Building On A Dream Music & Storytelling Series
MUSIC & STORYTELLING PROGRAMING - As a Jazz singer, acoustic guitarist & storyteller these programs tell my story that is interwoven and connected with the oral history of America's musical heritage and how it all began with the African American Spirituals. Building on my own dream it was my intention to ensure the enslaved Africans were credited by the United States government with having created America's first original immigrant musical art form. So in 2007, I introduced and helped pass by unanimous vote historic Twin Resolutions in the US Congress, to honor the enslaved Africans for their contributions and gifts to our nation with our deepest gratitude and respect and recognize the African American Spiritual as a National Treasure. These programs are Educational and Entertaining. They are appropriate for Adults, University Students and for Grades K - 12. Programs are modified to be age appropriate. Watch News Coverage:
HIDDEN WITHIN THE SPIRITUALS - In this educational program you will hear how I learned about how the enslaved Africans in America created an original music known today as African American spirituals. Their original music created in the cotton fields of the Old South enabled them to secretly communicate routes on the UGRR, helped them daily to endure the labor intensive tasks they were given, teach their young, record their history and heal their pain. It was in the cotton fields I learned of this music from my elders who were sharecroppers and in church on Sunday mornings. This story will help you gain a better understanding of the meaning & methods used to create America’s first original musical art form. Not to mention, their original music inspired and became the foundation of many popular American music genre’s including Blues, Jazz, Gospel, Folk, Country, R & B, Rock & Roll and others. Watch my interview with the City of Fairfax, VA with Rachael Roth about my program:
SONGS ON OUR ROAD TO FREEDOM - is the musical story of 'We The People' in a concert / lecture. Experience a variety of America’s protest songs, African American Spirituals, and Freedom Songs of the Civil Rights Movement and much more. Communal singing has always been an intricate part of our multi cultural roots as Americans. Whether our ancestors arrived as willing immigrants or as immigrants by force, no matter what country we came from originally, music helped ground us and helped us feel connected to our new homeland. Singing together brings us together, strengthens our purpose and strengthens our community spirit by building a strong community that is inclusive of all of us. Music helps us feel that purpose with passion and dedication to ensure our nations principles belong to all of us. This program is 60 minutes plus time for Q & A. Watch Channel 16 Around Fairfax TV coverage:
SOUNDTRACK OF OUR LIVES MUSIC CONCERT - As a singer/songwriter, and acoustic guitarist I bring to life the simple beauty of America’s greatest songs. Choosing from the Americana music genres of Jazz, Blues, Standards, Rhythm & Blues, Soul, Country, Pop, Folk, Spirituals, Show Tunes and even a little Rock & Roll it is my intention to bring the songwriters vision for his or her song to life. No digital enhancement, no gimmicks, no flashing lights, just a beautiful song enhanced with the elements of peace and love. Join me for an evening of relaxing & fun music of days gone by, energized with a little bit of soul. 60 minutes
THE SOUNDTRACK OF OUR LIVES MUSIC CONCERT - can also be adapted, designed and personalized for private events, ZOOM parties, corporate events, cultivating community, conferences, garden parties, dance parties, masquerade balls, and more......COVID 19 restrictions apply.
If you would like to book a performance for your public or private event or a TV or radio show appearance, please contact my booking staff by filling out the form below. Don't forget to ask about our Artist In Residence programing. These shows are also perfect for your Black History Month programing and celebrations.
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