The 29th Annual Stellar Awards will take place January 18, 2014 in Nashville, Tenn. But before the winners are announced there will be a flurry of activities that begin Wednesday, January 15.
The Annual Industry Prayer Gathering on Thursday puts its focus on all things spiritual, reinforcing the fact that in the midst of it all gospel music is still about the good news of Jesus Christ. Showcases, parties, after-parties and a few invitation-only events abound. Urban Soul Cafe is putting poetry and spoken word on display with Spoken Soul and BMI salutes Daryl Coley and D.C.'s own Richard Smallwood in an invitation-only event.
Here's a complete list of Stellar Awards weekend activities. Check back periodically as this list will be updated as new information becomes available.
Wednesday, January 15
The Official Stellar Award Welcome Ceremony. 7 p.m. Hosted by 760AMTheGospel. Features Everette Drake, Bryan Popin, Michelle Prather, San Franklin and other guests. True Way Church, 2715 Clarksville Pike, Nashville, Tenn. FREE
Thursday, January 16
I.M.A.C. Industry Summit Lunch and Learn. 10 a.m. Panelists include Thomas Rollins, Gina Miller, Eboni Funderburk, Chris Squire, Tonya Moore of BET and Ralph Davis of GMWA. For info: www.imacconference.org or call 615-669-6475. Registration required and includes lunch. Mt. Hopewell MB Church, 2911 Stokers Lane, Nashville, Tenn.
Music 'N Style: Branding As It Relates to Fashion. 3:30 p.m. Doors open at 3 p.m. Panel discussion featuring wardrobe stylist/style expert GooGoo Atkins, celebrity fashion stylist J. Bolin, and celebrity stylist and head of The Glam Room, Queen Campbell. Space is limited. Register at email@example.com Events on 3rd, 209 N. Third Avenue, Nashville, Tenn.
The Glam Room. Offers hair, makeup, express nail and barbering services for those attending the awards. Available Jan. 16-18. For info or to schedule an appointment, call 615-589-8389 or email TheRealGlamRoom@gmail.com. Omni Hotels & Resorts, 250 5th Avenue South, Nashville, Tenn.
Annual Industry Prayer Gathering. 6 p.m. Join artists, industry executives and leaders in an intimate setting of praise, worship and prayer. To RSVP or for more info: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Born Again Church, 858 W. Trinity Lane, Nashville, Tenn.
Club Yes Lord. 6 p.m. Hosted by DJ Will and Crazy One. Features Rae Ellis, Fedel, Canon, Lejune Thompson, This'l and more. $5 at the door. More info: www.yeslordradio.com/anniversary. 3rd & Lindsey, 818 3rd Avenue South, Nashville, Tenn.
Urban Soul Cafe Access Granted: Homecoming, The Blackout Edition. 6 p.m. Hosted by Myron Butler and Damita Haddon. Event will honor Aaron Lindsey, Twinkie Clark and Vashawn Mitchell. Hezekiah Walker will present the awards. Performers include Tasha Page Lockhart, Anthony Brown, Tasha Cobbs, Jonathan Nelson, Lisa Knowles and the Brown Sisters, Joshua Rodgers and more. Pre-show tickets $10, day of show $15. For tickets and more info www.urbansoulcafe.com. Limelight Entertainment Venue, 201 Woodland Street, Nashville, Tenn.
RTMG Celebrity Basketball Game. 6:15 p.m., doors open at 5:30. Cheneta Jones will perform the national anthem and Livre' will perform during halftime. Celebrity players include Brian Courtney Wilson, Isaac Carree, James Fortune, Bishop Joseph Walker, Wardlaw Brothers and more. For tickets: www.rtmgbasketballgame.com Triveca Nazaraene University, 333 Murfreesboro Pike, Nashville, Tenn.
The Light Presents Stellar Awards Kick-off. 6:30 p.m. Hosted by Damon King. The event will honor Lemmie Battles. Features performances by DeAndre Patterson, Nu Purpose, Jeremy Wallace and Elevated Praise and more.. St. John Missionary Baptist Church, 833 Tiny Town Road Clarksville, Tenn.
Friday, January 17
iAM Radio Empowerment Breakfast Revue Lounge Artist Showcase. 7:30 a.m. Hosted by Tracy Morgan, Arvetra Jones, Jamila Joy, DJ Will Newbill and Sistah Peaches. Features Pastor Kevin Adams, Bishop Jerry Maynard and Dr. Patrick Wooden, Sr. $30, includes buffet. For tickets www.iamstoreonline.com Hotel Preston, 733 Briley Parkway, Nashville, Tenn.
Let's Talk Gospel Presents Denim and Diamonds. 10 a.m. Hosted by Comedian Tim and Nikita B. Features Shawn Bigby, Steve MCoy, Jamariean Moore, Paula Waters and more.For more info contact LeShelle Crump @ 919-444-3483 or Gwen Atkins @ 832-647-2368 Crystal Fountain Church, 1003 Russell Street, Nashville, Tenn. FREE
15th annual Trailblazers of Gospel Music Awards Luncheon. 11 a.m. BMI will salute gospel leaders Richard Smallwood and Daryl Coley. Gospel music’s premier songwriters, brightest stars and leading industry executives will attend the invitation-only event. The Most Performed Gospel Song of the Year will also be announced at the luncheon. Rocketown, 601 Fourth Avenue South, Nashville, Tenn. INVITATION ONLY
Prayzefest Gospel Network Presents Artist Showcase and Review. 1 p.m. Hosted by Donald Malloy with CD release by Countre' Boi. Performers include Patricia Leigh, Socom, Kay Morris, Juan Santiago and more. Tickets: $15. For information and tickets, visit www.pgnetwork.com. Manna From Heaven, 3510 West Hamilton Ave., Nashville, Tenn.
