Homecoming festivities are officially set to begin Sunday, October 8 for the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff with the annual Gospel Extravaganza. Held in the J.M. Ross auditorium of the Hathaway-Howard Fine Arts building, this year’s headlining artist is The Walls Group. Sponsored by the Student Government Association, doors will open at 6:00 p.m. and the event will begin at 7:00 p.m. Admission is $5/person for general public and free for UAPB students with a valid ID.
The story behind the whirlwind musical journey of Gospel prodigies The Walls Group is nothing short of a modern-day miracle. First there was the siblings’ serendipitous introduction to their adoring fans via Facebook; then came their millions of followers on YouTube; and finally, there was that fateful phone call on Easter two years ago that changed their lives.
“We were just sitting down to eat when all of a sudden my dad rushes over and tells us to get on the speaker phone,” recalls 20-year-old Ahjah, one fourth of the critically acclaimed family phenomenon The Walls Group, which includes 22-year-old sister Rhea, 21-year-old brother Paco and 26-year-old brother Darrel. “It was Kirk Franklin,” she exclaims, remembering how stunned they all were when the gospel music superstar—whom they had never met—contacted them out-of-the-blue, talking about a record deal.