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Singers to spread message of faith at Evans concert

Posted: Sunday, February 07, 2010

Two Grammy-nominated artists will come together Friday to spread the message of love just in time for Valentine's Day.

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Christian singers Larnelle Harris and Steve Green will make a stop in Columbia County on their Teach Me to Love tour. Though the duo has performed together during concerts, this is the first time they have toured with each other, event coordinator Lynn Wilkerson said.

"They're both really great artists in the Christian community," said Wilkerson, who is the director of school activities at Augusta Christian Schools. "Ours is the very first one on the tour."

The concert is presented by Augusta Christian and West Acres Baptist Church. It will take place 7 p.m. Friday at West Acres, 555 Gibbs Road in Evans.

Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 12 and younger. Proceeds made after the concert's expenses are paid will be donated for Haiti.

Augusta Christian's high school chorus and West Acre's choir will sing backup for the two artists. The school's elementary choir also will sing two songs with Green, Wilkerson said.

Green, of Franklin, Tenn., is the son of missionary parents and was raised in Argentina, where he lived from age 5 to 18.

Harris has sung at the White House and was the first Christian musician to sing at the Kremlin following the fall of the Soviet Union.

He also was one of the first Christian artists to cross racial barriers and sing in predominately white churches, Wilkerson said.

Green and Harris co-wrote and recorded the song Teach Me to Love, which promotes racial reconciliation.

"The chorus was just a plea and prayer asking God for help to learn to love despite vast differences that still exist," Green said.

Green has been nominated for four Grammys and has won seven Dove awards, which honors outstanding achievements in Christian music. Harris has won five Grammys and eight Dove awards.

At the Evans concert, the singers will perform separately but collaborate for five duets, Green said.

Wilkerson described the music as Christian contemporary.

"It's a great way to start the Valentine's weekend off with your special someone," she said.

The concert's date is also fitting for another reason.

"February is Black History Month," Wilkerson said. "That's a wonderful way to promote racial reconciliation."

Tickets can be purchased at Augusta Christian, West Acres, Lifeway Christian Store locations in Augusta, the WAFJ radio station in North Augusta and online at www.itickets.com.

For information, contact Wilkerson at (706) 863-2905, ext. 136, or visit www.augustachristian.org.



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