For four decades, gospel artist Richard Smallwood has been one of the most popular inspirational artists in the music business, with classic tunes such as Total Praise, Center of My Joy and I Love the Lord. His songs have been recorded by Whitney Houston, Destiny’s Child, Kelly Price, Gerald Levert, American Idol’s Ruben Studdard and many others throughout the gospel world. Even the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, recorded Smallwood’s Faithful.
The Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and pianist will visit Harvard University on November 19.
In addition to working with students enrolled in Prof. Braxton Shelley’s The Gospel Imagination class in the Music Department, Smallwood will take part in a public event that features him in an evening of conversation with Shelley and in song with the Kuumba Singers of Harvard College, Inner Strength Gospel Choir of Boston University and Tufts University Third Day Gospel Choir -- culminating in a performance with all three choirs and Smallwood in a rendition of his signature song Total Praise. The event, which is FREE and open to the public, will take place 7:30 p.m. Monday, November 19 at Sanders Theatre. Seating is first come, first served.
Read more about Richard Smallwood here.
Presenting partners include: Department of Music Blodgett Distinguished Artist Program, Office for the the Arts at Harvard, Elson Family Arts Initiative Fund, Harvard College Innovation Fund, Harvard Divinity School, Office of the Dean of Arts and Humanities, and the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research.
This event was made possible, in part, by the Bernard H. and Mildred Kayden Artist in Residence Fund.