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Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir

  • 1999 4 Apr
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Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir

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The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir -- Behind the Music

In an age where such things are deemed to happen far too rarely, the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir has had a real impact on the world. Its music and ministry, still rooted firmly in its Brooklyn neighborhood, reverberate through Christian and secular settings alike, offering ever-growing testimony to their strength and depth. While it remains a well-loved and integral part of four services attracting 6,000 people each Sunday at the Brooklyn Tabernacle, the Choir can claim a legacy of 17 albums that have helped change the face of modern Christian music.

There have been, through the years, milestones and accolades reflecting that impact. The {{Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir}} has earned two Grammies, a Dove award and a gold video, has appeared at Madison Square Garden, Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall and the Sun Dome in Tampa, Florida, and has seen its "Live At Madison Square Garden" concert broadcast nationally on PBS. Despite their limitations when it comes to public appearances - a 250-piece ensemble does not hop on the bus and tour -they sell substantially more records than many artists with higher visibility.

The mission of the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir has always been simply and straightforwardly praise and worship. It's effectiveness stems as much from its focus as from its undisputed musical power; there is never a doubt as to the sincerity of it presentation. Its members testify frequently to the life-changing power of the Gospel, which clearly drives the Choir's sound. This is their life, their acknowledged salvation, pouring from their throats. Much of its drawing power lies in the Choir's celebration of its own diversity. The Brooklyn Tabernacle serves the homeless and the wealthy, black, white, Asian and Latino, and the rich cultural stew that infuses the church enriches the Choir as well.


Nowhere is that more evident than in the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir's latest release, ==High & Lifted Up==. Though its focus is as pure as ever, the album draws from a variety of musical and cultural influences. Styles range from the pop arrangement of "Psalm 150" to the classical feel of "Father We Adore Thee," from the Caribbean/urban groove of "We Are United" to the straight-ahead gospel of "Blessed Be The Lord."

The project reassembles the team responsible for the Choir's Grammy-winning efforts-executive producer/choir director Carol Cymbala, and co-producers Lari Goss, who also handled orchestrations, and Neal Joseph. They are joined by co-producer Brent King. While the team has insured that the Choir has never sounded better, the key to this album goes back well before the first note was sung.

First, says Joseph, "We were able to encourage Carol to write more on this album. She had gotten away from that in recent years, and we knew it would be beneficial to bring Carol's songwriting sensitivities to bear."

Those songs, like all the others the Choir has recorded through the years, were then introduced in Tabernacle services.

"The way the Choir works is unique," says Joseph. "All the songs they record have already been performed in the church. Over the course of days and years, they know what will work, which are most effective."

This album is also the first in more than a decade that was not recorded in a live setting. The Choir uses its own rhythm section for the recording, and features soloists including longtime member Charles Allen, and Susan Cymbala, Jim and Carol's daughter.

One album highlight is "Battle Hymn of the Republic," an exhilarating walk through a song that could easily be cliched. The arrangement, by Oliver Wells, opens traditionally enough, but soon veers in a number of unexpected directions, swelling and soaring in ways that give it a rich new life.

Throughout, the music is an eclectic blend of elements held together with the passion and power that have always been hallmarks of the Choir. They appeal both to urban and smalltown congregations, drawing on and transcending traditions dear to each. Their songs, their arrangements, have become an integral part of worship services in an incredible number and variety of churches nationwide.

It is with such impact that movements are launched, and with its approach the {{Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir}} has made a mark in choral music. In fact, after 20 years of staying true to its mission of praise and worship, the Choir has helped define that music's future.

See also: {{Brooklyn Tabernacle Singers}}

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