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Alvin Slaughter to headline Leharia gospel concert for charity

Published:Saturday | August 23, 2014 | 12:00 AM

WESTERN BUREAU:Grammy-Award-winning American gospel artiste Alvin Slaughter, is set to headline the Leharia Singers Ministry's annual gospel concert, Make a Joyful Noise, at the West Jamaica Seventh-day Adventist Conference Centre in Montego Bay tomorrow.

Slaughter, who is also a worship leader and singer-songwriter, is based in New York City and was a member of the world-renowned Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir until the early 1990s. He is expected to perform some of his classics, including Peace in the Midst of the Storm, and worship songs such as Holy, Holy, Holy, You Alone Are Worthy, and Holy Spirit Rain Down.

"This will be our fourth year staging the concert, but our fifth year of existence," said André Hudson, leader of the Leharia Ministry. "It is also the first time we will be having an international act."

The Leharia Singers Ministry consists of 14 Seventh-day Adventist youth, primarily from St James, but also has members from Hanover and Westmoreland. According to Hudson, proceeds from the event will go towards the ministry's education fund.

"We have an educational fund that was launched in 2013, and funds from this concert will go towards sustaining that scholarship. We award tertiary students every year. The number of scholarships depends on the proceeds, but last year, we gave six - five tertiary students and one at the Harrison Memorial High School," he said.

"This concert will be a great experience, with a mix of contemporary gospel, classical sign language, and a dynamic choir coming out of Kingston - Kencot Youth Choir - with over 50 voices," he added.

The event, which gets under way at 5 p.m., will go up to 9:30 p.m. It will also feature other acts, including Chrysolites, Called, and Audley Scott. VIP tickets are priced at $2,500 and regular entry is priced at $1,200. Children pay $600 at the gate.