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by Carole Fredericks

Under the direction of the late Oliver Williams, Carole Fredericks and the Lafayette Inspirational Ensemble of Brooklyn, NY deliver traditional and contemporary gospel songs anointed by stirring voices and the power of faith. Gospel. Blues. Springfield.
Genre: Blues: Blues Gospel
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Save My Soul
3:59 $0.99
2. Reachin'
3:48 $0.99
3. You Had It Comin
3:42 $0.99
4. Shine
3:32 FREE
5. Jesus In Me
4:02 $0.99
6. Run Away Love
4:55 $0.99
7. No Rain
3:23 $0.99
8. Change
3:39 $0.99
9. Let Him Be Blues
2:37 $0.99
10. Reason To Stay
5:48 $0.99
11. Tender Love
3:32 $0.99
12. Oh Happy Day
1:59 $0.99
13. So I Pray
4:49 $0.99
14. Silent Night
3:38 $0.99
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Album Notes
Gospel music and the Blues are sisters in song. Both genres are the issue of the African American experience and both share worldwide popularity. If Gospel music sings of the grace of God, the Blues denotes the difficulties and challenges of mortal life. They tell the same story, from a spiritual perspective and the other from a secular point of view. To reach the listener both must be delivered with genuine emotion and brutal honesty. Every once in a while a voice will come along that reveals the depth of kinship between Gospel and Blues music. The late Carole Fredericks was such a voice. In 1996, Carole released the album SPRINGFIELD the first of two solo albums recorded in France. It was sung entirely in English and revisits Carole’s roots. The title refers to the Western Massachusetts town where Carole was born and raised. SPRINGFIELD is a tribute to Fredericks' idols - Aretha Franklin, Mahalia Jackson, Sam and Dave, and the Beatles. The music is tough-sounding blues, gospel and rhythm and blues – though no category is mutually exclusive here – showcasing Carole’s powerful singing or more intimate style. The approach can be strongly contemporary – try the driving ‘Jesus In Me’ – or classic southern-flavored rhythm and blues such as ‘*Reason To Stay’. Then there is the straight-ahead blues. For an example of the latter, take a listen to ‘You Had It Comin’’, which has a guest appearance by Taj Mahal himself. There are elements of rock – ‘Run Away Love’ was unsurprisingly picked as a single at the time of the album’s original issue and also turns up on a movie soundtrack – but the blues has changed a lot over the last decade or so and what might have seemed too much in 1996 is now perfectly acceptable in 2009. Most of the accompanying musicians are French, though you would never guess it from the playing – but this is Carole’s showcase and she comes across as a “prophet without honor” whose memory should be far better known than it is.”
Norman Darwen, Blues On Stage Online Review, USA

“Carole has a glorious voice and sings from the heart…The influences of Aretha Franklin and Mahalia Jackson can be heard throughout this fine album… A must buy for blues and gospel lovers.”
Dave Drury, Blues Matters Magazine United Kingdom

“Reachin is a ass-kicking slab of testifying…while “Oh Happy Day”… performed by Fredericks and the [Lafayette Inspirational] Ensemble, sans band, [is] a damn fine take on this song. Carole Fredericks was a superb singer and her early passing is a real tragedy…this CD is certainly worth investigating…”
Phil Wight, Blues&Rhythm Magazine United Kingdom

“I have said it before and I will say it again there is no musical instrument quite like the human voice. In the hands of an expert, it is an instrument without equal for power and emotion. \"Springfield\", the first solo recording of the late Carole Fredericks is just such an incredible recording. Ms. Fredericks, the youngest sister of US music icon Taj Mahal, was surely one of the more gifted and blessed vocalists of her generation. "Springfield" is a collection of 14 excellent tracks, with 12 containing Carole Fredericks' original lyrics. The material is mostly Gospel, blues, and R&B flavored with a dash or rock or funk thrown [in] every now and then for extra seasoning. Ms. Fredericks was accompanied on this set by the wonderfully talented Lafayette Inspirational Ensemble of Brooklyn, NY. The musicians are also world class and the band is tight, talented, and more than a match for every style represented here. There is even a most enjoyable duet featuring Ms. Fredericks and her famous brother Taj Mahal (trk#3 ‘You Had It Comin’).

But at the center of it all is the incredible voice, energy, and spirit that was and always will be Carole Fredericks. …I found myself somewhat spellbound by this recording. Like Mahalia Jackson, Albertina Walker, and other great gospel singers of that era, Carole Fredericks’ music spoke deeply to me and stirred many emotions, both good and bad. ...there is so much fabulous music here, but if I were to point to one track on the set, it would be the Carole Fredericks original song "Change", which seems to me to be an accurate capsule representation of what Carole Fredericks was, is, and will always be: powerful, emotional vocals presenting a very personal story of the battles of life being overcome by grace, redemption and a faith and hope available to all of mankind.

On June 7, 2001 Carole Fredericks and her tremendous talent left this world…Her spirit lives on through the songs of "Springfield" ... The Spirit that was within her remains today calling anyone who will listen to the same life of peace, hope, and infectious joy that characterized Ms. Fredericks\' brief time here. If you are a fan of gospel or blues vocals, you will want to own a copy of "Springfield" and other of Carole Fredericks\' recordings."
Tom Branson, Bluesrocker Online Review




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Maria Dye

I love the different types of music on the cd. It has a little of everything. That is what I enjoyed the most. The songs hit different sounds which to me is very unique in a cd. Of course I love the artists voice. She was very talented.

Johnsie Cheatham

The diversity of music on this cd is just marvelous - gospel, rock and blues. The artist vocals great (how sad to lose her) and the gospel group backgrounds wonderful.