What else can bring you closer the gates of heaven than the musical inspirations of an artist whose lyrics surpasses the towering expectations of an audience that was once filled with the awes of the vocals from our past? Through her journey into the valleys of dry bones, she will go forth into a nation that knows her not and nations from beyond will seek her out because of a thirst for the Lord God himself. Her vocals shall be wise as a serpent and true as the word. While enjoying the sounds of praise you find an artist who has once shared the light of the stars with such captivating artist as… James Bignon, Dottie People, Babbie Mason, Zenobia White, Armintha Williams and the list flows on just like the sounds of her heart?
With the talent of planting seeds into fertile hearts and grasping the confused and then taking a turn around to catch the tears of those lost, crying out to be found. There is such an art that can rock the sound stage of the Cotton Club in Chicago that rides the breezes at the Annual Sweet Auburn Festival in Atlanta and a few other enterprises that have experienced the honor of being serenaded by a siren of such:
The Gospel Fest in Atlanta The Apex Museum The Baby Grand Jazz Club Blue Light Café’ Church Hill Ground Jazz Club Babbies’ House Café’ 290 The Jazz Forum The Jazz Loft And many others far beyond naming.
Born on the Westside of Chicago blessed with a talent for writing, which over the years evolved into what has now given her a profound ear for sound, Charlena has changed her words into the sweet serenade of songs. Challenging the hearts and souls that dare listen …#148; to open up and receive GOD and his glory.
You question the essence of a Soulful psalmist? There is no other answer then the spirit of…… Charlena
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You might know...Atlanta has it going down this weekend leading into the coming week. Major football game vs. New Orleans... BET Music Awards, and much more. We have to pleasure of being a part of the festivities on Sunday, November 1, 2009.
Brian O'Neal is playing live...you don't want to miss this. Come hang out with the big wigs..while enjoying great food and a performance out of this world. And evening to remember that goes right along with everything else the ATL has to offer you this weekend.
We'll see you there. Bring your party shoes. (smile)
Charlena...what a truly beautiful voice you are gifted with...and how lucky we are that you share your information here too. My heart and soul always rejoices in the embracing of gospel and jazz...the roots go so deep. The quality of your voice is reminiscent of a young Lady Day... beautiful indeed! My best to you ...always b
Jaijai, what a wonderful mission you've undertaken to create such a place for artistic minds to meet and share their hearts. A place to renew faded determinations, and revive lessened momentums. A place to display our wares and reconfirm to one another that we actually are on the right track.
I commend you, Jaijai, for caring so much that you created this castle of the heart for all of us. I want to share my praise for all of the new friends as well as old friends that I've met and will meet here in our castle. Here we can garnish the where-with-all, the strength, the conviction, and the selflessness through our symbiosis, to share our gift to the world with an unbiased agenda.
My mentor, Daisaku Ikeda says of art: "A beautiful flower delights and refreshes the hearts of all people equally, no matter what soil it grows in. That is the power of beauty. The same is true of great art. It is this spirit that the German poet Heinrich Heine sang of when he wrote that once the peapod bursts open, the sugar peas inside are for everyone to enjoy."