Tarboro's nationally renowned choir, Salvation & Deliverance Church Choir (S&D) accepted an invitation to appear on an Emmy Award -winning syndicated morning talk show which will garner more exposure for the Tarboro gospel ensemble.
S&D is scheduled to appear on CBS's Kelly & Michael Show Dec. 17. S&D director, Kristian Herring said the invitation was unexpected, but gratifying.
"I was speechless for a while," he said. "Then, all I could do was scream. I needed someone to pinch me to be sure I was not dreaming."
Kelly & Michael Show is co-hosted by Kelly Ripa and former NFL star Michael Straham. The show airs 9 a.m. weekly on CBS.
S&D, which actually started in 1979, has slowly climbed the ladder of success. The choir won its first national award competition in 2004 in New York. Since then, S&D has finished atop of its competitors and won a combined $100,000. including last year when they walked away with $25,000 and tagged "Best Choir in America" at the "How Sweet the Sound" choir competition at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
After their performance, S&D was invited to sing at the Stellar Awards and also the 2011 Super Bowl. They were also made an appearance on the Fox and Friends talk show.
Because of their national notoriety, Herring wanted to let his hometown know that his choir appreciated them. He organized a concert, "How Sweet the Tiding," with special guest Tyler Perry's sitcom duo, Tamela Mann "Cora" and David Mann "Mr. Brown." The event filled the auditorium to standing room only.
Because of the concert's popularity and also the love for his hometown, Herring has planned another concert, "How Sweet the Tiding II," 6 p.m. Dec. 8, at Keihin Auditorium on the campus of Edgecombe Community College. Featured artist for the concert will be Emmy Award nominated Kelly Price. Price is an renowned R&B and gospel singer.
"We wanted a big name, her name came up, we took a vote and it's official," Herring said. "I'm excited. Actually we (his brother Jeremy) shared stage in 1995 when she was singing with another group. That was before her career popped off. We had a conversation. I can't wait to share that story with her to see if she remember it."
Some of the proceeds from the concert will go towards feeding the homeless.
"We could have went to Raleigh to put on this concert," Herring said. "We could have went to Greensboro, Washington D.C. I could have went to any big city but I chose home because home is where my heart is. There's something about Tarboro that I just can't explain. You just can't find people who are truly genuine like they are in Tarboro. It's all right to get a handshake from a big celebrity but to get it from someone in your home town, it means more. That's why we are having the concert in Tarboro."
Tickets for the concert is $25 in advance, $30 at the door and VIP tickets are $35. For more information contact Kristan Herring at 252-314-4522.