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Kevin Douglass talks Praise Him!

What do you enjoy the most about doing the kind of music we are doing for this concert? What I enjoy the most about these musical styles is that it allows me to use many of the elements of my formal training in both Classical and Contemporary musical styles. What got you first interested in singing? ‪I grew up during the era of Disco & Classic R&B. I later realized that a lot of my favorite singers from this era also got their start singing Gospel music in the the church. I knew early on as a child that I wanted to sing music that touched people's souls and I think that's what naturally attracted me to these styles. What is your most memorable stage moment? ‪During the mid to late 70's the

Linda Gingrich talks Praise Him!

What made you decided you wanted to do this music? As long as I can remember I have loved rhythm. It makes me want to move, to dance! Spirituals, gospel and jazz all have a strong sense of rhythmic interplay, even at slower tempos, and theater music often does too. It makes these styles very appealing. Why do you think it's important? American music is unique in the world. It's a fascinating blend of European and African traditions, and it spurred a prolific burst of creativity in styles and sounds, and influenced all kinds of genres, including classical music. We are showcasing important American composers and styles--blues, jazz, gospel, the music of Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, of Af

Master Chorus Eastside Announces Praise Him! Concert

Come feed your soul with Master Chorus Eastside’s joyful exploration of spirituals, gospel, and theatre music. Praise Him! features an array of music, including Duke Ellington’s Come Sunday, the bluesy City Called Heaven, and an extended medley from Porgy and Bess. Praise Him! also features Kevin Douglass as a special guest soloist. Kevin is a gospel and theatrical singer who has acted and sung professionally around the Seattle area, including with the Seattle Opera, 5th Avenue Theater, Intiman Theater, and Seattle’s Group Theater. “The music is often up-tempo and energetic,” says conductor Linda Gingrich, “but it also touches on music that has risen out of the hardships of the African Ameri

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