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Sunday, June 10, 2007

Genesis Second Generation Holds Fundraiser




Songs of Praise rang all through the Kingsport Civic Auditorium, as the popular youth group Genesis Second Generation held a benefit concert on Sunday, June 9th, 2007. The original Genesis Choir Group started at the Bethel A.M.E. Zion Church on Maple Street, and Douglass Alumni Members Douglass Releford, Rolax Jones and Virginia Hankins, along with the members' parents, were instrumental in the group's tremendous sucess at that time. They were also among the original Genesis members who were recognized by the group's administrative assistant and manager Stella Robinette.

Genesis Second Generation is a rebirth of the older group, and consists of youth from many churches all over Kingsport, and even some college students. The director is the Reverend Bernard Goliday, who accompanies the group on the electric organ. Marketing Director for the group is Linda Wade.

After a welcome from Mark Kilgore of Kingsport Parks and Recreation, and a welcome from the Reverend Donnie Wade, it was down to business for the talented group of singers.. the business of Praising the Lord and glorifying his name.

Kingsport Mayor Dennis Phillips and his wife were among the audience of well over a hundred people. On behalf of the Kingsport Board of Mayor and Aldermen, Mayor Phillips declared June 9th as "Genesis Second Generation Day" in the Model City.

The concert and its 15-dollar donation raised funds for the Jalissa Ferguson Memorial Park in Riverview, named for the four-year-old Riverview girl killed by a drug dealer's bullet in 1994. The shooting sparked a revival of community spirit that has slowly reclaimed the neighborhood for our relatives, friends and residents who live there.

During a special moment at the concert, Jalissa was named an honorary member of Genesis Second Generation, and her mom was presented a group shirt.

The Genesis Ensemble-Second Generation Alto Section is comprised of Nyashia Grady, Cyndee Morrisette, Beth Daniels, Jessie Hampton, Samantha Burke, Nikka McClain, Joy Stewart, Victoria Price, Kierra Kilgore, Amanda Morgan, Kahmil Dulaney, Sydney Edwards, Mariah Maxwell, Tamaya Jones and Sha'quale Sharpe.
Tenors are Josh Perry Tra Price, Johnathan Perry, Marlon McGue, Terance Maxwell, Adrian Sensabaugh, Sam Turner, Lavonte Turner, Thomas Edwards, Curtis Montgomery, David Mitchell, Ashley Craft, Joey Clanton, Cory Drigger. Sopranos are Jackie Hampton, Fredrica Grady, Sierra Evans, Shasha Morrisette, Jessical Turner, Briesha Camp, Xena Huff, Mackenzie Stokley, Mackaela Stokley, Faith Mbarathi, Shay Turner, Kelsey Dulaney, Quamina Williams, Becca Morgan, Shuvonna Williams, and Michelle Maxwell. The director-in-training is Tyyonna Grady.

(As mentioned above, pictures of the concert are in the Photo Gallery, and videos of the songs are in the Riverview-Douglass Videos section on the Website Main Page)