We are a radical performance community based in New York City, we come to the Choir from many different creative and activist backgrounds. We have evolved a very particular sound and performance experience from the synthesis of our lived experience. We are grounded in the work of Justice and in service to the Earth. We love to Sing together.
Singer of the Month
Musician In Residence
THE STOP SHOPPING CHOIR
Chicago native Eric Johnson has badass chops the whole way around: from African and Latin polyrythms, to rock and r&b, to jazz, gospel and hip-hop, Eric’s power and finesse with all manifestations of the beat is exceptional. Maybe it’s all the time he has spent DJing and collecting rare records, maybe it’s a by-product of his production talents, or maybe it’s just due to his Creole heritage, but whatever the source of Eric’s musical diversity, it has made him a much-in-demand participant in projects of multiple genres for a truly impressive array of artists, including Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco, Angie Stone, Dru Hill, Chingy, Pras (The Fugees), Jackie Dustin, The Pentecostals of Chicago Choir, The Turks & Caicos Mass Choir, and The Arkansas Mass Choir. It’s a simple as this: Eric rages on the drums, and he breathes a fiercely dynamic fire into the rhythms of Tycoon Dog (www.tycoondog.com), Christina Gaudet (www.gaudetband.com), Reverend Billy and the Church of Life After Shopping Gospel Choir (www.revbilly.com), and Turbine (www.turbinemusic.com). Eric has also worked with Scandal Music Jingle House and has played drums on several tv commercials for McDonald’s, Toys-R-Us, Frosted Mini Wheats, Miller Genuine Draft, and the WNBA.
Since 2010, Eric has relocated back to his hometown of Chicago and now plays with Midnight Sun Band, (http://midnightsunchicago.com/), Surge Band, and has also recorded an open mic/poetry tv show with American Idol artist Angela Martin (http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2010/02/american-idol-angela-martin-recording-a-song-via-ellen-degeneres-kara-dioguardi.html). Eric just finished recording an album with Christina Gaudet in NYC, who got selected to perform on Bravo’s tv show, “Hitmakers”. (http://gaudetband.com/fr_home.cfm) . Eric also plays with r&b legends, The Emotions when they go on the road. Eric continues to play shows with Tycoon Dog, and Reverend Billy and the Church of Life After Shopping Gospel Choir when in NYC. Eric is also an endorsee for Soultone Cymbals out of Encino, CA. Eric has also produced an album by rap artist A.O.N. (http://aonmusik.ning.com/), and has his own music production website under his dj name, DJ MARBLL (http://www.soundclick.com/bands/default.cfm?bandID=783049)
Eric’s dj mixes can also be heard under the mixcloud page: (https://www.mixcloud.com/eric-johnson7/)
Hi I’m Eva “Evita” Jimenez and I’m an alto in the choir. I was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. Since I left home I have lived in Dallas, Oklahoma City, Missouri, Oregon and finally blended up in New York. I’ve been in New York for nine years and lived in every borough except Queens. I guess I have a bit of nomadic lifestyle but maybe one day I’ll settle down. The choir is like family to me and I find so much inspiration from them.
Fran is an artist with a queer eye for change. She lives in New York City with her lover Garret. She puts a lot of her time into art projects and being a good singer, as well as going to more than half of the actions in the city, with various groups such as the Coalition to Protect Chinatown & Lower East Side, stopping the tall towers that were going to be put into Chinatown! She joined the Stop Shopping Choir in 2017, now she is singing with us to 2020! We all love her very much and would do anything to hear her sing in Spanish. We should also respect that she is a very well fit woman. She also has the “best dresser award” in the choir and won 2nd places in “the goth challenge”. She is from an amazing Chilean community, we love her very much and wish a great life ahead of her.
*bio by Lena
Gaylen is from the Colorado. He is good with his hands. He has two sons, Angus and Honcho and most other kids really like him. He is a cyclist and plays guitar. As Lyn once said, We like Gaylen, he has tools AND brains.
