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Local performers featured in the 33rd annual Mississippi Gospel Music Awards

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

For the 33rd year artists belted out soulful songs for Mississippi Gospel Music Awards including the Heavenly Wonders of Jackson and the Hobb Brothers of Mendenhall.

"I mean it's a passion.  It's just what we love to do," said Joshua Gray of the Hobb Brothers.

The trio thrives on sharing their love for God and getting the audience involved, up and moving.

"God up above.  He is the reason why we do this, why we give Him glory, why we give Him praise for what we do," said Jermaine Hobbs of the Hobb Brothers.

Several hundred people packed the event held at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Jackson.

"33 years we've been coming up here.  You get to see all the top headliners in one night," said Rose Martin of McComb.

The Gospel Music Awards were all about recognizing upcoming stars to continue Mississippi's legacy of music.

"Mississippi, we claim the title as the birthplace of America's music. You can not enjoy any kind of music without finding roots of that music in Mississippi," said event founder Jesse Thompson.

For performers like the Hobb brothers the awards show made all the difference. "Local artists don't get the chance and opportunities they need to express their talents and gifts.  So this is real good for Jackson, Mississippi to be able to host this type of awards show for local artists," said Mancel Hobbs of the Hobb Brothers.

Monday night other musicians will be in the spotlight for the 37th annual Jackson Music Awards.

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