Fisk Jubilee Singers

Fisk Jubilee Singers

The History

Who are the Fisk Jubilee Singers?

The Fisk Jubilee Singers are an African-American college based vocal group. This choral ensemble specializes in traditional negro spirituals. These songs were primarily sung as motivational odes and hymns throughout slavery. In a more modern sense, these songs ruminated throughout African-American churches all over the nation.

       Where did they begin?

Fisk Jubilee Singers began at Fisk University in Nashville, TN. 1871 this group was founded by George L. White, a professor at Fisk University. The Fisk Jubilee Singers became one of the first collective Black vocal groups and began their journey as a monumental group in Black    music. 

Discography: Notable Songs & Albums

  • Celebrating Fisk!
  • Sacred Jurney
  • Roll Jordan Roll
  • Disk Jubilee Singers Vol. 1, Vol. 2, Vol. 3


Honors & Awards

  • Grammy Award (2021)
    • Best roots gospel album
  • Legacy of Americana Award
  •  Grammy Hall of Fame (2015)
  • National Medal of Arts (2008)

Notable Performances

  • 1871: Concert funds were donated to the families of the Chicago fire
  • 1872: World Peace Festival in Boston
  • 1873: First international tour (Europe)
    • Funds were used to build Fisk’s first permanent building- Jubilee Hall

Fisk Jubilee Singers: Where are they now?

Today The Fisk Jubilee Singers remain composed of Fisk University students who create a unique 11 member vocal ensemble. Specializing in “slave songs,” commonly referred to as negro spirituals, this group continues to carry on traditional African-American music. They perform on big stages and have even received awards for their work. 

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