Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir with Special Guest Linda Tillery

Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir

Under the direction of Emmy winner Terrance Kelly, the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir brings together singers and instrumentalists who embody a community of diverse races, cultures, and faiths. They also share an uncontainable passion for music. Their mission is to inspire joy and unity among all people through black gospel and spiritual music traditions. Judging by their audiences’ reactions—clapping, cheering, and singing along—it is apparent that they succeed in that mission.

Now celebrating its 34th season, the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir was born out of a gospel music workshop led by the exuberant Terrance Kelly at Living Jazz’s Jazz Camp West. It became an independent nonprofit organization in 1991, and since then, the award-winning choir’s exquisite harmonies and stirring gospel repertoire have led to performances with a wide variety of esteemed groups, such as Joshua Nelson, the Prince of Kosher Gospel; the Blind Boys of Alabama; and the Duke Ellington Orchestra. OIGC also appears on Grammy-winning albums by Linda Ronstadt, MC Hammer, Tramaine Hawkins, and others.

OIGC, referred to by SFJAZZ as a “treasured Bay Area institution,” was named “Best Gospel Choir” in 2006 and the winner in the “Best Church Music” category in 2009 in the East Bay Express Readers’ Polls and was voted “Best Arts Organization” by Oakland Magazine readers in 2015. Terrance Kelly was recognized as “Best Choir Director” in the East Bay Express in 2015 and granted the Dr. Edwin Hawkins Excellence Award in 2013.

To be certain, the best way to grasp the choir’s greatness is to hear it in person. A current public performance calendar can be found at www.oigc.org

"You can hear it, too, when they sing. There are times when the voices pull together in just the right way to make one, booming voice. Suddenly the members can’t help but jump to their feet and wave their hands and bounce and smile. “Haa-lee-luu-yah.” It sounds as though they’re shouting in key, and you feel the vibrations of it all." —Ryan Kost, San Francisco Chronicle

Linda Tillery's career began in 1967 as lead singer of the Berkeley based, psychedelic soul band, Loading Zone. Since those early days she has collaborated as vocalist and percussionist on more than eighty recordings with the likes of Santana, Huey Lewis and the News, The Whispers, Taj Mahal, Kenny and Pete and Sheila Escovedo. She was both artist and producer at Olivia Records, was a founding member of Bobby McFerrin's Voicestra, and founded Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir. Linda’s journey is a true representation of the Bay Area music scene – through psychedelic 60’s soul, groundbreaking 70’s activism, 80’s R&B glitz, numerous cross cultural collaborations and since 1990, her exploration into the roots of the African American music experience. Now, in 2018, she is at the height of her musical powers, continuing her adventures in sound, and exploring what it means to be a local legend.

$18 ADV / $22 DOOR (plus fees)

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PROGRAM NOTE: Linda Tillery, who was scheduled to perform with OIGC, will unfortunately not be joining the choir due to illness. Everyone with OIGC, and at The Freight, wish Linda a very speedy recovery and hope to sing with her in the near future.

On Sunday evening the choir will join voices with Santa Cruz based gospel singer Tammi Brown. We're thrilled that Tammi will be joining us for a stunning program of traditional gospel music and spirituals.


All tickets are subject to an additional $4 per ticket facility fee.

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