There’s power in music. There’s power in performing arts, but few tap into the inherent positivity that naturally flows from one of earth’s most precious gifts. Last month in Japan, singers and musicians from America took flight to perform on some on Japan’s largest stages. Unbeknownst to them; this tour would become a multifaceted, groundbreaking endeavor.
The Glory Gospel Singers hail from New York and perform across the United States and all over the world. The Japanese tour is one of the largest and highest grossing on the GGS schedule. Last month’s tour netted 2.4 million yen in donations to the WEDU charity alone.
After the nearly two hour concert, fans had the privilege of interacting with the singers and musicians through purchases at the media/merchandise table or through generous donations at each exit. For many concertgoers, this also provided an opportunity to get up close and personal with the entertainers that had mere moments before touched their hearts in song. Amazingly,for many concertgoers, purchasing cd's or other products didn't deter them from donating to this wonderful charity.
The impact of gospel music is growing worldwide and Japan is one of the most actively advanced foreign countries in the arena of gospel music performance. Some concerts featured an opening act comprised of local singers,further bolstering the GGS presence and influence throughout the country!
At the close of each concert, yen donations were collected by designated singers and musicians from the Glory Gospel Singers. For their effort, WEDU has named a scholarship in honor of the Glory Gospel Singers. This is no doubt music to the ears of GGS founder, Phyliss McKoy Joubert.
Co-founder Mari Sawai has this to say about this fantastic charity:
Wedu is a non profit which envisions a world where people from the most underprivileged backgrounds have the tools to change their lives and the society of their home country by being masters of their own development.
Their mission is to catalyze the development of young women in developing countries into local leaders by providing inspiring mentorship and innovative financing to complete university.
On a local note, singers and musicians from the DFW area were a part of this amazing movement while in Japan.Tiffany Martin (Dallas), Nigel Rivers (Dallas), Steven Williams (Fort Worth) and Fred Willis (Fort Worth) were all a part of collecting donations after concert performances. Every singer and musician had an opportunity to collect on behalf of WEDU during the 20 concert tour. It was fabulous, it was amazing but for young women all over the world it is life changing!
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