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James Bignon, singing preachers star in gospel concert

By Valerie Baldowski

vbaldowski@henryherald.com

Organizers of a special, fund-raising, gospel concert said they hope to minister to more than 1,000 people through music.

The "True Worship" concert is scheduled for July 24, from 4 to 6 p.m., at the Clayton County Performing Arts Center, 2530 Mount Zion Parkway, in Jonesboro. Tickets are $25 each.

Paul Burke, a member of Shiloh Baptist Church in College Park, and the coordinator of the event, said he is hoping for lots of community support. Gospel singer James Bignon, of the Georgia Mass Choir and The Deliverance Mass Choir, will headline the event, said Burke.

Bignon has popularized such songs as "What A Mighty God We Serve," and "Heaven Belongs to You."

The church choirs featured at the event are from Shiloh Baptist, The Kingdom of God International Ministries in College Park, Just Jesus Word of God in Morrow, and Breakthrough Christian Center in Atlanta, according to Burke. The Praise Dancers, who are from Word of Faith Love Center, in East Point, also are scheduled to perform.

The message the concert organizers hope to get out to the public is one of worshipping God through song, Burke said. "We'd like them to know that true worship is through music, magnifying His name," he said. The Rev. Donald Cantrell, Sr., pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church, along with his choir, are scheduled to sing, "I Will Bless the Lord at all Times," "I Know the Lord Will Make a Way," and "O Lord, We Worship You."

Cantrell's closing hymn will be "My Help," continued Burke.

Burke said Rev. Warren Henry, Sr., pastor of Kingdom of God International Ministries, will sing with his choir the songs, "To You We Give Glory" and "Never Shall Forget."

Rev. Curtis Phelps, Jr., pastor of Breakthrough Christian Center, and his choir, will perform "In My Name" and "Come Bless His Name," said Burke.

He said all the pastors will unite to sing together on the song, "Don't Do It Without Me."

Cantrell travels extensively, ministering to others through song, said Burke. Birke said he and his wife, Ovetta, have known Cantrell for a number of years. "Rev. Cantrell has been a singing minister for many years," he said. "We've been close followers of him for several years. He has a magnificent voice ... one of those dynamic voices."

Cantrell's singing ability is a divine gift, said Burke. "His songs just turn people upside down," he added. "They just fall out."

Proceeds from the concert will go to further Cantrell's music ministry, Burke said.

Cantrell said his message to the world through his music is simple. "God is real, and he's worthy to be worshipped," he said.

"I did a CD some years ago," he said. "My family and some of my friends wanted me to go back to the studio and record something else," he said. "I wanted to do something with worship, not having anything to do with entertainment."

Rev. Eric Walker, pastor of Just Jesus Word of God, along with his choir, will perform "Come Thy Almighty King." Walker also has strong ties to Cantrell.

"Me and pastor Cantrell go back many years, a long time," he said. "What we have is a big brother-little brother, fellowship."

Walker said Cantrell is like a mentor to him, and when he was asked to participate in the event, he could not pass up the invitation. For ticket information, call (678) 267-6562.