Bobby McFerrin | "The Garden"

ALBUM: Medicine Music (1990)

From scat to beatboxing to throat singing to acrobatic changes of pitch, Bobby McFerrin is one of music's legendary vocalists. But it's not just technical mastery that sets him apart - every one of McFerrin's performances is imbued with his beatific joy and good nature.

Faith plays a big part in his music, as well - his most recent record, 2013's spirityouall,  celebrated African-American spirituals along with some splendid originals (and inspired the name of this very blog). "The Garden" is from Medicine Music, another of his more faith-focused albums. It's the first few chapters of Genesis recreated with his characteristic light touch and the help of his ten-member "voicestra". Listen below.