July 21--CHAMBERSBURG -- Southern gospel singer Dave Powers likes to hear his listeners' voices as well as he enjoys singing on his own.
"Now, don't be afraid to sing along," he tells his audiences when he gets on stage at the start of a concert.
"That really blesses me, when I hear the people singing along with the songs they know," Powers said. Powers will have his first concert at Chambersburg Memorial ParkJuly 27, when he is the featured performer at the 7 p.m. gospel concert in Kiwanis Band Shell at the park. Those attending the weekly outdoor concerts in the park must take their own chairs, but the performers draw a nice crowd.
Powers isn't new to the stage, having sung with Towne Singers from 1990 to 2000 and performing since 2002 as a back-up singer with the Elvis tribute performer, David King. Powers attends Ebenezer United Brethren Church, Greencastle, where King is pastor.
Still, Powers said he felt a "calling" three years ago to begin singing on his own, sharing songs that are meaningful to him and that he finds "blesses someone else."
"You never know what song is going to speak to what person, but God does," said Powers.
His first stage performance at a Mont Alto festival is memorable for both him and his wife, Christy. "That's the night I asked Christy to marry me," he said. "I embarrassed her in front of 4,000 people." Powers admitted, though, that he was very sure what her answer would be before he put her on such a spot!
Typically a southern gospel musician, Powers likes to include many songs he calls country gospel, "songs by country signers that have a message, that could be used as a gospel song." Among his favorites are "Angels Among Us" by Alabama; Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the USA," which Powers sings as a tribute to veterans; and "In God We Still Trust" by the country/Christian band Diamond Rio.
His signature piece has become Josh Turner's "The Long Black Train." It's become his most requested selection, he said.
--In addition to his solo concert July 27, Powers can be seen this summer on Labor Day weekend at Twin Bridges Campground, when he hosts "Dave & Friends" gospel sing, from 6 to 8 p.m. both Aug. 30 and 31 at Twin Bridge Campground, 1345 Twin Bridge Road, Chambersburg.
Concerts in the park
Upcoming gospel concerts at 7 p.m. Sundays in Kiwanis Band Shell, Chambersburg Memorial Park, are:
--July 27, Dave Powers
--Aug. 3 Daystar
--Aug. 10, The Eastern Gate
--Aug. 17, Crystal River
--Aug. 24Guilford Station
For more information, call 261-3275
For a schedule of area outdoor concerts in a variety of musical styles, visit bit.ly/1zXZODg.
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