One City, Many Voices Concert Review

by: 

Akirah Terry
Mar 17, 2006

The sixth annual "One City, Many Voices" concert benefitting Atlanta Community Ministries featured up and coming worship singer Aaron! Shust, rocker Candi Pearson- Shelton, and gospel superstar Cece Winans. Held on a beautiful night at downtown Atlanta's fabulous Rialto, these three artists gave superb performances that the audience won't soon forget.

The show was opened by Aaron Shust whose melodic, acoustic praise songs transformed the atmosphere of the packed auditorium into one of quiet worship. Shust, a skillful guitarist and vocalist, performed several songs including "Matchless" and was helped on background vocals by Candi Pearson- Shelton on "My Savior My God".

Aaron closed his set, and Candi remained on stage to begin her own. She delivered a mix of ballads and rock songs, and wowed the crowd with her powerful voice. The talent of her backing band was equally impressive. She closed her set with a rousing rendition of "Put A Little Love in Your Heart", and even Aaron Shust returned to the stage to join in the song.

When Cece Winans took the stage after the intermission, it was easy to see why she is labeled the "queen of gospel". The audience was immediately endgaged by her radiant stage presence.

She opened with "Bring Back the Days of Yea and Nay" and transitioned into "Mama's Kitchen". With here newest hit "Pray", Cece not only brought the audience to their feet, she brought the house down. During "Well, Alright", Cece and her backgound singers showed the audience an island dance they'd learned on a recent trip to the Bahamas.

Cece then performed several songs from her latest album, 'Purified": "Colorful World", "Let Everything that Hath Breath", and "A Place Like This". Cece's angelic voice is even more dazzling live, and her vocal execution of each song was flawless.

Before singing "The Healing Part", Cece spoke on the importance to "get over" anger and unforgiveness, about the beauty of marriage before "I Promise", and about experiencing God's comfort after losing her brother Ronald before "He's Concerned".

After extending an invitation to salvation, Cece led the audience into energetic worship with her fan favorite, "Hallelujah Praise" before taking a bow and leaving the stage. With each artist giving an outstanding performance, the "One City, Many Voices" concert left the audience entertained, inspired, and blessed.




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