Tituss Burgess-Composed Gospel Album WELCOME to Debut 6/9

Middle Collegiate Church and its new gospel album, Welcome, composed and produced by Broadway and television actor Tituss Burgess (JerseyBoys, The Little Mermaid, Guys and Dolls, 30 Rock) will launch on Sunday, June 9 at 6 PM. The album features an internationally renowned cast including Burgess, Alyson Palmer (of BETTY, whose music has been heard on The L-Word, Ugly Betty, and Weeds), and Broadway and television star Jenny Powers (Grease, Little Women, Nurse Jackie, Law and Order: Criminal Intent).

The high-energy music blends old-school gospel, jazz, and theatrical genres. Burgess composed the album to support Middle Collegiate Church and its social justice ministries. He explains, "Middle Church cares about everyone. It's not a surface level concern. It runs deep. She stands on the side of justice. She calls out those who neglect civil rights."

Welcome's vocals are performed by Burgess, Palmer, Powers, and a collection of voices who have performed on Broadway or toured nationally and internationally including Kristina Nicole Miller (The Lion King), Tami Petty (American Symphony Orchestra and San Francisco Opera Center), Jarvis Derell, Martina Sykes, Amy Lynn Hamlin, Joe Caruncho, and Allison Mickelson. The album was co-produced with Dionne McClain-Freeney and Stefan Held.

Welcome is available for purchase as CD at Middle Church, iTunes, and Amazon.com. Learn more at Middle Church Music.

Middle Collegiate Church is a celebrating, culturally diverse, inclusive and growing community of faith where all people are welcomed just as they are as they come through the door. As a teaching congregation that celebrates the arts, our ministries include rich and meaningful worship, care and education that nurture the mind, body and spirit, social action which embraces the global community, and participation in an interfaith dialogue for the purpose of justice and reconciliation. The Rev. Jacqui Lewis, Ph.D. is Senior Minister of Middle Collegiate Church. Established in 1628, the Collegiate Church is an ecumenical church affiliated with the Reformed Church in America, the National and World Council of Churches, and the New York City Council of Churches.

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