PHOTO COURTESY OF CORBY KAYE’S STUDIO PALM BEACH
WEST PALM BEACH — The walls of Dreyfoos Hall may still be vibrating from the Kravis Center’s recent 23rd annual Gospel Gala. Listen closely even now and you can hear the echoes from hundreds of hands fervently clapping, of feet stamping in praise, with a repeated chorus of “Amen” and “Hallelujah” empowering the room.
A Kravis Center Community Outreach Event hosted by the Center’s Community Relations Committee chaired by Kravis board member John Jenkins, the annual concert has featured numerous gospel legends over the last two decades and this year’s event was just as inspirational thanks to the event’s headliners.
“Through its musical excellence and devotional tone, the Gospel Gala always provides a real spiritual and emotional uplift to everyone who attends,” said Jenkins, who also praised Jane M. Mitchell, Chair of the Kravis Center’s Board of Directors and member of the Community Relations Committee, who sponsored the spiritually inspiring event.
The Clark Sisters don’t suffer from sibling rivalry. In fact, each is known for her distinctive vocals, these gospel singers from Detroit complement one another perfectly. Together, Jacky, Karen, Dorinda and Twinkie produce a wide range of vocals – from sweet to acrobatic trills to deep, soulful growls – that blend to deliver a powerful yet beautiful message. They’ve spent more than 30 years singing, preaching and evangelizing – across the country as well as abroad – and have sold millions of albums. The Clark Sisters are true gospel legends.
Gospel Gala 2015 started with a Beyond the Stage pre-performance musical presentation in the lobby, featuring the Hilltop Missionary Baptist Church Mass Choir from Riviera Beach, and opening the performance for The Clark Sisters was the Port Salerno Church of God Celebration Choir.
“All of the singers were sensational,” said Vanessa Young, the Kravis Center’s director of community outreach. “From the happy pre-concert reception and meet-and-greet for members of the Kravis Center Community Relations Committee to the amazing local choirs to the awesome performance by Jacky, Karen, Dorinda and Twinkie Clark, this year’s Gospel Gala was truly an exulting experience that everyone there will never forget.”