The Voices of Eden Gospel Choir was founded as a student organization at UNC Charlotte in spring 2005, with a purpose to inspire and uplift the campus community through the gift of music. Since it’s founding it has gone on to make an indelible mark on the UNCC community, the city of Charlotte, and abroad.
Every semester the choir embarks on an out-of-state tour to further our reach in spreading the gospel, as well as introducing people who may have otherwise never heard of UNC Charlotte to the University and its broad diversity of programs. The tour serves as the highlight of each member’s semester, and is the culmination of months of hard work and preparation. We sing at various churches in each city we visit, take in cultural sites and attractions, and even do joint concerts with other collegiate gospel choirs while strengthening our collective bond.
Through this campaign, we are asking for your help in offsetting our tour budget, which can often run upwards of $10,000 per semester. In the past, the funds were largely covered by contributions from each member, which in an uncertain economic climate and the increasing costs of education, can sometimes be a burden to those of limited means.
The choir opened up for international gospel recording legend Yolanda Adams at the 2009 CIAA Gospel Explosion in Charlotte, and has also opened up for gospel artist Tye Tribbett on two separate occasions. In 2015, the choir sang background for world-famous songwriter and performer Barry Manilow during the finale of the Charlotte stop of his “One Last Time” tour.
Over the years, Voices of Eden has done tours to Atlanta and Savannah, Georgia; Greenville, Columbia and Charleston, South Carolina; Huntsville, Mobile and Millbrook, Alabama; Jacksonville, Orlando, Plant City and Daytona Beach, Florida; Cincinnati, Ohio; Louisville, Kentucky; Winston-Salem, Rocky Mount, Asheville, Raleigh, Durham and New Hill, North Carolina; Norfolk and Suffolk, Virginia; Bridgeport, Connecticut; Chicago, Illinois; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; New Orleans, Louisiana; Memphis, Nashville, Chattanooga and Knoxville, Tennessee; Washington, D.C. and New York City.
We ask that you put your faith in us to represent UNC Charlotte well, and to continue to fulfill our purpose of inspiring and uplifting through the gift of music.