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Thursday, January 13, 2011

2011 Stellar Awards Events and Activities


Stellars Turn Nashville Into "Gospelville"






By Mona Austin


On the third weekend of January, the gospel industry takes over Nashville with the arrival of The Stellar Awards.  For this cadre of gospel music devotees gospel music's main event is far from their only option. Due to its presence the Stellar Awards has had a mushroom effect, inspiring some twenty outside events  held throughout music city at churches, the host hotel (Gaylord Opryland) and various other venues.   Hosted by record labels, radio stations or promotional companies, the type of events range from listening parties and showcases to recognition ceremonies.


Official Stellar Awards events began on Wednesday, January 12 with the Verizon Wireless and Stellar Awards Choir Boot Camp, which will conclude on January 15, when the 26th Annual Stellar Awards will be recorded live at the Grand Ole Opry  at 6:00 p.m.  But for many gospel industry insiders, the Annual BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Luncheon, being held a day before the award show, is a must attend affair.  This year's BMI Trailblazers are Pastor Shirley Caesar and Commissioned.


Following the luncheon, A-listers can dock for a buffet of grooming and pampering treatments and gifts in the 2nd Annual Official Stellar Awards Gift Lounge at the Gaylord from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Presenters, show talent, nominees and select SAGMA (the voting body of the Stellars) members will be treated to make up by eco-chic brand LAMIK, get to meet and greet life coach and author Ken Brown and take away a variety of products such as Carol's Daughter.
The best part about the mix of events offered during Stellar Awards Weekend is fans have multiple opportunities to hear and see their favorite gospel acts, newcomers and legends.  Here's where can find them:


THURSDAY, JANUARY 13
“EVERYTHING FRESH” Access Granted
Featuring: Lexi (host), VaShawn Mitchell, Myron Butler, forever Jones, Isaac Carree, Da’ T.R.U.T.H., The Ambassador, Candy West, Avery Sunshine, Tammi Haddon, San Franklin and more! Plus– honoring LaShun Pace with Lifetime Achievement Award. Hosted by Urban Soul Cafe.
6:00 p.m.
Mercy Lounge | 1 Cannery Row #102 | Nashville, TN 37103
Tickets: http://www.urbansoulcafe.com



RelevĂ© Entertainment’s New Artist Showcase
Featuring: Mali Music, Myesha Chaney and Vadia
11:00 p.m.
Mercy Lounge | 1 Cannery Row #102 | Nashville, TN 37103
More info: http://www.urbansoulcafe.com



Deitrick Haddon’s Church on the Moon Listening Party
Featuring: advance listen to the new album from Deitrick Haddon

11:30 p.m.
Mercy Lounge | 1 Cannery Row #102 | Nashville, TN 37103
More info: http://www.urbansoulcafe.com



Command Entertainment’s “When Artists Worship”
Performers: LeJuene Thompson, Chrystal Rucker, John McClure, Charles Martin, Kyla Jade, Michelle Prather.
6:00 p.m.
The Shamblin Theater | Lipscomb University | 3901 Granny White Pike | Nashville, TN 37204
Tickets: www.ce-music.com



BARR Media Group’s Gospel Spotlight
Lexi (co-host), Gerald Haddon, Tammi Haddon, Jai, Mitchell Jones.
6:00 p.m.
PowerHouse Christian Center | 819 Russell St. | Nashville, TN 37206
Tickets: http://www.planetsaved.net


The Gospel Music Artists and Industry Initiative Prayer Service
Born Again Church, 858 West Trinity Lane, Nashville, TN  37207
5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Spcial guests: CeCe Winans

Movie Screening - Jumping the Broom
Bishop T.D. Jakes and Sony Pictures screening for "Jumping The Broom" screening at 8:00 p.m
(Driving directions will be provided at Born Again Church.)


FRIDAY, JANUARY 14
BMI TRAILBLAZERS OF GOSPEL LUNCHEON

Rocketown (601 4th Avenue South) in Nashville, (invitation-only)
11:00 a.m.


THE OFFICIAL STELLAR AWARDS GIFTING LOUNGE
(By-invitation-only; industry exclusive)


Hosted by Central City Productions and Jireh Communications Group
Gaylord Opryland
2:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Media and invited artists may call 703-986-3464 for more information.


VERITY GOSPEL MUSIC GROUP 2011 RELEASE PARTY


Gaylord Opryland
2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.



MUSIC WORLD GOSPEL
(Exclusive)



Gaylord Opryland
4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.


