Eugene Cho

amazing “korean” gospel choir

Wow.  I’m speechless.

I don’t have the energy to post anything substantive but wanted to share this video of a gospel choir called  Heritage Mass Choir.

What makes them even a more pleasant surprise is that this is a Korean gospel choir. Who says we don’t have s(e)oul?  They’re singing a song entitled, My Desire is to Worship God (Kirk Franklin), in Korean and if you only want a tidbit, start watching around 3:00.

Inspiring.

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23 Responses

  1. Um, wow!!! It’s interesting because gospel music also has a tremendous following in Japan. Now if my pastor dad could get his church choir to rock like this! Thanks for posting.

  2. That is amazing, I did that song with a gospel choir in college, and it never came out sounding like that. They rock!

  3. Amy says:

    Awesome, thanks for posting this!

  4. justin says:

    nice. they need to practice their moves a little, though… ha.

  5. Hilary says:

    I love this song! We sang this in my high school gospel choir– so cool to hear it in Korean. They are great!

  6. Hilary says:

    Just for the record though, the song title is actually “My Desire” off Kirk’s Nu Nation Project album.

  7. Darlene says:

    That’s hot!

  8. me says:

    @justin: in their defense, they are a gospel choir and and not a dance crew. 🙂

  9. Rebecca says:

    So when are we doing this at Quest? That’s what I want to know!

  10. gar says:

    Those folks got soul… mos def.

    I miss having a choir in our church service.

  11. The Chiz says:

    I’m SO getting some jackets with tails.

  12. EXCELLENT! This smile of mine is starting to Shine:-D

  13. Tony, lover of diverse worship says:

    Oh. My. goodness. This is amazing! I love this video. I can’t express how sad I am that we never venture into multicultural worship at Quest… which is weird since multiethnicity is such a value of ours!

  14. me says:

    @Tony: thanks for the note. i’d love that. if you’re interested in helping, contact jess and matt. they’d love to hear from you.

  15. Tony says:

    Cool! Summer’s coming up which will give me much more time for that. Perhaps I will touch base with them…

  16. akoosticman says:

    yeah, they’re sick.. but i was kind of discouraged by some comments – so many haters out there .. and most of them are on youtube hiding behind their anonymity..

  17. Love this. Thanks for sharing.

  18. Pastor Brian says:

    I would love to know where or how to reach this amazing choir.If someone have a contact please share it with me. God Bless

  19. Albus says:

    Læs mere om gospel her http://www.gospelmusik.dk eller opret en profil af dit gospelkor her med link til jeres hjemmeside http://www.gospelmusik.dk/gospelkor_database/

  20. Pam says:

    A friend of mine sent me a link to this choir on YouTube. They are fantastic. I got chills listening to them. Have they made a CD yet?

  21. William says:

    I did a search on this choir on you tube. They are so annointed. I am trying to find the cd so I can purchase it. They touched my soul as well

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