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SJCH to Host Third Annual GospelFest, Featuring Brandon Heath

Event On Sunday, Oct. 2, San Joaquin Community Hospital (SJCH), in association with SMG Bakersfield, will host the Third Annual GospelFest. This FREE community event, featuring popular Christian artist Brandon Heath – the 2009 and 2010 Dove “Male Vocalist of The Year” – will be held at the Bright House Networks Amphitheatre, located just off of Stockdale Highway at Buena Vista Road. Gates open at 2 p.m.; performances begin at 3 p.m. and will go into the evening hours.

The success of Heath’s sophomore album, “What If,” fueled by the massive No. 1 single “Give Me Your Eyes,” catapulted Heath into the consciousness of Christian music fans.

With a true songwriter’s gift of making the personal universal, Heath became a voice you wanted to listen to, both in terms of tone and content of his words. And he’s been rewarded for that work with numerous trips to the Dove Awards stage to claim trophies, including two consecutive years (2009 and 2010) as the Gospel Music Association’s Male Vocalist of the Year.

When it came time for the GRAMMY-nominated artist to begin crafting the songs that make up this newest effort, titled Leaving Eden, one would assume his most comfortable part of the job – songwriting – would fall right into place. With his collaborative nature, Heath turned to his friends and fellow co-writers to help shape the new material. His first co-writing session was with award-winning songwriter/producer Jason Ingram, who previously teamed with Heath on their GMA 2009 Song of the Year hit, “Give Me Your Eyes.” The result is Leaving Eden’s first radio single, “Your Love.” 

In addition to Heath, GospelFest will feature local Christian music groups from across Kern County, a great way to showcase the talent in the area, including such acts as Vowed to One, Simple Gifts and Calvary on The Hill.

Jarrod McNaughton, SJCH vice president of Marketing and Development, is excited for this year’s GospelFest, which has become such a family-friendly event. 

“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 nearly 3,500 attend our event – we’re hoping even more people will take advantage of this great day of free family fun.”

SJCH and SMG invite you and your family to join us on Oct. 2 for a FREE day of fun, fellowship and great music. There is no cost for admission. Picnicking is welcome. Gates open at 2 p.m. with the first act slated to begin an hour later.