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This is a very special compilation.

Chased away by Katrina’s floodwaters, Sound of New Orleans owner and producer Gary Edwards quickly sought refuge in Houston.

Before long, however, he began missing his hometown. At the same time, he came to realize that many of the churches where Sound of New Orleans gospel groups performed had sustained significant damage.

So, he took it upon himself to create this compilation of his own favorite tracks taken from the dozen or so gospel CDs he’d recorded over the years, partly to provide himself with solace and partly to help fund church rebuilding.

From the opening deep rumble of The Zion Harmonizers’ a cappella harmony on “Ezekiel” to the closing track, a rousing version of “This Little Light of Mine” by New Orleans street performers David & Roselyn, this compilation surveys the breadth of New Orleans gospel music in all its glorious diversity and singular excellence.

While the contemporary gospel sound is well-represented, this collection’s emphasis is mainly on traditional favorites (“Old Rugged Cross,” “Amazing Grace,” Swing Low, Sweet Chariot,” “Wade in the Water’), with performances equally divided between a cappella harmonies and rousing full-instrumental arrangements.

Every number is a standout, and with each new track comes the realization of yet another perspective capable of illuminating the life of the spirit as only music can.

 

 

 
EZEKIEL - Zion Harmonizers

NINETY NINE AND A HALF
New Orleans Spiritualettes

I BOWED ON MY KNEES AND CRIED HOLY
The Bemiss Brothers

MEDLEY FOR THY LORD
Coolbone Brass Band & Gospel Dedicators

OLD RUGGED CROSS
Soulful Heavenly Stars

WHAT YOU GONNA DO?
Voices of Distinction

AMAZING GRACE - Tara Darnell

I’M SO GLAD – Soulful Heavenly Stars

STEAL AWAY - Zion Harmonizers

LITTLE BOY – New Orleans Spiritualettes

ROLL JOURDAN, ROLL
Soulful Heavenly Stars

BLESSED ASSURANCE
The Bemiss Brothers

SWING LOW, SWEET CHARIOT
Zion Harmonizers

TWO WINGS – New Orleans Spiritualettes

OLD NOAH - Zion Harmonizers

LORD YOU BROUGHT ME – Melody Clouds

TRUST IN GOD - Zion Harmonizers

GOSPEL MEDLEY – Tara Darnell

WADE IN THE WATER
Mighty Chariots of Fire

THIS LITTLE LIGHT OF MINE
David & Roselyn

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