Since its inception in 1995, the UAB Gospel Choir has brought American Gospel Music from the choir stand to the classroom at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and developed a powerhouse strategy of turning out above-average talent and presenting sold-out concerts. This recording and touring ensemble has an arsenal of 145 voices, dance & mime teams, and four nationally distributed CD recordings (Live, Lessons for Life, Gospel 101: Go Dominate and MIRRORS) heard throughout the USA and abroad. Gospelflava.com recently named its director Kevin Paul Turner, “a Modern-day Godfather of College Gospel Choirs.” Youtube.com documents their international fan base with over 1 million combined hits. Equally important to mention, its own university celebrates the UAB Gospel Choir as a Top Breakthrough Story in its 40-year history!
This ensemble has mounted the stage with industry heavy hitters to include: Stevie Wonder, Ruben Studdard, Taylor Hicks, Lee Greenwood, Daryl Coley, Vanessa Bell Armstrong and opened for headliners throughout the southeast — this list includes The Clark Sisters, Tonex, J. Moss, Karen Clark Sheard, Fred Hammond and Kirk Franklin. They were featured in the filming of a documentary produced by Dr. Henry Louis Gates - Harvard's chair of Afro-American Studies, "Black America in the 21st Century, Journey through the South." The show continues to be aired on PBS in the USA and the BBC in Great Britain. It's critically acclaimed Gospel Anthology DVD (a concert & “live” theatrical production) is part of the multi-cultural curriculum in more than 100 schools. Gospel Anthology II: The Church and the Civil Rights Movement, the 2nd installment of this series was made available on DVD in December of 2011. Also In 2011 the UAB Gospel Choir performed live to 5.5 million people on NBC with Al Roker. The UAB Gospel Choir and its director has been the feature story in Southern Living magazine, the 40th Anniversary Edition of UAB Magazine and WOW Magazine.
The choir’s performance home is the UAB Alys Robinson Stephens Performing Arts Center. Known for its vast repertoire and the eclectic mix of its shows, the UAB Gospel Choir continues to have its feet firmly planted in the gospel genre - this is demanded by its founding director Kevin P. Turner who is a well-respected veteran in performing arts and academic circles. Turner infuses his experience with youthful talent recruited from throughout the USA and abroad. To date, songs from it recordings have made it through the highly competitive process of landing in rotation on radio (local, satellite and syndicated shows), next to accomplished artists. The choir’s motto is “We Love to sing and it Shows!” More than any accolade or any award, which the UAB Gospel Choir has been blessed to earn quite a few, ask anyone in the choir what’s most important and they’ll tell you it is the joy of sharing our music with world.
Kevin Paul Turner & the UAB Gospel Choir has hosted master classes with singers, professional musicians and ensembles (that were eager to learn the dynamics of gospel music) from Switzerland, Germany, the West Indies, Israel, Amsterdam/the Netherlands and we traveled to London, England and the Netherlands to share its music overseas “in-person” for the first time in May 2011. The UAB Department of Music is home to numerous world-renown scholars and performers. The UAB Gospel Choir is honored to be included among such an impressive roster that has distinguished itself as one of the finest centers for educating young musicians in the Southeast.