By Ashley Chambers
Gospel radio stations KDIA 1640 AM, “The Light at the Top of the Dial,” and KDYA 1190 AM, “The Light,” put on their first Praise in the Pavilion gospel concert on March 16 at Richmond’s Craneway Pavilion.
Featuring praise dancers, gospel recording artists, children’s activities and vendors, the event appealed to family members of all ages.
The free concert, sponsored by Mechanics Bank, opened with a performance by the Motions That Minister Mime and Praise Dance Troupe, who set the stage with their anointed movements.
Rhyming over hip-hop beats, gospel rapper Young Fiyah shared his testimony of struggle as his wife played on the bass alongside him.
Singing both traditional and contemporary music, the gospel Gators of San Francisco State University kept the crowd jamming with songs like “He’s Able” by Deitrick Haddon.
Other performing artists included Priest Hood Nation, Derrick Hall & Company, Eugene Cole, Dr. Claybon Lea Jr., Lawrence Matthews, Son of the Soul Revivers, and Pastor Robert Lyons with the Refreshing Fountain Church of God in Christ.
The crowd rose to its feet as the The Williams’ Sisters sang “The Lord’s Prayer” in perfect harmony.