“I think it's extremely important because we don't get a lot of concerts like this here, and it will be wonderful to see not just the gospel industry but the arts flourishing so the youth can see that there is more that they can do with their music or their art.”
That is what local gospel artist Trey McLaughlin said moments before the “big” concert was set to take place at the Tabernacle Baptist Church. It was promoted as the “James Fortune and Friends concert which also was supposed to feature other national artists including Tamela Mann and Vickie Winans.
Unfortunately, the concert did not turn out the way gospel fans thought it would. None of those acts showed up to last night's concert which was held at Tabernacle Baptist Church.
The Richmond County Sheriff's office is now involved. Investigators are looking for Sharif King, the concert's promoter. King is facing theft by taking charges for allegedly stealing a radio. There is no official report about the whereabouts of the money that was collected for this concert.
But on the flip side, local artists definitely displayed their talent as they brought the house down with their performances. Local artists who participated included Trey McLaughlin and the Sounds of Zamar and Shellea Wade.
Another big surprise: a young man proposed to his girlfriend during the concert, and she said yes.
The pastor of Tabernacle Baptist Church reiterated at the concert that this “event” was NOT a Tabernacle Baptist Church event.
The investigation is still ongoing. Count on News Channel 6 for the latest in this developing story.