It’s a sweltering Washington, D.C., summer day, but inside Deal Middle School’s auditorium, it is just starting to warm up.
Samantha Rios is belting out, in her strong and beautiful voice, the lead of “Indescribable (You Are Amazing, God).” The choir seated informally before Rios, some 64-children strong, chimes in at the chorus, softly at first, before building in intensity, acting as the smooth background on top of which the 13-year-old from Arlington, Va., lays down her solo using the astounding vocals that won her a spot on La Voz, the Spanish equivalent of The Voice.
All of this is happening in front of renowned gospel legend BeBe Winans, his elbow propped up on an armrest, his hand supporting his tilted head.
After a while, he takes the mic and sings along with the kids for a bit before telling them what he sees.
Building Community Through Music, 1 Note At A Time was originally published on praisecleveland.com