“Glory to the Newborn King” was the original title of this Traditional African American Gospel Christmas Song. The African American scholar Horace Clarence Boyer (1935-2009) implies that “Glory to the Newborn King” was composed by Margaret Wells Allison, the founder and leader of a popular black gospel ensemble, the Angelic Gospel Singers.
My dear friend and music collaborator, Claire Vance, introduced me to this song five years ago. I loved it so much, that I decided to sing it twenty-four (24) hours after I learned it. Unfortunately, I forgot the words in the middle of the song. The words that came out of my mouth were – yaba, daba, doo, or scooby, dooby, doo.
Ever since that time, I vowed the lyrics would be perfect the next time I sang this song. What better way to do that than recording it in my 1st Christmas album Silver Bells. This arrangement by Mark Hayes and Peter Vantine rhythmically tickling of the ivories makes me wanna clap my hands, and get up and dance.
When I first showed my producer, Peter Vantine, the list of twenty (25) songs I wanted to record in my 1st Christmas album, he advised me to narrow down my list. So we agreed to record fourteen (14) songs in ten (10) tracks, with Peter arranging a medley of holiday and Christmas songs. And perhaps I’ll follow-up with my second Christmas album and include the eleven (11) songs that didn’t make it to my album “Silver Bells: Songs of Christmas JOY!” Included in this medley are: