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Power outage does not deter renowned gospel singer Orlando Wright from continuing concert

July 19, 2013|By HOLLY SHOK | holly.shok@herald-mail.com
  • Renowned gospel singer and actor Orlando Wright performed at Christ Reformed Church in Hagerstown Friday, even though the lights were out due to the evening storm.
By Holly Shok

Renowned gospel singer Orlando Wright’s voice bellowed as he sang a capella in a darkened church after a summer storm blew through Hagerstown Friday evening, causing power outages throughout the area.

Wright, a Cincinnati-based solo artist and actor, was a guest minister during the praise and worship gathering of the two-day prophetic conference hosted by Wellspring of Life Family Worship Center at Christ Reformed Church in downtown Hagerstown.

“Lights go out — so what?” Wright said before singing, “Here I am to worship,” to the pews filled with about 40 people sitting in the dark.

“I still sing, I do,” Wright said, when asked if he would perform without electricity, which had been out for about 20 minutes with no sign that it would be restored anytime soon due to the storm. 

“Remember that time Diana Ross sang in the rain ... (the) show must go on, that’s who I am,” Wright said referring to Ross’ 1983 performance in Manhattan's Central Park.

Pastor Loretta McFarland, who went to high school with Wright in their home state of Tennessee, flew in her old friend to speak and sing before the conference.

“I always knew that he would make it,” McFarland said of Wright, who has performed on BET’s Sunday Best and has recorded three gospel albums.

“I thought it would be a good idea to bring in someone that the people may not necessarily ... ever think they would be able to meet,” McFarland said.

The church’s inaugural prophetic conference was aimed at educating people on prophetic worship, which McFarland described as “God speaking through you.”

Two prophetess and a pastor specializing in prophetic dance and movement also spoke before the congregation Friday night.

Wellspring of Life Family Worship Center parishioner Buck Ledford, 67, of Hagerstown described prophetic worship as two steps above “main-line” worship and another step above Pentecostal worship.

For Wright, who said he has strayed from his gospel roots in favor of stage performance from time to time, worship through music remains his passion.

Lights or no lights.

“Worship is what I really do, it’s always been what I do,” Wright said.

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