Bishop Paul S. Morton – Not about me, but You

December 18th, 2011 by admin


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The Georgia Mass Choir

September 23rd, 2011 by Black Gospel Choir

Macon, Georgia

Formed in 1983, the 150-voice Georgia Mass Choir came to prominence through highly visible appearances in the Whitney Houston film The Preacher’s Wife and at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. Lead voice, songwriter, and founder Rev. Milton Biggham had spent time organizing Savoy Records, but returned to his home state to organize the choir from over 600 applicants. Naturally, the Georgia Mass Choir began recording for Savoy, and released their first album Yes, He Can in the mid-’80s. Additional albums followed, and by the early ’90s, the group began to be recognized around the nation as one of the leading gospel choirs through Grammy and Dove Award nominations, and the gift of the Keys to the City of Atlanta. Film director Penny Marshall cast them in The Preacher’s Wife in 1996, and the choir also received a Gospel Music Workshop of America Excellence Award.

Biography by John Bush, All Music Guide

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First Missionary Baptist Church Choir

August 11th, 2011 by Black Gospel Choir

Mound City, IL.

First Missionary Baptist Church was established Oct. 1889, organized to be a safe haven for christians to come worship and become empowered through the teachings of God. “We are a church who is meeting the needs for the looked down upon, the left-out, the discouraged and broken hearted. and invite all to come to worship with us..” Members are from Cape Girardeau MO, Marion IL, Charleston MO, Wyatt MO, Cairo IL, Mounds IL, Pulaski IL, and Paducah KY, The church wants everyone to know that all are welcome to come no matter what state in life you’re in!
Rev. James R. Dowell: Pastor, Micheal Bankhead: Minister, Elida Phifer-Hunter: Minister and Earnestine Johnson: Evangelist

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New Life Inspirational Gospel Choir of Atlanta

July 5th, 2011 by Black Gospel Choir

Atlanta, Georgia

The New Life Inspirational Gospel Choir (New Life) was founded in August of 1984 by the Reverend Jonathan Alvarado, a graduate of Morehouse College and presently the pastor of Total Grace Ministries in Atlanta, Georgia. He was succeeded by the Rev. Sirdelrol Vonzel Drayton, a native of Jacksonville, Florida, who also attended Morehouse College.

Under the leadership of Rev. Drayton, New Life grew from a mere eight members to nearly 100 dedicated voices. From his directorship sprang forth many dedicated assistant directors, including Ms. Stephanie Pugh, Rev. James Fields, Ms. JoAnn Carrington, Mr. William Durham, Mr. Andre Harrison, and Min. George Luster IV. In March, 1993, Rev. Drayton was succeeded by Rev. Jeronn C. Williams, then a student and now a graduate of Morehouse College and the Pastor of the New Life International Family Church in Atlanta, Georgia.

From its founding to the present, the spirit of ministry has been deeply embedded into the hearts of the members of the New Life Inspirational Gospel Choir. They presently have members representing the entire Atlanta University Center, which includes Morehouse College, Spelman College,Clark Atlanta University, Morris Brown College, and the Interdenominational Theological Seminary, also members from Georgia Tech, Georgia State University, Emory University, Kennesaw State University, Atlanta Metropolitan College, Georgia Perimeter College, Luther Rice Seminary, and Devry University.

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Gospel Choir of the University of Virginia

May 30th, 2011 by Black Gospel Choir

Black Voices Gospel Choir


Black Voices, a gospel choral ensemble, was conceived and established by engineering student (Rev.) Reginald C. Dance (class of 1975). In order to nurture his love of music and use his talented tenor voice, Reginald joined an existing University choral ensemble- the all male UVA Glee Club. Whereas his participation was somewhat satisfying, he began to realize that black students were accustomed to or needed to sustain their spiritual growth on this predominately white campus. Reginald began to consider what he could do to provide an outlet that would keep black students in touch with their religious upbringing and ongoing spiritual growth. Seeking spiritual enrichment at a local church in Charlottesville called Holy Temple Church of God in Christ, It’s pastor, then and now, is Rev. C.H. Brown. Reginald established a friendship with one of the sons of the church family, Nehemiah Brown, who sang and played the keyboard. Never formally taught, he played with such fervor that it greatly impacted the congregation’s involvement in each service. Reginald began to brainstorm his plan of creating a small choir that would feed the spiritual and social needs of the University’s black students. The seed that was planted and nurtured over three decades ago has grown to become the strong, successful choir of today.

For more historical detail and information about the choir please visit UVA Black Voices

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