As Martin Luther King Day approaches, many organizations are planning events to commemorate the Civil Rights activist. At the Wharton Center for the Performing Arts, the Greater Lansing MLK Holiday Commission has put together “Music of the Dream” featuring some of today’s top gospel singers. One of the singers, Geoffrey Golden, recently won Season 7 of BET’s “Sunday Best,” a reality show to find the best gospel singer in the country. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Golden has agreed to talk with Eli about his career and his upcoming Lansing visit.
ELi: Who is your biggest inspiration for singing?
Geoffrey: My greatest singing inspiration is Jesus! He's the reason I sing and the content of my songs. He's the reason I live!
ELi How does it feel performing next to gospel icons Tamela Mann & Tye Tribbett?
Geoffrey: Performing alongside Tye Tribbett and Tamela Mann is such an honor for me. I grew up listening to them, honing so much from their respective sounds, and now I get to the stage with them. Tye Tribbett is probably the greatest gospel performer of our time. And Tamela Mann is one of our most powerful voices, without a doubt! Both of them have extensive, celebrated careers in gospel music, and in Tamela's case, in plays and movies as well. Wow! I'm so grateful...and excited! I'm living my dream!
ELi: What does it mean to you to perform in honor of MLK?
Geoffrey: Dr. King showed us the power of a voice. A lot of folks were a part of the Civil Rights Movement, and their contributions were so important in advancing the movement and its mission. But it was King's voice - his ability to speak past people's prejudices and directly into their hearts - that sealed the deal. We can all identify with having a dream. But it wasn't King's dream alone that changed America, it was his ability to articulate that dream in such an inspiring way. And that inspires me! King's voice made a difference. So mine can too!
ELi: Have you been to Lansing/Michigan before? Anything you're looking forward to?
Geoffrey: I'm in Detroit pretty often, but this will be my first time in Lansing. I'm always excited to minister on college campuses. Since I'm from Ohio, I'm extremely excited to share at Michigan State, one of our conference rivals!
Golden, along with Tamela Mann and Tye Tribbett, will be performing on Saturday, January 24 at 7:00pm in the Great Hall of the Wharton Center. This is just one of the many events taking place in Lansing and East Lansing for MLK Day. To see a full list of events occurring in East Lansing and Lansing, click here and here.
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