By SARAH BRADBURY
The gospel group Chosen will be performing at the A-Z Family Center this Friday, Aug. 9, and Saturday, Aug. 10, along with other gospel artists from all over the east coast.
For the past four years, Chosen to Serve Ministries has been traveling all over the eastern United States to sing and minister to people from all walks of life. They have also helped people financially who have been in an emergency situation or time of crisis. According to their website, in the very near future, they will be venturing out even farther so that they can begin to reach people worldwide.
Members of the group include Stan Parks, Marshall Parks, Revetta Parks, Marquita Temoney, Quinda Spratt-Foster, Donald Taylor Jr., Keith Lowery, Terrance Torrence, Todd Hurt and Leatrice Taylor. The band is from North Wilkesboro, N.C. They are influenced by Willie Neal Johnson and the Keynotes, Power Outreach Ministries and The Gospel Mellotones.
The group has been a featured guest on the nationally syndicated Bobby Jones Show on BET as well as on the Word Network. They also hosted the National Singing Quartet Convention of America in August 2010. The band’s CEO, Stan Parks, was overseer of that project, which brought more than 7,000 people to their community.
The group’s primary goal is to help those in need of financial assistance, food, clothing assistance, and any other emergency or crisis situation that may arise. They want people to understand it is alright to ask for help without feeling humiliated for being unable to provide for themselves or their families in their time of need on a short-term basis.
They are visiting Pulaski for the East Coast Singers and Musicians Conference, presented by Light of Day Productions, which will consist of daytime teaching seminars, beginning at 9:30, and nightly concerts. Those attending will learn about the gospel music industry, the recording process, and even ministry. Chosen will be performing with the other artists both nights at 6 p.m. Concert admission is $10.
“In our travels, we met up with Larry and Kathy Nipper two years ago, when they invited us to come and sing, and we’ve been great friends and have been doing great things ever since. Doris Taylor (of Dublin) introduced us,” said Stan Parks, bass guitarist, vocalist and manager of Chosen.
Brothers Stan and Marshall Parks also broadcast the “Light of Day” show on WBLB, which airs on Saturdays from 6 a.m. to noon, and Sundays from 6 to 8:30 a.m.
For more information on Chosen, visit. www.chosen-ministries.com or contact Stan Parks at (336) 575-2259. For information on WBLB or A-Z Family Center, contact the Nippers at (540) 980-3411 or visit their website at wblb1340.com.