Meridian Star

November 28, 2012

Great music spurs partnership for great cause

By Steve Gillespie / Managing Editor
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —     For organizers of Friday's concert coming up at the Temple Theater in Meridian, the meaning of the event is much deeper than great music.

    Award-winning contemporary Christian music artist Kim Hill will headline the concert scheduled for 7 p.m. Also performing is William Myles & YPOP (Young People of Praise).

    "I think this particular concert is instrumental in bridging the community," Myles said Tuesday.

    He said the concert not only symbolizes how the black and white community in Meridian can work together, the collaboration is raising money for a great cause — the Boys and Girls Club of East Mississippi.

    Rick Courtney, who has been instrumental in gathering support and sponsors for the show, also said it is the music that has brought those meaningful partnerships together.

    "It's also showcasing Meridian's own with professional musicians, and future professional musicians," Myles pointed out.

    The Meridian Community College Gospel Choir is scheduled to perform with YPOP. Boys and Girls Club Choir members also will be present.

    Myles is a product of the local Boys and Girls Club program.

    "I was brought up through the Boys and Girls Club when it first came here," Myles said. "My first job was with Boys and Girls Club. So, I was both a student and a professional with that organization."

    Hill, a native of Meridian, is a Grammy nominated, three-time Dove Award-winning artist with 17 CDs to her credit. For the past 14 years she’s primarily been leading worship at women’s conferences around the country but recently returned to touring as an artist with her latest Christmas CD "Christmas Back To You."

    The latest YPOP CD is titled "William Myles & YPOP Chapter 1."

    William Myles & YPOP will back up Hill on one of her performances Friday as well.

    In response to an article about the concert plans earlier this month, Hill posted the following on The Meridian Star website: "I can't wait to be at the Temple Theater with William Myles and his choir! I hope families will make this a part of kicking off their Christmas celebrations! Thank you to everyone for allowing me to be a part of what I hope will be a great night in Meridian for everyone who attends!"

    Tickets for the show are $10 for adults, $5 for students. Advance tickets are available at the Temple Theater, 2320 Eighth St., and at Squealer's Barbecue locations.

    For more information visit the websites, or call Rick Courtney at (601) 616-7663.