Deerfield Native and Internationally acclaimed singer in concert to benefit disadvantaged young talent
By Rev. Gene Townsel
DEERFIED, BEACH, FL — Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018 at 6 p.m., internationally acclaimed singer Gene Townsél will be center stage in a Dinner Concert of Romantic and Inspirational Songs to benefit the establishing of a Performing Arts Center for talented but disadvantaged youth in Deerfield Beach. On the bill with Gene will be Evangelist Delbert Mohorn. This festive gala will be held at the Royal Fiesta Event Center at 1680 South East 3rd Court, Deerfield Beach, Florida in the Cove Shopping Center.
Having been reared in Deerfield, Gene has a sensitivity for the absence of a facility dedicated to the development of talented kids who don’t have the means to pay for classes. Says Gene. “I find it ironic that after all these years nothing is here. Our neighboring cities Boca Raton, Pompano Beach and Coral Springs at least have facilities of some kind that are dedicated to the performing arts. However, when it comes to a theater, a concert hall, an amphitheater or a performing arts center, Deerfield Beach is culturally barren.” Some have asked Gene why he would undertake such an awesome task. Well his answer is simple: “If not me, then who? If not now, then when?”
Gene Townsél started his secular career right here in South Florida on Miami Beach. He has in addition to having established The Gene Townsél Studio Of Theatrical & Musical Arts in Los Angeles in 1976-2000, now has a small studio here in Deerfield Beach. Gene has received rave reviews from the stages of Buenos Aires, Tokyo, Bangkok, Acapulco, Aruba, Curacao and Singapore to name a few. He has also taught coached or worked with such notables as Margaret “Shug” Avery, Marcus Houston & Immature, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Darlene Love, Barry White and the list goes on.
Since he returned to Deerfield Beach , Gene has presented Workshops and Showcases for his students to help them to develop and realize their dreams, but Gene asks the question: “What about those who can’t afford to pay for classes? We could have among us another Misty Copeland, or Wynton Marsalis or a William Grant Still or a Yolanda Adams, if we only had a place for them to develop even if they or their parents can’t afford to pay for it.
My mission is to make the Artists Dream Performing Arts Center a reality.
On March 15-22, Gene is scheduled to perform at the Soul USA Convention at the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas in an effort to raise awareness and funds for the Artists Dream Performing Arts Center. For tickets, reservations and further information on how you can help and be a part of this powerful movement, call (561) 436-0868.