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, we’ve 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!
This concert has become a holiday favorite for many throughout central Illinois! The GospelFest Singers help celebrate our Savior’s birth with uplifting and toe-tapping southern gospel Christmas music, including “Beautiful Star of Bethlehem,” “Jesus, What a Wonderful Child,” “I'll Be Home for Christmas” as well as original Christmas songs “Tiny Little Baby” and “An Old-Fashioned Christmas." These two songs have recently been recorded by the historic Chuck Wagon Gang.
This year's concert is the "Christmas Jubilee: a 1940s Radio Broadcast" and will be set up like an old-time radio program, complete with the live 'GospelFonics Orchestra,' and our announcer, central Illinois personality, Mr. Lee Ranson! As part of this evening, we'll also be performing a Christmas episode of the old-time radio show, 'Fibber McGee & Molly.' The GospelFest Singers will be sharing southern gospel Christmas music and favorite carols with a big-band twist. You won't want to miss this!
The Christmas Jubilee will take place on Saturday, November 30th, at 7:00pm, at Five Points in Washington, IL.
Tickets are on sale now and are $15 each. Students high school and under are free. Groups of 10-24 are eligible for $12 tickets, and 25 or more tickets are only $10 each. They can be purchased at our online store, at Hoerr's Berean Bookstores and Five Points Washington.
An Evening with Fanny Crosby
Fanny Crosby was one of America’s greatest hymnwriters. Having written such classics as “To God be the Glory,” “He Hideth My Soul,” and “Blessed Assurance,” Fanny Crosby’s texts have spoken to generations. The GospelFest Singers present this program that takes a look at Fanny’s life: her triumphs and tragedies, and how God used this woman to communicate the gospel so effectively. This program is great for a church’s Sunday evening service, luncheons or any special occasion.
The GospelFest Singers
This small ensemble of singers developed out of the Summertime GospelFest concerts. They are available for concerts, luncheons, fairs and other special events and can provide a mini-GospelFest concert or “An Evening with Fanny Crosby.”
Shawn is also available for solo concerts and incorporates his love of southern gospel music into an unforgettable evening of favorites.
For more information or to book Shawn or the GospelFest Singers, please contact the ministry office.