[Take courage my soul and let us journey on] (Vails)

Composer: Donald Vails

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Arranger: Evelyn Simpson-Curenton

Evelyn Simpson Curenton (born 1953) is a leading African-American composer, pianist, organist, and vocalist. Simpson Curenton began piano lessons at age 5, began to perform with the Singing Simpsons of Philadelphia, a family group, and earned a B.M., Music Education and Voice from Temple University. She has been commissioned to write works for the American Guild of Organists, George Shirley, the late Duke Ellington, and her sister, the late Joy Simpson, arranged music for Kathleen Battle, Jessye Norman, and the Porgy and Bess Chorus of the New York Metropolitan Opera, and has performed with musical organizations such as Philadelphia's National Opera Ebony (later renamed Opera North). Based in the Washington, D.C., area, Curenton is… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Title: [Take courage my soul and let us journey on] (Vails)
Arranger: Evelyn Simpson-Curenton (2000)
Composer: Donald Vails (1985)
Incipit: 11113 31144 32133
Key: F Major
Copyright: © 1985 Donald Vails;Arr. © 2000, GIA Publications, Inc.


"The storm is passing over" was originally published as a hymn in Charles Tindley's Soul Echoes (1905). It did not gain significant popularity until it was adapted as a gospel choir arrangement by Donald Vails, as recorded on his album Yesterday, Today, and Forever (1985). This arrangement has largely superceded Tindley's original hymn in terms of usage and performance.



Instances (1 - 3 of 3)

African American Heritage Hymnal #427

Lead Me, Guide Me (2nd ed.) #595

Total Praise #428

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