This article is adapated from one published at the Los Angeles Sentinel.

The presence of the Lord was in full force at the Taste of Soul (TOS) Brenda Marshall-Mitchell Gospel Stage. The largest crowd in the history of the stage lifted praises, shouts, and holy dances in response to the spirit-filled performances by an array of local and nationally known artists.

Pastor Kelvin Sauls and Holman United Methodist Church returned for a second time to produce the event. Joining Holman’s effort were the Black McDonald’s Operators of Southern California Association, who sponsored the company’s Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour.

“This stage is a labor of love in honor of Brenda Marshall-Mitchell and we wanted to be sure her legacy lives on,” said Sauls in reference to Marshall-Mitchell, who founded the gospel stage and diligently nurtured it for eight years before her passing in 2014.

“One of her visions was to bring together national and local artists and this year, we were able to do it through the partnership with the Black McDonald’s Operators. They were courageous in seeing how we could find synergy between local talent and the Inspiration Celebration Tour,” noted Sauls.

Continue reading here: The Gospel comes to Crenshaw via Taste of Soul .