An Evening of Hope Benefit Concert
James W. Wade III | 8/19/2014, 8:42 p.m.
On August 29, Mt. Zion Church in Oakwood will be the place to be for an Evening of Hope Benefit Concert featuring Grammy Nominee Vashawn Mitchell and Steller Award Winner Maurette Brown Clark.
This night will not only provide you with some great singing, it will also help people in need because portions of the proceeds will go to benefit various organizations such as Transitional Housing Inc, The Cleveland Rape Crisis Center and The Domestic Violence and Child Advocacy Center.
Transitional Housing is a supportive housing network that helps fight the homeless problem in today’s society. Transitional Housing is generally for a limited time period. Stays can be from two weeks to twenty four months. Transitional Housing provides people with help after a crisis such as homelessness or domestic violence.
This Evening of Hope Benefit Concert will be hosted by Fox 8 Cleveland’s Wayne Dawson, WOIO’s Harry Boomer, WKYC TV 3’s AJ Ross, Radio One’s Kym Sellers and 95.5 The Fish’s Brooke Taylor. This event, presented by Danita Harris news anchor for WEWS TV 5 along with Mt. Zion Oakwood Village, will get your blood flowing lifting the name of Jesus all evening.
Maurette Brown Clark is one of gospel music’s sweethearts. Originally from Long Island, New York, Brown began her singing career with her family group, The Brown Singers. Throughout her formative years, she continued singing with choirs and groups as well as studying classical piano. Her first CD, entitled ‘How I Feel’ was released in 1998 on Verity Records. This CD featured the radio friendly, “Breaking of Day.”
For this work, she received the Stellar Award for Best New Artist in 1999.
Her second CD, ‘By His Grace,’ was released in 2002 on AIR Records and featured her popular rendition of the praise and worship anthem, “I Just Want To Praise You.” This CD as well received a Gospel Music Workshop of America Gospel Excellence Award and two Stellar Award nominations. She was also nominated for a Dove Award for her part in a remake of the Donnie McClurkin classic, “Stand,” featuring Darryl Coley, Marvin Sapp and Helen Baylor. Brown’s latest CD, entitled ‘The Dream’ is due to be released soon with great anticipation for its success. This is her first live concert recording and it truly captures the essence of her heart for God. You can hear her co-production work on the theme song, “Down in the Hole,” for HBO’s The Wire (Season 4). She happily maintains her status as a member of Richard Smallwood’s choir, Vision, who also has a project due to be released in the upcoming months. This singer/songwriter/producer/musician/wife/mom knows that with God, nothing is impossible and her life and her music are a testimony to that fact.
Vashawn Mitchell began working with mentor Lonnie Hunter at St. Mark Baptist Church. At age 20, Mitchell’s musical potential was noticed by Bishop Larry Trotter who was hired as Minister of Music at Chicago’s Sweet Holy Spirit Church.
As minister of music, he was responsible for every aspect of the department. He went on to produce what have become some of the most noted selections in the African American church, “Don’t Last and My Worship Is For Real.”
Mitchell also produced and released his first solo project entitled, ‘So Satisfied.’
As a songwriter, Mitchell penned hits for Smokie Norful, Vanessa Bell Armstrong and Bishop Paul Morton. He is also a worship leader and throughout the years has written several top-selling choir recordings which spawned such memorable hits as “My Worship Is For Real” and “Trouble Don’t Last.”
In 2012, Mitchell started the Norman Youth and Arts Foundation, named in memory of his grandfather. The Foundation sponsors summer youth camps for the arts in the Chicago area. Mitchell is also one of the only Gospel artists who acts as a spokesperson for and is active with the Big Brothers and Big Sisters Foundation.
Tickets went on sale Monday, July 28, for this big event on August 29. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the concert starts at 7:30 p.m.
To purchase tickets go to www.eveningofhopebenefitconcert.eventbrite.com.