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Richard Smallwood’s “Total Praise” hit song gets a special choir performance during Washington DC visit before Pope Francis

RichardSmallwoodRecording“Total Praise,” the beloved hit song from legendary Gospel Hall of Fame singer, composer and arranger Richard Smallwood – remains an enduring powerful source of strength and hope, as his hit tune was selected by the St. Augustine Gospel Choir for a special performance in Washington DC today, during the DC choir’s performance before Pope Francis at the White House on Wednesday, September 23rd.  Almost 20 years since Smallwood released the song in 1996 with his ensemble Vision, “Total Praise” continues to be one of the most popular classics among choirs and fans from the prolific catalog of the longtime DC native, giving praise and comfort to millions of listeners.

“I was overjoyed to hear the news,” said Richard Smallwood.  “This has to go on the list of one of the top honors of my life.  It’s amazing that 20 years after ‘Total Praise’ was written it is still sung all over the world, in different languages, in secular arenas and now for the pope.”

In June, Richard Smallwood released ANTHOLOGY LIVE, a brilliant collection of 11 new songs and 3 medleys, with interludes that capture the inspiration and journey of his 40 year career.  Performed with his longtime choir Vision, the new project celebrates the legendary musician’s past and confirms his mainstay in gospel music.

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About Richard Smallwood

Richard Smallwood is a legend in his own time. After four decades as one of the most popular inspirational artists in the music business, with classic tunes such as “Total Praise;” “Center of My Joy;” and “I Love the Lord” to his credit, the Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and pianist continues to enjoy widespread popularity and influence. His songs have been recorded by Whitney Houston, Destiny’s Child, Kelly Price, Aretha Franklin, and a who’s who of the gospel world.  Over his successful career, Smallwood has received an abundance of awards and citations including Stellar and Dove Awards and a Grammy Award for his production on the Quincy Jones Gospel project, Handel’s Soulful Messiah. Smallwood’s message and music has touched the lives of presidents and dignitaries all over the globe. He’s performed at the Smithsonian Institution, Kennedy Center, Constitution Hall, and the White House, where he accompanied legendary opera singer Leontyne Price. Richard Smallwood earned his Masters of Divinity at Howard University’s prestigious School of Divinity in 2004, graduating with honors and serves as a minister and Artist-in-Residence at his home church, Metropolitan Baptist Church in Washington.

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