Archive for the ‘Concerts/Tours’ Category

Fred Hammond Announces Dates For Festival Of Praise

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

FOP 16Fred Hammond announced the return of the ever popular Festival of Praise Tour, making its way across the country and visiting 2 dozen major cities. “FOP 2016 is going to be off the chain!,” Hammond said, adding, “ The thing I love about this tour is that no matter who you are or where you’ve come from, you’re guaranteed to have a great time, something is surely going to inspire you, and you’re going to want to come back again and again! You definitely don’t want to miss this so don’t be late because we’ve got an incredible show planned from beginning to end!”

This year’s lineup includes Hammond along with Bishop Hezekiah Walker, Israel Houghton, Karen Clark Sheard, Regina Belle and Casey J.  Hammond also announced that his new CD will be released in October to coincide with the release of the FOP tour.

New Mobile App and Tour Dates Announced For Kierra Sheard

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

Karew Records recording artist Kierra Sheard is banking on girl power to propel her solo tour hitting the road in July.  Sheard took to social media to announce online auditions for her all girl band.  While the band is comprised of girls, Sheard extends an invitation for guys to enjoy the music of the tour.

“I want those thatKierra Kiki Sheard come, to leave feeling refreshed. Transparency, God, love, music, and more is what I’ll have to offer. I’ll have fun on this tour and do things that I’ve never done before. I will not be prohibited or stopped by anyone but God! I won’t worry about what’s said, I’m going for a raw experience! People don’t want fake experiences. They want what’s real. We all want to feel like we aren’t alone while doing this thing called “life,” says Kierra.

In addition, Sheard is excited about the release of her very own mobile app going live on May 12th.

Chicago Gospel Music Festival Welcomes Hezekiah Walker, Shirley Caesar and Travis Greene

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

Travis Greene 2Chicago, the Gospel music capitol of the world celebrates Gospel music in a big way as it gets in gear for the 31st annual Chicago Gospel Music Festival taking place in downtown Chicago at Millennium Park June 3rd and 4th.  Among the headliners for this year’s fest are Grammy Award winners Bishop Hezekiah Walker and Pastor Shirley Caesar, Grammy nominees Travis Greene and Bryan Courtney Wilson as well as William Murphy and local Chicago favorites Chicago Mass Choir, Kenny Lewis and One Voice, The James  and more.

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events will also hosts several Gospel music events around the country including a conversation with Entertainment One VP Phil Thornton and recording artist Lalah Hathaway hosted by Michelle Williams on May 18th and a special Gospel music presentation on July 25th in Millennium Park featuring the Jones Family Singers and the Apostolic Church of God choir.

Check out the city of Chicago website for detailed information.

McDonalds Inspiration Celebration Tour Celebrates 10 Years

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

Donald-Lawrence-2011-2Donald Lawrence returns in the post of music director as McDonalds gears up to celebrate the tenth season of its Inspiration Celebration tour.  The multi city event will cover 13 markets including Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Detroit, Greensboro, Houston, Jackson, Los Angeles, Memphis, Philadelphia, Raleigh, St. Louis and Washington, D.C. Fans can expect to hear the glorious sounds of the incomparable Karen Clark Sheard, Bishop Marvin Sapp, Jonathan McReynolds, Doug Williams, Canton Jones and Pastor Charles Jenkins.  Lonnie Hunter returns as host this year, complimented by the comedy antics of Christian Comedienne Small Fire.

“This tour has been a staple in the African American community for ten years. It is an honor to be part of this year’s lineup,” said Bishop Marvin Sapp. “Gospel music inspires, uplifts AND empowers like no other music can. I am proud to join my peers and friends in supporting the work of the Ronald McDonald House Charities while bringing joy, hope and encouragement to Gospel music fans around the country.”

Kirk Franklin Celebrates 20 Years of Music, Announces Tour Dates

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

KirkfranklinpubKirk Franklin is bringing the music and magic to a city near you with his 20 Years in One Night Tour beginning March 15, 2016.  While the tour’s focus is to promote the release of the multi award winning songwriter and producer’s eleventh album Losing My Religion, it will also provide a retrospective of his musical works spanning 2 decades.

