FW: Event at Library of Congress [Birmingham Sunlights concert]
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The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress presents:
-- African American Gospel quartet from Alabama
Wednesday, December 7, 2005, at Noon
The dynamic Birmingham Sunlights are dedicated to carrying on the art
of unaccompanied gospel harmony singing that has an especially
brilliant heritage in their home place Jefferson County, Alabama.
Formed in 1979 by music director James Alex Taylor, the quartet
originally included James' brothers Steve and Barry, and Ricky Speights
and Wayne Williams; Williams has since been replaced by Bill Graves.
Upon becoming aware of the rich Jefferson County gospel quartet
tradition they sought training from a senior quartet, the Sterling
Jubilees, to learn songs traditional to the area. For over twenty years
since then, the Sunlights have carried their joyful message all over
the United States and the world. They have appeared at numerous
festivals across the nation, performed in France as ambassadors of
Alabama traditional culture, toured five countries in Africa and
performed extensively in the Caribbean and Australia under the auspices
of the United States Department of Information and the United States
For more information please call 202-707-5510 or visit