Turn Your Radio On

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Old-fashioned Gaither-type Singing features local artists

If you like good ole Southern Gospel music, then mark your calendar for Sunday, August 5, at 6:00 pm, for an event you won’t want to miss. Held at the Q.M. Martin Auditorium on the Panola College campus, Turn Your Radio On is a gospel concert featuring local artists from various churches in the area. Music Ministers Eric Lawrence of Central Baptist Church and David Yarbrough of First Baptist Church have been organizing and getting people together to form a large choir that will sing such songs as Marching to Zion, I Stand Upon the Rock, God Says You’re Gonna Make it, and Ten Thousand Years. Throughout the evening, ensembles from the different churches will perform, plus the congregation will sing popular selections from the “Heavenly Highway Hymnal.”

Lawrence came up with the idea for the concert and recruited Yarbrough to help work out the details. “First Baptist and Emanuel Baptist in Marshall organized the same type concert and had such a good response, they had to rent the Convention Center the second year to hold everybody. This concert will be like an old-fashioned Gaither-type singing. Several churches are dismissing their evening services so that members can attend the concert. I’m hoping that people don’t take this as a ‘night off’ from church, but will instead come to the singing. There is a lot of talent around here that is under a stone to be uncovered. It should be a fun evening.” Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.

It was a great concert! Almost 100 sang in the choir from various community churches, plus about 400 in attendance. Be sure to watch the video at the bottom of the page!