When you hear the name ‘Rev. Stefanie R. Minatee and Jubilation”, you KNOW there’s going to be JUBILATION in the house! Reverend Stefanie R. Minatee and Jubilation traveled to Spain in 2016 and recently auditioned for America’s Got Talent. In addition, RSJ participated on the EMI compilation CD, “Oh Happy Day”, singing the title track with Queen Latifah. The CD won a GRAMMY Award, (Best Traditional Gospel Album) along with nominations for Stellar and Dove Awards. Members of Jubilation also participated in Super Bowl XLIV providing background vocals for Queen Latifah and appeared on “American Idol Gives Back 2010” with famed guitarist Jeff Beck and singer Joss Stone. The choir now concentrates on their CD, “Just Like Sunday Mornin’!” The CD is power packed with variety including praise and worship, message music, traditional and contemporary gospel songs, and hymns. The explosive single “Still Standing”, composed by Gospel music ICON A. Jeffrey LaValley, received rave reviews.
Jubilation is a culturally mixed aggregation of auditioned voices committed to singing African American sacred music, with an “emphasis” on Gospel music. The choir’s primary focus is preserving the history and legacy of this genre. After a meeting facilitated by the late Councilman and Assemblyman Donald K. Tucker, and CEO Larry Goldman, Rev. Stefanie R. Minatee entered into partnership with the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, serving as an artist-in-residence, and later became Jubilation’s Artistic Director. Established in October 1998 under the auspices of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, NJ, members of Jubilation hail from 28 cities/townships throughout the tri-state area. (NJ/NY/Pa). Jubilation has two official homes, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, and the Greater Abbysinian Baptist Church in Newark, N.
The name, Voices of Jubilation, was borne out of the NJPAC Jubilation Choir. Under this name, opportunities outside of NJPAC were established. As the Voices of Jubilation, the choir gained international acclaim, touring Japan in July 2002 and 2004, where they ministered through song in several cities. The choir also participated at the 2002 US Open Tennis tournament and enjoyed the honor of singing at the funeral of Jazz Great Lionel Hampton. In the same year, Jubilation recorded “live” with the musical genius, Ray Charles. This DVD project, “Ray Charles Celebrates a Gospel Christmas with the Voices of Jubilation”, was originally released in November 2003. A Deluxe Edition CD/DVD released in Winter 2004, climbed to # 2 on the BILLBOARD Gospel Charts. The project remains a holiday favorite.