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Joey Gore, left, directs the Wilmington Celebration Choir during a rehearsal at Wrightsboro United Members of the Methodist Church.
Wilmington Celebration Choir - started in 2004 by Joey Gore, choir director and president of Pillar Music Group Inc. - come together every Thursday night at Wrightsboro Methodist Church to rehearse. The goal of the choir is to create a unique experience for the audience through the power of music. To create this matchless event and ensure it stands apart, the Wilmington Celebration Choir writes some of its own music. Gore has been engaged in Christian music for most of his life, spreading the word of God through music to audiences in South Africa, Sweden and Canada. 13 www.wrightsvillebeachmagazine.com WBM
Members of the Wilmington Celebration Choir started in 2004 by Joey Gore, choir director and president of Pillar Music Group Inc. come together every Thursday night at Wrightsboro Methodist Church to rehearse.
The goal of the choir is to create a unique experience for the audience through the power of music. To create this matchless event and ensure it stands apart, the Wilmington Celebration Choir writes some of its own music. Gore has been engaged in Christian music for most of his life, spreading the word of God through music to audiences in South Africa, Sweden and Canada.
The trio Willing Heart is based in Wilmington, NC and includes tenor Joey Gore, soprano
Joey and Laurie have been singing together for Joey is originally from Wilmington, NC and has been in gospel music since he was a child. He has been a member of the Anchormen and Naomi and the Segos. He currently is the Joey is the founder and president of Pillar Music Group, a Christian-based recording company that includes the Wilmington Celebration Choir as well as numerous solo artists and groups (for more information go to: www.pillarmusicgroup.com Joey directs the Wilmington Celebration choir and is busy in the recording studio as a producer. In addition, he is music director and pianist at
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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. He was also part of a locally No.1 rated Sunday morning TV show, "The King's Children" on Channel 6. Gore 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!" Pillar Music used to primarily perform Southern Gospel music. Gore 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."
Joey Gore Worship Leader