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Gospel Update: Glenn’s adding Worship on the Water Concert

Glenn’s Gospel on the River returns to Friday After 5 on May 25 for the 14th year with The Conquerors, Still Water and the Southlanders Quartet performing in Cannon Hall.

And this year, the series is adding something new.

Worship on the Water, a contemporary Christian music concert, will take the stage on Aug. 17.

Cathy Mullins is spearheading that event, which she hopes will become a three-part series in 2019.

“Contemporary Christian is a different genre from southern gospel,” she said. “It’s a distinct style of music.”

Music historians trace the genre to the “Jesus movement” in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

It has pop and rock influences with a Christian message.

“Cathy was enthusiastic about this,” Glenn Taylor, president of Glenn Funeral Home & Crematory, said last week. “It addresses a different generation than Southern gospel. It seemed like a good thing to try. We’ll give it a shot and see how it does.”

His sponsoring the gospel series began as a miscommunication.

Donnie Dortch, who produces Gospel on the River, came to see Taylor about sponsoring it.

“I thought I was sponsoring one concert and it turned out to be a series of concerts,” Taylor said. “But it turned out well. My dad sang in a quartet and I’ve always like gospel quartets.”

He said, “The gospel series has been quite phenomenal. People show up around 5:30 to lay their jackets on a seat and then go eat. It doesn’t start until 7.”

The audiences, Taylor said, “are a good cross-section of people. There’s room for everybody. The community has been good to us and we want to give back.”

Mullins said Worship on the Water will feature a cross section of musicians and praise teams from more than 20 local churches.

Christian Family Radio in Bowling Green is helping with the concert, she said.

“We’ll have some of the top local musicians in the area,” Mullins said.

Glenn Gospel on the River concerts are scheduled for May 25, June 15, July 6, July 27, Aug. 10 and Aug. 24.

Keith Lawrence, 270-691-7301, [email protected]

Friday After 5 is a summer-long free, fun, family-friendly concert and street fair festival that takes place on the Owensboro, KY riverfront. All events are free.