Arcata Interfaith Gospel Choir | Rejoicing in Song (Live)

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Rejoicing in Song (Live)

by Arcata Interfaith Gospel Choir

Since 1992 the Arcata Interfaith Gospel Choir has sung out its message of faith, hope, love, unity and joy. This album was recorded live in May 2013 at the Arkley Center for the Performing Arts in Eureka, California.
Genre: Spiritual: Gospel Choir
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  Song Share Time Download
1. He Made the Difference (Live)
4:27 $0.99
2. Amazing Grace (Live)
3:53 $0.99
3. Expect the Great (Live)
6:07 $0.99
4. Lord You Love Me (Live)
4:53 $0.99
5. I'll Just Keep Holding On (Live)
8:03 $0.99
6. Spiritual (Live)
6:05 $0.99
7. My Soul Doth Magnify the Lord (Live)
4:19 $0.99
8. When Will We Sing the Same Song (Live)
5:20 $0.99
9. Grace (Live)
7:52 $0.99
10. Encourage Yourself (Live)
5:54 $0.99
11. No Trouble at the River (Live)
6:55 $0.99
12. Total Praise (Live)
4:40 $0.99
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Album Notes
The Rejoicing in Song concert was held on May 5, 2013 at the Arkley Center for the Performing Arts in Eureka, California. Earl Thomas, an internationally acclaimed blues singer, opened the concert and sang with the Arcata Interfaith Gospel Choir. The AIGC Youth Choir also performed.

Personnel for the Rejoicing in Song Concert
Jim Hubbard, AIGC Director
Louis Hoiland, AIGC Assistant Director

Lorien Sanchez, Director, AIGC Youth Choir
Lorenza Simmons, Accompanist, AIGC Youth Choir

Bob Ebenstein, Piano
Tim Claasen, Bass
Justin Hoopes, Drums
David Childers, Guitar
Tim Randles, Keyboard
Julie Flomblom, Sax
Brad Werren, Trumpet
Don Hammerstedt, Trumpet

Jim Hubbard, Producer
Russ Cole, Sound Engineer
Tim Gray, Sound Engineer and Studio Post-production

He Made the Difference - Halimah Collingwood, Kerri Cook, Amy Mazur
Amazing Grace - Paul Benson
Expect the Great - AIGC Youth Choir
Lord You Love Me - - AIGC Youth Choir
I’ll Just Keep Holding On - Jenni Simpson, Jim Hubbard, Marquita Simms, Krista Duarte, Amy Mazur, Amanda Melendrez, Lorien Sanchez
Spiritual - Paula Jones
When Will We Sing The Same Song - Jenni Brown, Louis Hoiland
Grace - Lorenza Simmons
Encourage Yourself - Courtney Robbins
No Trouble at the River - Earl Thomas

About the Arcata Interfaith Gospel Choir
The Arcata Interfaith Gospel Choir (AIGC) sings inspiring and uplifting Black Gospel music. The 70-voice community choir serves the North Coast California region by performing at community events, fundraising benefits, memorials, churches and for inmates at the Humboldt County jail. The AIGC holds three main fundraising concerts per year -- the Harvest Concert in early November, the Holiday Concert in mid-December, and the Spring Concert in early May.

The AIGC Youth Choir, with 15 members ranging in age from 5-12 years old, performs with the adults and at their own events. AIGC rehearsals are Thursdays, 7-9 p.m. at the Arcata Presbyterian Church, during the late August through early May choir season.

The mission of the AIGC is to inspire faith, hope, love, unity and joy through Black Gospel music. The choir exemplifies the principles of equality, unity and cooperation through multi-faith and multiracial choir membership.

For funding, the non-profit AIGC relies on choir member dues, proceeds from AIGC produced events, donations from the community, various fundraisers, and from grant funds. The AIGC is now part of Humboldt Area Foundation with an Organizational Fund.

The AIGC adapts and performs many different types of songs, including spirituals, freedom songs, traditional gospel, contemporary gospel, and other “gospelized” songs. Black Gospel music developed from spirituals and work songs of African American slaves. These songs testified to the joy and hope of life and dedication to God, even through the experiences of humiliation, pain, suffering and death. Traditional gospel developed from a fusion of spirituals and the blues; contemporary gospel has been influenced by jazz, funk, rock, hip hop, world and other modern music.

History of the Arcata Interfaith Gospel Choir
The multicultural events in Arcata during May 1992, which were organized by Humboldt State University and CenterArts staff and volunteers, led to the development of the AIGC. Connie Stewart and other volunteers created the first Prayer Breakfast on the North Coast; Connie had recently attended a ministers’ wives Prayer Breakfast in Florida with her grandmother Henryne Goode. The acquittal verdict of the police in the beating of Rodney King occurred a day before the Prayer Breakfast and there was a widespread feeling of anger and powerlessness in those attending.

During the Prayer Breakfast in the Arcata Community Center, many attendees were moved to tears by impassioned speakers and inspired singing. Speakers included Professors Nathan Smith and Caleb Rosado and performers included local vocalist, Karen Dumont, HSU’s Black Student Union Men’s Ensemble, directed by Lourin Plant, and the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir. A group of the attendees decided to form an interfaith gospel choir in Arcata to help heal the wounds and focus on hope, joy and community.

The AIGC began with a small group singing at the Arcata Presbyterian Church with Professor Lourin Plant as director. After Lourin moved to New Jersey to teach at Rowen State University in 1993, Karen Dumont took over as choir director. AIGC grew and thrived and has had a total of six directors since 1992. In 1999, choir member Ken Collins wrote the AIGC By Laws and registered the AIGC as a Non-Profit Corporation (EIN 91-1850607).

Over the years, the choir has moved its rehearsal space to the Arcata Methodist Church, Saint Albans Episcopal Church and finally back to the Arcata Presbyterian Church. In 1995, Karen Dumont founded the AIGC Youth Choir, which continues today, and in 1996, Assistant Director Seanna Willett founded the AIGC Teen choir, which after a succession of directors, finally dissolved in 2008. See the Artistic Staff page for a complete listing of past choir Directors.



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