In A Life of Song, Ella Jenkins, offers stories and songs that speak to her youthful years as an African American child in a multi-cultural world. Her career of more than a half century earned her the first Lifetime Achievement Grammy award for a children’s music artist, and her more than thirty recordings teach us to learn from one another while taking pride in our own heritage. This African American Legacy recording of Ella singing with children from the Cool Classics after-school program spotlights her own heritage while showing her delight for the traditions of others.
Place Your Burdens has an engaging swing feel to the song as Char plays acoustic guitar and sings with daughter Amber. Amber reveals her true talent as she sings on the interlude after the third verse.
“Deeper, richer, stronger are qualities that resonate through Char Butler’s new CD Sleepers Awake. This, Char’s second CD, is a mother-daughter collaboration that is worth more than a casual listen. Daughter Amber’s clear high notes drizzle sweetly over Char’s rich tones and melancholy lyrics. Their intricate and complex harmonies are nothing short of miraculous and create a soul-searching, sky-reaching blend that is as satisfyingly grounded as it is inspirational. Char and Amber sing some awe-inspiring notes that are matched by the haunting beauty of the penny whistle as it whispers through the tunes. Be prepared for some goose bump, moist-eyed moments as Char’s lyrical bliss takes your soul on a musical journey.” Joanne Quinn, Phd
Sleepers Awake is a spiritual odyssey from mother/daughter duo Char Butler and Amber Whitworth. Ethereal voices in sync beckon like celestial mermaids for the listener. Butler and Whitworth sing a seductive gospel sound on Wade in the Water that could possibly make even the most reluctant to at least dip in a toe.
Cheryl Bruedigam, Women’s Rising
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