Show to Feature a Presentation of the All-New Aretha Franklin ICON Award & Appearances by Kelly Price, Brian Courtney Wilson, Charles Jenkins, Erica Campbell, Jekalyn Carr, Jonathan McReynolds, Kelontae Gavin, Koryn Hawthorne, Maranda Curtis, Regina Belle, Todd Dulaney, Anthony Brown,
JJ Hairston & Yolanda Adams
Special Good Friday Premiere on BET April 19 at 8 p.m. ET/7p.m CT
and 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. CT*
The Biggest Night in Gospel Music Set to Tape Live on Friday, March 29, 2019
at the Las Vegas Orleans Arena
Central City Productions today announced a sensational line-up of performers and presenters for The 34th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards presented by AT&T, including a posthumous tribute to the undisputed Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. The exhilarating all-star tribute performance by Kelly Price, Regina Belle and Erica Campbell will be followed by a presentation of the Aretha Franklin ICON Award. Gospel prince, Kirk Franklin, will return to host the live show taping at Las Vegas’ Orleans Arena on Friday, March 29, 2019.
For the first time since 2005, The Stellar Awards telecast will premiere on BET on Friday, April 19 at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT and again at 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. CT. The biggest night in gospel music will also feature rousing performances by Brian Courtney Wilson, Charles Jenkins, Jekalyn Carr, Jonathan McReynolds, Kelontae Gavin, Koryn Hawthorne, Maranda Curtis and Todd Dulaney.
Stellar Awards Executive Producer and Founder, Don Jackson shared, “It was 35 years ago when Aretha performed ‘Precious Lord’ on my very first Gospel Music television special ‘Living the Dream.’ In recognition of Aretha’s roots in Gospel Music and her continuing love for the genre, I am delighted that our executive committee agreed to present her with our ICON Award posthumously and continue to present the award forever in her name as the Aretha Franklin ICON Award.”
Among this year’s presenters are Anthony Brown, Yolanda Adams, Dr. Bobby Jones, DeVon Franklin, Janice Gaines and JJ Hairston. As previously announced, The Stellar Awards nominees with multiple nominations include Jonathan McReynolds, Maranda Curtis, Todd Dulaney, Jekalyn Carr, Koryn Hawthorne, Snoop Dogg, Tori Kelly, Bishop Noel Jones & City of Refuge Sanctuary Choir, Jarell Smalls and Company, Kelontae Gavin and Tasha Page-Lockhart.
This year’s Stellar Awards will recognize gospel music royalty who have made substantial contributions to the genre with special honors. Legendary gospel singer Delores Washington Green of The Caravans will receive The Ambassador Dr. Bobby Jones Legends Award. Stellar Honors Hall of Fame Inductees include Jackie Patillo (Dove Awards), James Robinson, Jr. (Malaco Gospel) and Phil Thornton (RCA Inspiration).
The Stellar Awards show taping is open to the public, with ticket prices ranging from $50 - $200 at www.ticketmaster.com. The show’s star-studded red carpet Live Stream Show will be hosted by Deitrick Haddon and Goo Goo Atkins, and the newly popular Emerging Artist stage will showcase performances by DOE, Jabari Johnson and Will McMillan.
Stellar Awards week lights up Las Vegas with several pre-show festivities, including the Independent Artist Showcase at 6 p.m. PT on Wednesday, March 27 at the Orleans Showroom hosted by comedian Akintunde and Jessica Reedy. In addition to the competition with artists new to the industry, the show will feature performances by Earnest Pugh, Sir the Baptist and Shelby 5.
Thursday, March 28, kicks off at 9:30am PT with The Stellar Academy series of masterclass executive panels with Don Jackson, DeVon Franklin, Donald Lawrence, Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins and celebrity stylist J. Bolin.
