My Soul is A Witness explores the rich legacy of African American sacred music, focusing on the theological import of this music born of oppression. Robert Darden, Associate Professor of Journalism at Baylor University, writes: The spirituals are an extraordinarily rich lyric tradition, the result of centuries of self-selection and improvisation, and the root of all American music, popular and sacred. Even in their fragmentary form - and only a tiny fraction of all spirituals were ever transcribed - they reveal the mythic power inherent in a chained people, a power that would sustain them throu one of humanity's darkest, most shameful hours. My Soul Is A Witness mines this lyric ore for a series of thought-provoking, wide-ranging, freewheeling reflections, each as distinctive as the spiritual that inspired it."
The book includes a CD featuring vocals by Marsha Hansen and Jordan Hansen, accompanied by Keith Richards, George Ricile, Blondie Chaplin, Babi Floyd and other noted musicians.