Faith in Action
FAITH IN ACTION is an anointed CD by two-time EMMY Award winning producer / composer, HQ THOMPSON. FAITH IN ACTION speaks to the heart and soul of the African American experience in terms of how faith has always been used to move step by step to a brighter day. HQ Thompson is a two-time Emmy Award winner, master keyboardist, producer, songwriter, composer, educator, director, author, playwright, international performer and a lawyer. HQ Thompson's career has been global, with distinguished achievements in many arenas, including international, national, state and local audiences. He received his doctor of laws degree from Boston University and a bachelor of science in education from the University of Virginia. HQ received his first Emmy for his musical score composed for the made-for-television dance special, "Orpheus," starring Debbie Allen. He received his second Emmy for the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) television special, "Ellington Live," featuring his musical score for the play "Langston," based on the poetry of Langston Hughes. His talents were also recognized as a nominee for an Emmy for his musical score for the animated NBC-TV Special, "Harriet and the Promised Land." Thompson has worked extensively with the star of the American stage, television and film, Ruby Dee, and he produced the musical score for "The Disappearance." Ruby Dee called it a new form of theater because it consisted of actors creating scenes from a storybook while a female and male narrator read the character's inner thoughts. In an autobiography of the star couple, "With Osier and Ruby: In This Life Together," Dee described Thompson's role in the creative process. "I met the composer HQ Thompson at Brown (University) and we began to collaborate," Dee said in Thompson's official biography. "I gave each of the principal characters a color, and HQ developed a theme for them. His music helped to evoke two of the locations featured in the story- Harlem and Brooklyn, as well as interior settings. "About seven months after my residency at Brown University, Ricardo Khan (the theater founder) invited me to bring the performance to Crossroads Theater as part of the Genesis Festival, where I continued working with the book itself and HQ continued to develop the music. HQ's score hit a new high. "Through the music, we knew when we were in Brooklyn and when we were in Harlem; we saw the prison and heard the subway and all the city noises, as well as the emotional tones of the characters inner lives." Thompson's talents as a conductor and master keyboardist are known throughout Europe via his jazz performances, and in Africa, where he participated in the Festival of Black and African Arts and Culture (FESTAC) in Lagos, Nigeria, in 1977. He has since collaborated and produced with leading musicians from Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo. In the Bahamas, he directed the music for the first Independence Television Special, "Guard Our Heritage" (1973). While a resident of Boston, Thompson was recognized for his work with the Judge Baker Children's Center Project that offered children the opportunity to feel better about themselves and to better understand their urban life experiences. Thompson, the creative arts director for the project, produced the music for an album, "Express Yourself!" The young people provided direct input for the album at every stage. Their self-esteem improved after their ideas and creative input were used. Thompson has also been the music director for the Haley Farm-Marian Wright Edelman Children's Defense Fund Retreat. FAITH IN ACTION features some of the most anointed and talented men and women of faith in the United States. The first song ORDER MY STEPS IN YOUR WORD DEAR LORD is performed by the RESURRECTION CHOIR under the direction of HQ Thompson which features some of the greatest musical talent involved with child advocacy ministry across the United States. Order My Steps begins with the beautiful keyboard music of HQ Thompson played under the closing remarks of Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, revered theologian, pastor, and civic leader and one of America's most influential religious leaders. Dr. Moss's remarks are followed by the closing prayer by esteemed theologian, The Reverend Dr. Robert M. Franklin, the tenth president of Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA and the song is then sung by the RESURRECTION CHOIR. The performance of Order My Steps is a part of the Samuel Dewitt Proctor Child Advocacy Ministry Institute sponsored by the Childrens Defense Fund founded by my beloved friend and sister, Marian Wright Edelman, a true and wonderful representation of FAITH IN ACTION. The second song is THANK YOU LORD written by HQ Thompson and song by the remarkable VANESSA THOMPSON DIXON whose voice is that of an angel filled with the anointing of the Lord. THANK YOU LORD is a song of rejoicing and highest praise. The third selection is PRECIOUS LORD TAKE MY HAND by renown gospel songwriter Thomas A. Dorsey and is performed by noted classical soprano and soloist in demand for symphonies and orchestras around the world, the great Marva Robinson. The fourth selection is JESUS KEEP ME NEAR THE CROSS and features the musical production and arrangements as well as the vocal styling of HQ Thompson. NEAR THE CROSS also features HQ's keyboard mastery and the dynamic horn work of the great Andre Ward. The fifth song is entitled FREEDOM OVERTURE, composed by HQ Thompson which features the vocal talent of one of America's first responders and Virginia fireman, Eugene Pennix. The sixth song is IF I CAN HELP SOMEBODY and features the awesome talents of the RESURRECTION CHOIR and it's soloists. The seventh and final song on the FAITH IN ACTION CD is TO GOD BE THE GLORY which features the RESURRECTION CHOIR and congregation as our voices are raised in praise to God for His Love, Kindness, Grace and Mercy. HQ Thompson is currently producing two shows for theater and completing the writing of a new novel. TO GOD BE THE GLORY!!!