The Allstate Gospel Superfest set its sight on Chicago's House of Hope, this past Saturday evening, for its live recording. Hosted three years consecutively by multi-talented actress Wendy Raquel Robinson, currently of BET's dramedy The Game. National and local Gospel music artists packed the place out. For 15 years Dr. Bobby Cartwright Jr. has brought together scores of Gospel music artists and enthusiasts to celebrate and honor those who have made a difference within the industry.
A line formed from the main entrance of the House of Hope and extended all the way out into the parking lot. The crowd's anticipation to see some of the Gospel music industry's most influential artists was high. So much so many were able to snap photos, as they entered the foyer, of the artists walking the red carpet. They even lingered long after the last note was sung to meet and greet actress Wendy Raquel Robinson. Robinson took photos and greeted the lingering crowd gracefully. After four hours of nonstop performances and hosting, Wendy was just as spry.
The house was jumping from beginning to end with performances from Micah Stampley, Ricky Dillard & New G, Malcolm Williams & Great Faith, Dexter Walker & Zion Movement, Grammy award winner Tye Tribbett, Angel Taylor, Jessica Reedy, Sheri Jones-Moffett, Lamar Campbell & Spirit of Praise, Lonnie Hunter & Voices of St. Mark, Award winning former member of Destiny's Child Michelle Williams, Lexi, James Fortune & FIYA, BRL Chicago, Chicago Mass Choir, Joshua's Troop, Bishop Larry Trotter & Sweet Holy Spirit, Ben Tankard, Desmond Pringle and others. The Pre-show was co-hosted by three of Chicago's on-air personalities Program Director of Gospel Radio 1390, Sonya Blakey, Program Director of Rejoice 102.3, Darryll King and multi-talented radio host Keno Greer. To say the least, it was an overdose of good ol' gospel music. Chicago was well represented with some of our top Gospel choirs.
Erica and Tina Campbell, of the multi-award winning dynamic Gospel music duo Mary Mary, were honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award for their commitment of producing inspiring urban Gospel music since their debut album "Thankful" was released in 2000. The duo performed their hits "Go Get It" and "God In Me". Erica took the crowd up into a frenzy singing her new single "A Little More Jesus" from her first solo project, "Help", due to release on March 25.
A special quartet tribute was put on to commemorate The Pilgrim Jubilees' legendary 50 year tenure in the Gospel music industry. Originally from Houston, MS, the group started their career, but then were reestablished in Chicago under the leadership of Elgie Graham. After Elgie retired in 1955, the group continued making music with new members. The foot stomping tribute comprised of quartet groups Lisa Knowles & The Brown Singers, The Williams Singers, legendary singer Paul Porter and multi-award winning producer, singer and songwriter Stan Jones.