The energy, the screams from excited young people, the amazing vocals — these are what make a popular celebrity concert. This very same ambience was experienced at MJ Zone welcome party on 2 May 2009 at the Singapore Expo Hall 8, Conference Room 4. “MJ Showtime” showcased both promising talents along with a guest performance by artiste Allan Moo.
Lui Ai Ming, one of the main organizers of the event, commented, “The response was so overwhelming that we literally ran out of room and had to turn people away. It’s great to see so many people helping to make the event a success.”
With a total of 22 cell groups participating in the event, this combined zone effort made up a whopping 256 attendees. Out of these, 81 were first-timers to City Harvest Church (CHC). It truly resembled a mini-concert as “disco lights” lit up the stage, and the energy level fueled by the excited young people literally went through the roof. The eager audience was not disappointed as the performances lined up for the day were filled with excitement and creativity.
The youth were up on their feet as soon as three-piece band Resound hit the stage, dancing and swaying along to their two contemporary songs. Other highlights included impressive performances by Ocean Butterfly students presenting a medley as well as original compositions. There was also a duet by MJ Zone’s very own Jiahui and Si Hui, singing a Chinese song “ 如果的事 ”. Gerald and Vanessa’s rendition of Rihanna’s hit, “Umbrella” also drew cheers from the audience. Drawing inspiration from the chorus, the duo also went on to encourage the youths to form strong friendships and relationships.
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The best performance of the day belonged to none other than special guest Allan Moo. He provided a rare treat as he performed an original composition entitled “ 起初的愛 ”by his late mentor for the first time in public. Allan also encouraged and inspired the young people by sharing his own testimony on how he became a Christian as well as the personal challenges he faced as an artiste. He challenged the youth to “dare to be different” as well as to have the right motivation as they pursued their individual dreams.
Ben, a newcomer from N457, was one of the attendees that enjoyed himself tremendously. He said, “The event was very lively. It was also impactful to see so many people cheering the talented performers on. The atmosphere was really electrifying!”
Another newcomer, Junwei, from N276 said he definitely would not mind coming back to CHC again. “I enjoyed myself during the entire event especially the performance by Vanessa and Gerald. They were really good. Furthermore, the disco lightings made the event very ‘happening’,” says Junwei.
Well, it looks like “MJ Showtime” was a tremendous hit, and we look forward to the next big event and expect more surprises from the newly-inspired youth!