The Hallelujah Praise Choir has been performing for 40 years under the direction of Joyce Downey and
musical direction of Wallace Smith, Jr. The Choir sings in jazz-influenced four-part harmony and presents
works from a range of musical genres, from traditional to contemporary. The Choir consists of over 50
singers and is made up of members of the Saint Thomas Baptist Church in North Preston, Nova Scotia.
The Hallelujah Praise Choir received the East Coast Music Award for Best Gospel Choir of the Year
(2005), as well as the African Nova Scotia Gospel Group of the year (2004 & 2005).
Featured live performances include Lesson Hope Missionary Church Gospel Explosion, Cleveland, Ohio; Freedom Festival, Halifax; The Tall Ships Festival, Cunard Centre, Halifax; Halifax Natal Day waterfront celebrations and Alive on the Island with The Oak Ridge Boys. The Choir has also been televised on CBC on a number of occasions: Atlantic Scene in Ottawa; DRUM, a Brookes Diamond Production; and Rita MacNeil, Cape Breton.