This concert is called “Spirit You All”, and is a show that will feature several American spirituals as well as some of McFerrin’s original compositions. He’s backed by a drummer, contrabass, piano/accordian, guitar/violin and guitar/mandolin and features his daughter Maddie Grace McFerrin on backing vocals.
McFerrin has always featured elements of Gospel, Soul and Blues in his repertoire and his trademark polyphonic vocal stylings are used to good effect on classic songs “He’s got the whole world in his hands”, “Joshua fought the battle of Jericho”, “Lift every voice and sing” and “Every time I feel the spirit”.
It’s a captivating performance, with McFerrin”s vocal range and body percussion going down really well with this matinee audience. His Dad was the first Black male soloist of the New York Metropolitan Opera, and there’s a classical music influence to this set. McFerrin has also conducted orchestras in past and occasionally counts in his drummer and pianist, effortlessly conducting his great band even while singing.
He has a genuine love for this rich canon of American spiritual song writing and it clearly shows in this impressive, heartfelt and captivating performance.