Grambling State University kicked off its Homecoming festivities with a gospel celebration Sunday evening in T.H. Harris Auditorium.
“GSU Flight 1901″ made its first landing at the Gospel Explosion with Joshua Rodgers, this season’s Sunday’s Best winner.
Jacoby Tubbs and Miss Plus Couture Brittany Smith were the hosts for the show. Excitement filled the auditorium long before the show began.
A live band played gospel melodies while students, as well as community members young and old, filled the auditorium. Four opening acts graced the stage.
The first act at the gospel concert was Jervontey Graves. His soulful voice got the audience’s attention when he sang “More Than Anything” and “I Give Myself Away.”
Entourage was the second act. While singing songs such as “I Hear the Sound” and “Arise O God,” they managed to get audience members out of their seats and waving hands in the air.
The third performing act was Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity for Women. For their performance, the ladies cut the music and did an a cappella rendition of “What if God is Unhappy.”
Sigma Alpha Iota’s performance mellowed the audience out and gave them a chance to catch their breath before the last opening act took the stage.
The Church of Champions choir was the fourth and final opening act. “Chasing After You” and “Great and Mighty” were their chosen selections.
The powerful songs before the main act helped usher an anointment that continued into the Sunday’s Best winner’s set. Many audience members were captivated in their worshipping.
Joshua Rodgers came in and let the GSU audience know Jesus was the center of his joy, and all his success was because of the God in him.
Rogers is the youngest winner of Sunday’s Best, the popular gospel competition on BET.
“It was amazing,” he said. “It feels great that so many people close to my age love and support me. They celebrate with me and love God with me.”