June 28, 2014—The 10th Annual Gospel Festival has only just begun and gospel artist Brent Jones already has the audience members on their feet, clapping, singing, and dancing with him. The concert began at 7pm on Saturday at the San Diego Fab Fair, featuring gospel artists Fred Hammond and Brent Jones as well as their fellow musicians and singers on the Heineken Grandstand Stage. The audience members took nearly an entire five stories of the theatre, and their size continued to increase throughout the fabulous performance! Being the first of the two artists to perform, Brent Jones engaged the audience into his music, teaching the attendees the chorus to the next song and encouraging them to sing with him and his enthusiastic singers as they celebrated the greatness of gospel and the innovative and universal form that they have given to it. As I arrived to the theatre, I saw that Jones was passing out samples of his latest album to those closest to the front of the stage and was very pleased to hear him asking them to “Be nice, be nice” and to pass the CDs to those that were behind them. The audience sang and clapped on with the next song, and there were loud choruses of “Feels like Heaven’s in the room!” throughout each level of the building as they joined Jones and his singers. This is when I noticed even more attendees coming to the performance and was also when the concert became more alive! Jones and his crew made […]
As if things were not busy enough, we’re turning up and offering premier events for the summer of 2014. We are heading into this season with chart-topping artists such as Fred Hammond, Karen Clark Sheard, and Brent Jones coming to perform all over the city. Men 4 Christ will be serenading the crowd at the House of Blues Sunday Brunch for Father’s Day, this month and before you know it, The San Diego County Fair’s Gospel Fest will be here, followed by the spectacle by the bay on the U.S.S. Midway. Visit our site for ticket and sponsorship opportunities for these and other events.
Men 4 Christ accepted their second San Diego Prestige Award amidst applause from an audience of their peers at Bayview Baptist Auditorium. The venue was full of a list of Who’s Who in local music direction, liturgical dance, promoters, philanthropist and pastors all under one roof. Still the win came as a surprise, but this repeat win “felt good” according to Oscar Johnson, the groups’ creator. This win comes on the heels of last year’s nomination and win for the same category for these dedicated singers who are loved and supported by fans from all over the United States. Stay tuned for news about the release of their new CD on the M.A.N.D.A.T.E. Record label.
What happens at the Creek really doesn’t stay at the Creek –just ask anyone who attended the Pre-Mother’s Day show on May 10. Certainly they’ve told everybody about the stellar performers and performances starting with Eugene “Gene-o” Cole and his band, with unbelievable saxophone solos by Curtis Brooks at the Market Creek Plaza Amphitheater. Only to be followed by the Groove Masters who played to the crowd by wandering through the audience like jazz “Pied Pipers” singing and serenading everyone along the way throughout the outdoor arena. The crowning performance with Marion Meadows, backed by the notorious Freddie Fox on guitar, took the musical feast for the eyes and ears to a new level. Meadows, always the consummate performer, played fan favorites and new material on his soprano sax from his latest project. It’s been roughly six years since he’d made an appearance this far south and many will not soon forget his polished and masterful control of the saxophone that captured and held the attention of the crowd of about 300 jazz lovers.
The weather wasn’t the only thing that was noticeably hotter on May 1st, 2014; Men 4 Christ heated up the stage at the “Ultimate Gospel Celebration” for the kickoff day at the Back to Basics: The Music and Entertainment Summit. The Four Points by Sheraton’s Pavilion was teaming with artists and aspiring artists from all over the world to network and perform with their peers. Brent Jones brought his unique brand of gospel to the Back to Basics: The Music and Entertainment Summit. No one could deny the anointing he and the band had during the evening concert with some of the top names in music on the billing for the ultimate networking event of the year. Other artists rounding out the night included Jessica Reedy who sang her signature slow, intense style that captures her audiences; Eddie Baltrip and Fulfillment captivated everyone with high octane vocals; other artists, Brandon Camphor & One Way, Stephen B. Steward, Chris Bolton, Pro-Vision and Brandon Patrick added to their special anointing to the night. One gospel showcase participant, Sonja Stoikovska, attending the summit from Kobe, Japan shared her view of the gospel concert. “Anointed is the one word I’d use to describe Thursday night. It is different from saying, ‘it was good’ because at the end of the day it is about saving souls. The concert is about more than making people feel good – it is all about performing ministry in song.”