Saturday, February 7, 2004

Gospel Fiesta makes waves as area's first bilingual gospel music show

"Television hosts and vocalists Joel and Rose Perales never viewed themselves as pioneers when they began performing gospel music more than three decades ago. But the duo are now making history as the co-hosts of Gospel Fiesta, the only bilingual gospel music show on the Christian Television Network (CTN)."

"Joel and Rose Perales co-host Gospel Fiesta Saturdays at 10:30 p.m. on WHTN. The program is available on broadcast television on Ch. 39, and also airs on Comcast Cable on Ch. 21. It is also available on satellite; subscribers should check with providers for channel numbers."

"The program, which is recorded and produced in Mt. Juliet at the WHTN studios, eschews preaching or talk, instead offering viewers a heavy dose of gospel performers singing in both English and Spanish."

"'We've been together so long that now on the show, sometimes I'll say something in English and my wife will interrupt me in Spanish, then I'll come back in English. We also sing on the show, and have a wonderful time while also introducing some people to Spanish and others to English. We were real surprised and happy to be the first bilingual gospel program on CTN, but I don't think we're going to be the last.'"

Nashville City Paper

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