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Singing praises to the Lord

PRAISE THROUGH SONG: Volney Morgan

IF YOU ever get the chance to see Volney Morgan and the New Ye Choir in action you should.

Not only are they good, but their energetic performances are re-igniting the younger generations’ interest in gospel choirs.

Volney, a relation of Bishop John Francis, founded the choir nearly seven years ago. He recalled: “I formed my own choir at 16 with six members. Our first big concert was in Coventry hosted by Minister Andrae Simms where we sang our first original song Forgive Me Oh Lord. That song touched the heart of the people and placed us on the road of ministry.”

Since then the choir has performed at numerous events across the UK, in Europe and the US and Volney counts a gig the choir did for Premier Gospel in central London two years ago as his most memorable.

One of the most unique things about the choir – aside from their energy they exude - is the fact that they are getting young black Christians interested in gospel choirs again. I asked Volney why he thought this was.

“Many young people are growing up without a choir in their church, so many don’t know the great sound and feeling a good gospel church choir brings to a service.”

He continued: “We relate to the youth with not only singing traditional songs but singing original songs that speak about life today and how you can overcome. I believe we have been able to make headway in changing that and opening them up to the fact that choirs have evolved with the times.”

New Ye are currently busy working on their latest music project Picture which they aim to have out by the summer, and Volney has plans to record a live album in which he hopes to attract both Christians and non-Christians.

Luckily for Volney, working with New Ye takes up most of his time – that’s when he’s not out preaching. And due to the interest in gospel music that he is sparking within young people, he’s getting ready to start a workshop choir. He explained:

“Many people have asked to join the group because they love what we do and many parents have asked me if I would take on their children because they love what we stand for, so I have decided to start up a workshop choir that will not only keep youth active, but give them room to nurture and grow their gifts, and allow them to shine.”

Volney Morgan and New Ye will be performing in a free concert as part of the Family Life Conference taking place at the NTA, 7 Beechcroft Road, Tooting, London SW17 from May 31 – June 2. Visit www.ntatooting.org.uk for more details

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