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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

  • At Last | Etta James

  • Elijah Rock* | Moses Hogan

  • Ex-Factor | Lauryn Hill

  • Fast Car | Tracy Chapman

  • *Glory, Glory

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

  • If You Love Me | Brownstone

  • Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing*

  • Mary* | Take 6

  • More Than a Paycheck*

  • Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika*

  • No Mirrors in my Nana's House*

  • Plastic Off the Sofa | Beyonce

  • Rain | Sunday Service Choir 

  • Soon Ah Will Be Done*

  • Smokin' Out the Window | Silk Sonic

  • Wanting Memories*

  • Weak | SWV

  • 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

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