Tituss Burgess, Welcome, The Little Mermaid, Middle Collegiate Church, Middle Church
On Sunday, October 7 at 6 pm at Middle Collegiate Church, Broadway and television actor Tituss Burgess (Jersey Boys, The Little Mermaid, Guys and Dolls, and NBC's 30 Rock) will perform the songs from the new gospel album Welcome with the Middle Community Chorus. Burgess composed the music and lyrics as a gift to Middle Church.
A music video of a song featured on the album, "We Are The Ones," directed by Shari Carpenter -who has worked with Spike Lee and Ridley Scott-has also been released on YouTube. The music video features a renowned cast including Burgess, Alyson Palmer (of BETTY), and Broadway's Jenny Powers (Grease and Little Women).
In this election year, when marriage equality and religion are broadly discussed,
Middle Collegiate Church offers a rare gospel album preaching all are welcome in God's house. "You're welcome if you're gay; You're welcome if your straight; bi, transgendered." These words are sung by Rev. Jacqui Lewis, Ph.D., an African-American and woman senior minister.
In addition to Burgess, Powers and Palmer, the album features a collection of voices who have toured nationally and internationally including Kristina Nicole Miller, Tami Petty, Jarvis Derell, Martina Sykes, Amy Lynn Hamlin, Joe Caruncho, and Allison Mickelson. The album was co-produced with Dionne McClain-Freeney and Stefan Held.
Proceeds support social ministries at Middle Church. Middle has a deep commitment to marriage equality, feeding ministries, and racial reconciliation. The album is available on iTunes.
At Middle Church every race, class, age, and sexuality celebrate God together. Although the church is a Protestant, Jews and Buddhists sing in our gospel choir next to atheists and Christians. In a country with many empty pews, Sunday morning celebrations at Middle Church are often standing room only. For more information visit www.middlechurch.org.