By: Angela Redding
Photos: Diana Castro/Premier Photo Int’l.
Los Angeles, CA, (The Hollywood Times) 08/26/2019–“The reason why we go public with our belief and love for God is so that everyone, regardless of your beliefs, can be inspired by it. I think it’s important that people are able to shout out from the rooftops what they believe and nobody be offended by. So, for us, we believe in God and we believe in Jesus and we want to just inspire people and encourage people to stand up for that. And if you believe in Jesus as well, you don’t have to be ashamed of it because we’re not (ashamed of believing in Jesus).” – Jason McGee
Music is a great communicator and connector.
It can transport you to a specific place, time, event and memory just by your hearing the familiar melody of a particular song. It connects us when we share in an event with others through music or when we share a treasured memory anchored by music.
Gospel music is no different. The hope, joy, peace and love that is felt by believers for their maker and creator and the love that is expressed by the creator for His creation is expressed through gospel music.
Gospel music can also touch the hearts of non believers as well. It does this by uplifting the hearer and bringing about a sense of inclusion. I like to think of this as the presence of God making Himself known to us.
Sunday, August 25, 2019 was just that type of uplifting and inspirational moment in time as Jason McGee & The Choir took the stage in The Park at the Grove in Los Angeles, CA. The Park is situated right between The Gap on the left side and Nordstrom on the right as you pass the water fountain near the end of the plaza. The free concert was slated to begin at 3:00 p.m. and prior to start time, Jason McGee & The Choir took a few moments to warm up on stage giving eager fans, attendees and those passing by a taste of what to expect musically at 3:00. The strong melodic sounds fell like a well needed refreshing rain shower on the eardrums of each guest and gained the attention of young and old alike.
The concert started on time as the group opened with a welcome from Jason McGee and an invitation to the crowd to join in as they sang the up tempo well known song, “Victory Chant (Hail Jesus)”.
The group’s version of the song drew more and more people in. They stopped, looked, listened and raised & waved their hands as they bopped their heads to the beat.
Keeping with the uplifting tempo of the first song, McGee & The Choir transitioned smoothly into, “Lord You Are Good” giving the audience another opportunity to get up and dance, clap and sing along, and have a good time. As the song ended, McGee said, “Does anybody know that God is truly good?” “When we’re not good, He’s still good.” He encouraged the crowd to make some noise if God has been really good to you. Crowd cheers.
The summer concert did not come without high temps. and sweaty brows but that did not stop music lovers from filling the grassed area of The Park to enjoy and appreciate good music offered by the up and coming gospel group.
As Jason McGee & The Choir began the third song in their repertoire, Jason announces that they will sing, “How Great is Our God”, and a young lady in the audience says to a friend, “Oh yeah, I’ve heard that.”
McGee also told the audience, in an inviting tone of voice, “We are going to keep talking about the greatness and goodness of God.”
It was great to see people of all ethnicities come together and enjoy some good gospel music and an energetic and positive gospel musical group in The Park at The Grove. The Park at The Grove made the gathering of fans and guests an intimate and cozy experience.
Everyone seem to really enjoy themselves and left feeling inspired and uplifted by Jason McGee & The Choir. This was definitely a great way to spend an afternoon weekend during the summer before going back to work or school.
Jason McGee & The Choir ended the first set with their Billboard Hot Gospel Songs chart topping hit, “Promises”. Fans and guests got on their feet, clapping, dancing and singing along with the group.
We talked to a few members of the audience to get their feedback on the group and gospel music.
THT: How familiar are you with Jason McGee & The Choir?
CJ: “I’m not familiar with them at all. I’ve never heard of them.
Barbara B.: “I’m not. It’s my first time coming to the Grove and seeing them perform.”
Sofia M.: “Not at all.”
Bong: “I just knew about them earlier. I heard the music and I came over to check it (out).”
THT: Are you enjoying the concert?
THT: Did you have a favorite song or a final thought on the concert?
“That’s why I’m sitting here. I want to watch the whole performance.”
The Jason McGee & The Choir’s gospel concert at The Grove was a great success and one for the memory books due to the great music, the energy of the group and positive vibes all around.