Gospel music concert set for Spring Hill MB Church

Published 4:00 am Sunday, April 23, 2023

The sounds of gospel music will fill the sanctuary of Spring Hill MB Church when the Spring Hill Men’s Chorus, The Sons of Abraham from Jackson and The Tallulah Spiritualaires of Tallulah, La., perform on April 30 at the church.

The concert begins at 2 p.m. and is free to the public.

“We did one last year,” Church member Garland Cary said. “We’ve planned on doing it every year.”

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Church member J.B. Edwards said at one time Spring Hill held a gospel concert every year and invited male groups from local and area churches, but the COVID-19 pandemic forced church officials to stop the performances.

Now that the pandemic is passed and things are settling down, he said church members decided to renew the concerts.

“We were inspired to do it because things got better,” he said. “We are back in the church and thankful we’re singing again. We thought it would be a good time to have another program.”

Edwards said the church invited The Sons of Abraham and the Spiritualaires because of the musical relationship between the groups and the Spring Hill Male Chorus.

“I guess probably a big start of this was because we are invited yearly over to Louisiana to sing in Tallulah,” he said. “They have a Gospel Fest yearly. We go over there usually one or two times a year to sing and participate in their program.”

He said inviting the Spiritualaires was part of the church’s pattern to invite groups from different areas to perform at Spring Hill. He said the group performs in Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi.

Edwards said The Sons of Abraham are making their first visit to Spring Hill.

Cary, who Edwards said has played with several professional gospel groups, established a connection with The Sons of Abraham to invite them to perform at the church.

“The Sons of Abraham, they’ve been singing for many years; I don’t know exactly how long, but it’s been more than 10, probably 15 years,” Cary said. “They’ve been singing primarily in Mississippi and Alabama. I’m not sure what other places they’ve been to, but I know primarily in this area.

“They’ve been doing it a long time.”

About John Surratt

John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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