Timothy’s Gift, a six-woman a cappella group that performs in prisons and raises awareness about life behind bars, will perform a concert in Christ Chapel on the campus of Northwestern College Sept. 30 at 7 p.m.
Advance concert tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students and are available at the music and theatre offices of Northwestern College as well as at Dove Christian Bookstore and the Orange City Arts Office. Tickets at the door are $15 for adults and $10 for students.
Timothy’s Gift started in 1998 when Nashville businessman Ron Miller met Tim Kane, a prison inmate who has been serving a life sentence since participating in a robbery and double homicide when he was 14. Now Miller and Kane strive to inspire hope among inmates around the country through a variety of efforts, including The Hope Tour, featuring Timothy’s Gift a cappella artists Melissa Greene (formerly a member of Avalon), Anna Register, Abby Lane Hinton, Lauren Wedertz, and Beta and Emily Angarole.
The women have performed at close to 100 maximum security prisons around the U.S. and achieved a national audience last December when they were part of NBC’s holiday special episode of The Sing-Off. Timothy’s Gift concerts are a mix of old classics and current hits and a blend of styles, including soul, country, gospel and pop.
The Timothy’s Gift concert is being sponsored by Northwestern College and the Orange City Arts Council as part of their Orange City Arts’ Beyond Onstage series. More information about Timothy’s Gift is available at timothysgift.com.
The ensemble will also perform during Northwestern’s chapel service at 10:05 a.m. on Sept. 30.
The NBC Sing Off interview & performance, “Ghost”– CLICK HERE.
Youth groups, contact ocArts@orangecityiowa.com for a group rate for the show.
An interview with Melissa Greene of Timothy’s Gift
Timothy’s Gift, a six-woman a cappella group from Nashville, will bring their powerhouse voices — and a message of hope — to Northwestern College’s Christ Chapel on Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. The concert is sponsored by Orange City Arts, in conjunction with Northwestern College.
The ensemble, led by pastor and worship leader Melissa Greene, got its start as a ministry, performing in top-security prisons across the country.
“Timothy’s Gift is first and primarily a prison outreach,” said Greene, pictured below left. “I was the music pastor at a church in Nashville, and Ron Miller, an administrator at church, came to me and said, ‘Let’s take a concert to these men and women in prison,’ so I gathered amazing artists and musicians from our worship team.”
“These five — Anna Register, Abby Lane Hinton, Beta Angarole, Emily Angarole and Lauren Wedertz — along with me, came to be the face of the artistic side of Timothy’s Gift,” Greene said. “And then, we got to be on ‘The Sing Off!’”
The performers wowed audiences on NBC’s “The Sing Off” in December, with their a cappella version of “Ghost” by Ella Henderson. The national exposure was a gift, said Greene.
“We were able to share not only our art, but our message, too,” Greene said. “We’ve had some amazing opportunities come from that.”
Each member of Timothy’s Gift has an incredibly strong, unique voice, said Greene. “They’re really all solo voices.” She orchestrates events that include a nearly two-hour concert of old classics, Motown hits, current radio smashes and every style of music—soul, country, gospel, pop—all with the intention of bringing hope to audience members.
Musicians, artists and behind-the-scenes volunteers work together to share the message of Timothy’s Gift. While they’ve broadened their tours to include college campuses, churches and events, the group’s heart is with the more than 80 prisons where they’ve performed… and the 15,000 inmates.
“I think everyone needs a reminder that this isn’t the end — there’s always hope for tomorrow,” Greene said. “Each individual in this world has this thing called ‘inherent worth.’ Whether you’re an inmate or a college student or a mom, when you realize you don’t have to seek out your worth, your decisions come from a more healthy place.”
It’s a concert for everybody, said Greene, “and we have tons of fun.”
To learn more about the Beyond Onstage series, call 712-707-4885.