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Melodies of Encouragement Fill the Air at the 3rd Annual Compton Gospel Concert
By Niele Anderson
Published September 11, 2008
Compton Gospel Fest 08

The Compton Gospel Concert continues to provide the City of Compton and the greater Los Angeles area, a day of praise, encouragement, good eating and fellowship. If there had to be a theme is was knowing how to encourage yourself with God’s Word, and the great music that was provided by local and national gospel choirs and artist. The concert included the Starlights and the LA Inner City Choir along with national recording artist Donald Lawrence, Marvin Sapp, the Clark Sisters and the Williams Brothers.

Lilly Dobson, Mayor pro tem stated, “I’m just honored to be here. Today we a birthing a new Compton filled with love, music, jobs and business just everything our city needs. People that come to these events would never come to Compton and once they get here they see a different Compton from there perception. People come back, and it just shows what you heard is not what it is. We are really on the move and things are going well.”

Donald Lawrence set the tone by informing the crowd of praisers you “can change your situation by speaking differently,” as he used his music to inject the thought with such hits like Healed, Giants, Encourage Yourself, Never Seen the Righteous and I Speak Life. Next up was Marvin Sapp who took us back with hits like Give Thanks and Not the Time, Not the Place. As he drew close to the end he had the saints hollering with a medley of hymns like “What A Friend We Have In Jesus and I know “It was the Blood” and the all of a sudden the words rang out “Never Would Have Made It” mixed with the hymn “How Great Though Art.”

Just when you thought you had a break the melodies of the Clark Sister hit the stage with “I’m Looking For A Miracle.” Dorinda, Jackee and Karen where there but they never made mention of Twinkie or why she was not there. They ended the set on a perfect note as the sun was beaming and the atmosphere was free, the drum beat started and the ladies sang there hit “You Brought the Sunshine.” The concert ended with the Williams Brothers who sang hits

There was a mixture of residents, faith leaders, elected officials and folks who love gospel music.Mayor Eric Perrodon shared, “I’m ecstatic, this is another level we are trying to take the city in birthing a new Compton. I think its very important to bring the community together, bring people together who ordinarily would not have a chance to fellowship with one another.”

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