• Main Stage Performers

    2:00-2:15

    Welcome/Festival Opening

    2:15-3:00pm

    Netra Young

    Netra Young, a multitalented singer and musician, recognized her calling into the work of God’s ministry at the age of seven. Her anointed vocal abilities minister to the hearts of those who need a word from the Lord and spiritual uplifting. She proclaims that her call of duty is that of a psalmist, leading God’s people into an intimate place of worship and dynamic praise that God will inhabit.

     

    Netra brings a new definition to worship that is undeniably heartfelt, liberating and life-changing. Netra’s hit single “Asphyxiating Worship” from her debut EP, Universal Worship: Project I and her latter project, Liberation, can be heard often on Birmingham radio channels Hallelujah 105.1 FM and Heaven 610 WAGG. Her newly released video can be seen on Vimeo and You Tube.

    3:30-4:15pm

    Birmingham 7

    The Birmingham Seven (B7) is a straight-ahead jazz septet patterned after the small groups of the hard-bop era. Members of B7 are veteran performers and educators in the local and regional music scene. The group’s repertoire, originally transcriptions and adaptations from iconic recordings by jazz icons such as Duke Ellington, Oliver Nelson, Lee Morgan, and Sun Ra, has expanded to include original arrangements of jazz standards as well as new compositions by the members of the B7. Along with performing live as a group for over 10 years, they have recorded and released three studio albums: The Birmingham Seven (2012), Second Set (2014), and Yeah, About That (2016). B7 members are: Rob Alley – trumpet; Jon Noffsinger – alto/soprano saxophones; Gary Wheat – tenor saxophone; Daniel Western – baritone saxophone; Tom Wolfe – guitars; Chris Kozak – double 7 electric basses; Michael Glaser – drums.

    4:45-5:30pm

    Belinda George-Peoples

    Belinda George-Peoples (songstress, actor) is a native of Birmingham, Alabama and recent retiree from the Birmingham City School System after 34 years of service.

     

    As an actor, Ms. Peoples received formal training director James Hatcher of the Town & Gown Theater. She is currently a member of Red Mountain Theatre Company where she has performed in musical theater productions including: “Ain’t Misbehavin,” “Big River,” “Sophisticated Ladies,” “Annie,” “Smokey Joe’s Café,” “BEEHIVE,” and countless others.

     

    Belinda is a great crooner of jazz standards and classic hits. She is a local treasure and fellow of the Alabama State Council On The Arts. She is the proud mother of one son, Terrence Darrel Peoples (wife, Whitney). Belinda says: "I enjoy putting a smile on faces, and encourage as often as I can through what I SAY and SING. I can express myself! Music is me!"

    7:30-9:00pm

    Top Secret

    Led by Shaun Pezant, Top Secret is an amazing jazz combo that covers the full spectrum of jazz plus R&B. In 1989, two friends, Sean Michael Ray and Shaun Pezant, formed the group Top Secret. Members of the group are Melvin Baldwin, Drums; Norris Jones, guitar; Kelley O'Neal, saxophone; Shaun Pezant, keyboards; Cecilia McNear-Phillips, vocalist; and Sean Michael Ray, electric bass.

    Shaun is now an established composer, arranger, record producer, and liturgical musician serving as choirmaster at The Episcopal Church of the Holy Apostles in Hoover, Alabama and Music Associate at Saint Luke's Episcopal Church, Birmingham. He has produced several CDs including On Earth as in Heaven by Crossties, the Saint Luke's Evening Choir. Recent commissions from the Greater Birmingham Convention and Tourism Bureau and Montgomery Chamber of Commerce were given to compose music to represent the cities of Birmingham and Montgomery. Shaun also composed the soundtrack for Thornton Dial, which won best documentary, short subject at the San Francisco Film Festival.

    6:00-7:00pm

    Elnora Spencer

    Elnora Spencer was born in Birmingham and began singing at the age of four. Music was a family affair. Elnora was strongly influenced by her mother, a noted gospel singer in the 1950s, and a talented grandfather and two aunts who performed on a local television morning show. By age 12, she had a chance to perform with Roscoe Robinson

     

    Elnora calls her style ”jazzy blues”, but singing is but one of her may talents. She is also an accomplished painter, having sold hundreds of paintings, and her poetry has also been published in Southern College Magazine. Elnora says that expressing all of these talents is a labor of love, so whether you hear her in a concert hall or a library, it’s that love that lights up the room and touches the whole audience.