GOSPEL FEST HOMECOMING
Press Release 2013.pdf
CANTON GOSPEL FEST HOMECOMING SLATED FOR JULY 4!
“Back Together Again”
The “Big Stage” returns to the Historic Canton Square for the annual “CANTON GOSPEL FEST HOMECOMING” on Thursday, July 4th beginning at 6:00 pm. This event is hosted by the Black Heritage Committee, which celebrates 20 years as an organization. The Black Heritage Committee is an affiliate of the Canton Convention and Visitors Bureau & Film Office. This Homecoming concert is free and expected to attract thousands from around the state and abroad.
This year’s impressive line-up includes local artists such as, Kelly Olive, The True Faith Fellowship Choir, The Mount Able Young Brothers In Christ Mime Ministry, Ms. Shilanda Francis and recording artist Minister Vorneal Lipsey.
Headlining this year’s Gospel Homecoming is Grammy & Stellar Award winning group, Lee Williams & The Spiritual QC’s from Tupelo, MS. Lee Williams and the Spiritual QC’s went from being a part-time gospel group to being the number one quartet group in the country. Their first album entitled “Jesus Is Alive And Well” was recorded in 1996 on the Georgia-based gospel label MCG Records. It included the breakout number one hit song, “I’ve Learned to Lean.” Their second album, “Love Will Go All the Way” was released in 1998 and set the stage for their third album released in 2000 named “Good Time,” which crashed into the Top Ten of Billboard’s gospel albums in November. During the following year the group won “Traditional Quartet of the Year” at the Gospel Music Excellence Awards, and was nominated for the Best Gospel Album at the Soul Train Music Awards . Afterwards in 2003, the group recorded their third album titled "Right On Time" at The Temple Of Deliverance Church in Memphis, Tennessee. Lee Williams wrote all of the songs for this album. Lee Williams and the Spiritual QC’s have recorded nine albums since their first album released in 1997.
Gospel Fest attendees are invited to tour the Canton Multicultural Center and Museum, located at 141 N. Union, on the square during the Gospel Fest. The Museum features 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. A special exhibit features Sister Thea Bowman, nationally and internationally known evangelist, teacher, gospel singer, writer, lecturer and advocate for justice and peace. 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. The museum will be open from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm on July 4.
The Canton Gospel Fest Homecoming is an event designed to celebrate the music and culture of Canton Mississippi and to showcase the talent that has come out of the Canton area. Co-sponsors for the Gospel Fest Homecoming include The Canton Convention & Visitors Bureau & Film Office, The Canton Redevelopment Authority, The City of Canton, Canton Municipal Utilities and others.
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. I am so excited to produce this year’s Gospel Fest Homecoming for the second 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 ensure that all in attendance will be able to “GET THEIR PRAISE ON” said Cynthia.
Interested vendors should call (601) 918-7809. The fee is $50 and the deadline to apply is June 24.
The performances will begin at 6 p.m. Bring a lawn chair.
For more information, please contact the Canton Convention & Visitors Bureau & Film Office at 1-800-844-3369 or visit the website, www.cantontourism.com.