It was not so long ago – October 2011 to be exact – that I first turned up at the senior choir rehearsals at my church. Those who know me may describe me as a dancer and would roll on the floor breaking out in hysterical tears of laughter at the mere thought of me singing.
Be that as it may, I went to the rehearsals not because I thought singing was (is) in any shape or form my calling. I went owing to the fact that I had accepted an invitation a few weeks prior (and we know that some church people are rather persistent). Moreover, I was duly informed that “…our choir director doesn’t audition dear. He believes that everyone is blessed with a voice that should be used to sign praises to the Lord.”
So yes – armed with this information and with the intention of going to ‘hold up’ the base and tenor lines – I jumped in my car and made my way to choir practice that Thursday night.
It would have been way too simple and straight forward for me to just turn up and blend in on the base and tenor lines. One major flaw in my original plan is that these singing parts are reserved for men and the last time I checked, I did (do) not meet this criterion. In the true ‘diva’ spirit, I sat with the men and blended in – absolutely ignoring the puzzled looks that I may have been getting.
My response: “Well, I can’t sing, so where do those people sit?”
Of course, she thought I was joking.
Rehearsals began. Unbeknownst to me and to the surprise of all the other choristers, that Thursday night in October 2011, the choir director decided to have an audition!
My initial thoughts (the PG version might I add): “I wonder how I can make my way out of this church without making it too obvious?” After running through a few options in my mind, I resigned that none would work. I concluded that only the Lord could help me – and that He did!
That night Princess Ellis had also invited Dannella Barnett to the rehearsals.
Dannella and Princess have been friends for a few years now. In January 2012 the long time friends combined their talent and vocals to form the group Sisters in Harmony (Jamaica).
Now dem [those] girls can sang [sing]! I could carry on about their talent, but why not listen for yourself.
Dannella and Princess both believe that music is an extremely powerful and spiritually uplifting instrument.
“We aim to inspire others with our talents. If even one person can be blessed through our music, then we have done a good work.”