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North Central’s annual Gospel Extravaganza event featured in NCTV17
Feb 28, 2023
The College’s Voices of Praise celebrated its 35th annual concert
North Central College’s student-led group, Voices of Praise (VOP), celebrated their 35th annual Gospel Extravaganza concert at Grace United Methodist Church in Naperville. Gospel Extravaganza is a time to celebrate the unity of African American culture and religion. The gospel music featured has Christian roots and stems from popular hymns sung by Africans during slavery. The songs often tell a story of hope which inspires the audience to stay strong and continue to forge ahead.
At this year’s Gospel Extravaganza, the group performed various hymns, poems, and songs all devoted to honoring African American history and heritage. Joining VOP onstage were Wheaton Gospel Choir, Lewis University Gospel Choir, and Davonte Sanders, a spoken-word artist and North Central College alumni. VOP also honored their outgoing seniors; President and Choir Director Angel Tovar, Treasurer Jeredie Sinzinkayo, and member Dejanae Phillips, all of whom joined Voices of Praise their freshman year. Gospel music is heavily rooted in legacy and excellence, and Voices of Praise is excited to continue carrying on that tradition of sharing gospel music with the North Central Community as well as the community at large.