Three musical acts, Group 1 Crew, a mainstay on Christian radio, worship artist William McDowell, and Christian rapper KB will appear together on Saturday, July 12 from 7 – 10 p.m. at The Kravis Center, West Palm Beach, in a fundraising concert to benefit Bethel Evangelical Baptist Church of Delray Beach. The Moving on the Wings of Faith event promises something for everyone with musical groups representing a broad range of genres.
Proceeds from the event are being earmarked for purchase of a new church facility for the 34-year old Bethel Evangelical Baptist Church, which has grown to more than 800 members. The thriving Haitian church
Musical Concert Trio
“This concert will be a time to worship God and to be a testimony of what God is doing here, “ said Rev. Evens Jules, Bethel’s senior pastor. “We realize that people have different tastes in music, so we wanted to be sure to represent that on the stage to allow everyone to be a part,” he said.founded by the late Reverend Frank Francois has served the Delray Beach community since 1980. Bethel has worked with relief aid organizations such as NOAH-Rebuild, traveling to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina’s catastrophe, and later traveled to Haiti to provide assistance after the 7.0 magnitude earthquake.
Here is a little about the lineup.
Group 1 Crew
If there’s one word to aptly describe the five-time Dove Award-winning troupe Group 1 Crew, it’s certainly Fearless as the title to their fourth studio CD so boldly proclaims. Besides pushing the musical envelope towards an endlessly infectious stream of hip-hop, rap, pop, rock and inspirational confections, it’s impossible not to notice the exponential personal growth for co-vocalists Manwell Reyes and Blanca Reyes Callahan.
Calling Fearless their most full-throttled disc to date, the duo’s already being heralded as one of the most preeminent entertainers regardless of genre with additional momentum coming from the new disc’s lead single “He Said,” which is already topping Billboard’s Christian CHR chart with equally impressive Top 10 status on both the Billboard Christian AC and Hot Christian Songs charts.
“One of the things I love about the group is our vast musical inspirations, which range from Manwell’s ‘90s rock and hip-hop to my love for ballads, divas and old school funk,” notices Blanca in wake of the group becoming a core Christian radio act across literally all formats. “On this record, we’re able to incorporate all the different styles of music that we love and it’s a fun thing that a lot of bands don’t get to do. We’ll go from hip-hop to an inspirational ballad, but that’s just how we think, kind of like an iPod shuffle.” The project also exposes members’ hearts to such vulnerable degrees that fans from any walk of life can’t help but relate.
A pioneer in modern worship, McDowell serves as the lead pastor at Deeper Fellowship Church in Orlando. But his sphere of ministry reaches far beyond his hometown. Taking his songs around the nation and world with two previous chart-topping albums, As We Worship and Arise, and 18 million Youtube views, McDowell now prepares to release a groundbreaking CD/DVD that takes the audio-visual worship experience to a new level.
Set for release on November 5th, Withholding Nothing expands on the attitude of whole-hearted worship that McDowell strives for, whether at his home church or at churches, festivals and conferences.
“In the past three years, we’ve traveled to over 30 countries,” says McDowell. “And along the way, we’ve experienced amazing services. But sometimes, something truly remarkable happens… it starts with the congregation, not the stage. There’s a sound of worship that comes from a congregation so hungry for God… a wave that comes from the back of the room, overtaking the concert. It’s not something that you can orchestrate or plan for, that sound, that response when God shows up.”
After his parent’s divorce, Christian rap artist Kevin Burgess recalls, “I went from the suburbs to the hood in one day.” With his father absent , KB succumbed to peer pressure and found himself in a very dark place and on the verge of committing suicide. Fortunately, KB was introduced to Christian rap. It was that same cd, at age 16, that introduced him to Jesus, and KB has been walking with the Lord ever since. KB released his debut mixtape “Who is KB?” in 2011. He has also been featured on Lecrae’s Rehab (“I Used to Do it Too”), Man Up, Trip Lee’s The Good Life (“One Sixteen”), and Andy Mineo’s Heroes for Sale (“The Saints”). In 2012, KB released his first full-length album Weight and Glory. He has toured around the world since the release of his debut and has become a staple in the 1-1-Six movement. “100”, his latest EP, aims to make listeners realize that what you do isn’t nearly as important as who you do it for, and it is inspired by his belief that “God regards not the greatness of our work, but the love it is done with” (Brother Lawrence).
Tickets for this event can be purchased at Kravis.org/wings and start at $25. For more information visit mybethelbaptist.org.
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