Veterans Celebrated with Concert

Students and Faculty plan to recognize veterans while listening to the sound of gospel melodies.

Tallahassee native and former Florida A&M Gospel Choir Director Daniel James, alongside his gospel ministry and band “Daniel James and Living Proof,” will host a gospel concert at Evangel Assembly of God on Nov. 11 in honor of Veteran’s Day.

The concert will be a DVD-recorded event that marks the debut of KJV Records and its first recording artist, Daniel James.

James grew up in Fort Myers, Fla., where he began to preach in church at 15 and later served as Minister of Music at the Jerusalem Church of God in Christ. He was director of the FAMU Gospel Choir for five years.

In 1998, he made his debut at the House of Blues in Orlando, Fla., with “The Revelation Chorale.”

Those attending the concert will be the first in the U.S. to hear the group’s Thanksgiving album “Be Grateful,” a five-single CD with a mixture of gospel and love songs. James said the CD is a compilation of gospel, jazz, Christian and hip-hop melodies.

Pastor Yinka Ojo and his wife Deola Ojo, members of the Grace Family International Church, recently invited the artist to Nigeria to perform samplings of songs from his album.

James said his inspiration for the album came from witnessing to how the nation’s economy has changed people.

“People have begun to find solace in going out to nightclubs and getting drunk with friends to drown out their sorrows,” said James. “We beat ourselves down every day, pinpointing what is bad about us and our lives, forgetting that we are blessed and life is better than we think it is.”

The singer/songwriter has opened for gospel legends like the Clark Sisters, Dorothy Norwood, Donald Lawrence and Kirk Franklin.

Audiences should expect a compilation of gospel, jazz, Christian and hip-hop melodies next Friday.

“Above all, it is important that this concert celebrate God’s reciprocal love,” said James. “I am honored and grateful to have the opportunity to share this important message through my music.

Doors open at 4 p.m. and the show begins at 5 p.m. KJV and the ministry expect to entertain 500 guests. The church is located on 2300 Old Bainbridge Rd.

Tickets can be purchased for $20 online at A single ticket purchase covers the cost of general admission and includes a copy of “Be Grateful.”

VIP tickets cost $40 and include a meet and greet at Hotel Duval. immediately following the concert.