America’s Choir, the Mississippi Mass Choir takes their 25th Anniversary Praise Celebration on the road this weekend. On Friday, MMC will join the Mississippi State Conference of the NAACP along with Dr. Myrlie Evers Williams and Julian Bond in celebration of the life and work of the late Medgar Evers in Jackson before heading to Houston for the official kick off of the year long celebration. Soulfruit, Willie Taylor and Friends and J Shep and Standard will take part in the Houston celebration and hosting duties will be handled by Marcus D. Wiley.
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The 2013 Essence Festival heads to the Crescent City, New Orleans, Louisiana on the weekend of July 4th through July 7th. This year, the Get Lifted All Star Gospel Tribute honors Gospel music icons Tramaine Hawkins and Donnie McClurkin. Scheduled performers include Bishop Lester Love and the City of Love, Yolanda Adams, Michelle Williams, Amber Bullock, Tasha Cobbs, Bishop Noel Jones, Tyronne Foster and The Arc Singers, Kurt Carr, Isaac Carree, Kim Burrell and many more.
Noted Gospel singer/songwriter Desmond Pringle is partnering with the Cancer Treatment Centers of America for A Night of Inspiration and Hope, a three city concert event beginning on May 2nd in Chicago, Illinois.
May 2nd holds a special place in Pastor Pringle’s heart. In addition to being the National Day of Prayer, the date also marks the anniversary of the recording of his very first project, Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs some 15 years ago. With the recent series of events affecting our nation, Pringle sought out an opportunity to bring believers together for fellowship, praise, prayer and music. Teaming up with Reverend Percy McCray and Cancer Treatment Center of America was just the icing on the cake. McCray oversees the Our Journey of Hope program for CTCA Illinois establishing outreach and support programs or individuals and their families impacted by cancer.
Pastor Pringle’s hopefest makes it way to Charleston on May 11th and Los Angeles in June. Pringle new CD, Fidelity featuring the radio hit Can’t Even Imagine bows on Kingdom Records on May 14th.
Smokie Norful and son Ashton will take their show on the road as part of McDonalds Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour beginning May 9th in Washington, DC. The Norfuls will be joined by Tamela Mann, John P. Kee, 2013 Grammy Award winner Lecrae and host Vickie Winans on the multi city tour. In its 7th year, the tour touches the community through the power of Gospel Music as well as reinvesting in the community through the Ronald McDonald Charities.
Host Vickie Winans shared these sentiments: “Giving back to those around us is crucial, especially with the recent tough times our families and communities have faced. Now more than ever, our communities need to know we are there for them, and that’s something the McDonald‘s Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour has set out to do. I’m honored to take part in the cause, and I look forward to bringing joy and laughter to everyone who attends the concerts.”
Tour dates and locations include:
- May 9 – Washington, D.C., Ebenezer AME Church
- May 10 – Philadelphia, Sharon Baptist Church
- May 11 – Newark, McDonald‘s Gospelfest – Prudential Center
- June 6 – Birmingham, Bill Harris Arena
- June 7 – Atlanta, Greater Travelers Rest Baptist Church
- June 21 – Detroit, Second Ebenezer Baptist Church
- June 22 – Chicago, Chicago Gospel Music Festival
- July 3 – Louisville, Full Gospel Baptist Conference
- August 30 – Dallas, MegaFest
The multiple award winning acapella group Take 6 celebrates 25 years of recording and performing with a world tour beginning May 7th in New York. The year long tour will include concert performances in the US as well as overseas including Germany, England, Sweden, Switzerland, France, Japan, Australia, Norway, eastern Europe and South America.
Their self titled debut CD, released in 1988 won 2 Grammy awards and landed on Billboard’s Jazz, Contemporary Christian and Gospel charts. With 15 albums to their credit, the group comprised of Claude McKnight, Mark Kibble, Joel Kibble, Dave Thomas, Alvin Chea and Khristian Dentley have garnered a total of 10 Grammy Awards, 10 Dove Awards, a Soul Train Award, and 2 NAACP Image Awards
Grammy and Dove Award winners Andrae Crouch, Chuck Girard, Evie, Michael Omartian, Randy Stonehill and The Archers will embark on a 36 city national tour starting with a two night concert and tv/dvd taping at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium May 18th and 19th.
With a combined total of over 230 albums recorded, these renowned musicians launched the revolutionary Jesus Movement forever introducing the world to contemporary Christian music. The reaction to their music was immediate and profound. “’Wow! Are they singing about Jesus?!’” recounts Steve Archer, member of the Grammy-wining trio, The Archers. “We were putting the Word in the faces of people that had never heard it,” said Crouch, one of Christian music’s most revered songwriters and artists.
The One Way Experience concerts will embrace, pay tribute to, and rekindle an awareness of the innovative artists who spearheaded this incredible movement.
Mississippi Mass Choir announced tour dates leading into their 25th Anniversary Celebration Gala and live recording. Houston’s own Pastor JD Herron and the Courageous Faith Christian Center will kick off the 25th anniversary tour on May 18th at the Holman Street Baptist Church. Additional dates and cities will be announced shortly.
Palm Sunday Weekend was the backdroup as Memphis’ own Vincent Tharpe and Kenosis embarked upon a 22 city tour in support of their EPM Music Group CD Release Live In Memphis. Dubbed the Faith Tour, Tharpe shared his excitement about the tour; “This tour is a testament that we can do all things through Christ! This…. is our way of putting action behind Faith.”
VTK will travel through the south, midwest and east coast with stops in Arkansas, Mississippi , Missouri , Ohio, DC and New York.
Two singles from the CD, Thank You Lord and Let’s Praise Him are making the rounds at radio and climbing up the BDS singles chart.
Master songwriter, pianist and conductor Damien Sneed is one of the headliners for the 2013-2014 Concert and Education Season at the prestigious Jazz at Lincoln Center. JALC announced its new season and Abyssinian: A Gospel Celebration featuring Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with the 70-voice Chorale Le Chateau conducted by Damien Sneed is one of the highlights.
Marsalis composed the Abyssinian Mass in 2008 in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Abyssinian Baptist Church on West 138th Street in Harlem. The JALC Orchestra and Chorale Le Chateau will embark upon a multi city U S tour during the month of October. Sneed will also host 2 Jazz Meets Gospel concerts as part of the Jazz for Young People Series.
All of the anticipation and excitement has led up to tonight as James Fortune, Stellar Award Winner Kierra Sheard, Vashawn Mitchell and Zacardi Cortez make their way to Fort Knox, Kentucky using MLK day as the opening for the highly anticipated United As One Tour sponsored by ALW Entertainment. The tour will wind its way through several cities including Richmond, Baltmore, Charlotte, Chicago, Atlanta and Memphis.