UAB Choir – Great is thy faithfulness

Highlights and moments associated with the UAB Gospel Choir “MIRRORS” CD. kevin p. turner, director – Project will be available Feb 22, 2011 in stores and on the web.

UAB Gospel Choir:

The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Gospel Choir, directed by Kevin P. Turner, is a performance class in the UAB Department of Music. The choir celebrated its 11th anniversary November 20, 2006. For the past 10 years, the UAB Gospel Choir has served as a national and international ambassador for the university. Enrollment in the UAB Gospel Choir continues to grow each semester, rising from 38 voices in 1995 to an average of 145 members each semester. Enrollment exceeded 200 members when the choir was open to the community. Currently, the UAB Gospel Choir is open to all UAB students of all majors for academic credit (one hour repeatable). They perform traditional and contemporary American gospel music. International Impact: Students have been recruited to sing in the choir from the West Indies, Switzerland, throughout the USA and France. The U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic (Prague) is a fan of the choir.

• The UAB Gospel Choir toured the Midwest during the Spring of 2006 with three buses of choir members, dance team and band. Stops included universities, high schools, performing arts schools, churches and concert halls in Chicago, Peoria, Macomb, Saint Louis and Boiling Brook, Illinois. The tour received critical acclaim in newspapers and on television and resulted in recruitment to UAB. The choir returns to the Midwest in 2007, with a tour stop at the Illinois State Capital in Springfield, to perform for a joint session. For updated information pertaining to the 2007 tour, please visit our tour website at www.uabgospeltour.org.

• The group’s first CD, “UAB Gospel Choir – Live!” released in September 1997, was the first offering from the UAB Entertainment! record label. The song “Everybody Ought to Know” from the CD went to No. 1 and No. 3 on the Canadian charts. The song “Magnify Him” from the CD was one of the most popular videos on Black Entertainment Television (BET) for several weeks.

• The UAB Gospel Choir has performed locally with the Birmingham Metropolitan Orchestra, the ASO and likewise with internationally renowned artists including: Stevie Wonder, Ruben Studdard, Vanessa Bell-Armstrong, Daryl Coley, and Lee Greenwood. Equally important the UAB Gospel Choir has opened for artists including Tonex, Kirk Franklin, Fred Hammond, Karen Clark-Sheard and Dottie Peoples. In addition this choir was featured in its own TV special on the former Time Warner Cable Company in Birmingham, AL. In November 2004. Also in November 2004, they took the stage with William Murphy, J. Moss and L. Spencer Smith & Testament at the Hallelujah 105.9FM music festival in Bessemer, AL.

• The choir’s second CD, “Lessons for Life,” was released nationwide in early 2002 and earned national radio recognition. The song “I’m Glad You Got Here” was added to the XM Satellite Radio play list. In addition,” I’m Glad You Got Here” was selected in May 2002 as one of the top 10 songs on the Myriad Gospel Countdown, heard in 15 states every Sunday morning and remains a favorite in the Birmingham, Alabama listening area. Perfect Peace, Amen, Thank you and Wait on the Lord remains in rotation throughout the US according to BMI reports. Turner wrote and arranged the entire recording and served as assistant producer with Grammy award winner and UAB University Professor Henry Panion III, Ph.D., on the UAB Entertainment! record label. In addition, local talents from area churches are featured on the CD.

• The UAB Gospel Choir was featured in the filming of a documentary produced by Dr. Henry Louis Gates – Harvard’s chair of Afro-American Studies, “Black America in the 21st Century, journey through the South.” The show aired in September 2003 on PBS and the BBC. In addition, the UAB Gospel Choir is featured in the 10th Anniversary commercial footage of the Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center (Kevin Turner wrote the jingle – Love It Live!).

The UAB Gospel Choir has performed for former Miss America Heather Whitestone and former first lady Barbara Bush. In addition, the choir has performed for the United States Secretary of Education, celebrations at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, the inaugural ceremonies for Alabama Governor Don Siegelman, the inaugural prayer breakfast with Martin Luther King III, the Alabama Commission on Higher Education (ACHE) annual convention, the Birmingham Heritage Festival, Birmingham’s City Stages Music Festival, on ESPN II and the Edmund Pettus Bridge Celebration in Selma, Ala.

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