Grammy-Winning Rev. Milton Biggham and Friends Give Exhilarating “Story of Gospel” Fundraising Concert for Seth Boyden
The legendary Rev. Biggham gathered a host of veteran gospel musicians for the event, including Alvin Darling, who has sent five albums up the Billboard Gospel Chart; Su Su Montgomery, “one of the signature voices in Gospel House Music over the last decade” (last.fm); and A. Samar Biggham, whose single “Every Praise” was released last year. Other extraordinary artists made up a 25-voice choir that backed Rev. Biggham’s famous baritone. Accompanying the singers was a five-piece band featuring local horn player Bruno E. Lee, “The Trumpet Man.”
The second and third movements of the concert, “Traditional Gospel” and “Gospel Choirs/Mass Choirs,” presented gospel songs of the 1950s onward, starting with the classic “Precious Lord” by the father of modern gospel music, Thomas A. Dorsey. Several numbers, such as the 2007 anthem “Thank You,” came from the songbook of the Georgia Mass Choir, founded in 1983 by Rev. Biggham himself and deemed “an American institution” by Billboard (Nov. 23, 2002). In the fourth chapter, “Modern/Contemporary Gospel,” A. Samar Biggham and Friends got the crowd on their feet with two joyous original numbers. The inspiring finale, “I Still Have A Praise,” came from the new album by Rev. Biggham and Georgia Mass.
Story: Alison Poe