Augusta native solos at nationally-televised King funeral

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He's performed all over the world, but Augusta native Timothy Boyd Miller got his start right here in Augusta.

He started out singing in the church choir…and in February he soloed at the late Coretta Scott King's funeral.

Only on 12, Timothy Boyd Miller talks about the late Coretta Scott King and the highlight of his career.

Miller started making headlines at an early age.

But nothing could prepare him for his lead at the late Coretta Scott King's funeral.

He performed in front of nearly 10,000 people in Atlanta’s new Birth Missionary Baptist Church.

"It's so big you don't see faces, you only see people. It's like being in a football stadium standing in the middle of a football field," says Miller.

Timothy's mother Ann Miller was back in Augusta watching on national television.

"When I saw him come on to the screen I thought, ‘Oh my goodness, Timothy’,” she says.

The Richmond Academy graduate's performance was televised nationwide.

Laying his roots down in classical musical at Paine College, miller transferred and finished his degree at Morehouse College in Atlanta.

It was there that he was introduced to opera.

"It was definitely a challenge,” Miller says. “The biggest thing is the amount of sound you need in opera is totally different from the amount of sound singing in a chorus for example."

Miller is a member of the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church choir.

It was there he would meet the widow of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., Coretta Scott King, who was also a member.

"She was very reserved and she didn't do much to stand out, but you always knew she was there,” says Miller.

And the same song that he's performed each year to remember Martin Luther King, the old spiritual “Ain’t Got Time to Die”, was only fitting for the first lady of civil rights.

In June Timothy Boyd Miller will perform in San Francisco in an opera entitled “The Life and Times of Malcolm X”.

But you can catch timothy in concert before he heads out west. Saturday, March 18th he will be in concert at Paine College’s Gilbert Lambuth chapel.

Timothy Boyd Miller Concert
March 18th (Saturday), 7:00 p.m.
Paine College Gilbert-Lambuth Chapel

Ticket Prices:
General Admission $35
Student Admission $15
Children 10 and under $5
VIP Admission $50
Limited FREE tickets to children and students

Call 793-5026

Tickets are available at Pyramid Music at the Gordon Highway and Broad Street locations.