HAGERSTOWN - Minister Denise James kicked off an evening of gospel music Saturday with a heartfelt "Hallelujah!"
About a thousand people in the audience returned her enthusiastic call and the worship began.
Concert-goers came to hear Grammy-award winner CeCe Winans, who was joined by a variety of local singers and dancers, at the third annual Multicultural/Multiracial Gospel Concert on Saturday.
They gathered at Hagerstown Community College's Athletic Recreation and Community Center, where an enormous stage with two walls of speakers on either side provided the setting for a musical kind of Passion Play.
It was the first-ever concert for Payton Berry, 10, of Hagerstown.
"I'm excited," said Berry, who was dressed in a jeans skirt and matching shirt with black platform shoes.
Berry was there with her sister, Shanna Berry, who got the tickets as an early birthday present (she turns 18 today).