The Ladies of Gospel have all been part of numerous Gospel Groups pver the years The Jubilee Singers, Chicago High Spirits, Mothers of Gospel and Gospel Times. They have decided to create this group bringing all the past experience of creating wonderful Spiritual music together in a new diverse project.
Why call it “The Ladies of Gospel”,
our aim was to create a vocal group incorporating women who are elegant and stylish, who can praise in singing from the heart, learning from our great influences Mahalia Jackson and Shirley Caesar but also from the elegance and style the great songstresses of the jazz era; Sarah Vaughn, Ella Fitzgerlad and Dinah Washington, all true ladies of Song.
The repertoire spans from the classic spirituals going back to the earliest know African-American Gospel spiritual Song sung a cappella "Nobody Knows the trouble I've seen", to classic Gospel and workship hymns “Amazing Grace” and we have also included more contemporary Gospel songs such as “For Your glory”, “Jesus What a Wonderful Child” and some influences from soul music “Bridge Over Troubled Waters” and “Spirit in the Dark” sung by Aretha Franklin in Gospel version.
We touch on the spiritual and sacred, moving audiences to stop and behold the power of praise in song with four powerful voices blended to create this alchemy. We then move on to praising His name with songs that are more up tempo to get the crowd going, clapping their hands and rejoicing to create a true Gospel Show Experience, we have also included more contemporary songs all done in a Gospel Style (for instance "Taking it to the streets" and "Lean on Me")
Miss Tia alias Tia Architto, hails from Johannesburg, South Africa,she's a singer, actress and song writer.
Her Gospel rendition of “Amazing Grace” was chosen Jingle for the international SWATCH advertising campaign.
She has starred “Sister Act The Musical” at the Teatro Nazionale, Milano as the lead Deloris Van Cartier.
Other musicals in her over 20 year career; Motormouth in Hairspray, Dionne in Hair, the Queen in Cinderella.
Tia has had a top ten European Dance chart single called “Feel the Love” with Cristian Marchi.
Her collaboration with Gospel Groups are The Mothers of Gospel and Gospel Times.
Nadia Straccia also known as Nadimop is a singer, songwriter and actress. Born to Detroit of Italian origins. She has performed in Japan, Europe and USA. She has been guest of various vocal groups including The Chicago High Spirits and SAt&B. She has backed up various international artists for concerts and television show: Michael Bolton, Mick Hucknall, Noah, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Italian artists such as Giorgia, Alexia, Biagio Antonacci, Ron, Pino Daniele, Massimo Ranieri and Massimo Lopez.
Joy Garrison native New Yorker and the daughter of the late Jimmy Garrison, bassist of the well known John Coltrane Quartet. She's been living and performing abroad and living in Italy for some time now.
She has had the pleasure of working with artist's American and European in New York, Arabia, Tunisia, Russia, France and Norway just to name a few. She's shared the stage with Barney Kessel, Billy Preston, Jose Careras, Billy Hart, Gianni Ferrio, Zucchero, Gianni Morandi, Giovanni Tommaso and many others.
Six albums, two cd's, numerous theater, television and radio shows as well.
Joy is one of the original singers of “The Chicago High Spirits”.
Desireè Kedjour is from Chicago, she is talented eccletic singer, she also plays guitar and piano.
She was the lead singer for the group “Global Mind” with whom she reached top of the charts in the USA and Europe reaching number one in Italy and France. She has been part of The Chicago High Spirits for over 20 years and was part of the Mothers of Gospel.
She has collaborated with many artists such as Gege’ Telesforo and Stefano Palestresi to name but a few.
Tia Architto (Johannesburg) - vocals
Nadia Straccia (Detroit) - vocals
Joy Garrison (New York) - vocals
Desireè Kedjour (chicago) - vocals
Davide Pistoni - keyboards