- Planet Erstwild - 20130212 - Allen Bailey - Harlem Gospel Choir

James Moore speaks with Allen Bailey, founder of the Harlem Gospel Choir, who are bringing their 90-minute family-friendly gospel experience to Iowa City this weekend. The theme of every performance is "bringing people & nations together & giving something back".

Mr. Bailey has worked in the entertainment industry for over 40 years. He was promotional director & advance man for major artists, including Lionel Richie & the Commodores, Prince, Michael Jackson, Mr. T, & Isaac Hayes. Don King appointed Allen entertainment coordinator for Rumble in the Jungle, the heavy-weight title fight between Mohammed Ali & George Foreman in Zaire.

He assisted the east coast production of We are the World in 1985, & worked in a similar capacity for USA for Africa in 1986. He was chairman for the Martin Luther King Holiday Campaign & it was through this work that the Harlem Gospel Choir was born. Always active in the Harlem Community, Allen co-ordinated Harlem's entertainment for the Nelson Mandela celebration at Yankee Stadium, & co-directed the Harlem Jazz Festival, the largest jazz festival in the world.