The Initial first day of the 10th year anniversary of the Lincoln Park Coast Costal Music Festival began with Jazz, Newark Idol, and a evening of gospel, evangelizing and praising the lord. The event started with opening prayer by Rev, and city of Newark Director of Neighbor Services, Paster Patrick Council. With praises followed by Reverend Kevin Taylor. Reverend Klye Abercrombie, brought the crowd up on their feet, Preached to the understanding of change, “Things will Always Change”. Other Reverend preaching were Rev Louise Roundtree, Rev Pablo, Reverend Joe Carter.
Gospel Artist, Deneen Jones form North Carolina, strong voice fled the park with blended of inspirational gospel, and upbeat contemporary gospel, her sound was unique. As she put it, “It’s a little jazzy, a little groovy, a little churchy, and a lot of Praiz”.
Sheena Lee gospel voice was youthful and contemporary. The daughter of Doctor Bob Lee, is a long-time radio personality at WBLS 107.5 FM in New York. A combination of strong vocal, along with hip-hop lyrics, the Christian singer, songwriter and actress from Queens, was exciting line-up for young and old. She sang selection from her soon to be release premiere album next month.
Tiger Wilson, added another contemporary voice to church singing. An experience guitarist, drummer and keyboardist, he is emerging into as a great songwriter, musician and vocalist. Some of his classic that have cross over into “Gospel House”,
SuSu Bobien, rose to fame on the domestic and international house music scene with her 1999 hit, “You Don’t Know” (1999), which remained on the DJ Play list for weeks. It had already been on the Billboard charts for six weeks by December of 1998. She has established herself as one of the signature voices in gospel house music. Bobien has been inspired by many artists such as Tina Turner. Other inspirations include the Clark Sisters, Chaka Khan and Patti Labelle. Her energetic performance had the audience on their feet, when fan from the audience got in the stage and went to praise dancing while Ms. Bobien continued.
Jessica Reedy, had the audience waving from side to side with her enchanting voice on the themes of t redemption; her journey was filled with self-condemnation, doubt, shame, and anger, but today she’s telling the world how her walk with God and total surrender to Him helped her reclaim her life and her very special gifts. Her debut album, From the Heart topped Billboard chart at No. 1. She is preparing for the release of her second album Transparent under her own label Purity Records. Other notable artist performing were, Terrel La Shawn, and April Brown of the Brown Family.
The climax of Friday’s opening day, was the acknowledge and recognition of one of Newark’s most talented family, within gospel, jazz contemporary and pop, the Warwick and Houston family. Many are not familiar with The Drinkard Singers, they were the pioneers to what is known known as gospel music . They began performing in 1938 when Cissy joined her sister Anne and brothers Larry and Nicky in the gospel singing group the Drinkard Four. Lee (who would later become the mother of singers Dee Dee and Dionne Warwick), later joined the group along with Ann Moss and Marie Epps, and the group was renamed The Drinkard Singers. Houston and the Drinkard Singers regularly performed at New Hope Baptist Church in Newark. For more than fifty years, Houston has led the 200-member Youth Inspirational Choir at the New Hope Baptist Church. She is driving force behind and performs annually at the McDonald’s Gospelfest. Equally importamt is that the media has reported of Ms Houston health condition as it pertained to visiting her granddaughter Bobbi Kristina Brown. Both ladies were humbled and gave warm welcome to the Newark Audience, and behind the stages the acknowledgement was an emotional and celebrated acknowledgement.