12 Praise On! Semi-Finalists Compete at Palm Beach Atlantic

12  Praise On! Semi-Finalists compete at Palm Beach Atlantic 

Saturday, October 5th, for right to worship on the main stage

The Praise On! Semi-Final Gala will be held in the Palm Beach Atlantic University Chapel on  Saturday, October 5th from 7-9pm. It will be a very exciting time in the Lord and everyone who attends will be blessed by the wonderful talent He has gifted our 12 semi-finalists that competed over three weeks of auditions at PBA.

Praise On!, like PraiseFest (Saturday, October 12th, downtown West Palm Beach at the Meyer Amphitheater) is totally free. Attendees will be asked to give a $5 love donation to help support PraiseFest’s ongoing ministry  that funds these special events.

All the semi-finalists will also be receiving a DVD of their performances and the Top 4 voted on by a panel of  judges from the PBA Musical department and PraiseFest Board will earn the right to perform on the main stage Saturday afternoon, October 12th as part of PraiseFest’s full day of entertainment that starts at 12 Noon. Here are your list of 12 semi-finalists:

Hannah Solomini 18, WPB, PBA student

Valerie Dantus 19, WPB, PBA student, The Lord’s House (Church of God)

Marcelline St. Hilaire 28, Miramar, Gospel Truth Ministries

Generation Worship Band  6-member band, WPB

Ingrid Hunter 42, WPB, Faith Cathedral Worship Center

Crystal Thackoor 38, Riviera Beach

Natalya Simone Thomas 18, WPB, Christ Fellowship Church

Redemption Band 10-member band, WPB, Holy Name of Jesus Church

Tori Byerly 19, WPB, PBA student

Ashley Faith Quertin18, PBA student

Cameron Monroe 22, WPB, PBA student, Village Baptist

Tarhlesha and Company: 6-member group from Ft. Pierce

Join thousands of fellow believers for a free day of faith, family, fellowship and fun on Saturday, October 12 for the inaugural  PraiseFest 2013 presented by the Good News of Florida, with a free event from 12 noon until 9pm at the beautiful Meyer Ampitheater in downtown West Palm Beach, Florida, bringing  together the Body of Christ for one purpose…Praise!

The Kingdom Title sponsor underwriting this year’s event is the Law Office of Theresa Bennett  and Ms. Bennett described why she felt moved to help make this vision a reality, “Well, first and foremost, when the Lord calls, we answer. And, I also realized that it is difficult to get first time events launched. Most sponsors want to see a year or two of success before getting involved. So, my husband, Ken and I simply were obedient to fund as much as we could, see where the Lord led and pray that others, when they see how successful this first year will be, will get involved next year to make PraiseFest in South Florida what it rightfully should be….a beacon of light in an area of great need, bringing the elect and non-believers both together for the Glory of God.”

This year’s special musical guest artist will be Grammy and Stellar Nominated National Recording Artist, Dr. Lemmie Battles, direct from Chicago. Ms. Battles will sing some her hits such as “Holy Ghost Power,” “Let’s Have a Good Time,” and many others.

Some of Florida’s own finest Christian music singers like national recording artists, Kerrie Roberts, Josh Bramos and the Jessica Aaron Band will be leading worship while bringing encouraging and inspirational music. Churches from across South Florida will unite to sing together in the  PraiseFest adult Superchoir lead by choral director, Janet Cunningham.

Why do you Praise the Lord? Has God been good to you? Has he kept you through troubled times? Has He held you in His arms through sickness? Is He your everything?

So as all of God’s children are invited to gather in downtown West Palm Beach from across South Florida and around the world, do you have a reason to Praise the Lord? Let us gather together outside of church walls, into the streets of our city on the waterfront to worship  and lift our voices to the Lord.          

PraiseFest West Palm Beach promises to enrich the lives of all who attend, providing a great opportunity to bring South Florida churches together in one place for one purpose…Praise! In addition there will be several leading Christian speakers like Pastors Jason Baumgardner, author/pastor Jack Alan Levine, Trevor Banks and Good Samaritan chaplain, Kathy Kino bringing messages of hope from God’s Word. PM Foundation has donated 400 bibles to bless those searching for God’s Word including 200 Fellowship of Christian Athlete’s athletic focused devotional bibles being shared in the Palm Beach Autograph’s SportsZone. Memorabilia and professional athletes will be on hand sharing testimonies and taking pictures.                 

