The Baptist pastor and the Orthodox rabbi’s daughter walk onstage. This isn’t the beginning of a groan-inducing joke told over a couple of beers — it’s what celebrated Jewish singer/songwriter Neshama Carlebach does every time she performs with the Rev. Roger Hambrick and the Green Pastures Baptist Church Choir. And while the relationship might seem somewhat unusual, for Carlebach, it’s produced the sort of excitement and joy she yearns for in her artistic life.
The voice on the CD is smoky, sultry, exotic, spinning out messages of devotion in a foreign tongue. But when a reporter calls at 9 p.m. on a Monday night, the owner of that voice says, prosaically enough, "Let me turn down the TV," and the next thing coming over the wire is Peter Boyle yelling at Doris Roberts.