Saturday, January 16, 2021

Tramaine Hawkins Updates ‘Goin’ Up Yonder’ With All-Star Virtual Choir for ‘Greenleaf’ (Watch)

Lady Tramaine Hawkins (Greenleaf)
Lady Tramaine Hawkins and Virtual Choir sing “Goin’ Up Yonder” for Greenleaf (OWN)

*”Greenleaf” will premiere its fifth and final season on Tuesday, June 23 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network, and legendary gospel singer Lady Tramaine Hawkins has re-recorded her classic hit “Goin’ Up Yonder” for the show’s Season Five soundtrack.

Lionsgate and OWN commissioned “Greenleaf” musical director Tank Thornton to produce the contemporary rendition to celebrate the final season. Koryn Hawthorne, Erica Campbell (of Mary Mary), Merle Dandridge, Keith David, and Deborah Joy Winans were recruited for an all-star virtual choir to back Lady Tramaine in a special video performance of the song, which is available now on all digital music outlets.

“We were able to bring this choir together responsibly, with social distancing, and the teamwork has been incredible to watch,” Thornton explains.  “It’s been amazing to quarterback this project.  It couldn’t be a better day than Juneteenth to release this video and song as a celebration.”

“Goin’ Up Yonder” was written by gospel icon Walter Hawkins and first released with Lady Tramaine’s lead vocals on the 1975 “Love Alive” album.

“It’s been very exciting participating in the new arrangement,” Lady Tramaine states.  “More essentially – having the opportunity, through song, to comfort and lift up all those who have been so devastated by COVID-19 and police violence. Thy kingdom come, on earth as it is in heaven.”

Watch Lady Tramaine’s new version with the all-star virtual choir, followed by a vignette about her re-recording below:

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