• 66°

Three musical talents honored during luncheon

The sound of music and song filled City Hall Tuesday during the annual Mayor’s Spirit Luncheon.

Rebecca Stinson, Albert Stout Jr. and Phyllis Partee were honored for their years of bringing “harmony” to the community through music. Mayor Paul Woodson presented them each with a plaque commemorating their service to Salisbury.

The trio, who sing a variety of music including jazz, blues and gospel, and have been featured at numerous community events and celebrations over the years, performed for the crowd after lunch and a few remarks from Woodson.

Woodson said Stinson, Partee and Stout, through their musical talents, bring people together.

Stout and Stinson sang while Partee played the piano. They performed snippets of songs they said encourage social awareness and inspiration. They started and ended with “I Have A Dream” — a song written for Martin Luther King Jr.

The group received a standing ovation after their performance.

“Phenomenal,” Woodson said.

Afterward, Stinson said as a child her mother wanted her to sing even though she didn’t want to.

“To make her happy, I would play,” she said, “But it all worked out.”

Growing up, she and Partee had the same piano teacher, Francis Emmerson.

Partee said it’s always nice to have the opportunity to sing and play for people. “I think that’s my calling,” she said about being a musician.

Stout, who comes from a family of musicians, said “music is soothing.”

“I like music because it’s pleasing,” he said, adding that he enjoys all types of music. “The harmony of it is beautiful,” he said.

“It’s been great,” Stinson, a member of Providence AME Zion Church, said about her years of singing.

Partee has been a member of Crown In Glory Lutheran Church for over 40 years. She also plays for New Hope AME Zion Church where Stout is a lifelong member.

The purpose of the luncheon was to bring different groups of people together to strengthen the community, Woodson said.

Buddhist, Jewish, Islamic and Christian prayers were recited by members of each faith. And the benediction was done in Spanish.

The program was sponsored by the Covenant Community Connection, a subcommittee of the Salisbury-Rowan Human Relations Council.

Contact Reporter David Purtell at 704-797-4264.

Comments

Crime

Salisbury man pleads guilty to importing opioids into Georgia through the dark web

Crime

Blotter: Sept. 28

Gold Hill

Planning Board votes against 574-acre Gold Hill solar farm after lengthy, lively meeting

Education

RSS Board of Education appoints Marsh to fill vacant seat

Gold Hill

Planning Board considers controversial Gold Hill solar project

High School

High school baseball: South’s Kepley commits to Liberty

Local

Insurance commissioner presents checks to Rowan County volunteer fire departments

Local

October issue of Salisbury the Magazine is now available

News

Novant Health fires more than 175 for not getting vaccinated

News

Cooper vetoes GOP bill that sought to weaken AG’s powers

Nation/World

GOP blocks bill to keep government going; new try ahead

Nation/World

California to mail every voter a ballot in future elections

Nation/World

Hospitals fear staffing shortages as vaccine deadlines loom

Education

Rowan-Salisbury Schools extends mask mandate through Oct. 25

Coronavirus

State data show majority of Rowan County residents vaccinated against COVID-19

Crime

Salisbury Police confirm seized rifle was used in 7-year-old A’yanna Allen’s murder

Ask Us

Ask Us: How will city of Salisbury spend American Rescue Plan funds?

Nation/World

Pelosi vows to pass $1T bill, move ahead on larger measure

Nation/World

Investigators probe deadly Amtrak derailment in Montana

Crime

Blotter: Salisbury man charged with statutory rape, indecent liberties, child abuse

Local

Day Out With Thomas returns to Transportation Museum

Local

Crowd converges on Salisbury for state pickleball tournament

News

After another court ruling against it, what’s next for voter ID in NC?

Local

Rowan County Fair back in full force with rides, livestock, vendors