Berklee Signature SeriesThe Songs of Richard Smallwood
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Combining a talent for gospel with a love for r&b, pop, soul, and classical, Smallwood creates music that reflects his varied background as a classical pianist and gospel aficionado. After graduating cum laude from Howard University, the pianist, singer, music director, composer, and arranger released his first album, Richard Smallwood Singers (1982), which spent 87 weeks on Billboard's Gospel chart. Smallwood won his first Grammy for his production on the Quincy Jones's gospel project Handel's Messiah: A Soulful Celebration. Smallwood's music has been recorded by major artists including Destiny's Child, Yolanda Adams, and Karen Clark-Sheard. The concert is part of Berklee's Warrick L. Carter Lecture Series and will honor Smallwood for his contributions to gospel music. Dr. Teresa Hairston, publisher of Gospel Today and gospel archive donor to Berklee, will be the guest emcee. The concert is produced by Africana Studies students and faculty, led by Bill Banfield, director of Africana Studies.
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