September 15 / 6:00pm
Eleven time GRAMMY Award winning artist Pastor Shirley Caesar has recorded forty albums and performed duets with extraordinary vocalists from Patti Labelle and Gladys Knight to Faith Evans and Destiny's Child’s Michelle Williams, enabling her to effectively bridge the gap between R&B and Gospel music.
Damien Sneed is a multi-genre recording artist and a 2014 recipient of the prestigious Sphinx Medal of Excellence honor, which is presented annually to emerging Black and Latino leaders in classical music, Sneed has also garnered attention in a wide range of other musical genres, including jazz, gospel, pop, R&B and musical theatre. He has been featured in the New York Times multiple times for his work in various genres. A pianist, organist, conductor, composer, producer, arranger, vocal coach, professor and arts educator, Sneed has worked with legends such as Aretha Franklin, Wynton Marsalis, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Carlos Santana, David Sanborn and more. He has served as music director for GRAMMY® Award-winning gospel artists, including The Clark Sisters, Richard Smallwood, Donnie McClurkin, Hezekiah Walker, Marvin Sapp, Karen Clark Sheard, Dorinda Clark-Cole, and Kim Burrell. He also served as musical director for season four of Sunday Best, Black Entertainment Television’s (BET) hit award-winning gospel singing competition show. In May 2015, he was tapped by Tony Award winner, George Faison as the musical director and conductor for City Parks Foundation’s SummerStage production of “The Wiz: A Celebration in Dance & Music.” The production included Phylicia Rashad, André De Shields, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Ebony Jo-Ann.