Wednesday, March 5, 2014

LifeBridge Benefit Concert with Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir

LifeBridge Recovery Ministries presents the
LifeBridge Benefit Concert
With guest artists: Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir
And Abbotsford singer – Crystal Hicks
Saturday, March 8, 7 p.m.
Bakerview Mennonite Brethren Church
2285 Clearbrook Road, Abbotsford
Tickets: $20 at Level Ground Church Office (604-854-8181) and House of James

Helping people helping people - with music

Music touches the heart and soul. It is a universal language. Throughout recorded time music has carried news with travelling minstrels, told stories, taught lessons, and shared experiences. So what better way to tell of vital community work in Abbotsford than by having a concert with lots of fantastic music.

On Saturday, March 8 at 7 p.m. - at Bakerview Mennonite Brethren Church (2285 Clearbrook Road) LifeBridge Recovery Ministries presents the LifeBridge Benefit Concert featuring the amazing sounds of the Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir and popular local singer Crystal Hicks.

“Come and enjoy the great music,” says Keith St. Jean, director of LifeBridge. “Gail Suderman, the director of Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir, is well known in Abbotsford, as is Crystal Hicks.”

LifeBridge Recovery Ministries - While the concert is a fundraiser it is also about telling a story. “The main intent,” adds St. Jean, “is to spread the word about the work of LifeBridge. All funds raised will be going to this program which bridges the gap between church and community and helps people in recovery by means of mentoring, spiritual coaching and leadership training. LifeBridge helps people on the road to finding their life, their spiritual direction, and provides a foundation for their future.”

The success stories so far are many. “I just love this work,” says St. Jean. “I have a recovery background myself and I was hesitant to take on this position. Now I get excited starting my day, to see what’s coming.”

Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir - Says Gail Suderman, founder of Good Noise, “LifeBridge has been trying to get us booked for two years.” And no wonder, this choir is exceedingly popular. Now in their tenth season, Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir has performed many benefit concerts for charitable organizations and recently shared the stage with Barbra Streisand, David Foster, Holly Cole, Dee Daniels, Jim Byrnes, to name a few famous artists. The choir has also appeared on many television shows, most recently ‘Gospel to Go’ for Vision TV.

Suderman is a classically trained musician and teacher at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. “As a teen I loved listening to Motown, and came across a gospel singer named Andrae Crouch. I was hooked. While most of my life has been in the classical world of music, I still like to be a part of gospel. Ten years ago I thought there was a place for a gospel choir. We started out with 40 singers and now we have 90!”

Feel good music - “One of the reasons why we are and do what we do, and how I choose the music is to bring a sense of love and hope for people, for anyone in the audience. People have often come and told us that we have had an impact on their lives in a positive way.”

So be prepared for a very inspiring, energizing concert that includes music from the traditional to the contemporary, with Love Can Build a Bridge, some new arrangement of standards like Amazing Grace, Precious Lord Take My Hand, and songs by Richard Smallwood.

Tickets - are $20 and can be purchased at Level Ground Church Office, 31216 King Road (phone 604-854-8181) and House of James, 2743 Emerson Street, Abbotsford.

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