On April 11 at 7 p.m., Gospel Jubilee is coming to Proctors Theatre in Schenectady, NY. Gospel Jubilee is third annual celebration of soulful music, and features national recording artist and BET Sunday Best winner Crystal Aikin, along with a diverse line-up of gospel luminaries. The event will have a special tribute to Artis Kitchen. Kitchen was a gospel promoter and producer in the Capital District who passed away in 1986 and who played a prominent role in Albany for the gospel community.
Kitchen first brought his gospel ministry to a large regional audience with the airing of his “Spiritual Time” radio show on WABY. He later became famous for his television show “Spiritual Time with Bro. Artis Kitchen” on WTEN.
Kitchen was a huge promoter of gospel music and brought famous gospel singers such as Mahalia Jackson, Shirley Caesar, Albertina Walker & The Caravans and many others to the Capital Region for concerts. His wife, Ada, explains, “Artis was the Capital District’s Gospel Ambassador and he was the conduit for opening up the airwaves to spreading the word of God through song. His passion for song, his love of God and his musical vision transcends time.”
This year’s Gospel Jubilee features the return of the Jubilee Mass Choir, comprised of members of local church choirs including the Union College Gospel Choir; Heavenly Voices*, under the musical direction of Pastor Elgin Joseph Taylor, Sr., of Albany’s Sweet Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church; the Jubilee Praise Dancers of the Capital Region; and a special musical guest artist, Crystal Aikin.
For more information regarding Gospel Jubilee and to purchase tickets, visit the event website.
More about the life of Artis Kitchen can be found online.