Trinity’s Gospel Choir, local high school choirs, and other guest singers came together to perform in the 13th annual Gospel Fest on February 11. About 450 people attended the concert in the Ozinga Chapel.
The College’s 20-member Gospel Choir, directed by James Palmore, sang four songs, including “I Hear the Sound” and “Trust Me.”
“Gospel music is soul music and universal,” said Camille Villegas ’12 of Chicago, Illinois, vice president of the choir. “The overall goal of Gospel Fest is to celebrate gospel music and its history.”
The event, sponsored by the Organization of African American Unity, was inspired by the Chicago Gospel Music Festival, the oldest music festival in Chicago and held each summer.
Also performing were Trinity alumni Marlin Exton ’07, Harold Boyd ’10, and Candace Brown ’09, among others. Brown joined the Gospel Choir for the opening song and later performed with her seven-member group “One Voice.” Boyd performed a solo gospel hip-hop number.
“I was so excited to come back to my alma mater to perform,” said Brown. “I am glad that Trinity students took initiative and made this year’s Gospel Fest a success.”
Local schools, including Curie High School, Homewood-Flossmoor High School, and Thornwood High School, participated. Pastor Eric Sanders of Logos Church in Chicago and the chorus Youth in Christ also performed.