“I grew up in gospel music,” said Ferguson, CEO of Ferguson Gospel Events. “… A lot of the newer, contemporary praise and worship, things like that, seems to be popular nowadays, which is OK. I totally support that, but I want to bring back the tradition of Southern gospel music to Cartersville.
“… I just want to win people over to the Lord and let everybody have a good time. [Seeing the performances come together], it is a very, very humbling experience. It is very touching. A lot of our fans, I have a personal attachment to. We have been blessed with a huge fan base. A lot of the fans, I’ve known from other churches or they followed me when I was out quarteting. It just touches my heart. It makes me live and strive for more and more and more.”
Ferguson Gospel Events already has scheduled more than 32 performances in Bartow this year. Some of the events include Gospel @ The Gate, Corinth’s Quarterly Singings, The Perrys in Concert, Dallas Mountain Tent Revival, Singing by the Riverside Festival and How Bartow Saved Christmas. All of the presentations are free of charge to attendees, except for The Perrys in Concert. Tickets will be $15 general admission and $25 VIP for the March 15 concert at Friendship Baptist Church.
For DeWayne Mullinax, owner of The Gate Café & Coffee Bar, the Southern gospel promotion organization is the perfect fit for Ferguson.
“I know that Zach grew up in Southern gospel music,” Mullinax said. “He’s been doing it since he was just a kid. That’s where his heart has been. He … [has] lived in Bartow County his whole life. So those [are] just his two greatest loves and it’s just a natural process to try to bring them together.
“He likes to share his love for gospel music. He’s a piano player and a singer. … As far as Zach Ferguson the person goes, there’s nothing that fits him better than Southern gospel promotion. … It fits him perfectly really and he does a great job.”
Gospel @ The Gate is held the first Saturday of each month at 7 p.m. at The Gate Café & Coffee Bar, 952 N. Tennessee St. in Cartersville. On Feb. 1, the second event in the series will feature Heartfelt.
“He’s helped us tremendously. … It became clear to us after about six or seven months [of opening] that we were going to have to make an effort to tap into the Southern gospel vein, if you will,” Mullinax said. “The Lord just kind of brought Zach by one day and [he] sat down and talked to me about helping him promote another event outside The Gate.
“From that our relationship grew and then we decided in 2014 … the first Saturday night of every month [would be] Southern gospel night at The Gate. We have had one [event] and the response was tremendous. It was a great group that he brought out and we had a big crowd.”
For more information about Ferguson Gospel Events and its upcoming offerings, visit www.fergusongospelevents.webs.com or call 770-906-3590.