Gospel Fest

On Saturday March 21st, e3kids International will be attending Gospel Fest, held at Fredericksburg Christian Upper School at 6pm. I was able to talk with Amy Cox, the coordinator and founder of the gospel choir, about the choir and how they began.

e3kids: How did the gospel choir start?

Amy: I started Gospel Fest six years ago as a history project option for my eighth grade students at FCS. Typically, they would write a paper on an African American of their choice who has had a tremendous impact on American culture and/or civil rights. Gospel Fest was an opportunity for them to experience a type of music found predominantly in the Black church, and to minister in the community as a project option.

e3kids: Who is in the choir?

Amy: The choir generally has about 200 members. Our youngest member is 9, while our oldest member is in his 80s. All together the choir is “cross-cultural,” meaning the members all have different cultural back grounds, but all sing black gospel music. There are over 30 churches represented in the choir, including a church from Maryland.

e3kids: What style of music does the choir sing?

Amy: The choir sings gospel music, both contemporary and ‘old school’

e3kids: Where has the choir performed?

Amy: While the Gospel Fest is held at Fredericksburg Christian Upper School in the gym, the choir has performed at Celebrate Live Virginia on the outside stage, as well as various churches in the area.

e3kids: What is the message of the group?

Amy: The message of the group comes out of Revelation 7: 9-10; “After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could count, from every nation and all tribes and people, and tongues, standing before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, and palm branches were in their hands; and they cry out with a loud voice, saying, ‘Salvation to our God who sits on the throne , and to the Lamb.'” From this scripture, the choir is a picture of the body of Christ. The message in the music is that we are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone.

e3kids: What is the favorite song that the group performs?

Amy: If you asked ten of our members what their favorite song was this year, you’d probably get 10 different answers. Last year, “Break Every Chain” seemed to be the general favorite. This year, I am hearing a lot of excitement about “Let’s Celebrate” which is our opening song.

Thank you to Amy Cox for taking time to speak with me about the choir. The Gospel Choir was founded by Amy Cox and is directed by Elaine B Ramos.

Finally, join us on Saturday March 21st at 6pm for their free concert at FCS Upper School.

-Maggie B

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