Harlem Gospel Choir Perfoms in Forrest City This Weekend

Kimberly J. Williams
This weekend, one of the most-recognized gospel choirs in the world will perform in Forrest City. The EACC Fine Arts Center welcomes the Harlem Gospel Choir on Saturday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m.

Allen Bailey founded the Harlem Gospel Choir in 1986, after attending a celebration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the famed Cotton Club in Harlem. Since then, the choir has performed with a variety of musical artists, including Bono, Harry Belafonte, Brooks and Dunn, Jimmy Cliff and Sinead O’Connor. In 2008, the group performed for 60,000 people at Yankee Stadium during an event honoring Pope Benedict XVI.

The Harlem Gospel Choir is known for up-beat and dynamic performances. The choir strives to create a better understanding of African-American culture and gospel music. For over 10 years, the Harlem Gospel Choir has melded blues and gospel and soul food during their Sunday brunches as the B.B. King Blues Club in Times Square.

This year marks the choir’s 25th anniversary. In two months, the choir will log 30,000 miles while touring throughout the United States and the United Kingdom.

Tickets are now on sale for the Harlem Gospel Choir performance. Phone 870-633-4480 ext. 352 or 362 for questions or to purchase tickets. You can also log on to www.eacc.edu to purchase tickets online.

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