Handel's Messiah: A Soulful Celebration

Handel's Messiah: A Soulful Celebration

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Contemporary soul-pop artists, including Patti Austin, Tevin Campbell, Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jone, Take 6, Howard Hewett, and Dianne Reeves, take a pop-song approach to Handel's classic…  See more details below


Contemporary soul-pop artists, including Patti Austin, Tevin Campbell, Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jone, Take 6, Howard Hewett, and Dianne Reeves, take a pop-song approach to Handel's classic Christmas oratorio. Handel's wonderful melodies are updated with synthesizers, drum machines, and slick pop production from Quincy Jones and Take 6's Mervyn Warren.

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Word Entertainment


  1. Overture: A Partial History of Black Music
  2. Comfort Ye My People  - Vanessa Bell Armstrong
  3. Every Valley Shall Be Exalted  - Chris Willis
  4. And the Glory of the Lord  - Dianne Reeves
  5. But Who May Abide the Day of His Coming?  - Patti Austin
  6. And He Shall Purify  - Tramaine Hawkins
  7. Behold, A Virgin Shall Conceive  - Howard Hewett
  8. O Thou That Tellest Good Tidings to Zion  - Stevie Wonder
  9. For Unto Us a Child Is Born  -  Sounds of Blackness
  10. Glory to God  - Michelle Weeks
  11. Rejoice Greatly, O Daughter of Zion  -  Richard Smallwood Singers
  12. Behold, The Lamb of God  -  Yellowjackets
  13. Lift up Your Heads, O Ye Gates  -  Commissioned
  14. Why Do the Nations So Furiously Rage?  -  Jarreau
  15. I Know That My Redeemer Liveth  - Tevin Campbell
  16. Hallelujah!  - Quincy Jones

