The presence of God burst forth with power on the Taste of Soul Gospel Stage as the anointed, spirit-filled performers drew shouting, clapping and hallelujahs from the joyous crowd.
Local favorites such as Pastor Michael Fisher and Voices of Destiny, Lorenzo Johnson and Praizum, Pastor Thom Washington and the Cathedral Voices, and Madeline Mosely highlighted the popular platform.
Artists from ages 8 to 80 electrified the audience with a range of song, rap, praise dancing and mime acts. In addition, J & J Soulful Steps drew lots of participation from spectators as he and his team demonstrated easy-to-learn step moves.
Adrianne M. Moore, LMFT, who served as executive producer of the stage hosted by A Home For Us Counseling Center, said, “It was fun to team with the L.A. Sentinel on this event. In addition, I believe all in attendance experienced renewal, revival and recommitment to the Lord.”
Assisting Moore with the production were Phelicia Wright, Patricia Wooten, Dr. Helen Sellers, and this writer who rotated duties as emcee.
Pastor Tonya Gillory and Dr. Emmanuel Officer opened with prayer and music by Deliverance, and then the gospel celebration took off with non-stop praise and worship.
Eliciting some of the loudest approvals was the award-winning Crenshaw High School Choir introduced by Moore, a choir alumnus. Under the direction of the renowned Dr. Iris Stevenson, the talented teens delivered spirited, high-stepping, robe-swirling renditions of ‘Give Him the Glory’ and ‘The Greatest Love of All.’
The Victory Praise Dancers also attested to the energy of youth as four children in pink costumes illustrated rejoicing worship as they swayed, jumped and twirled to ‘I’m Going to View the Holy City.’
The young men of Made Whole Ministry showcased a unique mime performance during the song, ‘Praise God, It Could Be Worse!’ The dramatic presentation featured the feminine creativity of solo artist, Idiana.
Actress Paula Bellamy-Franklin reassured the crowd that talent is ageless with her incredible voice range. The 70-plus year old entertainer received multiple standing ovations while singing ‘We Shall Behold Him’ as well as sharing her testimony about the goodness of the Lord.
Black Onyx, whose performance evoked memories of the 1970s and 80s, represented the Conscious Gospel genre. Describing their style as “R&B-Hip Hop with a spiritual message,” the group rendered a remake of the Al Wilson song, ‘Show and Tell, Go and Tell’ along with the soulful ‘We the People.’
Many songwriter-singers graced the stage to delight the audience with their original compositions. They included Dion Brown with ‘My Prayers,’ Rosalyn Jordan Mills with ‘Yes, He Did,’ and Kym Branch with ‘Your Prophecy Will Come.’
Also, the crowd heard the new releases from young, emerging artists Arista Pemberton, William Johnson, Shiro Stokes and Al McCoy.
Other performers were Dr. Elbe Borders, Minister Errol Gillett, Minister Lamont Bradley, Faith Williams, Deborah Hall and Rock Boy Fresh.