Most people are familiar with Tchaichovsky, composer of music during the Romantic Era, but look out world because Vandrick Zollicoffer is on the rise. He is a composer of gospel music from today's Christian Era. “Van” is presently one of our musicians for the Rose Hill M.B. Church. It is obvious that this young man loves music. When he plays, it is almost as if his spirit comes out in his chords. We are very fortunate to have Vandrick as one of our musicians as well as Toni Newsome, and Joshua Milton. Van is also married to Keyana, daughter of our pastor & first lady (Pastor Arthur and Sis. Dorothy Milton). Review questions and answers are as follows:
Where were you born?
I was born in Sallis, MS.
What are your parents’ names?
Pastor Van and Sis. Annie Zollicoffer.
What all do you do in terms of music (playing, writing, etc.)?
I arrange and compose music. I have been playing for 7 years and producing music for 5 years.
What are the titles of two of the songs you have written?
“He Made a Way,” and “Jesus Is a Friend.”
Who Inspires You?
Art Tatum and Kim Burrell
Are you presently working with any groups/musicians?
Yes. I am arranging music for an up and coming quartet group led by Reverend Radford Shearill in Jackson, MS.
What all instruments do you play?
Bass guitar, drums, and piano.
What do you love most about music?
Music is a powerful tool. What I love most about it is how it conveys a message to its listeners. It can also relieve a troubled mind, causing the listener to get up and move. Music is a part of our everyday life, commercials, and video games. Music is everywhere.
What types/styles of music do you like?
Gospel, jazz, reggae ton, and instrumental.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I plan to have a facility for the arts. I really want to use my gifts to teach children that are inspired by music, but can’t afford the lessons. I also plan to teach a social skills class for our urban youth.
By: Sandra Lott