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Clark Sisters   Vocals,Ensemble,Track Performer
Daryl Coley   Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Track Performer,Vocal Ad-Libs
Commissioned   Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Track Performer
Sandra Crouch   Choir, Chorus
Clifton Davis   Choir, Chorus
Larnelle Harris   Choir, Chorus
Tramaine Hawkins   Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Track Performer
Marilyn McCoo   Choir, Chorus
Donna McElroy   Vocals,Background Vocals
Richard Smallwood   Keyboards,Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Group Member,Ensemble
Sounds of Blackness   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Take 6   Vocals,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Track Performer
Jarreau   Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Track Performer
Johnny Mathis   Choir, Chorus
Patti Austin   Vocals,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Track Performer
Howard Hewett   Vocals,Background Vocals,Track Performer
Gladys Knight   Choir, Chorus
Stephanie Mills   Choir, Chorus
Vanessa Williams   Choir, Chorus
Gerald Albright   Brass
George Duke   Keyboards
Quincy Jones   Conductor
Tom "Bones" Malone   Brass
Bob Mintzer   Saxophone
Joe Sample   Choir, Chorus
Yellowjackets   Ensemble,Track Performer
Boys Choir of Harlem   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Linda Hopkins   Choir, Chorus
Tevin Campbell   Vocals,Track Performer
Phil Perry   Background Vocals
Darryl Tookes   Choir, Chorus
Leaders of the New School   Ensemble,Rap,Track Performer
Eric Darken   Tambourine
Mike-E   Guitar,Choir, Chorus,Rap
Thomas Whitfield   Choir, Chorus
Bob Bailey   Vocals,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Ben Tankard   Keyboards
Jimmy Haslip   Bass
Daniel Kobialka   Violin
Babbie Mason   Choir, Chorus
Andraé Crouch   Choir, Chorus
Vanessa Bell Armstrong   Choir, Chorus,Track Performer
Jeff Bailey   Brass
Jamecia Bennett   Soprano,Vocals,Soprano (Vocal)
James Blair   Drums
George Bohannon   Brass
Victor Caldwell   Bass
Chaka Khan   Choir, Chorus
Core Cotton   Alto,Vocals,Alto (Vocal)
Steve Croes   Synclavier
Raymond Davis   Background Vocals
Cedric Dent   Keyboards,Choir, Chorus
Mark Douthit   Saxophone,Brass
Robert Edwards   Tenor Saxophone,Tenor (Vocal)
Edwin Hawkins   Choir, Chorus
Carolene Evans   Vocals,Group Member
Caroline Evans   Vocals
Russell Ferrante   Keyboards
Chuck Findley   Brass
Kim Fleming   Vocals,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Roy Galloway   Background Vocals
Jim Gilstrap   Background Vocals
Dennis Good   Brass
Gary Grant   Brass
Robert Green   Brass
Fred Hammond   Keyboards,keyboard bass
Vicki Hampton   Vocals,Background Vocals
Michael Haynes   Brass
Tom Hemby   Guitar
Jerry Hey   Brass
Dan Higgins   Brass
Joe Hogue   Keyboards
Kim Hutchcroft   Brass
Paul Jackson   Guitar
Valerie Johnson   Alto,Alto (Vocal)
William Kennedy   Drums,Keyboards
Mark Kibble   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Abraham Laboriel   Bass
Ricky Lawson   Drums
Lizz Lee   Choir, Chorus,Track Performer
Sam Levine   Brass
Wanda Lewis   Soprano,Soprano (Vocal)
Tim Linzy   Bass
Charles Loper   Brass
Lew McCreary   Brass
Chris McDonald   Brass
Terry McMillan   Percussion
Craig Nelson   Bass
Ann Nesby   Soprano,Soprano (Vocal)
Leslie Norton   French Horn
Jeffrey Osborne   Choir, Chorus
David Pack   Percussion,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Rhythm
Greg Phillinganes   Percussion,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Rhythm,Synthesizer Bass
Bryant Pugh   Keyboards
Eberhard Ramm   French Horn
Dianne Reeves   Vocals,Track Performer
Jackie Ruffin   Vocals,Group Member
Robert Sadin   Keyboards,keyboard bass
Dennis Sawyers   Vocals,Group Member
Darlene Simmons   Vocals,Group Member
Denis Solee   Brass
Billy Steele   Baritone,Baritone (Vocal)
Jackie Street   Bass
Craig "Niteman" Taylor   Tenor (Vocal)
George Tidwell   Brass
Chuck Tilley   Drums
Mervyn Warren   Piano,Drums,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Kirk Whalum   Saxophone,Brass
Chris Willis   Vocals,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Track Performer
Stevie Wonder   Vocals,Track Performer
Victor Wooten   Bass
Angela Wright   Vocals,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
David Young   Vocals
Dorothy Brown   Soprano,Soprano (Vocal)
Gary Hines   Conductor
Bernie K.   Choir, Chorus
Charles Mims   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Michelle Weeks   Vocals,Track Performer
Eddie Howard   Keyboards
Gayle Mayes   Background Vocals
Jennifer Whitlock   Alto,Alto (Vocal),Brass
Shirley Marie Graham   Alto,Alto (Vocal)
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach   Brass
Trenon Graham   Baritone,Baritone (Vocal)
Carrie Harrington   Alto,Vocals,Alto (Vocal)
Michael L. Bowens   Bass,Bass (Vocal),Vocals
Rock Deadrick   Percussion
Terrence Frierson   Tenor Saxophone,Vocals,Tenor (Vocal)
Patricia Lacy   Tenor Saxophone,Vocals,Tenor (Vocal)
Beverly Mahto   Alto,Alto (Vocal)
Dorothy Shelby   Alto,Alto (Vocal)
Dorothy J. Townes   Alto,Alto (Vocal)
Walter J. Turnbull   Choir Master
Fred Vaughn   Organ
Michael Weeks   Vocals
Freddie Winston   Bass,Bass (Vocal)
Rev. Joseph Young   Bass (Vocal)
Elizabeth J. Turner   Soprano,Soprano (Vocal)
Angela Henderson   Soprano,Soprano (Vocal)
Dawnn Lewis   Choir, Chorus
Linda Lou McCall   Soprano
Phylicia Rashad   Choir, Chorus
Renee McCall   Soprano (Vocal)
Alecia Russell   Alto,Alto (Vocal)
Robert Jones   Tenor (Vocal)
Sandra Harris   Soprano,Soprano (Vocal)
Jim Ferguson   Bass
Jayn Bell Porter   Soprano (Vocal)
David B. Young   Bass (Vocal),Vocals
Dwayne Adell   Piano
Mustafa Abdul-Aleem   Percussion,African Drums
Manecia Bennett   Soprano (Vocal)
Elmore Brantly   Percussion,African Drums
Kimberly Brown   Tenor Saxophone,Vocals,Tenor (Vocal)
Timothy Carpenter   Keyboards
Beverly Dent   Choir, Chorus
Charles S. Dutton   Choir, Chorus
Kim Fields   Choir, Chorus
Duane Hamilton   Choir, Chorus
Michael O. Jackson   Organ,Piano,Keyboards
Russell Knighton   Tenor Saxophone,Tenor (Vocal)
Pat Lacu   Vocals
Barbie Mason   Choir, Chorus
Cherly Reeves   Soprano,Soprano (Vocal)
Bill Smith   Tenor (Vocal)
Melvin Warren   Vocals
Marsha Wilson   Choir, Chorus
Craig Taylor   Tenor (Vocal)
Jayne Bell   Soprano,Soprano (Vocal)
George Bohanon   Brass
James F. Wright   Vocals,Baritone,Baritone (Vocal)
Joe Ferguson   Bass
David Young   Vocals
Bill Airey Smith   Tenor (Vocal)
Larry Hall   Brass
Janice Chandler Eteme   Vocals
Larry Williams   Brass

