Deep River Choir

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Deep River Choir
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Background Information

Origin

Detroit

Genre

Gospel

Years Active

2007- Present

Director

Bobbi Thompson

About

The Deep River is a grass roots community choir dedicated to the roots of American music and the diverse culture of Detroit based at the Boll Family YMCA in downtown Detroit. The choir is a very diverse group of about 35 people from all over the Metro area and at all levels of singing ability and experience. Visitors and new choir members are always welcome! They rehearse at 6 pm on Tuesdays and Fridays at Central United Methodist Church, 23 E Adams in Detroit, and the last Tuesday of the month at the Boll Family YMCA, 1401 Broadway.

Choir director Bobbi Thompson says they do blues, some contemporary gospel, and pop songs that lend themselves to a choral presentation like the Doobie Brothers’ “Takin’ It To The Streets” and Stevie Wonder’s “Heaven Help Us”. They also sing a lot of traditional spirituals, reflecting the city’s role as a home for many people who came from the South to work at auto plants. “The central theme is of people facing some issue and trying to do better,” she says.


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