As a child growing up in Jamaica, Marshalee Ellis-Kehlhem sang in her church choir “for the pure joy of singing,” never imagining where her music might take her.
The Marlborough resident, who directs the children’s choir at Greater Framingham Community Church, will raise her multi-octave voice in joyful praise on Saturday in Washington, D.C., as part of a the National Day of Prayer ceremonies at the White House.
Accompanied by several friends from her church and family, Ellis-Kehlhem will sing three songs from her debut CD “God’s Favor” and two other contemporary songs in The Ellipse, the southern portion of President’s Park where presidents often observe public ceremonies such as lighting the Christmas tree.
“This will be so moving to perform with my family watching on a day devoted to praising God and bringing people together,” she said. “I’m really excited to share our gospel music of hope and love ... with everyone in attendance..