To use Gospel music to inspire audiences with a message of hope, joy, and harmony.
To serve and uplift communities through the power of Gospel music.
Kimberly Brown was destined to be a singer. For more than 40 years, which began by singing at her father’s church at the age of seven, she has sung in many genres while her love has always been Christian/ Gospel “Music that Inspires”.
As a former member of the 3-time, Grammy-Award-Winning group Sounds of Blackness for fifteen years, she toured around the world (Brazil, Switzerland, Japan, Mexico, London etc.). Kimberly has worked with many national artists including: Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Stevie Wonder, CeCe Winans, Quincy Jones, Take 6, Fred Hammond, Kenny G., Luther Vandross, Darryl Hall (Hall and Oates), John Cougar Mellencamp, and many others. She works extensively in her local industry as a singer/songwriter, director, vocal coach, speaker, and as Director of Music Ministries at her local church, First Trinity Church of God in Christ in Fridley, MN. She also directs the Fellowship Choir for the Minnesota Second Ecclesiastical Fellowship, Church of God in Christ.
Kimberly describes herself as ordinary, but is actually quite extraordinary. She has won several awards including: Citizenship and Discipleship awards, Minnesota Jurisdictional Woman of the Year award, First Trinity Church Music Director Award, and an American Heart Association Volunteer Appreciation Award. Kimberly has a heart for PKs (Pastors’ Kids), as she is one herself. Kimberly is a loving wife and mother, and credits her parents, Overseer and Mrs. Henry Brown, for her firm foundation and her solid, Christian values. She is very committed to volunteerism, and gives of her time, talent, and finances to support various charities.
For more information about Kimberly, go to www.kimberlybrown.info
Pam has been a choir member of TCCGC since 2004. Currently, she is a soprano as well as our choir manager, making sure the choir is up to date on singing engagements and other important news. Married with two children and one beautiful granddaughter, Pam enjoys spending time with family and friends, sharing God’s word through song, and helping the choir be as successful as it can be.
Garland King - Musical Director and Piano/Organ
Garland King is well known throughout the Twin Cities. As a gifted musician, his fingers have tickled the ivories for over 2 decades, and he is yet making music like never before. Garland began playing piano at 8 years old, and in his teen years began playing for the Minnesota Mass Choir. His favorite genre has always been Gospel music. He has played with many local artists, as well as celebrity artists such as the Williams Brothers, and Stevie Wonder. Garland is a long-standing, faithful member of New Salem Baptist Church, and is loving husband and a proud father.
Will Cooper Jr. - Drums
Will Cooper Jr. has been playing drums since the tender age of 3. He has always loved music, and would take every opportunity to play. When the opportunity to be the lead drummer at his home church, First Trinity COGIC, presented itself, Will was ready! Will's motto is "Lead by Example", and he strives to be an example for up and coming younger musicians. He is currently in music mentorship with none other than the Twin Cities own, Art "L.A." Buckner.
Kevin Gamble - Keys/Organ
Kevin Gamble is one of the Minnesota's best kept secrets. Kevin has a unique style of his own. As a recent graduate of Anoka-Ramsey Community College (Associate of Fine Arts), Kevin believes in cultivating his gift. He is a self taught musician, songwriter, and producer, and is always striving for the next level of artistry. He has played on stage with artists such as J. Moss, Paul Porter of the Christianaires, and Marie Graham of the Grammy-Award-Winning group, Sounds of Blackness. First Trinity Church is where you will find Kevin on Sundays, as he is a committed musician and a faithful member.
Eric Hill - Bass
Bio coming soon
The Twin Cities Community Gospel Choir (TCCGC) is a community-based, diverse choir that has performed Gospel music in the African American tradition since 1990. The ensemble was born out of a continuing education project at the Minneapolis Community College under the leadership of Robert Robinson and became an independent nonprofit corporation in 1997.
Since its beginning, TCCGC has enjoyed considerable critical success, distinguishing itself in traditional and contemporary Gospel music and this has continued under the direction of subsequent artistic directors, including current director Kimberly Brown. TCCGC has performed at the Gospel Music Workshop of America twice, the premier Black Gospel music association in the United States. This past year, TCCGC won the award for 'Gospel Group/Choir of the Year' by the Gospel Safari Ministry Network.
TCCGC’s strength has always been its grassroots focus, accepting members from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, socioeconomic circumstances, musical and physical abilities and spiritual perspectives. Members are business people, teachers, professional musicians, students. Some of TCCGC’s members have grown up in the Gospel tradition while for some, singing in TCCGC is an introduction to this vibrant tradition in which music is learned by rote. TCCGC members share a love for music and for blending their voices to express the joy and hope conveyed by the rhythms and lyrics of African American Gospel music.
TCCGC remains unique among Minnesota choirs in its diverse composition, its powerful delivery and its strong commitment to perform in community locations such as prisons, homeless shelters, veterans' homes and at community festivals, as well as in traditional concert venues. Indeed, last year TCCGC was honored to receive an award for its service to Minnesota veterans.
President: Jason Kapel
Jason brings a combination of a passion for music and professional experience in marketing, business and communication to the board. He currently is Director of Customer Experience at Prudential. He is also a musician and is proficient on guitar, bass guitar, piano and drums. He performs in an indie-rock band that has released its first album and performs locally and elsewhere in the U.S. Jason believes in the power of music to positively affect people's lives.
Vice President: Kim Smith Snyder
Kimberly is a member of the choir and joined the board this year. She works at Woodlane Family and Cosmetic Dentistry and owns a home staging company. Kimberly is passionate about our choir and works to ensure more people can be uplifted by the gospel music we perform.
Treasurer: Sandy Famodu
Sandy is a self-employed Certified Public Accountant providing tax and accounting services to individuals, small businesses, and non-profits. She has over 25 years of experience as a CPA, including senior manager positions with Ernst & Young, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, and Global Tax Network. Sandy is actively involved as a community volunteer, serving as board member for Global Minnesota as well as TCCGC. She joined TCCGC in 2016 as an alto. As Treasurer, she oversees all financial aspects of the choir's operations. Sandy enjoys building strong relationships and working collaboratively to achieve shared goals.
Secretary: Elisabeth Teichroew
Elisabeth brings experience and passion to the choir and board as the current Executive Director of the Twin Cities Youth Chorale. Her non-profit experience and social media expertise has already had an impact as she has worked to extend and modernize our choir's social media strategy.
Members at Large
David is a long time choir member and recently joined the board of directors. He has been an IT professional for more than 20 years, which came after about 20 years in engineering. He is passionate about our choir helping us achieve our mission.
Grace has a passion for singing which started when she was a child in her dad’s church. That passion led her on a search for a choir, which landed her with TCCGC in April 2019 as a soprano. She is a member of several professional organizations, having served in a leadership capacity in many organizations over the years. In addition, Grace has experience as a public speaker and brings her organizational and creative skills, as well as her experience as an educator to the TCCGC board.
Katrina is a member of the choir, and brings her excitement and creative ideas to the board, as well as experience in administration and recruiting. She wants to use that recruiting experience to bring more singers into the choir, allowing us to grow and succeed.
Executive Director: Jack Perkins
Jack is a retired educator, having served 25 years in both secondary and higher education. He has also spent the last ten years serving in multiple roles for various non-profits. He has also worked as a consultant to help individuals and organizations understand and cope with the effects of stress and trauma. Jack lives in the Twin Cities with his wife, Karina, and their cat, Gus. They are the proud parents of four amazing children who live, work, and attend school in Georgia and Oklahoma.
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