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DeWayne Woods headlines concert at local church

admin | 11/30/2011, 7 a.m.

Gospel presentations are common during the holiday season, yet for those fortunate enough to attend the Praise and Worship of Thanksgiving Concert at the IBB MIami Church on Friday, Nov. 18th, were treated to a professional concert featuring Stellar-award winning DeWayne Woods. Woods performed several crowd favorites including his hit, Let Go. In between songs, Woods shared his own personal testimony as well as admonished others to share their own stories with others. You never may know what the person next to you is going through, he reminded the audience. The gospel singer told The Miami Times that sometimes his own songs are able to provide hope and faith to him. A few years ago, Woods was under tremendous stress from a recent move and worrying about his latest album. Yet when he began to sing, Let Go, while he was washing the dishes, God just ministered to me through those words. Woods was just one artist of many who ministered through song, dance or miming including the local choir, Local 8 and Word of Truth dance ministry. The concert was the first event to be sponsored by Royalty Entertainment, a local Christian company that was established in June 2011. Evette McCrea, the vice president of the company, along with her husband, Herbert, the CEO and president, founded the company out of a desire to bring more of a Christian environment where fun, laughter, romance can be brought in the community without compromising our salvation. In spite of the entertainment aspects of their events, Mrs. McCrea explained that all of their venues will center around Christ. In every event that we take on we will make an alter call to Jesus, she said. With their new company, the McCreas plan on several more events including a battle between Praise Teams and eventually founding their own Christian entertainment. The additional venues and events would be appreciated by members of the local faith community, according to Robert Smith. According to Smith, the founder of a local Christian musical arts school, South Floridas lacks a vibrant, productive Christian entertainment scene, especially compared to other cities. By Kaila Heardkheard@miamitimesonline.com