BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - On Friday, Nov. 1 thousands of eager fans showed up to see Grammy award-winning artist Kanye West, perform his ‘Sunday Service’ at Bethany Church in Baton Rouge.
Kanye performed songs from his new album ‘Jesus is King’ backed by an 80-piece chorus and band ensemble under the three iconic crosses that can be seen from the interstate in Baton Rouge.
"I love Kanye, I'm the hugest Kanye fan. I have his vinyl record in my bag right now," said Johnny Williams, a fan.
“I wanted to see what all this praise was about, all this worship,” said Jordan Donald, another Kanye fan.
“When [Kanye] came out with this new album, we started listening to it, and we like the one with the Chick-Fil-A in it. Me and my mom say that together,” said Megan Sharon.
Kanye even brought three of his four of his children, who sang alongside the gospel choir.
Kanye chose Bethany Church because of the atmosphere and the three crosses, a promoter for the event told WAFB.
"It was actually surprising, especially since it was so short notice. He did the interview on 'The Late Show with James Corbin,' and Pastor Jonathon posted it, so we were kind of shocked" said Erinn Smith.
Many folks were just shocked Kanye would come to perform his 'Sunday Service' in Baton Rouge.
“I’m excited to see Yeezy. Usually, big artists like this don’t randomly just come to Baton Rouge, unless it’s for like a homecoming concert,” said Jordan Donald. “He’s going to be at Bethany and I was like wow. I heard about him going to Atlanta, and then I heard about him going to Joel Osteen’s Church, so I was like wow, I’m still shocked,” said Josias Lucas.
Several folks say they wanted to hear his testimony and faith transformation. The songs on the album chronicle West’s journey through Christianity.
“I’m just excited to see that he’s on a journey to see change in the world, so he’s a big part of what we see as our society today. So I’m excited for the change,” said Smith.
“I came here to support Kanye, I’m supporting his whole salvation, So I want to be a part of that movement and part of God’s revival. I think he’s going to do great things and reach people that we can’t reach,” said Lucas.
VIP guests were able to get breakfast at an event called Brunchella.
Each of the fans said they’re just hopeful, Kanye makes another stop in Baton Rouge in the future, and the folks at Bethany Church are hopeful this may bring more people to church on Sunday.
View video from the event below: