Gospel Choir takes the CMA stage for the second time

Gospel Choir singing with LeAnn Rimes at CMA Country Christmas

Gospel Choir singing with LeAnn Rimes at CMA Country Christmas

by Olivia Kelley

The Trevecca Gospel Choir will make its second appearance on the CMA Country Christmas special on Dec. 3 at 8 p.m. on abc.

The 12-member choir spent most of the day on Saturday Nov. 7 at the Grand Ol’ Opry recording “Celebrate me home” and “Joy” with famous country artists LeAnn Rimes and Jeniffer Nettles.
This is the second time the choir was asked to sing for this event after performing “Go tell it on the mountain” with Sarah Evans at last year’s show.

“This year was a totally different experience, because it was at the Opry,” said sophomore music major, Taylor Cardiff.

Cardiff said it was a big change from last year, when they sang at Bridgestone arena.

“I think one of the reasons they asked us back is because when we were in the green room, the stylists made the statement that our group was the most well behaved and cordial and friendly group they ever worked with and they hoped we could do it again,” said Marvin Jones, gospel choir director.

The all-day recording was good experience for the students, he said.

“If we mess up, they just stop and re-record until we get it right, so sometimes it can take awhile to get through everyone,” said Jones.

While the students spent most of their time in a make-shift room with black curtains called the “artist lounge,” they still got the chance to meet several artists including, Rimes, Nettles, and the group Pentatonix.

Lauren Cagle and Dana Hood backstage with Pentatonix at CMA Country Christmas recording

Lauren Cagle and Dana Hood backstage with Pentatonix at CMA Country Christmas recording

This has been great publicity not only for the gospel choir students, but for the University itself.

“The marketing and admissions teams are always looking for ways to reinforce the benefits of studying in Nashville,” said Matt Toy, Associate Vice President of Marketing and Communications. “This opportunity is another great example that gives Trevecca an edge over other schools throughout the country.”

Toy said they were thrilled the Gospel choir was asked to sing again and knows this provides incredible experiences for the Trevecca students.

“I will never be grateful enough for the experience to sing behind such talented people,” said Cardiff.

 

To see a preview of the Gospel Choir singing with LeAnn Rimes click here.

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