This past week the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir was blessed to perform at three Super Bowl events including Super Bowl City, NFL Experience, and the GameDay Fan Plaza at Levi’s Stadium. I never would have imagined having the opportunity to sing at such a high-profile event. Yet there we were, singing our hearts out for the attendees.

One of the highlights at Super Bowl City was our set on the official City Stage in Sue Bierman Park. Knowing other powerhouses such as Alicia Keys, One Republic, and the Band Perry would be performing on this exact stage, I felt like OIGC really brought our A game. And it showed. In fact, we rocked so hard that we actually broke the stage! After the first song, we were warned not to rock or bounce so much. Despite the restriction, OIGC continued and finished strong based on the audience enthusiasm, applause, and participation in “Everybody Dancing.”

Next up was the NFL Experience at Moscone Center in San Francisco. This was the first performance with our official NFL gospel choir robes, and we were sangin’! One highpoint for me was the little boy showing us all his dance moves during our set. He was front and center and had all of us stepping up our own moves to keep up.

We didn’t really have time to explore the NFL experience after our performance because we needed our rest for the early start and long day of Super Bowl Sunday! Our day began at 6am where we gathered at West Oakland Bart to bus it over to Santa Clara. This was my first time at Levi’s Stadium, so it was definitely an amazing experience to see the stadium all decked out for the Super Bowl. It felt surreal being at the fan plaza and tailgate for the Super Bowl. The best part was that we weren’t just attending, we were part of the experience for other attendees. There are multiple highlights from this day, but my favorite moment was the one below, luckily caught on camera.

Jane Tyska's photograph shows two fans of opposing teams, praising together as they watch OIGC. During the performance I saw these two engaged in the performance, and it really resonated with me because this exemplifies what OIGC does. The organization brings together so many people of different ethnicities, religions, socio-economic levels, etc. Seeing the connection between fans of the two teams battling it out in the field was the icing on the cake of this incredible, once-in-a-life-time opportunity. I will forever be thankful to OIGC.

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