Neshama Carlebach presents a Community Soul Concert with the GospelFest choir at Chenery on Nov. 12

Date(s) - Sunday, November 12, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Chenery Auditorium

Neshama Carlebach

Neshama Carlebach: Community Soul Concert with the NAEA GospelFest Choir under the direction of  Roland Sunkins III 

Neshama’s Band: Seth Farber, Pianist/Musical Director David Richards, Bass Eric Stockton, Guitar Brian Wolfe, Drums, Singers James Dale Kaira Hassel Carlton Ellen, and Jennifer Harrison

Neshama Carlebach, a leading superstar in Jewish Entertainment, is continuing the legacy established by her father, Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach. Like her father, Neshama’s talent and charisma captivate and endear her to people of all ages, faiths, and backgrounds. Neshama has performed and taught in cities worldwide, has sung on the Broadway stage, has

sold more than one million records, and was a six-time entrant in the 2011 Grammy Awards. Neshama was one of the creators of the Broadway musical “Soul Doctor”. In November of 2016, Neshama was inducted into the Brooklyn Hall of Fame, where she received a Certificate of Congressional Recognition for her work. Neshama is currently touring with a new band and gospel choir and joyfully raising her two sons.

In 2009, Neshama released the CD Higher & Higher with singers from the Green Pastures Baptist Church of New York City. On the CD notes this quote from Neshama appears: “We learn that when we sing it’s like we’re praying twice. We learn that all the nations of the world sing in harmony, if we can only take a moment to truly listen. There is so much to pray for and celebrate in our world today, and I believe this music can help us get closer to finding the answers we long for…”

Dr. Roland Lee Sunkins III, NAEA GospelFest Choir Director

Dr. Roland Lee Sunkins III, NAEA GospelFest Choir Director, has a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Norfolk State University, a Master of Music in Violin Performance from Michigan  State University, and an Honorary Doctor of Music from Triune Bible College. He is the winner of the 700 Club’s/Star Song Communication’s 1993 New Artist Search.

Dr. Sunkins has traveled extensively as a gospel violinist, vocalist, and speaker, working with artists including The Winans, Richard Smallwood, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Vanessa Williams, Lou Rawls, Jennifer Holliday; and performing with symphony orchestras in Virginia, Battle Creek, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Kalamazoo. A gifted song writer, composer, arranger, and orchestrator, he has produced music for numerous gospel soloists and choirs.

He serves as Orchestra Instructor for the Battle Creek Public Schools and is founder of Fountains of Living Waters Ministries. He is the loving and proud father of three awesome children: Melody Joy, Harmony Faith and Roland IV!

The NAEA (Northside Association for Educational Advancement) was founded in 1972, and the NAEA GospelFest Choir, founded in 1991, draws people who love to sing from all over the greater Kalamazoo area and southwestern Michigan, from all walks of life and many church/educational institution affiliations. Dr. Sunkins has been a part of the GospelFest

Choir since its inception.  The goal of the NAEA (Northside Association  for Educational Advancement), a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, is to

provide educational programs to enhance the success of African American students, including tutoring, counseling and scholarships.

We are grateful to the Kalamazoo Pulbic Schools for allowing the GospelFest Choir to rehearse at Hillside Middle School.

Tickets for this event are now on sale HERE.


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