The last episode of the Bobby Jones Gospel show recently aired, and gospel artists are paying tribute to the impact it has had on them.
According to The Christian Post, the Bobby Jones Gospel show ran for 35 years on BET. The last episode aired on July 31.
Many notable gospel artists were featured in tribute performances. Kirk Franklin, Fred Hammond, Vickie Winans, Hezekiah Walker, Yolanda Adams, and the Chicago Mass Choir all performed.
A number of artists took to Twitter to express their thankfulness to Bobby Jones for his program.
Gospel music artist James Fortune tweeted:
Thank you Dr Bobby Jones for 35 years! I can't thank you enough for the platform that you shared with me. Thank you @BET @BETGospel
— James Fortune (@MrJamesFortune) August 1, 2016
Another gospel artist, Kurt Carr, also praised Bobby Jones for allowing him and so many other artists to have a platform for their music.
EVERY major #Gospel artist owes a HUGE #ThankYou to Dr. Bobby Jones for giving us a platform to be seen! #BobbyJonesGospel #FarewellDrJones
— Kurt Carr (@TheKurtCarr) August 1, 2016
Jones previously told The Christian Post that his faith has been integral to the show’s survival over so many years.
"My faith has kept me there because I understand that faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. I quote those passages and do that with an understanding, so I know that faith is essential for anything to develop," Jones said. "In the Christian world you must have faith, so I understand that. That's how it undergirds my ability to go forth in that manner."
Publication date: August 4, 2016