By Christi Mays
Angel Tolbert’s grandfather chose her name, “Angel,” and since she was a little girl, it has inspired her to be a good person.
“The name made me feel like I needed to live up to it,” said the senior music major. “I wanted to be a role model to my siblings.”
Discovering that she had an amazing singing ability at a young age just made her even more determined to live up to her name over the years.
“My grandfather said that God gave me the gift of singing, and that got ingrained in me. I believe with everything in me that if I didn’t feel that way, I wouldn’t have as powerful of a (singing) gift as I do now because I use it for Him,” she said.
Angel, who sings with One Voice and the UMHB Concert Choir, can’t remember a time that music hasn’t been part of her life. From the day she was big enough to climb up on her grandfather’s church stage, she has been singing Christian gospel music with her siblings.
“They called us the Jackson Five, plus Angel,” she said with a laugh. “Singing and performing is my life!”