Internationally Awarding-winning Baritone & Composer | Pianist | Educator | Author | Arts Equity Advocate
"And God Wept"
commissioned and premiered by Megan Roth and Julia Carey for Juneteenth 2021
As God looked upon on the celebration on June 19, 1865, he wept tears of joy for this moment of liberation. Yet, he wept tears of great sorrow for many mountains of oppression that African American had still yet to climb and the valleys of ever evolving and ill-fated promises rooted in racism that he would faithfully guide them through.
Here we stand over 100 years later still fighting for an America, a world in which we can finally be free of systemic oppression and racism; a world in which we can just be peacefully.
My setting of Dunbar's "We Wear the Mask," with additional lyrics by Parris Lewis to sound the alarm that the life oppressors have left for the oppressed to live, has seen its final days.
World premiere by the Cincinnati Song Initiative in Spring 2021
2nd place WINNER in the 2021 George Shirley Composer Competition
Del'Shawn is an internationally award-winning baritone and composer, pianist, educator, author, and arts equity advocate. When he isn't composing or performing, he is either binge-watching a new series on Netflix with his wife, Chanel and their puppy Malachi, spending time with his beloved family or traveling around the country or Europe. He is an avid arts activist within his community serving on different boards and committies to ensure that marginalized communities have access to the transformative power of the arts. He recently released his first children's book "Do You Know What Makes a Man,"in his series Believe It! Achieve it! that seeks to empower Black youth and is preparing for a national virtual book tour. His favorite quote is, "Have courage and be kind." He is an Associate Manager, Student Operations at Guild Education in Denver, Colorado.