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Reverend Brenda Boone Productions & the Higher Praise Community Choir Presents
Praise in the Music and Praise in the Song
Black History Celebration
Portsmouth, VA, February 10, 2012



On Sunday, February 12, 2012 Classic Urban Harmony’s Charlie and Pam Horner traveled to Virginia to attend Reverend Brenda Boone's gospel concert at The Mount Sinai Church in Portsmouth, Virginia.  We braved a rough airplane ride plus a snow storm with thunder, lightning and 50 mph wind gusts on Saturday evening but on Sunday afternoon and evening the weather was perfect.  Our friends Jim Bakay, Holly Heinz and Carl Tancredi traveled down from Philadelphia and met up with us at the hotel on Sunday.

This was the second of Reverend Boone's Gospel programs we'd attended.  For a review and photos of the 2010 concert, click 2010 Virginia Gospel Legends Concert.  At the hotel, we received a message from our friend Frankie Davis, that he was tied up with the Golden Gate Quartet in Paris and would not be on the Portsmouth program.  But the lineup of Gospel singers still looked incredible.

Mount Sinai Church, 900 Portsmouth Blvd., Portsmouth, VA

Mount Sinai Church, Portsmouth, VA

There were three MC’s for the evening.  Brother Steven Alexander is a Gospel comedian and impressionist, and host of a popular morning radio program on 1400 Radio.  Sister Barbara Jones is a member of Brothers & Sisters in Unity heard on 670 Radio.  Minister JJ Johnson is also on 1400 Radio.

Brother Seven Alexander and Sister Barbara Jones

Minister JJ Johnson and son

The Reverend Brenda Boone started the program off with a welcome to everyone and a prayer.  Reverend Boone asked us (Pam & Charlie) to the stage to introduce us and have us explain how we’d be documenting the evening’s program with photographs on our website.  Jim Bakay was also asked to tell about his radio program on WRDV-FM.  With so many singers scheduled for the program, we were impressed by how smoothly everything went.

Reverend Brenda Boone

The first group was The Chosen Ones, a young vocal trio from Portsmouth.  We had seen this group sing two years ago and were thrilled to see them back this year.  We were told that they had other venues to perform at but choose to sing at this gospel concert.  The group sang superb acappella harmony on “Heaven is a Beautiful Place” and “Everybody Is Not Your Friend,” sung with instrumentation.  This was a marvelous start to the program.

The Chosen Ones

The Chosen Ones

Evangelist Tracy Edwards-Wright, who has authored several inspirational books, followed.  She sang a version of “This Battle is Not Yours, It’s The Lord’s”.  She also gave us an inspiring version of “Oh Lord We Praise You” which was sung to a Caribbean beat.

Evangelist Tracy Edwards-Wright

Evangelist Tracy Edwards-Wright

Gospel comedian Steve Alexander performed hilarious impressions of President Bill Clinton and President Barack Obama over the evening.  He was very impressive, mixing audience participation in with his comedy routines.  At one point he called on Pam and a male audience member to get up and “sing”.  You had to be there.  It was too funny.

Brother Steven Alexander, Gospel Comedian

Pam Horner on stage

Next we were entertained by Minister Paul Boone & The Mighty TempleAires from Portsmouth, VA.  They gave us a powerful set of “I Got a Feeling” and “Operator”. We loved the high tenor’s lead singing in the group’s rendition of “Three Pictures Of The Lord”!

Minister Paul Boone & The Mighty TempleAires

Tenor Ronnie Dean leading the TempleAires in "Three Pictures Of The Lord"

Minister Paul Boone & The Mighty TempleAires

Gospel vocalist and Psalmist, LaNita Wiggins sang with much polish.  She gave us “Precious Is His Name” and “I Can’t Praise Him Enough”.

Gospel Psalmist LaNita Wiggins

The Reverend Brenda Boone’s Higher Praise Community Choir performed, led by Reverend Boone on the keyboards.  Brother Steven Alexander directed the group.  They opened with “Amazing Grace,” led by Reverend Diane Byrd and then closed their performance with “What A Wonderful God,” led by Sister Mattie Wood. The entire choir was fabulous as well were soloists.

