The second day of Gospel Fest draws diverse crowd

The second day of Gospel Fest draws diverse crowd
October 13
05:10 2016



People of all ages, races and genders watched the showcase of talented musicians during Day Two of Gospel Fest at the Dixie Classic fair. The majestic fall afternoon helped draw a very full and diverse crowd on Sunday, Oct. 9.

Even with some flooding of the audience area, the crowd was large and attracted more as the program progressed.  The crowd seemed glued to every act, and many stayed from the opening act to the finale of the concert.

Ron Goodson of Winston-Salem said he likes the fact that so many people came out to celebrate and enjoy the music at Gospel Fest.

“I just love to worship the Lord with anybody.  I am glad to see so many people here worshiping together, it’s a great thing,” Goodson continued.

Sandra Rickard of Winston-Salem added, “I enjoyed the variety in music, especially the Fantastic Faithfulairs.  It was a great show.”

Event Emcee Debra Terry, who handled her duties solo on Day Two, gave a brief introduction of acts prior to their performances along with leading the trivia portion of the show and handing out many gifts throughout the day to the winners.

Karlton Jones, a hip hop saxophone artist, took the stage first and presented his unique form of music.  He says he used to make secular music while in college but after a near death experience, he heard the voice of God that changed his life.

“I enjoy the many lives that are here being touched for the glory of God,” said Jones.  “I went thorough a difficult time and I knew that God was real while I was going through it so it kind of helped me to hang on during that time.  Since then, He has healed my body and blessed me with a beautiful wife, kids and a great job, and that’s kind of what led me into doing it for Jesus.”

The Central Triad Church was next on stage with their uptempo brand of music.  James Brock, the church worship leader, says he enjoyed the worship and camaraderie of the event. He says he knows there are people from all different denominations, but it’s great that everyone could come together to support one another.

On why they wanted to come and perform at Gospel Fest, he said, “To be out among this family of Christians so they can hear the sound that’s coming forth from heaven.  If we can be contagious and touch someone’s heart, somebody may possibly give their life to Christ here and if we are a part of that movement, then praise God for it.”

The other acts included Bishop Stephen Williams, The Fantastic Faithfulairs, Bishop Grosjean Stephens and Raymond and Kim Larkin.

The Larkins, who are a married couple that per-form together, said they enjoy singing together and bringing the gospel to others.

“We want people to take with them the sense of love and sense in unity in what we do,” said Kim Larkin.

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