The guest soloist for our worship service this Sunday is no stranger to First Baptist Greenville. We first met Valeria (Val) Scott during the Lavender Pen Tour of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus and the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir. We are blessed to have her with us to sing “Lawd, How Come Me Here,” her solo from that evening, along with some others.
Val is known for her memorable interpretations of blues, jazz and gospel music. Blessed with a powerful soprano voice, Val’s gospel roots are evident in her artistry and in her powerful vocal stylings.
As a soloist in the award-winning Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, Val has captivated audiences with her performances at the Montreux, Copenhagen and Molde Jazz Festivals. Recently, she toured nationally to promote the award-winning, MTV documentary, Gay Chorus Deep South—the Lavender Pen Tour documentary which will be shown in our Fellowship Hall at 10am on Saturday. David Charles Rodrigues, Award-Winning Director of Gay Chorus Deep South, says, “Valeria is a soulful force of nature. When her solo appears in the film, every single audience member gasps and her voice echoes in the hearts of viewers worldwide forever.”
Val lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and son. Her love for singing is evident whether she is performing at The Lincoln Center, San Francisco’s world-renowned Davies Symphony Hall or practicing for people in the park. “It’s my best gift and I love to share it.”
Come see the film on Saturday and return for worship on Sunday!