Graham KG Garlington
Graham KG Garlington is a trans non-binary singer-songwriter, activist, experimental musical theatre composer, and drag artist. He’s been assistant directing off-Broadway (Till, NYMF, 2019; Only Human, 2019) since graduating Sarah Lawrence College in 2018. They are currently working on their third musical while working and performing with Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir. They look forward to a future where the police are abolished and the capitalist white supremacist state falls.
Gregory knows just what we need to have a good day. if you see into him he is a VERY loving man. in fact, you don't have to look into him to see that he is a great person, with a great personality. Let's talk about how creative he is, one time he even made a purse for Lizzo on SNL but sadly she chose not to wear it. We all know that Gregory is an explorer with great taste for a great adventure. He is great at doing what he says he is going to do. All he needs is some support and he is unstoppable. We hope we give him the love he needs.
*bio by Lena
Jess Beck is a soprano, an enthusiasm junkie, a reader, writer, dreamer, practical thinker, and advocate of the oxford comma. You may know her as "the one who can't stop moving" on stage or "the one who probably left her water bottle/sweater/rain pants/brain" in the green room/at rehearsal/in the van. When not preaching with the choir, she can be found making documentary films, resisting, loving, teaching, hugging, writing, bicycling, flirting, and as often as possible, laughing.
John Carlin is an actor, writer, musician, and activist who joined the Stop Shopping Choir in the fall of 2014. A native New Yorker, he is a former RCA recording artist who has shared stages with Radiohead, PJ Harvey, The Flaming Lips, among others. As a solo independent artist, TimeOutNY has called him “one of NYC’s better-kept secrets.” As an actor he has appeared on stages in NYC, LA, Washington DC, and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The Choir’s resident baby whisperer, and a single dad himself, John loves campfires, horses, spinning records, and swimming naked whenever possible.
Quilty has performed with Reverend Billy for almost two decades in concerts and shows at the REDCAT, Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, as well in the Christmas parade at Disneyland, the Donaufestival, Vienna, Berlin, Amsterdam, the Tate Modern, the Westfield London, Liverpool Tesco, Cambridge, Colchester Arts Centre, Burning Man, Tulsa Walmart, Castro Theatre, San Francisco, Mall of America, Austin’s South by Southwest Festival, Erykah Badu’s Black Forest Theater, Hillary Clinton’s office in the Capitol, the Senate cafeteria, underwater off Coney Island, Fifth Avenue Disney Store, Times Square, Highline Ballroom, Astor Place Starbucks, Bleecker Street Theatre, Theater 80, St. Mark’s Church, Das Spiegeltent, Theatre for the New City, Joe’s Pub, in laboratories at Harvard University, Cornell, Wesleyan, Oberlin College, UC Berkeley, CSU Northridge, but never at Hofstra. Amen.
Founded in 2019 The Stop Shopping Choir Council is made up of elected choir members chosen to take care of the choir at large. The council members rotate around every six months and like stewards of the land, they anticipate and tend to the choir’s needs, and instigate the community’s collective imagination. Self-determined and evolving, the council just wants to help.
Current members : Colista Turner, Molly Chanoff & Jess Beck
DO YOU WANT TO JOIN THE CHOIR?
We rehearse on Sunday evenings. Please join us for a full rehearsal and we can, together, see if it is a good fit. We have many levels of singers, from Broadway belters and classically trained to karoake and secret shower crooners. Site reading and the ability to read music are not necessary! Check out our music.
The Church of Stop Shopping is intent on creating a safe and vibrant environment, one that encourages creativity, courageous activism and community consciousness.
We consider each other’s feelings and comfort levels.
We treat each other with respect and do our best to understand each other’s differences.
We encourage interpersonal complexity, lets be involved in each other’s lives!
SINGERS OF THE MONTHS
Barbara Robin Lee
CHOIR EMERGENCY FUND
We have a small emergency fund which is available for the choir, usually grants and loans of 250$ or less. This is one way we help eachother through rough patches as many of us live paycheck to paycheck. Would you like to CONTRIBUTE to the Choir Emergency Fund?