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"Activists, gospel groups honored at Emancipation Observance"

The 2004 Pioneer Awards were presented during the annual Northeast Georgia Emancipation Proclamation Observance held Jan. 1 at Bethel Baptist Church on Main Street, Watkinsville.
The observance commemorates Jan. 1, 1863, the effective date of the proclamation that freed slaves in this country.
The sponsors honored the Rev. Archibald Killian, pastor of St. Mark African Methodist Episcopal Church in Athens and Hilda Wilhite of Jefferson with a Pioneer Awards. Also, the gospel music groups The Lighthouse Gospelettes, The Walker Brothers, The Voices of Truth and the Howard Sisters were honored with awards.
The ceremony was sponsored by Bethel Baptist, In Touch Management Group, the Athens Alumni National Pan-Hellenic Council Inc., Lincoln Masonic Lodge No. 21, the Athens alumni chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. and Black Men of Athens Inc. -

"Reaching out with gospel"

By Kimberly E. Mock

On Saturday, the University of Georgia's South Campus employees are hosting a free gospel concert at the Morton Theatre to benefit the Northeast Georgia Homeless Shelter, the Outreach Ministry at Timothy Baptist Church and The Healing Place.
The Almost Home Gospel Concert will feature popular regional gospel and non-gospel acts like the Lighthouse Gospelettes, Johnathan Kilgore (of Timothy Baptist Church), Paula Threkhold and Heidi Hensley, who are coming together in hopes of raising funds for these charities that work to meet the needs of the area's less fortunate. -

"Spreading the joy"

Spreading the joy
Athens' own Calvin Smith offers an evening of celebration

By Julie Phillips Jordan

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In 2000, Athens actor Calvin Smith completed his undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia at Oxford University as a Vince Dooley Scholarship recipient. He'll soon begin his post-graduate studies at Cambridge University, and will celebrate with an evening featuring Athens talent.
In a quiet moment, Athens actor and scholar Calvin Smith considers how far he's come. Today he sits, perched on his future -- which in less than a month will take him to England to pursue his post-graduate degree in art history at Cambridge University -- a long way from the pitfalls of his past. It's a sobering thought, but one he encounters often, causing him to infuse every conversation about his present and future with words of thankfulness.
Smith is a man who, on first meeting, comes across as truly larger than life. His Broadway-trained voice seems to make every sentence a libretto; all the world is indeed a stage. But when you sit down and talk with him, it's clear Smith isn't so much larger than life as he is brimming with it, bursting at the seams. And more than anything, he seems to want to share it with everyone.
He'll be doing just that Sept. 13-14 at the Morton Theatre. Titled ''From the Classic City to Cambridge University: A Musical Celebration,'' this evening with Smith and friends brings talented Athens performers together in celebration of his recent acceptance to the prestigious university. Performers include Art Rosenbaum, Rosa Thurmond, Eunice Kang, Andrej Kurti, The Lighthouse Gospelettes, Smith himself, and many more. -

"National gospel tour stops in Athens March 20"

Story last updated at 12:12 a.m. on Saturday, March 13, 2004

From Staff Reports

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On March 20, the inaugural Holy Spirit Gospel Tour '04 makes a stop in Athens in hopes of uplifting the local community through song and praise.
Beginning at 3 p.m., the three-hour concert will feature performances by gospel artists from across the U.S. and the local community. The tour's theme is ''Our Journey of Faith, God is Calling Us Together.''
The tour's Athens stop is part of a 47-city U.S. gospel quartets tour.
Scheduled performers include nationally known gospel artists Tommy Ellison & the Singing Stars, Damon Little & Nu Beginning and the McDonald Sisters, as well as local performers the Lighthouse Gospelettes and BROTHA.
The Holy Spirit Gospel Tour '04 takes place at the Clarke Central High School Auditorium, 350 S. Milledge Ave.
Admission to the concert is $20 advance, $25 day of show.
Mothers accompanied by a son or daughter receive a discount of $10 per ticket. For more information, visit -


