TAMELA MANN AND LE’ANDRIA JOHNSON JOIN HEADLINERS YOLANDA ADAMS AND HEZEKIAH WALKER AT A. CURTIS FARROW PRESENTS GOSPELFEST AT FISERV FORUM ON FRIDAY, APRIL 10
More than 50 community members selected to perform music, comedy, poetry and more
Tickets for the Good Friday concert at Milwaukee’s world-class venue are on sale now
Tamela Mann, an actress and Grammy Award winner, and Le’Andria Johnson, the Season 3 winner of the BET gospel singing competition show Sunday Best, will serve as two of the headliners at A. Curtis Farrow Presents Gospelfest taking place on Friday, April 10 at Fiserv Forum.
Mann and Johnson join previously announced headliners Grammy Award-winning performer Yolanda Adams and Billboard Classical Traditional chart topper Hezekiah Walker with Grammy Award-winning gospel group the Love Fellowship Tabernacle Choir.
In addition to the nationally renowned headlining acts, A. Curtis Farrow Presents Gospelfest will feature more than 50 community performers who were selected after an all-day audition at Fiserv Forum on Jan. 25.
From as close as Milwaukee and from as far away as Fond du Lac and Homewood, Illinois, the local artists will perform as choirs, singing groups, comedians, poets, rappers, praise groups, praise dancers, instrumentalists and soloists. For a complete list of community finalists, visit @FiservForum or @ACF Gospelfest on social media.
Gospelfest organizers are continuing to audition choirs and praise groups for the community showcase. Those who are interested may submit a video audition to [email protected].
Tickets for A. Curtis Farrow Presents Gospelfest are on sale now at FiservForum.com or the Fiserv Forum Ticket Office. The Ticket Office is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m.
About Producer A. Curtis Farrow
2020 marks the 21st year Mr. Farrow has brought this phenomenal celebration to life. He has received two Emmy awards and 11 nominations for producing McDonald’s Gospelfest. In 2014, Mr. Farrow fulfilled a longtime dream by organizing and leading 1,171 voices to break the Guinness World Record for World's Largest Gospel Choir. He has since produced a 2,000-voice choir at Madison Square Garden and a 5,000-voice choir at the Nassau Coliseum. He was responsible for the organization, planning and execution of the homegoing services for the late Whitney Houston, and most recently he produced the homegoing services for the late Aretha Franklin, which was seen around the world. Mr. Farrow credits everything in his life to his strong belief in God.
About Yolanda Adams
Since her 1988 debut album, “Just As I Am,” Yolanda Adams has garnered five Grammys, performed for several U.S. presidents, released 12 albums and still wows audiences all over the world. She is renowned for pioneering the blend of modern gospel infused with soul and jazz and continues to empower fans through her inspirational and contemporary music. Her albums have earned her the music industry’s highest honors such as the Grammys, Stellars, BMI, Soul Train Awards, NAACP Image, BET and more. In addition to being a gospel superstar, she has reigned on radio airwaves for more than 10 years as the host of her own show, “The Yolanda Adams Morning Show,” which has been heard in more than 60 markets nationally.
About Le’Andria Johnson
RCA Inspiration recording artist Le’Andria Johnson has taken the gospel music scene by storm since being crowned the season three winner of BET’s Sunday Best in 2010. Her debut CD, The Awakening of Le’Andria Johnson, entered at No. 1 on multiple music charts, including both the Billboard Top Gospel Albums and the Top Christian/Gospel Albums charts. The CD also debuted at No. 1 on the Christian Music Trade Association’s Current Gospel Overall chart. It spent eight weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart and remained in the Top 5 for more than 15 weeks. Johnson received the Digital Gospel Music Award for Best Female Gospel Artist in 2011. She then received her first Grammy Award in 2012 for Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music performance for her debut single, “Jesus,” and subsequently received two Stellar Awards in 2013: one for Best New Artist and the other for Best Contemporary Female Vocalist.
About Tamela Mann
Tamela Mann is a Grammy Award winner, BET Award winner, Billboard Music Award winner, NAACP Image Award winner, Gospel Music Stellar Award winner, GMA Dove Award winner, actress, songwriter, producer and businesswoman. Her seven-time Stellar Gospel Music Award-winning, two-time GMA Dove Award-winning album Best Days debuted at No. 1 on multiple Billboard music sales charts and includes the No. 1 RIAA-Platinum certified single “Take Me to The King,” which earned Mann her first Grammy Award nomination for Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance. Mann set a historic personal and industry record as the first Gospel lead artist in Billboard Gospel Airplay chart history to score three consecutive No. 1s from an album. Mann’s fourth studio album, One Way, garnered two more No. 1 singles, including “Change Me” and “God Provides,” which earned the singer her first Grammy Award in 2017. That same year, Mann broke the record for the most No. 1s in the history of Billboard's Gospel Airplay chart when "Change Me" became her sixth leader, then sat atop the chart for 14 weeks. She’s performed this and her other award-winning songs on such shows as Good Morning America, the Grammys, The View and Today.
About Hezekiah Walker
Grammy Award-winning gospel singer, composer and choir leader Hezekiah Walker, known as "the hip-hop pastor,” has brought many young people to gospel and choir music and has shown that he has no problem using modern vernacular and recording techniques to expand his fan and worship base. Pastor Walker’s following is worldwide. Since 1985 he has released more than 15 albums, garnering 10 Grammy nominations and two wins. For more than a decade, Pastor Hezekiah has anchored Afternoon Drive on New York’s WLIB 1190, bringing star power, conversation and inspiration to millions of loyal listeners.
About Love Fellowship Tabernacle Choir
Initially envisioned by Reverend Hezekiah Walker as nothing more than a weekend outlet for his talent, the Love Fellowship Tabernacle Choir is recognized and appreciated for its innovation and musical artistry. The choir first began performing in local halls, as well as the church, hospitals, prisons and even the streets. Today the choir has eight hit albums, a Grammy Award and has garnered several Dove and Stellar Award nominations. The choir released two independent albums in 1987 and 1990, and in 1992 signed with Verity Records. The release of “Focus On Glory” that same year catapulted the choir to national prominence. Over the next seven years the choir would release an album each year. In 1996 its “Live at Morehouse College” won the Grammy Award for Best Album by a Choir and its smash hit album “Family Affair” was named as Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album.