Each one Reached one at Lift Every Voice 2019

By @ChavonPanton



Valerie Simpson and Ray Chew backed by the combined choir.


Recently the Lift Every Voice Night of Diversity & Celebration went all out in celebrating the diversity of our musical communities. Held at the Park Avenue Synagogue in New York, people from all races, ethnicity, gender, class, and religion came out for a special interfaith celebration.


Acclaimed producer Ray Chew (Dancing with the Stars, American Idol, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade) and his co-producer Vivian Scott Chew, and the synagogue’s Cantor, Azi Schwartz, lead an unforgettable evening.


Dubbed Lift Every Voice, the concert featured a collage of some of the music’s best including Vivian Scott Chew, Valerie Simpson, Azi Schwartz, Yonatan, and Daniel Schwartz and a combined choir including the Unity Choir Community Baptist Church, Christian Cultural Center, and the Harlem Japanese Gospel Choir.




Musical line-up


The list includes “Oseh Shalom,” “Hallelujah,” “Everywhere I Go,” and “You’ve Got A Light,” a favorite of the audience. Motown legend, Valerie Simpson also gave us a thrilling rendition of “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and later “Reach Out and Touch.”Azi Schwartz and his sons Yonatan and Daniel Schwart then sung "Kumi Ori." Lastly, All the performers and the combined choired ended on a high with “Total Praise” by Richard Smallwood and Vision.


Azi Schwartz and his gifted sons, Yonatan, and Daniel Schwartz


All in all, the music did lift every voice and warmed every soul in attendance!


See you in December 2020 for another Night of Inspiration concert series hosted at the Carnegie Hall.


Ray and Vivian Scott Chew

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