J. Clarke – Suppa Star (photo by A.C. Strange)
Kynne (photo by A.C. Strange)
Elder Brown of 88th Street COGIC (photo by David A. Fossett)
By Cora Jackson-Fossett
Sentinel Religion Editor
The Spirit of the Lord fell fresh on Crenshaw Boulevard at the L.A. Praise Stage featuring Faces of the Future. An array of performers, from up-and-comers to established artists, presented Gospel music in a range of genres and the audience worshipped, shouted, prayed and danced for eight hours straight!
Energy flowed from several Christian rappers proclaiming Jesus to the crowd such as Don Floss, Gaundi, Que Survivor, Soldier Boys, Michael the Arc Angel, and little 7-year-old SunnyDayz. And Spoken Word Artist Shon King mesmerized the audience with her heartfelt, hard-hitting poetry.
The vocal range of Patrice Morris had everyone seeking her CD as she sang some of her original works, then joined with Jessica Lauren in a cover of Mary Mary’s ‘Shackles.’ Recording artist Abraham McDonald was another incredible singer who delighted attendees with melodies and tracks from his new album. Also, belting out electrifying numbers were William B, Kareema Anderson, Suppa Star, and Bishop Frederick and Dr. Ericka Barr.
The power of Christ took center stage through the creative music of several bands and ensemble groups rendering both traditional and contemporary Gospel. Performers in this category included Pastor Theo Wilkins, The Brothers of Excellence, Errol Gillette, Cool Breeze, Greater Shiloh COGIC, and the Innate Praise Group.
In between performances, line dancing was provided courtesy of J and J Soulful Steps. Huge crowds gathered, moving, swaying, and stepping in unison to the music.
The LA Praise Stage was produced by Adrianne M. Moore, MFTI; Tori Bailey, MSLM; Phelicia Wright, Patricia Wooten and Dr. Helen Sellers who served as M.C., along with Sentinel Religion Editor Cora Jackson-Fossett and Atlanta, GA radio host Miss J.J.