The WAILIN' MAHALIAS can take your soul by surprise with their own tuneful take on FOLK and UNIVERSAL GOSPEL. Vocals are wrapped in rich harmonies. Instruments strike spirited chords. A joyful fusion of the familiar with a fresh twist of the unexpected. All blended beautifully to bring a mix of high-energy music, entertaining mash-ups and upbeat rhythms. The heart and soul of Folk and Gospel are kept alive, lyrics are reshaped to reach across all faiths and cultures.
For the WAILIN' MAHALIAS music takes on a mission. Songs celebrate spirit, love and the human experience that entertains excites and inspires. It's about bringing passion and purpose to each performance. Event producers praise the versatility of their programs. Audiences rave about the brilliant harmonies and musicianship.
When the WAILIN' MAHALIAS perform, audiences are moved. The mix of music is energizing and uplifting. FOLK and UNIVERSAL GOSPEL come alive with dynamic new interpretations. Vocals soar in sync with skilled instrumentalists.
The band knows how to bring fresh excitement to any event. By striking all the right chords. Elevating mood. Raising the roof!
While many of its members honed their harmonies in the Lake Street Church of Evanston Choir, their music is universal. Inspired by a scope of artists from Joan Baez to Mahalia Jackson, the group covers its timeless arrangements in a stay-fresh package with no expiration date.
Classics are covered with an original spin. Standards are anything but. FOLK, UNIVERSAL GOSPEL and BLUES take on surprising new tones. The familiar becomes a fresh new discovery that uplifts all.
PEOPLE ARE SINGING OUR PRAISES:
"The WAILIN' MAHALIAS are simply great in live performance-all smiles with lots of soul, as well as a bit of choreography. The musical repertoire is as infectious as the performance. This talented group is highly recommended." Lilli Kuzma, Host of "Folk Festival" on WDCB Public Radio (Chicagoland)
"The Wailin' Mahalias 'How Sweet the Sound' CD is wonderful. Wonderful name, wonderful folk tradition. I look forward to hearing more. Keep wailin!" Megon McDonough, singer-songwriter
The Wailin' Mahalias performed at a memorial service for a friend of mine..
I wanted to share what a wonderful experience it was having the Wailin' Mahalias perform at this memorial, they understand the power of music to touch the spirit and support people in a disorienting time. The music was excellent! - and very touching, beautifully performed. My friend said, "I can't tell you how many people commented on how wonderful the music was." People also told her they'd never been to a more beautiful service. I highly, highly recommend the Wailin' Mahalias to perform at a memorial or other event that is important to you."
"The Wailin' Mahalias are dynamic! They performed for our recent successful holiday gathering, and were truly a delight to work with. They sensitively planned their musical selections for our setting and were collaborative at every level. They performed not only with musical excellence but with heartfelt appreciation for the occasion and its attendees. We recommend them for your gathering without reservation."
Rev. Jacki Belile
Chicago Coalition of Welcoming Churches