Sounds of praise and joy were in the air at the East Orange Campus High School on June 10. Mayor Ted R. Green, the East Orange City Council, and the Department of Recreation & Cultural Affairs kicked off their Summer Music Series with a “Gospel in the City” Community Festival co-hosted by WBLS’ Liz Black and Comedian CeeJay Craxx.
The glorious traditional and contemporary gospel music included the choir and jazz band from the Cicely L. Tyson Community School of Performing and Fine Arts in East Orange.
Gospel stars from near and far joined with the East Orange community in an afternoon of praise. Powerhouse performers included Bishop William Murphy, JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise, Crystal Aikin, Gene Moore, and local artists Ian Johnson, Samar Bigham, and Marcus Blackwell.
Attendees at the free and open to the public event enjoyed food from over 50 food trucks and vendors. In keeping with East Orange’s motto “One City, One Community, One Goal, and That Goal Equals Progress,” the “Gospel in the City” event was a huge success.