EWC Hosts Jennifer Holliday for 11th Annual Fine Arts Scholarship Benefit Concert
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Edward Waters College hosted its 11th Annual Fine Arts Scholarship Benefit Concert on Oct. 14 at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts to raise money for scholarships.
The concert featured Tony Award recipient and two-time Grammy winner Jennifer Holliday accompanied by the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and the EWC Concert Choir.
Holliday, who is noted for having one of the most powerful voices in Soul, is widely known for her triumphant role in the Broadway musical Dreamgirls. She is also known for having crossover appeal as both a Soul and Gospel artist. Her debut album, Feel My Soul, was released in 1983 and was followed by three other albums in 1985, 1987 and 1991. Most recently, Holliday performed her popular hit, “And I’m Telling You, I’m Not Going,” on the reality TV show American Idol with one of the show’s finalists.
The Edward Waters College Concert Choir opened the event, accompanied by the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, with four musical selections: "Magnificat in C Major," "Total Praise," "He Never Failed Me Yet," and "An American Celebration." After their final song, the choir received a standing ovation from the crowd. After a brief intermission, Holliday took the stage.
The crowd responded charismatically to Holliday with cheers and applause throughout the night, especially when she partnered with the EWC Choir to sing “Psalm 8.” She also kept the crowd smiling and laughing in between songs with her warm personality and inspirational stories. For the finale, the crowd’s roar filled the Robert E. Jacoby Symphony Hall both before and after she sang "And I'm Telling You, I'm Not Going." In addition to the cheers and applause, Holliday received numerous standing ovations for delivering an unforgettable, dynamic performance.
"We were very fortunate to have such an inspirational and talented guest artist this year," said a college spokesman. "She took the audience on a musical journey that they will certainly remember for years to come."