Calvary Baptist hosts Guy Penrod

Concert features award-winning artist

An evening of music, community and prayer is what the audience will find during the upcoming Guy Penrod concert at Calvary Baptist Church on Thursday. The Grammy and Dove award-winning artist and inductee into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame will bring his blend of faith, song and invocation to lighten the load of concert-goers inside the walls of the hallowed house of worship in Altoona.

“In today’s world, there’s so much pressure. It’s going to be a good time to be able to come in and relax and receive God’s blessings through Guy (Penrod). People will enjoy themselves with his good, Southern gospel music,” said Jim Daski, owner of JD Promotions LLC, who is promoting the concert in association with Altitude Entertainment.

Penrod is equally anticipating sharing the stage with the presence of the Lord during his Altoona show.

“I’m looking forward to being in a community of prayer. The Lord meets with those who come. He meets the needs of everyone there. I encourage to come all those who are weighted down so we can rejoice together,” Penrod said.

Penrod, who is well-known for his tall stature, his warm grin and his flowing gray locks, has graced stages around the world, including Carnegie Hall, The Grand Ole’ Opry and The Sydney Opera House. He thinks spending an evening together at Calvary Baptist will be just as special as those places.

“I love playing in churches. It all becomes a sanctuary at that point when we go to buildings for meetings — when we gather, we are in his church. But, there’s something special about playing in places dedicated to worshipping the Lord and serving him. That will be special,” he said.

Penrod, who was the lead singer with the renowned Gaither Vocal Band, will be playing a mix of songs at the show. Some will be from his most recent album, “Blessed Assurance,” and others from his eclectic and far-reaching music career.

“I enjoy mixing the worlds of hymns and worship songs that are redemption and dubbed life music. It’s about living life and its joys and challenges and about those daily things from the biblical view — from living life in that mindset,” Penrod said. “It’s about marriage and the beauty of the couple that hangs together through thick and thin and raising kids. These truths we hold dear and I believe all music ought to come from that same place.”

“We’re believers in Christ and we should have the best party songs,” Penrod said, adding that “In that context, there’s no regrets and we really weave that in through the night with worship hymns and we invite folks to sing.”

Daski thinks every age will feel at home during Penrod’s performance and said seats are limited and are selling fast.

“I encourage families to attend. Children 10 and under require no ticket. We try to have these concerts that are available for the whole family to enjoy,” Daski said.

Penrod’s show will feature the fiddle, banjo, mandolin and keyboard among other instruments.

“I do believe this about humans: they’re created first of all, there are no accidents. They’re created in God’s image, so I believe in the spirt of the Lord. God resonates with everyone,” Penrod said.

“Come out and you’ll meet God there. God will be in the room. Let’s cast and throw all our cares with him because he cares for you. The world is a heavy place and people need answers. I don’t have them, but God’s got them. He will change things. He is supernatural — I believe that and know it,” he said.


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