EMI Music/Vector Recordings is set to release the highly anticipated recording Oh Happy Day: An All-Star Music Celebration on March 31. The album features performances by 3 Doors Down, Al Green, Patty Griffin, Heather Headley, Jon Bon Jovi, Jonny Lang, Queen Latifah, Joss Stone with Buick Audra and many more (see below for full track listing). For the project, these world-renowned musicians collaborated with Gospel artists and several of today’s top Gospel Choirs to record renditions of some of the most loved and recognizable inspirational songs. It’s been said you don’t just hear gospel music you feel it. It’s woven through the fabric of the American spirit and history and its influence can be felt and heard around the world today and in the background of many of today’s most talented artists and musicians.



The album’s concept resulted from a close partnership between EMI Gospel and Vector Recordings and was produced by Ken Levitan, Bill Hearn, Jack Rovner, Ken Pennell, Drew & Shannon, Johnny K, Sanchez Harley, Obie O’Brien, Keith Thomas, Tommy Sims, Cedric Thompson, Simon Climie, Michael McDonald, Joss Stone and Buick Audra. Of the project, Bill Hearn, CEO of EMI Christian Music Group comments, “We wanted to create an album that honored the legacy of gospel music—it’s the backbone of the American spirit—but also create unique artist pairings that fans could find no where else.” Vector’s Ken Levitan adds, “Gospel music has always been not only spiritually and musically uplifting but also a great American art form. With this project we’ve taken artists who have been successful in other genres and combined them with this great art form to create new powerful music.”



1. I Believe-Jonny Lang & Fisk Jubilee Singers
2. In The Presence Of The Lord-3 Doors Down & The Soul Children Of Chicago
3. Higher Ground-Robert Randolph & The Clark Sisters
4. Keep The Faith-Jon Bon Jovi & Washington DC Youth Choir
5. People Get Ready-Al Green & Heather Headley
6. Waiting For My Child To Come Home-Mavis Staples, Patty Griffin & The Tri-City Singers
7. Storm Before The Calm-Michael McDonald & West Angeles COGIC Mass
8. Redemption Song-Angelique Kidjo
9. A Change Is Gonna Come-Aaron Neville & Mt. Zion Mass Choir
10. Oh Happy Day-Queen Latifah & Jubilation Choir
11. This Little Light Of Mine-Joss Stone & Buick Audra



The CD is nothing short of amazing. Most people might pass this over as yet another secular attempt to make Gospel hip. What it does is a clever breakdown of American soul via the roots of Black Music. Sociology rarely gets employed in this country’s music anymore. 
What we have spread across these eleven tracks is a look at the roots of Gospel music for Black and White Americans. It’s an education all onto itself. One that I recommend you pick up. 



Final Score: 93% – A-

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