Originally created 12/21/06

Christian singer will perform during White House festivities

An Augusta native will make a joyful noise tonight at the White House.

Aliciadine Starks-Oliphant will sing at 8 p.m. as part of the 2006 Pageant of Peace celebration, three weeks of Christmas festivities at the White House.

She will open the event by performing two songs, Jesus, Oh What a Wonderful Child and Mary Had a Baby.

"I'm really proud to be a part of this. It seems like God has been leading me in this direction for many years," she said. "It's in his favor and I'm looking forward to ministering to the leaders of this country in a vocal way."

Before establishing herself as a Christian music vocalist in the Atlanta area, Mrs. Starks-Oliphant laid her musical foundation in Augusta.

She still performs at Tabernacle Baptist Church, where her mother, Emma Lou Starks, sings in the choir. Her father, Jimmy Starks, was a keyboardist at Tabernacle, and her aunt, Evelyn Starks, is a classically trained pianist.

At T.W. Josey High School, Mrs. Starks-Oliphant played piano for the jazz band and sang in the choir. She is a Spelman College graduate.

Since releasing a solo CD in 2002, she has performed with John P. Key, Dr. Bobby Jones, Dottie Peoples and the Rev. Shirley Ceasar.

She is cognizant about reaching out to help those who are less fortunate.

On Tuesdays, she leads a women's choir and prison ministry at the Metro Transitional Center in DeKalb County in the Atlanta area.

Mrs. Oliphant and her husband, Mark Oliphant, have a daughter, Carolyn Janet Ayinla.

Reach Timothy Cox at (706) 823-3217 or tim.cox@augustachronicle.com.


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