The I Am Radio Empowerment Breakfast and Showcase took place Friday, Jan. 18 at the Hotel Preston in Nashville, Tenn. It was one of the many events that surrounded the 28th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards. It was a showcase filled with talent coupled with a spiritually charged atmosphere that showcased some of the best independent artists in the gospel music industry.
The showcase is the brainchild of internet station owner and recording artist Beatrice "Sistah Peaches” Haywood. Last year's successful showcase was instrumental in launching the careers of Javon Inman, CD Porter, Ayanna Smith, Theresa Pinkney, The Gospel Sonz, Trish Standley and more.
The showcase was hosted by WBBP Program Director, radio personality and Stellar Award winner Tracy Morgan, recording artist Ayanna Smith, GMWA-NCGAG President Bishop Arvetra Jones and Stellar Award winner William Becton.
This year’s event boasted an even larger group of independent artists than before. The room was festively decorated and filled to capacity. It was evident that word of this exciting showcase had spread. Many power players from the media were present to observe the talent who could possibly grace their airwaves or land in their print or online publication. Spotted in the audience were Roderick Jemison, Henry Harris, Connie Birth, Sheilah Belle, Ron Briggs and Liz and Carlos Merriweather.
Jimmy Russell and BOC opened up the showcase and got the audience to their feet. Other artists who ministered in song included Faye Mosby, Richard Davis, Pamela Johnson, Angie Cleveland, Elain Thomas and Michael J.T. Fisher aka J Kingdom. In 2010 Fisher led the Voices of Destiny Choir to win Verizon's How Sweet the Sound Choir competition.
The I Am Radio Empowerment Breakfast Showcase has clearly positioned itself as one of the key events for independent artists during Stellar Awards week. It not only showcases diverse styles of gospel music but maintains firmly grounded in ministering to the hearts of those in attendance and keeping God as its central theme.