Westover High School stuns community with singing


    More than 96,000 views later, Westover High School's choir has stolen the community's heart on Facebook.

    After a video went viral of their angelic voices, the community wanted more, so FOX 31 tracked down the choir in the halls of W.H.S. to see what all the buzz was about.

    We saw 120 kids, from 9th through 12th grade, singing their hearts out, given an escape from the day-to-day with their music.

    No matter where you are in the building, you can't get away from what some are calling a joyful noise ringing through the halls.

    Chorus Director Samuel McPhee Jr. said he had to find a way to get kids to let loose and trust him in order for them to sing in front of people.

    "I tell them it's no judge zone, so I don't judge them, I take them as they are and I just, they can see the love of my music," said McPhee.

    And that shows in their music, as students like Westover seniors Haley Lewis and George Darrisaw put in the time.

    "We spend weeks on songs, so I know that he makes sure that we always get what we need in the song and everybody is always helped," said Lewis.

    "He's always working with the students, he cares about us, not just our voices, but our feelings," said Darrisaw.

    Some students even say singing provides them with an escape, with students like senior Shavonna Faison being taken to another place with her singing.

    "It's something unworldly like, it's like, you're not even here when you sing, the notes take you somewhere else," said Faison.

    Not only have the students been noticed on social media, but in competitions as the choir took first place at the National Peanut Festival in Dothan, Alabama.

    McPhee said it's about a lot more than just recognition.

    "Music is an outlet that can heal, it can touch lives no matter, no matter where you are, no matter what your situation is," said McPhee.

    If you want to see the Westover chorus for yourself, you can attend their performance on December 18 at 7 p.m. at Westover High School.

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