Founded in 1986, the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir (OIGC) was born out of a gospel music workshop led by the exuberant Terrance Kelly at Living Jazz’s Jazz Camp West. It became an independent nonprofit organization in 1991. Since then, the award-winning Choir’s exquisite harmonies and stirring gospel repertoire have led to performances with a wide variety of esteemed groups.
The Choir also appears on Grammy-winning albums by Linda Ronstadt, MC Hammer, Tramaine Hawkins and others. OIGC was named “Best Gospel Choir” in 2006 and was the winner in the “Best Church Music” category in 2009 in the East Bay Express Reader’s Polls. Terrance Kelly was awarded the Dr. Edwin Hawkins Excellence Award in 2013.
The San Francisco Chronicle raved about one of OIGC’s events, “There are times when the voices pull together in just the right way to make one, booming voice. Suddenly the members can’t help but jump to their feet and wave their hands and bounce and smile. ‘Haa-lee luu-yah.’ It sounds as though they’re shouting in key, and you feel the vibrations of it all.”