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I had watched some video's of Rae Gordon, and knew she was the real deal, but had never seen her live. The video's I watched were her Blues performances with The Rae Gordon Band, not the Gospel Band she is with every 1st Sunday at "Trails End Saloon in Oregon City, Oregon. I was looking at their Sunday Jam night schedule when I saw that Rae would be there at 2pm till 5pm on May 5th. *"The 1st Sunday Gospel at Trails End Saloon is a unique place once a month where you can come as you are, wherever you are to just listen to music and have a good time with each other. Whether you are an every Sunday church goer or it's been years since you have seen the inside of a chapel, you are welcome. Whether you are running to or running from a higher power or you are still finding your path, you are welcome."
When I walked in the door, Rae was working the crowd like a seasoned politician, chatting it up and making her way to the stage and I could tell right away these attendees were her people. Like the country song "My Church" ...I came for some of my church as music is my spiritual therapy. As she began her first song, I knew I was in church! Rae's friendliness exuded from her like "this little light of mine." She even had Sunday school songs for the several young children in attendance. But back to Rae's voice...she sounded like some of the Gospel singers I used to see and hear back in the south at an African American Pentecostal singspiration and revival! Her range and style reminded me of little bit of Mahalia Jackson, Janis Joplin, and Aretha Franklin thrown in for good measure. She can scat, she can hit runs one would expect, but also had such great control of her vocal instrument, she hit some runs that I've never heard any of the greats do. Possibly it was her Blues style that she pulled from that made her Gospel singing unique and originally her own. With a rasp and growl here and there, her intonation was perfect as well as her rich tone and the depth of her voice made me wonder how much more did she have to explore deep down for more potential to get better...if that is even possible? With her incredible singing talent and magnetic personality, music is not the only place Rae can excel in. TV, Movies, whatever and wherever she wants to go is hers for the taking. The Northwest is her springboard to launch her career to the next level. I look forward to seeing her blues show live very soon and will expand this review! Thanks Rae! That was an awesome Sunday at Church!