Earthlight - Music Ambassadors
Earthlight is a music group sponsored by Oakland City University that was formed in 1974. When the newly-elected president of the college Dr. James Murray led revivals around the tristate area, Dr. Alton Davis proposed that a music group consisting of students from the college be formed to travel with him and act as ambassadors not only for Christ but also for the University.
While Earthlight has traditionally been a Southern Gospel music group, with rich four-part harmony, the ministry has continually transformed over the years as its members have come and gone. Sometimes, if members of Earthlight are ministerial students, they also preach as part of the service. One thing has remained unchanged, however - Earthlight’s mission to share the love of Christ with others through music.
Each year, the composition of the group is unique, based on the talent that auditions. There have been years when there has been a full band to accompany the vocalists, and many years when the vocalists perform with recorded tracks and occasionally a pianist. There have been as few as four members to as many as ten members in the group. The decision on size is dependent upon balancing out the overall sound of the group.
Many years, Earthlight has the opportunity to record an album. Each year, the possibility of recording is discussed, and a decision is reached based on the current member’s schedules and educational and financial responsibilities. The most current albums are sold at all Earthlight performances, along with any solo albums recorded by the current members of the group.