We Are Chosen
"But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people: that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light." I Peter 2:9
In 1999, Chosen was organized to participate in a Music Ministry Workshop in Ada, OK at Reaper Baptist Church. It is very important to note, that there is a great need in Oklahoma and throughout the world for choir members, musicians, directors, percussionist etc. to understand the seriousness of their role and purpose, as part of the worship experience and ministering to people in song.
A long time "vision" of Linda Harrell (to conduct workshops all over the world concerning the Ministry of Music), was expressed to Rev. William and Rev. Barbara Gray. Minister Barbara Gray (who is now deceased) was the sponsor of all the choirs at Reaper Baptist Church. She too expressed the same concerns and need for the choirs at Reaper Baptist Church to have a Music Workshop. Thus, was the beginning of scheduling, planning, and organizing the first workshop on the Ministry of Music. It is important to note, that because the choir only sung with soundtracks; the idea of forming a group to record a soundtrack occurred. Under the guidance and direction of the Holy Spirit the following has been accomplished:
November 24, 1998: The Recording session for the instrumental soundtrack began in Nubian Beginning Music Studio of Oklahoma City, OK.
January 10, 1999: Chosen met and organized.
February 20, 1999: The singing group "Chosen" began recording in Nubian Beginning Studio.
March 1, 1999: The soundtrack was completed on the first Sunday, titled "All Praise To God".
March 12-13, 1999: The workshop "Chosen in the Ministry of Musc," was held at Reaper Baptist Church.
March 14, 1999: "Chosen" performed in concert at Reaper Baptist and performed using the soundtrack, for the first time.
August 21, 1999: The same workshop was conducted at Bethlehem Star Baptist Church, for an Appreciation Musical. This was the second time "Chosen" performed, this time without the soundtrack. Since then the soundtrack has been converted into a CD at the Music Group Studio.
March 14, 2009: Chosen released their first Demo at the 1st Anniversary Musical, held at Independent Church of the Living God Worship Center.
April 2009: Chosen Appears on the Radio for the first time on KTLV.
October 2009: Radio Broadcast "Chosen For God" - Chosen on KTLV.
March 13, 2010: Chosen released their first CD, titled Chosen " A Tribute to EJ Johnson" at the 2nd Anniversary Musical, held at Independent Church of the Living God Worship Center.
April 27-May 1, 2010: Chosen sponsored a Music Workshop, titled "Chosen in the Music Ministry," which was held at Independent Church of the Living God Worship Center.
October 16, 2010: Chosen in Concert at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Harris, OK.
March 19, 2011: Chosen released their second CD, titled Chosen "Amazing Grace" A Tribute to Doris Holley Heard at the 3rd Anniversary Musical, held at Metro Technology Center.
Chosen has been performing in many local churches throughout Oklahoma: Ada, Clinton, Tulsa, and Idabel. They have also performed in the community: Metro Technology Center "Africa West" and Star Spencer High School.
March 17, 2012: Celebrating 13th Anniversary in a Musical at Northeast Missionary Baptist Church, 3815 N. Bartell Rd., Oklahoma City, OK at 5:30 p.m.
March 24, 2012: Concert at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church; Harris, Okla. at 7:00 p.m.
December 7, 2012: Chosen Releases 3rd album "Christmas With Chosen".
December 15, 2012: Advertisement in OKC Herald newspaper with flyer about the release of the CD, "Christmas With Chosen."
December 16, 2012: Returned to the radio, KTLV 1220 A.M. with the program "Chosen For God," broadcasting the 1st and 3rd Sun. at 7:00 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. each month.
March 16, 2013: Celebrating 14th Anniversary in a Musical, at the Northeast Missionary Baptist Church, 3815 N. Bartell Rd. of Oklahoma City, OK at 5:30 p.m. Also, released Chosen's "14th Anniversary A Collection of Chosen's Greatest Hit" CD.
July 24-27, 2013: 1st All City Wide Music Workshop & Concert with guest clinician: Tim "Bishop" Brown. He is National Gospel Recording Artist, Composer, and Producer. He wrote and recorded the chart-topping hit, "He's Done Enough" sung by Beverly Crawford, Natalie Cole, Aretha Franklin, and singing sensation Fantasia!!!!!! He has written a host of other hit songs including: "The Ten Commandments", "Nothing Too Hard for God", "Psalm 134", and "Awesome God". Brown conducted a workshop at the Wildewood Christian Church - 6900 N. Kelley Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK 24-26, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. nightly. With a Finale Concert on July 27, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. which was a great success!!!!
August 12, 2013: For Immediate Release Follow-up on the 1st All City Wide Music Workshop in the Oklahoma Christian Herald.
August 31, 2013: Chosen was a special guest performance at the 7:00 p.m. hour at the 2nd Annual Oklahoma Labor Day State Prayer Praise Festival; 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. The event was held at the Oklahoma State Capital Building.
December 1, 2013: Released the Soundtrack Volume 1 - From Christmas with Chosen CD; featuring the songs "He's Done Enough" and "Go Tell It on the Mountain".
March 14, 2014: Chosen Celebrating their 15th Anniversary in a Musical at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church.
March 16, 2015: Chosen's Gospel Extravaganza 16th Anniversary Celebration at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church.
June 24-27, 2015: The 2nd All City Wide Music Workshop & Concert with guest clinician, Dennis Scott. This event was held at the Church of the Living God Ministries.
Dec. 24, 2015: Chosen Releases new album "2nd All City Wide Music Workshop & Concert Choir of OKC (LIVE)".
March 18, 2017: Chosen Celebrating their 18th Anniversary in a Musical at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church. Chosen releases new album "Christian's Automobile".
March 9, 2019: Chosen Celebrating their 20th Anniversary in a Musical at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church. Chosen releases new album "3rd All City Wide Music Workshop & Concert Choir of OKC (LIVE)".
July 10-13, 2019: The 4th All City Wide Music Workshop & Concert with guest clinician, Dennis Scott. This event was held at the Church of the Living God Ministries.
March 14, 2020: Chosen Celebrating their 21st Anniversary in a Musical at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church.
TO GOD BE THE GLORY FOR THE THINGS HE HAS DONE AND IS DOING WITH CHOSEN.
PRAISE THE LORD!!!