2 full album CDs
1) Thank You Lord For Saving Me
2) A Little Something Different


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The Lighthouse Gospelettes

The Lighthouse Gospelettes originated from the Lighthouse Gospel Singers of Athens, Georgia, a male quartet group formed in the 1940's. The late Mr. Henry Grady Roach, Sr., father (and grandfather) of the Lighthouse Gospelettes was an original member of the group. "Daddy" Roach's daughters, Alma (Roach) Stroud, Bessie (Roach) Willis, and Mary (Roach) Griffith started singing as an unnamed accapella trio at St. Mary's Baptist Church. Later, the group increased in number and was given the name, "The Lighthouse Gospelettes" by the late Mr. Roy Brown, who was also a member of the Lighthouse Gospel Singers. The original Lighthouse Gospelettes were: Mary Helen (Roach) Griffith, Bessie (Roach) Willis, Louise Green, and Alma (Roach) Stroud, Yvonne (Roach) Bulger, Henry Grady Roach, Jr., Henry Richie (pianist). Later on, other members of the group were: Pamela (Roach) Elder, Gwendolyn (Roach) Rittenberry, Gloria Green, Mamie (Robinson) McClain, Barbara "Bobbie"(Pittman) Richie, Juanita (Harris) Johnson, Mary (Henry) McKinney.

Through the years the group has had various members and musicians, however; one original member of the group, Alma Stroud, still stands strong as the 1st Soprano and mother of the group. She has been singing with The Lighthouse Gospelettes for over 40 years. The Lighthouse Gospelettes are blessed to have had her talent throughout the years and at present. She brings an enormous blast of spirit to the group.

The current "Lighthouse Gospelettes" have been singing together for more than twenty years. Inspired by the late Ms. Isolene Roach, Cassandra Stroud, Dierdra Stroud-Lee and Lisa Roach-Wilmore began singing as a trio. Later, this trio pulled together with the original Lighthouse Gospelette, Alma Stroud and formed today's Lighthouse Gospelettes: Alma Stroud, Lisa Roach-Wilmore , Dierdra Stroud-Lee and Cassandra Stroud. When this group first started, they only had a pianist, George Stroud, Jr. Currently, the musicians are: George Stroud, Jr. - Bass Guitar, Stanley Stroud - Lead Guitar, Takeio Stroud - Percussion, Howard Stroud, Jr. - Keyboard, Dierdra Stroud-Lee - Keyboard. Since Takeio Stroud (Drummer) is residing in Nashville, TN and traveling the country as a professional drummer, they are blessed to have back with them Dennis Daniel - Percussion. The Lighthouse Gospelettes are also blessed with Rodney Stroud as Sound Technician, Stanley Stroud as Sound Engineer/Technician and Edward Barnett as Stage Hand/Asst. Sound Tech.

This family group is inspired by the Word of God and love to sing praises to God. Their reason is "For it is through him we live, move and have or being". They were offered an opportunity to record by Robert Mitchell, Sr., and owner of 2U Production Company. They worked diligently with producer, songwriter/composer, Pastor Michael Dennis of Atlanta, GA, Don McKenzie, Overdub Producer and Mixing Master of McMix Productions in Atlanta, GA. Also, co-producers were their very own Howard Stroud, Jr. (Music) and Dierdra Stroud-Lee (Vocals). The members of the Lighthouse Gospelettes are very talented songwriters/arrangers as well. In April of 1999, The Lord blessed The Lighthouse Gospelettes by enabling them to complete and release their first CD Recording Titled, "Thank You Lord For Saving Me'.

In October of 2002, the Lighthouse Gospelettes released a new CD titled, "A Little Something Different" under their own Indie Label: Getan Records. The CD was Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Mark Smith of Full Moon Studio, Watkinsville, GA. The Lighthouse Gospelettes are the Executive Producers of this new CD Release. The Lighthouse Gospelettes produced, wrote and arranged 10 of the 13 songs on this full album CD. Others were written by Pastor Michael Dennis of Atlanta, GA.

The Lighthouse Gospelettes have a unique smooth, spiritual sound with crisp harmony. When you witness a live performance by them you witness total professionalism. The Lighthouse Gospelettes are very seasoned for a young independent gospel recording group. They are known to bring audiences to their feet wanting to hear more.