Terrance Kelly has been called everything from “a man of great passion and conviction” to “a demanding taskmaster” to “an absolute musical genius.” And to prove them all, he has garnered extensive credentials in both gospel and jazz music. His operatic range and jubilant emotion make him a popular soloist as well as an accomplished director, composer, and arranger. His credits include choral arrangements on albums by Linda Ronstadt and the Kronos Quartet and gospel arrangements of popular music for TV and video soundtracks. In addition, he wrote or arranged most of the music on each Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir album.
Edwin Hawkins is a Grammy Award–winning American gospel and R&B musician, pianist, choir master, composer, and arranger. He is a trailblazer in the evolution of the urban contemporary gospel sound. He is best known for his arrangement (with the Edwin Hawkins Singers) of "Oh Happy Day" (1968–69), which was included on the Songs of the Century list. He founded the Edwin Hawkins Music and Arts Seminar, an annual music convention that features classes on songwriting, keyboards, gospel music ministry, choir decorum, fashion design, the business of music and communications, vocal techniques, and dance drama.
Calvin b. rhone
Calvin B. Rhone has shared the stage with every major gospel artist, and his songs are sung throughout the world. He travels nationally and internationally to conduct workshops, seminars, revivals, and concerts, and has served for 32 years as senior pastor of Hope of Glory Christian Center in Los Angeles. As a songwriter, he has written for such notables as Rev. James Cleveland, Albertina Walker, Cassietta George, Tramaine Hawkins, Daryl Coley, Bishop Walter Hawkins, Los Angeles Gospel Messengers, GMWA Mass Choir, Wilmington Chester Mass Choir, Edwin Hawkins Music and Arts Mass Choir, Donald Lawrence and the Tri-City Singers, and DeWayne Woods.
Before becoming a prominent figure in women's music in the 1990s, San Francisco native Linda Tillery began her singing career in the 1960s with the gender-integrated psychedelic/soul band the Loading Zone, which was modeled somewhat after Sly and the Family Stone. After two albums with that band, Tillery released her solo debut, Sweet Linda Divine, on CBS in 1970 to enthusiastic reviews and high praise. She spent most of the '70s singing and playing drums on over 40 albums, including efforts by Mary Watkins and Teresa Trull. Having become a staff musician and producer at Olivia Records, Tillery released her second solo album, a self-titled effort, on the label in 1978, garnering a Bay Area Music Award for Best Independently Produced Album; Tillery has twice gone on to win Bay Area Jazz Awards for Outstanding Female Vocalist.
Ashling "biscuit" Cole
Ashling Cole—or as her adoring fans call her, “Biscuit”—is one of the most dynamic vocalists the San Francisco Bay Area has to offer. Her soaring voice and unparalleled professionalism make her a first call talent in the arena of R&B, funk, and gospel. She is the lead singer with Larry Graham & Graham Central Station, the 415's, and Agapésoul, and is worship leader at PFBC in El Cerrito, CA.
Keith Terry is a percussionist/rhythm dancer/educator whose artistic vision has straddled the line between music and dance for more than four decades. As a soloist he has appeared in such settings as Lincoln Center, Bumbershoot, NPR’s All Things Considered, PRI’s The World, the Vienna International Dance Festival, and the Paradiso van Slag World Drum Festival in Amsterdam. His groups—Slammin All-Body Band, Crosspulse Percussion Ensemble, Professor Terry’s Circus Band Extraordinaire, and Body Tjak (with I Wayan Dibia)—have performed in a variety of venues, including Joe’s Pub, WNYC, and Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors (NY); Grand Performances, LACMA Jazz, the Roxy, and the Skirball Center (LA); SFJazz, Vancouver Island MusicFest, and the Bali Arts Festival. In addition, Keith has performed with a wide range of artists including Charles “Honi” Coles, Turtle Island Quartet, Jovino Santos Neto, Barbatuques, KeKeÇa, Kenny Endo, Freddie Hubbard, Tex Williams, Robin Williams, and Bobby McFerrin. As a producer he has released (on Crosspulse Media) six CDs and five DVDs, plus the book/DVD “Rhythm of Math,” a unit for teaching mathematical concepts for grades 3–5 using body music.
Paul Kim studied choir conducting with Joshua Habermann and has a master's degree in music from San Francisco State University. Paul has also studied conducting with Terrance Kelly, Jeremy Faust, and Manfred Schreier at the Staatliche Musikhochschule in Trossingen (Germany) and vocal technique with Alissa Deeter, Corey Head, and Monika Moldenauer (among others) in both San Francisco and Germany. Currently Paul is the conductor of Frederiksborg Kammerkor in Denmark, and is the founder/director for the jazz vocal group Dynamic (dynamicjazz.dk) and the International Gospel Academy (internationalgospelacademy.org), for which he teaches voice, conducts choirs, and organizes gospel workshops
Patricia Bahia is an award-winning singer, songwriter, music educator and cancer survivor living her bucket-list life and inspiring others to do the same. She started her music career as a founding member and soloist with the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, and has since moved to Los Angeles where she has a thriving solo career as a singer-songwriter. Her music celebrates life’s triumphs and struggles, and is regularly featured in TV shows and films, as well as in her live performances at venues from clubs and cafes to conferences, festivals, and churches.
Mark DeSaulnier brings more than fifteen years of senior administration and production experience to the performing arts. He has been responsible for fundraising, board development, strategic planning, marketing, and community engagement, as well as leading production efforts in venues ranging from 500 to 15,000 seats. Mr. DeSaulnier has worked with artists such as Kenny Loggins, Debbi Boone, James Newton Howard, Lou Rawls, Cab Calloway, and Air Supply. His previous executive and artistic experience includes the Peninsula Youth Theater in Mountain View and the Pacific Symphony in Orange County. In addition to attending and presenting for nonprofit arts management seminars and events, Mr. DeSaulnier is the Executive Director of the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir and a member of arts organizations such as CETA (California Educational Theatre Association), Chorus America, and the Theatre Bay Area Association.
Ben Heveroh is a Bay Area keyboardist with an extensive background in classical, jazz, salsa, blues, and gospel music. The principal keyboardist for the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir since 1998, Ben has also been with numerous other bands over the years: he was a member of the Pete Escovedo Orchestra, played with guitarist Johnny DeFrancesco, was the musical director for the Josh Jones Latin Jazz Ensemble from 1992 to 1999, formed and directed the East Bay Church of Religious Science Gospel Choir from 1992 to 1997, formed and directed the gospel groups Higher Ground and Spirit from 1998 to 2001, and was the musical director for the Joy Choir at First Church of Religious Science from 2002 to 2004.