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Positive Vibes Only: Anthony McGill Celebrates Black Joy With A Performance Of "Lift Every Voice and Sing"

Revered clarinetist Anthony McGill delivers an uplifting performance of "Lift Every Voice and Sing," also known as the Black National Anthem.

GRAMMYs/Jun 18, 2023 - 03:38 pm

Over a century ago, civil rights activist James Weldon Johnson memorialized freedom from slavery with a prayer of faithfulness and thanksgiving, "Lift Every Voice and Sing." Today, the hymn's legacy lives on as the Black National Anthem.

In this episode of Positive Vibes Only, acclaimed clarinetist Anthony McGill delivers a seamless solo performance of "Lift Every Voice and Sing." McGill stands centered in a dark room, illuminated by a single light; the simplistic staging allows McGill's emotive clarinet to drive the moving performance.

McGill is a revered soloist who has appeared in high-caliber orchestras – including the New York Philharmonic and Metropolitan Opera – and performed alongside Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, and Gabriela Montero at President Barack Obama's inauguration.

Outside of his career as a performer, McGill is a faculty member at the Juilliard School and the Artist Director for Juilliard's Music Advancement Program. He is also an outspoken racial justice advocate and created the #TakeTwoKnees campaign in protest of police brutality after George Floyd's unlawful murder in 2020.

Press play on the video above to watch Anthony McGill celebrate Black joy with a performance of "Lift Every Voice and Sing," and check back to GRAMMY.com for more new episodes of Positive Vibes Only.

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Positive Vibes Only: Watch Tzy Panchak & Raizy Team Up For A Joyous Performance Of "God Is Love"

Cameroonian Afro-pop artists Tzy Panchak and Raizy team up for a soul-nourishing version of "God Is Love," a collaboration from Panchak's 2024 album 'God's People.'

GRAMMYs/Apr 8, 2024 - 05:15 pm

Back in February, Cameroonian Afro-pop artist released his second album, 'God's People.' The nine-track LP spotlighted several of his fellow Cameroonian artists, including singer/producer Raizy, who features on the wavy, praiseful track "God Is Love."

In this episode of Positive Vibes Only, Panchak and Raizy deliver a live version of their uplifting collaboration, augmented by a full band and a group of gospel singers.

"God is love, God is love/ In my heart, in my soul," Panchak sings in the chorus. As Raizy declares in his verse, "I will never doubt how close I get" — both sentiments celebrating just how powerful God's love can be.

Press play on the video above to watch Tzy Panchak and Raizy's full performance, and check back to GRAMMY.com every Monday for more episodes of Positive Vibes Only.

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Positive Vibes Only: Stars Go Dim Encourages You To Be Fearless With A Performance Of "Live Like That"

One-man band Stars Go Dim unveils the freedom you'll find when you "see yourself through Heaven's eyes" in this inspiring rendition of his 'Grace In The Wilderness' B-side, "Live Like That."

GRAMMYs/Apr 1, 2024 - 05:00 pm

Everyone has low points — moments of feeling "unworthy, not good enough," or "like you won't ever win." But as Christian pop rock singer Stars Go Dim suggests, if you "see yourself through Heaven's eyes," you will become the most fearless, unapologetic version of yourself.

"Would you open up your broken heart/ Show them who you really are/ Leave your regret in the past?" Stars Go Dim (aka Chris Cleveland) questions in the chorus. "You can live like that."

In this episode of Positive Vibes Only, Cleveland delivers a moving performance of the uplifting track, sitting at a piano in a serene outdoor setting.

"Live Like That" is a B-side from Stars Go Dim's 2022 LP, Grace In The Wilderness, which also features two of his most notable singles, "Authority (In The Name Of Jesus)" and "Satisfied." As he revealed in an Instagram post upon the album's release, "This music represents me as an artist more than any other music I've ever released."

Stars Go Dim is currently on the Authority In The Name Of Jesus Tour alongside The Band Table. The trek is named after his single "Authority (In The Name Of Jesus)," one of two tracks that Stars Go Dim released in 2023; he also released a collaboration with Nigerian Christian singer Chidiya Ohiagu, "Already Blessed."

Press play on the video above to watch Stars Go Dim's encouraging performance of "Live Like That," and check back to GRAMMY.com every Monday for more new episodes of Positive Vibes Only.

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Positive Vibes Only: Terrian Reveals The Power Of "God's Acceptance" With An Uplifting Performance Of "He Sees You"

Contemporary Christian music singer Terrian delivers an acoustic rendition of "He Sees You," a powerful track from her newest album, 'Give It Time,' that celebrates the greatness of God's love.

GRAMMYs/Mar 11, 2024 - 05:03 pm

Everyone could use that one person who loves them unconditionally, even at their lowest points. Contemporary Christian singer Terrian found that exact solace as "a child of the living God."

"I'm not perfect/ Even at my best, I don't deserve Him/ When everything's a mess under the surface/ He never makes me feel ashamed," she reveals in the opening verse of her track, "He Sees You." "He sees everything that you're gonna be/ He's healing every lie you believed/ He sees you."

In this episode of Positive Vibes Only, Terrian delivers an uplifting performance of "He Sees You," a track from Terrian's newest album, Give It Time, released on Jan. 26 via Gotee Records.  Supported by a group of background vocalists, an acoustic guitar, and a piano, Terrian's stripped-down rendition helps drive the meaningful message home.

"I've been living with open hands and trusting the Lord's timing. That's what this whole album is about — waiting," she explained in a press statement. "Waiting can be hard, especially when things aren't going the way you thought they would, but at the same time, it's been eye-opening. I'm grateful for the time to figure out who I am as an artist."

On March 13, Terrian will be playing a one-night show in collaboration with Unplugged Concerts at the Mockingbird Theater in Franklin, Tennessee.

Press play on the video above to watch Terrian's inspiring performance of "He Sees You," and check back to GRAMMY.com every Monday for more new episodes of Positive Vibes Only.

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Positive Vibes Only: Watch Passion Lift Up "He Who Is To Come" In This Healing Performance

Atlanta-based worship group Passion shares the feel-good promise of God's return in this stripped-down performance of their new single, "He Who Is to Come," led by longtime member Kristian Stanfill.

GRAMMYs/Mar 4, 2024 - 06:08 pm

There are many uncertainties in life, but Atlanta-based worship group Passion knows one thing for sure: Jesus Christ will return — and He'll reveal a painless, sorrow-free world. Until then, they're praying for it with excitement and patience.

"He is surely coming/ Oh, can you feel it, too?/ All this tension growing stronger/ It's just a sign He's getting closer/ He's already on the move," they sing in the fourth verse of their single "He Who Is to Come."

In this episode of Positive Vibes Only, Passion delivers an acoustic version of the track, led by longtime member Kristian Stanfill.

"He Who Is to Come" was first released on December 1, 2023, via Capitol Christian Music Group and Sixstepsrecords, and also saw an appearance from GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter Cody Carnes.

On March 1, the group dropped their live album Call on Heaven, including "He Who Is To Come," which they recorded at their sold-out Passion 2024 annual conference at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

"Call on Heaven is the sound of a generation desperate to see Heaven's reality of ceaseless praise become the reality of Earth," Stanfill said in a press statement. "What we experienced at Passion 2024 marked all of us forever. We'll never forget the glimpse of God's holiness, the weight of His glory, or the sound of His people singing."

Press play on the video above to watch Passion's hopeful performance of "He Who Is to Come," and check back to GRAMMY.com every Monday for more new episodes of Positive Vibes Only.

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