The Hallelujah Train featuring Pastor Brady Blade Sr., Daniel Lanois, Brian & Brady Blade Jr. and Zion Baptist Church Choir
Get ready for a supercharged blast of authentic Southern gospel when Pastor Brady Blade Sr. and his 80-year-old thunderbolt voice pulls his “Hallelujah Train” in for its Connecticut debut.
A born devotee and natural musician, Blade Sr. preached his first sermon in 1953, and he has been the pastor at Zion Baptist Church in Shreveport, LA, since 1961, where he began elevating his praise with song. His unique style worship soon became The Hallelujah Train - a public service broadcast that brought song and faith to the region throughout the 1970s. A live revival was orchestrated in 2009 at the behest of Blade Sr.’s son - famed jazz drummer Brian Blade - who organized a concert after discovering recordings from the original show had been erased. In an interview with Connect Savannah, Brian describes the show as “completely a musical experience.”
Brian and Brady Jr., who is also a renowned jazz drummer, convinced their father to bring the show on the road. Today it features Blade Sr.’s booming, soulful voice, an ensemble that includes the pastor’s 20-strong congregational choir, guests like longtime friend and collaborator Daniel Lanois (guitarist and producer of U2 and Bob Dylan), and his sons, whose deft rhythms round out the ensemble with some of the best percussive skill in the world.
The group’s uplifting message will be carried aloft by the unique blend of traditions the pastor has fostered in Shreveport, Louisiana’s Zion Baptist Church. Expect supple funk and jazz-wise flexibility—as well as “God gave me this talent. Why shouldn’t I use it?” – The Score, An Insider’s Guide to the Performing Arts
Whether you’re a person of faith or just consider music to be your church, you won’t want to miss this train. All aboard!
11 A.M. Worship Service with Pastor Brady Blade, Sr. with Zion Baptist Church Choir
12 P.M. The Hallelujah Train Brunch with artists
3 P.M. The Hallelujah Train in concert