Williamson returns to FD

Tennessee artist brings message of joy and peace with holiday shows

Jennie Williamson will perform for the 12th time in Fort Dodge at 5 p.m. today at the Iowa Central Community College Decker Auditorium.

The joy and peace of Christmas will be celebrated today during Christian Recording Artist Jennie Williamson’s 12th annual Christmas concert in Fort Dodge.

“This time of year gets so busy, sometimes people don’t have time to sit down and enjoy it,” Williamson said. “We want this concert to be a time for people in the community to be able to sit in reflection with their families during this beautiful time of year.”

Williamson, a daughter of a full-time minister of music in the church, grew up listening to and participating in music ministries. She moved to Nashville, Tennessee, in 1999 and started her career in Christian music. Soon afterwards she met her husband, Brian, who grew up in Fort Dodge.

Together they founded AriSon Records and have released successful CD series in children’s, adult and grief ministry.

She and her husband travel the country speaking and performing at churches, schools and conferences.

But each year around Christmas they always have to swing through Fort Dodge.

“The community of Fort Dodge has become family and holding the concert each year is something we look forward to and love to do,” Williamson said. “Many have even told us that attending the annual concert has become one of their traditions during Christmas time, which is something we love to hear.”

Each year, concert attendance has grown. Last year, an estimated 750 people attended.

The concert today begins at 5 p.m. at the Iowa Central Community College Decker Auditorium.

It will include a variety of Christmas carols, Williamson said.

“There will be old Christmas carols that you have known for years, to carols that you may have never heard of.”

Some of the feature songs include “O Holy Night,” “White Christmas,” “Birthday of a King,” “Winter Wonderland,” and “Jesu Bambino.”

“The No. 1 thing we want people to experience during the concert is the peace and joy that takes place during Christmas, along with touching the hearts of all those who attend,” she said.

There is no charge to attend the concert.

It is sponsored by Gunderson Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Benton Auto Repair, and AriSon Records.