Teen group to perform in SuffolkPublished 10:04pm Tuesday, February 5, 2013
An inspirational teen band with roots in Suffolk will be visiting the area later this month on a performance tour.
It will be the first appearances outside New England for “So Amazing,” which was founded by Suffolk native Monet Ledbetter-Glaude in Boston, Mass., where she settled after attending the Berklee College of Music.
In 2007, Ledbetter-Glaude decided to take a break from the musical she was working on and try her hand at creating a band. She found prospects among her own children and piano students.
“I decided I was going to put some of my students together that I saw great talent in just to see if something could happen from it,” said Ledbetter-Glaude, who is the daughter of current Suffolk-Nansemond NAACP branch president Costellar Ledbetter. “The first rehearsal went really well. I said, ‘Oh my gosh, I think we have something here.’”
At the time, the members of the young band were ages 7 to 11.
“I just kept it going,” she said. “There are no kids’ bands, especially not with kids playing instruments. You don’t see it a lot.”
The band plays strictly pop-funk inspirational music, Ledbetter-Glaude said.
“We play everything that’s uplifting,” she said. “We’re all Christians, but we’re not locking ourselves into strictly gospel music. I would call us an inspirational band.”
Now ages 12 to 16, the older and more experienced band is ready to take Suffolk and the surrounding area by storm.
“It sounds like we’re going to be pretty busy,” Ledbetter-Glaude said. “This will be a wonderful experience for them to come back to my roots.”
The band will perform at the NAACP’s Freedom Fund banquet on Feb. 16 at Temple Beth El on Bridge Road. The following day, they will perform at the morning service at Mount Sinai Baptist Church.
On Feb. 20, the group will perform two shows at Elephant’s Fork Elementary School, and on Feb. 22, it will perform at Hillpoint Elementary School in the morning as well as at an evening family concert.
The teens in the band are on winter break from school that week, Ledbetter-Glaude said.
“We just love to perform and hopefully inspire people,” she said, adding they hope eventually to perform in many different places.