The Mt. Zion AME Church Christmas Concert Features Charlton Singleton and Lowcountry Voices

Fans of gospel and jazz will find great joy gathering at the Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church on Saturday, December 8. Mt. Zion AME Church is pleased to present Charlton Singleton and the Lowcountry Voices Choir at the historic church located at 5 Glebe Street in Charleston at 6 p.m. for the 3rd Annual Gospel Meets Jazz Christmas Concert.

Concert organizer Arthur Smalls said he is “beyond overjoyed to bring together such brilliant and gifted musicians for Charleston at Christmas-time.” The concert has become a tradition that excites everyone. Singleton, a trumpeter, composer and vocalist who has been touring with his band Ranky Tanky throughout the US and Europe exclaimed, “the Gospel Meets Jazz concert is always entertaining and inspirational.” He shared that it’s “always a treat to play with Nate Nelson and his world-class ensemble the Lowcountry Voices.” Director of Lowcountry Voices Nathan L. Nelson said he wrote the concert program to celebrate the Advent Season through all genres of music: classical, spirituals, gospel, and popular Christmas favorites. There will be something for everyone. He’s considered the favorites many love to hear.

The program will include: Jesus What A Wonderful Child, Children Go Where I Send Thee, Kirk Franklin’s Joy, Joy, as well as a holiday anthem entitled Festival Gloria, and the Christmas spiritual entitled Hallelujah To The Newborn King. Described as the face of jazz in the Lowcountry, Singleton’s trumpet provides an exceptional sound that complements the Choir. Additionally, Singleton will perform several solo pieces of his own personal arrangements of Christmas favorites. Singleton plays the trumpet from delicate human voicing to illuminating power. Singleton was instrumental in forming the Gullah and jazz influenced quintet Ranky Tanky. Within a few short months of their fall 2017 debut, Ranky Tanky went from the Lowcountry to the national airwaves and around the world. Everyone listening made theirs the #1 Jazz Album on Billboard.

Since its beginning seven years ago, Lowcountry Voices delivers a powerful musical experience to engage every audience. Lowcountry Voices is a multicultural and ethnically diverse choral performing arts organization based in North Charleston. It performs all genres of choral music with an emphasis on the tradition of Lowcountry African-American music, including gospel music, spirituals, hymns, jazz, and classical choral music. The choral group grew out of Nelson’s passion for preserving the cultural legacy and authenticity of African American music. Tickets for the Saturday, December 8 Gospel Meets Jazz Christmas Concert are $25 and available by calling Mt. Zion AME Church at 843.722.8118 or visiting the website https://www.mtzioncharlestoname.org/ under the events page. The doors will open at 5 p.m. and the concert begins at 6 p.m. at 5 Glebe Street in Charleston. All are welcome.

For more information, call 843.722.8118.

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