Artist: Johnathon Kelso
Project: I Want to Die A-Shouting
Description: Johnathon Kelso’s series I Want to Die A-Shouting documents the tradition of shape-note singing (also known as Sacred Harp) throughout the South. This custom—which employs a distinctive musical notation of four shapes (triangle, circle, square, and diamond) corresponding to four notes (fa, so, la, and mi)—has been fervently preserved through the generations and is gaining renewed momentum among younger singers from all over the country, including Kelso. His photo “Liberty Hill Church, Barnesville, Georgia,” above, appears in our Georgia Music issue.