Artist of the day: City of Tampa Gospel Choir
Made up of 30 city employees from various city departments, the City of Tampa Gospel Choir is the first of its kind, said founder and coordinator Regina Lock-DePass.
Lock-DePass, an insurance and benefits supervisor, said she came up with the idea of the gospel choir after learning that the city’s black history program was reaching a milestone year, but was unsure that the choir would catch on with other employees.
Her phone began ringing shortly after a notice to recruit singers was released — and she knew her idea was a hit.
Choir members aren’t looking for fame or to impress their co-workers, but instead to inspire the audience, said Lock-DePass.
“It’s a group that wanted to see something different and to bless the people,” she said.
The choir will perform at the silver anniversary of the city of Tampa Black History Celebration at 11 a.m. Friday at the Tampa Convention Center. Admission is free.
For more on the choir, click here for Kenya Woodard's story.