Repertoire

Since its inception in 1988, Shades' repertoire has grown to over 200 songs, with new music added every year. Before the start of the fall semester, the musical director carefully selects a set of roughly 35 songs to perform over the course of the school year. This year, this list of songs consists of: 

  • A Change is Gonna Come | Sam Cooke

  • Amen/We Shall Overcome*

  • Adorn | Miguel

  • Before I Let Go | Maze feat. Frankie Beverly (style of Beyonce)

  • Brighter Day | Kirk Franklin

  • Burna Boy Medley | Burna Boy

  • Elijah Rock* | Moses Hogan

  • Ex-Factor | Lauryn Hill

  • Evolution of Rihanna | Rihanna 

  • Fast Car | Tracy Chapman

  • *Glory, Glory

  • Have Mercy | Eryn Allen Kane 

  • Heaven  | John Legend 

  • He Lives in You | Lebo M (The Lion King)

  • Is This Love | Bob Marley (style of Corinne Bailey Rae)

  • If You Love Me | Brownstone

  • Leave the Door Open | Silk Sonic

  • Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing*

  • Lloraras | Oscar D'León

  • Mary* | Take 6

  • More Than a Paycheck*

  • Motown Medley 

  • My Boo Medley 

  • Never Too Much 

  • Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika*

  • No Mirrors in my Nana's House*

  • Rain | Sunday Service Choir 

  • Say My Name/Distraction | Destiny's Child/Kehlani

  • Sir Duke

  • Soon Ah Will Be Done*

  • Tell Me

  • The Weekend | SZA

  • Them Changes | Thundercat

  • Wanting Memories*

  • Water No Get Enemy | Fela Kuti

  • We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off | Ella Eyre 

  • When We Get By | D'Angelo

*Denotes a song in the Shades canon.

Shades performing "Amen/We Shall Overcome" at Shades' annual Spring Jam in 2020

Xavier Washington performing "Adorn" by Miguel at Shades' annual V-Day Jam in 2017

Shades performing "Elijah Rock" at Shades' 30th Anniversary Jam in Spring 2019