CADE CHAPEL MB CHURCH "VOICES OF LOVE"
In August of 1996, Dr. H.L. Buckley, the pastor of Cade Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, was given a vision to further diversify the music ministry of Cade Chapel. He along VOL Founder, Tita Cheatham-King and Minister of Music, Bearay Thigpen, set out on a journey to incorporate a mission that would call upon the churches vast young adult membership. In October of that same year the church added a sixth choir to it's music ministry, hence was born the Cade Chapel "Voices of Love."
The choir's style ranges from foot stomping traditional gospel arrangements to high spirited contemporary favorites; the choir is known for its specialized arrangements with exaggerated passing tones; the choir has also incorporated a dance ministry to compliment the artistry of the ministry.
The choir has rededicated itself to its chosen motto, "We are more than a choir . . . We're a Ministry." The choir has participated and ministered at numerous functions including Jubilee JAM!, the Mississippi Gospel Music Gathering (media choir), the Wade In The Water Exhibit (Opening Ceremonies), They Lynching Exhibit (Jackson State University), local nursing homes and numerous church, community and economic development projects throughout Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee and Illinois. In November of 2005, the choir presented its 1st original musical drama, "Every Blow A Blessing," this expansion of the music ministry has been met with overwhelming success and is being requested for audiences throughout the southeast United States.
The choir has been nominated numerous times for the coveted Jackson Gospel Music Award's: JAKI / Local Choir of the Year; in July of 1999 the choir was blessed to receive the award. In November of 2000, the choir was awarded 1st Place in the Jackson State University Homecoming Choir Awards. In June of 2001, the choir received the City of Jackson's CVB Shining Example Award for its outreach and community service activities.
The choir has been directed by extraordinary musicians since its inception; currently the choir is under the direction of Ricky Thigpen, additional musicians include Darrell Peavey keyboard, Clarence Howard, percussion and Ken Minor, bass, these talented and dedicated servants collaborate their effort, which further explains the versatility of the choir's style.