On Sunday, November 16, 2014, the Adult Choir of Grant AME Church Los Angeles presented their annual concert under the direction of Byron J. Smith.  Shine the Light! was a concert of uplifting anthems, spirituals and gospels.

The program began with comments from Director Smith, followed by the choir processional singing “Shine the Light”.  Prayer was offered by Chaplain Consta Yvonne Kelly followed by the prayer response “Anoint Me Again”. President Audrey Horton gave the welcome with a special remembrance for member Anderson Brown (Bass) who recently passed on to glory.

Songs from the  first part of the program included: “Priase God!” Fred Boch, “Then Sings My Soul” arr. Mary McDonald, “Walk Together Children” Dr. Raymond Wise (Wanda Marshall & Gwen Stokes, Sopranos), “Steal Away” Dr. Raymond Wise, and “Sweet Meditation” Dr. Diane White.

After the offering and before the second half of the concert, The Rev. Dr. J. Arthur Rumph conducted the choir robe dedication service of the beautiful gold and black robes that the choir will wear in the ministry of song.

During the second part of the concert the choir sang: “Anything” Malcolm Williams (Byron J. Smith, Baratone), “We Are Not Ashamed” Walter Hawkins (Rick Jones, Baritone/Ellary Bhimji, Alto), “Thank You (For All You Have Done)” Rodney A. Teal (Lois Leake, Soprano), “Grace” Tony Wilkins (Consta Yvonne Kelly, Alto), “I’ve Seen Him Do It” Kurt Karr (Ellary Bhimji, Alto), and “Jesus on the Mainline” Norman Hutchins (Timothy Davis, Tenor).

The program concluded with the invitation, remarks by Director Smith, President Horton and Pastor Rumph.  A reception was held after the benediction.

Click here to see photos of the concert.  Special thanks to Leslie Drayton for providing photos.

SOPRANO: Nina Cavalier, Dr. Jacqueline “Jackie” Cochran, Menell Hilliard, Bernice Lawrence, Lois Leake, Wanda Marshall, Shirley Ransom, Angela Ross, Yolanda Simmons, Dr. Carol Smith, Gwen Stokes, Lottie Taylor, Ethel Williams, Willlene Williams

ALTO: Ellary Bhimji, Juanita Brooks, Estella Ceighton, Eurila Gaston, Audrey Horton, Juanita Jimenez, Arvis Jones, Francine Jordan-Gray, Consta Yvonne Kelly, Clemontine Ratliff, Brenda Shields, Faye Skipwith, Donna Wilson

TENOR: Stacy Cole, Timothy Davis, Kathy Drayton, Patricia Harris, Maxine Harrison, Annette Johnson, Clinton Stewart, Terry tate-Bason, Field Thompson

BASS: Rick Jones, Gradie Mixon, Byron Washington

KEYBOARD: Jonte Moore    ORGAN: Jacob Smith    BASS: Michael Saucier    DRUMS: James Wadlington