Larry Callahan & Selected of God

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Larry Callahan & Selected of God
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Background Information

Origin

Detroit

Genre

Gospel

Years Active

2002 - Present

Label

Sing2Praise

Members

Founder/Director; Larry Callahan
and 22 INCREDIBLE vocalists

Website

http://www.selectedofgod.com

Larry Callahan and Selected of God, you know them! They are the Detroit choir from Verizon’s How Sweet the Sound choir competition. You know them; that choir from the Chrysler 200 Superbowl XLV commercial with Eminem about Detroit. You know them; the 22 singers that when they open their mouths you think that there are 100 people on stage.

About

Larry Callahan and Selected of God has been together since 2002, bridging the gap of hopelessness, unemployment and economic downturn with the love of God and song. With some 22 singers, the choir has traveled throughout the United States and Canada ministering the Gospel, the Good News of Christ. The notoriety from their exposure in the 2011 Chrysler 200 Commercial garnered them countless opportunities in television and film.

The vocals that SOG bring are rich, powerful, higher than high, and dig to the depths of your soul – every song, note to note. It feels like Sunday morning at church and you have just got to clap your hands and rock on.

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Larry Callahan

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“I“I just love old-school choir music”! That is the one thing you will learn about Larry Callahan. “Good choir music is so hard to find these days, nothing takes me in like a good ol’ choir bump” says the Pastor of Praise Tabernacle Church in Detroit, Michigan. Larry Callahan is no stranger to your ear; he is the founder of Larry Callahan & Selected of God, the choir best known as the “Chrysler Choir” for their 2011 Chrysler 200 Commercial with Eminem and 3 time How Sweet the Sound Choir Competition winners.

Born December 5, 1975, his first church service was December 31 at his mother Déborah’s church, Greater Rock of Ages Church of God in Christ. He often quotes the famous COGIC saying, “I didn’t join it [church], I was born in it”! He got his start at the age of 6 when Superintendent Fred L. Mitchell let him direct the Greater Rock of Ages Adult Choir. Larry later directed the children’s choir, Les Enfants, under the guidance of Rosalie Smith, for 3 years. The family’s membership moved to Elyton Missionary Baptist Church, and it was there he began formal teaching. When Larry was 10 years old, Minister of Music Cecil Hearns, at Elyton, said he saw more in him. At one rehearsal Bro. Hearns got a milk crate from the church’s basement and told Larry “just listen, watch and do what I do”. His gift was further sharpened by the influences of great Detroit directors and musicians like the late Jimmy Dowell, Lucille Lemon, Dr. Mattie Moss Clark, Michael Fletcher and Thomas Whitfield. He has the unique gift to pull the best out you with his stern, and sometimes hilarious, yet powerful vocal techniques. He can turn the average singer into a flat-out “sanger”. He has held Minister of Music positions since his teens honing many Detroit singers into the best Sunday morning choirs around.

This preacher, director, clinician’s strong Tenor styling has afforded him the opportunity to accompany many renown gospel and contemporary artists: Dorinda Clark-Cole, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Walter Hawkins, Edwin Hawkins, Kurt Carr, Richard Smallwood, Donald Lawrence, Zak Williams & 1Akord, Sherri Jones- Moffett, Vashawn Mitchell, V. Michael McKay, Bishop Hezekiah Walker, Ben Tankard, Kem, Wyclef Jean, Trace Adkins, Keyshia Cole and Patti LaBelle.

Pastor Callahan has received many awards including accolades on the Emmy for the 2011 Chrysler Commercial and the Spirit of Giving Award from the Franklin-Wright Settlement.


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