Native to bring choir to LBWCC next week

Published 12:00 am Friday, February 15, 2013

One of Andalusia’s own will showcase his talent next week at LBWCC.

Dr. Alphonso Simpson, a graduate of Andalusia High School and the son of Coach Alphonso and Mrs. Addie Simpson, will bring the United Voices of Western Inspiration Singers (UVOWIS) from Western Illinois University.

Simpson, who has taught at WIU since 2000, is the founding and current director of UVOWIS.

The group consists of more than 75 singers, but only 50 will travel to Andalusia.

“UVOWIS is a gospel choir that contributes to the cultural, educational and social life of its participants,” Dr. Simpson said. “Our purpose is to promote an interest in gospel and inspirational music, and to provide an environment where this interest can be nurtured.”

Simpson said his group’s trip is multi-faceted.

“First, we would like to come to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ in song in a free gospel concert to be held on Sat., Feb. 23, at 6 in the evening at LBW,” he said. “Secondly, we would like to leave some recruitment materials with college-bound students from Andalusia and the surrounding areas. Lastly, many of my choir members have never been to the great state of Alabama and I, personally, would love for their introduction to our state to be in Andalusia.”

Simpson’s mother, Addie, said the event is being held in conjunction with Black History Month.

“We want to make sure people come,” she said. “We’ve seen a lot of interest. LBW is supporting us and many surrounding churches are, too.”