History of Soulfood

Soulfood was started in 2004 by Music Director Melissa Kenny as a community initiative of Christian City Church Lane Cove, aimed at joining people from the local community together who have a passion for singing and who aspire to musical excellence.  We rehearsed fortnightly in the Ministry Centre of the Church. Our first gig was at Carols in the Plaza in Lane Cove in December 2004.

 

By 2008 we had grown to 35 singers and moved to being managed by members of the choir as an incorporated association.  We also moved to weekly rehearsals in space rented from the Naremburn Cammeray Anglican Church.  

 

Soulfood has enjoyed performing to a wide variety of audiences at festivals, eisteddfods, functions, fetes, markets, schools, television audiences and at our own gigs.

 

The group raised its profile by competing in Channel 7's Battle of the Choirs, singing for Bert Newton's Birthday on Channel 9 and entertaining the crowds at the Universal Pictures release of the Mamma Mia DVD. Soulfood also performed to a sell-out crowd at The Basement in Sydney in September and sang at Carols in Cammeray in December.

 

In 2009, Soulfood took part in two charity performances, one with St Paul's Grammar, Penrith, and the other at the Sound Lounge with Caritas Australia, that, combined, have raised over $10,000 to aid rape victims of the war in the DR Congo, as well as provide funding for school buildings in the same country.

 

We had a weekend singing in the Cathedral Chamber at Jenolan Caves in the NSW Blue Mountains. In July 2009 we won the John Lamble Australasian Open Choral Championship McDonald's Performing Arts Challenge Sydney Eisteddfod and hosted Melbourne group Harambee in a combined concert in North Sydney. In November, Soulfood performed a 'Vintage Vocals' gig at Sydney venue The Basement.

 

In 2010 Soulfood recorded its first CD Scissors Paper Song at the well known Trackdown Studios. A performance on the James Valentine programme on Sydney's 702AM was followed by a Tour in Tasmania for the Annual Festival of Voices. We were then busy with another sell out show at The Basement in Sydney, our first Christmas concert at The Independent Theatre in North Sydney and singing on the steps of St Mary's Cathedral for the Lights of Christmas celebrations put on by the City of Sydney.

 

Since 2011 we have been very busy with

  • more Eisteddfod performances and wins, 
  • more gigging at The Basement, Lizottes and The Independent Theatre
  • a number of romantic flashmob appearances to help convince her to say yes!
  • numerous weddings and sadly one funeral
  • another television appearance on Channel 7 to launch the Frozen DVD 
  • another trip to Tassie to work with Deke Sharon at the Festival of Voices
  • a dash of christmas carol busking at Sydney airport
  • two sell-out concerts at the Sydney Opera House in celebration of our 10th Anniversary

We hit the recording studio again in 2014 (this time at Studio 301 in Alexandria) to record our second CD Soulfood Christmas.