It has been said that a song will outlive all sermons in the memory. "Not In My Family: Songs Of Healing And Inspiration" (on the Zomba Gospel LLC label) is a collection of music that will endure in the hearts, souls and memories of the African American community as it continues to battle the devastating effects of AIDS.
The CD, a companion piece to the much-praised book, "Not In My Family: AIDS in the African American Community," presents songs from powerful voices in Gospel music including Yolanda Adams, Byron Cage, Kirk Franklin, Natalie Wilson, Walter and Tramaine Hawkins and New Direction.
New Direction's "You Can Make It" was recorded specifically for this project and is a love offering to those personally affected by this disease.
"All of these songs speak to the collective emotions felt when faced with losing a loved one to this disease or even living with this disease. They represent the role that faith and love must play in our lives to heal the physical and emotional scars of AIDS," says Gil A. Robertson IV, editor of the book and an executive producer of the CD.
Vicki Mack Lataillade, president of GospoCentric Records and an executive producer of the CD, said a project of this scope is long overdue, "but it has still culminated in God's perfect timing."
Gospel music has the power to change the atmosphere of all in its range. These songs of compassion, hope, faith and love were assembled to uplift and encourage those directly affected by this disease and to change the atmosphere about AIDS and African Americans from detachment and fear to understanding, concern and action.