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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

The Allstate Gospel Superfest TV production heads to Memphis, TN for next national recording session!

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The Allstate Gospel Superfest will be held on Friday, March 23, 2012, at the Temple of Deliverance Church of God in Christ, 369 G. E. Patterson Ave, Memphis, TN 38126. Allstate returns as the title sponsor of this musical spectacular for the fourth consecutive year.
Film Actress and producer Vivica A. Fox has been selected to host the extravaganza. The show is set to include over thirty national recording artists that will represent a “who’s who” in the gospel and main-stream urban music fields. Tentatively scheduled to appear are Tyrese, David & Tamela Mann, Bishop Paul. S. Morton, Sr., Regina Belle, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Earnest Pugh, Crystal Aikin, Brian Courtney Wilson, Ricky Dillard & New Generation, Damita Haddon, Canton Jones, Lonnie Hunter & Structure, Martha Munizzi, Donte Everhart & the End Time Movement, Gloryland Pastor’s Choir, Benjamin Cone & Worship, K&K Mime, Stephen Hurd, Kevin Davidson and Dominion, and a host of others including the 2011 Allstate opening act contest winner, Men Of God’s Heart.
Men of God’s Heart is the winner of the 2011 Allstate Gospel Superfest Battle of the Bands competition, which auditions unsigned gospel talent in search of the opening act for the next Allstate Gospel Superfest TV taping. Please note that the final line-up is subject to change.
The Allstate Gospel Superfest production is approaching its twelfth consecutive year in TV syndication. The shows from Memphis will be seen in over 500 million TV households worldwide. “This is an exciting time for gospel music TV. We look forward to recording in the city of Memphis which has a very rich history in both inspirational music and civil rights,” said Executive Producer and Founder Bobby Cartwright, Jr.
Tickets for the TV taping are on sale now online at www.ticketweb.com.
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CELEBRATION OF GOSPEL PERFORMERS ANNOUNCED

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Hosted by Veteran Comedian Steve Harvey, Kirk Franklin, Yolanda Adams, Jennifer Holliday, Faith Evans, Johnny Gill, Kelly Price, Fred Hammond, Le'Andria Johnson and Many More Celebrate the Legacy of Gospel Music and Honor the Memories of Whitney Houston and Mahalia Jackson

LOS ANGELES, March 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- BET invites viewers to "Rise Up! Renew! Rejoice!" on Palm Sunday, April 1st at 8 p.m.* for the 12th annual CELEBRATION OF GOSPEL. The highly anticipated music special airs for the first time in its 12 year history during the Easter Season, further enriching the power, meaning and significance of the "Celebration of Gospel." The two-hour special, taped Friday, March 16th at 8 p.m. PT at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles, brings together gospel superstars and R&B legends to share the stage in not often seen dynamic and exclusive performances. The #1 Gospel/Religious telecast since its inception** is hosted by best-selling author, veteran comedian and media mogul Steve Harvey.

This year's stellar line-up includes the very best that gospel and secular music has to offer with performances by Gospel greats Kirk Franklin, Yolanda Adams, Pastor Shirley Caesar, Fred Hammond, Marvin Sapp, The Rance Allen Group, James Fortune & FIYA, 2012 Grammy-award winner Le'Andria Johnson, Jessica Reedy, Earnest Pugh, Isaac Carree, Moses Tyson Jr. Ricky Dillard & New G, Zacardi Cortez and Maurette Brown-Clark plus a special appearance by BET Music Matters artist Mali Music as well as secular artists Grammy and Tony Award-winner Jennifer Holliday, as well R&B sensations Faith Evans, Johnny Gill, Ledisi and Kelly Price. In addition to musical performances, Dr. Bobby Jones, of BET's long-running gospel show BOBBY JONES GOSPEL and actress Wendy Raquel Robinson of the ratings juggernaut THE GAME will deliver moving spoken word selections.

Additionally, two moving tributes are planned in recognition of the life and legacy of the "Mother of Gospel Music," four-time Grammy-award winner, civil rights activist, and vocal powerhouse Mahalia Jackson and to honor the memory of legendary entertainer, Whitney Houston, whose singing gift was anchored in her gospel roots.

Tickets to attend the taping are free to the public on a first-come, first-service basis by submitting a request via betrsvp@bet.net.

CELEBRATION OF GOSPEL is a BET Networks production. Stephen Hill, BET's President of Music Programming and Specials, Lynne Harris Taylor, Vice President of Specials and Music Production and Executive Producer Geovanni Brewer will oversee production. Conductor Ray Chew ("American Idol") returns as the show's musical director.
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