exceptional vocal range and talent of the artist.

Arlene Smith

I found Greg's first cd to be refreshing in a original way, that is to say, there are many artist/singers who tend to change with the new, having very little root. Greg chose to stay with a soulful feeling grounded with strong roots, that will last through out time. While there was one song that made me want to poke my eye with a knitting needle, after review, I felt differently. With each song I felt a deep seated feeling of the song writer. I could see the words of the person or persons were feeling, the very color of emotion in each song. I believe Greg did an outstanding job to himself, each song writer, and of course.....his grandmother.


shirley lipscomb teal

folk portraits
greg, this is wonderful! i'm so very proud of you and your accomplishments. call me.