Been In De Storm So Long: Songs My Fathers Taught Me
Debut Solo CD
Kenneth Overton’s Been In De Storm So Long: Songs My Fathers Taught Me represents an outpouring of love and tradition years in the making. Kenneth has been mentored by some of the greatest names in spirituals, and this recording demonstrates not only Kenneth’s sensitive artistry but that of the many men who came before him.
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Video tribute to Kenneth’s mentors, featuring “Sence You Went Away.”
by Leslie H. Adams (text by Langston Hughes)
I Gotta Lie Down
I have always felt that the contributions of the black male classical vocalist have gone under-appreciated. I wanted to dedicate “Songs My Fathers Taught Me” to all the men listed below and many more. The strength, beauty, and power of your voices resonate within me and I use it as inspiration to continue the rich legacy to which you all have contributed.
Benjamin Matthews, Simon Estes, Harry T. Burleigh, McHenry Boatwright, Ben Holt, Robert Honeysucker, Jules Bledsoe, Robert McFerrin Sr., Roland Hayes, Paul Robeson, William Warfield, Lawrence Winters, Todd Duncan, Bruce Hubbard, George Shirley, Sir Willard White, Mark Rucker, Donnie Ray Albert, Arthur Woodley, Gordon Hawkins, Edward Boatner, Terry Cook, Herbert Perry, Eugene Perry, Arthur Thompson, Alvy Powell, Michael Smart, Greg Baker, Laurence Albert, Daniel Washington, Steven Cole, Colenton Freeman, Vinson Cole, Derrick Lawrence, Eric Owens, Lawrence Brownlee, Lester Lynch, Michael Austin, Robert Sims, Morris Robinson, Kevin Short, Kevin Maynor, Phillip Boykin, Keith Crawford, Raymond Bazemore, Jubilant Sykes, Curtis Rayam, Thomas Young, Philip Creech, Barrington Coleman Randall Gregoire, Andre Soloman Glover, Alfred Walker, Richard Hobson, Mark Doss, Jester Hairston, Derrick Lee Ragin, David Lee Brewer, Kevin Thompson, Chauncey Packer, Calvin Lee, Robert Anthony Mack, Noah Stewart, Roderick Dixon, Gregory Rahming, Phumzile Sojola, Andrew Smith, Kevin Deas, Issachah J. Savage and so many more!
I couldn’t have done it without you. I thank each and every one of you listed here from the bottom of my heart. You all contributed to this project in your own special way.
Thank you to God, The Overton/Jones Family, Dr. Everett McCorvey, Kevin J. Miller, David Henderson, David J. King, J. Donald Dumpson, Bill Beck, Frederick Moses, Virginia Pyle, Sherry Overholt, Mark Oswald, Marilyn and Jim Biery, Virginia Grasso, Wayne Sanders, Leo Edwards, Michael Ching, Archie and Elizabeth Manning, Roderick George, Peggy Stamps, Dr. Velma Simmons, Dr. Wendell Pritchett, Willie Anthony Waters, Linda Jackson, George Osborne, Robert Anthony Mack, Phumzile and Andrea Jones Sojola, Tedrin Blair Lindsay, Dr. Jennifer Pasqual, Robert Evers, Jennifer Peterson, Dr. Ricky Little, Roberta Laws, Audrey DuBois Harris, Karen Slack Blackwell, Francine Hunter, Robert Ashens, Cherry Duke and Angela Owens.
To my American Spiritual Ensemble family, I thank you for your love and support. There is something really special that happens when we come together to sing. It is truly one the of the high points of my life. I love you all!
To my Grace Baptist Church family, I couldn’t ask for a better church home than you. My Grace Choir, I take you with me wherever I go. Thank you and God bless you!
Thanks to The Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts. It’s where it all started for me. The best decision I ever made.
Thanks to Ronald Liburd, Janice Maitlin and The Ephesus Seventh Day Adventist Church. Your kindness and generosity means the world to me. Thanks for allowing Kevin and I to practice and share our gifts in your beautiful church.
Thanks to The First Presbyterian Church of Lexington, Kentucky. I am so honored to have recorded this project in your beautiful church. Thanks for your amazing open hearts and kindness to me and American Spiritual Ensemble Family.
To my angels, Aniyah, Sanai, Jabria, Victoria, Olivia, Gloria, Zanelanga, Dominique and Lee Lee. You are my biggest inspirations. I hope that by sharing my gifts that I make the world a more beautiful place for you. I am the proudest Godfather and Uncle in the world. I love you more than words can say.