2012-06-23 / News

Gospel Singer Angela Josephine Opens Outdoor Concert

By Andrew Marlan

Families gather underneath shaded picnic tables in Windermere Point Park to listen to Angela Josephine sing and play her acoustic guitar. Families gather underneath shaded picnic tables in Windermere Point Park to listen to Angela Josephine sing and play her acoustic guitar. Dozens of people gathered with hot dogs and refreshments at Windermere Point Park Saturday afternoon just hours before the coronation of the Lilac Queen for an outdoor concert. A cold breeze swept across the sunny shoreline and brought sounds from seagulls and ferries, creating a relaxing ambience for the opening performer Angela Josephine, a gospel singer from Traverse City. Mrs. Josephine switched between an acoustic guitar and a hammered dulcimer that she played with mallet hammers to create different effects.

“The hammer dulcimer began in the Middle East, but this particular one was made by a Michigander and dear friend who recently passed away,” said Mrs. Josephine. “His craft and skill lives on … every time I play it, he speaks through.”

Families lay on the grass, sat on green picnic tables, and flew colorful kites along the shoreline to enjoy the magnificent Saturday afternoon. Children danced to the rhythm of the music with ice cream sandwiches in their hands.

“I’ve been doing this crazy thing where I run races then perform afterward,” said Mrs. Josephine.

Her last performance was in Traverse City after running the Bayshore Half Marathon and she ran the Lilac Festival 10K Race before performing in Windermere Point Park. Interested in participating in the Mackinac Island race, she had also contacted Mackinac Island Community Foundation Executive Director Robin Dorman for the opportunity to play at the Lilac Festival.

“I’d like to thank Angela on behalf of the Community Foundation for donating her talent and time,” said Mr. Dorman. “It really is beautiful day for an outdoor concert … It looks like a Pure Michigan campaign.”

Mrs. Josephine, her husband, Joe, and their three children value artistic skill and athleticism in their family. She played trumpet in high school and remembers once playing “Taps” at Fort Mackinac for Memorial Day.

The songs she sang were about love and making connections on a spiritual level.

“My faith is really important to me, but connecting people is more important,” she said.

Her mother would sing as her father played the harmonica for her as a child, and she said that musical expression is the best way to spread her faith to other people. She studied at Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids to learn music theory. Writing music, she said, is the most crucial element, and she only learned to play guitar when she was 29 years old.

Seeing a concert inspired her to realize her lifelong goal of writing music. She appreciates all musical genres.

“My music is like art … I want people to walk away with different messages that mean something to them,” she said. “Becoming aware of the secrets of life, extraordinary and ordinary, sift through the mass and look for the gold … Ordinary moments are just as special as extraordinary.”

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