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San Joaquin Community Hospital to Hold Free 2nd Annual Gospelfest with Natalie Grant

Event On Sunday, Oct. 17, San Joaquin Community Hospital (SJCH), in association with SMG Bakersfield, will host the Second Annual GospelFest. This free community event, which features Dove-Award winning Christian artist Natalie Grant, will be held at the Bright House Networks Amphitheatre, located just off of Stockdale Highway at Buena Vista Road.

As Gospel Music Association (GMA) Female Vocalist of the Year for four consecutive years (2006-2009) and the top-selling Adult Contemporary female solo artist in 2005, 2006 and 2008, Grant is among a select number of artists to have achieved a formidable foothold in mainstream media and radio. Her 2005 breakthrough album, Awaken, received RIAA Gold certification and its follow-up, Relentless, has experienced significant sales since its 2008 release. In August of 2010, Grant returned to the music marketplace with Love Revolution.

Beyond her artistry, Grant is an outspoken advocate for victims of human trafficking. The Home Foundation, which Grant created in 2005, has raised over a quarter of a million dollars to fight the trafficking of women and children for the purpose of sexual exploitation. She works to balance these endeavors with her greatest calling – as a wife, and mother of twin daughters, Grace and Isabella. Most recently, Grant – who was told that she could never bear children – announced that she and her husband are expecting their third miracle, a baby due on Christmas Day.

In addition to Grant, GospelFest will feature local Christian talent from across Kern County, including The Bryan Easter Band, St. John’s Baptist Evangelical Choir and many more. Jarrod McNaughton, SJCH vice president of Marketing and Development, is excited about the possibilities this event holds for the community.

“This concert is a chance for our entire community to gather together to see top-level Christian music without having to worry about ticket prices,” McNaughton said. “Additionally, it gives local artists a chance to share their gifts and gain exposure in a new venue. Last year, we had more than 4,000 attend our event, which featured Matthew West. This year, as we celebrate our 100th Anniversary, we’re hoping even more of our community will take advantage of this great day of free family fun.”

SJCH and SMG invite you and your family to join us on Oct. 17 for a day of fun, fellowship and great music. There is no cost for admission; food and beverages will be available for purchase. Gates open at 2 p.m. with the first act slated to begin an hour later. Local churches and non-profits are also invited to participate as food or merchandise vendors with all proceeds benefiting the sponsoring organization. For more information about vendor opportunities, please call SJCH at (661) 869-6567. 

San Joaquin Community Hospital and SMG wish to thank all the sponsors that have helped make this event possible: Barber Honda, Bright House Networks Amphitheatre, City of Bakersfield Parks and Recreation, KERO TV 23 and 88.3 FM KAXL.