Grammy award-winning gospel singer and minister Donnie McClurkin will be taking part in the 10th Anniversary Super Bowl Gospel Celebration this month, joining Gospel music stars Mary Mary, Marvin Sapp and Hezekiah Walker.
"We are excited and honored that Donnie McClurkin, one of the greatest gospel artist of all time will take part in the tenth anniversary show," announced Melanie Few, founder and president of Results, Inc., which produces the annual concert event.
"Donnie has been a longstanding supporter of Super Bowl Gospel Celebration and his performances are highly anticipated and beloved by the players and fans alike," she added.
Last year, McClurkin directed the first NFL Players All-Star Choir, which consisted of more than 32 players including league stars and longtime event supporters such as Michael Gaines (Bills), Ovie Mughelli (Falcons), Richard Seymour (Patriots), Troy Vincent (Redskins/Retired), and Pro Bowlers Tommie Harris (Bears) and Ray Lewis (Ravens).
The All-Star Choir is scheduled to return this year when the Super Bowl Gospel Celebration invades the University of South Florida's SunDome in Tampa, Fla., on Jan. 30 – the Friday before Super Bowl Sunday.
"The unveiling of the players' choir at last year's show in Phoenix generated overwhelming excitement and we are planning for an encore performance in Tampa that will be equally as memorable," Few commented.
Since its inception, the "Super Bowl Gospel Celebration" has drawn crowds in the thousands and has demonstrated growth year-over-year, with recent sellouts of venues in major markets hosting the Super Bowl including Miami, Detroit, Jacksonville, Houston, and Phoenix. The idea behind the event is to provide athletes and fans a safe, entertaining venue to celebrate the Super Bowl and also to be inspired by the uplifting sounds and rich culture of Gospel music.
As the first and only gospel event sanctioned by the NFL for Super Bowl Weekend, "Super Bowl Gospel Celebration" has featured inspirational messages from some of the NFL's key players, including Tony Dungy, Jerry Rice, John Elway, Chris Carter, Kurt Warner and Deion Sanders.
More than a concert, the event also serves as a local outreach as well as a fundraiser, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting national and local charities. Over the past nine years, over $200,000 has been raised for special causes.
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More information on the 10th Anniversary Super Bowl Gospel Celebration at www.superbowlgospelcelebration.com