Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2005-04-04

BIRMINGHAM---Samford University will host an Old Song Sing-Along Sunday, April 17, at 2 p.m. in Reid Chapel. The event, open to the public free of charge, will feature congregational singing of hymns and familiar gospel songs.

The singing will be under the direction and piano accompaniment of Brad White of Memphis, Tenn. A former accompanist for the James Blackwood Quartet, White accompanied the Blackwood Brothers Reunion Quartet during its appearance at Samford last August.

The program will pay tribute to the legacy of the late Marion W. Easterling of Clanton, composer of more than 300 gospel songs, including "Lord Lead Me On," and "Standing by the River." A member of the Alabama Music Hall of Fame, Easterling hosted a daily radio program of gospel music on WKLF in Clanton for almost 40 years.

The Samford Campus Ministries Choir and a faculty-staff quartet will present special music.

The popular Sing-Along, first held in 2003, is now a semi-annual event at Samford.

 

 
Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.