The Stellar Gospel Music Awards Pre-Show hosted by Charles Jenkins and Lexi takes place Thursday, March 28 at 7 p.m. PT at the Orleans Showroom. The top-tier line-up of performances include: Casey J, VaShawn Mitchell, Isabel Davis, William Murphy, Benita Jones, Vincent Tharpe and Kenosis, The Wardlaw Brothers, Ella Michaels, Keion D. Henderson, Fresh Start Worship and Dexter Walker and Zion Movement. Quartet legends, The Sensational Nightingales, will be honored with the Thomas A. Dorsey Most Notable Achievement Award. The celebration carries into the night with Aaron Arrington’s Midnight Gospel Bowl featuring a performance by Vanessa Bell Armstrong and more at 11:30 p.m. PT at the Orleans Bowling Center.
The Stellar Gospel Radio Awards & Showcase will be held prior to the Main Event on Friday, March 29 at 10 a.m. PT, honoring the most outstanding radio stations and announcers who serve urban gospel music audiences. This show is jam-packed with moving performances by Anthony Brown, Chrystal Rucker, Isaiah Templeton, Evelyn Turrentine, DJ Dwight Stone, Emcee N.I.C.E., Miz Tiffany, Jor’Dan Armstrong, The McDonald Sisters, Brent Jones and The Waco Community Choir. The event, hosted by Byron Cage and Janice Gaines, is the perfect pre-show kickoff prior to the taping. Tickets for each event can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com.
More of the biggest names in gospel and a few additional surprises are being added to the growing list of top performers and presenters appearing in this year’s show. For more information visit us at www.thestellarawards.com and on social media @thestellars. Be sure to subscribe to The Stellar Awards all-new YouTube channel and follow us on social media for the latest news and updates about the biggest night in gospel! The Stellar Gospel Music Awards show is Executive Produced by Don Jackson, with Jennifer J. Jackson serving as Executive in Charge of Production. Michael A. Johnson will produce and direct this year's award show.
2019 STELLAR AWARDS TOP NOMINEES
Jonathan McReynolds – 9 Nominations
Maranda Curtis – 7 Nominations
Todd Dulaney – 6 Nominations
Jekalyn Carr – 5 Nominations
Koryn Hawthorne - 4 Nominations
Kelontae Gavin - 4 Nominations
Bishop Noel Jones & City of Refuge Sanctuary Choir – 4 Nominations
Jarrell Smalls and Company – 4 Nominations
Snoop Dogg – 3 Nominations
Tori Kelly– 3 Nominations
Tasha Page-Lockhart – 2 Nominations
ABOUT THE SUPER BOWL GOSPEL CELEBRATION
By far, the largest multicultural event to take place during Super Bowl weekend in its 20-year run as an NFL-sanctioned event, SBGC has featured artists including Patti LaBelle, Yolanda Adams, Gladys Knight, Natalie Grant, Mary Mary, Fantasia, Donnie McClurkin, Anthony Hamilton, among many others.
HOSTED BY COMEDIAN RICKEY SMILEY & ADRIENNE BAILON HOUGHTON, THE ONE-HOUR SPECIAL HONORED DENVER BRONCO’S LINEBACKER VON MILLER WITH THE “FAITH IN ACTION” AWARD
PERFORMANCES INCLUDED KIRK FRANKLIN, THE WINANS,
TASHA COBBS LEONARD, TAMIA, LECRAE, HEZEKIAH WALKER,
KORYN HAWTHORNE, AND THE NFL PLAYERS CHOIR
ABOUT BET NETWORKS:
ABOUT ATLANTA SYMPHONY HALL
Atlanta Symphony Hall has served as the home venue of the Grammy® Award-winning Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) since its construction in 1968. Located in the Woodruff Arts Center’s Memorial Arts Building, Atlanta Symphony Hall hosts more than 130 acts and performances each year, including ASO’s Delta Classical Series, Family Concert Series, Coca-Cola Holiday Concerts and educational concerts, as well as renowned musicians and entertainers from Delta Atlanta Symphony Hall LIVE. With a capacity of 1,800, more than 225,000 audience members visit the Hall each year.
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Super Bowl LIII. The 6-day Super Bowl LIVE concert series will take place in the days leading up to the game at Centennial Olympic Park.
Come party with What We Do Ent. in the A.T.L. for the SuperBowl Weekend 2019!!
The only Welcome 2 Atlanta Party in the City worth partying at!! All the Food and Beverages you want and Music By Core D.J. Hershey & Friends, via Hot 107.9 Streaming Live on the Kiss Radio Show!
