Bobby McFerrin grew up hearing the great Negro spirituals from one of history's finest interpreters of the genre—his own father.
Robert McFerrin, Sr., the first African-American man to sing at the Metropolitan Opera, brought a polished beauty to those old songs with his rich, booming baritone.
Young Bobby fell in love with the songs. But while he became an acclaimed vocalist himself, winning ten Grammy awards, and has embraced those spirituals his entire life, he never got around to making a gospel album.
Until now, almost seven years after his father's death.