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OUT OF THE MOUTH OF BABES…….(AGAPE ‘S WHITNEY HOUSTON TRIBUTE)

 
Tim’s mom Mrs Emma McAfee-Davis and his sister Neomi McClendon at Agape’s( “The Gospel According to Tim McAfee”) -Tribute to Whitney Houston. Picture by Donald Carroway.
 
REMARKS BY BRANDY SANDERS.’Dynamic Singing Sensation Abraham McDonald at The Gospel According to Tim Mcafee-Lewis. Who could forget Abraham. He wowed the millions when he appeared on “Oprah” on Sunday, February 19. Red Carpet at 5:00 p.m. Showtime at 6:30 p.m. Agape International Spiritual Center in Culver City.’pHOTO BY DONALD CARROWAY.

Tim McAfee Lewis, and his mother and sister at The tribute to Whitney Houston.Photos by Donald Carroway.– Mrs. Emma McAfee-Davis and Sister, Neomi McClendon.
Remarks by Brandy Sanders.’Nu Skool Sings Old School Kid Mimi Sledge with Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith, Founder & Spiritual Director of Agape International Spiritual Center. We had an amazing night at The Gospel According to Tim McAfee Lewis Concert. Mimi performed on the Tribute to Whitney Houston’. Photo by Donald Carraway
Remarks by Brandy Sanders.’Madeline Thompson and the Legendary Clara Ward set the place on fire with their medley of Old Gospel songs. They had the house rocking at The Gospel According to Tim Mcafee-Lewis Concert at Agape International Spiritual Center on Sunday night’. Photo by Donald Carraway
Remarks by Brandy Sanders_’The LA Inner City Mass Choir rocked the house at The Gospel According to Tim Mcafee-Lewis. These kids are off the hook!!!’ What a Performance!!! Photo by Donald Carraway.
The Red Carpet at The Gospel According to Tim Mcafee-Lewis.Picture of Nailah Porter, Brandy Sanders, Tim McAfee Lewis, Brenda Lee Eager, Luenell Campbell and 12 year old Mimi Sledge. Photo by Donald Carraway.
Kierrah Girls with Tim Mcafee-Lewis, Brandy Sanders, Normanlewislimos Lewis, Luenell, Brenda Lee Eager, Rev Michael Bernard Michael B. Beckwith and Mimi Sledge. Photo by Donald Carraway

 

Picture by Donald Carroway.

 (12 year old super vocalist Mimi Sledge bringing the house down with her rendition of “The Greatest Love of All”, at Tim McAfee’s gospel event/Whitney Houston Tribute, February 19, 2012 in Culver City)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
Tim’s mom Mrs Emma McAfee-Davis and his sister Neomo McClendon at Agape’s “The Gospel According to Tim McAfee -Tribute to Whitney Houston. Picture by Donald Carroway.
 
 
 

Nestled atop Buckinham Parkway in Culver City, as if on an alp, from which a mother eagle feeds her starving, mouth agape little chicks, sits Agape International Spiritual Center—feeding its flock with God’s Holy Spirit. Last Sunday, February 12, 2012, Agape guided by Tim McAfee Lewis. Tim is the Assistant to the Music Director of Agape who is Dr. Michael Beckwith’s wife, Rickie Byars Beckwith. Tim is Agape’s superstar singer, and arranger extraordinaire. Tim McAfee Lewis, unleashed a gospelfest, called “The Gospel According to Tim McAfee Lewis”, upon its congregation; immersing and baptising all present with a rhythmic musical gospel baptism. McAfee and his talented musical entourage, not only anointed the crowd with the Holy Ghost, but they also presented, led by mini-super talented teenaged vocalist dynamo, Mimi Sledge, a tribute to the “living” loving memory of the late great, and deeply loved actress-singer, Whitney Houston, who suddenly, with drug related rumors drifting about, died at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, in nearly february 2012.

 

The Gospel According to Tim McAfee Lewis, showcased extraordinarily  talented singers and performers, such as Lewis’s and Agape founder,  celebrity, and “The Law of Attraction” theorist, Michael Beckwith’s Agape Love Ensemble, and the world renowned Agape International Choir—which, 4 years  ago, performed at The Democratic National Convention, at President Barak Obama’s People’s Inaugural Ball, at Lincoln Center, in Manhattan New york. They’ve also recorded at least 7 albums, including one with grammy winner, and American Idol icon, and singer-songwriter, John Legend. and The pop-rap sensational group The Black Eye Pea’s, Will.I.Am.

 

Other artists on Tim McAfee Lewis’s talented performers gospelfest rollcall are as follows:

Brenda Lee Eager, having produced, written, and sung with the likes of the legendary great songwriter and singer Jerry Butler, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, Cliff Richard, Ray Charles, Gladys Knight, Aretha Franklin, Della Reece, in Europe with singer Maine Weldon, and superstar Prince, is a theatre award winner, and a hit chart topper. She scored hits with songs, such as the 1971 number 3, on R & B Billboard, and number 21 on the hot 100, “Aint Understanding Mellow?”, and a duet with Butler, “Somebody’s Somebody “, in 1972. It reached number 6 on R & B Billboard, and number 91 on the pop Billboard. Eager, the ever constant artist scored and has sung songs from the 80’s till the present. Her vocal prowess dazzled trhe audience during  Lewis’s heartfelt and powerful gospelfest-tribute

 

Next, the beautiful songstress Nailah Porter, cable channel “FX,” regularly featuring her music, has not only worked with jazz greats ,saxohonist Tom Scott, the late HipHop legendary singer Warren G, grammy award winner Guggenheim Fellow, Billy Childs, and John cole, of  the cult classic Velvet Underground), but interestingly enough, Los Angeles Mayor, Antonio Villaraigosa, has also honored Porter, when he selected her to sing ,at the opening and closing ceremonies,  recently, at the event entitled, “City of LA Heritage Month”.This event showcased the accomplishments of African Americans. In addition, Mrs. Emma McAfee Davis, and Naomi McClendon,  McAfee’s mother and sister appeared and performed rather well, respectively. 

