CCC Choir Members Record with Scandinavian Blues Artist

2014-04-17 | Press Release and photos courtesy of Panny MayfieldBookmark and Share


Taking a break during the recording session at Gary Vincent's Production Studio in Clarksdale are (from left) Coahoma Community College student and choir member Kiare Robinson of Clarksdale; Myra Turner, soloist with the Chapel Hill Baptist Church choir; Rita Engedalen; Gary Vincent, studio owner; Shanekqua McAbee of Indianola, CCC choir member; and Kelvin Towers, director of the CCC choir and choral music department.

CLARKSDALE Ė Returning to the Delta for her fifth visit, Scandinavian blues diva Rita Engedalen expanded her Mississippi fan base here recording inspirational gospel music with the Coahoma Community College Choir and afterward raising the roof at Redís as a guest with Big Jack Johnsonís Band, the Cornlickers.

Engedalen is a Grammy-winning artist and was presented with the International Notodden Blues Festivalís Most Outstanding Musician Award in 2013. She tours Europe, has recorded five albums, and has performed during the Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival.

Engedalenís composition, Mississippi Prayers, was recorded at Gary Vincentís Studio in Clarksdale and featured the voices of Chapel Hill Baptist Churchís legendary choir soloist Myra Turner and two members of Coahoma Community Collegeís concert choir: Kiare Robinson of Clarksdale and Shanekqua McAbee of Indianola. CCC choir director Kelvin Towers assisted with the recording that will be released in August.