Singers from multiple denominations came together to honor traditional gospel music at a concert.
As part of the Gospel Industry Network, the Temple of Praise and Restoration Outreach Center Church of God In Christ (TOPROC) and the Greater Bethel AME Church held the Choir Throwback Concert on Sunday at the DaySpring Baptist Church located at 1945 NE Eighth Ave. .
About 100 people gathered at the sanctuary to listen to gospel songs by Walter Hawkins, James Cleveland, Keith Pringle, Edwin Hawkins and Hezekiah Walker which were performed by various choirs.
According to its website, Gospel Industry Network (GIN), was established in 2019 to show appreciation and advance the contribution of gospel music from music veterans of the past to generations of music professionals of the present and future. .
Dr. DE Richardson, founder and pastor of TOPROC, was the concert’s senior manager, said GIN is a great way to showcase new artists and give different agencies an opportunity to hear new talent.
“This is a network to connect musicians, singers and producers who love gospel,” Richardson said.
Gospel songs describe the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ
Richardson said a true gospel is a song describing the birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
“We have the heart and the passion to sing the gospel,” Richardson said. “The turnout shows that people want it.”
About 30 people were in the choir wearing the dress theme of the night which was Elegant Black.
Reverend Ron Rawls, pastor of Greater Bethel AME Church, served as the narrator for the event.
“Gospel music allowed African Americans to profess their love for God,” Rawls said. “I appreciate so much that God loves me so much. God opens doors for things you’ve been praying for. The least you can do is show her how much you appreciate her.
Richardson introduced soloists to the audience as the choir sang along with the performers.
One of the singers Richardson introduced to the congregation said she was happy to be cured.
“Let’s not rest in the anointing of the Lord,” said Lena Gillis, of Gainesville. “He’s a healer. He’s in this house and he changes the atmosphere.
Rawls then prayed over the audience asking God to provide a miracle in everyone’s life.
“Raise your hand and let God show you a miracle in your life,” Rawls said. “You did everything you could, worked at it, and stayed up all night. Now is the time to give it to God.”
Richardson said it’s important to count your blessings.
“You never know what the people sitting next to you have been through,” Richardson said. “You have to give praise because you don’t know when your season is coming.”
Reverend Dr. Marie Herring, Pastor of DaySpring, delivered closing remarks.
“I feel like I’ve been to musical heaven,” Herring said. “It’s just beautiful. This group is awesome. It must continue. »
Choir Throwback’s next concert will be at 5 p.m. on March 12, 2023 at the Jerusalem Church of God by Faith located at 1230 NE 156th Ave.