One Voice delves into the lives of four Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir members and artistic director Terrance Kelly. This film illuminates a group of people from diverse faiths, races, genders, socioeconomic backgrounds, and lifestyles, all with a common goal: to bring joy and inspiration to the stage through black gospel music. By coming from a place of inclusion and acceptance, choir members are able to bridge their differences, embracing the celebrations and challenges that arise along the way.
Gospel music is a rich tradition born from the African-American spiritual during America's slavery period and the civil rights movement. Slaves used gospel to cope through the misery of bondage and civil rights activists sang gospel music to urge action and find courage. In the midst of a country that again finds itself grappling with issues of race, gender equality, and intolerance, a group in Oakland, California, continues the rich historical tradition of using music to promote peace, love, and acceptance.
With a rich history that spans three decades, OIGC has inspired audiences all over the world. The choir delivers its world-class music across the globe, thrilling concert attendees at renowned venues such as the Montreux Jazz Festival and the Molde International Jazz Festival. Yet it stays true to its Oakland roots, lifting the spirits of the homeless, elderly, and inmates throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. From its humble beginning to OIGC’s 30th anniversary celebration on the historic Paramount Theatre stage, this choir continues to circulate musical excellence through the manifestation of One Voice.
director SPENCER WILKINSON
producer MARK R DESAULNIER
executive producer MARY FORD
co-producer JED RIFFE
editors JESSE ANDREW CLARK & ANGELA REGINATO
finishing editor MAUREEN GOSLING
archivist MARLENE ‘MO’ MORRIS
animation STEFAN GUSTAFSSON
original composition TERRANCE KELLY
additional composition JAY WILLIAMS
audio post-production IMRSV SOUND and BERKELEY SOUND ARTISTS
color post-production CHROMACOLOR
lead cinematographer SPENCER WILKINSON
special cinematographer DEMONDRE WARD
contributing cinematographers ISA S. CHU
press manager SANDRA LAWSON-NDU