Kanye West surprised inmates at the Harris County jail in Houston, Texas with an unexpected concert and left the inmates in tears after his moving performance.
The Grammy award-winning rapper and his choir performed songs from his new gospel album “Jesus is King” this past Friday as inmates knelt and lifted up their hands in prayer.
“This is a mission, not a show.” Kanye told the inmates in a video released by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.
According to the Houston Chronicle, Kanye West performed for more than 200 male inmates before using an underground tunnel to access a separate jail to perform for a smaller number of women inmates who were moved to tears by his songs’ touching lyrics.
Lauding Kanye’s decision to perform a concert for the inmates, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott posted on Twitter saying, “What Kanye West does to inspire the incarcerated is transformative. Saving one soul at a time. Inmates who turn to God may get released earlier because of good behavior and may be less likely to commit future crimes. It would be great if other artists followed Kanye’s lead.”
Jason Spencer, a public affairs director for the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, also added, “Say what you want about the man. But Kanye West and his choir brought some light to people who needed it today at the Harris County Jail.”
— Jason Spencer (@JSpencer_HCSO) November 15, 2019
In an interview with radio DJ Zane Lowe, Kanye West recently revealed how his faith journey inspired his new first faith-based album, “Jesus Is King” which has gone on to make history on Billboard’s Hot Christian Songs and Hot Gospel Songs charts.
“Now that I am in service to Christ, my job is to spread the Gospel. To let people know what Jesus has done for me. And in that, I’m no longer a slave. I’m a son of God now. I’m free through Christ.” West said.