BMI will salute gospel leaders Daryl Coley and Richard Smallwood at its 15th annual Trailblazers of Gospel Music Awards Luncheon. Additional invited guests scheduled to appear include Yolanda Adams; Tamela Mann; Kirk Franklin, Erica Campbell; Isaac Carree; The Clark Sisters; Fred Hammond, James Fortune; Smokie Norful; Jessica Reedy; Kierra Sheard, Marvin Sapp; Shirley Caesar; Beverly Crawford; Anaysha Figueroa-Cooper, Ledisi; Michelle Williams; Rodney Jerkins; VaShawn Mitchell. Tasha Page-Lockhart; Y’Anna Crawley; Dr. Bobby Jones; Lisa Knowles and others.
The invitation only event will be held Friday, Jan. 17 at Rocketown in Nashville, Tenn. during Stellar Awards weekend.
Daryl Coley’s voice is an inimitable instrument able to fuse musical genres into a unique, mellifluous and cohesive sound. His multi-decade career began as singer with Edwin Hawkins, which led to being a songwriter and musical director for Lady Tramaine Hawkins. After more than three decades as one of the most popular inspirational artists in the music business, with classic tunes such as “Total Praise,” “Center of My Joy,” and “I Love the Lord” to his credit, the Grammy-nominated, Stellar and Dove award-winning songwriter and musician continues to enjoy widespread popularity and influence.
BMI’s impressive roster of gospel songwriters includes Kirk Franklin, Fred Hammond, Donnie McClurkin, Yolanda Adams, Jessica Reedy, Marvin Sapp, Twinkie Clark, BeBe Winans, Israel Houghton, Kim Burrell and many others. To read more about the BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music Live 2013 album and our gospel music leaders, visit http://www.bmi.com/genres/gospel