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Item #: G-9986 Status: Available
Music Source: Thomas Whitfield, 1954–1992; transcr./arr. Brandon Waddles
Affectionately known as “Tommie” and referred to as the “Maestro” by gospel music professionals, Thomas Whitfield should be considered the Dean of Contemporary Gospel Music. Whitfield’s work with his ensemble, The Thomas Whitfield Company, set a standard for contemporary gospel choral singing. His revelatory blending of gospel, jazz, and classicism explored previously uncharted territory in gospel music. As the “Master Producer,” he provided the foundation for studio production standards within the genre while elevating the careers of some of gospel music’s most beloved voices, including Vanessa Bell Armstrong and Yolanda Adams.
His sudden passing in 1992 proved a tragic blow to the gospel music community. However, he left an indelible mark on the industry, and his distinctive sound is heard in all of gospel music today. The songs included in this set represent but a brief overview of his musical legacy…just in case you’ve forgotten.
Contents: Look and Live (G-9706) • Blessed Be the Ties (G-9929) • With My Whole Heart (G-9177) • I Shall Wear a Crown (G-9350) • Walk in the Light (G-9349) • Gos Is on Our Side (G-9571) • When I'm Weak, I'm Strong (G-9570) • Just in Case You've Forgotten (G-9962) • Only a Look (G-9961) • Down at the Cross (G-9772).
Categories: African American, Choral/Vocal, Collection