Angels In Our Midst

Angels In Our Midst

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Angels in our Midst (Gwen McRae)

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 01:43 PM CDT
Pyramid, Incorporated is an organization that uses the arts to engage students with developmental disabilities.
When they got an offer of help from a local performer, they got the gift of an Angel in our Midst.
The Pyramid Show Choir was getting ready for their big fall performance when they got the big news;  a star attraction was being added to the show.

Betty Wells, Mentored by Gwen McCrae;  She's a Grammy award winning R & B singer;  

Gwen McCrae was nominated for a Grammy for her 1975 hit, Rockin' Chair.  The singer with the signature bluesy voice is still performing and touring in Europe but Pensacola's home.

Gwen;  Umm humm, home.  You always come back.  Like James Brown used to say, You got to go back to the one;  got to go back to where you started.

Pensacola is where she started paying her dues and this is where she wants to pay back.  

Karseem Lyons, Sings in Pyramid Choir;  When we sing, she tries to work with us, she tries to help us how we get our voices under control.

Betty Wells is one of the Pyramid singers who gets some of Gwen's extra attention. She's aware of her reputation but she hasn't seen any "Star" status here.

Betty;  She doesn't strike me as that person.  She gets a joy out of singing with us.  She enjoys it as much as we do.

Gwen;  You must remember from whence God brought you ...
Our mother taught us in the church and how to love.      

That's another place Gwen made her way back to; her church.   She's found herself right at home there too.

Gwen;  God has answered my prayers.  I always wanted to do Gospel.  Now I'm leading in the choir, I've got one of the best choirs on this side of Heaven.

Gwen puts in a lot of time rehearsing with the choir.  The upcoming show is a major fundraiser for the non-profit organization.   She hopes giving her time and lending her voice might be of help.

Gwen;  You know, when the Lord blessed me, I just want to give Him back.  It's not all about money all the time.  It's about the heart.

It some ways, it's already paying off.
Betty;  She's good to be around.  She makes me laugh and she makes it a better day.

And paying off for everybody.
Gwen;  I'm having the best time of my life.  All the Rockin' Chairs, the Funky Senations and All This Love That I'm Giving and all the places I've gone, it don't beat this.  

Angels in our Midst is brought to you by Sacred Heart Children's Hospital.
Angels in our Midst (Gwen McRae)

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