Technical Credits

Daryl Coley   Duet
Richard Smallwood   Arranger,Programming,Producer
Take 6   Producer
Patti Austin   Arranger,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,rhythm arrangement
George Duke   Arranger,Producer
Yellowjackets   Arranger,Producer
Shelton Kilby   Arranger
Mike-E   Rap Lyric Adaptation
Ben Tankard   Programming
Vanessa Bell Armstrong   Duet
Steve Boyer   Engineer
Dorinda Clark-Cole   Vocal Arrangements
Gary Clugston   Engineer
Dave Darlington   Programming,Engineer
Cedric Dent   Arranger,Programming,Horn Arrangements
Jeffrey K. Dovner   Programming,Engineer
Humberto Gatica   Engineer
Marlon Graves   Creative Consultant
Mick Guzauski   Engineer
Gail Hamilton   Producer,Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Fred Hammond   Producer,Vocal Arrangements,drum programming,Re-arranged
Mark Hammond   drum programming
Jerry Hey   Brass Arrangment
Joe Hogue   Arranger,Programming
Roger Holmes   Engineer
Leroy Hyter   Creative Consultant
Mitchell Jones   Vocal Arrangements
Mark Kibble   Arranger,Programming
Mike Krowiak   Engineer
Lizz Lee   Duet
Carl Lucero   Engineer
Bob McChesney   Contributor
Glenn Meadows   Engineer
Norman Miller   Producer,Liner Notes,Executive Producer
David Pack   Arranger,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,rhythm arrangement
Greg Phillinganes   Arranger,rhythm arrangement
Randy Poole   Engineer
Bryant Pugh   Programming
Barry Rudolph   Engineer
Robert Sadin   Arranger,Programming,Producer,drum programming
Tony Shepperd   Engineer
Mervyn Warren   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Liner Notes,Executive Producer,Vocal Arrangements,drum programming,rhythm arrangement
Chris Willis   Duet
Erik Zobler   Engineer
Gary Hines   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,Vocal Arrangements,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements,rhythm arrangement
Charles Mims   Arranger
Laura LiPuma   Art Direction
Mike McCarthy   Engineer
Lane Craven   Engineer
Jack Hersca   Engineer
Chad Blinman   Engineer
Walter J. Turnbull   Director
Chris Murphy   Engineer
Dwayne Adell   Arranger
Martin Ansolabehere   Illustrations
Mark Hammons   drum programming
Michael O. Jackson   Arranger,Vocal Arrangements,drum programming,rhythm arrangement
Craig Portails   Engineer
Greg Battle   Creative Consultant
Gil Morales   Engineer

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Handel's Messiah: A Soulful Celebration 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The whole family enjoys this one, We can listen for hours again and again,..The funny things is I never enjoyed the Handels Messiah as much before listening to this version. I am now hooked. Everytime I hear it seems to get better and you hear something different everytime, almost as if the songs were alive!!! A must have, especially for Christmas
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a child, we knew the popular parts of the Messiah inside-out from church groups and school groups and youth choirs, etc. Now the original scoring with vibrant dynamics brings Handel's music totally alive -- it is an amazing experience for anyone who already knows the classic versions. Utterly enjoyable, thrilling to realize the music is the same and you can sing along on the choruses. ''For Unto Us a Child is Born'' is my favorite: jungle rhythms and swing harmonics -- what a blast!
Guest More than 1 year ago
For Messiah fans with flair, this is a wonderful piece that includes a facinating look at the rich history of Black Music. A couple of the tracks are a somewhat predictable, but overall, if you collect Messiahs, as I do, this is a must have!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have loved Handel's Messiah since childhood. I own several versions, including a three-record set of the complete work. But when I heard this version years ago, I was blown way. The creative gospel/soul/r & b renditions of these "classical classics" is fantastic! A Soulful Celebration is for Messiah lovers as well as for those who are not. I particularly love For He Shall Purify and the Hallelujah Chorus is fabulous, too. I lost the cassette I had years back, and have searched music stores in vain. I'm ecstatic to find it on Barnes & Noble.com. Thanks so much!
Guest More than 1 year ago
My husband and I are lovers of many different kinds of music (nearer to classical though). Soulful Celebration caused us to get up and move! What a joy! The many different styles represented by this album are so very well done. I have recommended this album to many friends (mostly those who are soloists and have done "The Messiah") and they too have rave reviews. You will not be disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a fan of The Handel's Messiah: A Soulful Celebration. Being brought up in church, I was used to the original piece of The Handel's Messiah and when I heard this piece, I lost my mind. It was different and I could relate to it without feeling lost. It made a change in my life for the better and every christmas I love forward to hearing it. I had a cassette but now I want the CD for my car and home. It deserve more then a five star but a ten star.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a musician who has played "The Messiah" numerous times, I have to say that I was amazed at what I heard. I have never witnessed a compilation of artists create such an original sound out of music that has been performed so often. It is a purchase you will cherish.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best CD I've purchased! Something for every age group. The best. Period.