April 6 , 2006 Shades Of Praise Interethnic Gospel Choir Rehearsing Under The Mu ...
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Description: April 6 , 2006 Shades of Praise interethnic gospel choir rehearsing under the musical direction of Al Bemiss in New Orleans , LA Only 40 of the original 60 members have been able to move back to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina Members have been helping each other with home repair , and those with the least damage have been helping those who lost everything to get back on their feet About a third of the choir lost everything Some members drive down from Baton Rouge for rehearsals " Bernard drives two hours from Mississippi every Thursday to sing , " says Consuelo " Monie " Lumas " We kind of really like each other " New members are finding their way to the choir every week as well One new member , Zach Youngerman , came to New Orleans as a volunteer His ex girlfriends mother forwarded him an email that listed Shades of Praise as one of the groups needing help " I came here because I used to sing with Shades of Brown at Brown University , where I was the only White guy I know that singing can get you into a community because singing IS a community "
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