*There’s a street in Harlem that comes alive every Saturday with the sound of gospel music. You won’t find any church there – just a brownstone full of teenagers and the woman who draws them in.
Her name is Vy Higginsen, a New York radio personality and theater producer. Five years ago she created something called “Gospel for Teens.”
Never heard of it? Well, we think you’ll be glad you did. And if you’re thinking that Higginsen thought up this program as a way to save the teens, you’d be wrong. She did it to save the music.
The faces and voices of Gospel for Teens include kids between the ages of 13 and 19 who gather in Harlem each week from all over New York and New Jersey to study the tradition and the art of singing gospel.
“It’s uniquely American. It’s a story of a people in song created out of an American experience,” Higginsen told Lesley Stahl.
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