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Faith to the field: Kicking off Super Bowl gospel celebration with Patti LaBelle

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Hardcore fans are gathering praying to the football gods for their favorite team to win the Super Bowl and in the name of fashion are decked out with their team's colors from head to toe. Despite all of the hype surrounding whether the Seattle Seahawks (15-3) are the better team over the Denver Broncos (15-3) or vice versa, some team members have not let that break their concentration on what has brought them thus far. Tonight, the National Football League (NFL) have joined forces with an all-star line-up of some of Gospel music's heavy hitters with one of the most down-to-earth living legends, Ms. Patti LaBelle.

To the surprise of many, football isn't the only thing that keeps these NFL players confident. Gospel music has been an outlet to prepare them mentally and spiritually. NFL players Ray McElroy, Terrence Stephens, Tommie Harris, Michael Gaines and Olrick Johnson are leading their fellow colleagues with song in the NFL Players Choir founded by Melanie Few-Harrison. Ready to flex their vocal skills, these guys will be bringing it at the Gospel celebration.

Songstress Patti LaBelle has always been vocal about her faith in God and have shared her story of outliving her sisters who subcomed to cancer. Patti has also been known to kick off a shoe or two and her signature vocal acrobats have blown audiences away. So who better to accompany such a grand presence on stage than the dynamic duo Mary Mary, singing Pastor Donnie McClurkin, Christian music's mainstay Natalie Grant and Tamela Mann, who won several Stellar Awards earlier in January. To round off this cast of Gospel music greats, the recent Grammy award winner Tasha Cobbs will grace the stage.

It's evident that the NFL players mean business on and off the field. They make no apologies for their faith and they continue to forge forward in faith regardless of who wins the Super Bowl title.

To further demonstrate the faith which has made all of this possible, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to this year's benefactor, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Check your local tv/cable listings for the airing of the Super Bowl Gospel Celebration, which will be taped live tonight at The Theatre Madison Square Garden in New York City and just a few miles away in New Jersey's MetLife Stadium the XLVIII Super Bowl will convene on Sunday, February 2.

Credit: www.SuperBowlGospel.com and www.NFL.com

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