Written by James Weldon Johnson, “Lift Every Voice and Sing” was performed by school children as a poem for Abraham Lincoln in celebration of his birthday in 1900. It was later set to music by Johnson’s brother in 1905 and by 1920 the NAACP adopted the song as “The Negro National Anthem”. The song has become a psalm of encouragement to black people of America, a sacred praise melody and harmonious message to continue forward towards equality.
The Wardlaw Brothers humbly pay tribute to Black History Month with their vocally stunning and dynamically orchestrated rendition of “Lift Every Voice And Sing”. If you don’t know who the Wardlaw Brothers are, then refresh your reading about their appearance on Bobby Jones and their recent new music that has recently been released. Now, take a moment to listen to the Video Below and hear harmony of the quintet singing the familiar anthem as you’ve never heard before. Simply beautiful! The sound is tight.
The group’s first radio single “Somewhere Listening” is a beautifully crafted urban contemporary ballad derived from an old spiritual. Showcasing their versatility on their current radio single, TWB offer a traditional gospel quartet track “Right Now Lord” which is a high-energy, harmonizing song that absolutely ignites automatic foot stomping and spontaneous hand clapping. Then, the gentlemen toss in the a cappella song “Thank You” and skillfully execute an intricately constructed vocal arrangement. GOD’S BEEN THERE also features a special tribute to the military – “Welcome Home Soldier”. This inspirational music video has become widely popular on YouTube and features compelling clips and images of our nation’s military.
Black History Month brings about a time to reminisce on the spirituals that were sung by slaves in expression of spiritual devotion and also sung as a means of communicating amongst each other. It is also a special time to educate the next generation of the anguish and torment, as well as the victories and achievements that Black Americans have experienced. A musical tribute that has become an anthem to Black Americans is “Lift Every Voice And Sing”.
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