YLR Hype Event
Performers: Kyla Jade, Claude Deuce, Jai, Lisa McClendon, Mr. Del, Kevin Lemons
9:00 p.m.
Music Valley Event Center | 2416 Music Valley Drive, Suite 144 | Nashville, TN 37214
Tickets: http://www.YesLordRadio.com/tickets



YLR Anniversary Celebration 2011
Featuring: Lexi (co-host), Michelle Prather (co-host), James Hall, Judith Christie McAllister, Lowell Pye, San Franklin, Dathan Thigpen, James Grear, B Chase Williams.
7:00 p.m.
World Famous Nashville Palace | 2611 McGavock Pike | Nashville, TN 37214
Tickets: http://www.YesLordRadio.com/tickets



Bonnerfide Radio Party
Featuring: Torrence Glenn (host), Ted Winn, Jonathan Nelson, Jason Nelson, B. Slade, Avery Sunshine, Brittney Wright, Gary Mayes.
9:00 p.m.
Limelight Entertainment Complex | 201 Woodland St | Nashville, TN 37213
Tickets: http://www.getbonnerfide.com



Preacher Kid Productions’ Friday Night Live Showcase
Featuring: Jessica Reedy (co-host), James Hall(co-host), Da’ T.R.U.T.H.(co-host), Y’Anna Crawley, JR, Earnest Pugh, Wess Morgan, John McClure, Zebulon Ellis, The Ambassador, Crystal Aikin, Stephen Hurd, LeJuene Thompson, Shari Addison and more!
Time — midnight
Celebration of Life Church | 768 Forest Retreat Rd | Hendersonville, TN 37075
Tickets: http://www.pkpagency.com



SATURDAY, JANUARY 15
26th Annual Stellar Awards Radio Station of the Year Ceremony
Featuring: Lecrae, Canton Jones, Veronica Petrucci and more. Plus, the winners of Radio Station of the Year awards!
Time — 11:00am
The Opryland Resort | Presidential Ballroom D
Tickets: Free Admission



Preacher Kid Productions’ Da Urban Flavor Gospel Showcase
Featuring: Damita Haddon (co-host), JR, Tammi Haddon, Lowell Pye, Mr. Del, Kenny DeShields and more!
Time — 11:00am
BB King’s | 152 2nd Avenue | Nashville, TN
Tickets: http://www.pkpagency.com




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26th Annual Stelar Awards Performers & Presenters Announced; Plus Gifting Lounge participants announced

Newly-Added Performers Include Marvin Sapp, Beverly Crawford, Deitrick Haddon,

Nevel Sisters, JJ Hairston and Forever Jones

 

Award Presenters Andrae Crouch, Dorinda Clark Cole, Hezekiah Walker, Loretta Devine, Omari Hardwick, Shirley Caesar and Vickie Winans also Announced

 

Hosted by Donnie McClurkin, the 26th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards Tapes Before a Live Audience January 15, 2011 and Airs in Syndication Beginning January 22, 2011 



NASHVILLE, TN (January 10, 2011) -The 26th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards have announced inspirational all-star list of performers, including seven-category nominee Marvin Sapp, Beverly Crawford, Deitrick Haddon, Nevel Sisters, JJ Hairston, VaShawn Mitchell, Joshua's Troop and New Artist of the Year nominee Forever Jones.  In addition, the Stellar presenters will include Andrae Crouch, Dorinda Clark Cole, Hezekiah Walker, Loretta Devine, Omari Hardwick, Shirley Caesar, Vickie Winans, J. Moss, Dr. Bobby Jones, Jessica Reedy, DeWayne Woods, Lisa Page Brooks, Wess Morgan, Yvette Nicole Brown and Myron Butler, among others. 

The winners of the Verizon "How Sweet the Sound" campaign, Voices of Destiny choir of Los Angeles, CA will perform a tribute to special honoree Donald Lawrence, the All Star Choir will lift their voices to salute honoree Kirk Franklin and a quartet featuring The Soul Seekers, The Williams Brothers and The Rance Allen Group will perform a medley of inspirational favorites.

Hosted by gospel legend Donnie McClurkin, the 26th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards will be taped before a live audience on Saturday, January 15, 2011 in Nashville at the Grand Ole Opry House. The show is scheduled to air in syndication from January 22, 2011 to March 13, 2011 and broadcast on Saturday, March 5 at 8 p.m. EST on the Gospel Music Channel (GMC).

With nominations revealed in twenty-seven categories, Gospel music powerhouse James Fortune & Fiya led this year's nominees, earning an impressive eight nods. In addition, James Fortune also received two solo nominations. Veteran superstars BeBe & CeCe Winans, Fred Hammond and Marvin Sapp also drew seven nominations eachIn addition, Bebe and Cece Winans received three solo nominations. Recognizing their historical contributions to the gospel industry, Kirk Franklin will be recognized with the Thomas A. Dorsey Most Notable Achievement Award; Vanessa Bell Armstrong will receive the Ambassador Dr. Bobby Jones Legend Award; and Donald Lawrence will receive the James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award.

 

Gospel choirs looking to hone their skills can participate in the first-ever Verizon's How Sweet the Sound Choir Boot Camp led by Donald Lawrence.  Other Stellar Awards weekend-related activities include a screening of Sony Picture's new inspirational film by Bishop TD Jakes, "Jumping The Broom"; a reception honoring Gospel radio announcers and hosts; and more ancillary events designed to honor Gospel music insiders.

