Award-winning choir performs here July 10-13

Seattle’s Imani Fellowship Choir, winners of the 2008 McDonalds Gospelfest, headlines at this year’s annual Gospel Tent Meeting at the fairgrounds

Seattle’s Imani Fellowship Choir, winners of the 2008 McDonalds Gospelfest, headlines at this year’s annual Gospel Tent Meeting, July 10-13, 7 p.m. nightly, at the San Juan County Fairgrounds.

Organizer Dan Miller Sr. said the tent meeting is free, although donations will be accepted.

This is about the 20th annual Gospel Tent Meeting, Miller said.

Seattle minister Sam L. Townsend Jr. formed the Imani Fellowship Choir as a gospel music and evangelistic ministry. In 1996, their first concert was televised locally at the Langston Hughes Cultural Arts Center in Seattle.

In spring 1999, they produced and released their first CD, “Remember Your Blessings.” Their single, “I’m Blessed,” was released in 2004.

Imani Fellowship Choir has performed for churches, local and national conventions, and several community-based and civic events, including the 2001 Statewide Day of Prayer and Remembrance for the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

The choir’s stage credits include the Seattle Preview Performance of “The Lion King”; the Langston Hughes musical play, “Black Nativity”; the London tour of “Concert of the Cross”; a collaboration with the Seattle Symphony and several performances at Seattle’s renowned Paramount Theater.

The choir has shared the stage with a host of gospel legends, including three-time Grammy winner Karen Clark Sheard, Kim Burrell, evangelist Dorinda Clark-Cole, the late minister O’Landa Draper, Ted & Sheri, and evangelist Beverly Crawford.

To listen to Imani Fellowship Choir, visit

Here’s the schedule:

July 10: Missionaries David and Zoanne Wilkie.

July 11: Missionaries Larry and Anne Hamilton.

July 12: Potluck at 5 p.m., followed by the Imani Fellowship Choir at 7.

July 13: Missionaries Richard and Sarah Mihalski, 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.

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