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The world famous Harlem Gospel Choir is one of the pre-eminent gospel choirs in the world. It travels the globe, sharing its joy of faith through its music, & raising funds for children's charities. The Choir was founded in 1986 by Allen Bailey, who got the idea for the Choir while attending a celebration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the renowned Cotton Club in Harlem. The Choir is a gathering of the finest singers and musicians from various Black Churches in Harlem.
The Choir has shared its message of love, peace and harmony for many years with thousands of people from various nations, backgrounds, and cultures. The Harlem Gospel Choir strives to make the world a more loving and peaceful place, and through its music and dynamic performance creates a better understanding of the African-American culture and the inspirational music called Gospel as it relates to the Black Church. The theme of every performance is bringing people & nations together & giving something back. The Choir's songs of gospel and inspiration touch the depths of the soul and raise spirits to angelic heights.
In 2003 the Choir began its Give Peace a Chance tour. In recognition of its work, the Choir was granted a private audience with His Holiness, Pope John Paul II. In 2004 the Choir continues its Give Peace A Chance world tour to Eastern Europe, South America, The French West Indies, The UK, Ireland, Hawaii, Canada, Japan & Italy. As part of its charity work, the Choir performed at the World of Hope Concert in Rockefeller Center sponsored by Bono of U2 and Senator Frist.
2006 marked the Choir's 20th anniversary and in recognition of its stellar role as "Cultural Ambassadors of Harlem", the Choir received proclamations from Congressman Charles Rangel; from Lieutentant Governor David Patterson; and from Mayor Michael Bloomberg who proclaimed the Choir's 20th anniversary, January 15, 2006 "Harlem Gospel Choir Day" in New York City!
In 2006 the Choir collaborated in unique concerts with: the grammy-winning band Gorillaz for 5 historical, never-to-be-repeated shows at the Apollo Theater in Harlem; with Avril Lavigne; with Yolanda Adams; with Cindy Lauper; with Polish star Natalia Kukulska; and with Andre Rieu and his Johann Strauss Orchestra. This year 15 members of the Angels in Harlem Gospel Choir are on tour with Andre Rieu in Germany, France, The Netherlands and Switzerland, combining classical and gospel muical genres in a new and exciting performance format. The choir have also been awarded a Congratulatory Proclamation from the City of Cambridge, Massachusetts for their stella performance this year in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Day.