VOICES OF A DREAM
a Cappella Freedom and Protest Songs, Gospel and Spirituals
Voices of a Dream (VOAD) was founded in 2013 by Anthony Brown and Ouida Joi Cooper-Rodriguez for Our Eyes on the Prize: King's Dream Fifty Years On, Dr. Brown's original program celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation (1/1/1863), the centennial of Rosa Parks, the Mother of the Civil Rights Movement (2/4/1913), and the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s immortal “I Have A Dream” speech delivered at the foot of the Lincoln Memorial (8/28/63). VOAD premiered on September 1, 2013 at the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival in San Francisco. VOAD has since performed with Anthony Brown’s Asian American Orchestra for the debut of Down by the Riverside - Requiem for a King at the SF International Arts Festival on May 26, 2018. Recently, members of VOAD (Amikaelya Gaston, Sharon Henderson, Terry Stanley and Paul Daniels) performed in Kazakhstan for the Astana - Voice of the World Festival in October of 2018.
From October 6-11, 2018, some members of Voices of a Dream (VOAD) participated in a “once in a lifetime” event in Astana, Kazakhstan called Astana - Voice of the World International Music Festival. The festival was held as part of the 6th Congress of Leaders of the World and Traditional Religions held at the Palace of Peace and Reconciliation. The VOAD members (Amikaelya Gaston, Sharon Henderson, Terry Stanley and Paul Daniels) were part of a group called Amikaelya and Harmonic Rhythms which appeared together along with 500 members from 25 countries to form one choir from around the world.
Our Eyes On the Prize: King’s Dream Fifty Years On tells the story of the aspirations and setbacks, the hopes, dreams and triumphs of the struggle for human rights in America up to the Age of Obama. tilizing a musical collage of spirituals, blues, protest songs, jazz and gospel to underscore and accompany excerpts of King’s “Dream” speech, the text of which provides the thematic inspiration for titles including “Exiles In Their Own Land,” “We Cannot Walk Alone,” “Righteousness Like a Mighty Stream,” “The Content of Their Character,” “A Beautiful Symphony of Brotherhood,” and “Bright Day of Justice.”
VOAD Members (l to r): Amikaeyla, Kenneth Kozi Arrington, James "JB" Brooks, Sharon D. Henderson, Terrie Odabi, Kristina Plott, Deborah Tisdale