*Chicago, IL – Gospel music artist Tré Thomas will perform at the highly anticipated 15th Annual Southside Neighborhood Gospel Festival at Ogden Park in Englewood on Saturday, July 28. The festival, which will take place from 10am to 7pm is the largest neighborhood gospel festival in the city, averaging as many as 10,000 spectators each year.
Thomas, who is still riding the successful release of his sophomore album “Finally,” released in March, has been very busy this summer with performances and the release of two music videos for the songs “Finally” and “My Love Will Always Win” from the recent project. Since making his national television debut on BET’s Bobby Jones Gospel in 2011, he has not slowed down. The smooth-voiced crooner is looking forward to showcasing more of his unique music and style before the thousands of spectators who will gather to celebrate, socialize and eat from the various local food vendors.
“I’m very excited to perform for the Festival,” Thomas said. “Chicago is a big market, and it’s a pleasure to be a part of a popular event in a city that has a reputation for showcasing great gospel music. I’m honored.
Other artists set to hit the stage are Avery Sunshine, Jesse Campbell, The Brown Sisters, DeAndre Patterson and more. Thomas is looking forward to sharing the stage with such noted artists to make this year’s event a successful and enjoyable one. He also believes that with the high level of violence that has overtaken Chicago recently, particularly in areas like Englewood, it is important to send a strong and positive message to the community.
“The festival is a great way to expose my music to an audience I might not normally get a chance to share my music with.” he said. “But most importantly, with the challenges of violence going on in Chicago, I look forward to sharing the message of love. People need to be uplifted, and what better way to help people feel good about themselves and life than through great music.”
Love is a word that has become almost synonymous with the singer, who invests a great deal of time promoting it not only through his music, but in other ways. He is the host of the online radio show “LoveLudes” on the Stellar Award-nominated Bonnerfide Radio. Every Monday night, listeners tune in for conversation and music of all genres that focus on love for oneself, love for others, and most of all, love for God. In addition, Thomas has been devoted to addressing the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Black and low-income communities through his work with an affiliate of the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS. Overall, his music career serves as a vehicle to promote love and change in the world. Those at the festival will get a glimpse of that.
“My performance at the festival is an opportunity to show that my music is relatable everywhere and to everyone, “Thomas said. “I want everyone to leave the event feeling inspired and empowered. I also hope to gain new fans that enjoy my music.”
The Southside Neighborhood Gospel Festival will take place at Ogden Park at 6500 S. Racine in Englewood. For more artist information on Tré Thomas, visit www.trethomas.com. The music videos for the fan-favorite, “Finally” and for the unplugged video “My Love Will Always Win” can be found on YouTube. To schedule an interview, contact Ivan Thomas at 847.863.1067 or [email protected].