Concerts to benefit gospel legend

Leonard Ledbetter (left) will be honored in August by Charles Perry (right)/Tracy Simmons - CreedibleHARTFORD –  In Connecticut and New York Deacon Leonard Ledbetter is a gospel music icon and on Aug. 14 and 15 he’ll be honored with two appreciation concerts in Hartford and New Haven.

Deacon Charles Perry, of Sharper Brothers Records and Sanctified Records International, has arranged for gospel musicians from across the country to attend the celebration, which will be a fundraiser for Ledbetter, who recently turned 90 years old.

For 37 years Ledbetter managed The Gospel Stars and is credited for helping gospel artist Keith Wonderboy launch his musical career. Ledbetter also drove a delivery truck throughout Connecticut for 20 years.

Perry met Ledbetter, of Hartford, a few years ago in New York and since then has been planning a way to honor the gospel legend.

“He’s done so many things to help people, he’s been in the industry so long,” Perry said. “I hope when I reach his age someone will honor me like this. He’s been a good soldier for many people.”

He added that any Connecticut resident who enjoys gospel music has probably heard of Ledbetter and should come out and show their appreciation.

“People ought to see this,” he said.

On Aug. 14 more than 10 bands will be at The Pentecostal Holiness Church, 800 Albany Ave. in Hartford to kick off the weekend event. Doors open at 4 p.m. Local performers include The Voices of Zion, The Nu-Sound, New Marvaneers & Co, Deacon Lou Dobbs & Christian Sons and Blessings.

On Aug. 15 bands will be performing at Morning Star Church, 125 Dixwell Ave. in New Haven. Doors open at 3:30 p.m.  Local artists include The Original Travelaires, God’s Favor, Marvaneers & Co, Nu-Sound, Blessings and Deacon Lou Dobbs & Christian Sons.

Tickets are $30 at the door or can be purchased in advance for a discounted price by calling Perry at (347) 681-3125.

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