In 2014, gospel singer and pastor, Deitrick Haddon, introduced LXW (League of Xtraordinary Worshippers) to the gospel scene. With hits like “Great God” and “Just Like He Said He Would,” this amazing group began to take flight. Fast forward to 2015, where Haddon and Eric Rideout (Co-founder of LXW Chicago) came together to form LXW Chicago. According to Haddon’s wife, Dominique Haddon, and Eric Rideout, Co-founder, the group is an identical replica of the group located in L.A. “Due to costs, there were two groups created so that LXW L.A. could handle west coast engagements, and LXW Chicago could handle mid-west and east coast engagements.”
Though a young group, the leadership is full of experience and talent. Along with the founders of the group there is Zeke Locke, director of LXW Chicago, Nina Goshay, ministry director, Tiffany Williams, support staff, Baneika Holeyfield, finance administrator, Marquese McCoy, music director, Dwayne Verner, bass player, and Tony Taylor, drummer (who recently won the Guitar Center Drum Off).
Make no mistakes, LXW Chicago is not just another choir doing the same old thing. They hit the stage, voices ready to capture your ears and bodies ready to morph to the beat. Their ministry statement describes them as a group that, “captures the high-energy, larger-than-life sound and meticulous melodies that fans have grown to love about choir music…” Their purpose, is to “show youth in church and not in church, that there is a positive way to live and, be in this society.” So, don’t let the high energy and talent of LXW Chicago cause you to think it’s all about entertaining. From leadership’s mouths, they said that this group is all about ministry. Director, Zeke Locke avowed, “We want to break the mold, we want to be that group that can set an atmosphere and be swagged out.”
The first qualification to be a part of LXW Chicago, is salvation. Of course, there is the factor of talent for vocals, but you must be saved! At the end of the day, they want everyone in the ministry to show Christ wherever they go. The standard has been set by the leadership team making sure that the lifestyle of every member reflect what they sing about. They don’t want anyone doing anything that will cause someone else to stumble or deter someone from giving their heart to Jesus.
The standard has been set by the leadership team making for the lifestyles of the members reflect what they sing about. They don’t want anyone doing anything that will cause someone else to stumble or deter someone from giving their heart to Jesus.
LXW Chicago makes it a point to constantly go before God in prayer. Not just the huddles before ministering for an event or those quick prayers to open and close rehearsal. Their chaplain, Darien Mickens, or their Director, Zeke Locke, lead LXW in a short bible study lesson before rehearsals. There have been times where the presence of the Lord fills the room they rehearse in. It has gotten to the point where everyone is in a spirit of praise and worship that is undeniable. They have a heart for God and it is evident when they minister.
If you have not seen them in action yet, you can catch them before summer ends. Their summer events are all about outreach and ministry. They have already ministered at the Edwin & Walter Hawkins Music & Arts Love Fellowship Conference in Chicago, IL and C.O.G.I.C. National Aim Convention in Cincinnati, OH. They are scheduled to do much more. If you can’t make any of their summer appearances, be sure to mark your calendars for a concert they will be having on October 29th in Chicago, IL with special guest. For more information concerning the groups schedule, you can view their social media pages on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.