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Lena McLin Singers - Snosaes Sgniteerg - Seasons Greetings (1987)
I've had a number of requests for this one-sided oddity, over the years. I've had it and then I've lost it in the ridiculous enormity of my collection. But now, I have it and it's digitized and I apologize to those who inquired about this recording years ago. The vinyl sounds terrific.
01 The Spirit of Christmas
02 Love is Here
03 Merry Christmas
04 When It is Chrismas
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McLin was born in Atlanta, Georgia. At the age of five she was sent to live with her uncle, Thomas A. Dorsey. She attended the Pilgrim Baptist Church as a child, where she was exposed to gospel music and served as an accompaniest to her uncle's choir. McLin has a bachelors in music, specializing in piano and violin, from Spelman College, and a graduate degree in music from the American Conservatory of Music
McLin founded the McLin Ensemble in the 1950s, during which time McLin was serving as the public relations director of the Park District Opera Guild. She and the ensemble made their operatic debut in November 1960 at the Abraham Lincoln Center in Chicago, with a performance of The Cloak.[ McLin had also founded the McLin Opera Company in the mid-1950s with her husband Nathanael, which they funded with their own money. The company was named the "nation's leading small opera company" by the Washington Afro-American in 1965. Under her direction the company performed on state, as well as on radio and television networks.
McLin's own opera "Oh Freedom" was played at Carnegie Hall in 1983. She has composed a wide range of music, including cantatas, masses, and rock operas.[ Her work has built from both European Classical traditions and tradition African-American music, and "works large and small that, in essence, merged European and African-American languages" according to Reich. She also fronts the gospel group Lena McLin & the McLin Singers. In 2011 a tribute to her musical career was held at the Emmanuel Baptist Church. She was an honorary of the Human Symphony's Foundation living legends award in 2007.
In all she has composed more than 400 cantatas, masses, solo and choral arrangements of spirituals, anthems, art songs, Gospel songs, rock operas, soul and pop songs, works for piano and orchestra, and electronic music arrangements, including Free At Last: A Portrait Of Martin Luther King Jr. and Gwendolyn Brooks: A Musical Portrait