Kanye West left inmates in tears as he held a private worship Service for them at Harris County Jail in Houston Texas.
The Grammy award-winning rapper and his choir performed songs from his gospel album “Jesus is King” on Friday as inmates waved their hands in praise to God, and knelt in prayer.
“This is a mission, not a show,” West repeatedly told the jailhouse crowd.
West performed for more than 200 male inmates before using an underground tunnel to access a separate jail to perform for a smaller crowd of women inmates, according to the Houston Chronicle.
“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,” tweeted Jason Spencer, a public affairs director for the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.
Many inmates at the jail got saved during the Service, Kanye provides hope and inspiration to those behind bars in the county Jail many still uncertain of their futures and awaiting court dates.
Men in orange put their hands up and smiled as they watched the singer and his gaggle of dancers, wearing navy jail-like scrubs for the show. Looking down from the second tier, men pressed up against the glass as they listened to hits from his gospel-themed Jesus is King album, according to video released by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.
During the performance’s finale, many of the male inmates wearing orange scrubs knelt down in prayer together. Several of the women inmates cried as they were moved by the lyrics sung by West and the gospel choir.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted on Saturday that it would be “great if other artists followed Kanye’s lead.”
“What Kanye West does to inspire the incarcerated is transformative,” Abbott said. “Saving one soul at a time. Inmates who turn to God may get released earlier [because] of good behavior & may be less likely to commit future crimes.”
What @kanyewest does to inspire the incarcerated is transformative.— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) November 16, 2019
Saving one soul at a time.
Inmates who turn to God may get released earlier b/c of good behavior & may be less likely to commit future crimes.
It would be great if other artists followed Kanye’s lead. https://t.co/kK3cTk8dtp
The County’s Sheriff tweeted
@kanyewest visited us today. I know he has a busy weekend in H-Town surrounding his visit to @lakewoodchurch, so appreciate him and his choir spending time with us. #HouNews pic.twitter.com/3e5s92WYY1— Ed Gonzalez (@SheriffEd_HCSO) November 15, 2019