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LDS Group From London Updates Hymns
BYU NewsNet 17Feb00 A4
By Jennifer Stathis: NewsNet Lifestyle Editor

PROVO, UTAH -- The London-based LDS group Soul Saints will perform in Provo Saturday night, bringing its brand of "ghetto-hip-hop-R&B" music, and LDS singer/composer Michael McLean says their music "can't help but make you smile." The group sings LDS Hymns in R&B and hip-hop arrangements, "They're not taking the words or meaning out of its context," said McLean. "But because it's to different music, it has the potential to reach those who can't be reached in any other way."

The group consists of LDS Church members Alex Boye, Fiona Smith and Harriet Petherick Bushman. Boye says that he didn't want to leave behind his music when he joined the Church, and instead decided the gospel and his music are compatible, "I chose to mix the two. What I've realized is that you can't stop kids from listening to their music -- whatever it may be. But you can give them a purer form. You can't throw away their CD's, but you can offer them this."

Soul Saints Manager Wayne Scholes agrees. He says the group is trying to reach kids that wouldn't be reached by traditional arrangements of LDS Hymns, "Try reaching a kid on the street by singing a hymn -- yeah, good luck," said Scholes. He sees the music as having a universal appeal, "Kids don't like things that are fixed. They want it to grow with them," he said. "It develops as it goes. It has flexibility to the environment. My Dad's favorite track is 'Pray,' and he's 77-years old. The point is that it appeals to everybody."

Scholes traces the universal appeal to the variety of the group's backgrounds. Boye is "as R&B as R&B gets," Smith is "mainstream pop all about mellowness and soul," and arranger/producer Bushman is "just completely classical." The result is a really talented combination, "It's magic when they get together. They're all dedicated in their faith, and that makes all the difference because they are wanting to portray something more than just the fresh beat, says Excel Entertainment's Public Relations Director Mary Jones. Excel is acting as a consultant for the group in the U.S."


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