Edited by Rosephanye Powell and William C. Powell
"There's an extremely informative and encouraging preface and performance note, and the variety within the styles of the arrangements and the intelligent choice of songs is only matched by the care with which the whole has been assembled and presented. The gem of the collectin is the simplest - 'There is a balm in Gilead', arranged by the eminent Barbara W. Baker . . . Sublime." - Jeremy Summerly, Choir & Organ March 2012
"Predominantly written by American arrangers who specialise in African-American folksong, the book's scholarship is sound. The detailed preface is particularly good, contextualising the songs and texts and offering guidance for performance in a classical style without ignoring tricky decisions about delivery
and pronunciation . . . Due to the intricacy of some of the harmonic writing, these arrangements will probably be of most use to slightly older choirs who read music, but any upper-voice choir of at least intermediate standard will find pieces to interest them here." - Felicity Hayward, Music Teacher, December 2011
"Most published arrangements reflect as much the style of the arranger as of the original material, but here the editors have commissioned settings from distinguished spiritual arrangers in the United States that feel authentically part of the tradition . . . The wide range of difficulty partly reflects the arrangements themselves but also how the editors have offered alternatives that can lessen the demands of the more difficult ones. The preface and
performance note, covering the history, meaning of the texts and performance practice, deserve to be read widely." - Stephen Patterson, Church Music Quarterly September 2011
arr. Rosephanye Powell: Somebody's knockin' at yo' do'
arr. William C. Powell: Deep river
arr. Eurydice V. Osterman: I got a robe
arr. Byron J. Smith: In dat great gettin' up mornin'
arr. Mark Butler: Let me fly
arr. Evelyn Simpson-Curenton: Lit'l David play on yo' harp
arr. Barbara W. Baker: There is a balm in Gilead
arr. Lela Anderson: I'm gonna sing
arr. Damon H. Dandridge: Scandalize my name
arr. David Morrow: Didn't my Lord deliver Daniel?
arr. Jacqueline Hairston: I got a home in-a dat rock
arr. Robert L. Morris: This joy I have