Evangelical Choirs Wow Inaugural Celebration

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Seven musical acts were featured in Monday's inaugural program, including two from the evangelical community.

The first to perform was the Lee University Festival Choir from Cleveland, Tenn., which includes about 200 singers.

They were invited by Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., vice chairman of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies.

"He got right to the point," Lee University President Paul Conn told Fox News. "He said it was his prerogative to invite a choir to sing at the inauguration."

"He said, 'You might need 24 hours to think this over before you answer me,'" Conn recalled. "And I said, 'Senator, I don't need 24 hours. The answer is yes - of course we'll provide a choir.'"

The other evangelical performance came from the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir from New York.

"We have doctors. We have people who have been addicted to drugs but found faith. We have lawyers. We have formerly homeless people," Carol Cymbala, choir director and wife the church's pastor, told the New York Daily News.

The 280-member choir, which was formed in the 1970s, has won six Grammys.

"As a frequent visitor to their wonderful congregation I know from first-ear experience how amazing this choir is," Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., wrote in statement. "I know they will wow the whole nation."

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