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Gospel Concert Set After Fans Scammed By Promoter

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A local church is helping national gospel artist James Fortune make good on his promise. He was scheduled to perform in Augusta back in June. But on Twitter he said the promoter canceled the show. Turns out, the show was still held but at a different venue without the advertised artists. The promoter is accused of taking off with the ticket money. Concert goers were left disappointed and hurt. Now, a local church has found a way to heal the pain.

In June, a performance that was supposed to make a joyful noise hit a sour note after national gospel artists did not show up for a concert.

The concert performer was accused of pocketing all of the money and leaving without any explanation.

Fans who walked away empty handed are now getting a chance to see the hottest names in gospel music for FREE.

"Coming together in unity, loving one another, reaching out to each other in their pain because all of us at some point will be in pain and we need someone to put their arms around us and we're trying to open those arms so those that are hurting can get some relief," explains Dr. Sam Davis of Beulah Grove Baptist Church. He has offered his sanctuary at Beulah Grove Baptist church to host the free concert.

Minister James Fortune was scheduled to appear at the first concert but was told it was canceled. After hearing cries of a scam, he vowed to appear in Augusta to heal the hurt. Dr. Sam Davis and his church are helping him do that.  "We're not blaming anybody, not looking at yesterday. We want to forget those things behind us and press forward. But you can't press forward without healing," says Dr. Davis.  

Concert Organizer Pastor Angela Harden says this is also an opportunity to help heal businesses that may have been hurt due to the economy.  Pastor Harden says, "even our businesses need a healing. There are businesses that are thinking about closing. There are businesses that have closed. Because we don't know who's among us. We don't know the businesses that support the community and gives back to the community. So, I'm asking the businesses to come and be a part."

Organizers say the concert can't replace what happened in June. But it may put gospel music fans on one accord again.  Dr. Davis says, "the need for this concert is just to right a wrong to try to set things back in order and move them maybe just a little higher than they were before in terms of connectivity, in terms of unity in the city."

Pastor Harden says Beulah Grove is paying all the expenses so the public can see the artist for FREE. Gospel star Bishop Hezekiah Walker will also perform during next Thursday's concert. Vicki Winans was scheduled for the performance in June. Winans tells News Channel Six that she is performing at another event and will NOT be at the concert in Augusta next week.

Doors open at 6pm. Again, it is FREE to the public. For concert information contact Pastor Angela Harden at 706-399-4155.


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