Wayman Temple held its 8th Annual Good Friday Free Concert last weekend at its West Campus location. The event was hosted by Freddie Rhodes of WCGL, with local opening gospel artist Anishia Rae Christie and One Sound One Mind opening the festivities.
Headlining the Good Friday concert was gospel musician Kurt Carr. The classically trained Gospel musician is known for hits he’s written for Bishop Paul Morton, Tramaine Hawkins, Bryron Cage and Pastor Shirley Caesar. He is also well known for his own hits: In The Sanctuary, For Every Mountain, I Almost Let Go and many more.
While singing and directed a night of great music and surprises, Carr was backed by Wayman Temple’s choir. A big surprise for the star was the was 99 year old Narcissus Brown, a woman who watched Carr grow up in his hometown of Hartford, CT. Brown currently resides in Daytona and made the trip to Jacksonville to be with her mentee. Carr took advantage of her presence and brought her onstage to speak on her testimony and to sing. She wowed the crowd with her strong and versatile voice as she performed a medley of hymns and ended with Lift Every Voice”. Also on program were gospel artist and one of Carr’s background singers Lorraine Stancil, who impressed the audience with her extensive vocal range mesmerizing voice. The crowd was stunned when she led Carr’s For Every Mountain.
Carr recently attended the 33rd Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards in Las Vegas where he was inducted into the Hall of Fame.