Gospel inspired music and art coming to La Porte

Contemporary Gospel music will fill the air in the La Porte Civic Auditorium this Friday and Saturday during People and Songs’ “Turn Up the Lights” event. 

La PORTE — Recording artists from across the country will converge in La Porte for People and Songs’ “Turn Up the Lights” event this weekend.

The event will be held Friday from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and Saturday at 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the La Porte Civic Auditorium, 1001 Ridge St.

“If you or someone you love is in an impossible situation, come. The Church in La Porte will be gathering to seek God for the help you need. The People and Songs community is hoping for the opportunity to pray with and for you,” said Jennie Riddle, Founder and CEO of People and Songs. 

Riddle, who is from Texas, will also be performing her number one single, Revelation Song. She is a three time Dove award winner and multiple BMI award winner. Her passion is the teaching and training of others.

People and Songs is a nationwide group of church songwriters, worship leaders and artists.

“We are a missions organization who use hospitality, community service and music to spread the love of Jesus,” Riddle said. 

This two-day event features gospel artists Charity Gayle, Kaden Slay, Sean Carter, Steven Musso, Melanie Tierce, Stephen Marti, Kevin Jones, David Gentiles, Ryans Kennedy, Joshua Sherman, May Angeles and Crystal Yates.

The upper level of the auditorium will host musical groups and artists, while the lower level has activities including an art gallery, food vendors and even a silent auction benefiting Arts in the Park. Saturday night includes a ministry service with ministers from multiple denominations. 

The Frontline Foundation, a center for helping those with addictions, will be present with activities and live music from “Salt Exchange.” Frontline serves as a source of hope to anyone ages 18-38 who suffer from addiction be it from drugs or alcohol, offering support through individual and peer group sessions and art recovery programs. 

According to People and Songs, people from all walks of life come to participate. They have seen teachers, day laborers, CEOs, retail clerks, students, teens and grandparents – anyone who wishes to worship.

People and Songs began as a vision in 1988 to give those who spread the Gospel through music a hub to work from. The historic Ruth Sabin Home in La Porte is where many of their members reside. It is a sending, receiving training ground.

“I can write songs that may impact my sphere of influence for God... spreading the gospel through music via my life,” Riddle said. “Song is the one thing that can literally get us all on the same page at the same time.”

Tickets for the event are $15 per day. For more information, visit www.peopleandsongs.com


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