It took a lot of time, perseverance and a little help from her friends, but, Charlene Harrison, who serves on the USAGEM Board of Directors representing the Black Gospel genre, recently completed her first Gospel CD - Charlene & Friends Sing Gospel.
Ms. Harrison performs 11 songs on the CD, including her fans' favorite "O Happy Day;" "His Eye Is On The Sparrow;" "Long As I Got King Jesus;" "He Touched Me;" and "Shout To The Lord."
The CD was produced by fellow-board member Mike Dunbar. The production is a mixture of pre-recorded tracks and original tracks which were recorded by the Nashville Cowboy Church Band which includes several USAGEM members.
The CD also features the powerful voices of USAGEM members Sandi Kay Shupe and Darlene Chapman, along with Deborah Bowie. Dunbar also added background vocals on some songs. Sandi is featured singing with Charlene on the songs "Oh Happy Day" and "Power In The Blood." Darlene adds her dynamic voice to the songs "Long As I Got King Jesus" and "Jesus, Oh What A Wonderful Child."
In the brief liner notes of the CD, Charlene writes: "Special thanks to Lavonne Ritzema, Mike Dunbar and all my special friends for their support and contributions to make this album possible." Ms. Ritzema also serves on the USAGEM board.