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Debbie Hopkins, wife of the Rev. Hal Hopkins, brought their granddaughter Giovanni Brown and two of her granddaughter’s friends, M.M. and Phoenix Canady to the concert. Debbie Hopkins, wife of the Rev. Hal Hopkins, brought their granddaughter Giovanni Brown and two of her granddaughter’s friends, M.M. and Phoenix Canady to the concert.
The Voices of Mobile are Blake Thompson, Emily Breland, Matthew Dunkin, Hannah Cherry, Tyler Allen, Rachel Smith, Melinda Locke, Livy Hybes, Parker Powers, Austin Perkins, Lauren Graham, Chris Jenkins, Morgan Green, Collin Clardy and Lexus Peppers (not in order). When they introduced themselves Chris was put at the end of the line. The Voices of Mobile are Blake Thompson, Emily Breland, Matthew Dunkin, Hannah Cherry, Tyler Allen, Rachel Smith, Melinda Locke, Livy Hybes, Parker Powers, Austin Perkins, Lauren Graham, Chris Jenkins, Morgan Green, Collin Clardy and Lexus Peppers (not in order). When they introduced themselves Chris was put at the end of the line.

‘Voices of Mobile’ perform at Lighthouse Baptist

Thursday, July 19, 2018 by Elsa Kerschner ekerschner@tnonline.com in Local News

The Voices of Mobile, a 15-member gospel concert group, traveled from the campus of the University of Mobile, Ala., on its way to Carnegie Hall.

Along the way, the group stopped at churches — including Lighthouse Baptist Church, Breinigsville, on June 14 — to present gospel concerts

The school, which members of Voices of Mobile attend, offers Master’s degrees in music, piano and voice. The musical group heads out to churches, mostly in the southeastern United States, every weekend during the school year and sings during morning worship and again in the evening.

Voices has to earn its own money as the school does not support the group.

The Rev. Hal Hopkins welcomed people to Lighthouse Baptist.

“We are excited to have this group with us and hope you will be blessed and encouraged with their music,” Hopkins said.

The group’s first song was “You Came From Heaven’s Throne.”

This was not a stand-up and sing concert but it incorporated motion as they moved around the stage in perfect harmony.

“We are glad you came to worship,” Rachel Smith said. “You see the smiles on our faces because we are glad to be here.”

Collin Clardy, temporary leader, as Director Roger Breland left for the day to pick up his wife, said one of his favorite sayings is “I’d rather have Jesus.”

“Until today we never heard of Breinigsville,” group member Livy Hybes said. “We want you all to have a good time.”

Rachel Smith brought her mandolin and played one song. They requested the audience sing along with them as they sang, “Our God is the Lion, the Lion of Judah, Our God is the Lamb.

Hannah Cherry told of some of their foreign visits.

They have been to Cuba, China and the Philippines. A year ago, they went to the Holy Land.

“It has changed but the places where Jesus walked are the same. The Sea of Galilee has not changed.

“During our travels, we miss the sweet tea, but we get a lot out of it.”

They sang “The Mercy Tree.” ... On a hill called Calvary, Salvation died the mercy tree.

Cherry continued, “In November, during the school year, we were in Augusta on a Saturday and at 2 a.m. got back to school. We put our song on Facebook. It has received 11,200,000, viewers since November.

Tyler Allen sang a hand-clapping song: “Do You Want to be Happy. There’s no one to blame but yourself.”

The summer tour lasts 16 days. On June 15, they were in New York. Hopkins said they would perform at Carnegie Hall.

“That’s the place where, for $50 your can sit on the sidewalk and listen through a window. Inside seats are $100.