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, a dance & mime team, and four nationally released CD recordings (Live, Lessons for Life, Gospel 101: Go Dominate and this new release "MIRRORS"). 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, their university celebrates them as a Top Breakthrough Story during its 40 year anniversary.
The UAB Gospel Choir 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. This choir was 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 aired on PBS in the USA and the BBC in Great Britain. It’s highly acclaimed Gospel Anthology DVD is part of the multi-cultural curriculum in more than 100 schools. 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), 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 have 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 Turner & the UAB Gospel Choir have hosted master classes with singers, professional musicians and ensembles from Switzerland, Germany, the West Indies, Israel, Amsterdam/the Netherlands and travels to London, England and Ireland to share its music overseas “in-person” for the first time in May of 2011.