The Chitans
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Young Canadians to sing at White House Day of Prayer

By Admin Thursday March 22 2012 in Entertainment
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A young Canadian singing quartet will headline this year’s United States Day of Prayer at the White House.



The Chitans, whose ages range from eight to 14, have been selected to sing the American national anthem and three other songs at the annual celebration on May 5.



“The kids are absolutely thrilled and they are looking forward to the performance,” said their father, Layne Chitan.



Jamaican-born Rev. Terry Lee, who runs the By-Ways and Hedges Youth for Christ Ministry Inc. in New York, coordinated the upcoming White House visit after listening to the young Canadians sing on a Brooklyn Street last year.



“We were down there for a few shows and when Rev. Lee learned that the children did street ministries, he invited them to sing at a street corner and was very impressed by their talent,” said Chitan.



The kids – Kaizian, Jesse, Jayden and Kayandra – were on Capitol Hill last week for a meeting with Dr. Jannah Scott who is a member of President Barack Obama’s administration as deputy director of the Centre for Faith-based and Neighbourhood Partnerships in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.



Part of her role is to help community groups connect with the White House for faith-based and neighbourhood partnerships.



Layne and Karen Chitan migrated from Grenada two decades ago and spent 10 years in Vancouver before relocating to the Greater Toronto Area. They are members of Downsview Seventh-day Adventist Church.



The young vocalists, who are home schooled, sing at community events and in federal penitentiaries.



In 1952, President Harry Truman signed a bill proclaiming the National Day of Prayer into law in the United States. President Ronald Reagan amended the law in 1988, designating the first Thursday of May every year as the National Day of Prayer.



  • DR D.V.Brown said:

    Congrats to you all. From Dr D.V.Brown and the members of Freshanointing DPCOG.We are with you one hundred percent. You are all role models for our young black children.Thanks for performing at our church.The service we have cry out for our children, you bring such joy to the hurting parents. whose son’s or daughter’s are in prison’s or Jail’s. Our prayers are with you.Layne and Karen. Just keep your boundles of joy close to your heart God’s blessings up on you all.

    Wednesday April 04 at 9:23 pm
  • Sharez said:

    I just met them in the airport in Barbados! Such sweet little girls! Their mum gave me their flyer for assisting them! All the best guys! Hope you meet the President!

    Wednesday May 09 at 8:27 am
  • Doreen and Barry Brummel said:

    Hello, met you at the Guy Penrod concert and was so moved by your ministry and gifted singing Family. We arranged for you to send us your CD by mail, but it has not arrived, please email me and let me know if it is still forthcoming. Thanks, Doreen

    Wednesday June 13 at 8:25 am

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