Supplied photos courtesy of Joey Gore
Members of the Wilmington Celebration Choir will perform songs from their latest release, WorshipOne, on Friday, Oct. 9, at Pine Valley Baptist Church.
The Wilmington Celebration Choir (WCC), led by Pillar Recording Artist Joey Gore, will showcase its newest CD release, WorshipOne, on Oct. 9at Pine Valley Baptist Church beginning at 7 p.m.
"I think our latest release-which is our seventh-is the best CD the choir has ever produced," said Joey Gore, choir director and CEO of Pillar Music Recording Company.
Raised in a musical family, Gore
began playing piano at age 8 and started his
first musical group at age 14.
was also part of a locally No.1 rated Sunday morning TV show, "The King's Children" on Channel 6.
lived in Nashville for three years, singing and playing piano with a variety of Christian groups.
In addition to overseeing Pillar Music, Gore has also served as the worship leader at Wrightsboro Methodist Church for the past 13 years.
"Gore has a God-given gift of creativity and the ability to teach others," said Lauri Kelley, who has also been singing since age 5 and is a member of the Pillar Group's Ensemble and Willing Heart trio.
Current artists represented on the label include Joey Gore
, Laurie Kelly, Willing Heart, Paula Greene, Catherine Hankins, Sherry Watkins, Angie Payne, Mike Kelly, Tender Mercy, Marsha King and the Wilmington Celebration Choir.
"The Wilmington Celebration Choir has accomplished things I never dreamed we would be able to do," stressed Gore
"We've worked hard to overcome the typical stereotyped image of what a church choir looks and sounds like.
There's a lot of energy to what we do, and I guarantee, if you come to one of our concerts, you won't be bored!"
used to primarily perform Southern Gospel music.
said the music they do now is blended, and includes traditional, gospel, contemporary Christian, black gospel, and praise and worship.
"While we all started off as lovers of Southern Gospel, Joey
has not locked us into one musical genre, but has exposed us to a variety of musical styles, and this has enabled us to reach a wide variety of people."