The VOICES OF THE MAINLAND SPIRITUAL SINGERS was organized October 16, 1966 in the home of Mrs. Josie Lee Matthews, 518 Second Avenue South, Texas City, Texas. This group was established by a visionary named Lionel McCray. The chartered members were L.H. McCray, Val Marie Maxey, Doyle Bryant, Robert E. Maxey and Henry White. The group was officially installed by the Reverand L.H. Brown, (Pastor of the Greater Macedonia Baptist Church) but at the location of First Baptist Church in Texas City, Texas (Reverand F.M. Johnson, Pastor).  The group's first formal appearance was made at the First Baptist Church in Texas City, Texas. the Reverand F.M. Johnson, pastor. At this time, the group had only one musician, Val Maxey.  The group in months began to prosper spiritually and financially.  It also began to grow in size. The addition of two more members: Brother Lee Thurman Henderson and Brother Bennie Ballard. This also added another musician to group. Brother Bennie Ballard became the guitarist. The group later purchased an electric piano and guitar through the help of Sister Tressa Rose Bryant. Also, later the group purchased a station wagon and other musical instruments that enhanced the group's abilities. Curtis Long, Roy Swann and Jessie McCarter later joined the group. The last to join the group at that time was Emmitt Brown. Lionel's vision was to provide a source to help people in need with every day life situations by providing an avenue to get assistance beyond that of ordinary means. Mr. McCray formed a vocal group that perfomed at events throughout Texas, Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana, utilizing the proceeds to aid in the community by helping people who have lost homes due to fire, fianacial distress, mortgage and utility assistance, medical expenses/equipment, death, scholarships, transportation, food and clothes. The Voices of the Mainland musical group is the primary funder of the organization which aslo accepts donations from other small businesses and organizations. Over the past 25, the Voices of the Mainland has performed at the Texas Folklife Festival,one of the largest festivals in Texas. The group has also perfomed at the Kaledeoscope Festivaal in Houston, Tx, Mardi Gras in Galveston, TX, the Annual Church Bazaar in San Antonio, TX, Channel 8 in Austin, TX Channel 2and 13 in Houston, TX, as well as donating time to nursing homes throughout Texas. Although the Voices have performed out of their vicinity, the group is still dedicated to serving the Texas City, TX area and considered role models in the community.

Lionel vision was to provide a source to help needed people in everyday life situations by providing an avenue to get assistance beyond that of ordinary means. Mr. McCray formed a vocal group that performed at events throughout Texas. Arkansas, Mississippi, and Louisiana utilizing the proceeds to aid in the community by helping people who have lost homes to fire, financial distress, morgtagaes, utilities, medical expenses & equipment, death, scholarships, transportation, food and clothes.

The Voices of the Mainland musical group is the primary founder of the organization which also accepts donations from other small businesses and organizations. Over 25 years, the Voices of the Mainland has performed at the Texas Folklife Festival, one of the largest festivals in Texas. The group has also performed at the Kaledeoscope Festival in Houston, TX; the Mardi Gras in Galveston, TX; the Annual Church Bazaar in San Antonio, TX; Channel 8 in Austin, TX; channel 13 & 2 in Houston, TX as well as donating time to nursing homes throughout Texas.

Although the Voices has performed out of their vicinity; the group is still dedicated to serving the Texas City, TX area and considered role models in the community.

 

 

 

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