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*

  • A Quiet Place | Take 6

  • Before I Let Go | Maze feat. Frankie Beverly

  • Brighter Day | Kirk Franklin

  • Can You Stand the Rain | New Edition

  • Certainly | Erykah Badu

  • Cranes in the Sky | Solange

  • Day-O! | Harry Belafonte

  • Elijah Rock* | Moses Hogan

  • Evolution of Rihanna

  • Fast Car | Tracy Chapman

  • *Glory, Glory

  • Halfcrazy | Musiq Soulchild

  • Hate on Me | Jill Scott

  • Have Mercy | Eryn Allen Kane

  • I'd Rather Go Blind | Etta James

  • If You Love Me | Brownstone

  • Killing Me Softly | Roberta Flack

  • Knocks Me Off My Feet | Stevie Wonder

  • Let Me Love You | Mario

  • Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing*

  • Lloraras | Oscar D'León

  • Mary* | Take 6

  • More Than a Paycheck*

  • My Boo | Usher

  • Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika*

  • No Mirrors in my Nana's House*

  • Redemption Song | in the style of Angelique Kidjo

  • River | Leon Bridges

  • Shosholoza

  • Something Within Me | Take 6

  • Soon Ah Will Be Done*

  • Spiritual

  • Standy by Me | Ben E. King

  • The Garden | Bobby McFerrin

  • Them Changes | Thundercat

  • Wanting Memories*

  • Water No Get Enemy | Fela Kuti

  • When We Get By | D'Angelo

*Denotes a song in the Shades canon.

Somto Okereke performing "He Lives in You" at Shades' annual Spring Jam in 2018

Noelle Mercer performing "Hate on Me" at Shades' annual V-Day Jam 

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

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