This semester, VOICES is so proud to welcome back several previous members of the VOICES of Kentuckiana family, including Peggy Wills! Peggy was a founding member of VOICES and sang in every concert for the first 10 years, and we couldn’t be more pleased to welcome her and her lovely partner Tami back for the winter program, Holiday Magic! We caught up with Peggy this week and can’t wait to share highlights from our conversation with you!
What is your occupation or how do you occupy your days, usually?
I taught school for 17 years and now I am a sales consultant for TK Constructors. I help folks build homes!
In one sentence, let us know what VOICES means to you.
Voices has always meant intentional family with a common goal to provide great music and create an atmosphere for all people to either participate or experience our music in a safe and welcoming place.
What prompted you to return to VOICES this year?
Both my spouse (Tami McGowen) and I thought long and hard about returning this semester. We were invited to sing in the 20th anniversary concert and had a great time so we decided to give it a whirl this go around.
Tell us about a favorite moment from a VOICES concert or event?
There are a couple, but the one that jumps out at me was our set that we performed in San Jose. It was designed so that there were no breaks between any of our numbers. Kim was 8 months pregnant and was so animated I thought she could go into labor right there! We brought the house down and since I was the first one off stage, I got to see everyone’s face as they came into the reception area….everyone was beaming with pride and many had tears of joy as well. I get the shivers just writing this now!
What’s the best song you’ve performed with VOICES and why?
“Never Ever” When we recorded our CD, Tami and I sponsored this song so it always has been special. We dedicated it to my parents who are deceased and her Grandmother who meant the world to her and is also deceased. Never take any moment for granted!
What do you hope to see for VOICES in the future?
Growth in new members with an emphasis on getting some of the younger generation involved.
What would you tell young people who are looking for ways to get involved in their community?
Join something in order to stay connected. Join something in order to make a difference not only for yourself, but for others.
Tell us something nice about another member of VOICES you admire.
I think Bobbie Gardner is one of the nicest people around. She just got married so I wish her all the best!
We can’t wait to see Peggy, Tami, and all of our returning members in concert this December for Holiday Magic, a winter program celebrating the holiday moments that make the season memorable. Tickets available now!