GOSPEL FEST HOMECOMING
Press Release 2012.pdf
CANTON GOSPEL FEST HOMECOMING SLATED FOR JULY 4!
“Back Together Again”
The “Big Stage” returns to the Historic Canton Square forthe annual "CANTON GOSPEL FESTHOMECOMING" on Wednesday, July 4th beginning at 6:00 pm. This event is hosted by the Black Heritage Committee, which celebrates 20 years as an organization. This Homecoming concert is free and expected to attract thousands from around the state and abroad.
This year's impressive line up includes, The 4 Spirits, Genesis, Delores Brown, The Sons of Judah, Phiona McDonald, The New Truelight Inspirational Mass Choir and The McNeal Drummers.
Coming home this year are "The 4 Spirits," which consists of former members of the world renowned award winning, "The Canton Spirituals." Recently, The 4 Spirits signed a record deal with Yuric Records, Inc., owned by Rev. Jessie Primer, Jr. Their hit single "Savior of the World" is currently being played on radio stations throughout the state and abroad. The full CD will be released shortly. The members include Theo "Pig" Thompson, Roscoe Lucious, Eddie Jackson and Morris Taylor.
"Genesis," from Carthage, MS is one of the most impressive up and coming female groups in the state. They have received rave reviews and have released their first demo CD.
"Delores Brown" and "Phiona McDonald" will bring a diverse style of gospel music to the stage. Both are recording artists and are favorites among the Canton community and they will surely be a crowd favorite.
“The Sons of Judah”and the "McNeal Drummers" have a unique and creative way of delighting audiences with their talent. These young men will surely captivate your attention with their precision and style.
"Bernadette Russell" & "Harry Watson" will serve as co-hosts for this event. Bernadette will also open the program with inspirational music sure to please each listener. Harry will offer great support to the overall program and will provide comedic entertainment to the attendees.
Gospel Fest attendees are invited to tour the Canton Multicultural Center and Museumon the square during the Gospel Fest. The Museumfeatures an interactive video kiosk and large graphic displays spot- lighting Early Struggles, Agricultural, Business Success, School Days, Voting Victories, Freedom Triumphs, Community Spirit, and Family Ties. The Museum is a celebration of the diverse cultures and contributions of the citizens of Canton and Madison County to the history of the city, state, and nation.
Co-sponsors for the Gospel Fest Homecoming include The Canton Convention & Visitors Bureau, The Canton Redevelopment Authority, The City of Canton, Canton Municipal Utilities, Blackmon & Blackmon Attorneys At Law, PLLC, Fred Esco, Montgomery McGraw & Collins, LLC, Canton Discount Drugs, Regions Bank, Rev. & Mrs. Bennie Luckett and the Canton Gospel Music Association.
Produced by Canton's own, Cynthia Goodloe Palmer, this celebration is free and open to the public.Bring the entire family along with all out of town guests and a comfortable lawn chair. "I am so excited to produce this year’s Gospel Fest Homecoming for the first time for my hometown of Canton. Bringing back the big stage and working with the Black Heritage Committee and the Canton Convention & Visitors Bureau staff will ensurethat all in attendance will be able to GET THEIR PRAISE ON," says Cynthia.
Food vendors should contact the Convention & Visitors Bureau. The fee is $50 and the deadline to apply is June 20.
The performances will begin at 6 p.m. Bring a lawn chair.