Music Director: e’Marcus Harper (Grammy Award Nominated)
New York Harlem Singers was established in 1996as The Spiritual Singers of Harlem by Broadway music director Linda Twine in association with Producer David K. Lee, Executive Producer of Arcadia Records and Music Management, Inc. Compressed of outstanding New York based artists, the ensemble is devoted presenting the time-honored tradition of the African American spiritual to audiences throughout the United States and aboard.
With a more than 200-year history, the spiritual is rooted in the African slave culture of the antebellum South. Spiritual served a crucially important role in providing solace and hope to an enslaved people. They still communicate powerfully, both in worship and in the concert hall, to people of all backgrounds. However, while all the great musical forms of America owe their provenance to this inspirational tradition, as a genre unto itself, the spiritual has fallen into decline over the years. New York Harlem Singers are committed to keeping this tradition alive through arrangements, which, though written especially for the concert stage, adhere first and foremost to the music’s timeless essence.
After 10 years, in 2006 they changed their name from The Spiritual Singers of Harlem to New York Harlem Singers, because of the big demanding of the audience to hear more various repertoires like songs from musical, old pops, jazz melody and opera etc.
After the first appearance at the Harlem School of the Arts, New York Harlem Singers has a resoundingly successful tour to Mexico, Korea and United States. During the Christmas Season since 2006, the ensemble annually made great successful tours to Korea, Japan, China and Malaysia with the special production “Merry Christmas with the Harlem”. They were deeply loved by the audiences all overAsia. In recent years, Arcadia Records has released several of their CDs, including “Dry Bones”, “Carol of Harlem” and etc. This year is the 20th anniversary, to celebrate this important event, they are planning a worldwide tour and for Asia, they will tour in Japan, Korea and China from the beginning of this December.
The Spiritual Singers of Harlem kept an appreciative audience captivated for almost two hours…providing the singers with every opportunity to display the vocal colors at their command…reverent, effortless, dazzling, flawless…a standing ovation.
马库斯•哈珀在极富声望的美国华盛顿霍华德大学修读音乐作曲/理论，并且是美国音乐戏剧以及福音音乐领域众多编曲/指挥的获奖者。哈珀先生将美国黑人传统的精髓带入他的音乐，打开了观众的见识并启迪了美国以及国际的观众，并真正使得观众获得娱乐！编曲以及指挥的奖项包括他与Walter Hawkins指挥的Love Center合唱团合作的专辑《活着爱V:重聚》获得格莱美奖“最佳传统福音歌唱片”的提名。他在Trey Anthony 导演的电影《da Kink in my hair》中的工作获得NAACP 戏剧奖“最佳音乐指导” 的提名，还有众多“最佳音乐指导”奖，音乐戏剧剧目中包括了美国和加拿大非常受欢迎的剧如Marion J. Caffey的《3个歌剧女主角》， Regina Taylor 的《戴安娜华盛顿的故事》，《梦幻女郎》，《绿野仙踪》以及《王冠》。作为一个娴熟的声乐以及唱片音乐家，他才曾与 Carlos Santana, Tramaine Hawkins, Lionel Ritchie, Michael Jackson, Edwin Hawkins, Aretha Franklin, Bishop Walter Hawkins, Billy Preston, 和Li’l Richard等艺术家同台表演、录制唱片以及巡演。
e’Marcus Harper,studied Music Composition/Theory at the prestigious Howard University in Washington, DC and is an award winning Arranger/Conductor in both the American Musical Theatre and Gospel Music industries. His commitment to bringing the African-American experience into his music has delighted both national and international audiences in ways that are both informative and entertaining. Award winning arranging/conducting credits include a Grammy Award nomination for “Best Traditional Gospel Recording” for “Love Alive V: The Reunion” by Walter Hawkins and the Love Center Choir, a NAACP Theatre Image Award nomination for “Best Musical Direction” for his arrangement of the score in “da Kink in my hair” by Trey Anthony, and numerous "Best Musical Direction" awards for musical theatre productions in America's League of Regional Theaters and Canada's National and Regional Theatre markets, including the US and Canadian tours of award winning shows such as 3 Mo’ Divas by Marion J. Caffey, Dinah Was (the Dinah Washington Story), Dreamgirls, The Wiz, and Crowns by Regina Taylor. As an accomplished vocalist and recording artist he has performed, recorded, and/or toured with artist such as Carlos Santana, Tramaine Hawkins, Lionel Ritchie, Michael Jackson, Edwin Hawkins, Aretha Franklin, Bishop Walter Hawkins, Billy Preston, and Li’l Richard.