Compassion International will be sponsoring Nationwide Nascar driver, Blake Koch, a strong believer, with his Compassion #24 race car on display signing autographs and getting the word out about sponsoring children around the world. 4Kids of South Florida will be partnering to bring excitement and fun to the Kidzone with bounce houses, face painting and interactive games.

A free event for the entire family, you are invited to be a part of this momentous PraiseFest 2013. So bring your friends, family, neighbors along with a blanket and chair and join us on the lawn! Jesus said, “I was hungry and you fed me.” A portion of the sponsorship proceeds will benefit those in need within our community through “Feeding South Florida.” Rain or Shine…come and Praise the Lord as we Worship at the Waterfront, Saturday, October 12, 2013, downtown West Palm Beach at the Meyer Ampitheater.

No coolers or backpacks will be permitted due to City of West Palm Beach guidelines for safety and security measures. Chick Fil-A will be among many food and beverage vendors available for attendees to purchase while helping support PraiseFest’s charities.

To become a volunteer, food or booth vendor or a corporate sponsor visit the website at: www.praisefest.org or call  Carl Foster at: 561-797-9500.

 Here is the scheduled program times for all the artists, speakers and entertainers starting at 12noon on the main stage of the Meyer Ampitheater hosted by founder/Christian artist, David Hugo:

12Noon—Shofar (Jeannie Caruso) call to worship/ National Anthem sung by Nevaeh

12:05pm—Lisa McKenzie (Worship singer)

12:20pm—Next Episode  (R&B Gospel)

12:35pm—Paster Earnest Gonder- UDECIDE Talent Search Winner—Contemporary Christian

12:40pm—Opening Prayer

12:45pm—Mayor Muio of West Palm Beach welcome

12:55pm–Pastor Trevor Banks (Speaker)

1:05pm—Bruce Danna (Contemporary Christian singer)

1:20pm—Lisa Thibodeau—(Contemporary Worship singer)

1:35pm-  -K  Beazie  (Christian Rap)

1:50pm—Kathy Kino (Speaker)

2:00pm—Nevaeh (Contemporary Southern Gospel)

2:15pm—David Hugo duet with Corrine Brouseau (Contemporary Worship)

2:25pm—Donna Leigh (Contemporary Christian singer)

2:40pm—Jamie de Oliveira (Contemporary Messianic singer)

2:55pm—OverFlow Band- UDECIDE Talent Search Finalists—Contemporary Christian group

3:15pm—Reverand Jason Baumgardner (Speaker)

3:25pm—Praise On Finalists (Ken Basilio-Co-Host) presented by Palm Beach Atlantic

4:10pm—Super Choir with David Hugo soloist—conducted by Janet Cunningham

4:40pm—Ethan Parker Band—Contemporary Christian (PBA)

5:00pm—Daniel James—Gospel and blues singer

GraceNet Radio host Carl Foster emcee with co-host David Hugo

5:25pm—Josh Bramos—National recording artist- Contemporary Christian (New CD release)

6:00pm—Dr. Lemmie Battles, Grammy award gospel singer

6:45pm—Blake Koch, Compassion International Nascar driver featured speaker

7:00pm—Jessica Aaron Band—National Recording Artist, Night of Joy winners (New CD release)

7:45pm—Doug Sauder, President 4Kids of South Florida speaker/ Kids Zone partner

8:00pm—Kerrie Roberts, National Recording Artist-Contemporary-New CD release

8:45pm—Kerrie Roberts and Jessica Aaron candlelight worship finale

9:00pm—Pastor/Author/National speaker– Jack Levine, closing prayer and invitation


Media Advisory

 Interviews are available for live or taped radio-television or phone requests for print features with top national recording artists Kerrie Roberts, Jessica Aaron Band, Josh Bramos and Dr. Lemmie Battles  and PraiseFest organizers and Board members.


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