Last Saturday Fayetteville State University held its fourth annual iInspire showcase and concert promoting inspirational artists and musicians, an event that would leave everyone feeling encouraged.
The concert included many artists that are known for their influence in the local community along and others with their encouraging music. Some of the musicians were Pelle Price, J.J. Dae, P.J. McKeithan, Minister Michael Norman and many others. Many inspirational speakers graced the stage, such as ex-WNBA professional player Sonya D. Roberts. She shared a tea-jerking testimony with singer/songwriter Sunshine Anderson about overcoming trials and tribulations and finding yourself in the grace of God, which left many audience members moved and on their feet.
“Being surrounded by many talented artists can always make you feel energetic, give you a lot of motivation and support,” newly independent artist, Quinice Songhay, stated while watching the show backstage. Although not a first time performer, Songhay has only been independent for three months. Audience members were moved by her rendition of “Feeling Good,” a song made popular by Nina Simone.
J.J. Dae, however, was feeling a bit of apprehensiveness about his performance, as he was one of the last artists to perform. Still, he was one of the most energetic artists of the night, definitely leaving the crowd on an upbeat note as he rocked the stage with original songs such as “Black Dynamite” and “Body.” The crowd reacted on an energetic tone, singing along and clapping.
“I’m not used to this kind of crowd. I’m more of a secular artist,” Dae admitted a few hours before his performance.
Dr. Patrice Carter started the show off with a short prayer, which helped set the setting the tone of the night. Despite her serene prayer, the performances were still full of life.
Behind the scenes, radio personalities and staff were scrambling to make sure the event was perfect. The students of Fayetteville State’s very own Bronco iRadio are the many creative minds behind the iInspire Showcase, an event that they have been putting on for the last four years.
“It is a very stressful process,” stated music director Michael Chasten, “But in the end it is always worth it.”
The final moments of the showcase, radio personalities and staff took the stage along with Mr. Ray Thomas, the advisor of Bronco iRadio.com, who left many inspiring words about following your dreams and working hard toward your goals, which, essentially, is what the iInspire event was truly about.
Turrell Burgess, graduating senior, explained how the last major event for the radio station was a bittersweet one, but he was still happy to be a part of it.
All proceeds from the showcase go towards the Benefit the Chapman Foundation, and the Sharon Denise Broadcasting Scholarship Fund for Bronco iRadio.