As a storyteller, I love teaching and sharing the history of the spirituals! It is my greatest honor to share what I have learned in my studies, and what I experienced as a young boy in the backwoods country churches and in the cotton fields of my home state of North Carolina where my family and many in our community worked and lived as sharecroppers.
In my one-man show I also tell the stories of our slave ancestors embedding their oral history into the spirituals for safekeeping. I sing their secret and sacred songs. I shed light on the secret coding hidden within the songs to help runaway slaves find safe routes on the Underground Railroad. We will also explore the vibrational sound waves within the music. The spirituals rhythmic sound, like ancient mantras were used as a form of concentration to put you on a path away from the pain and suffering you are experiencing on your human journey to reconnect with the love and security within your soul. A spiritual is more than music it is a personal experience and journey for every person listening or singing it.