The public will gather at Gordon Memorial United Methodist Church, 2334 Herman Street, for the 2nd annual Gospel Explosion, hosted by Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Nashville Alumni on Sunday, March 16.
The ‘Explosion’ will begin at 6 pm with a few of Nashville’s premier vocal artists. This year the 2014 Kappa Gospel Explosion committee has put together an ‘explosion’ of gospel music that will be sure to entertain while uplifting the word of God in song. The four artists will be the Tennessee State University Gospel Chorus, under the direction of Roderic Bronaugh; The Agape Singers, under the direction of Paula Chavis; Psalm 3, Anita, Iris and Linda; and LaShanda Evans.
The Tennessee State University Gospel Chorus consists of students enrolled in a class at the university offered each semester for credit or non-credit. This is a course that has been added to the music department curriculum. Since this offering has been made available, students from various states have enrolled and represented the university at numerous prestigious collegiate and community events.
Highlights include the Presidential Inaugural Breakfast and the Grand Opening Brunch at the new Omni Hotel in downtown Nashville. Each semester the students study basic vocal and breathing techniques required for good singing and preservation of the voice. The ultimate goal is to establish an ensemble sound utilizing a diversity of gospel music genres. The students are under the direction of Professor Roderic Bronaugh.
The Agape Singers
In the spring of 1987, Rev. James R. King envisioned a contemporary Christian singing group at Clark Memorial United Methodist Church that would spread the message of God’s love through song. The term ‘Agape’ was used by early Christians to refer to the self-sacrificing love of God for humanity, which they were committed to reciprocating and practicing towards God and among one another. Our mission is to bring souls to Christ through song. Our voices are used as instruments of love and tools in the building of God’s kingdom on earth.
Under the leadership of Paula James Chavis, Agape’s president, the Agape Singers are active in their church and community. Their Outreach vocal mission embraces Clark’s prison ministry, visitation to nursing facilities, and participation in Nashville’s Room In The Inn citywide winter housing program. The Agape Singers’ voices have been heard in numerous Nashville sanctuaries and their travels have taken them out of state to sing God’s praises. “We are humbled and blessed to have been extended an invitation to participate in the 2012 United Methodist General Conference,” Chavis said.
About 30 years ago an alto and two sopranos, members of Gordon Memorial United Methodist Church, decided to blend their voices together to sing God’s praises. As members of the Chancel Choir of Gordon, Iris Andrews, Anita Edmondson, and Linda Fair wanted to carry God’s word in song beyond the Gordon community. With that determination there was only one question left: “What do we call this trio?” Many praises to the Lord are found in the Bible in the book of Psalms. In giving continuous praise to the Lord, the book of Psalms came to mind. Thus evolved the name, ‘Psalm 3’ for this budding trio. Throughout the years, Psalm 3 has ministered to many through song about God’s everlasting love and his amazing grace. As they continue to sing for the Lord, Psalm 3 is not tired yet, because they still have praise inside of them.
LaShanda Evans is a Nashville native with roots that run deep in the gospel music community. Her sweet soprano voice can be heard on numerous projects across the country. LaShanda has served in several ensembles and choirs across the city. Currently, she is a member of the Nashville Super Choir, also known as NSC. As one of the lead vocalists, LaShanda has been featured on Bobby Jones Gospel airing every Sunday morning on the BET network. In addition to traveling with Dr. Jones and NSC, LaShanda also serves as minister of music at Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church.
The 2014 Gospel Explosion is held in conjunction with the Nashville Guide Right Foundation, Inc. (NGRF). NGRF provides personal guidance and positive character development skills for young men in middle and high schools while focusing on the educational activities of the community through a variety of programs.
Educational Activities of the Nashville Guide Right Foundation, Inc. support the following programs:
· Pencil Partner–Ross Elementary School
· Piney Wood Boarding School
· Tutorial Programs–Metro School system
· Kappa Scholarships–$90,000.00+
· Mentoring Program–Middle and high school students
· United Negro College Fund
· Tennessee State University Foundation
· Northwest YMCA
The gospel explosion committee members include: Rev. James Sawyers, John L. Green, Ralph Thompson, Roderic Bronaugh, John H. Ford and Leonard Morton.
The current president of Nashville Chapter Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. is James E. Dukes and Nashville Alumni Chapter Polemarch is Anthony T. Owens.
Kappa Alpha Psi will hold its 2015 82nd Grand Chapter Meeting in New Orleans.
To obtain more information, call 615-329-2779. Gordon Memorial United Methodist Church is located at 2334 Herman Street. The pastor is Rev. Vance Ross.