Smythe Street Choir

Smythe Street Choir

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Smythe Street Choir, renowned in Fredericton for its quality performances, innovative musical arrangements and broad musical repertoire, is a dynamic thirty-voice Gospel choir under the direction of Jill Kozak. The choir enhances weekly Sunday services and engages in many community events.

Biography

Smythe Street Choir, renowned in Fredericton for its quality performances, innovative musical arrangements and broad musical repertoire, ranging from traditional hymns to R&B and Jazz, is a dynamic, 30 voice Gospel choir under the direction of Jill Kozak. The choir not only enhances weekly worship services at Smythe Street Cathedral they also engage in many community events such as the New Orleans Disaster Relief concert, Relay for Life and World Hope. For the past 2 years they have also had the privilege of performing at the Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival in Fredericton, New Brunswick.

The 2007 Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival was the launching pad for Smythe Street Choir’s second recording project entitled “Change”. This upbeat, choir driven, Jazz & Blues album features the smooth sounds of the legendary Mr. Bucky Adams on the tenor sax as well as many talented voices from the Fredericton area. Such voices include…

Christine Crain: A background in bluegrass, jazz, eclectic and gospel, Crain possesses a distinguishable voice that emulates the purest of sounds. Crain, currently working on her second recording project to be released in the Fall of 2007, has been involved in numerous bluegrass community events throughout the Province. Holding gospel music close to her heart, Crain has also made guest appearances at various venues such as; 100 Huntley Street, Smythe Street Cathedral Easter Passion Play, World Hope Fundraiser and the Christian Life Center Mass Choir.

Sheldon Gordon: Gordon, 2001 ECMA Nominee, is a seasoned performer and a local favourite. Known for his solid soulful vocals and heartfelt performances, he commands the stage immediately engaging the audience. Gordon has lent his vocal talents in local church assemblies and provincial prison visitation as well as many worthwhile causes such as; the IWK, 24hr Relay for Life and Big Hearts for the Homeless.

Evangeline Inman: Inman is a speaker, singer, and prolific songwriter. Nominated for numerous Awards as a solo artist and as part of the worship group 4Given, Inman has traveled internationally speaking and singing. She is the founder and president of the extremely successful Women Who Worship conferences

Jacqueline Vaillancourt: Vaillancourt is a passionate singer with a wide vocal range and convincing ability to interpret songs in a manner relatable to the listener. Having performed in various venues over the years as the lead singer of Soul Purpose, Vaillancourt is not new to the entertainment scene. Her Blues, Soul and R&B background is sure to please the audience with her R&B Gospel performance. Vaillancourt has also appeared on Breakfast Television, in addition to being involved in numerous local fundraising events.

Conrad Mead: Trumpet, Flugel Horn, Energetic Vocals and a lifetime of musical accomplishments is exactly what Mead brings to the Smythe Street Choir. During the 70’s, Mead performed as part of the group The Fabulous Flippers who were named 'Entertainers of the Year' by the Entertainment Operators of America (EOA) in 1972. The Fabulous Flippers were later enshrined in the Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota and Kansas Rock N' Roll Halls of Fame. Sharing many venues with the likes of such artists as The Rolling Stones, Chicago, Kansas, Little Richard, Bobby Vinton, Black Oak Arkansas, Aretha Franklin, Deep Purple, Gloria Gaynor and Spiral Staircase, Mead continues to perform regularly with The Downtown Blues Band and at various Gospel and Christian outreach functions throughout the region.

Lyrics

I Need A Change

Written By: Jill Kozak/Heidi Billington

I need a change, Oh
‘Cause I’ve had a change, I’ve had a change of heart
I need a brand new start
Before I fall apart, yeah

Started out with good intentions
Lookin for satisfaction in ev’ry direction
Which way to go? Oh, I don’t know!
Can’t seem to figure it out on my own
That life so complete, where can it be?
Can anybody help me please?!

I’m tired of livin from high to high
Left feelin down and empty I – I realize
That I’ve been a searchin’ for some meanin’
Somethin real to believe in
I need more! More than just this.
There’s got to be something bigger I’ve missed

Hopeless and helpless I give
I’m struggling just waitin to live
Somebody turn on the light
Burn up the dark
In my life

He Is My Song/This Little Light

Written By: Jill Kozak/This Little Light - Harry Dixon Loes

Chorus
He is my Saviour, He is my song
He is now the reason that I carry on
My inspiration, my eternal light
On the brightest day,
In the darkest night
He is, He is, He is my song,
He is, He is my song!

I was sinkin, unnoticed, buried in the crowd, He came a searchin
Reached out His hand, took me to higher ground
Gave me His love, He righted, righted all my wrongs
Gave me joy, hope, a place to belong
Yeah!

Are you sinkin, unnoticed and buried in the crowd, He’s a searchin
Reach for His hand – come on to higher ground
He’ll give you His love and He will right, right all your wrongs
Give you joy, hope, and a place to belong

He gave me a reason to sing
And He sparked a light in me
I want, I want the world to see…so

This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine
This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine

This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine
This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine

A little light, a little light let it shine (this little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine)
A little light, little light let it shine (this little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine)

A little light, a little light let it shine (this little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine)
A little light, little light let it shine (this little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine)

Discography

Album - "I Reach Out To You" - released 2001
Album - "Change" - released September 2007
Track #4 Hand Medley from cd "Change" airplay on CJRI in Fredericton
Track # 3 People Get Ready from cd "Change" airplay on CBC
Several tracks from "Change" on CKTP in Fredericton

Set List

Set list includes songs from latest cd Change which includes many familiar songs with a positive message:
Jesus Us Just ALright With Me (Dooby Brothers)
People Get Ready (Curtis Mayfield)
Put Your HandIn The Hand (Gene McLellan)

We also have original pieces with a jazz & blues flavour.

We also do many of the newer Christian Contemporary songs such as "How Great Is Our God", "Forever" - both written by Chris Tomlin.

Our sets last as long as we are asked to play - anywhere from 20 minutes to 2 hours.