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Lifted voice

Gospel musician Ann Downing to perform in Denton

Dove Award-winning gospel singer Ann Downing headlines Gospelfest at 6 p.m. Sunday at Cooper Creek Baptist Church, 4582 Fishtrap Road.

Downing is a regular on the Gaither Homecoming Video series, but she logs most of her performing hours in churches and halls throughout the country, Canada and Europe. The singer is known for leaving the stage to sing and talk to her audiences.

She nurtured her dream of gospel music ministry since she was a child on a Mississippi cotton farm. After her high school graduation, Downing got a gig with the Speer Family singers. She married and co-founded the Downings, the group that earned a Dove Award, and went on to join the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.

Gospelfest is free, but offerings are welcome.

— Staff report