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The Wailin' Mahalias

Gospel Band from Chicago, IL - Will travel up to 75 miles

$250 - $1200 per event
TOE TAPPING, UPLIFTING, FOLK AND UNIVERSAL GOSPEL MUSIC, CHRISTMAS as well. FOR OVER 10 YEARS WE'VE MADE MUSIC OUR MISSION. Available for weddings, corporate events, private parties, fundraisers,and Barbecues!

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.

"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."
Jackie Sloane

"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

Responds quickly to client requests
Man Named All the Animals
Bob Dylan
Gracias a la Vida
Joan Baez
Peter Paul and Mary Medley
Peter Paul and Mary
Get Together
The Youngbloods
I Hope You Dance
Lee Ann Womack
Let the Mystery Be
Iris Dement
Will the Circle Be Unbroken
Carter Family
I’ll Fly Away
Allison Krauss
Turn Turn Turn
Pete Seeger
If I Had a Hammer
Pete Seeger
Stand By Me
Ben E King
When the Saint Come Marching In
Louis Armstrong
What’s Going On Mercy Me
Marvin Gaye
Give Me Love My Sweet Lord
George Harrison
Amazing Grace
John Newton
Working Girl Blues Don’t Put Her Down
Hazel Dickens
Don’t Neglect the Rose
Larry Sparks
This Garden Will Grow
Neal Hagberg
Old Love
Neal and Leandra
One Voice
The Wailin’ Jennys
You Gotta Move
Mississippi Fred McDowll
If Not Now
Carrie Newcomer
Room at the Table
Carrie Newcomer
From this Valley
Civil Wars
Puppy Dog Blues
Christine Inserra
We Love Cats
Christine Inserra
All God’s Critters Have a Place in the Choir
Bill Staines
Honey in the Rock
Guy Carawan
Life Is a Ballgame
Sister Wynona Carr
Joyful Joyful
Sister Act 2
Swing Low Sweet Chariot
The Golden Gate Quartet
Glory Glory Hallelujah
the Staple Singers
Wade in the Water
The Staple Singers
Shall We Gather at the River
Randy Travis
Just a Closer Walk with Thee
Mahalia Jackson
God Put a Rainbow in the Sky Didn’t it Rain
Mahalia Jackson
In the Upper Room
Mahalia Jackson
Walk All Over God’s Heaven
Allison Krauss
What Could I Do
Marian Williams
Up Above My Head Ninety Nine and a Half Won’t Do
Sister Rosetta Tharpe
Dream Small
Josh Wilson
Go Tell it on the Mountain
Folk Christmas
Evan Santa Claus Gets the Blues
Marty Stuart
O Holy Night
Folk Christmas
The Little Drummer Boy
Folk Christmas
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen We Three Kings
Bare Naked Ladies
We Wanta See Santa Do the Mambo
Big John Greer
Do You Hear What I Hear
Folk Christmas
O Come O Come Emmanuel
Folk Christmas
Folk Christmas
Let All Mortal Flesh
Folk Christmas
The Holly and the Ivy
Folk Christmas
Coventry Carol
English Christmas
Wexford Carol
English Christmas
Rocking Around the Christmas Tree
Folk Christmas
Winter Wonderland
Folk Christmas
Deck the Halls
Folk Christmas
Silent Night
Folk Christmas
We Wish You a Merry
Folk Christmas
Children Go Where I Send Thee
Folk Christmas
Bluegrass Band
Variety Band
Acoustic Band
Roots Band
Folk Band
Gospel Band
Wedding Band
Baby Showers
Happy Hours
Bachelorette Parties
Bridal Showers
Birthday Parties (Adult)
First Communions
Wedding Ceremonies
Wedding Receptions
Engagement Parties
Family Reunions
Rehearsal Dinners
Christmas Parties
Grand Openings
Graduation Parties
High School Reunions
Holiday Parties
Trade Shows
Memorial Services
Cocktail Parties
Please note The Wailin' Mahalias will also travel to Cicero, Berwyn, Oak Park, Forest Park, Hines, Lyons, Riverside, Brookfield, Maywood, River Forest, Summit Argo, Carol Stream, La Grange Park, Bellwood, Bedford Park, Melrose Park, Westchester, Burbank, Bridgeview, Hillside, Hinsdale, Hometown, La Grange, River Grove, Stone Park, Western Springs, Berkeley, Franklin Park, Justice, Norridge.
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