The melodies of gospel music were a constant staple during my childhood, whether it played softly while my mother read her Bible or my dad sang its refrains while doing the dishes. Gospel music feeds and stirs the soul.
On June 15, the McDonald's Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour will hit the Jackson Convention Complex. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the show starts at 7 p.m. Headlining the concert is Fred Hammond with special guests singer-songwriter Byron Cage and Christian hip-hop lyricist Canton Jones.
Hammond has been making gospel music for three decades. He began as a bass player for The Winans and was an original member of the gospel pop group Commissioned before becoming an award-winning solo artist. His most recent album, "God, Love and Romance," was released in January.
The McDonald's gospel tour started six years ago and has featured gospel greats such as Smokie Norful, Kierra "Kiki" Sheard, J Moss, Hezekiah Walker and CeCe Winans. The tour, also sponsored by Dr. Pepper, is McDonald's way of giving back to the community.
Tickets for the concert are free and available now. As of press time, tickets are sold out online but can be picked up at Cokesbury Bookstore (1060 E. County Line Road, Suite 1, Ridgeland, 601-978-3827) or LifeWay Bookstore (1057 E. County Line Road, 601-952-1934). Tickets are limited and must be picked up in person. First come, first served.