For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Erica McKinney
Office of Public Affairs
Florida Memorial University
305-626-3626, 305-626-3658


MIAMI GARDENS – (February 17, 2014) – Gospel music lovers are in for a treat as the Florida Memorial University music department presents a concert that will uplift the spirit and also showcase students and alumni who are making a mark in the industry.

The second annual Spring Gospel Festival will be 5 p.m. Sunday, February 23, in the Lou Rawls Center for the Performing Arts, 15800 NW 42nd Avenue in Miami Gardens.

Melvin White, vocal professor and director of popular FMU Ambassador Chorale, said the concert explore the rich history of gospel music, from traditional to contemporary. The chorale will perform, and so will groups led by graduates of the FMU music department.

“We have graduated so many excellent musicians. They’re out there doing fantastic stuff,” White said. Most of the performers studied under White.

He noted that Mark McCleary performs primarily in the Middle East, and DeMarcus Williams does the same in Europe. Williams also writes, arranges and produces music for major gospel artists. Closer to South Florida, alumni directors include Raymond Jackson, minister of music at Antioch Baptist church of Miami Gardens, and Phyllis Jones, who started the first gospel choir at Nova Southeastern University.

White promises that the audience will get great music – instrumental, vocal, contemporary and traditional –   and also information about the history of gospel. “These groups do all of that,” he said.

The concert is free and the public is invited. For more information, call Professor White at 305-626-0092.

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