Hundreds show up to gospel concert

By: Hope Jensen Email
By: Hope Jensen Email

News 12 at 11 o'clock / Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Hundreds of people packed Beulah Grove Baptist Church for a free gospel concert headlined by James Fortune.

This comes almost two months after a canceled concert left people feeling disappointed, but that wasn't the case Thursday night.

People waited outside for hours just to get a chance to hear the music.

"Music is just like somebody just grab you and just make you feel like everything you've been through in you're life it's done," said Shemikia Henley.

For her it's all about the music. So much so that she waited outside the doors of Beulah Grove Baptist Church for hours.

"I've been out here since 5:30," she said.

The concert started at 7, but almost an hour later, she and many others were still waiting to get in.

"There's nowhere to stand, there's nowhere to sit, but we're out here everybody out here, and we're having fun and we're gonna stay," she said.

"It's the first time I've ever seen hundreds of people to be turned around from the doors of the church," said Renaldo Woolfolk, who works at the church. "We are full. Fire marshal's didn't let us, we are almost beyond capacity."

Woolfolk says this just shows the need for this in the community.

"It shows that the community really needs a healing, with all the killing, the budget cuts, the jobs lost, just the recession that we're in, this gives something free to the community," he said.

They began planning this concert after a concert scheduled at the end of June canceled unexpectedly, leaving people upset after they paid to see a show.

"It was more dedication and it was more determination to make sure this happened," said Woolfolk.

James Fortune was promoted to be at that concert, so on Thursday, they brought him back for the show the community had been waiting to see.

As for Henley, luckily a few minutes later she and a couple others made it inside with smiles on their faces.

The concert was free for everyone, but it did cost the church more than $15,000.

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