By Andrew Kriz
Olivet Nazarene University’s Proclamation Gospel Choir will be releasing their first full-length CD, “Proclaim!,” as part of the ONU Presents series, and it will be available for students to purchase on April 16.
Proclamation Gospel Choir, or simply just Gospel Choir, initially started as a student-led program in 2002 and has since exploded into a sensation at Olivet, drawing in large crowds with each performance. Not only does the choir headline their own concerts and midwest tours from church to church, they also perform for students every now and then during chapel. They now have produced a CD to put an exclamation mark at the end of their first decade, culminating songs that many from each generation and background have come to love.
ONU’s Gospel Choir is currently composed of approximately 70 students, all of whom are featured throughout the album.
To display the talents of the choir and its members, the CD will feature and showcase a variety of 10 popular and well-known gospel songs in all, including the gospel hit “Ride on King Jesus.”
“This release is a huge accomplishment for us, considering how young the program is,” Jasper Taylor, director of the choir, said.
Taylor added that the process was relatively quick, considering how much work and resources were involved. He attributed the streamlined recording process to the group having sung the pieces before. The familiarity of each song allowed the students to perform with ease and confidence, which helped eliminate a normally vast number of takes that have to be recorded for each part of the featured songs.
“In all, the production took around a month. After the recording was done, everything else went by really quick,” he said. “There was not much editing involved … everyone sounded great.”
Taylor mentioned that at the spring concert on April 2, students will be able to pre-order the “Proclaim!” CD and “possibly hear some of the songs.” This will give students a chance to notice the hard work that Gospel Choir has put into the CD, as well as secure their own copy before the official release date.
The spring concert is titled “A Tribute to Gospel Legends” and will be held in Kresge Auditorium at 7 p.m. on April 2. CDs can be pre-ordered before and after the performance.