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The 3rd Annual Bobby Jones Gospel in New Orleans

Pulls in Larger Audience and Industry Music Executives


Dr. Bobby Jones and Bishop Ryan Warner with the Nashville Super Choir during the 3rd Annual Bobby Jones Gospel in New Orleans, LA




New Orleans, LABishop Ryan D. Warner, President and Chief Executive Officer and Executive Producer of Versatile Entertainment did it again, with The 3rd Annual Bobby Jones Gospel in New Orleans.


With a determination to have strong representation from the Gospel Community, Bishop Warner said, “After Hurricane Katrina, there were concerts and relief efforts from the R & B community, the Jazz community, but nothing from the Gospel community and I wanted to change that.”  After sharing his vision and heart with Dr. Bobby Jones, the two came together to birth Bobby Jones Gospel in New Orleans. Since then, Bishop Warner has been receiving only positive feed back.


To set the tone for the weekend, all were invited to the Welcome Musical, which took place at Abundant Life Tabernacle, 1701 Franklin Avenue in downtown New Orleans, where Tyrone G. Jefferson is the Senior Pastor.  With at least twenty groups on the roster, this was the perfect setting for independent artists to showcase their talents in front of Gospel music heavyweights including Dr. Bobby Jones, BET Talent Coordinator and Producer Joyce Coleman, The Belle Report’s Sheilah Belle a.k.a. The Belle and Bobby Jones Top 10 Countdown Producer Rick Joyner.


A couple of the stand out performances for the evening were given by New Orleans, LA native Nefateria Hash who could have sung for thirty minutes and no one would have cared and Brooklyn, NY native Angela Hall, who had everyone on their feet before she left the stage.  She was passionate about her ministry with an energized performance that made you appreciate her overall craft.


(From l to r:  Dr. Bobby Jones, Nefateria Hash, Angela Hall, a Praise Break and Pastor Tyrone Jefferson)


Also speaking to the congregation was Dr. Bobby Jones, who really shared his heart. “It’s my job to bring out the unpopular and give them an opportunity to shine and that’s what I do on my television show.  I give new singers a platform to perform on with an audience in the millions,” as he spoke about his longest running television show on the BET network, Bobby Jones Gospel. 


Speaking to the independent artists, Dr. Jones said, “Stop being so busy trying to be like someone else, that you forget who you are.  We walk like them, talk like them and dress like them, but God has already given you what you need, in order for you to do what He has called you to do.” His comments were met with applause with some also giving him a standing ovation.


And now in its 3rd year of production, Bishop Warner says, he couldn’t be more pleased as the attendance had once again grown from those performing to those participating over the weekend.


With more than 80 groups from all over the country performing, March 26 – 27th at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, 500 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA.  Performances it was truly non-stop music, with performances taking place during special VIP lunches, dinners and for television taping. Hosting the various events were Dr. Bobby Jones, along with Co-Host Merdean Gales, Rick Joyner and The Belle.


Also making a special appearance was Gospel recording artists Half Mile Home, Melvin Williams, Lemmie Battle, Johnny Sanders, Ted Winn, The Brown Boyz, Ami Rushes, Leanne Faine and the Nashville Super Choir.


Following the television taping on Friday night, Versatile Entertainment partner with The Rite Note Entertainment to bring on the Official After Party at Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church.  With Lemmie Battle as one of the headline performers, this was a slam dunk event with a packed house and performances running until the wee hours of the morning.


(From l to r; Panelist Melvin Williams, Johnny Sanders, Dr. Bobby Jones, (Bishop Warner stop by to give greetings)

Moderator, The Belle, Cappriccieo Scates, Joyce Coleman, Charlene Sartin and Kenny Taylor)


New this year was the Gospel Industry Round Table with Sheilah Belle a.k.a. The Belle as the Moderator and visionary behind the idea.  Special guest panelists included BET Talent Coordinator and Producer Joyce Coleman, SESAC’s, Cappriccieo Scates, Financial Planner, Rick Joyner, Music Industry’s Executives Charlene Sartin, Kenny Taylor, Gospel Recording Artists Melvin Williams and Johnny Sanders.


Topics range from “How to Make Money in the music Industry, despite a Recession,”  “Publishing 101: SESAC, ASCAP & BMI,” and “Marketing, Promotions, Imaging, Self Investment and Church Relationships.”


(In photo: The Belle and Joyce Coleman)


With comments ranging from Coleman who said, “There have been times when I have charged someone $200 for a phone number,” to Joyner who said, “Stop carrying so much money in your pocket,” the questions from the audience flowed from 9am to 12:30p.m., with Melvin Williams also showing off a recent check he had received from ASCAP. 


Bottom line, this additional component allowed Gospel Industry Executives an opportunity to not only shine, but also share their knowledge with a strong morning turnout of people who were hungry for more insight into the music industry.


To Bishop Ryan Warner and the entire Versatile Entertainment Team…Job well done for your dedication, drive, commitment, determination and perseverance to make a difference in New Orleans and in giving the Gospel community and Industry another outlet where they can network, share and continue to build new relationships with other people who are on the GROW.


Dr. Bobby Jones and Half Mile Home, The Crowd during the television taping and Bishop Warner and Dr. Jones share a moment on stage


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