Hallelujah Singers - Gospel

marlenaAt Hilton Head Entertainment, we also get calls from Brides for The Hallelujah Singers to sing at their Wedding on the steps of the church,  as the guests are leaving. We usually work with 4-5 singers. Since they can sing acapella, this works perfectly. You might hear Oh Happy Day, This little light of Mine, Angels Watching over me. Marlena or one of her singers may also sing The Lord's Prayer during the Wedding ceremony. This gives the bride and groom and the guests, truly  a day to remember.

For a Convention, Marlena Small and The Hallelujah Singers have an amazing presence and a wonderful show. Marlena is a wonderful singer of Blues and Jazz and Gospel music and sometimes they all come into play. She tells wonderful stories and is one of the best front people I have seen in a show. She customizes her program to fit each situation.  For a convention at Palmetto Bluff booked by Hilton Head Entertainment for Volkswagen she wrote a jingle especially for their performance. They used The Hallelujah Singers and added 10 more singers for the impact. It was a huge success.

At Hilton Head Entertainment, The Hallelujah Singers   have performed for conventions at HH Marriott Hotel, The Westin Resort, The Crown Plaza, and the Hilton Resort and many performances at Palmetto Bluff such as
Volkswagen as mentioned above, National Terrazzo, Credit Suisse, New Skies, Porche,  BCBS, The Heritage Golf Tournament, Uniform Laws, Dearborn Financial, Catholic Healthcare, NLGI, ADP, Sprint, Gortons, Creative Memories, Dermik Labs,
WORLDCOM, NC Automobile Dealers Association, USC, and the Ohio- Illinois League to name a few.

Blown Away by Such Beautiful Music

"Just a thank you that I'm hoping you can pass on to Marlena and the Hallelujah Singers. They were absolutely beautiful! What incredible voices! They simply lit up the chapel.  I just didn't want to let too much time get by without you and the Singers knowing how much we loved having them sing at our wedding. I remember walking down the isle to This Little Light of Mine, and then just pausing at the alter and looking up to the balcony and listening and soaking up the sounds, not thinking about what was happening next. It was a moment I'll always remember.  Please extend our gratitude, from both of our families, who were blown away by such beautiful music." – From a Bride


"To say that the Hallelujah Singers were incredible is the understatement of the century! Dr. Marlena Smalls and her ensemble were the highlight of our event and received countless raves. The melodic and rich vocals coupled with the enticing and entertaining banter inspired all! It was a privilege to experience them!" – Kimberly N. Morgan; Fluor Corporation


"Hallelujah singers were great" – Melissa Mulvaney, The Morley Co. For Hyundai @ Palmetto Bluff

Marlena Smalls

Marlena Smalls is the founder and director of the nationally known group The Hallelujah Singers. Smalls, a vocalist and historian began her singing career in Ohio and went to Central State University. A sacred music vocalist, Marlena also ventures into gospel, contemporary, jazz and blues.

hal_singersMarlena Smalls was born in Ohio to South Carolina parents. In a family full of singers, Ms. Smalls didn't consider herself especially talented. Then she took the stage in a talent showcase, and her voice - deeply rich and mature for her age - distinguished itself for its power and grace. She began singing in Ohio and went to Central State University before embarking on her singing career. Ms. Smalls' talents have taken her around the globe and she has toured heavily in Europe, performed for the Queen of England, and held a concert in the Frankfurt Opera House in Germany.

But not even an Ohio upbringing and a well-worn passport could sever Ms. Smalls' link to South Carolina. In 1985, she founded the Gullah Festival in Beaufort, which would celebrate the culture and preserve its many traditions, and by 1990, she had formed the Hallelujah Singers.

Marlena Smalls and the Hallelujah Singers recently performed at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art in Washington, DC. Their CD Juba is now sold in the Smithsonian gift shop.

Now featured in Beaufort and Daufuskie Island, South Carolina: "Why Gullah?" with new customized group entertainment tour showcasing the African American culture of the South Carolina Sea Islands. Ask about special music for weddings or storytelling for all ages. Also available at your location: "Simply Marlena" solo performances.

Marlena Smalls founded The Hallelujah Singers in 1990 to preserve the Gullah culture of the South Carolina Sea Islands.   She is a sacred music vocalist, also singing gospel, contemporary, jazz and blues. Her programs for schools, reunion and meeting groups incorporate lecture, music and Gullah storytelling. Inducted into the South Carolina Black Hall of Fame in 2004, Marlena has performed for the Queen of England and many U. S. and international dignitaries. She has worked with film producer Joel Silver and Academy Award winners Tom Hanks, Demi Moore and Glenn Close. In addition to many productions for PBS, SCETV and GPTC, she is known to international audiences as Bubba's mom in the Academy Award winning motion picture Forrest Gump.