Men’s Mass Choir brings back annual concert tomorrow at Zion Baptist

March 25, 2023 | 12:09 am

Updated March 24, 2023 | 10:56 pm

Members of the Men's Mass Community Choir perform at the Moneta Sleet Jr. Festival in February.

The Men’s Mass Community Choir will return to the stage for the first time in 2 years on Sunday with their 19th annual Men Praising God concert at Zion Baptist Church. Organizer Larry “Chick” Owen said this show will be a great return to their roots.

The concert starts at 3 p.m. at Zion Baptist Church (2311 West 9th Street). Owen said they have been practicing since late January, and while the group performed at the Through Sleet’s Eyes Festival in late February, he said this concert will be even better.

“For one it’s going to be more selections and a variety of selections. We also have a guest soloist with us, which we traditionally do. We have a female guest soloist, and we’ve got an outstanding talent with a lady by the name of Wish Read,” Owen said.

He said that Read is a student at Kentucky Wesleyan College. In addition to Read, Owen said the concert will also feature Tracy McGee, a young director from KWC. Owen said the two have added a good dynamic with the younger and older generations blending.

“We’re just going to do some traditional gospel pieces, but I think it’s going to be enjoyable for all ages and I think everyone’s going to really enjoy what we’re doing this year.

In addition to the concert, they will be honoring five men in the community with the George E. Riley On the Battlefield award. Recipients are Donald Goodwin, Bill Shemwell, Al Smith, The Rev. George Howard, and James Moore. Owen said to earn the award, one must have shown several years of service to the community.

March 25, 2023 | 12:09 am

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