We raised the roof with great music by Motown artists: "Reach Out and Touch" by Diana Ross, "Love's In Need of Love Today" and "Have a Talk With God" by Stevie Wonder, "We Are the World" by Michael Jackson - and many more. The sold-out audience came ready to participate and participate they did. There was dancing in the aisles and many singing along with the mass choir.
Our guest artist, Louise Rose, was her usual stellar self, playing and singing with the Good Noise band in a solo set that had the audience spellbound. She joined with the mass choir in a grand finale - the audience members couldn't stay in their seats. It was a joyful and powerful conclusion to a great weekend of learning music and singing in concert.
|Hallelujah Praise Mass Gospel Choir with Louise Rose (photo credit: Shelle Chin)|
|Hallelujah Praise Mass Gospel Choir - Motown Meets Gospel with out sold out audience.|
In March the choir traveled east to bring our signature gospel sound to the people of Abbotsford, singing at a benefit concert for Life Bridge Ministries. We were joined by one of our favourite guest artists, Crystal Hicks, and together presented a concert of highlights from the Motown Meets Gospel concert and added a tribute set of music in honour of gospel great Andraé Crouch, who passed away in January of this year. It was a special evening of music with the audience singing Crouch's "Bless the Lord, Oh My Soul" in powerful harmony and Gail and Crystal joining together with Good Noise to sing an Andraé Crouch favourite, "Take Me Back."
Good Noise meets weekly to rehearse, and often it's just not enough singing. For one of our several social get-togethers during the year, we decided to have a sing-along to complement our spring choir potluck. A song booklet was put together with many favourites from over the past few decades: Joni Mitchell, Billy Joel, Elton John, The Beatles, Peter Paul and many more. It was a fun evening with every choir member outdoing themselves bringing fabulous food to share and their best voices to sing some fun classics.
Not to be outdone, the weather put on a spectacular show with a stunning sunset mixed with storm clouds rolling in over the North Shore mountains. Here's a view from the front yard of our host's house.
|Good Noise Spring Sing: Sunset and Storm Clouds, Photo by Tara Wasney|
|Good Noise Spring Sing: Fiery Sunset, Photo by Tara Wasney|
The choir is in full rehearsal mode preparing for our May 30th concert. As our home at the Cathedral is closed due to renovations, we're rehearsing at our "home away from home" Shaughnessy Heights United Church until late fall. Lots of excitement in rehearsal as we get closer to our final concert of the season, "Rise Up Singing - A Youth Choir Extravaganza".