FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- Darby Field was transformed into a sanctuary Saturday afternoon as Soldiers, retirees, civilians and guests clapped their hands and swayed during a free gospel concert.

In addition to Grammy-nominated singer and producer Troy Sneed, the Daniel Circle Chapel Music Ministry and local groups the Rev. Matthew Mickens & The New Highway Travelers and On 1 Accord Ministry performed.

The collection of acts made for a varied mix of gospel sub-genres, including southern gospel (often called quartet gospel), contemporary and praise and worship.

Local gospel station 95.3 FM broadcast from the event, with announcer Jackie Dixon serving as the event's host.

Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Harry Reed, 171st Infantry Brigade, said the idea of having the concert was to do something that would draw the Fort Jackson and local community, specifically young people.

"Music is a neutral language. Everybody knows it," he said.

Many on-post concerts are aimed at training Soldiers, he said, and he wanted to reach beyond that demographic.

"I wanted to try to reach the permanent party (Soldiers) and the surrounding community," he said.

Sneed, who cofounded his own record company with his wife, said Fort Jackson is just one of the military installations he has visited recently.

"It seems like the Lord is leading me in the direction of the military families and Soldiers," he said. "I have really enjoyed the camaraderie."

Sgt. 1st Class Vernell Hall, with the Drill Sergeant School, attended the concert with his two children and wife Candace.

"We weren't really familiar with Troy Sneed, but we came to praise God and what better place to praise God," said Candace Hall.

Her husband added, "We came out to hear the word of God through music. We enjoyed the concert."

Crystal.Y.Brown@us.army.mil

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