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Fisk Jubilee Singers’® album nominated for GRAMMY®

Nominated in Best Roots Gospel Album Category

OW Staff Writer | 3/4/2021, 7 a.m.
The Fisk Jubilee Singers’ have been nominated for a GRAMMY...
Fisk Jubilee Singers. Bill Steber

The Fisk Jubilee Singers’® album, “Celebrating Fisk! (The 150th Anniversary Album)” has been nominated for a GRAMMY in the Best Roots Gospel Album category. GRAMMY-nominated South African comedian Trevor Noah will host the awards event Sunday, March 14 on CBS.

“This is very exciting!” said Dr. Paul Kwami, musical director of the Fisk Jubilee Singers® and album co-producer. “It is the result of hard and diligent work put together by many great minds. As the Fisk Jubilee Singers® prepare to celebrate their 150th anniversary in 2021, this nomination gives us much inspiration to celebrate the anniversary in a grand way. This GRAMMY® nomination is a great honor for the Fisk Jubilee Singers® and me, and for this I am very grateful to everyone for their tremendous contributions.”

The album, which is more than 150 years in the making, is a collection of 12 songs that represents and communicates the vibrant history of Fisk University, Fisk Jubilee Singers®, and the city of Nashville, Tenn.

It features the group from the stage of Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium, with guest appearances by Ruby Amanfu, Keb’ Mo’, Lee Ann Womack, The Fairfield Four, Rod McGaha, Derek Minor, Shannon Sanders, Rodney Atkins, Jimmy Hall and CeCe Winans.

“I am proud to be a part of this historic moment,” said Sanders, album co-producer. “I am beyond excited for the Fisk Jubilee Singers®, Dr. Paul T. Kwami, and Fisk University. I am grateful to Mike Curb, the team at Curb Records and all of their affiliates for their incredible belief and support. This is a big day for Music City.”

Founded in 1866, Fisk University is a private, liberal arts university located in Nashville. Consistently recognized for its brand of academic excellence, Fisk is ranked No. 6 on the Top 10 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) in the 2019 U.S. News & World Report. Fisk also ranked No. 1 in the nation among HBCUs for social mobility and No. 3 in the nation for research expenditures among small liberal arts colleges.

To learn more about Fisk University, visit www.fisk.edu.