by Emily Luxen
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A choir made up of children with special needs from around the Mid-State is gearing up for their final concert of the year.
The Music City Miracle Choir started three years ago to help special needs kids of all ages learn musical skills and gain confidence.
"Music has always been a huge part of my life," said Stacy Ray, Director of the Music City Miracle Choir. "I thought this would be a neat way for our special Olympians to sing and express themselves.
The group currently consists of 14 enthusiastic members who practice once a week at Glencliff High School. They perform throughout the year at various places, including singing the national anthem at a Nashville Sounds game.
Local teachers and songwriters assist Ray at practice sessions.
"I look forward to working with them each Monday," said Keesy Timmer, an instructor. "I've had the time of my life. It has been an incredible experience for me."
The group's final concert of the year will feature songs from the 1970's, with plenty of dance moves mixed in. Instructors have watched as some members of the group have gone from shy to belting out solos.
"They show a tremendous amount of commitment and courage," said Timmer.
"It helps with their verbal skills and movement," said Ray.
Now, group member Joey Warren sings the BeeGee's "Stayin' Alive" with confidence.
"I feel happy," said Warren. "I'm proud of myself."
Ray said the group's final concert will showcase how far group members have come over the last year.
"They live in music city, they love music, and now they feel like rock stars," said Ray.
The concert will be Sat. Apr. 12 at 6 p.m. at Glencliff High School. Donations will be accepted for the Nashville Special Olympics.
For more information on the Music City Miracle Choir visit their Facebook page.