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Various Artists – Handel’s Messiah: A Soulful Celebration

Various Artists

7 songs on the album Handel's Messiah: A Soulful Celebration (2015)

  • Al Jarreau - Why Do The Nations So Furiously Rage?
  • Mervyn Warren - Overture: A Partial History Of Black Music
  • Daryl Coley & Vanessa Bell Armstrong - Comfort Ye
  • Chris Willis & Lizz Lee - Every Valley
  • Tramaine Hawkins - And He Shall Purify
  • Tevin Campbell - I Know That My Redeemer Liveth
  • All-Star Choir - Hallelujah!

Merv's Roles: ConductorDrum/Perc. ProgrammingArrangerMerv On CameraOrchestratorProducerVocalistPianist/Keyboardist

Genres: Hip-HopChoralHolidayInspirationalA CapellaJazzOrchestralPopTraditionalVocalVocal JazzR&B

This star-studded album earned Merv his 5th Grammy win (and an additional nomination). He produced and arranged 7 of the 16 tracks (and executive-produced the rest).

The final song, Hallelujah!, is the “crown jewel” of the set — complete with a music video (see below), featuring Merv’s mentor (and fellow executive producer) Quincy Jones, conducting the all-star choir.

The album won a Grammy for Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album (1992), and Merv’s big-band jazz arrangement of “Why Do The Nations So Furiously Rage?” (featuring Al Jarreau) was nominated for a Grammy for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocals.

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