Grammy, Stellar and Dove Award-winning gospel great Fred Hammond (“Blessed”) is bringing back the Festival of Praise Tour for the 4th time! The Festival of Praise Tour promises to be an evening of soul-stirring music which will feature Fred Hammond, Donnie McClurkin, Take 6, James Fortune, and Charles Jenkins.
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Fred Hammond –
For more than 27 years, music listeners around the world have known Fred Hammond as a talented songwriter, bassist and vocalist. He is also known throughout the music industry as a gifted musical arranger and producer. But, his work with Face to Face Productions Corporation, the company for which he is both founder and CEO, has earned him the title the “Babyface” of gospel. Fred has sold over 7 million albums and and his work as a producer has landed him in the #1 spot among gospel producers. Throughout his professional career, Hammond has maintained a reputation for excellence, racking up numerous awards and nominations including the Grammy, BET, N.A.A.C.P. Image, Stellar, Dove, and GMWA Excellence Awards.
Donnie McClurkin –
His world had been characterized by violence, alcoholism, and abuse; young Donnie McClurkin thought that promises were made to be broken. Often forced into the role of peacemaker, he did his best to keep his life together. Finding a safe haven in his church, Gospel Tabernacle Assemblies of God, he made a commitment to Christ at age nine. Throughout his troubled youth, he found solid promises in the Scriptures that would set the course of his future.” I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it.” (Rev.3; 8)
Donnie’s singing and choir directing has taken him to the White House, performing for Presidents Bush and Clinton, as well as allowing him appearances with Quincy Jones, numerous appearances at the New York Knick games, and a home at Warner Alliance. Donnie McClurkin’s self-titled Warner Alliance debut, has garnered both a Grammy nomination (Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album Of The Year) and a Dove nomination (Contemporary Gospel Recorded Song Of The Year). Donnie also captured two of the most prestigious Stellar Awards in 1998: Best Male Vocalist and contemporary Vocalist of The Year. The album is produced by Mark Kibble (Take 6), and Cedric Caldwell (Whitney Houston, CeCe Winans).
Take 6 –
TAKE 6 is the most awarded a cappella group in history, with ten Grammy’s, ten Dove Awards (Gospel Music Awards), Best Jazz Vocal Group honors for seven consecutive years in Downbeat’s prestigious Reader’s and Critic’s Poll, a Soul Train Music Award, BRE (Black Radio Exclusive) Vocal Group of the Year, two NAACP Image Award nominations, induction into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame and countless other musical and humanitarian citations.
James Fortune –
James Fortune & Youth For Christ began to perform regularly at his father’s church and it wasn’t long before churchgoers were raving about the group’s phenomenal presence on stage. Within a few months, James Fortune & Youth For Christ went from a small unknown choir to having amassed a devoted following, many of whom traveled from cities outside of Houston to witness firsthand their compelling performances. Performing at any and every event in Texas, their message of unwavering faith and determination coupled with their fiery performances encouraged audiences not to succumb to the pressures of drugs, alcohol, and fornication, but to prosper with the eternal support and blessings from the Almighty. Acknowledging that everyone had spiritually matured as a result of the past years’ experiences, James knew that it was time for the ministry to reflect their collective growth. In May 2000, Youth For Christ was rechristened FIYA, or ‘Free In Yahweh’s Abundance.’ The name FIYA became the embodiment of what it meant to live an existence that was in adherence to the Word.
In September 2004, James Fortune & FIYA released their highly anticipated debut album, You Survived! Their first smash hit single, also titled “You Survived,” peaked at #2 on the R&R Gospel Singles chart and became one of the Top 7 Most Played Gospel Songs of the Year, earning James Fortune honors at the 19th Annual ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards and the 2006 ASCAP Writer’s Award for Gospel Song of the Year. The impressive debut solidified James Fortune & FIYA as a force to be reckoned with. “I Trust You,” the first single off The Transformation, maintained the top spot on the Gospel National Airplay chart for 29-weeks, making history by becoming the longest running #1 hit single for any genre.
Charles Jenkins –
Charles Jenkins is a multi award-winning songwriter, Hit maker, Billboard #1 Music Producer, 9 time Stellar award-winning recording artist, Soul Train Music Award Nominee, Multi-Dove Music Award Nominee, & was named Black Enterprise Magazine’s Urban Business Game Changer under 40.
Charles is the Founder and CEO of Inspired People, a music company that has delivered 6 Billboard #1 honors, tens of millions of streams, in a tough market in 4 short years. The honors include including, 3 Billboard #1 albums (The Best of Both Worlds, Any Given Sunday, & Think About These Things), 2 Billboard hit singles including the global worship anthem Awesome and his chart topping global smash WAR, and 2 Billboard year end chart #1 honors (most streamed 2015, most airplay 2015). Jenkins has also received a GRAMMY® certificate for his songwriting contribution on Israel Houghton’s GRAMMY® award winning album Alive In South Africa. Charles has also been a featured artist for several of America’s marquis events including Essence Fest, Jay Z’s Made In America, NBC’s Beyond AD, an Inaugural Ball for President Barack Obama and more. Charles’ music has also been licensed by CNN, NBC, The History Channel, TV One, BET and many more.