Losing My Religion made its debut at #1 on the Billboard Gospel and Christian charts as well as #10 on the Billboard 200.  Franklin was the recipient of a Grammy nomination for Best Gospel Song / Performance for LOSING MY RELIGION’S #1 single, “Wanna Be Happy?”. (more…)

Charles Jenkins Shares Holiday Spirit With Gospel Friends

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

On the heels of a sucJenkins 9cessful Holiday Praise Thanksgiving Tour, Inspired People recording artist Pastor Charles Jenkins heads home to host a holiday TV taping.   The night of music will be recorded and edited for rebroadcast during Christmas and New Year’s celebrations.  A Celebration of Christmas will feature Grammy award winner Erica Campbell, native Chicago son Jonathan McReynolds, Deitrick Haddon and Brian Courtney Wilson.  The Holiday Praise New Year’s Party will feature performances from Casey J, Dorinda Clark Cole, Canton Jones and Donald Lawrence and Company.

Charles Jenkins Hits The Road With Thankful Tour

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

CharlesJenkinsCelebrated songwriter Pastor Charles Jenkins and Fellowship Chicago enlists the services of native Chicagoan Michelle Williams and Byron Cage for Holiday Praise: The Thankful Tour visiting select cities across the US before returning to Chicago for a holiday television taping.

“It’s been an amazing year for us and we’re all so thankful,” says Jenkins. His hit single War from his latest album Any Given Sunday spent 5 weeks in the #1 slot on the Gospel Airplay Chart.   “We all have so much to be thankful for and to celebrate God’s goodness. The tour is going to be an amazing, uplifting and fun experience for the entire family.”

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Jonathan McReynolds Tours With India.Arie For Christmas

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

JonathanMcReynolds_Whole,single cover artJonathan McReynolds continues to deliver hope and inspiration with music from his Billboard chart topping CD Life Music:Stage Two.  The Chicago native delights his fans with the release of a  new lyric video for Whole, his single featuring India.Arie and prepares to visit a number of cities as part of Arie’s Christmas with Friends tour.

The tour will make stops in Washington, DC (December 14, Howard Theatre); New York, NY (December 15, Gramercy Theatre); Philadelphia/Glenside, PA (December 17, Keswick Theatre); Memphis, TN (December 20, Minglewood Hall); and Nashville, TN (December 21, Schermerhorn Symphony Center).

McReynolds will finish out the year with dates in Fresno and Oakland, California and begin the new year with a trip overseas to London, England.

Cedric Ballard Presents A Scripture Collage With New Single

Monday, November 9th, 2015

Houston baseCedric Ballardd singer, songwriter and worship leader Cedric Ballard makes a joyful noise with They That Wait, the second single from Transparency, his debut solo CD.  In his own words, he describes the song as a marriage between scripture and music. “They That Wait is a scripture collage.  As we are recipients of the truth that the words we speak have power, I personally feel the best way to counteract the attacks of the enemy is to align ourselves with the power of God’s Word and then to emphatically declare it.  You have got to speak it over and over again until the breakthrough comes, and believe me, change will happen, either God will fit you for the circumstance or He will send deliverance, either way, our orders remain, wait on the Lord, be renewed in strength and power, don’t be weary in well doing, those are keys and faith is the victory.”

Transparency is available on all digital platforms and you can catch Ballard as he takes the Transparency movement message to the masses at concerts and worship encounters in cities across the country.

Tasha Cobbs Embarks On One Place Live Tour With Kierra Sheard and William Murphy

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

Tasha Cobbs One PlaceGet ready for the One Place Live tour as Grammy winner Tasha Cobbs celebrates the release of her Billboard chart topping CD with special guests Kierra Sheard and Pastor William Murphy.  The tour kicks off in Atlanta on November 10th  and continues through January 2016 with scheduled stops in Jacksonville, Houston and St. Louis.

One Place Live made its debut at #1 on the Billboard Top Gospel albums chart upon its release.  The CD also was #28 on the Billboard 200 and Cobbs took home a win as the 2015 Gospel Artist of the year from the Dove Awards.