Beyond Praise Biographies

Bill Bjorkgren

Bill Bjorkgren

Bill Bjorkgren is originally from New Orleans, where he began playing clarinet at the age of 10. He picked up alto saxophone at the age of 15 and played in his high school jazz band. He played some in college, then in ensembles and performed solo offertories for several years. When Bill's church, Northlake Baptist, started a praise band in 1993, it led to Bill learning soprano sax -- his primary instrument now -- and his 2000 CD of traditional songs, "Something to Say." He has been playing at concerts, worship services and special events ever since. He often uses Power Point presentations to enhance his events.

In 2002, Bill added contemporary music to his repertoire, teaming with vocalist Niki Fox to form a group called Beyond Praise. They released a new CD on Leap Day, 2004. The primary purpose of their ministry is to inspire us as to how God can use us and change us.

Niki Fox

Niki Fox

For many events, Bill is joined by Niki Fox, whose beautiful voice adds so much to the worship experience. In addition to doing solos and duets with Bill, she helps lead the congregation to participate in singing while Bill ad-libs.

A native of Garland, Niki has sung in ensembles and the praise & worship group at Northlake. She has made appearances at a Christian dinner theatre, sung at weddings, special events and has been doing solo work for over 10 years.

Alyssa Fox

Alyssa Fox

Niki's amazing daughter, Alyssa, has also committed her life to serving God through music. Alyssa won 1st place All Region 2003-2004 in her junior year in high school. Alyssa occasionally sings with Beyond Praise and is on the Beyond Praise CD singing a solo on the 2nd verse and the harmony for "Draw Me Close."

Leigh Hoes

Leigh Hoes was a church pianist for several years. Since 1999, she has primarily been using her talents to play keyboard in the praise band at Northlake Baptist Church. She has been accompanying Bill on piano for his Christmas program and Christmas events since 2001.

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