Brother Steven Alexander directing Rev. Brenda Boone's Higher Praise Community Choir

Reverend Diane Byrd leading the choir

Sister Mattie Wood leading the choir

Reverend Brenda Boone's Higher Praise Community Choir

Reverend Brenda Boone's Higher Praise Community Choir's CD


The next group was very enjoyable the last time we saw them in Portsmouth and were once again sensational.  Van Jones & King David’s Harp, a vocal quintet from Portsmouth VA, has been singing together for 40 years now.  They showed their versatility in the material they sang.  They did a short version of “Saving My Soul” which is similar in tune to Smokey Robinson’s “Being with You,” but with Gospel lyrics.  In fact, some call Van, the Smokey Robinson of Gospel.  The group then did three numbers acappella, “Jesus Keeps Me Near The Cross,” “One Day” and “Seek, Seek and You Shall Find”.  Knowing how we like acappella, the group sang those for us.  They ended their excellent program by harmonizing to their own great rendition of “Three Pictures of the Lord”.

Van Jones (left) and King David's Harp

Van Jones leading the group

King David's Harp

Bass singer, Otis Jones

Van Jones & King David's Harp CD

We also saw the next group in 2010 and they are remarkable.  Elder Ronnie Harper & the Harmonizing Echoes, from Chesapeake VA, put on a lively set of inspiring music.  Favorites include “I Don’t Believe He Brought Me This Far To Leave Me Now” and “I Want to Be Real”.

Elder Ronnie Harper & The Harmonizing Echoes

The Harmonizing Echoes

The Harmonizing Echoes


Jim Bakay, Carl Tancredi and Holly Heinz

The Word Singers from Portsmouth, VA, have been singing for over 30 years.  They sang a very uplifting set which included “Today”, “My Soul Has Been Uplifted” and “Jesus Will Be Waiting”.

The Word Singers

The Word Singers

The Word Singers

The Word Singers' CD

This was the first time we’d seen the group Brothers In Christ, a group from Franklyn, VA, and they didn’t disappoint us.  They definitely set a high level of excitement in the room.  A favorite of ours was “Peace in the Valley”.

Brothers In Christ

Brothers In Christ


Dr. Maggie Ingram was born on July 4, 1930 on the Mulholland’s Plantation in Georgia.  She worked with her family as sharecroppers when she was pulled out of school at an early age and learned to sing in church.  Raising five kids on her own, Maggie moved her family to Virginia and has been a Gospel recording superstar since the early 1960’s.

(From the Classic Urban Harmony Archives)

Dr. Maggie Ingram and her granddaughter, Cheryl

Pam Horner & Maggie Ingram

WRDV's Jim Bakay & Maggie Ingram

Dr. Maggie Ingram & Rev. Brenda Boone

Maggie Ingram performed with daughters Almeta and Christine, and granddaughter Cheryl Beaver as the Ingramettes. During her performance one daughter told the story of Maggie’s struggle to provide for her children.  Maggie was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Music degree from the Richmond Theological Seminary.  She was also honored at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. 

Maggie Ingram & The Ingramettes

The group sang a very powerful set beginning with “It’s A Wide River”.  They closed with “Until I Die”.  We met Dr. Maggie and found her to be a beautiful, warm woman.

Maggie Ingram & The Ingramettes

The final singers for the evening were Luther Barnes and the Sunset Jubilaires.  Luther joined his father’s group the Sunset Jubilaires.  The group has been singing in their refined style for over 35 years. Luther who is the lead of the group also produces, directs and is a composer.  The Sunset Jubilaires have performed at the Apollo Theatre as well as in other countries.  They are a highly respected gospel group.   The powerful group performed a long set.  Highlights from their presentation included “Looking Back,” “I’m Still Holding On” (which was led by Luther’s sister), “He Keeps On Blessing Me” and “Yet Love”.

Luther Barnes (left) & The Sunset Jubilaires

Luther Barnes & The Sunset Jubilaires

Luther Barnes & The Sunset Jubilaires

Just as in 2010, this was a concert that was over six hours long.  While food was available across the way and we’d ordinarily spend some concert time in the hallway greeting singers, on this occasion, we didn’t want to leave our seats for fear of missing some of the singing.  What a collection of talent on one program, singing to praise God.

Charlie Horner with King David's Harp's Van Jones (left) and Otis Jones (right)

The next morning in the hotel lobby.
From left: Carl Tancredi, Pam Horner, Jim Bakay, Holly Heinz, Rev. Brenda Boone

Thank you Reverend Brenda Boone and all who took part in this wonderful event.  We can’t wait until next year!

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