Harlem Gospel Choir Tribute to MJ
And somehow, MJ continues to spread the message of peace and hope. This time through the Harlem Gospel Choir.
Then there’s Travis Payne with some dancers doing the “drills” in different places….
LISA MARTIN, SYDNEY
The Sidney Morning Herald
April 24, 2010
They’ve performed with U2, Elton John and Andre Rieu, and now the Harlem Gospel Choir’s Australian tour will be a tribute to the King of Pop Michael Jackson.
The New York-based choir has arrived in Sydney for its Concert of Hope tour, which takes in Adelaide, Canberra, Perth, Gold Coast, Brisbane and Melbourne.
Singers Michael Flowers, Alana Alexander and Jeremy Williams are among 13 choir members performing in Australia and New Zealand.
Flowers says the Australian concerts will celebrate the music and times of Jackson, a friend of Harlem Gospel Choir’s founder Allen Bailey.
Members of the choir were invited to sing at Jackson’s funeral last year.
“His passion was one of a kind,” Flowers said in Sydney.
Alexander said the King of Pop was an all-rounder who inspired the choir.
“(Jackson) wasn’t just a singer … he wanted to give you more,” she said.
“When he walked away he wanted you to be completely wowed.
“It’s something for us to live up to … we didn’t know him personally but he left a legacy for us.”
Founded in 1986 by Bailey, who has worked with Lionel Ritchie and the Commodores, the Harlem Gospel Choir features a total of 75 members who travel the world in groups showcasing their gospel music.
“I love what I do and I thank God everyday for it,” Flowers said.
“When we go to different countries and they don’t speak the same language we speak, they understand us through music because it builds a bridge.’”
Added Alexander: “People are on their feet … doing conga lines, it’s crazy.
“I don’t know what to expect from Australian audiences but it’s going to be a lot of fun. We’re going to make them dance, they’re in for a show.”
During an impromptu rendition of Bless the Lord for a photo shoot in Sydney’s CBD, commuters stopped to listen and applaud.
Williams said gospel music had an incredible power to unite people.
“They feel our energy, they feel our heart,” he said.
The Harlem Gospel Choir kicks off its tour in Frankston on April 30, before heading to Adelaide, Perth, the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne.