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Big night for Lisa Knowles and The Brown Singers made bigger with Vickie Winans

Lisa Knowles and The Brown Singers celebrated 35 years of gospel music ministry last Sunday (Oct. 16) at Cummings Street Missionary Baptist Church on Raines Rd. Lisa Knowles and The Brown Singers celebrated 35 years of gospel music ministry last Sunday (Oct. 16) at Cummings Street Missionary Baptist Church on Raines Rd. Legendary gospel star Vickie Winans celebrated with her protegé,  Lisa Knowles.

 
 Lisa Knowles

 
 Vickie Winans

The concert included appearances by other gospel recording artists such as The Echoaires, Tim Rodgers and The Fellas and Pastor Roney Strong and the Strong Family. Radio Personality James Chambers was the emcee. Those who purchased tickets were eligible to win $50 dollars in cash prizes.

Pastor Tim Rodgers and The Fellas were asked to keep the crowd lively and they proved to be up to the task. The group worked the church audience into an old school church revival with their songs “Soul Power” and “Jesus.”

Winans, who was greeted with a standing ovation, said she got to know Knowles first as a background singer and was blown away by her vocal skill.

“I’m going to do everything in my power to take Lisa Knowles to the tippy, tippy top,” she said of Knowles, commenting on Knowles’ humbleness. “I really want to see you become a billionaire”.

Winans used comedy, ministry and song to the delight of the audience.

Knowles is a third generation performer from a family of singers. Her grandmother, Willie Mae Brown-Richmond, and mother, Vanessa Brown-Knowles, were the first and second generations. Vanessa Brown-Knowles brought the crowd to cheers and tears in recounting her personal triumph over breast cancer.

Incorporating some jazz, blues, rhythm and blues, contemporary gospel and traditional gospel, Lisa Knowles and The Brown Singers captivated the audience.

The show concluded with the celebrating group delivering with songs and personal testimonies.

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