Based in Meridian, Mississippi, Will Myles and Young People of Praise (YPOP) is a contemporary gospel choir prepared to deliver spiritually profound musical presentations to young people across the globe.
Will’s passion for gospel music spearheaded a movement to direct and nurture individuals by creating a program for those with musical gifts and abilities. Area youth would gather to discuss the challenges they faced and how to cope and redirect them to a positive outcome. Their humble beginnings came into fruition by way of a community based outreach program sponsored by the local Boys and Girls Club in 1995. Through spiritual and musical fellowship, “The Boys and Girls Club Mass Choir” was born. The then 70-member choir, sang throughout their immediate area and other parts of Mississippi. Blessed with incredible progress they soon shared the stage with many gospel notables including Donnie McClurkin and Vickie Winans.
With a stronger desire to take their message further, Will’s spirituality led him in a different direction, with a redefined purpose of merging new members with the old members who would embrace this fresh vision. “We need to display God’s goodness in an electrifying yet spiritually uncompromising fashion in order for “Generation Y” to embrace Him and know that living holy is not something set aside only for our grandparents.” With the transformation finally complete, the new group – YPOP –was born.
After a little more than seven years together, still utilizing music and dance as their methodology, William Myles and YPOP will join the ranks of many other successful gospel recording artists who have chosen to carry the torch illuminating the message of God. They are currently awaiting the national release of their live debut album.