 

That powerful anointing night, McAfee’s gospel fest, and Whitney Houston tribute, were incredibly fortified and sprinked with faith and talent beyond compare, as the famous combo of Madeline Thompson,  and the legendary ,having sung frequently with the great and legendary gospel singer, Mahalia jackson, Clara Ward Singers, performed, exploding, and seemingly releasing gospel energy from the past and the present–dancing and singing in the pentacostal- revival- like style that made them famous. Not only did the Clara Ward Singers produce one of the first million selling gospel hits–“Surely God is Able”——but they also performed in 1969 via the USO, in Vietnam for the troops during the war. Their other accolades were performing at Carnegie Hall; Disney World; Appearing in films by MGM, Isely Brother, and other films, such as “Spree”. They also sang background in 1969, on Dee Dee Sharp’s number 1 hit, on pop Billbord, entitled, “Mashed Potato Time”. In addition, These incredible legendary gospel ladies, also sung, with and mentored  to superstar singer Aretha Franklin. In fact, Clara Ward was Rev. C. L. Franklin’s girlfriend, Aretha’s dad.

Next, Abraham McDonald, Oprah Winfrey’s protege, and the winner of her 2009, $250,000 1st place Karaoke Challenge, appeared. He performed well also.

 

The last three acts, McAfee’s collaboration with the L.A. Mass Choir, formerly known as, L.A. Voices of Deliverance Youth Community Choir of Watts, and singers Sabrina Johnson, and MiMi Sledge, powerfully performed, in my estimation, legendarily and explosively!!  Here is food for both the spirit and  thought. Tim McAfee Lewis, no stranger to the limelight, has performed with Island Records, Sony BML, Capital, Geffen Records, and he has also provided arrangements for the theatrical version of the blockbuster hit, “The Color Purple”, on broadway. The L.A. Inner City Mass  Choir has worked with Stevie wonder, Pattie Labelle, Shirley Caesar and gospel super star, Yolanda Adams. On Sunday, February 19, 2012 at Agape, McAfee and The LA Inner City Choir became, if not married, joined at the hips, as they unveiled a Kirk Franklin type “answer & call “, mantra laden performance, which was unlike, as I was spellbound, anything that I have ever seen or experienced before; they danced, stopped–all in unison—–oscillated, as if McAfee was the moon, and he possessed and controlled gravity. Instead of moving the waves, this gravity master, contro;;ed them at spiritual beck and call manuevering these choir members back and forth, via song and dance, into an incredible, showmanship of both gospel and dancing dexterity–manifesting awesome talent! It was  a sight tsuch that, if one has the means, one should surely find a way to see them.  I was bolted, as if  with a nail, to my seat with appreciation and awe.

 

Lewis’s gospelfest’s next “offering” was Sabrian Johnson. Having sung with Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Jennifer Holliday, Andre and Sandra Crouch, Diana Ross, Ollie Woodon, rock and roll. legendary icon, Little Richard, and perfomed as an actress. Johnson wowed and soothed the crowd with her sultry and smooth vocals.

Finally, the bible’s scripture regarding truth, “out of the mouth of babes”, came alive and breathed understanding to me. Enter Mimi Sledge. Mimi Sledge, in the arms of, Agape founder, and “The Law of Attraction” theorist, Michael Beckwith, appeared on stage. Beckwith introduced Mimi, and then unbeknowest to all present, a star was born!!. As pictures and images of Whitney Houston, amidst a torrent and deluge, including that of my friend, famous photographer Guillermo Proano, of bulbs flashing and popping sounds, and Channels 5 and 7 filming, little 12-year old Mimi Sledge beat everyone to the punch and provided the answer to the unspoken question. “who is this little gir?”. I have never in my life, in person, heard a better voice than Mimi’s. Mimi sung with conviction, and probably, with a little help from Whitney Houston. Mimi crooned, crescendoed, belted, and soothily sung George Benson’s song—-“The Greatest Love of All” , and Whitney Houston’s famous and lucrative  rendition of it, like a grammy award winner.  When this child sung that song, that night, in my opinion, she became a woman; At least on stage, anyway.A standing ovation was testament to one fact. The girl can “sang”. Yes sang————The slang for a singer  who can really, really, really sing.

 

Interestingly enough, a truth became evident to me. The truth that appeared to me was,  via  a Mimi Slege musically induced epiphany, as it really hadn’t registed to me, that Whitney Houston was really dead——until then I was in a state far beyond denial. No tears were shed as I just refused to accept it. I had heard the news and  read the papers, but much like my mind set, when my dad died in July 2007, as dreams concerning him persist even now, I couldn’t really acknowledge  that indeed death had arrived. In my opinion, Whitney’s spirit, most of the time, similar  to my father’s, though I didn’t know her, seems to be with me. I realized, as a result of Mimi’s vocals, it is the soul and love that is real, and also remains within us.  The body was made to perish. I believe that this incredible gospel  musical smorgasboard was God’s intent, via Brandy of getting some spiritual nourishment into my life. I really felt like I was in church; Like my soul elbowed me in the ribs and said, “Wake up, remember?”

Consequently, I know that the Tim McAfee Lewis event, “The Gospel According to Tim McAfee Lewis”, was not just a tribute to Whitney Houston’s life, but also,  thanks to an epiphany via the vocal and spiritual  imagery of Mimi Sledge’s talent, most importantly ,Lewis’s event was a celebration of  Whitney Houston’s life.

  

 

 

 

 

 

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