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Last year’s Gospel Music Week in Columbus was the first in more than 30 years without J.C. Brown, long recognized as the soul of the area’s southern gospel music scene. Brown, who launched the event in 1980, died March 1, 2011, after an illness.
“We want to keep his memory alive,” said Greg Brown, once of J.C.’s four sons.
So they have made sure to bill the three-day happening, which once was a full week, as J.C. Brown’s 33rd Annual Gospel Music Week. It kicks off today at 7 p.m. and runs through Saturday at Columbus’ First Church of the Nazarene.
And the event’s late founder will be there — in video clips from past gospel gatherings here.
“That went over really well last year,” Greg said. “There are lots of memories.”
J.C. himself was well-known here as a former nationally touring gospel singer. But he poked fun at his lack of instrumental skill.
“I can play the radio,” he would say.
Brown hosted a long-running Sunday morning radio show, “Hallelujah Turnpike,” with son Kevin Brown. Kevin Brown continues the show from 6 to 9 a.m. on Sundays on Seymour’s WXKU 92.7 FM.
In the 1990s, some weekends of Gospel Music Week packed the former Commons with an overflow crowd of nearly 1,000. Michael Brown, an organizer and another of J.C.’s sons, hopes to see such crowds again sometime in the future.
The Browns say they appreciate First Church of the Nazarene’s hospitality and usefulness as a current venue. But the family members ideally would like to bring the concerts back to The Commons once the event’s budget again can cover such a rental.
“I’d like to get it back to the size it was with Dad,” Michael Brown said.
Plus, he said some people simply are more comfortable in a neutral setting for such a series of concerts.
“I think,” Michael said, “that our (bigger) audience is still out there.”
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