The penultimate event of the 2015 Barbados Gospelfest calendar came off at the Wildey Gymnasium last night and, undoubtedly, it was the ultimate gospel event, as international headline act Israel Houghton and his band New Breed took the concert to a whole new level.
Other performers on the night, such as For Love of Worship (FLOW) from St Vincent and the Grenadines, the Barbados Gospelfest Mass Choir and Esther Farinde out of Britain were also very impactful.
However, none had the almost jam-packed gymnasium rocking, screaming, dancing, singing, waving like Houghton and his band did. He delivered some of his best-known hits, including Jesus At The Centre, I Am Not Forgotten, I’m Trading My Sorrow and You Are Good and Heart of Worship.
At times some members of the audience appeared to be close to tears, on cloud nine even, as the dynamic group whipped up an atmosphere of frenzy and extraordinary worship in song.
To add to the intrigue of the entire show, Houghton asked at one point for the gymnasium’s lights be turned off and cellphones lights to switched on, creating a special spiritual glow.