Bailey’s concert brings contemporary gospel
By Mark Anderson
It started with Kayla Bailey’s music wafting over a church service in Hewitt, which led to a series of churches and community members coming together and now Bailey will perform a gospel concert in Staples on Saturday, Aug. 27 at 7 p.m. at Centennial Auditorium in Staples.
Bailey resides in the Chicago area but is the niece of Wayne Hoffert of Staples. He attends the Church of the Nazarene in Hewitt and one day decided to play some of Bailey’s music during offertory.
“The response was so positive, we started looking to see if she would do a concert at the church,” said Hoffert.
After talking about it, one of the parishioners advised Hoffert that “this event needs to be in a bigger venue,” said Hoffert.
So he started talking to other churches in Staples and after getting some interest, they started looking at an August date. Pastor Barry Klein of the Staples Church of Christ reminded Hoffert that Railroad Days was at the end of August.
Hoffert spoke to Staples Motley Chamber Director Barb Cline. “She told me ‘for years I’ve had a dream to have a Christian concert here,’” said Hoffert.
The final domino fell while looking for a venue, Wayne asked his wife Coni how much it would cost to rent Centennial Auditorium, since she had been in charge of scheduling the venue for the past few years.
Hoffert said the chamber and Staples Ministerial helped find sponsors to pay for the event, and now it is ready to go.
Kayla Bailey writes and sings contemporary gospel music. “I would say her music has a soft feel to it; I listened to the words several times and it has such a beautiful content,” said Hoffert.
Bailey has a new recently released album that can be found at her web site, kaylabailey.com.
“As far as I know this is the first concert she is doing with the new album,” said Hoffert.
A kickstarter project raised enough money to release three albums.
“She is working hard, trying to make a living in the music industry,” said Hoffert.
Hoffert said her band of three musicians plays guitars and drums, but Bailey also plays the piano and has done concerts with a cello backing her. “I’m not sure what she has planned but she’s pretty pumped for it,” said Hoffert.
The event will not charge for tickets to the concert. “We have an open door policy, we are going to let people in and enjoy it,” said Hoffert.