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First gospel group on ‘Soul Train’ plans to perform at Killeen church

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Posted: Saturday, June 8, 2013 4:30 am

Joe Ligon and The Mighty Clouds of Joy was the first gospel group to perform on “Soul Train” in 1974. They’ve performed at the White House and opened for some of the biggest names in show business, including the Rolling Stones, James Brown, Marvin Gaye and Aretha Franklin.

After more than 50 years of touring the nation, they will perform in Killeen for the first time during a Father’s Day Concert at 4 p.m. June 16 at The People’s Choice Worship Center.

When the group started touring in 1960, Joe Ligon, one of the original members of the group, said they sang traditional gospel songs. As the music industry changed throughout the decades, they began singing more contemporary tunes, which opened more doors for opportunity to share their music at bigger venues.

They released their latest album, “All That I Am,” on April 30, and Ligon said they’ll give an energetic performance featuring songs about life and love for others.

“(Concert attendees) will get a lot of good gospel energy from us,” Ligon said. “We’re very energetic on stage and we’ll just be doing what we’ve been doing all our lives as a gospel group.”

Debra Smith, the church’s secretary, said tickets to the show are the perfect Father’s Day gift.

Proceeds from the fundraiser will go toward upgrading the church, including reopening their day care area and continuing to provide transportation to and from church as well as help with their newly opened food pantry.

“I was looking for someone that’s well known. Everybody who grew up in a small town knows (them),” Smith said. “It’s old-school gospel. They’re just awesome. I was just really shocked when they said they would come down.”

Smith said many people can relate to their gospel tunes, and the church hopes about 550 people attend the concert.

“All of their music is testimonial,” Smith said. “I just hope everybody tries to come out.”

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