Around 600 church music fans attended the Gospel show headlining Judith Gayle last Friday.
The ‘Jesus is Alive’ concert, at the Church of God of Prophecy Victory Tabernacle on Eastern Avenue, was filled with the spirit during the four-hour event. Pastor Mitchell as moderator led the congregation in the Opening Prayer and in song with ‘Oh Lord My God.’
Organised by the church’s Youth Department, as a fundraiser, the show opened with songs from some of the brightest and best in local gospel acts.
Support artistes ranged from the likes of Clive and Friends, the Victory Dancers, Clarity, husband and wife team Keesa and Garth Garrick through to the incomparable Lorna Eccelston.
MCs for the evening, Kevin Heath and Fabian Steele kept the concert flowing and the audience on their feet with their one-upmanship each trying to out do the other in their choice of songs and delivery.
Jamaican born Ms Gayle, a charismatic performer and rising star in the Gospel firmament, gave an outstanding 90-minute long performance to round off the show.
Dressed elegantly in red and black, she ministered throughout her set in songs from an extensive repertoire. Using her own rollercoaster life story, the singer sang about how at her lowest she found salvation, and received rapturous applause during her heartfelt testimony.
Audience favourites, judging by the thunderous applause, were ‘Hey, Hey, Hey Jesus is Alive,’ ‘More than the Conqueror,’ reminding the faithful that He is more than the sum of our trials and ‘The Sun will Shine Again’. This song, in particular, was delivered with such conviction by the songstress that many concert goers were visibly moved to tears.
Humble in Christ, Ms Gayle also went down into the audience and prayed with two women in what was a very emotional part of the evening.
Audience member Marline Whyte was highly impressed by the show and in particular Ms Gayle’s performance. ‘I enjoyed it a lot. It was wonderful to hear Judith Gayle singing out with such meaning.… She poured out her heart to the audience.’
Director of Victory Tabernacle’s the Youth Department, Marcia Walters said: ‘All the acts in the show were crowd pleasers. Judith Gayle gave an energetic and uplifting performance that has left the hearts of those in attendance highly motivated in their continuing walk with the Lord.’
Proceeds from the event will help meet the expenses of church’s youth delegates attending a three-day Caribbean Youth Conference in Christchurch, Barbados next February 1-3.