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One Voice

by The Universal Gospel Choir

A celebration of many voices unified in spirit by an exuberant community of singers honoring the uplifting power of the world’s sacred song traditions: village chants, funky gospel, and soaring choral anthems--inspired rhythms from a soulful planet.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. One Voice
2:56 $0.99
2. Where Shall I Be
3:11 $0.99
3. O Mary Don't You Weep
4:45 $0.99
4. Do Not Pass Me By
3:40 $0.99
5. You Are God
3:23 $0.99
6. Ma Navu
3:00 $0.99
7. Rest For A Soul
2:50 $0.99
8. Wonfa Nyem
3:07 $0.99
9. Kwaheri
2:55 $0.99
10. Plenty Good Room
5:42 $0.99
11. Hlohonolofatsa
2:59 $0.99
12. Didn't It Rain
4:53 $0.99
13. Rock My Soul
3:27 $0.99
14. Over My Head
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Album Notes
The UGC is an exuberant community of singers and musicians that honours the music, joy and common ground shared by spiritual traditions around the world. This CD celebrates a quarter century of concerts, workshops and community outreach, disseminating the uplifting power of the world’s sacred song traditions.

“An impressive 60-member choir, capable of tackling everything from classic black church music and Buddhist mantras to African coming of age songs and Jewish prayers. And all of this multicultural reach is conveyed with absolute authentic love and musical discipline.”
The Georgia Straight

“A multi-flamed blast furnace – the same musical fire amplified and enriched through fifty open, resonant hearts and throats.”
Tom Sandborn, Columbia Journal

Message from Kathryn Nicholson, UGC Music Director
My creative collaboration with the Universal Gospel Choir continues to be a wonderful blessing to me.
Howard Thurman wrote:
"There must always be remaining in everyone's life some place for the singing of angels… [for] gathered up into this bright light of penetrating beauty and meaning, old burdens become lighter, deep and ancient wounds lose much of their hurting… Life is saved by the singing of angels."
Our musical offering One Voice, by this enthusiastic “singing seraphim,” is a celebration of many voices unified in spirit. We hope that this compilation carrying messages of hope, peace, beauty and love from various world faith traditions will be a treasured addition to your audio collection.

Message from Rachel Prior-Tsang, One Voice Executive Producer
The One Voice project has been a labour of love, because for me the Universal Gospel Choir embodies music’s universal connection to the spirit and to our collective humanity. Enjoy this compilation of live and studio recordings representing the last five years of the choir’s energy and passion: village chants, funky gospel, and soaring choral anthems—inspired rhythms from a soulful planet. One Voice is a celebration of the UGC’s 25 years of community and music making that continues to inspire, uplift, and transform audiences.
I would like to especially thank Kathryn N. and Michael M. who have contributed so much of their time and considerable talents along this creative journey.

Kathryn Nicholson

Kathryn Nicholson brings to the UGC her dynamic and inspirational music direction, along with decades of choral experience in professional and amateur choirs across Canada, including Pandora’s Vox and National Arts Centre Choir-in-Residence. Kathryn conveys a deep connection with each song’s message, lighting a spark in choir members and audiences alike. In her concurrent career in hospice counselling and music therapy, Kathryn has experienced first-hand the power of music in promoting health, healing and joy.

Diane Lines

Diane Lines enjoys a rich artistic collaboration with director and friend Kathryn Nicholson. Vancouver-based keyboardist and vocalist Diane has performed throughout North America, Asia and Europe sharing the stage with such well-known artists as Dal Richards, Bria Skonberg, Michael Bublé, and Gary Fjellgaard. Diane’s creative contribution as accompanist, and more recently as arranger to the UGC, spans nearly a decade.

Song list:
1. One Voice
Contemporary anthem of peace and the power of community
Music and lyrics by Ruth Moody, arranged by Kathryn Nicholson
Soloists: Rachel Prior-Tsang, Adrian Armstrong, Emily Villavicencio

2. Where Shall I Be
Foot stomping, front porch gospel song about life after death
Traditional southern gospel, arranged by Kathryn Nicholson
Tenor & Bass Ensemble
Soloists: Scott Nicholson, Bram Lermer, Chris Fleck, Morning Star Trickey

3. O Mary Don’t You Weep
Triumph in the face of despair
Traditional spiritual, arranged by Brian Tate
Soloist: Corinne Brolewicz

4. Do Not Pass Me By
Rousing gospel chorus of yearning for spiritual connection
Traditional hymn, arranged by John Turk and Richard Dorsey

