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Local and National Artists Praise God at Taste of Soul Gospel Stage
By Cora Jackson-Fossett, Religion Editor
Published October 20, 2016
Karen Clark-Sheard (photo by Nell Davis)

                      Karen Clark-Sheard (photo by Nell Davis)

Repeated shouts of “Hallelujah,” “praise God” and “Jesus saves” filled the intersection of King and Crenshaw Boulevards as local and national artists performed on the Brenda Marsh-Mitchell Gospel Stage at the 11th Annual Taste of Soul family festival.

Bishop Marvin Sapp (photo by Nell Davis)

              Bishop Marvin Sapp (photo by Nell Davis)

Thousands of people fellowshipped, clapped, swayed and danced as vocalists and musicians rendered gospel songs ranging from traditional to contemporary to rap and to reggae.   The community response was a huge salute to the vision of the late Marsh-Mitchell, who designed and managed the gospel stage from its inception in 2005 until her passing in 2014.

J-Red gives God the glory before the crowd. (photo by Nell Davis)

              J-Red gives God the glory before the crowd. (photo by Nell Davis)

KJLH broadcaster Aundrae Russell with former Lakers coach and player Byron Scott, who offered Sparks playoff tickets to the crowd. (photo by Silvia Leverette)

KJLH broadcaster Aundrae Russell with former Lakers coach and player Byron Scott, who offered Sparks playoff tickets to the crowd. (photo by Silvia Leverette)

Christian comedian J-Red and KJLH broadcaster Aundrae Russell hosted the first half of the daylong program. Local artists included the Holman Quartet and Jubilant Voices of Holman United Methodist Church, Brent Jones and the Best Life Church choir, Karen Wiggins Ministries, West Angeles Choir, FAME Unity Choir, L.A. Mass Choir, Riverside Mass Choir, Andrew Gouche, Uncle Reece, Paul Porter and The Haddons.

Pastor Brent Jones and Best Life Church Choir (photo by Silvia Leverette)

Pastor Brent Jones and Best Life Church Choir (photo by Silvia Leverette)

Deitrick Haddon performs with his siblings. (photo by Nell Davis)

    Deitrick Haddon performs with his siblings. (photo by Nell Davis)

“Taste of Soul is amazing,” said Deitrick Haddon, who sang with his siblings. “Last year, I had the privilege of doing a main stage and this year, I had the privilege to sing with my family on the gospel stage. I’m honored I was asked to come and be a part.”

Danny Bakewell, Sr., second from left, with McDonald's operators Aile Webb, Kiana Webb and Reggie Webb. (photo by Richard Nichols)

Danny Bakewell, Sr., second from left, with McDonald’s operators Aile Webb, Kiana Webb and Reggie Webb. (photo by Richard Nichols)

The McDonald’s Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour highlighted the afternoon session, thanks to the sponsorship of the McDonald’s Black Operators Association of Southern California.

“McDonald’s Black Operators Association of Southern California sponsors the Brenda Marsh-Mitchell Gospel Stage because we believe in giving back to the community,” said Reggie Webb, a local franchisee.

Donald Lawrence (photo by Nell Davis)

                      Donald Lawrence (photo by Nell Davis)

With Lonnie Hunter serving as emcee, award-winning artists sang their chart-topping hits. The huge audience stretched far east on King as people listened music by Donald Lawrence, Bishop Marvin Sapp, Karen Clark-Sheard, Pastor Charles Jenkins, Christian rapper Canton Jones, Jonathan McReynolds and Doug Williams of the famed Williams Brothers. Also, Christian comedienne Small Fire kept the crowd laughing with her humorous routine.

Holman UMC Pastor Kelvin Sauls

    Holman UMC Pastor Kelvin Sauls (photo by Nell Davis)

As the concert closed, Holman Pastor Kelvin Sauls shared, “It’s a great honor for us at Holman United Methodist Church to continue to partner with McDonald’s and the Bakewell Media Company to see how we can glorify God, edify those who come and keep the legacy of Brenda Marsh-Mitchell alive. This year, we went to the next level and we’re looking forward to going higher and higher!”

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