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Südwest Presse

"[…] an intoxicating show presented here, perfect in every detail: with virtuoso singing, sophisticated choreography and a brilliant band – a gigantic spectacle at the highest level, pure joy of life! Enormous applause from thrilled audience."

Abendzeitung Munich

"Picture book moments where the singers enthusiastically raised their arms heavenward, let their robes fly in dancing and danced off the stage after a break in the applause. Esther and her babies were in top form once again."

Süddeutsche Zeitung

"Overwhelming gospel show […] You think that you can physically feel how the entire hall is absorbed by the stage. Called by God's special command."

Ruhr Nachrichten

"The driving force behind this magnificent show was the queen of gospel melody herself, Queen Esther Marrow. The legendary New York group toured for some years without their founder, who in the meantime has notched up over 40 years on stage. Now the charismatic queen is back, with her contagious joy and a voice full of emotion, love and warmth."

El País, Barcelona

"The show of the Harlem Gospel Singers is great. Cascades of infectious rhythms are convincingly delivered and perfectly geared towards inspiring the minds,making every show an enormous success. Not afraid of pounding rhythms with definite rock and soul influences."

Rheinische Post

"Recipe for Happiness." "[…] thanks to consistently brilliant voices, excellent musicians and a harmonious concept of traditional as well as modern gospel music, sound sparks of happiness kept flying over to the audience time and again."

Dresdner Morgenpost

"In show business perfection is very difficult to achieve, but no other vocal ensemble comes as close to it as the Harlem Gospel Singers."

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

"The performers whirl around the stage in their bright flowing robes, which they change several times throughout the show. Musically, they are powered by their fantastic five-piece formation, as perfect as in a Broadway show, and kept on their toes by the infectious rhythm of David H. Bell's choreography. Barely a second goes by when they are not throwing their hands up to the heavens and moving their feet to the cascading beat – living proof that gospel is a workout for body and soul."

Neue Ruhr Zeitung

"When she [Queen Esther Marrow] started singing Simon and Garfunkel's classic ‘Bridge over Troubled Water’, her deep, rich contralto voice transformed the popular song into a meditative, laintive melody. As it rose to the concert hall dome, the audience held its breath."

Leipziger Volkszeitung

"This Sunday the Gewandhaus is boiling over: row upon row the seats snap up as if standing ovations would help bringing artists and audience even closer together. But at some point the show has to end and the world's most famous gospel group has to leave[…]."

Bonner General-Anzeiger

"The unchallenged crown jewel in the glittering tiara of secular and spiritual songs, in the alternation of blues and gospel, is Queen Esther Marrow with a voice of smoke, thunder and honey."

Hamburger Morgenpost

"On the stage Queen Esther Marrow displays temperament and expression that would drown out even the trumpets of Jericho."

The Voice, London

"This is a show filled with great classics, sensationally interpreted and spiritually uplifting. Once the choir lets go, nobody can stay in their seats."

Le Parisien

"As soon as Queen Esther's awe-inspiring voice is to be heard from the back of the stage, an electrifying passion takes hold of the audience."

tz, Munich

"Then the Queen entered the ring of the packed Circus Krone and started with an opening number that others could not even manage as a grand finale."

The Times, US-Magazine

"Her style, gestures and voice fill a room. Voices murmured sighs of relief and joy when she sang her last note, I had to shout my appreciation, as well."

Le Figaroscope

"The audience is won over in an instant, and no-one needs to wait for the mandatory ‚O Happy Day' to finally stand up and clap along."

Elle, France

"Indeed it is hard to sit still while listening to these […] singers with their wonderful voices and surpassing technique, displaying a joyful musical syncretism: a pinch of Jazz, some rocking guitars and inspired singing, combined with pure R'n'B, all melting with the true classic gospel songs."

