TRIUMPHANT: Revelation Avenue wowed judges on Britain’s Got Talent
THERE IS a real possibility that Revelation Avenue, a London-based gospel choir, could reach the finals of popular entertainment show Britain’s Got Talent (BGT) after judge Amanda Holden pressed the golden buzzer following their audition.
When a BGT judge presses the golden buzzer, it fast-tracks an act to the show’s semi-finals. As you can imagine Revelation Avenue members, and the choir’s founder Beatrice Awotayo, 31, are experiencing mixed emotions.
Beatrice told Soul Stirrings: “The golden buzzer is only given to five acts. And with the golden buzzer acts, they tell everyone else in the competition these are the people you have to try to beat because they are the favourites to win. The pressure is on!”
Revelation Avenue, whose members come from a range of churches, and includes gospel soloist Matthew Allen, inspired everyone with their gospel version of Katy Perry’s hit song Roar.
Choir member David Francis, who introduced the choir to the BGT judges before their performance, shared why they sang a pop song.
He said: “We are very careful in terms of what we sing. We want people to be able to connect with a song and we asked how can we get a positive message by not singing Oh Happy Day.”
Roar was obviously the right song choice, because since appearing on BGT, the choir have been inundated with messages from the public, stating how much they loved the song, and how the choir’s performance gave them the strength to push through their struggles.
Beatrice recalled the moment Revelation Avenue realised they were through to the next round. “The group kind of looked at me and got really emotional.
“Words can’t really describe how you feel in a circumstance like that because it’s so overwhelming. It’s mixed emotion. You’re really really happy, mixed with tears of joy because this is massive.”
The choir has a unique history. They were formed over 10 years ago, and took part in the BBC 1 choir competition Last Choir Standing broadcast in 2008. They disbanded, only for Beatrice to reform the choir in 2012, because she missed singing chorally.
Now that Revelation Avenue have proven to be a hit with a TV audience, David hopes they’ll play a part in changing the public’s perception of choirs.
“We want to bring cool back to choirs. A lot of young people don’t think choirs are cool. For us you can wear jeans, dress up, look modern and sing chorally. We’re just trying to broaden people’s horizons.”
Beatrice sees getting through to the BGT semi-finals as a great opportunity for Revelation Avenue to reach new audiences with gospel music.
“It’s nice that people know who we are and what we do because we’ve never had the opportunity to do us on a massive scale.”
And she’s even started to dream of what the choir could do should they win the BGT cash prize of £250,000.
“If we win, we might get the opportunity to record something and put it on a CD. Even though we’ve done a lot of competitions we’ve never done a Revelation album or a single so that would be an amazing thing for us to do.”
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