Under gloomy sky’s the Indiana State Fair set an attendance record, but the bright spot of the day was not the attendance record, but the attendance at the 16th Annual Gospel Day.
The maestro, Rodney Bryant and his BryRod Entertainment Staff has done it again. They put together a show, that was second to none, and the people attended in droves. Bryant, gave the people a great reason to come out, bringing both local and national artists to lift up the name of Jesus.
The service was hosted by the very capable Bishop Anthony Boyd of Universal Ministries Worldwide, and co-hosted by Elder William Rimson of Citadel of Faith COGIC, and Brother Patrick Cole of WTLC-AM (1310) The Light. Dr. Leonard Scott of Indianapolis, also a national recording artist set the atmosphere with his praise and worship songs. Followed by Men in the Fire, which took us to another level in the service, with their contemporary sound.
One of the highlights of the evening was the entrance of Momma Mosie Burks of Jackson, Miss. She performed her hand clapping, foot stomping traditional old school songs she recorded with the legendary Mississippi Mass Choir. She was truly a delight to hear. Wanda Nero Butler, a national recording artist from Detroit, Mich. continued the traditional sound, as did Nikki Ross, a national recording artist from Houston.
But the crowd was electrified by one of two dragon slayers. The arrival of the Chicago Mass Choir, on their way back home from Columbus, Ohio, took the gospelfest to a whole other level of praise. They performed hit after hit after hit. The crowd seemed to not get enough of the Chicago Mass Choir. (Dragon Slayer).
The maestro Rodney Bryant said, “There are those that sing, there are those that sang and then there are Dragon Slayers.” Crystal Rucker of Kansas City, truly is one of those dragon slayers. She came to the stage in grand form, and when she opened her mouth, it seemed like the angels were singing around the throne. She performed the song “I’m So Grateful” and one verse of “Great is thy Faithfulness,” and in that short span of time she slayed the crowd. In my years of being around the gospel industry, I have learned that only the anointed can accomplish such a feat.
Asked about his thoughts on Crystal Rucker, Terrance Johnson states, “she has an anointed gift, she is one of the best out there.”
All of the previous 16 years, the legendary Robert Turner’s Silverheart singers close out the gospel day and this year was no exception. They closed out Gospel Day in grand form.
“It is good to see they are carrying on the legacy of Robert Turner,” state Bro. Patrick Cole of WTLC-AM (1310) The Light.
Again this 16th Annual Gospel Day at the Indiana State Fair was one of the best yet, I can’t wait to see what is in store for the 17th Annual Gospel Day next year. Bryant and the staff of BryRod Entertainment, will have their work cut out for them to top this show, but Bryant always has a way to do just what you expect him not to do.
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COMPLETE LIST OF ARTISTS
DR. LEONARD SCOTT
MEN IN THE FIRE
ELI JOHNSON & FREE WORSHIP
NORTHSIDE NEW ERA BAPTIST CHURCH
EMMANUEL CHRISTIAN CENTER COGIC
CHRIST CHURCH APOSTOLIC MASS CHOIR
MARKEVIUS FAULNER-MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
VINCENT THORUP AND KENOSIS-MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
LEONARD CARVER AND NEW HARVEST
MOMMA MOSIE BURKS-JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI
D-WON AND COMPANY
ISAAC SIMPSON AND DP-DAYTON, OHIO
TERESA ANDERSON AND UNIQUE-CINNCINNATTI, OHIO
OSHEA OTIS AND ACTS FOR CHRIST
DEMETRIUS WEST AND REFLECTIONS OF GOD CHORALE
WANDA NERO BUTLER AND YET UNSEEN-DETROIT, MICHIGAN
CHRYSTAL RUCKER-KANSAS CITY,
CHICAGO MASS CHOIR
JAMES ANDREWS AND NS
NIKKI ROSS-HOUSTON TEXAS
ROBERT TURNER’S SILVERHEART SINGERS