The Grammy-winning rapper and his choir sang songs from his gospel album "Jesus is King" on Friday when the inmates waved their hands and settled in prayer.
his visit was "a mission, not a show," according to Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez.
West performed for more than 200 male inmates before using an underground tunnel to access a separate prison to target a smaller number of female inmates, according to Houston Chronicle
"I want to know something about the man," said Jason Spencer, a public affairs director at Harris County Sheriff's Office. "But Kanye West and his choir brought a little light to the people who needed it today in the Harris County Jail."
Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, tweeted on Saturday that it would be great if other artists followed Kanye's lead.
] "What Kanye West does to inspire the detainees is transformative," Abbott
said. "Saving One Soul at a Time Inmates who turn to God may be released earlier [because] and less likely to commit future crimes."
West is expected to speak with Joel Osteen and his congregation at Lakewood Church on Sunday. Later in the evening he will hold his "Sunday service" in the church.