Monday, August 28, 2006

The North Preston Baptist Youth Fellowship Choir

North Preston, Nova Scotia, part of a larger community on the outskirts of Halifax known collectively as Preston, is a pocket of African-Canadian culture settled as early as 1782 by freed slaves who had fought on the side of Britain during the American Revolution.

This album, which I found during my trip to Halifax in July, doesn't say when it was recorded, but if I had to hazard a guess based on the hairstyles and clothes worn in the group photo on the back cover, I'd say the '70s. There are too many choir members to list individually, but the guitar is played by Allister Johnson, the organ by Erin Rose Fraser and the bass by Randy Downey.

"God Gave Me A Song" is a cover of a popular 1970 gospel number by Myrna Summers, while "Our Lord Will Make A Way" is an Ike and Tina Turner song. "God Gave Me" features the entire choir, while "Our Lord" is a solo turn by an uncredited female singer. Both are funky little tunes with nice interplay between the bass, guitar and organ.

God Gave Me A Song
Our Lord Will Make A Way

Note: These songs have been archived at It Came From Canada.


At 12:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This post bought back a lot of memories. I recall seeing that album in my home whe I was 5 or so... so about 25 years ago... also the individuals who you named as the artist are still living in North Preston... and yes the album was recorded in the 70'z


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