This concert is how GospelFest Ministries began! Since 1999, Shawn has been producing the Summertime GospelFest concert in central Illinois. This concert features a large community-wide choir as well as the GospelFest Singers and pianist Tracey Phillips from Nashville, TN, and is held usually in late June.
In the past, weve enjoyed such guest artists as Buddy Greene, Ben Speer, Allison Durham Speer, Reggie & Ladye Love Smith and Stephen Hill.
The 2012 Summertime GospelFest was held in June at Grace Church in Morton, IL. "GospelFest Jubilee!" and was patterned after a 1940s radio broadcast! In addition to the GospelFest Singers (in period costuming) and the GospelFest Choir, we were joined by the debut of the "GospelFonics Orchestra," a live 7-piece band adding some big band flavor. Central Illinois favorite, Mr. Lee Ranson, was our radio announcer, and we even gave away a free Crosley arch-top radio to a lucky caller during our trivia time! What a ball we had!
This year's concert was held on July 2nd, and was the first-ever "Patriotic GospelFest." We had a sold-out crowd and it was a wonderful evening celebrating the freedoms we have here in America, and the freedoms we have in Christ!
The 2014 concert will be another Patriotic GospelFest at Five Points. Stay tuned for more information!