Chicago-based Central City Productions, Inc. (CCP) has produced The Stellar Gospel Music Awards for 25 years. The first show was taped at the Arie Crown Theatre in Chicago and The Stellar Awards has since evolved into a premier Gospel event recognizing and honoring African American artists. An original awards show, it has propelled and showcased top Gospel artists and countless television and film stars.

American Airlines is the official airline carrier of the 26th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards. The telecast is open to the public and tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster (http://www.ticketmaster.com/). Ticket prices range from $35 - $200. For additional details, visit the Stellar Awards website (http://www.thestellarawards.com/).
 
In addition to the splendor of the main event nominees, presenters and performers and select SAGMA members will be gifted in the form of pampering and grooming services and gifts. 

Gift suite guests will get glam with eco-chic brand Lamik Beauty. Lamik brings out natural beautty  without harsh ingredients.  Ken Brown, author and success coach will be on hand to meet and greet guest and present a sign copies of his books limited edition book, "Life Through the Arches." Compliments of Suzanne Art Couture, the A-listers will be able to order custom designed hats.  The work of this English designer has been featured on Fashion Week run ways in the United States and England.  Karma Soul leather work will also offer a fitting gift to artists--hand crafted Bible covers.  Additionally, guests will be able to continue to pamper themselves at home with body products from Carol's Daughter. The media and invited guests with questions about the celebrity gifting are may call Jireh Communications Group at 703-986-34694.
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Monday, January 10, 2011

26th Annual Stellars Performers and Presenters Announced


Hosted by Donnie McClurkin, the 26th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards Tapes Before a Live Audience January 15, 2011 and Airs in Syndication Beginning January 22, 2011 



NASHVILLE, TN (January 10, 2011) -The 26th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards have announced inspirational all-star list of performers, including seven-category nominee Marvin Sapp, Beverly Crawford, Deitrick Haddon, Nevel Sisters, JJ Hairston, VaShawn Mitchell, Joshua's Troop and New Artist of the Year nominee Forever Jones.  In addition, the Stellar presenters will include Andrae Crouch, Dorinda Clark Cole, Hezekiah Walker, Loretta Devine, Omari Hardwick, Shirley Caesar, Vickie Winans, J. Moss, Dr. Bobby Jones, Jessica Reedy, DeWayne Woods, Lisa Page Brooks, Wess Morgan, Yvette Nicole Brown and Myron Butler, among others. 

The winners of the Verizon "How Sweet the Sound" campaign, Voices of Destiny choir of Los Angeles, CA will perform a tribute to special honoree Donald Lawrence, the All Star Choir will lift their voices to salute honoree Kirk Franklin and a quartet featuring The Soul Seekers, The Williams Brothers and The Rance Allen Group will perform a medley of inspirational favorites.

Hosted by gospel legend Donnie McClurkin, the 26th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards will be taped before a live audience on Saturday, January 15, 2011 in Nashville at the Grand Ole Opry House. The show is scheduled to air in syndication from January 22, 2011 to March 13, 2011 and broadcast on Saturday, March 5 at 8 p.m. EST on the Gospel Music Channel (GMC).

With nominations revealed in twenty-seven categories, Gospel music powerhouse James Fortune & Fiya led this year's nominees, earning an impressive eight nods. In addition, James Fortune also received two solo nominations. Veteran superstars BeBe & CeCe Winans, Fred Hammond and Marvin Sapp also drew seven nominations eachIn addition, Bebe and Cece Winans received three solo nominations. Recognizing their historical contributions to the gospel industry, Kirk Franklin will be recognized with the Thomas A. Dorsey Most Notable Achievement Award; Vanessa Bell Armstrong will receive the Ambassador Dr. Bobby Jones Legend Award; and Donald Lawrence will receive the James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award.

 

Gospel choirs looking to hone their skills can participate in the first-ever Verizon's How Sweet the Sound Choir Boot Camp led by Donald Lawrence.  Other Stellar Awards weekend-related activities include a screening of Sony Picture's new inspirational film by Bishop TD Jakes, "Jumping The Broom"; a reception honoring Gospel radio announcers and hosts; and more ancillary events designed to honor Gospel music insiders.

Chicago-based Central City Productions, Inc. (CCP) has produced The Stellar Gospel Music Awards for 25 years. The first show was taped at the Arie Crown Theatre in Chicago and The Stellar Awards has since evolved into a premier Gospel event recognizing and honoring African American artists. An original awards show, it has propelled and showcased top Gospel artists and countless television and film stars.

American Airlines is the official airline carrier of the 26th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards. The telecast is open to the public and tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster (http://www.ticketmaster.com/). Ticket prices range from $35 - $200. For additional details, visit the Stellar Awards website (http://www.thestellarawards.com/).
  
ABOUT CENTRAL CITY PRODUCTIONS (CCP)
The Stellar Gospel Music Awards show is Executive Produced by Don Jackson and Produced by Barbara Wilson for Central City Productions. Founded in 1970 by Don Jackson, Chicago-based Central City Productions is a distributor of original targeted programming to television and cable networks. For more information, please visit www.ccptv.com.
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