Updated: Sep 24, 2019
Kingsway Academy Elementary Student choir, Heavenly Voices, will be on tour, traveling to the most renowned music capitals of the region—Atlanta, Memphis and the “music city,” Nashville, Tennessee.
The six-day tour begins March 27. It will expose the student choir to various musical genres, including rhythm and blues, classical and country, touring various landmarks, including Graceland and the Stax Museum for American Soul Music in Memphis.
With hundreds expected to be in attendance at Alexander Memorial AME Church in Atlanta, Georgia and Fisk University in Nashville, the 50-member choir will perform gospel and Bahamian folk songs, as well as play classical and Broadway pieces on saxophone and the piano.
Led by Fisk alum and choir director, Francyss Pratt, the choir will learn first hand about the expectations of the music industry and how music has evolved over the years, she says.
“I wanted to show them my musical lineage, but the exposure to music outside of the Bahamas, I hope, will give them an even deeper appreciation for music, seeing where it has evolved from and how the 21st Century benefits from it.” Ms Pratt said.
A large Bahamian contingent is expected to greet the students and Kingsway faculty in Nashville on the first leg of their tour.