Photo credit: The Church Without Walls
by Twins of Media
The McDONALD’S INSPIRATION CELEBRATION GOSPEL TOUR took place on Thursday, December 14, 2017, at the Church Without Walls in Houston, TX., celebrating the season with its first-holiday experience concert where the extravaganza featured inspirational gospel artists.
The free concert brought Houston communities hope and inspiration through song as well as to raise awareness and donations to benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Houston/Galveston in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey; offering hope to those still impacted through a fun evening of praise and worship. It was an event the city of Houston definitely needed.
Hosted by radio personality and gospel artist, Lonnie Hunter and featuring an all-star lineup of the gospel industry’s finest performers like Kirk Franklin, The Clark Sisters, Donald Lawrence, Brian Courtney Wilson and Jekalyn Carr. The concert was nothing short of amazing! The evening kicked off with talents Kirk Franklin, Jekalyn Carr, and Brian Courtney Wilson who mingled and took photos with the crowd including the owners of McDonald’s franchises before taking the stage to perform.
While speaking to Kirk Franklin on the red carpet he gave his reasons why it’s important to give back to the Ronald McDonald House Charities, but before doing so he paid a compliment to Beautifully Said TV Co-host—Trisha by saying, “First of all, your hair is cute and your outfit is on fleek!” What a fun guy! It’s not every day you get a compliment from the legendary Kirk Franklin.
The Grammy Award-winning artist mentioned that “more than anything it’s being present. A lot of times with children and communities we speak and try to do social activities from a distance and we are not really making the type of long-term impact to be present not only financially but with our time, ideology and thoughts.” He added, “Having a passionate involvement can lead to and make a tangible impact in our communities. I think Ronald McDonald House Charities has done that for decades and I really commend them for doing it as I continue to try to do it on my own as well.”
Jekalyn Carr is a Grammy-nominated gospel artist with a small stature and a God-given BIG voice hence her chart-topping song “You’re Bigger.” Her reason for attending the concert and giving back to the Ronald McDonald House Charities? “Well, the McDonald’s tour is always an amazing event to be a part of and to see the work behind it—is what it means to give back. It’s always good to be a part of an organization like that.” And what’s up next for the singer? Jekalyn has out a new single “You Will Win“ from her upcoming album “1 Nation Under God”. She will also be releasing her first book soon titled “You Will Win As Well.”
Top (r) Kirk Franklin; JeKalyn Carr; Middle (l) Clark Sisters & JeKalyn Carr; Middle (r) The Church Without Walls Choir; Bottom (l) Beautifully Said Co-host Trisha with Kirk Franklin; Bottom (m) Donald Lawrence; Bottom (r) Beautifully Said Co-host Trisha with husband (videographer/media) Alfonzo McIntosh
The concert was, of course, the highlight of the evening with performances by Kirk Franklin, The Clark Sisters, Donald Lawrence, Brian Courtney Wilson, Jekalyn Carr and the Church Without Walls choir where everyone wowed the crowd. Kirk Franklin got the crowd going with an energetic performance of “Melodies from Heaven”. The legendary Clark Sisters filled the room with their beautiful and strong vocals ushering in the anointing of God. Dorinda Clark Cole had the crowd goers on their feet leading in a praise and worship moment with the song “Jesus, Oh What A Wonderful Child”. Donald Lawrence brought in the holiday spirit singing “Drummer Boy,” and Brian Courtney Wilson belted out the heartfelt song, “Worth Fighting For.” And who could stay in their seats when Jekalyn Carr took to the stage to sing…”You’re Bigger”.
In addition to the concert, the crowd was also inspired by the continued efforts of McDonald’s franchise owners in bridging the community together through the many restaurants across Houston and the surrounding areas, by working with the Ronald McDonald House Charities. We encourage you on your next trip to McDonald’s to be inspired to give back to help families care for their loved ones dealing with life challenges and illnesses. Together we can all work to make a difference!
Kirk Franklin pictured here with McDonald’s franchise owners
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Special Thanks: Zakiya Larry
Photos courtesy of 365 Black Gospel/ The Church Without Walls