When He Touched Me
HAPPY NEW YEAR! I CAME IN PRAISING HIM with a LITTLE COFFEE SHOP JAZZ COMING YOUR WAY! SO I'LL KEEP ON PRAISING HIM ALL YEAR LONG! I GIVE THANKS FOR YOU TOO!!! ABOUT GWENDOLYN: Knowing about God and church and music was a part of growing up with Gwendolyn's father, an minister and her mother, busy serving in the choir and later in directing women's ministry programming. Yes, her father got she and her sisters up for church. (Don't think about going to the dance, if you couldn't give God some of His day.) Her church pastor of youth years recently reminded her he witnessed the kid's choir singing with their hymnals upside down! Committed to developing her gift and expanding her range, Gwendolyn has taken private voice at the University of Akron's School of Music where Gwendolyn was accepted into voice performance. With this training she has learned and excelled in spirituals, Italian arias, favorite Duke Ellington standards and scores high at juried hearings. This health education specialist truly promotes spiritual wellness in and out of the classroom. And here she takes it to a new level. On her musical journey, Gwendolyn has discovered a flavor of jazz in her voice, and as a result, she infuses jazz arrangement with powerful, creative sparks. Her latest foray into music has been writing original songs and collaborating with the seasoned songwriter Willie Lowe of Oregon and liquid music maker, Clarence Ferguson of Rochester, NY. Bryan Schofield of Manhattan, NY assisted in songwriting and inspiration, too. Gwendolyn feels honored to have the great musical assistance of British born classical/gospel pianist/writer/arranger/composer Ralston Purkiss and multi-talented (did we say every instrument!) minister of music,arranger,& composer Robert Johnson, on her team. Gwendolyn is the executive producer and music director for this new-born project and has arranged 98% the lead vocal and all backup vocal of the thirteen track product. Even as she facilitates a drumming for health circle at work, she tested out congas in " Unconditional Love"! She will honor the Father with a jazzy version of "Oh How I Love Jesus", and a Spanish translation of "When He Touched Me". Yes! You can learn a Spanish song! You will love it. No experience needed, just a heart for Love! She states that God said take it to another territory! She creatively bonded two choirs from two locations to share with you her rendition of a Bishop Andre Woods selection (Wait On Him). She hopes the accapella rendition of 'Guide My Feet' is a great resource for Juneteenth and Black History events nationwide! 'World Traffic' reflects what can actually go thru the mind of anyone who is dealing with strife, depression or hopelessness. With God all is possible. A great resource for counselors, women's support groups or events. And then...she shares the Answer...HIM Her prayer is that her songs and service bring those when experience it closer to Him. 'DO SOMETHING GOOD FOR YOURSELF!' Try Jesus! Get a taste in ' WHEN HE TOUCHED ME' by Gwendolyn Blackshear! Leaving a chrisitan coffee shop venue, Gwendolyn stated 'I only want to complement your environment, Let me be the wallpaper'! Her recent highlights: Former Soprano Section Leader for Gospel Meets Symphony - Akron Symphony (with guest conductor Charles Floyd), Guest Soloist for the internatially renowned Kent State Gospel Choir under the direction of Dr. Linda Walker, Portage County Mental Health Board Annual Handbell Concerts, The United States Postal Service's Unveiling of the Langston Hughes stamp ceremony, Annual Norman Stikes Humanitarian Award Ceremonies, Keynote Speaker for women's ministry retreats, conferences, programs, staff trainings, and developer of a local nursing home music ministry. She is currently co-director, Union Baptist Gospel Choir and wellness event coordinator for the church. She received her BS in Community Health Education, her M.Ed. in Management & Programming for Health Education from Kent State University, and she is a certified health education specialist. This summer will keep Gwendolyn excited, glowing and witnessing as she will be performed and opened for Tramaine Hawkins and enjoying master music clinics with fantastic songwriters like Margaret Becker! God is so good! She also shared the music message at a Juneteenth Celebration and at a local coffee shop giving tip donations to a domestic violence program. With this project Gwendolyn the health and spiritual wellness expert is giving a portion of the proceeds from the sale of each CD to sickle cell anemia research & education programs. The is a brief education section in each CD. 'I believe in education and each of my upcoming projects will support a world cause. I must do my part.' I can't wait share more love with the world! Now how does she find time to become 'KlaudiaKlown'? I guess we will leave that for future review... Gwendolyn is now finishing up her first non-fiction that will make you want to be a fly on the wall to ..your...life! KEEP IN TOUCH FOR DETAILS! 'What an passion for me. What a fantastic time I have had with this project! I'm loving it all: writing, arranging, waking up with the sun and God giving me a fresh idea!' She has been a guest on local television programming, receiving airplay rotation and in several stores! 'I am ever so grateful to God and all the folks who are my cheerleaders! Music heals, comforts and gives hope. Give Him a try, you'll wanna sing about it!'