Bobby has over 30 years of musical experience, and has been Music Director at his church since 2012. He enjoys teaching music and has developed a passion for producing music. He is also a husband and a father of two boys. He enjoys all types of music (Jazz, R&B, Old School, Gospel, classical, etc) but loves making music for the kingdom of God. He plays keys and drums, but specializes in piano. He is the President on the Board of Directors of the San Diego Young Artist Music Academy. He plays for many artists and enjoys participating in artist development for new artists.
Kenneth Anderson is a talented musician, song writer, arranger, director, teacher and vocalist. He has a stellar reputation, and has shared his talents for 29 years as a choral instructor in the San Diego County elementary schools. Through his leadership in the San Diego County schools, Ken has exposed hundreds of elementary students to a variety of musical experiences. Ken Anderson, also the longtime director of UCSD’s Gospel Choir, was recently listed as the No. 3 top professor in the nation by RateMyProfessors.com, mainly because he can bring out the singing “voice” in just about anyone. This concert will show off his hard work. and has been the volunteer director of the MLK Choir since 1996. Under the inspired leadership of Ken Anderson, the MLKCCSD is now in its 22nd season. The choir comprised of volunteer musicians, board members and administrative teams, raises funds through a series of concerts from September through June each year. Proceeds from the concerts are awarded in the form of educational grants, ranging from $1500 - $4000, to aspiring college-bound high school seniors from San Diego County who will major in the Visual and Performing Arts.
Ken sees himself as a classical singer rather than a gospel singer. He has sung ballads and opera in addition to gospel and says that his classical training carries over into his ability sing, play and teach music. The roles he has sung include ‘Joe the Loiterer’ in the La Jolla Symphony production of the opera “The Mother of us All”, and ‘Judas”’ in “Jesus Christ Superstar”. He played’ Dagoo’ in San Diego’s Opera’s “Moby Dick”, and was in the cast of Aida” where he had the role of the ‘Celebrant in the La Jolla Symphony Chorus’ production of Leonard Bernstein’s “Mass.”‘He is incredibly proficient at the piano/keyboard,, playing concert, gospel, and popular music. He has become internationally sophisticated as he travels abroad teaching and organizing gospel workshops.
Ken has led the choir on two European Tours; one in 2004: Prague, Czech Republic, Salzburg, Austria, Florence and Rome’, Italy attending Easter services at the Vatican with Pope John11 officiating. He led the MLK Choir on a 2nd European tour, singing concerts in Denmark Netherlands and traveling to Paris in 2009. Over Memorial Day weekend 2010 Ken took members of the MLK Choir to perform at Carnegie Hall’s 26th Anniversary Season in New York City. MLK has been invited to sing twice at Carnegie Hall. In 2016 the Choir was invited to sing in Vienna at the 2016 Vienna Sings Event. He has also directed members of his college choir in a performance at Carnegie Hall. In September 2018 Ken led the choir singing in Philadelphia and Washington, DC. Kenneth Anderson has been a foster parent for many years, nurturing and raising eleven boys to adulthood. He is also the Senior Pastor to Mt. Olive Church of God in Christ.
Arnessa Rickett-Jones a vocalist, songwriter, director, play-writer, co-producer and arranger hails from San Diego, CA. She found her love for music while growing up in church. Arnessa’s experiences stem from her gospel roots. She began singing at the age of three in church under the direction of Renee Flenoid and performing at the age of twelve under the direction of Sharletta Richardson.
Arnessa has performed throughout the United States and other parts of the world. Her theater work includes: Raisin the Rent as Etta James, Your Arms Are Too Short to Box With God as Mary Magdalene and lead soloist; Gospel at Colonus as Ismene and lead soloist; The Wiz as Good Witch of the West and soloist; Bah Humbug as a cast member. She has also written and produced many of musicals like her most popular musical, “All ‘Bout the Blues”, plays productions, gospel concerts and many other large sold out events. She also co-producer and co-wrote her R&B “My Love My Life” and gospel CD “Wake Up” which she did a CD release concert at the Lyceum Theater, a sold out show.
Arnessa has served as the Youth Choir Director 15 years and Sanctuary Choir Director 5 years at Christian Fellowship Congregation Church of San Diego UCC. She also served as Minister of Music and Youth/Men’s/Sanctuary Choir Director 3 years at New Assurance Baptist Choir. She is now serving as the Vice Chairman, Assistant Choir Director and one of the lead vocalist for The Martin Luther King Jr. Community Choir of San Diego. She currently attends Lighthouse Community Church. In 2016, she married the love her life, Charlie Jones.
Arnessa said in a local newspaper interview, “I love performing especially singing in church as I owe all my thank to God. I thank God everyday for my mother Evelyn Rickett who pushed and guided me into church, singing, and praising the Lord through songs. Arnessa admires sensational singers such as Aretha Franklin, Billie Holiday, CeCe Winans, Gladys Knight, Jill Scott, Lalah Hathaway, Nancy Wilson, Natalie Cole, and Yolanda Adams for their display of God’s love in their singing. They all have a positive message in their music and so do I.