Allison rocks town
LAST SATURDAY shoppers at Cave Shepherd got the bargain of a lifetime when gospel artiste Allison Norville-Forde was featured in a mini-concert and CD signing event at the Broad Street store.
The area adjacent to the Camera Department was retro-fitted for a sound stage for Allison and her back-up singers, who all came nattily attired in black outfits.
And before she could reach the second verse of her first offering, the moderate but appreciative crowd which had already formed around the “stage” was humming along.
Allison, always the charismatic and engaging entertainer, welcomed her audience and by way of introduction thanked those who were kind enough to give her a listen, and encouraged their patronage.
The entire ground floor was then flooded with Allison’s powerful voice, much to the delight of those who were fortunate to be in the right place for that entire hour, as well as Cave Shepherd’s management and staff.
The gospel artiste rendered High Thing, I Got It, God Alone and I Am A Winner before settling down to meet her fans.
After each song. she took the opportunity to autograph CDs for them.
A visibly excited and elated Allison said: “I am moved and encouraged by the public response, particularly those who just passed by and chose to stay for the full session.
“It speaks volumes about today’s production, my music and my ministry.”
Manager Jennifer Highland noted that sales of the CD were “moving at a reasonable pace” and Allison was looking forward to her next “signing concert”.
The afternoon’s session was kept alive by radio personality Carol Toppin-Pitt who challenged shoppers to sing a few lines of any of their favorite songs from the album and answer some trivia questions. Five persons won free signed copies of the CD.