SR Gospel: Trinitee 57 Moves Celebration of Gospel, Mary Mary Praise Super Bowl Gospel, BMI Honors Winans, Lawrence

Trin-i-tee 5:7, Pastor Shirley Caesar, Mary Mary and even LL Cool J brought the house down at this week’s taping of BET’s Celebration of Gospel. Joined by Donnie McClurkin, Karen Clark Sheard performed at the 9th annual celebration which also featured Vickie Winans, Kurt Carr, Kirk Franklin and Heather Headley. As previously announced on Singersroom, BET’s 9th Annual Celebration of Gospel will air on January 25th. 10th Annual Super Bowl Gospel Celebration After The Game, Get Your Praise and Worship In. Mary Mary, Marvin Sapp, Yolanda Adams and Hezekiah Walker are slated to take over Tampa’s Sun Dome with spirit filled performances at the 10th annual Super Bowl Gospel Celebration. Tickets for the annual event, based in Tampa this year, are currently on sale through Ticketmaster. As in previous years, The Super Bowl Gospel Celebration serves as a fundraiser with a portion of the proceeds benefitting national and local charities. 2009 BMI Trailblazer Honorees Announced BMI will honor gospel greats Twinkie Clark, Donald Lawrence, and CeCe Winans at its 10th Annual Trailblazers of Gospel Music Awards on Jan. 16. Elbernita “Twinkie” Clark has enthralled listeners for decades, both through her acclaimed solo work and leadership of gospel’s royal family, The Clark Sisters. A skilled musician dubbed “Queen of the B3 Hammond Organ,” Clark also wields aerobatic vocals only matched by her sublime knack for composition. Clark boasts two Grammys, and in addition to penning staples for The Clark Sisters, she has composed songs for artists including Rev. James Cleveland, Al Green, Donald Lawrence and the Tri-City Singers, Esther Smith, James Moss, Dave Hollister, Xscape, and Mary J. Blige. As a producer, BMI songwriter, choir director, and singer, Donald Lawrence’s influence on contemporary gospel music is unparalleled. His starkly original work with the multiple award-winning Tri-City Singers first revealed a rare and innovative artist capable of musical brilliance and authentic Christian praise, while his work as a producer emboldened projects by gospel icons including fellow honoree Twinkie Clark, Kirk Franklin, and Karen Clark Sheard. The recipient of numerous BMI Christian and Stellar Awards, Lawrence has also penned songs for The Clark Sisters, the Tri-City Singers, his own well-received solo projects, and more. CeCe Winans’ career has generated a trove of top-shelf industry accolades comprising numerous Grammy, Stellar, and Dove Awards. Her work with her brother in duo BeBe & CeCe Winans expanded the boundaries of gospel music and welcomed new listeners into its fold, while her solo projects reintroduced an artist comfortable with evolution and the spotlight. BMIs invitation only ceremony will also host gospel music’s premier songwriters, recording artists and music industry executives. Yolanda Adams To Host ‘Legends Ball’ Yolanda Adams will co-host Dionne Warwick’s upcoming Legends Ball on Jan. 20th in Washington, D.C. Taraji P. Henson, Kirk Franklin, The Caravans, Smokie Norful and Marvin Sapp are also slated to appear. For more information please visit Inspirational Video Of The Week: The Greater Canaan Land Church Broadcast Choir perform “The Best Is Yet To Come” with Donald Lawrence.


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