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Carlton Fellows celebrates 60th birthday with concert

James W. Wade III | 6/3/2014, 8:58 p.m.
Fellows has been featured in The Gospel According to Broadway Production” solo performer with the Michael Terry Singers and The ...

Well know musician/composer and writer Carlton Fellows celebrated his 60th birthday at Gethsemane Baptist Church on East 79th with a night of music and praise. Lucretia Bolden and Rodney Hubbard served as the MC’s for the program.

Highlighting the program was the ever so talented Pastor Ronald C. Williams and the Voices of Koinonia who brought down the house at the opening the service.

“This is the way I wanted to spend my birthday giving praise and thanks,” said Fellows.

Starting at a young age, Fellows liked music and took to playing.

“I was always fascinated with piano playing. From the time I was a little at Greater Abyssinia Baptist Church, I would zero in watching Bea Frost & JT Highbaughs playing. That’s why I always wanted to play,” said Fellows.

Fellows is founder and president of Anointed Ministries. This organization formed the 1st Annual Anointed Ministries Music and Worship Seminar. Singers, songwriters and musicians from 50 local churches (various denominations) of the greater Cleveland and Akron/Canton areas gather for a weeklong study in music theory, ear training, vocal technique, music as a ministry. The Seminar culminates with a concert.

Also served as Choral Conductor for The Greater Cleveland U.S. Postal Chorale. The Chorale performs statewide and regionally as representatives for the U.S. Postal Service. Lately, you can catch him and his now great choir Men of Song who has graced many churches in the last few years.

The Cleveland Men of Song is an all male chorus that performs all types of music including secular, gospel and African. The wonderful men’s choir was the brain child of Carlton Fellows who had a vision of putting a group of men together to sing in a chorus in a way unheard of in the Cleveland area.

Fellows, a well-known vocalist and musician, felt the need to assemble a chorus that would resemble a collegiate glee club more than a typical gospel quartet. “It had been on my heart for many years. I love to hear men harmonizing,” said Fellows.

A Cleveland native, Fellows has been a music director for over 35 years at a number of churches including Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Sardis Baptist Church and Temple Baptist Church, all in Cleveland. He also has been singing professionally for 20 years and has performed with the London Symphony Orchestra.

In December 2007, Fellows organized the first rehearsal of the Cleveland Men of Song. And five years later, they are celebrating the survival of the group consisting of men from ages 35 to 82.

Their debut performance was held on Feb. 8, 2008 at the First United Methodist Church in Cleveland. They had about 75 men in the chorus. If you were there, you remember that cold night with cars parked everywhere.

The Cleveland Men of Song have been able to bring to the public’s attention a group of positive Black men. Fellows said people like seeing these men standing up and united. The men are from different denominations, educational and professional backgrounds, including teachers, entrepreneurs, and vice presidents of companies.