All Star Roster Celebrates 25 Years of Handel’s Messiah

It’s been 25 years since the release of the all-star holiday compilation project titled Handel’s Messiah: A Soulful Celebration. An urban take on the Christmas collection, a star-studded cast came together to release the project in 1992 that saw appearances from greats in gospel, jazz, R&B, hip-hop and more. With talents ranging from Stevie Wonder and Al Jarreau to Daryl Coley and Leaders of the New School, this historic project, produced by Quincy Jones and Mervyn Warryn, won both a Grammy Award and a Dove Award.

Fast forward to 2017 and the legendary album was celebrated in a historic way. Longtime producer and former Take 6 member Mervyn Warryn gathered an amazing group of voices together to bring the classical Handel’s Messaiah: A Soulful Celebration to life for the first time. The National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) recently celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Grammy® and Dove award–winning gospel album with a special one-night-only performance of Handel’s Messiah: A Soulful Celebration.

The historic event featured performances by CeCe Winans, Bebe Winans,  The Clark Sisters, Take 6, Marvin Sapp, Fred Hammond, Deitrick Haddon, Billy Porter, Kelly Price, Chante Moore, Shelea Frazier, Janice Chandler-Eteme, Nnenna Freelon and the Steven Ford Singers.

CeCe Winans and The Clark Sisters partnered together to sing Winans’ latest single “Hey Devil” from her Grammy nominated release Let Them Fall In Love. The Clark Sisters partnered with Commissioned alumni Fred Hammond and Marvin Sapp to perform the single “Lift Up Your Heads, O Ye Gates”, which was originally recorded by The Clark Sisters and Commissioned. Hammond and Sapp would also form a dream collaboration with Take 6 for their rendition of  “O Thou That Tellest Good Tidings to Zion”.

The entire cast would return on the evening’s finale “Hallelujah”.

Marvin Sapp & Fred Hammond

Marvin Sapp, The Clark Sisters, & Fred Hammond

CeCe Winans & The Clark SIsters

 

CeCe Winans & Mervyn Warryn

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