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Fisk University Jubilee Singers

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Fisk University or college in Nashville is at dire straits in the change of the 1870s. The structures that the institution had utilized since starting in 1866 had been looking for major repair, educators had been severly underpaid and the meals supply for college students was dwindling. So that they can raise necessary money, several student singers, beneath the path of treasurer and music trainer George L. White colored, came collectively to perform throughout a advantage concert tour from the Midwest. Although they began the tour on Oct 8, 1871 with just $1 of organization money, they came back seven months later on with $20,000 — plenty of to pay for the school’s debt and buy Fort Gillen, the website of the existing university or college. Traveling to Britain in Apr 1873, the group elevated a lot more than $50,000 in the tiny greater than a 12 months they toured THE UK. In the 1st seven years that these were collectively, the Fisk Jubilee Performers raised a lot more than $150,000 for the university or college. Greater than a hundred years later on, the group continuing getting their soulful performing to enthusiastic viewers around the world. Although their preliminary repertoire presented what they known as “white man’s music” and some “slave tunes”, the Fisk Jubilee Performers increasingly centered on Afro-American spirituals. Based on member Esther Jones, “The group offers tried to keep up a spirituality along with a closeness to God.” The Fisk Jubilee Performers have been led by a group of highly-talented directors. In 1956, the group came back to Europe, beneath the path of John W. Function III, carrying out fifty-four concerts in nine countries. Matthew W. Kennedy offered three stints as movie director — 1972 to 1973, 1975 to 1983 and 1985 to 1986.

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Full Name Fisk Jubilee Singers
Awards Grammy Hall of Fame
Music Songs Swing Low Sweet Chariot, Wade in the Water, In Bright Mansions, Golden Slippers, Nobody Knows the Trouble I See, Steal Away, Done What You Tole Me to Do, Lord, I'm Out Here on Your Word, He's Got the Whole World in His Hands, When I Was Sinkin' Down, Down by the Riverside, Were You There, Oh Mary Don't You Weep, I'm Gonna Sing Till the Spirit Moves, Shout All Over God's Heaven, Rockin' Jerusalem, Mawu Nye Lolo, Roll Jordan Roll, I Thank You Jesus, Ride On, Jesus, Couldn't Hear Nobody Pray, Done Made My Vow to the Lord, Great Camp Meeting, You May Bury Me in the East, There Is A Light Shining, Daniel, Daniel, Servant of the Lord, Kekeli Tso Kekeli Me, An' I Cry, Soon-Ah Will Be Done, De Gospel Train, Ezekiel Saw de Wheel, Little David
Albums Sacred Journey, In Bright Mansions, Pete Fountain and the Good Book (Mono Version), Fisk Jubilee Singers, Roll Jordan Roll, African American Acapella Ensemble, Gospel Music Hall of Fame Series - The Fisk Jubilee Singers, Fisk Jubilee Singers Vol. 1 (1909-1911), Singing the Gospel, Fisk Jubilee Singers Vol. 3 (1924-1940), The Band of Gideon, Les plus beaux negro spirituals (Mono Version, Live) [feat. John Work and His Orchestra, Anne Kennedy]
Nominations Grammy Award for Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance


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Fisk Jubilee Singers: Sacred Journey 2007 Video Themselves
Neil Young: Heart of Gold 2006 Documentary Themselves (as Fisk University Jubilee Singers)
Lucy Comes to Nashville 1978 TV Special Themselves
The Ed Sullivan Show 1953 TV Series Themselves

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