Gospel Singers Raise Voices, Prepare For Big Show

Jonesboro- LeVeil Rucker may have the voice of one man but his 18-member band makes a whole lot of noise.

"I've been writing for about three years and we're just now putting it together to do a live concert and we're excited about it," said LeVeil Rucker. "It's a lot of fun."

Believe it or not, the band called Leju have only been playing together for about four months, but it's taken no time for the sweet sounds of gospel, infused with a little bit of jazz, to fill the ears of anyone lucky enough to enjoy.

For Rucker, lifting his voice in praise is not just any pastime ... It's a cathartic form of therapy and a way to deal with some of the trials of his life.

"I went through some very hard storms, my first wife died of breast cancer at the age of 26, and during that process I was in worship and I continued to go to church and trust God and he placed melodies in my heart," said Rucker.

As Rucker says, it's his relationship with God, not just he and his bandmates talents, that he wants to share with the world.

"At this time, the world needs something positive and the world needs Jesus and I think Jesus could do more for somebody more than Laveil Rucker could."

To catch Rucker, along with his bandmates, a live show will be held on Dec. 29th in Blytheville at 600 E. Mchaney St. The performance starts at 7 p.m.

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