The 40-voice Celebration Choir of Farley Street Baptist Church of Waxahachie debuted the new Larry Goss Christmas musical, “Unspeakable Joy,” at Music Texas on June 21.
The annual musical event was held in the George W. Truett Auditorium at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth on June 18-21.
“Music Texas is sponsored by Kempke Music Services of Florida, and is a convention of church ministers of music from across the United States, and has been in existence for over 20 years,” said Larry Wood, Farley Street’s minister of worship. “People came from states spanning from North Carolina to Arizona.”
The thrust of Music Texas is to introduce church music leaders to new materials developed from different publishers, he said, saying, “We were honored to be asked by the officials of Kempke Music to perform this musical by Larry Goss.”
Goss is one of America’s foremost song writer/orchestral arrangers in Christian music. He has written and arranged music for artists such as Bill and Gloria Gaither.
In “Unspeakable Joy,” Goss integrates the seasonal sounds of Christmas with southern gospel and rhythm and blues. One composition projects a “hoedown” beat titled “Come and See What’s Happenin’ in the Barn.” The musical also presents some rhythm and blues flavor with “Not an Ordinary Baby” and “Mary Was the First One to Carry the Gospel.”
“This experience has been great for us in two ways - not only did we have an experience of a lifetime performing at Music Texas, but now our choir is already prepared for Christmas,” Wood said.
The Farley Street Celebration Choir also sang backup to “The Hoppers,” a renowned southern gospel group from North Carolina.
Farley Street Baptist Church is temporarily meeting in the SkillsNET facilities on U.S. North Highway 77 and is awaiting the construction of its new facilities on Brown Street. Richard Smith is the pastor.