The late great Frankie Knuckles once said of house music: ‘It’s church for people that have fallen from grace.’Anyone who has been caught up in the rapture of a true house classic can testify to its power to unify and uplift. House Gospel Choir is the place where spirituality and the euphoria of the dancefloor come together. Founded by producer and vocalist Natalie Maddix, HGC is a voice for those that can sing, but don’t always know the words! It’s a home for anyone who has ever found themselves lost in music at a festival, in a night club, or on the tube on the way to work.
The choir brings together outstanding singers, all passionate about music and performance and dedicated to giving a great show. Directed by the seasoned alto/mezzo soprano, ShezAr, and featuring powerhouse vocals from Rachel Mckenzie and Kersha Bailey; HGC’s leaders have a history of working with choirs and have sessioned and toured with the likes of Grace Jones, MNEK, Scissor Sisters, Wretch 32, Naughty Boy and Bryan Ferry – to name a few. House Choir shows are amped up even further by Kiss FM DJ, Funk Butcher and his effortless mixing and blending of the biggest tunes. Live keyboards, bass and percussion combine with the troupe to create an authentic gospel sound that never fails to raise the roof.HGC is built on the understanding that we can’t all speak at the same time and have our voices heard but we can sing together as one voice and be understood. Our mantra applies to the audiences too, who HGC lovingly refer to as the ‘house guests’. They are always encouraged to join in with call and response, handclapping, dancing and simply having a good old time.
So next time the invitation goes out, come along to a HGC show and witness an authentic and electrifying House meets Gospel experience like no other. Church!
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HOUSE GOSPEL CHOIR ‘DO THE DOUBLE’ AT GLASTONBURY… WITH A LIL’ HELP FROM THE KOOKS