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Joy Chisholm Brown, born in Montreal, began her musical training at the age of four. Growing up in Hamilton, Ontario, she gained much experience playing the piano in various churches from the age of nine. Joy has recently been a member of the Cambridge Vineyard Fellowship worship team in Cambridge, Ontario. In addition to her B.Sc. in Nursing from McMaster University, Joy has obtained a BA from the University of Waterloo and studied Jazz composition at Humber College. 


O Praise the Lord

by Joy Chisholm Brown

SSATB with piano – KH 079  – duration 3:20

This song, written in the black gospel style, is meant to be an exhortation. It should therefore be sung with a lively and rhythmic tempo. The words of the chorus, as well as the final section, need to be slightly separated and accented so as not to drag the tempo. Because the style lends to singing from the soul, it is recommended to slightly push on the syncopation to maintain the groove and to “feel”, rather than solely to concentrate on, the beat. Choir members should be encouraged to sing this piece from memory, as well as from the heart. The syncopations will be much easier for amateur singers if they are not “buried” in their scores. 






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