Encounter 2012 concert
Daniel Mitchell of The Hillel Choir will sponsor gospel concert to give back to community
Published: Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 1:37 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 1:37 p.m.
Gainesville resident Daniel Mitchell of Full Gospel Records Inc. will host a free label-launch concert billed as "Encounter 2012" and featuring local and national gospel recording artists.
Mitchell, who founded Full Gospel Records in October 2010 at the age of 17, organized the concert, which will be held at 7 p.m. Nov. 17 at University Auditorium at 333 Newell Drive on the University of Florida campus. There also will be a red carpet ceremony from 6:30-7 p.m. before the concert.
Mitchell, also the founder of the Hillel Choir of gospel singers, said he organized the concert to give back to the Gainesville community for supporting him and his label, which he said is the second largest independent gospel label in Florida.
"I've been involved in music in Gainesville for about 10 years," said Mitchell, 19, the son of Drs. Larry and Bonnie Mitchell of Faith Tabernacle of Praise Ministries in Gainesville and Jacksonville.
Mitchell said he started Full Gospel Records because he felt there was no outlet in Gainesville for him and others to showcase their ability while developing their skills as gospel artists.
The concert will feature special guests Tywon "T. Bailey" Bailey, Tayana Washington & New Vision and the Showers of Blessings Harvest Center Mass Choir, all of Gainesville, and Isaac Brown and Gang of Lake City.
Mitchell said the headliners will include his group, Daniel Mitchell & The Hillel Choir, the Galarza Family and Deborah Reshard, all of Gainesville; Earl Bynum of Virginia, who will serve as the red carpet interviewer; Maurice Griffin of Jacksonville and Damita Haddon of Detroit.
The emcee for the evening will be Ace Alexander, host of "The Praise Party with Ace Alexander" on the Sheridan Gospel Network, a satellite gospel network.
Bynum, leader of the Earl Bynum & The Mount Unity Choir of Mount Lebanon Baptist Church in Chesapeake, Va., is a past Stellar Award nominee. Haddon has recorded two albums, "Damita" in 2000 on Atlantic Records and "No Looking Back" in 2008 on Tyscot Records.
Griffin, a Chicago native, is director of worship at Abyssinia Baptist Church in Jacksonville. He also is a 2013 Stellar Award nominee for his debut album, "I Am Somebody: 1 Peter 2:9," which he released through his own label, MGM Chicago Music Group. Griffin also was a 2009 finalist on "Sunday Best," the gospel singing competition that airs on BET.
Mitchell said he invited local artists to be a part of the concert to showcase the level of talent in Gainesville. One artist, T. Bailey, said being able to walk down the red carpet while being interviewed will be a dream come true.
"I'm very excited about performing at the concert and even more excited about walking down the red carpet," said Bailey, a hip-hop gospel artist.
"I will be walking down the red carpet with my wife of five years, Wendy Bailey, and it is going to be something I can scratch off my bucket list."
Mitchell, a 2011 graduate of Gainesville High School, will be enrolling in Oral Roberts University in January on a National Merit Scholarship to study music education and English.
Mitchell said he will be awarding a $1,000 scholarship to Kayla Lillie, a sophomore at GHS, who will lead the Hillel Choir beginning in January.
"She will be taking over for me and will receive a music scholarship from the label," Mitchell said.