Gospel singer will give two concerts

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OXFORD — Dove Award-winning singer-songwriter Mitch McVicker will perform this week at churches in Fayette and Oxford.

On Thursday, April 29, at 6:30 p.m. McVicker will present his gospel concert at Fayette Baptist Church at 39 Baldwin Hill Road. Doors open at 6 p.m. McVicker said his goal in performing is to direct people’s attention toward Jesus.

On Friday, April 30, he will perform at 7 p.m. at the Oxford Advent Christian Church at 1130 Main St. in Oxford. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

“It is a beautiful experience to go here and there, interact with humanity, and rub shoulders with the body of Christ,” he said in a statement on his Web site, www.mitchmcvicker.com.

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His best friend, Rich Mullins, introduced him to contemporary Christian music. The two traveled, performed and wrote songs for two years. “My Deliverer” earned them a Dove Award for Song of the Year in 1999. That was after Mullins’ death.

In 1997, as the two musicians traveled to a concert, their vehicle overturned, killing Mullins and leaving McVicker with a severe closed head injury and serious internal injuries. He was in a coma and hospitalized for six weeks, and his recovery was slow and long, he said on his website.

He eventually returned to the recording studio, and in 2007 “Love Will Rise” was released. The CD weaves a theme of truth and love in a 13-song declaration of faith.

For more information about the events, contact the Fayette church at 685-9492; or the Oxford Advent Christian Church at 743-7310.

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