SpiritFest Legends is Southeast's Gospel music version of American Idol. It is founded by Pastor Elijah Ray and ERay Promotions, who has been bringing well-known gospel names to the Greenville area since 1990 evolving to the annual Gospel SpiritFest Concert.
The Spiritfest Legends winner has been announced for 2010, but the entire event will be remembered by many for years to come. I had the astute pleasure of meeting the final six before the finale. In case you missed it, here is a run down of the six contestants who made it through all of the audition stages to the finale.
The first contestant interviewed was Miracle Williams. She is a person of wonderful character and bright spirit. Miracle is living in Greenville, SC by way of Brooklyn, NY and has found a church home at Redemption World Outreach Center in Greenville, SC. She has had a passion for singing since she was a little girl and believes that her life has been anointed by God to use her gift to deliver someone. Although Miracle did not win This particular competition, she is indeed a winner and says that she will continue to do what God has for her to do. "I'm going to keep on going and keep on believing in God".
Also in the competition was Khistin Stephens. Her delightful personality is Godly and refreshing. Khristin is from Roebuck, SC and attends Harvest House Ministries. She works closely with Stellar award nominated, Pure-n-Heart Children's choir and believes that God is helping her to grow in her experiences with the Legends contest by allowing her an outlet to "illuminate" her passion to the people. Khristin says that she is very grateful for the opportunity to gain publicity and open doors to her future through this experience. "You have to win home before you can win nations".
Switching up to a male contestant, next was Dexter Cason. Dexter had a feel about him that he had been in the Christ business for a long time and vice versa. Dexter lives and ministers in Greenville, SC and his church home is Bethlehem Baptist Church in Simpsonville, SC. Dexter has already put the word out that he is ready to spread the gospel through his projects, his facebook networks, through word of mouth and just by his presentation. Dexter laughed and confessed that he indeed still even has a myspace page! He comes from a long generation of singers and enjoyed the opportunity to fellowship with new people who have the same goals. Dexter feels the Legends contest was a great opportunity for exposure and as for the outcome, he feels that "Gods plans are God's plans".
Also this night I spoke to contestant, Alisha Greer. She was very bubbly and spilling over with excitement. Alisha is from Belton, SC and is a member of Evergreen Baptist Church. She has been singing since she was 5 years old and wants to be a vessel and sing, write and just be in the spotlight for God. She also has began her self-marketing strategies with facebook and you tube. Alisha is grateful for the opportunity to experience what the music business is like and what to expect. "I am going to still pursue singing...find other avenues, because I believe I have a talent for getting the anointing out there".
I found another anointed spirit in contestant Josh Benson. Josh is from Anderson, SC and is a member of New HollyLight Missionary Baptist Church. Josh describes the Legends contest as a great platform to express himself and wants to be able to watch as his ministry spreads all over the nation. He has a strong background in music and has worked with such artists as Jason Nelson (Jonathan Nelson), Hezekiah Walker, and John P.Kee singing background. Josh is encouraged by how all of the contestants never really competed, no one lost their ministry in the competition. "God bless the winner", he says. "Even though you pray for things, sometimes God's answer is, 'No,not yet' ".
And the winner is...
Lawan is from Belton, SC and is a proud member of Kingdom Vision Worship Center. Lawan has a contagious smile and a light about her that shines bright. She says that she really enjoyed meeting the people who are associated with this competition such as ERay promotions and NJ Productions LLC. She feels the anointing on their lives is phenomenal. She is used to singing with her sister and brother and cousins, but being pulled together with such great local talent who has the same goals, has changed her view to a wider perspective. Lawan said before being notified of her victor, "To the winners and runners up. Congratulations anyway, for displaying such awesome ministerial gifts. It has been a pleasure."
Well the winner's circle is more oval shaped this year, to contain all of these great and spiritual singers and all of their efforts to uplift God's kingdom and share their ministries and aspirations. Hats off to everyone involved.
Author of "The First Lady"
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