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Gospel musician to perform Saturday

Beverly Heath is coming back to her hometown to celebrate 35 years of gospel music at Mt. Ararat Christian Church this Saturday.

Heath is a Suffolk native residing in a suburb of Atlanta, and she is currently nominated for seven Rhythm of Gospel Awards for her recently released album, “Jesus Boulevard.”

The celebration is for the Rev. Vincent Harris and his work in gospel music over the last three decades. This is especially important for Heath, because she was once a part of Harris’ gospel group 20 years ago.

“I’m very excited to come back for the service and introduce my new CD to the people,” Heath said. “It’s a twofold event — to celebrate Vincent and introduce my new music.”

Heath’s new CD is her second album, and it features 11 gospel songs that she wrote.

“Although my music is contemporary, it has a traditional sound,” she said. “The music has very strong rhythms and very moving bass lines,” Heath said. The lyrics are all based on His words. It’s based on the word of the Bible.”

For this album in particular, she found the lyrics through her prayers and her personal struggles.

“There was a lot going on with my family and my own life issues, and writing songs was a cathartic experience. It helped to remind me that no matter what we go through, God never leaves us,” Heath said. “All of the times I was on my knees praying turned into song lyrics.”

Heath hopes that this won’t be the last time she visits Suffolk to share her gift of the gospel, and she wants to come back and do multiple shows across the city.

“I am excited to come back to Suffolk and it is my desire to one day come back again and have a whole tour of the area,” Heath said. “I would love to be able to go to the churches I’ve been to before and go to other venues so that people can come out and hear this music.”

Heath will be performing at the anniversary service at 5 p.m. this Saturday at Mt. Ararat Christian Church, 1860 Airport Road.

For more information about Heath or her music, visit beverlyheath.com.