This Thursday Erica Campbell’s Help 2.0 Tour will roll into the Florence Civic Center in Florence, South Carolina and if I lived in SC I would make sure I had my tickets. I was blessed to attend Campbell’s show when she performed here in Atlanta and it was a non-stop praise party.
The show opened with Motown Gospel’s new artist, Janice Gaines. Gains’ CD “The Greatest Life Ever” was produced by mega producer LaShawn Daniels. Daniels is the Grammy-winning songwriter/producer behind such acts as Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Destiny’s Child and Tamar Braxton. For his first Gospel album, Daniels stuck to the uptempo contemporary songs he is familiar with and Gains delivers them well with her powerful vocals. Gains’ song “The Break-Up Song”is quickly climbing the charts and hearing it live and in person allowed the listener to really enjoy the full force of the bumping tune. Her sweet soprano was also front and center on her ballad “Wait on You” which she performed beautifully.
Next up was Brian Courtney Wilson, another Motown Gospel artist,whose smooth tenor vocals are well known in the Gospel community. With past hits like “Already Here” and “All I Need” Wilson has garnered a strong fan base and they turned out in full force at the concert. His latest song “Worth Fighting For” is on constant rotation in my car and apparently the cars of everybody in the room as everyone jumped to their feet to sing along with him.
Finally Erica Campbell hit the stage in a beautiful 2 piece black sequined pants outfit by Siralgernon, and she smoothly opened her show with the bumping P.O.G. Belting out the chorus “We believe in the power, we believe in the power, we believe in the power, power of God” one couldn’t help but pump the fist and join in with Campbell. She then went on to wonderfully perform a plethora of hits including the bass driven “More than a Lover”, the foot stomping, hand clapping, “Little More Jesus”, the heartfelt “Help” and the rap tune “I Luh God.” Campbell even went way back to her Mary Mary beginnings performing their mega hit “Shackles” and yes she was fabulous on that song as well.
There came a moment during the show where Campbell started singing the old classic hit Hallelujah/Alleluia where the spirit was high. Campbell also went into a Patti LaBelle mode during the show and kicked off her shoes going into a serious praise fest and dance session. The audience joined right in and everyone had an awesome time dancing and praising God. Yes as Gospel music lovers often say during these time Campbell and here audience “had church” and it was amazing.
The entire concert was simply aw-inspiring and definitely one not to miss. If the Help 2.0 Tour comes to your city I suggest you hurry up and buy your tickets and get ready for a great time with a classy singer who truly brings the praise.