by Djana Gabrielle with Earnsong
Earnsong (Plus) = Earnsong (Comrie Community Choir) + singers who have joined online
Starring: Caroline Castley, John Castley, Mary Knox, Margaret Levy, Judith Lowe, Charlotte Macintosh, David Macintosh, Susanna Macintyre, Clare McClelland, Angie McCormick, Elaine Millar, Fiona Penfold, Heather Robertson, Deanna Shrieves, Maureen Sturrock, Nicola Sutcliffe & Clarey Wrightson
Lead The Way was created by French-Cameroonian singer songwriter Djana Gabrielle for Earnsong Community Choir from Comrie in Perthshire. There was generous and valuable input from Earnsong’s music director throughout the song-writing process. It is written in four parts: soprano, alto, tenor and bass. It is bright and infectious with a catchy chorus and has a classic feel-good quality. There is a trailing line in French, Djana’s first language: “on peut décider tout changer” – “we can decide to change everything” – which hints at the thematic idea, as does the title Lead The Way.
This song has a jazz gospel feel and could easily be developed with body percussion, steps and claps. Good for choirs who like to move! The basses get a bit of the limelight by taking the tune in the bridge section, and there is an optional lyric hook “lead the way” that any voice or voices can sing as a solo or a small break away section. There are some very satisfying moments of call and response in the second verse and chorus that will provide good visual and vocal energy and performance interest.