5. You Are God
Sweet morsel of a praise song
Contemporary gospel, composed and arranged by Terrance Kelly
Soloist: Emily Villavicencio

6. Ma Navu
Soaring dance of praise: “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the messengers of good news”
Translation of Hebrew text from Isaiah 52:7
Music by J. Spivak, arranged by Wendy B. Stuart

7. Rest for a Soul
Muslim call to prayer interwoven with the Latin text, “Grant us peace”
Traditional Muslim and Christian texts, arranged by Hussein Janmohamed

8. Wonfa Nyem
Communal song of celebration and mourning
Traditional Ghanaian, arranged by Abraham Adzenyah
Ensemble: Jennifer Engracio, Jana Konkin, Adriane Lake, Diana Lamare, Benedicte Schioetz

9. Kwaheri
“Goodbye, dear friend, we will meet again, if God wills”
Traditional chant from Kenya and Tanzania, arranged by Brian Tate

10. Plenty Good Room
Rousing gospel song of glory
Traditional gospel, arranged by Brian Tate
Soloist: Dawn Pemberton

11. Hlohonolofatsa
High-energy sacred chant
Traditional Zulu, arranged by L. Bok and N. Konate

12. Didn’t It Rain
Joyful retelling of an Old Testament story
Traditional gospel, arranged by Diane Lines
Soloists: Linda Lujan, Chris Horrocks

13. Rock My Soul
Hand-clapping choral shout from the soul
Traditional spiritual, arranged by Brian Tate

14. Over My Head
Powerful declaration of music as a channel to the divine
Traditional gospel, arranged by Osby Hodges
Soloists: Dawn Pemberton, Christine Best

Phil Belanger drums on tracks 3, 4, 14; percussion on track 8
Stephen Dick drums on tracks 9, 10; percussion on track 9
Rob Ferguson drums on tracks 5, 7, 12; djembe on track 11
Diane Lines piano on tracks 3, 5, 6, 7, 10, 12, 14; keyboards on tracks 4, 9
Danny Parker bass on tracks 3, 4, 9, 10, 14
Adam Rohrlick guitar on tracks 4, 9, 14; keyboards on tracks 3, 10
Brian Tate djembe on track 9; percussion on tracks 4, 8, 9,
Rene Worst bass 5, 12; acoustic bass on tracks 6, 7

Recorded live at Glad Tidings Church on June 9 and 10, 2006, at the Kay Meek Centre on December 8, 2006, and in studio at Mt. Seymour United Church on March 13 and 14, 2010, in the Metro Vancouver area, British Columbia, Canada.

PRODUCERS: Kathryn Nicholson, Michael Marrapese, and Rachel Prior-Tsang
MUSIC DIRECTOR: Kathryn Nicholson
CONDUCTOR: Brian Tate on tracks 3, 4, 8, 9,10, 14
RECORDING: Simon Garber, Goldrush Recording
ADDITIONAL RECORDING: Paul Baker and David Meszaros, Bakerstreet Studios
MIXING: Paul Baker and David Meszaros, Bakerstreet Studios; Simon Garber, Goldrush Recording
MASTERING: David Jewer, Audio Voodoo Mastering
CHOIR PHOTOGRAPHS: Lia Margueratt, Adriane Lake, Matt Prior, Alistair Eagle at People Shots, Ben Aberle at Dark Chamber Photography
DESIGN: Terry Sunderland Graphic Design
COPY: Rachel Prior-Tsang

The UGC committees, Board of Directors past and present, the volunteer team and choir members for their myriad contributions to this project, especially:

Kathryn Aberle
Chris Fowles
Laverne Gfroerer
Anne Harvie
Adriane Lake
Cory Lake
Michael Marrapese
Eleanor May
Elizabeth Neil
Kathryn Nicholson
Matt Prior
Marilee Roome
Marian Rose
Cathey Somerville
Andrea Smith
Brian Tate
Morning Star Trickey
Alan Zisman

Funding for One Voice was raised entirely by UGC choir members in the form of loans, donations, and pre-sold CDs. Thank you for your support of this project:

Anonymous Donors
Chris Fleck
Kathryn Nicholson
Jerilynn Prior
Spin Digital Media
Yvette Vigna

The Acme Delivery Company
Anonymous Lenders
Chris Fleck
Anne Harvie
Andreea Stefanovici

Thanks to these musical, promotional and organizational supporters of the UGC:

Eric Dozier
Terrance Kelly
Marc Lindy
Kaare Long
St. Margaret’s Cedar Cottage



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