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Temple of Deliverance Church of God in Christ Women’s Choir  will perform at Unity In The Community Day Outdoor Music Festival. The festival honors our military and first responders and features national and local recording artists. The event takes place Saturday September 7th at the NC State Fairgrounds from 11 am to 6 pm. There will be free inflatable rides, face painting, child ID kits and more.

Temple of Deliverance Church of God in Christ Women’s Choir

Women have always held a special place in the heart of God.  Just take a passing glance at the life of Jesus and it’s clear to see that women played an integral role of the ministry of Savior.  It’s with that same passion and dedication that the Temple of Deliverance Church of God in Christ Women’s Choir showcases their musical talents on a new CD called “Pastor Milton R. Hawkins Presents In The Sanctuary”.  With Gospel’s finest making cameo appearances, including Karen Clark Sheard, Tamela Mann, and Lisa Page Brooks, the new release will be available in stores and online through Habakkuk Music on Tuesday, July 2, 2013.

Kicking off the new release with the lead single, “Everybody Praise”, the Temple of Deliverance Women’s Choir makes it evident from note one that they understand how to praise God.  The dynamic and riveting track finds more than 200 women lifting their voices in song on this up-tempo track.  The perfect song to open Sunday morning service, the tune is led by Carla Tolbert Taylor and was penned by producer and award-winning songwriter Derrick Starks.

Listen to “Everybody Praise”:

In addition to “Everybody Praise”, the CD, recorded live in Memphis, TN, features eleven other church-friendly Gospel songs.  The project also touts guest appearances from notables in the Gospel music industry including GRAMMY Award winner Karen Clark Sheard who lends her stunning vocals to the song, “________”, Tamela Mann who sings on “Have Thine Own Way” and vocalist Lisa Page Brooks who steps to the mic on the jazzy “Keep Me All The Way”.  Pastor Milton R. Hawkins delivers the rousing “Armed and Dangerous”, admonishing and leading a chant of praise.

Temple of Deliverance Church of God in Christ, founded in 1975 (originally named Bountiful Blessings Church) by the late Bishop G.E. Patterson, seeks to carry on the musical legacy the ministry giant left.  Known for numerous CDs and doing church “the Old Time Way”, Patterson was a world-renowned preacher, singer and musician.  Now Temple of Deliverance, under the pastorate of Pastor Milton R. Hawkins, is continuing the mission Patterson began.

Although the choir has been in existence for over twenty years, it was First Lady Catherine Hawkins’ vision to bring the ladies together for a live recording.  “Music is a major ingredient in praise and women have always been free to express their praise to God,” shares Hawkins.  “That’s why when David danced people were shocked at his outward expression of praise.  Because women are more expressive, we take things to heart; when we see our brothers and sisters in need, we feel compelled to help.  That’s why one of our main goals is to take the love of Christ and to share it with communities that are hurting and have been ravished by natural disasters.”

In 2011, when a tornado hit their hometown of Memphis, the women were on hand to help those who had lost their homes.  Over 200 women, members of the choir, received training to personally help the victims.  Also, in 2011, the women gave assistance in the aftermath of a tornado in Mississippi and in 2012, they sent thousands of dollars of supplies to lend a helping hand to those who experienced devastation in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.  The Women’s Choir has also donated their time to local school development and teen pregnancy prevention programs and takes part in other faith-based emergency relief efforts.  Continuing to fulfill their God-given mission, one hundred percent of the proceeds from the new CD will be used to support various outreach missions.

The Women’s Choir of Temple of Deliverance is undoubtedly called to spread the love of God through song and through action.  These artistically blessed women – coming from all sorts of professions and representing countless gifts and talents – are driven to be God’s hands and feet, and his voice.  First Lady Hawkins says, “These women are committed to knowing God’s word, teaching God’s word, and sharing God’s word in the form of music.  Bishop G.E. Patterson was committed to that as well and we are steadfast in keeping that part of his vision alive.”

Watch Temple of Deliverance Women’s Choir at Bishop Hezekiah Walker’s Choir Fest 2013:

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