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Tony Award Nominee Michael McElroy and Broadway Inspirational Voices to Perform Fundraising Concert at Salem Missionary Baptist Church on May 31

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Marva Hicks and Michael McElroy, founder and director of Broadway Inspirational Voices, at the Central Presbyterian Church in New York on June 20, 2011. Photo credit: © Lia Chang

Marva Hicks and Michael McElroy, founder and director of Broadway Inspirational Voices, at the Central Presbyterian Church in New York on June 20, 2011. Photo credit: © Lia Chang

Tony award nominee Michael McElroy (BIG RIVER) and The Broadway Inspirational Voices and Salem Missionary Baptist Church are teaming up for “Miracles,” a Spring Concert Sunday, May 31st at 7:30pm at the Salem Baptist Church, 305 East 21st street, Brooklyn NY 11226 (between Flatbush and Ocean.) The concert will raise funds for the T.J. Boyd Scholarship Foundation. Salem is the home church of Tony award winner and BIV veteran Adriane Lennox (DOUBT, After Midnight). In true BIV fashion, “Miracles’ aims to lift and inspire though song using an array of gospel music.

Rev. Dr. Thomas J. Boyd is the 5th pastor of the Salem Missionary Baptist Church. Pastor Boyd’s love for the youth is unparalleled and his ministry of tough love has been tempered only by the benevolent spirit of a caring and concerned father. The most tangible expression of his love for, and commitment to our youth, and to their future is that of the T. J. Boyd Scholarship Fund. The T. J. Boyd Scholarship fund was established in 1969. Each year on Scholarship Awards Day, the Salem family awards scholarships to worthy college students. Through the decades, hundreds of young people have benefited from the resources of this fund.

Tickets are $40 (advance), $45 (day of) and special VIP tickets available by calling (718) 295-8538 or (718) 692-7225. General admission tickets can be purchased here.

Broadway Inspirational Voices (BIV) was founded by Michael McElroy in 1994 as the Broadway Gospel Choir and in 1999 reincarnated to its current name. In 2010 BIV became a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization who’s mission consists of providing HOPE to INSPIRE and TRANSFORM youth in need through music and the arts. In addition to numerous concerts, the Grammy nominated choir has performed with award winning artists Mariah Carey, the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s, STING, Elton John,Vanessa Williams, Heather Headley, Billy Porter and featured on The David Letterman Show, “The Rosie O’Donnell Christmas Special,” multiple Tony Awards Telecast,NBC’s show SMASH and America’s Got Talent. The Broadway Inspirational Voices first album Great Joy: A Gospel Christmas was released on Sh-K-Boom Records in 2003 and received a Grammy Award nomination. The choir is presently working on recording their second holiday Christmas CD, “Great Joy II: Around the World “. Find out more and ways to DONATE at www. broadwayinspirationalvoices.org, Facebook, and twitter at handle @BIVoices.

cropped-lia-chang_photo-by-carlos-flores-3.jpgLia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon and Taxman. She has guest starred on “One Life to Live,” “As the World Turns,” and “New York Undercover.” Lia starred as Carole Barbara in Lorey Hayes’ Power Play at the National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, N.C., with Pauletta Pearson Washington and Roscoe Orman. She is profiled in Jade Magazine.

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