Raised in the southern musical traditions of the Black Baptist Church and the Grand Ole’ Opry, the founding members of the Spiritual Messengers Warriors for Godbring an eclectic sensibility to over 30 years of making Gospel music together. The group started as a Men’s Fellowship Ensemble at the First Spirit-Filled Missionary Baptist Church in Harrisburg, PA and has performed at churches and festivals throughout the mid-Atlantic.
At its heart, their music is about community and “saving souls, one song at a time.” That might happen through a soulful ballad, a hard-drivin’ blues tune, or the foot-shuffling rhythms of a country song. They play some of the familiar classics, but are best known for their originals. With instrumentation that includes a saxophone and a mandolin, along with drums and electric guitars, their music is surprising, yet it is about real life experiences. Reverend Moses Jackson is the spiritual leader of the group and is often moved to minister in the middle of a song. But the songs and arrangements are all created through fellowship and collaboration.
For this presentation of Hear from Harrisburg, the Spiritual Messengers Warriors for God invited us into one of their rehearsals at the church, where they shared several songs, told some great stories, and did a little ministering. For more information, we also invite you to visit the Susquehanna Folk Music Society’s virtual exhibit about the group.