Rheinische Post

"The audience was unanimous – there was tempo, zest, energy-loaded sound and a perfectly staged Gospel Show to see and hear. […] A truly sensational stage show"

Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung

"It is only when you see this exceptional ensemble for yourself live on stage – with their stellar musicians, a fascinating choreography and glittering costumes, with their simply marvellous show – it is only then that you understand why thousands of people want to see and hear the Harlem Gospel Singers again and again."

Ruhr Nachrichten

"Why The Harlem Gospel Singers are one of the most sought-after international show-acts? – Well, because they perform blues, gospel, soul in perfect arrangements. Because they have superior musicians and vocal soloist. Because their snappy choreographies speak of unadulterated joy of living. And because of that with Queen Esther Marrow they have a diva on stage whose voice is just stunning: mellow and velvety it effortlessly fills the room. Her voice has got a smoldering soulfulness conveying passion and pain, hope and comfort."

Münchner Merkur

"After two hours of passionate, infectious and moving music, one has little left to say but ‘YES!’. You cannot escape the company's positive energy. All of the ten singers are excellent. This impression, however, is mainly up to their boss, Gospel legend Queen Esther Marrow, who lightens up the stage with her innate charms and a unique soulful voice." "Their unique mixture of Soul, Blues and Gospel, which [Queen] Esther Marrow has brought to perfection over the years, is like a drug – you can’t get enough of it. When [Queen] Esther Marrow intones Simon & Garfunkel's ‘Bridge over Troubled Water’ […] the audience holds its breath and the tribute to Ray Charles calls for true euphoria."


"The musical quest for ecstasy: Marrow, Mistress of Ceremonies, and the Harlem Gospel Singers perform a perfect show." "Marrows sings a wonderful interpretation of ‘Bridge over Troubled Water’, enjoying every note. She covers "You Gonna Have To Serve Somebody" by Bob Dylan, whom she worked with in the Mid80s. Her appearances are spread across the evening, some of them being duets with Reverend Charles R. Lyles. Choir and band cover the rest of the show doing everything from classic a-capellagospel songs to moderate funk: nine voices so perfectly attuned, that even dynamic tricks come across as effortless."

Corriere Della Sera, Milan

"A great show, staged with few elements, in superior style and with beautiful voices."


"And then the ice between the performers and the audience was broken once and for all. Dozens upon dozens of spectators took to the stage to sing with the singers and shake their hands. With a "Oh Happy Day", Queen Esther Marrow, Reverend Lyles and the Harlem Gospel Singers vociferously bid their farewells until next year."

Thüringer Allgemeine

"In their new programme they ecstatically sang themselves into the present with their timeless and powerful music. An enthusiastic audience followed, absorbed by the rhythm, vibrating and swinging."

Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung

"It would not be an overstatement to describe Queen Esther Marrow as a living legend. Discovered by Duke Ellington, she has sung with the likes of Ray Charles, Bob Dylan and B.B. King. This queen of gospel fully deserves her title. At the first of five concerts, Queen Esther and her ten Harlem Gospel Singers had the audience […] out of their seats. […] Their music is anything but mere lip service to a last-minute tour production. The Harlem Gospel Singers' show ‘Say Yes!’ is a commitment to soul, a fervent, infectious, ‘Yes’ to life. In their flowing, dazzling robes, the singers whirl around the stage in perfect choreography, singing of love and peace with enthusiastic devotion. Nobody is immune to the positive energy that this ensemble radiates. God's strongvoiced special commando unit left the stage to a standing ovation."

Sächsische Zeitung

"Two hours of happiness – the Harlem Gospel Singers in the Kulturpalast received standing ovations."

Leipziger Volkszeitung

"Regardless which cast is singing: just the men, just the women, whether in a solo or all together, they are simply sensational. […] In the end, the air is on fire and the applause is deafening. Actually, no wonder."

Hessische Niedersächsische Allgemeine

"The show became more and more intense, soulful, hotter and was entirely marked by the dignity radiated by this choir, regardless whether in ecstasy or in prayer. One seemed to feel physically how the hall was absorbed by the stage. Called by God's special command. Encore."