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Girl Powers holiday music extravaganza

caines | 12/20/2012, 4:30 a.m.

Songs to include Motown, Christmas and Whitney Houston classics Someday At Christmas, Im Coming Out and I Will Always Love You. They are all musical classics, which are usually sung on separate occasions. But the beautiful voices of Girl Power will serenade the crowd with all of these songs and more at their 1st Annual Holiday Extravaganza. Girl Power a Miami organization that empowers girls and their families to succeed in order to protect, reserve and preserve the family unit will feature the sounds of Motown, Christmas carols and a Whitney Houston tribute at their holiday extravaganza, held at Beth David Congregation on Dec. 20 at 7p.m. You only hear about the bad stuff of Liberty City, Thema Campbell, CEO/ President of Girl Power, said. But you dont hear the wonderful things that the kids in Liberty City do. We want to showcase the talent in Liberty City so that people can see how wonderful these kids are. The choir was created to give girls, between the ages of 11 and 17, the opportunities to participate in leadership and mentorship activities designed to build self-esteem, promote academic advancement and encourage cultural understanding by developing discipline, grace, charm and talent. These are young ladies from our community who are doing some great things, Campbell said. This is about helping these girls tap into their power. If thats their musical power and their musical genius, thats what we want to come out of this. The 15 girls who make up the choir have auditioned and rehearsed diligently while dressed in their fuchsia robes to put on an amazing show. according to Campbell. Some of these voices. . . they're like angels, you just wouldn't believe it, she said.

For the Benefit of Young Girls

The money that is raised at the concert will be used for all of the Girl Power programs, including their life skills, dance classes, conflict resolution and reconciliation and community service projects. The tickets are $30 for adults and $20 for students and seniors. This will be a great event for families to enjoy and a ticket to the concert will make a great Christmas gift, according to Campbell. The choir director of the event is Gail P. Seay, New Birth Cathedral of Faith praise team leader. The girls will also sing a Hanukah song, led by Julie Jacobs, a Jewish cantor. The sponsors include Himan-Brown Charitable Trust, AT&T, Beth David Congregation, the womens fund, Greenberg Traurig and Yajaira. These girls are so talented and theyre so beautiful, but they don't get a lot of training and opportunities that children in more upscale communities get, Campbell said. By Malika A. Wrightmwright@miamitimesonline.com