A special event this weekend in Pensacola that aims to uplift the community will feature an array of award-winning gospel singers spreading the message of hope.
The event, entitled “The Gospel on the Water”, will take place Sunday at the amphitheater of the community maritime park.
Among the artists scheduled to perform include Lasha ‘Knox, who won a Stellar Award for her achievements in the gospel music industry, and Stellar and Grammy Award winners Zacardi Cortez and Le’Andria Johnson, who also won the third season of the BET gospel. “Sunday Best” singing competition show.
The event will also feature the local gospel quartet, The Visionaries, which has been performing in Pensacola for almost 30 years.
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The concert is a way to bring people together after isolation during the pandemic, a time when some lost faith in each other and in God, according to Lee Carter, president of Capital Group Entertainment Production.
“Everyone has been staying for a year and a half, and at some point we start to lose our spirituality sitting in the house because it was so comfortable,” he said. “So we decided to come here and spread the word of gospel music and get together with the people and let them know that God is still in charge.”
Capital Group Entertainment Production and American Dreams Do Come True Network Television are teaming up to host the event. The show will be broadcast by ADDCT Network Television, run by evangelist Patricia Gail, who is the executive director. ADDCT was launched on Mother’s Day 2021 to spread the gospel and share good news for those stuck inside due to COVID-19.
“It evolved during the pandemic as something to be a vehicle for reaching families with the good news of health, business, finance, peace and joy,” Gail said. “We want to meet people where they are and bring them to where we believe God wants them to be.”
“Gospel on the Water” will be a celebration of good news, music and prayer and remind everyone that while many have passed away, God has not forgotten them, organizers say.
There will also be vendors to provide information that people may not have known was available. One of the providers is Alicia Williams, the Baptist Safe Health Network’s senior community health navigator. She seeks to connect religious congregations with the field of health care to better help people take care of themselves.
“People might not listen to what their doctor tells them about their high blood pressure, but they’re going to listen to what their pastor tells them,” Williams said.
The program also helps people find other ways to meet their medical needs, such as helping them find a primary care doctor or dentist to treat a toothache, rather than depending on emergencies.
According to Gail, the event is to spread hope and give people vital information on things like healthcare where many struggle but with God they can get away with it.
“The only thing that will help solve a natural problem is spirituality,” said Gail. “And that’s our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
The doors will open at 2 p.m. on Sunday and the pre-concert will start at 3 p.m. The main concert will start at 6 p.m.
Advance tickets are $ 25 and door admission will be $ 35. VIP tickets, which include reserved seating and refreshments, cost $ 55. Tickets are free for children.
The ticket can be purchased at eventbrite.com, addctnetwork.org or by texting gospelonthewater at 72727.