It’s the Year of the Choir at Brenda Marsh-Mitchell’s Gospel Stage at This Year’s Taste of Soul
“The Brenda Marsh-Mitchell Gospel Stage continues its tradition of presenting inspiring music that celebrates hope, joy and thanksgiving. Brenda loved the Lord and enjoyed praising his name, so having us salute legendary choirs and conductors is a fitting tribute to her memory,” said Taste of Soul Founder/Creator Danny J. Bakewell, Sr. .
The stage made its debut at the 9th annual Taste of Soul and has been one of the festival’s many focal points ever since. Enjoy this year’s 17th Annual Taste of Soul Family Festival on Saturday, October 15 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
This year’s theme for the Brenda Marsh-Mitchell Gospel Stage is Year of the Choir and will be led by Lester Barrier, associate pastor at Atherton Baptist Church in Hawthorne. He is a graduate of USC and a former host of BET’s “ComicView.”
Asked about the organization of the Gospel stage, Lester said, “I am very happy to host this year. I have attended the festival for many years, and have always wanted to be an official part of the celebration. I’m a host at heart and plan to keep the show nice and light, [and] keep a smile on everyone’s face.
Barrier is the only pastor/comedian with a comedy special, currently available on Amazon. “Super Saint” is an inspirational and unique stand-up from a comedian, who is also a pastor.
Performances will pay homage to gospel singers of the past like James Cleveland, Andrae Crouch, Walter Hawkins and Pentecostal Community Choir founder Keith Pringle. The stage will be located at the intersection of Crenshaw and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvds with sponsorships from Civil and Human Rights Organization Yes on A For Sheriff Accountability.
Rev. Dr. Michael JT Fisher, senior pastor of the Greater Zion Church Family, Compton’s oldest church founded by African Americans, shared his feelings about this year’s celebration, saying, “This taste of soul is personal because we have all survived the past two years by the power of God. We owe him this moment.
“Our choir decided to be part of this year’s Taste of Soul because we want to honor our past leaders and guardians who shaped the sound of gospel music. My father (the late Rev. Dr. Jerome Fisher) was part of that sound. Our church has always had a significant influence on the Los Angeles gospel music scene. We want to tell the story of our past and now our future.
Bishop Kenneth C. Ulmer of Faithful Central Bible Church, who will also be in attendance, shared the importance of his choir’s participation. “Taste of Soul is a tribute to the legacy, value and contribution of the African-American community in the history of greater Los Angeles. “Keeper of the Flame,” Danny Bakewell, and his team have maintained the vision of community contribution, progress, and sustainability throughout the challenges of recent years of racial, economic, and health crises.
Bishop Ulmer added, “Our ministry, Faithful Central Bible Church, the family of champions, is humbled and honored to join vendors, artists, entrepreneurs and community leaders in carrying and passing on the torch of inspiration and encouragement. at all ages and generations.
“I and co-pastor John Paul Foster see this as an opportunity to play a small part in a gigantic vision. We declare that the best is yet to come for our young people, our community, our institutions and our families of faith. We join to Sentinel staff for inviting and encouraging all who love our community to bring your family, walking shoes and dollars to support, invest in and enjoy this annual community family reunion.
This year’s performers will be Lorenzo Johnson & Praizum, Shari Demby & Friends, Gospel Music Workshop of America – LA Chapter, Greater LL.A. Community Choir, FM2 & International, Spirit of David, LA Inner City Mass Choir, B. Terrell & VIP, KJLH Radio Free Voices, Faithful Central Choir and J Kingdom and After 12.
Brenda Marsh-Mitchell was longtime Taste of Soul Found/Creator Assistant and Bakewell Media Chairman Danny J. Bakewell, Sr. In her honor, Bakewell Media proudly brings the Brenda Marsh-Mitchell Gospel Scene to the community, by in honor of her longstanding dedication to her community and in honor of her love for her Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.