WANT TO GO?
WHERE: Capitol Center Theater, 123 Summers St.
WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday
TICKET: $12 (All proceeds go to purchasing goods for the West Side Food Pantry)
INFO: 304-382-4975CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Getting older doesn't have to be such a terrible thing. It isn't for Dove Award-winning gospel singer Charlie Hall.
Hall, who performs Friday at the Capitol Center Theater said, "When I was younger, I saw things through my chirpy, church life. Now, as I'm older, I feel like the church is a hospital for the broken, the addicted and the angry. I look at it as a place where I want to receive my healing and mercy from God, so I can keep passing it on to people.
"I think age has helped me see clearer." He laughed. "Not that I'm old by any means."
Still, the 39-year-old Oklahoman has been part of praise and worship music for a long time --- more than 20 years -- and that's been time enough to figure out a lot of things.
Hall said, "In the beginning, during the first 10 years, it was living under people's expectations, whether that was denominational expectations or musical expectations -- how you say things, how you do things. Going place-to-place, dealing with new expectations everywhere I went, really used to mess with me.
"Now I don't live under other people's expectations."
His expectations now are just about delivering his message of healing and comfort and doing it in a way that speaks to as many people as will listen. He's not really there to entertain or to preach. Hall doesn't think of himself as a performer.