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Local Artists Bring Spectacular Praise to TOS Gospel Stage
By Cora Jackson-Fossett, Religion Editor
Published October 11, 2017

         Jubilant Voices of Holman United Methodist Church (L.A. Sentinel File Photo)

Holman UMC presents L.A.-area’s top inspirational performers

at Brenda Marsh-Mitchell Stage

A dynamic lineup of L.A.-area inspiration artists will bring spectacular praise and worship to the Taste of Soul’s (TOS) Brenda Marsh-Mitchell Gospel Stage (BMM).


The performers will join national artists in delivering musical messages of hope and joy at the nation’s largest family festival on Saturday, October 21, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., along Crenshaw Boulevard from Rodeo Blvd. to Stocker Avenue. The BMM stage will be located at the intersection of Crenshaw and Martin Luther King Boulevards.

According to TOS creator and Sentinel Executive Publisher Danny Bakewell, Sr., the credit for recruiting the top local artists to perform on the BMM stage goes to Pastor Kelvin Sauls and his team at Holman United Methodist Church in Los Angeles.

“For the past four years, Pastor Sauls has partnered with us to spotlight the best of L.A. gospel at the Brenda Marsh-Mitchell stage and he repeatedly brings a Holy Ghost party to Crenshaw Boulevard,” said Bakewell. “I am confident that this year’s artists will take us to the next level of praise!”

                       Ward AME Praise Team (Courtesy photo)

To date, the local performers include the vocal talents of Holman United Methodist’s Jubilant Voices, Ward AME Praise Team, West Angeles Church of God in Christ, Bishop Kenneth Wells and Karyn Wiggins of the Inland Empire, Donald Taylor and LA Mass Choir, and Renee Spearman.

Vocal sensation Renee Spearman (Courtesy photo)

“Get ready for a spirit-filled and extraordinarily epic experience as local and regional choirs and groups from Los Angeles and the Inland Empire transform the intersection of Crenshaw and Martin Luther King Boulevard into an open air sanctuary,” declared Sauls, who added that the spirit of Brenda Marsh-Mitchell will envelope the stage as well.

Marsh-Mitchell, the late executive assistant to Bakewell, designed and diligently nurtured the TOS gospel platform for eight years before her passing in 2014. As a tribute to her legacy, Bakewell named the stage in her honor.

“The Brenda Marsh-Mitchell Gospel Stage at Taste of Soul will once again reflect the spirit and vision of Brenda Marsh Mitchell – inviting and presenting local gospel artists to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ in the public square,” noted Sauls.

“We all share a commitment to ensure the intentional and qualitative participation of local artists and ministries. With Brenda being remembered as the heartbeat of Taste of Soul, our vision is that the gospel stage will serve as the heartbeat of Taste of Soul.”


Thanks to the McDonald’s Black Operators of Southern California, the McDonald’s Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour will highlight a portion of the gospel stage. The national performers include Tye Tribbett, Bishop Hezekiah Walker, Bishop Paul S. Morton, Brian Courtney Wilson, Anita Wilson, Jekalyn Carr, Paul Porter, Donald Lawrence, Lonnie Hunter and Christian comedienne, Small Fire.

According to a spokesman, McDonald’s Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour is an extension of the brand’s 365Black platform, an initiative that celebrates the pride, heritage, and achievements of African-Americans year-round. Dr. Pepper® sponsors the tour to demonstrate its appreciation and commitment to the African-American community.

Inviting the public to the BMM stage, Sauls exclaimed, “The Brenda Marsh-Mitchell is grounded locally with a regional and national impact! Bring your family and friends to a praise party in the streets!!”

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