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Music Spotlight Tuesday: The 2016 MLK Mass Choir of Dalton, GA

Sunday in my hometown of Dalton, GA, we celebrated our annual Martin Luther King Jr. Ecumenical Service at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church.

Growing up, our annual Ecumenical Services have always been a big occasion. It is the one time a year when EVERYONE puts aside their respective church programs, denominations, and traditions, to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King.

Along with our annual MLK Service is the MLK Choir.

This year, I was honored to direct the MLK Choir. It was an assembly of voluntary singers and musicians from numerous churches around town.

We had a wonderful time. I truly enjoyed all of the teaching, singing, directing, and dancing all weekend long.

We sang four songs: "We've Come to Lift You Up"- Chicago Mass Choir; "My Hope is Built"- Rev. Timothy Wright; "Whatever It Takes"- O'Landa Draper & The Associates; and "Total Praise"- Richard Smallwood.

We learned the first three in a single night. Hardly anyone left early for both rehearsals. It showed, too.

When it was time for us to sing, we were prepared, energized, and excited to give the LORD glory with our voices and musical gifts.

Imagine a group of about 30 people gathering for two 2 hour-plus rehearsals for the duration of one weekend (Friday and Saturday), intensely learning four songs and then singing them that Sunday.

That's what we did. All the glory, credit, and honor belongs to God for using us in such a mighty way.

Big thanks to the Concerned Clergy of Whitfield County for the opportunity and to the musicians and who made it all possible.

Below is a link to footage from Sunday. Enjoy!


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