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from Christian Buzz
Etta James once said, “I wanna show that gospel, country, blues, rhythm and blues, jazz, rock ‘n’ roll are all just really one thing. Those are the American music and that is the American culture.”
It is that oneness as a faith community through the body of Christ that Keith Grays, community project coordinator and concert promoter, hopes participants will experience at June Fest on Sunday, June 9, at St. John Baptist Church.
“This concert features Amarillo’s own gospel artist Devlon Jones, who is the opening act for Joshua Rodgers,” Grays said. “Devlon has a myriad of credit as a gospel music artist and as director of music. He’s worked with Amarillo Opera’s Young Artist Development program and has a track record of command performances both vocally and theatrically with our own Amarillo Little Theatre.”
Devlon Jones, said music was instilled in him since the age of 6.
“My dad was a preacher and I sung in the choir,” Jones said. “Music has always been a part of my life.”
At 22, Jones pursued music professionally, in the rhythm and blues genre. It was short lived, he said.
“I’ve always known what my calling was,” Jones said. “But at age 25, God quickly pulled me back into the church.”
Jones, who describes his music as ‘Jazzy Gospel,’ has opened for nationally award-winning gospel artists such as Yolanda Adams, Myron Butler, and Kirk Franklin to name a few.
Kirk Franklin has a connection to Amarillo that dates back to the early 90?s, Grays said.
“Kirk Franklin, who is now the founder and producer of the TV show Sunday Best on Black Entertainment Television is in its fifth season,” he said. “Kirk debuted his first project at a clinician here in Amarillo.”
PR Newswire lists Sunday Best season five as the highest rated season for the gospel series franchise, bringing in 2.6 million viewers for the season’s finale, won by then 18-year-old Joshua Rodgers.
“I thank God for giving me this opportunity and above all, I thank God for the accomplishment of doing Sunday Best,” Rodgers said. “Sunday Best is something I thought that I would never go for let alone win.”
Rodgers,19, became not only the youngest Sunday Best winner but also the only male winner in the five year history of the show.
This will be Rodgers first performance in the panhandle and said he’s excited about coming to Amarillo.
Mr. & Mrs. Jerome E. Baker Sr. were united in matrimony at Oliver Eakle Park on Saturday, May 11, 2013. The wedding ceremony was officiated by the Reverend E. J. Cofer, Pastor of New Birth Bible Fellowship Church.
photos by Dexter Harper | North Amarillo NowAn accident before 3 AM Monday morning left Galilee C.O.G.I.C. with extensive damage. Church members waiting for carpenters report that a large dual cab pickup backed from Pecan Street across Mirror into the southwest corner of the church. The velocity of the truck caused it to travel beyond the outside wall of the building and stopping several yards inside the church.
Felicia Yvette Keaton and Ronald Samuel Traylor were wed Saturday, April 13, 2013. The ceremony was officiated by Reverend Morris E. Mitchell, Sr. , Pastor of Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church.
Parents of the Bride are Mrs. Mae Frances Keaton and the late Mr. Willey Keaton, Sr., the Groom’s parents are Mrs. Georgia Mae Traylor and the late Mr. Lewis Traylor.
Matron of Honor: Mrs. Shirley Jamerson; Bridesmaids: Miss Najee Jones, Mrs. Debbie Collins and Ms. Pamela Warren; Flower Girl: Serenity Jones.
Best Man: Mr. Billy Collins, Sr.; Groomsmen: Mr. Larry Jamerson and Mr. William Mabry.
Taylor Stallings and Cedric Castro were united in matrimony Friday, March 29, 2013.
The ceremony was officiated by Minister Jenna Struble of the Amarillo Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Church.