The Spirituals Database offers searchable access to recorded track information for concert Negro Spiritual settings performed by solo Classical vocalists. The resource contains a selection from a century of historic and contemporary concert spiritual recordings produced on compact discs, long-playing (33 1/3 rpm) albums, 78 rpm records, 45 rpm discs, audio cassettes and streamed audio files, as well as demonstration recordings from musical score collections.

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Additionally, the site offers a number of historical, biographical and bibliographical resources related to this African American music style. There are also links to images, videos and artistic creations inspired by the Negro spiritual. Hope you find The Spirituals Database to be a useful resource. Please contact me if you have recordings of concert Spirituals to recommend or have questions/suggestions.

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A Major Change in The Spirituals Database I developed The Spirituals Database in 2015 in order to share research on recordings of concert spirituals for solo vocalists. Even then, however, my eventual goal was to see the results of that research become a printed resource. A publisher has accepted my proposal to publish the book, entitled Recorded Solo Concert Spirituals, 1916-2022, which is set to be available soon. One proviso, however, was that some of the free content that I offered on The Spirituals Database could no longer be available for public access. With the signing of the book contract, I made the agreed upon changes to the amount of track content displayed. While this affects the amount of individual track content available here, other information such as images and links to video and audio content will continue to display along with the reduced content. Also, this doesn’t affect Divaslair–that’s me, BTW–videos, slide presentations, or essays posted on The Spirituals Database. Also, the addition of uniform titles and more descriptive tags should make the search results even more complete. I will, of course, announce the release date of the book once that information is available. Thanks for your continued use of The Spirituals Database! — Randye J.

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Pinterest Page

There is a Pinterest page of album and label covers at https://www.pinterest.com/singin1/negro-spirituals-album-covers-labels/negro-spirituals/. It’s a bit out-of-date presently, but still of interest.