This WELCOME 2 ATLANTA party is Starting @ 9pm With special Guest / Performances ... Pastor Troy, Bonecrusher & Friends, and more special guests reppin' the ATL!
There is NO where else downtown that will give you a party like this for this price!
Super Bowl LIII festivities in Atlanta will kick off in primetime with Super Bowl Opening Night Fueled by Gatorade on Monday, January 28, 2019 at State Farm Arena. Beginning on Wednesday, December 19 at 10:00 AM ET, fans may purchase tickets at NFL.com/OpeningNightOnSale to be in the arena as thousands of media interview the Super Bowl players and coaches during their only public appearance in Atlanta before Super Bowl LIII. Attendees will see the Super Bowl teams in person and will be able to listen to players answer questions via free radios distributed throughout the venue.
Participating Establishments and Drink/Food Specials will constantly be updated on our INSTAGRAM PAGE so be sure to follow and keep up to date @SuperBowlBlockParty (Example: FREE Shots, $2 Drinks, $1 Beers, BOGO food, etc...).
Many will recognize Chandra Currelley from her roles in several Tyler Perry productions like, Madea Gets A Job, A Madea Family Funeral, For Better Or Worse, and others.
When she is not traveling with Tyler Perry or acting in other theatrical productions, she is performing concerts in the Atlanta area and beyond.
When We Speak TV has had the pleasure of experiencing Chandra live several times and we highly recommend that if you have not, that you get your tickets immediately for the Thanksgiving Concert at St. James Live in Atlanta. You will definitely not be disappointed!
NOVEMEBER 24, 2018
GET TICKETS NOW!!!
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT RIVERFRONT JAZZ FESTIVAL:
VETERANS DAY PARADE
November 10, 2018
The Atlanta Veterans Day Parade repeats each year in downtown Atlanta.
CHANDRA CURRELLEY'S THANKSGIVING CONCERT
November 24, 2018
Singer/Actress, Chandra Currelley who you probably recognize from may of the Tyler Perry movies and plays will be performing a special musical concert on Thanksgiving at St. James Live in Atlanta.
To get tickets, go to www.stjamesliveatl.com
POWDER SPRINGS TREE LIGHTING
November 30, 2018
Beginning with a parade at 6:30 p.m., the Christmas Tree Lighting at 7:30 p.m. in Powder Springs features Santa, holiday music, the mayor, and hot chocolate with cookies in the Town Square. Free.
BRITISH CHRISTMAS MUSIC
November 30 & Dec. 2, 2018
A Merry Ole Christmas features the Festival Singers of Atlanta performing 19 traditional songs. Donation.
November 30 - Dec. 23, 2018
Atlanta Christkindl Market is an open-air German holiday market at Atlantic Station featuring handmade gifts, German food & beverages, and entertainment. Free.
COCKTAIL PARTY FOR ANIMAL RESCUE
A ticket to Paws For Cocktails gets you a drink, “delicious food,” live music, and a silent auction to benefit Furkids at Park Tavern in Piedmont Park.
Watch the rehearsal Saturday or the concert Sunday at Atlanta Trumpet Festival at Lakeside High School. Free.
Vinings Jubilee Christmas Tree Lighting includes music, dance, train rides, family activities, and Santa. Free.
SHAME ON ME!
I can not believe that I have allowed so many days to pass and I haven't told you about my experience on February 28, 2011. This was the day that I had an opportunity to attend a live recording of my favorite gospel singer of all times, Lashun Pace.
It was not the best of days on that night because it was raining very badly in Atlanta but of course I trucked on! (Only way I would have missed this night was if Jesus came back for me!) So despite the horrible weather, we made our way down to Barnesville, Georgia, for a good time. (Actually, I didn't even know where Barnesville was but a great time I had!)
Once we arrived at the church, the attendants instructed us where to park our cars. Thankfully, I was there early (which I'm rarely early to anything...nor on time for that matter).
We entered the church and I began searching for a place to sit. Once I decided that I wanted to sit in an aisle seat, I sat down and began to prepare myself for what was about to take place. Everything was pretty calm as the people continued to come into the building. Then, to my right I saw a very familiar face, dressed in a gray skirt suit walk by. It was none other than the talented Duranice Pace, one of Lashun's many talented sisters.
