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Great Day! Indra Thomas Sings Spirituals

Thomas / Lutters
Release Date: 10/30/2012 
Label:  Delos   Catalog #: 3427   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Traditional
Performer:  Indra ThomasSandra Lutters
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 0 Hours 53 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

“It’s almost an instinctive, out-of-body experience for me. I feel totally connected to what I grew up with – and I still feel, like I did then, as if God is working through me – using me as His extension to reach my audience and touch their souls.” — Indra Thomas

Thus did great American Diva Indra Thomas describe how it feels to perform spirituals – which (along with ragtime, blues and jazz) remain one of the main musical legacies of African-American slavery. While it seems ironic that the blessing of spirituals grew out of the curse of slavery, the genre – with its primary themes of Christian belief, biblical storytelling, manic jubilation, and sweet relief from earthly suffering in the next life – has remained one of
Read more America’s most cherished musical artifacts worldwide. This album offers examples of many different types of spirituals, to include some that are believed to have conveyed “codes” among the cruelly oppressed slaves to aid them in escaping to freedom.

Ms. Thomas – one of the world’s leading operatic sopranos – offers here a selection of our most beloved spirituals that may well even eclipse the legendary recordings of contralto Marian Anderson. Indra brings to them levels of sheer vocal beauty, intense emotional power and sacred sincerity that you may well have never heard in solo spirituals before … not to mention the full force of her African-American stylistic heritage. Her breathtaking renditions will make you want to pray, weep, tap your toes, or maybe even get up and dance!
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Works on This Recording

1.
Witness by Traditional
Performer:  Indra Thomas (Soprano), Sandra Lutters (Piano)
Written: USA 
2.
Were you there? by Traditional
Performer:  Indra Thomas (Soprano), Sandra Lutters (Piano)
Written: USA 
3.
This little light of mine by Traditional
Performer:  Indra Thomas (Soprano), Sandra Lutters (Piano)
Written: USA 
4.
There is a balm in Gilead by Traditional
Performer:  Indra Thomas (Soprano), Sandra Lutters (Piano)
Written: USA 
5.
Steal away to Jesus by Traditional
Performer:  Indra Thomas (Soprano), Sandra Lutters (Piano)
Written: USA 
6.
Sometimes I feel like a motherless child by Traditional
Performer:  Indra Thomas (Soprano), Sandra Lutters (Piano)
Written: USA 
7.
Ride on, King Jesus! by Traditional
Performer:  Indra Thomas (Soprano), Sandra Lutters (Piano)
8.
Let us break bread together by Traditional
Performer:  Indra Thomas (Soprano), Sandra Lutters (Piano)
Written: USA 
9.
Joshua fit the Battle of Jericho by Traditional
Performer:  Indra Thomas (Soprano), Sandra Lutters (Piano)
10.
Honor! Honor! by Traditional
Performer:  Indra Thomas (Soprano), Sandra Lutters (Piano)
11.
His name so sweet by Traditional
Performer:  Indra Thomas (Soprano), Sandra Lutters (Piano)
Written: USA 
12.
He's got the whole world in His hands by Traditional
Performer:  Indra Thomas (Soprano), Sandra Lutters (Piano)
Written: USA 
13.
Guide my feet by Traditional
Performer:  Indra Thomas (Soprano), Sandra Lutters (Piano)
14.
Great day by Traditional
Performer:  Indra Thomas (Soprano), Sandra Lutters (Piano)
Written: USA 
15.
Give me Jesus by Traditional
Performer:  Indra Thomas (Soprano), Sandra Lutters (Piano)
16.
Ev'ry time I feel the spirit by Traditional
Performer:  Indra Thomas (Soprano), Sandra Lutters (Piano)
Written: USA 
17.
Deep river by Traditional
Performer:  Indra Thomas (Soprano), Sandra Lutters (Piano)
Written: USA 

Sound Samples

Feel the Spirit (arr. M. Hayes)
Honor, Honor (arr. H. Johnson)
Give Me Jesus (arr. H.H.T. Burleigh)
His name so sweet (arr. F.H. Johnson): His Name So Sweet (arr. F.H. Johnson)
Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child (arr. J. Carter)
Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho (arr. M. Hayes)
He's Got the Whole World in His Hands (arr. M.A. Bonds)
Deep River (arr. H.H.T. Burleigh)
Guide my Feet (arr. J. Hairston): Guide My Feet (arr. for soprano and piano)
Witness (arr. F.H. Johnson)
This Little Light (arr. S. Lutters)
Steal away (arr. H.H.T. Burleigh): Steal Away (arr. H.H.T. Burleigh)
Ride on King Jesus (arr. F.H. Johnson)
Let Us Break Bread Together (arr. J. Carter)
Great Day (arr. F.H. Johnson)
Were You There (arr. M. Hayes)
There Is A Balm in Gilead (arr. H.H.T. Burleigh)

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Great Day! Indra Thomas Sings Spirituals November 8, 2012 By i <3 music ! See All My Reviews "This album is a great collection of spirituals that you already know and love....but you have probably never heard them performed like this!!!!! Indra has an incredible voice and she sings these spirituals with a lot of emotion and energy." Report Abuse
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