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The five contestants that will be performing at Zion Traveler Baptist Church in the finals of the inaugural Juneteenth Indie Gospel Artist Contest have been set for the June 16 performance.
Cornelius Jackson (Jonesboro), Noah Blessing (Ruston), Inza English (Ruston), Only God Ministries (Dallas) and Roshada Thompson (Haynesville) will all be performing for the chance to open the Real Change in Ruston Juneteenth Concert on Saturday, June 17, in downtown Ruston.
“We are so excited of the happenings with this new event,” Ruston mayor Ronnie Walker said. “We want to wish all contestants good luck and I can’t wait to hear the results.”
Santoria Black is the Juneteenth Celebration Coordinator reported that the most recent regional on Friday at Temple Baptist, in which Inza English won, saw Roshada Thompson win the wildcard in a close finish by five points.
“This is a great opportunity for all of these artists,” Black said. “There is some incredible talent in this field and this will be an exciting contest. This could be a life changing moment for these contestants.”
Zion Traveler Baptist pastor Maurice White echoed what Black said in regards to his excitement for the big event. White also is part of Real Change in Ruston.
“This is a great opportunity for all of these artists,” White said. “There is some incredible talent in this field and this will be an exciting contest. This could be a life changing moment for these contestants.”
Amy Stegall, herself part of Real Change in Ruston, is looking forward the the final event, as well.
“It’s an incredible opportunity for local talent to be included in this event,” Stegall said. “By intentionally creating a place for education and performing we are excited that the vision of Real Chance in Ruston is happening in our community.”