Advent/Christmas at West Side

The Soul of Gospel

The Soul of Gospel

June 1, 2022 7:30pm

Join us LIVE in the sanctuary (no Zoom!) for a special evening with Rev. Mack Brandon, pastor of the Metropolitan AME Zion Church in Ridgewood. 

You will be invited into the exhilarating and contemplative soul center of gospel music. Rev. Brandon will be accompanied by select members of his "Connection Choir" as he considers joy, self-reflection and spiritual formation in the Black Church experience.

Rev. Brandon has been a professor of music at Ramapo College of New Jersey for the past 28 years. Starting as the 14-year-old director of his home church's youth choir in New Jersey, he went on to become pianist or musical director for such artists as Ben E. King, The Drifters, Luther Vandross, Etta James, Average White Band and The Supremes. As a solo artist, he toured worldwide, including appearances as the opening act to the late comedienne Joan Rivers and to country artist Clint Black.

He is also the founder of Musical Words, an arts-in-education program now in its 20th year of operation in New Jersey. For 25 years Rev. Brandon has served as founder-director of the 90-voice Conference Choir with whom he has concertized nationally. And for the past 20 years he has lectured and conducted workshops worldwide on the topic of the tradition, culture and worship of sacred black music in America, including gospel music.

Rev. Brandon is now enjoying his 11th year with Metropolitan AME Zion Church, where his love for ministry, music and education all come together. 

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