She stopped to talk to a few people that she seemed to be acquainted with, as she walked in the direction of her seat. The noise of the crowd was at a very small roar when Duranice says, "Y'all ready to have church?" (With a voice like her's she could have been thinking the words and we still would have heard it! I can only wish my voice was as powerful!) Of course the church responded and then she moved to her seat near the front of the church.
From then, until the time that the recording started, I don't really remember much. So much was going through my head, so much excitement, so much anxiety. Can I be honest? I wanted to cry! Yes, I'm a cry baby! SO WHAT! The excitement went way back to my days of being a child.
LET'S GO BACK FOR A MOMENT........When my mother gave her life to the Lord, I was probably about eleven or twelve, and thereafter, we started attending church. Since my mom was a young Christian at the time, one of the ladies at the church gave her some music to listen to......you already know that one of the artists was The Anointed Pace Sisters.... When I heard these ladies sing, you would not believe the feeling that flowed through me! It was like angels were singing. I wasn't used to gospel music other than quartet music, but I loved it! I definitely loved how they would blend their voices so perfectly, to sound as one voice and accompany one another in a worship ad lib at the end of the songs. I had never heard anything like it! So once I heard this sound, and this great music, I wanted to sing! So what did I do? I volunteered to sing a song at our annual Children's Day at church. I sang "The Shepherd's Song" by the Mississippi Children's Mass Choir. I was so nervous that I couldn't look at people as I sang, so I turned my back to the congregation and sang the entire song! (Poor Baby!)
HOLD ON I'M GETTING THERE! After my first solo, I decided to pull my sister into it....I guess I was trying to start my own group now! My sister (who was only about 7 years old) and I would sing some of my favorite Pace Sisters' songs such as, "Jesus Be A Fence", "My Purpose", and "Safety Zone"
BACK TO THE RECORDING: As time drew closer, for the recording to begin, I remember going so deep into my memories of a child that I started to pray and thank the Lord for allowing me to be here. Then, I started praying for the entire Pace family because this family had played a major role in my family's life through their music. Then I started praying for Lashun specifically. (You may not understand where I was at that moment but Lashun was the lady that sang me through my childhood, teenage years, and military years. I remember being a little boy going through issues with other kids at school and I would imagine that Lashun was my aunt, and she would sing to me! I knew she was not really my aunt but my "aunt" really knew exactly how to usher me into prayer to the Lord!)
In the midst of all this, I recall seeing some of the other Pace Sisters making it to their seats. I remember gospel singer, Ted Winn, best known from the duet Ted and Sherri, entering the church. ( I can't remember if it was before it began or once it had started, because by now I was zoned!) And lastly I remember gospel singer, Dewayne Woods, entering the church. Dewayne is best known for his song "Let Go, Let God".
Once the recording began, Lydia Pace opened with beautiful and powerful words (I forgot who she said wrote it), that reflected on the past songs of Lashun and described the essence of the Lashun Pace that we have always loved and will continue to love. Thereafter, Lashun was front and center!
Lashun stood there with such grace, beauty, humbleness, strength, and anointing! I couldn't do anything but clap and stare! She spoke to the audience for a moment and then it began, Lashun Pace- "Reborn"
(I know you probably thought I would go more into detail about the songs and what took place....YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE! All I will say is, "You need to get the cd when it comes out, you will definitely enjoy it!") She was also joined with her lovely daughter, Aarion Rhodes, in a contemporary duet that I think you will definitely enjoy.
Everything was great, the Lord definitely blessed and Lashun encouraged my heart once more like only "Auntie Lashun" can do........And when she did her signature "holla", I could have jumped out of my skin. I remember telling my friend that was there with me, "...now that's the Lashun I remember!"
That was such a great night!
When We Speak TV would like to congratulate Lashun Pace on her new cd and we encourage everyone to support her music as well as, all the gospel artists that have served so faithfully to spread the word of the Lord through this nation.
God bless you Tarrian Lashun Pace-Holmes......God is going to continue to elavate you!
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REBORN BY LASHUN PACE
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