About the Jerriese Johnson Gospel Choir

The Middle Church Jerriese Johnson Gospel Choir, directed by John Del Cueto, has a powerful and dynamic ministry, both inside and outside the church walls. Their music at rallies for racial, LGBTQ, and economic equality has been featured on the The Today Show and All In with Chris Hayes. In 2016, NYC Pride—the organizers of the annual Pride March—awarded the choir with the “Best Float Performance.” The Jerriese Johnson Gospel Choir has sung in the Pride March for over 20 years. They recently performed at Carnegie Hall. Their repertoire, rooted in gospel music, includes a wide range of musical genres. You can see their popular performances at youtube.com/MiddleNYC.

The choir was founded in 1986 by the late Jerriese Johnson, an East Village actor and singer. The choir is a group of diverse, dynamic, and committed singers that meet every Thursday evening for rehearsal. This multiethnic and multicultural choir is a microcosm of the radical welcome, inclusion, and hospitality of Middle Collegiate Church. Their music transforms audiences with joyful execution, contagious spirit, and a commitment to excellence.

In addition to singing twice monthly during worship, the MCJJGC works for social justice and equality, singing in support of causes such as LGBTI PRIDE, the rebuilding of the Gulf Coast and Haiti, Japan Relief, and economic justice.

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