A Joyful Noise: Gospel and the Black Female Voice

Join us for a special evening that celebrates the diva within Gospel music, exploring the balance between spiritual resilience, and the pressures of the music industry.

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The role of Gospel music has arguably set the vocal standard within contemporary music in the West. As such, Gospel has steered us from worship for the Lord to the melody, music, and unsanctified world of the pop charts.

We celebrate and explore the role of non-secular and secular songs in establishing shared perceptions of vocal excellence. Of feeling. Of meaning. Of faith. Of love. Of the Lord. Of the self. We ask what is the toll paid when a vocalist takes the journey from the altar, from praise, and God-fearing households to music stardom? What happens when you 'leave' the church with the voice you developed there? How do you perform and balance the duty for both?

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Header image: Whitney Houston performing at Wembley Arena, London 5 May 1988. © Photograph © David Corio