De­light­ful Cho­rale Con­cert at Coke Methodist

Jamaica Gleaner - - ENTERTAINMENT - Michael Reck­ord Gleaner Writer (Source: Bloomberg.com)

Jon Baker THE AU­DI­ENCE at the Methodist Cho­rale’s 50th an­niver­sary con­cert at Coke Me­mo­rial Methodist Church, East Pa­rade, re­cently, thor­oughly en­joyed the event.

That was clear from their ap­plause, and few would have been more de­lighted than the founder-con­duc­tor, Eric Bai­ley.

He started the group in 1966 as the Cor­po­rate Area Methodist Youth Choir. In those early years, it com­prised young singers from nu­mer­ous churches, who, from the late 1950s, had been meet­ing to lead wor­ship at the an­nual Young Peo­ple’s Demon­stra­tion fre­quented by Katty Perry, Ri­hanna, Drake, and John Leg­end, among oth­ers. He is also the founder of Gee Street Records, which helped with de­vel­op­ment of the ca­reers of Doug E. Fresh and P.M. Dawn. dur­ing the Methodist Church’s an­nual synod.

The choir’s feeder churches

Bob Mar­ley

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