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PARIS, TN: Gospel icon Bobby Jones’ farewell concert in Paris Nov. 5

October 19, 2016 GMT

If you love the music of Henry County native Bobby Jones, now is definitely the time to hear him.

On Nov. 5, the Grammy, Dove and Stellar award-winning gospel music singer, promoter, producer and television host will return home for Farewell to Paris — an evening of gospel music at the Krider Performing Arts Center that will help a local church raise funds to buy a new home.

Pastor Andre Richardson of Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church said it’s likely going to be the last chance to see Jones.

“He’s basically winding his career down,” Richardson said.

“This will be more than likely his last concert in Paris.”

The gospel music icon, who grew up in the Henry area, is stepping away after 35 years from what is the longest-running cable program to date.

Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Mount Zion building fund. Displaced from their church since 2011, the congregation has been meeting at KPAC for the past five years.

Now they have a chance to purchase a church on Irvine Street, and Jones hopes the farewell concert will help them to do just that.

“He’s not taking a dime for it,” Richardson said. “He’s doing it just as a benefit for the Mount Zion Building Fund.”

The day will begin with a noon matinee, which will give local talent from all over Northwest Tennessee a chance to sing before Jones.

Some may even be invited to appear on his gospel show on the Impact network in Nashville.

At 6 p.m., Mount Zion’s choir will kick off the night before giving way to a 200-voice superchoir, made up of singers from all over West Tennessee.

The mass choir will be covering many selections from Jones’ years in gospel music.

Tickets are available in advance for $20 for reserved seating, $30 for preferred seating and $50 for the preferred plus VIP package.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at brownpapertickets.com/event/2641559, or by phone at 800-838-3006.

Tickets will be available at the door for an additional $5 charge. Doors will open at 5:15 p.m.