ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - Grammy and Dove Award winning gospel singer Yolanda Adams sang to a sold out audience during "An Afternoon of Musical Praise," a gospel concert at the post theater Aug. 18.

The event was hosted by the Ames United Methodist Church from Bel Air and paid tribute to local Wounded Warriors.

Adams, who has sold more than 6 million albums, sang a number of her well-known hits like

"Rejoice," "Victory" and "Someone Watching Over You," and shared inspirational stories from her personal life and career. Adams encouraged the audience to put their trust in God during difficult times.

"Happiness is your choice, let's rejoice," Adams sang, as the crowd cheered and lifted their hands in praise.

Before Adams took the stage, local singers, musicians and dancers performed several powerful musical numbers, like "Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory," "Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho," and "Soon I Will Be Done." WBALTV's Education Reporter Dr. Tim Tooten, Sr., served as Master of Ceremonies.

Guests included APG and CECOM commander Maj. Gen. Robert Ferrell; CECOM Command Sgt. Maj. Kennis Dent; Garrison Commander Col. Gregory McClinton and their wives and Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. James Ervin.

Attendees said that they felt encouraged from the music and the moving words.

"Yolanda Adams has been an inspiration to me for years, "said attendee Chala Brooks, wife of Cedric Brooks, who works for the U.S. Army Research Laboratory. "I know all her songs."

"I loved the concert because it had a mixture of local and professional talent," said Canara Price, a producer and performer from New York. "It was a concert for the people, by the people."

"I hope they bring more gospel concerts to APG," said Anthony Hutt who attended the concert with members of the Restoration Tabernacle in Cecil County. "It was very inspirational."

Local Talent
Local talent included the Baltimore City College Choir from Baltimore; Haley Taylor and Maya Taylor from Joppa; Lea Gilmore from Baltimore; Apostle from the Oak Grove Baptist Church in Bel Air; Dancers of Inspiration from St. Johns Baptist Church in Columbia; and Ames Musical Project from Ames United Methodist Church.