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JourneySong in Chartres,France

Gospel Festival in Chartres and JourneySong Part 1

The name JourneySong did not exist when I met Dr Willetta Greene Johnson, the founder of the group in her church, the Apostolic Church of Christ Southside Chicago. For those who know this church, it is very difficult for a visitor to spot out who is who except the dynamic pastor at the time, Pastor Brazier who announced my presence before more than nine hundred members and more. « We have a visitor from Chartres, France », he told the members during his routine announcements and my friend Cyril Ibe who brought me to the church told me to stand up as the cameramen started to take close up shots of me. What a red-carpet welcome! Gospel Festival in Chartres started after several emails and conversations with Dr Willetta Greene Johnson. Behold, the group arrived in France to sing in the great city of Chartres.

Gospel Festival in Chartres: incidents before the church ceremony

It was my second visit to Chicago to see my best friend Cyril Ibe, a popular journalist and radio host in town. We were in Demain Hall at Loyola University where he produces radio programs. One of the freelancers and volunteers for Cyril’s radio show called Tetu Nwaniki walked into the studio and during our conversation, I told her that I sing Negro Spirituals and Gospel Songs. « Would you like to follow me to church on Sunday ? » she asked me. I agreed to follow her. At this stage of my visit, I had no intention to create an International Gospel and negro Spiritual Festival in the city of Chartres, France. I came to visit the windy city and learn how to place the level of my voice before a microphone. Cyril Ibe is one of the best mentors I have ever met in my life. His teaching method helped me a lot to understand radio journalism and boosted my confidence to the level of brevity.

Gospel Festival in Chartres: Welcome to France

THE GROUP JOURNEYSONG LANDED AT THE CHARLES DE GAULLE AIRPORT ROISSY. HOW DID THIS HAPPEN? DO NOT MISS PART TWO OF THIS ARTICLE. THE VIDEO BELOW TELLS PART OF THE STORY.

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