26th Annual International Festival August 29 – Sept.1
“America’s Got Talent” Finalists, The Voices of Glory and Jermaine Paul (Season 2 Winner “The Voice”) will Highlight
The 26th Annual International Festival will be held over Labor Day Weekend, August 29- Sept. 1. This year’s festival will once again be on the grounds of the Newburgh Armory Unity Center at 321 S. William Street. There will be vendors, a variety of international and local cuisine, a carnival with rides and games, and special appearances by the Hudson Valley’s own, Voices of Glory, “America’s Got Talent” finalists, and Jermaine Paul, Season 2 Winner of “The Voice.”
Vendors are still being accepted for the festival. The fee is $150 for the entire weekend, including Friday evening, when the carnival rides start up. The International Festival Committee is also seeking donations.
The Voices of Glory will perform at 7 p.m. on Saturday, August 30. Siblings Michael II, 22, Avery, 18 and Nadia, 14, started singing together in 2007 after their mother, Felicia, was in a head-on car collision with a drunk driver, which landed her in an eight -month coma. They serenaded their mother for months and she eventually came out of the coma and began the rehabilitation process. Having seen the benefits of music for their mom, they started traveling to nursing homes and other hospitals in an effort to help other patients.
Then came the NBC hit, “America’s Got Talent” in 2009, where the group beat out more than 100,000 hopefuls and made it to the Top Five. Since “America’s Got Talent”, Voices of Glory have performed at a number of key events, including the pre-show of the 41st Annual GMA’s Dove Awards. Since then, the group has established their own award winning live music show “Ayo” in Branson, Missouri, and had the opportunity to sing before a crowd of more than 18,000 at Madison Square Garden. In March of 2015, by invitation of Welcome Msomi, producer/director of the late Nelson Mandela’s inauguration, they will perform in the “Drums of the World Festival” in South Africa to celebrate Mandela’s life.
The group recently teamed up with author Claudia Stewart Farrell to share their incredible story in a book “Higher than Me: The Story of Voices of Glory.” In addition to earning top reviews, the book was recently selected by the Boston University Graduate Film & Screen Writing Program to be pitched for a potential film adaptation. As Voices Of Glory continues to make news around the world, they have repeatedly said and truly believe, “that all their glory belongs to God.”
Singer/songwriter Jermaine Paul, acclaimed winner of NBC’s “The Voice” will perform on Monday, Sept. 1 at 7 p.m. Growing up as one of 9 siblings in Spring Valley, NY, Jermaine began to showcase his talents at the age of 6 at local churches and talent shows. At age15, he joined the pop quartet1Accord and signed to basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal’s record label, T.W.is.M Records. Despite numerous offers to go solo, Paul chose to stay with the group and was able to tour the world. He performed as opening act for Shaq, and appeared on the soundtrack of the film “Booty Call”, starring Jamie Foxx. He also performed on tracks of Mary J. Blige, Brandy, Blackstreet, Kelley Price, Corey Rooney, Rodney Jerkins and Joss Stone.
After 1Accord disbanded, Jermaine had a short stint with the band Focus, and gained the attention of superstar Alicia Keys, who hired him as one of her background singers. He toured internationally with her, and was nominated for two Grammy’s, for best duet vocal on Alicia Key’s “Diary” and Luther Vandross’ All Star Tribute Album, “If this World Were Mine.” After touring with Alicia Keys for 8 years, Jermaine focused on his solo career and decided to audition for NBC’s “The Voice.” He emerged as Season 2 winner. He is ready to reach new heights with the release of his debut album, “Make Love Save the World.”
“The theme behind this festival is to give something back to the community, and have the community be involved, whether by performing on stage, selling their wares, or cooking,” said Ms. Angelo. “For the last 26 years, local churches, individuals and businesses have contributed to make this favorite end-of-summer event a culturally rich blend of cuisine, talent, crafts, and other wares that reflect the diversity of the City.”
The show will go on, rain or shine. Midway rides and early-bird vendors will begin on Friday around 5 p.m. The festivities will be in full swing with a wide range of vendors, carnival rides and attractions on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 11 p.m., and on Monday from noon till 10 p.m.
For a vendor application, or to make a donation, please contact Regina Angelo at 565-5429 or Ann Kuzmik at City Hall at 569-7354. Information will also be posted on the City website, www.cityofnewburgh-ny.gov.