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From Japan to the World: Spreading the gospel of Gospel!

From Japan to the World: Spreading the gospel of Gospel!

What's this Challenge about?

We are the Bright Lights Choir of Tokyo, Japan, a gospel choir founded in 1995 by gospel pioneer Ronnie Rucker. We truly believe that gospel music can help to bring hope, joy, and love to a hurting world.



We are preparing to record our 3rd CD, “Send Me, I’ll Go!” Our vision is to produce a professional quality CD which will be enjoyed by not only gospel music lovers within Japan, but by a world wide audience as well. We believe that our music has the potential to be a blessing to many, many people!

We respectfully ask that you would join hands with Bright Lights Choir, invest in us, and in our vision for this project as we move forward.



Additionally, BLC has represented Tokyo in New Orleans (August 2000), Detroit, Michigan (August 2002), and Orlando, Florida (2007) at America’s premier gospel music convention, the Gospel Music Workshop of America. We released our first album – “The Spirit of the Gospel – Yaku ni Tachitai” (Available To You) in 2000. Our second album, “Arise & Shine!” was released in 2006. We were blessed to give a sold-out “standing room only” concert after the release of “Arise & Shine!”


▲Slideshow ”The Lord Is My Strength" from Bright Lights 2006 CD “Arise & Shine!”

We are moving forward in preparation to record our 3rd CD “Send Me, I’ll Go!” 
The CD will include original compositions by our director, Ronnie Rucker ad well as traditional gospel, Negro Spirituals, and contributions from other songwriters. We are also planning our CD Release Concert at Ekota Bible Church in Nerima Ward, Tokyo on May 30, 2015.


▲At Bright Lights Choir rehearsal, Negro Spiritual ”Ride On, King Jesus!”

Introducing our Production Team for our new CD, “Send Me, I’ll Go!”


▲Sound Engineer: Neeraj Khajanchi - Berklee School of Music Alumni,
Owner of NK Sound Tokyo, Has worked at the Hit Factory in NYC, among others…
Well known J-Pop Artist Engineer and Producer
Has worked with Yolanda Adams, Donnie McClurkin, Boys II Men, and many others

◆We’ve assembled the finest, top-flight Tokyo studio and touring musicians!


▲ Keith Haines – Keyboards, programming, producer, arranger, song writer
※From Akron, Ohio… has worked with The Dazz Band, The Drifters, Ashanti, and many others. Currently as Music Director for many famous Japanese Artists inclucing BoA, Kenji Sano, and many famous Japanese artists. Television commercial arranger and songwriter.


▲Zaindre Yarborough - Guitar
※From Buffalo, New York, from a young age played for gospel quartets. One of the most sought after touring guitarists in Japan, playing for numerous artists including EXILE, T.R.F., Babyface, Usher, and others.


▲Gregg Lee – Bass
※From Los Angeles, California, has played with Buddy Miles, Gabor Szabo, Cheryl Bentine of the Manhattan Transfer、and others. Popular recording session and touring musician in Japan, has played with Yuzo Kayama, Eikichi Yazawa, Mieko Hirota, Mie (Pink Lady) and other.


▲Kenny Mosley - Drums
※From Denver, Colorado. Popular session and touring drummer in Japan.
Plays for Anri, Deep Blue, Tatsuya Ishii, and others.

Chizuko Yoshihiro - Piano
※ From Nishinomiya (Kansai) in Japan, she is one of Japan’s premier gospel pianists. Chizuko performed for the Martin Luther king Cpmmemorative Service at the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in 2009.

Professor Butch Heyward
※ From Brooklyn, N.Y., for several decades Uncle Butch has been one of the top orgainists in the Greater New York area. His playing has influenced many, many church musicians both in the United States and oveseas.


Introducing our CD’s Guest Vocalists!


▲Ray Sidney


▲John Lucas


▲Schanita Musique

This is our Family Tree: some of the choirs that have evolved from either the Bright Lights Choir or from Rucker Gospel Ministries


▲We have an extensive “Choir Family Network!”

Messages of support for BLC’s Countdown Challenge
★From Japan Gospel Pioneer Meg Awano★


★From legendary New York organist, Professor Butch Heyward★


★From Shinichiro Yamamto of Shin’s Community Acts★


★From Bright Lights Choir Alumni★


Your generous support will help us to pay for:
・Nearly 20 days of studio rental
・Instrument rental fees (especially, renting a Hammond B3 organ in Japan!!)
・Musician’s salaries (rehearsals, recording, transportation)
・Engineer’s fees
・Trackdown and mixing costs
・Mastering costs
・CD Jacket design costs, photo shooting costs
・Manufacturing of the physical CD
・Sheet music printing
・Manufacturing costs for BLC Original Towels
・Postage and handling to send rewards to our beloved supporters

Introduction of Returns
$10.00
・Thank you email, our gratitude, and LOVE! 

$30.00
・Selected mp3 downloads from the CD
・Thank you email, our gratitude, and LOVE! 

$40.00
・The physical CD, signed with a message from Bright Lights Choir
・Selected mp3 downloads from the CD (3 songs)
・Thank you email, our gratitude, and LOVE! 

$50.00
・Bright Lights Choir Original Towel
・The physical CD, signed with a message from Bright Lights Choir
・Selected mp3 downloads from the CD (3 songs)
・Thank you email, our gratitude, and LOVE! 

$100.00
・Selected sheet music of songs on the CD (3 songs)
・Bright Lights Choir Original Towel
・The physical CD, signed with a message from Bright Lights Choir
・Selected mp3 downloads from the CD (3 songs)
・Thank you email, our gratitude, and LOVE! 

$300.00
・Ronnie Rucker private lesson (vocal or piano)
・Selected sheet music of songs on the CD (3 songs)
・Bright Lights Choir Original Towel
・The physical CD, signed with a message from Bright Lights Choir
・Selected mp3 downloads from the CD (3 songs)
・Thank you email, our gratitude, and LOVE! 

$500.00
・Two tickets for our Release Concert in Tokyo
・Ronnie Rucker private lesson (vocal or piano)
・Selected sheet music of songs on the CD (3 songs)
・Bright Lights Choir Original Towel
・The physical CD, signed with a message from Bright Lights Choir
・Selected mp3 downloads from the CD (3 songs)
・Thank you email, our gratitude, and LOVE! 

Notes:
・Ronnie Rucker’s private lesson (one hour lesson) will take place either at Ronruck Studios in Tokyo or via Skype.

・Complimentary Tickets to Bright Lights Choir CD Release Concert in Tokyo do not include airfare and lodging.

・The cost of transportation and lodging for Ronnie & Bright Lights free concert will be covered by the Supporter.