Monday 17th April, 2006

 

Gospel singer charms ‘Pilgrimage’ audience

 
 
 
 
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This girl waves for Jesus.
D and his band entertain the audience.
Photos: Sean Nero

 

BY SEAN NERO

Deitrick Haddon’s awesome singing ability, spunky dance moves, charm and charisma excited gospel fans at Saturday’s production of “Pilgrimage, Gathering of Families 8,” at Mo2bs in Chaguaramas.

A presentation of Citadel Ltd, (i95.5FM) the sixth edition of “Pilgrimage,” with the theme Red Nation, featured the acclaimed US gospel entertainer in an hour-long delivery of music and ministry to the delight of the gathering.

Comfortably merging his well-tailored talents with song, the young minister reminded the predominantly youthful audience about God’s greatness, His mercifulness and faithfulness towards mankind.

Displaying an excellent command of the stage, Haddon delivered ballads, reggae and hip-hop-inspired numbers in his seven-song repertoire.

To the many dressed in red, he asked: “Aren’t you glad you have a God that would forgive you for everything?”

The answer was a resounding yes.

Haddon continued: “He’s not like mankind to give up on you after one mistake.”

After this comment, Haddon offered a selection titled Sinner’s Prayer, in which he sought to explain why mankind would never give up faith, and called for an unswerving belief in the kingdom of heaven.

He resumed dialogue with his congregation. This time he asked: “Want some more?”

“Yes! responded the crowd.”

He continued: “Are you tired?”

“No,” said his new-found fans.

He then called for believers to lift their hands in praise to God Almighty, to which the audience complied.

Traditionally, Pilgrimage is designed as an all-day event starting as early as 9 am, and this year was no different.

The showcase of music and ministry, hosted by Jamie Thomas and Junior Lett of the gospel show Perfect Ten on the radio station, brought God’s messengers from across T&T.

Enticing performances on the day’s playbill were also delivered by JD and Alter Call, Isaac Blackman and the Love Circle and Sherwin Gardner with Reflections of Christ.

The latter act premiered a lot of new material, but still managed to wow the masses, while JD, dressed in football gear in our national colours, was riveting with numbers as Baptise and You are Nothing Without God.

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