ISRAEL J ALLEN – VOLNEY MORGAN & NEW-YE CHOIR – WOMEN OF GOSPEL
Following the success of the ‘Gospel 2014’ concert at the prestigious Royal Festival Hall, gospel music promoters IG MUSIC hosted two nights of igospel at London’s Jazz Café. Vocal powerhouse Israel J Allen and the phenomenal Women of Gospel each headlined their own night accompanied by the IG band at one of London’s best-known music venues earlier this month.
The opening night began with Volney Morgan & New-Ye Choir’s dynamic performance involving choreographed dance and spontaneous movements across the breadth of the stage before easing the audience into melodic worship songs including ‘Baba Osei’ which had the crowd singing along with the catchy chorus.
Israel J Allen
Headlining act Israel J Allen came out to raging applause of fans before his set had begun, and he did not disappoint! He awed the crowd once again with his fan-favorites ‘Hero’ and ‘I Believe’ as well as gospel anthems like Mary Mary’s ‘Go Get It’ and exclusive new material from his hotly anticipated album ‘TINLY’ (There Is No-one Like You), ‘Never Give Up’ and ‘Nothing’s Impossible’. Israel sung his heart out and backed by the incredible IG Band made up of Musical Director Gareth Fuller (Bass keys), Howard Francis and Emlyn Mallard (Keys), Michael Brown (Guitar) and Jerry Brown (Drums) the audience received a treat.
Women of Gospel
The Finale night brought together again by popular demand, ‘Women of Gospel’ Hildia Campbell, Lurine Cato, Michelle John and Priscilla Jones-Campbell, each singing their own material and finally as a collective at the end of what was a spectacular show!
MOBO Award winner Lurine Cato’s set got the night off to an uplifting start with her gospel anthem ‘Revive Me’. Not only did Lurine sing with passion, but imparted words of encouragement, which really resonated with the crowd.This was followed by Michelle John who sang her incredibly heartfelt version of ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’ opening with the line ‘I was born in Peckham, on a council estate…’ which only got better from there.
The second half of the show featured not only Hildia Campbell but also her X-Factor finalist group ‘Voices with Soul’. Hildia, her sister Grace and niece Corene hit the Jazz Café audience with a wall of vocal harmony ahead of Priscilla Jones-Campbell whose fans were in the house! Her song ‘Joy’ showcased the range and power of her voice and was exactly how the audience were feeling after the women had performed!
With the success of these new gospel events IG MUSIC are planning the next wave of stellar gospel performances – more vocal inspiration not to be missed by lovers of quality live music. Be sure to look out for the next series of upcoming show!
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