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Faith & Harmony

Vocal gospel sextet from Greenville, North Carolina

Armando Bellmas
Armando Bellmas
Faith & Harmony

Today on Ecléctico you're listening to the vocal gospel group Faith & Harmony. The sextet are sisters and cousins carrying on the tradition of sacred singing they were raised on in eastern North Carolina. You'll go deeper with an excerpt from an article about a new compilation called Sacred Soul of North Carolina on Music Maker Foundation. (This song also appears on a Music Maker Foundation compilation called Hanging Tree Guitars.)

"Victory" by Faith & Harmony
2021 | Vocal gospel sextet from Greenville, North Carolina

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[Gospel] styles flourish in Eastern North Carolina that singers in other areas have abandoned as too old-fashioned. It’s not that musicians in this area aren’t conversant in the full range of contemporary sacred music — from inspirational R&B and holy hip-hop to slick Nashville-produced praise music — it’s just that they still find power and vitality in the music their elders taught them.

Faith and Harmony is another family group carrying on this sacred soul tradition — two sets of three sisters who are first cousins who grew up singing together in Greenville, North Carolina. One of its members, Ke’Amber Daniels, believes the tradition persists because of the critical role Black churches have always played in these rural communities.

“In the rural south, I feel like the black church was their pillar of hope,” she says. “It’s where they went to pray together, to sing together. If someone was going through something, that’s where you find your support. You get your guidance there.”

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