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She has her eyes on a career

Heather Gayle will perform at a benefit gospel concert Saturday

Heather Gayle will perform at a benefit gospel concert Saturday

June 18, 2009|By CRYSTAL SCHELLE

Like most gospel singers, Heather Gayle, 15, started performing in church.

She was 6 years old when she joined a youth choir at the Virginia church she attended.

"At first it was just a hobby, until I got into middle school," says Heather, now a resident of Shenandoah Junction, W.Va., and who attends Asbury United Methodist Church in Shepherdstown, W.Va.

Heather has continued to sing, participating in choirs and taking singing lessons. And this year, in Hagerstown, she earned the title of 2009 Washington County Teen Idol; she sang Whitney Houston's "I Have Nothing."

This Saturday, Heather will join other gospel and hip-hop artists at a gospel concert benefiting the Contemporary School of the Arts & Gallery. A silent auction also will be held.

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Also on the schedule are gospel artists Shannon Watkins, Angela Anderson-Johnson and Marcina Anderson-Gardner along with the vocal ensemble Precious Jewels, vocalist Abigail Nigh, hip-hop artist Lil' Spence, vocalist Sister McFarland, jazz combo River Knot and vocal group In Touch as well as Tri-State area youth choirs. Heather says she'll perform for 10 minutes.

The Jefferson High School sophomore says there's just something about gospel music. She loves how gospel music can inspire people.

She's inspired by gospel artist Yolanda Adams.

"She has such a beautiful voice," Heather says.

One of Heather's favorite songs is "His Eye on the Sparrow," which she'll perform at the concert.

"It's not a complicated song, but a very simple song," she says.

Heather is involved in her church's step team, Soldiers for Church, as well as the church's dance team. She'll incorporate dancers into her performances on Saturday.

Her dream is to perform professionally.

"I love music and I definitely love performing," she says.




If you go ...



WHAT: Gospel concert benefiting Contemporary School of the Arts & Gallery

WHEN: Saturday, June 20; doors open at noon, concert begins at 1 p.m.

WHERE: Bridge of Life Church, 14 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown

COST: $10 for adults, $7 for 18 and older; free for 5 and younger

MORE: Tickets can be purchased at the Visitor Welcome Center, 6 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown

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