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Gospel artists unite to support Pastor Simeon Outten

Gospel music legend, Pastor Simeon Outten, lost his home and all he had during the passage of Hurricane Dorian in Grand Bahama, leaving him and his family homeless. This would be the second time Pastor Outten suffered such a loss: he lost his first home on October 25, 2005, during Hurricane Wilma.

Under the banner “Bahamian Gospel Artists Unite”, the local gospel music community plans to host a tribute and fund raising concert in honor of Pastor Outten on Sunday, December 1, 2019 at Bahamas Faith Ministries, beginning at 6 p.m. The event will bring together a diverse mix of local gospel artists representing a cross section of styles including traditional gospel, down home Bahamian gospel styles like Junkanoo and rake & scrape, contemporary gospel and modern worship. The lineup of artists scheduled to perform include some of the top gospel artists in the country: Bishop Denczil Rolle & Friends, Karrington McKenzie, Edison Sumner & Voices of Praise, Tamika Taylor, The Rahming Brothers, DJ Godson, Shaback, Ricardo Clarke, Bishop Lawrence Rolle, Kenyatta Taylor, DJ Counsellor, Latasha Taylor, Oslien Jadorte, V Mac, Mr. J and multiple Marlin Award winner Nigel Lewis.

According to Kevin “Minister K” Harris, one of the members of a special organizing committee formed to co-ordinate and host this event, “Our goal is to raise funds to assist Pastor Outten and his family as hurricane survivors, so that they can begin to rebuild their lives and their home.”

Pastor Outten is a veteran in Bahamian gospel music, having served as the lead singer for the award winning ensemble “Decision” from Freeport, Grand Bahama for many years, before leaving to embark on a solo career.

He has recorded a number of successful albums that yielded a number of hit singles including “Give Me Some of that Holy Ghost”, “Blame it on the Music”, “I am Free” and “Higher Ground”, the latter having served as the inspiration for the title of the planned tribute and benefit concert. He is also well known for his down home, rake & scrape renditions of a number of popular church hymns.

Pastor Outten, who celebrated his birthday this past weekend, also recently celebrated his 10th anniversary as founder and senior pastor of New Life Worship Center in Freeport, Grand Bahama. It was his church that served as one of the shelters that housed a number of persons who sought refuge from the ravages of Hurricane Dorian.

A number of pastors and national leaders are also expected to be in attendance, including Minister of State for Grand Bahama Senator J. Kwasi Thompson, who is confirmed to bring remarks.

Several churches and business houses have come on board as sponsors, including Bahamas Faith Ministries, DigiPrint, Elevation Media, Bahamas Harvest Church and Consumers Choice Auto Parts.

Although the concert is a tribute to Pastor Outten, one of the highlights of the event will be a special live performance from Outten himself. “There are a number of artists representing a collage of musical styles who will be paying tribute to a true gospel music legend, however one of the most anticipated segments of the concert will be when Pastor Simeon takes to the stage for a special live performance,” said Harris.

“Persons attending can look forward to a dynamic time of ministry from Pastor Outten whom we expect will perform some of his most popular songs from his extensive catalog of music.”

Tickets are $20 (advance), $25 (door) with children 12 years and under paying $10 at the door. Ticket outlets include Logos Bookstore (Harbour Bay Shopping Plaza), The Oasis Book Store (BFM Diplomat Center) and The Bible Book & Gift Center (Palmdale Shopping Plaza).

For additional information, interested persons can contact the organizing committee at 395-9984 or via email at simeonouttentributeconcert@gmail.com.

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