Who needs Glee when we have our own show choir, called Voices Embodied Ensemble (VEE), right here in Atlanta? Featuring talented singers who have physical disabilities and awesome voices, VEE officially began in June 2013 as one of the newest projects from the nonprofit group Abel 2.
This singing group hopes to use music and art to do what Paralympians do through sports: focus on the abilities and not the challenges of talented people. VEE has the enthusiastic support of local and national organizations like the Shepherd Center, Disability Link, Full Radius Dance Company, People First of Atlanta, and Southeast ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act), as well as the disability departments of the Smithsonian and National Endowment of the Arts.
The group currently has three singers, and they hope to grow to about nine to 12 members. VEE held their kick-off showcase in November. The ensemble performed some contemporary songs as well as classic songs from a variety of genres. Come out to future concerts and help VEE gain the attention it needs to achieve one of their long-term goals: to be invited to perform at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Brazil. VEE’s next casting call is January 25 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Shepherd Center. If you or someone you know is interested in auditioning, email firstname.lastname@example.org