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Known (/nōn/) - to be recognized, understood, or validated.
Known, MPLS is an audition-based, Twin Cities community youth choir under the direction of Courtland Pickens. The choral ensemble was established, in the later part of 2019, as an extension of Voicez, Inc., a 501C, non-profit music organization striving to train and develop the next generation of singers and composers throughout the Twin Cities Area. We utilize performance-based music education to galvanize youth between the ages of 12-25 as agents of change by promoting self-esteem, leadership skills, cultural awareness, discipline and a commitment to excellence
Since its inception in late 2019, Known has had an opportunity to share the stage with some of the most prominent musical artists in the Twin Cities. Known has performed in a wide variety of venues. The choir joined the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra at the Ordway Theater and the Annual Music for the Holidays at the Minneapolis Armory. Live concerts have included the Minneapolis Urban League Gala and the MLK Breakfast at St. Cloud State University. Known has performed alongside Fred Hammond, Hezekiah Walker & Israel Houghton on the Festival of Praise Tour, and Shane & Shane for a National Live TV Broadcast. Known has recorded music with Kaycyy Pluto, Darnell Davis & Maya Buckner, as well as numerous events in local churches, high schools, and community centers.
WE ARE KNOWN
Black History Concert
Black History Concert
They are just phenomenal!!
Now that’s how you teach music 🎶. Excellent job with your community choir
"They sound amazing! What a wonderful instructor you are!!"
"This is amazing!! Wish I was in this choir as a youth. They’re blessed."
"I loved every moment of it! So glad you are giving them the opportunity to be in a safe environment to be artistic! It's amazing to watch!"
HOW THIS CHOIR HAS IMPACTED THE YOUTH
“It is very important to me that we train the next generation of singers & songwriters. Music can be very uplifting, a stress reliever, can bring peace, and also bring a community together! Gospel music heals, and it is my hope that through my music, our community can be healed. I hope to empower youth to follow their dreams by teaching them how to find their voice.”
I have always been a bit insecure about my voice because my voice can get really deep when I sing... until yesterday my director really boost my confidence about my low register! It’s only been a few months and he’s taught me so much!
I actually really love singing in my brother’s choir. I never thought it would be this awesome. I’m not even talking just about the voice. It’s really teaching me how to stay committed and getting me ready for other things in the future. Also, i’ve made so many new friends my age in this choir who feel the same way about god like I do. We pray together, we have fun together, we cry together, we eat together, and we sing together. We be city girls together . Thanks for the opportunity period Courtland Deon Pickens
Sincerely, City Girl Alto.