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Joe Shannon’s Mountain Home Music Presents: The Junaluska Gospel Choir, Performing Saturday, June 14

Courtesy of Mountain Home Music
Courtesy of Mountain Home Music

By Travis Miller

June 12, 2014. On Saturday, June 14. Mountain Home Music will present a concert by the Junaluska Gospel Choir at St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church beginning at 7:30 p.m.

The Junaluska Gospel Choir has its roots in Boone’s historic Black community. The choir, led by Danny Whittington and accompanied by some of the area’s best rhythm & blues musicians, has a distinctive soulful sound.

The style is basically Gospel — Black Gospel and worship music,” said Whittington.

“[Our soulful side comes] because of some of the guys we have. They’re all so talented.”

Doug James, professor of guitar at Appalachian State University, has long supported the choir and will accompany them in Saturday’s performance.

“I just filled in [once for Danny] and was so taken by their musicality and the spirit of the group that I’ve been back ever since,” said James.

“They just possess such natural musicality … I’ve been a professional musician all my life and for me this is just a really unique musical experience.”

Also accompanying the choir will be Aaron Burleson on keyboard, Dave Brewer and Jason Gordon on percussion and Brian Yerman on acoustic guitar.

“[I’d like to express] how much I appreciate them and the fact that they’re just so willing, cooperative and eager,” said Whittington.

“I just want it to be noted that I’m very grateful to all the people I work with.”

Tickets for the concert are $20 in advance and $22 at the door. Student tickets are $11 and children under 12 may attend for free. Tickets can be purchased at Fred’s Mercantile, Pandoras Mailbox, The Dulcimer Shop, Mast General Store locations in Boone and Valle Crucis or online at MountainHomeMusic.com.

The choir recently released their first album Rough Side of the Mountain available for purchase at BooneChurch.com.

To see the choir perform weekly, visit Boone Mennonite Brethren Church on Sunday mornings as they lead worship.

“I just like to say that our church is open to all people,” said Whittington.

“We’re blended. It’s like a very good flower garden. And we just want to extend an invitation to anybody in the community.”

To learn more about the Junaluska Gospel Choir, visit BooneChurch.com and for more information on the event, visit MountainHomeMusic.com or contact Rodney Sutton, Event Director at 828-964-3392.