By Special to the Daily World
For more than 60 years, Usherette Board #2 of Big Bethel A. M. E. Church has led the “ushering in” of Holy/Passion Week by presenting its annual Palm Sunday Concert. This year is no exception as it presents Darlene McCoy, singer, songwriter, author, minister and radio personality.
This two-time Dove Award nominee is admired by many greats in the gospel industry. McCoy will be presented in concert on Palm Sunday, April 1, at Big Bethel A.M.E. Church, 220 Auburn Ave., at 5 p.m. Her hit single “Fallen in Love” landed on the soundtrack of Tyler Perry’s first hit movie “Diary of a Mad Black Woman.” McCoy is midday host on Atlanta’s Inspiration Station Praise 102.5 with “The Darlene McCoy Show.” From 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Praise 102.5 is rated the No. 1 gospel station in the country.
Celebrated by music mogul Dallas Austin and gospel great Kirk Franklin, McCoy’s new single, titled “I Shall Live & Not Die” is a world crossover.
“It’s a definite classic hit,” says Jazzy Jordan, vice president of Verity Gospel Music Group. McCoy’s new single was produced by Tommy Sims and is currently charting in the Top 30 on Billboard.
This multi-talented vocalist is also a wife, mother of three and CEO of JENIMAC, a non-profit that offers mentorships to teenaged girls and young women, providing vehicles for these young ladies to develop character, integrity and life coping skills.
Also being featured in this year’s Palm Sunday concert is the Morris Brown Concert Choir.
Founded in the basement of Big Bethel, Morris Brown’s Concert Choir has toured all over the country singing anthems, spirituals, jazz and traditional inspirational music.
Founded by Dr. G. Johnson Hubert in 1949, the Concert Choir has been directed by greats like Glenn Halsey and Dr. Sharon J. Willis.
The Big Bethel church ministry is led by Rev. Gregory V. Eason Sr., senior pastor