Philadelphia, PA–The Dell Music Center’s 2023 Essence of Entertainment kickoff was truly a glorified opening. Showcasing it’s newly designed seven million dollar renovation and exuberant ambient vibe, this venue persists in offering that one-of-a-kind entertainment experience to its league of music lovers across the region.
Commencing this year’s blessed affair was Grammy-nominated gospel artist Tauren Wells charming the audience with his infectious energy, heartfelt lyrics, and soulful music. Hailing from Battle Creek, Michigan, Wells started making waves in the music industry as the lead singer of the popular Christian rock band, Royal Tailor. During his tenure with the group, they released several albums, racking up numerous accolades and becoming a beacon of inspiration for many young Christian music enthusiasts.
Since embarking on his solo career, the talented singer, songwriter and multi instrumentalist created a sure fire winning combination of pop, R&B, and gospel influences. Crooning hits “When We Pray“, “Known“, “Famous For (I Believe)“, and invigorating single “Hills and Valleys” Wells had the crowd’s favor redefining what it means to be a modern Christian Platinum artist capturing the hearts of his fans.
The inspiring voice of Tasha Cobbs Leonard followed the raising sensation with her amazing vocal range and heartfelt deliverance. Emerging from a quiet childhood in Jesup, Georgia, she has become a Grammy-winning artist with a huge fanbase. Beginning her gift from an early age, Cobbs Leonard began performing in her local church leading to the launch of her music career skyrocketing with the release of her 2010 debut album Smile, though it was her involvement in a groundbreaking single that gained her attention from gospel music fans worldwide.
In 2012, she collaborated with Word Music imprint EMI Gospel to release the highly acclaimed “Break Every Chain.” The live recording of this song went on to become a chart-topping hit solidifying her place as a rising star in gospel music. Her heartfelt messages and God-given talents have captivated audiences around the world, this evening was indeed a testament. Belting worship tracks “For Your Glory“, “This Is A Move“, “Put A Praise On It“, and signature Platinum smash “Break Every Chain” the renown gospel artist truly delivered encouraging unity, faith, and love throughout her sea of listeners.
Closing the sanctified extravaganza was none other than the indefatigable powerhouse of gospel music, CeCe Winans. Mastering the power to inspire and mesmerize audiences across the globe with her artistic brilliance, passion, and remarkable soul, Winans has become a living legend. Her contributions to gospel music, unique style, devotion to spirituality, and charismatic stage presence have further cemented her mythical status within the industry.
Performing her playlist of multi award winning hits including “Worthy“, “No Greater“, “Never Lost” and sacred-filled “Goodness Of God” this breathtaking gospel queen never failed to discharge induced spine-tingling awe among every inch of the amphitheater with a grace deeply rooted in a strong foundation of faith. Rising effortlessly from angelic whispers to full, resonating vocal ranges Winans made a profound spiritual connection with fans that was felt within the venue’s entirety. This production showcased an unyielding commitment in spreading love, kindness, and empathy throughout the entire arena.
For more information on the 2023 Essence Of Entertainment summer series at the Dell Music Center, please visit: thedellmusiccenter.com