Urban Soul Cafe "Spoken Soul". 1:30- 5:30 p.m. Hosted by Ben Tankard. Artist will delight the audience with storytelling and poetry. Features Tru Love, Marco the poet, Dre da Poet, Diallo, NishaSpeaks, LyricForte, Karness Turner, Kezia the Poet, and GF Young. Music by Sean C. Johnson, B Nor, Ethan Kent, Winston Stewart, and Minon. For tickets and more info www.urbansoulcafe.com. The Cave, 600 9th Ave South, Nashville, Tenn.
I.M.A.C. Industry Summit Indie Artist Showcase. 2 p.m. Hosted by Jawn Murray and Malcom Williams. Features new and up and coming indie artists. Performance registration required. Seats are open to the public, VIP seating available. For info: www.imacconference.org or call 615-669-6475. Mt. Hopewell MB Church, 2911 Stokers Lane, Nashville, Tenn.
Radio Showcase Reception. 4:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m. Industry Professionals, radio program directors, DJs, media executives. Guest host Cedric Bailey. There will be a live remote by Rejoice Musical Soulfood. For info: 888-455-6454 ext. 103, ask for Dionna. Dave & Busters, 540 Opry Mills Drive, Nashville, Tenn.
3rd Annual Biggest Blockbuster Showdown. 5 p.m. Host Pastor Bobby Harris. Features Lisa Knowles, George Dickens and the Gospel Disciples, John Smiley & the Spiritual Voices and more. First Baptist Church, 301 Fairview Lane, Clarksville, Tenn.
Yes Lord Radio 2014 Anniversary Showcase. 6 p.m.-midnight. Hosted by J Moss, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Ace Alexander, Judith Christie McAllister, Willie Moore, Jr., Darius Paulk, Sistah Willa Ruth Johnson and Chinnita "Chocolate' Morris. There will be appearances by James Fortune, Anita Wilson, Smokie Norful, Paul Porter and Stephen Hurd. Performers include Larry Callahan & SOG, Rae Ellis, The Showers,Tasha Page Lockhart and more. Millenium Maxwell House Hotel, 2025 Rosa Parks Blvd., Nashville, Tenn.
The 33rd Blockbuster Anniversary of Donnie, Darryl & the Joyboyz. Doors open at 6 p.m., showtime at 7 p.m. Performers include Keesha Rainey, Doc Mckenzie and the Highlights, The Swanee Trumpeteers and more. Melvin Williams of the Williams Brothers will make an appearance. Tickets $20 in advance, $25 at the door. To purchase tickets, visit East Side Gospel (615-500-7677), Total Gospel (615-474-5632) and Haddox Pharmacy (615-329-3243). The Country Inn & Suites, 590 Donelson Pike, Nashville, Tenn.
***Stellar Awards Preshow. 7 p.m. Hosted by Michelle Williams and Richard Smallwood. Performances by Earnest Pugh, Anita Wilson, Beverly Crawford, Kevin Vassar, J Moss, JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise, Chanel Haynes, Monica Lisa Stevenson, Vincent Tharpe & Kenosis, Kevin Lemon & Higher Calling and Livre. Tickets $12.50. Purchase at www.patron.tpac.org or at the box office. Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC). 505 Deaderick St., Nashville, Tenn.
Pre-Stellar Awards Concert & Bishop Frederick Carr Birthday Bash. 7 p.m. Features Earnest Pugh, Erica Barr, Clareta Haddon-Jackson, William Demps, Vincent Tharpe & Kenosis and more. For info: iamlifechurch.org or call 615-569-5753. Life Church International, 819 Russell Street, Nashville, Tenn.
FreeDem Radio 2014 Showcase. 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. Hosted by James Hall, Danetra Moore,Demetrius Tolefree and Nicole Elyles-Belton. Features Kevin Lemons & H.C., Keith Williams, Chrystal Rucker, Quan Howell, Sunday Best contestant Tyler Little and Sean Tillery & Changed. For tickets: www.freedemshowcase.eventbrite.com. Info: 888-406-1998 ext. 0, email: firstname.lastname@example.org web: www.freedemradio.com.
Bonnerfide Radio 2014 Anniversary Party. 9 p.m. Hosted by Hezekiah Walker, The Playmakers and Charles Butler. Performers include Anita Wilson, James Fortune & F.I.Y.A., Lowell Pye, Da' TRUTH, Paula Champion, Marica Chisolm, Fedel, "Sing Off" finalists TEN and more. Tickets: $20, $30 at the door, VIP $50. More info: www.bonnerfideradio.com. The Listening Room Cafe, 217 2nd Ave. South, Nashville, Tenn.
Hezekiah Walker Choirfest. Doors open at 10 p.m., event starts at 11 p.m. Choirs from around the country will perform. Special guests include Vashawn Mitchell, James Fortune, John P. Kee and JJ Hairston. Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 7595 Old Hickory Blvd., Nashville, Tenn. FREE
Saturday, January 18
ASCAP Morning Glory Stellar Awards Breakfast Reception. 9-11 a.m. The reception will honor Edwin Hawkins, Ty Tribbett and Warryn Campbell. Special performances by Tasha Cobb, Jonathan McReynolds and Chuck Harmony. INVITATION ONLY
SisterFriendz Stellar Women of Gospel Awards. 9-11 a.m.Celebrating outstanding female professionals in the gospel music industry. Omni Nashville Hotel. More info: www.sisterfriendz.com INVITATION ONLY
**Stellar Gospel Radio Station and Announcer Awards. 11 a.m. Hosted by the Tankards. Performers are Chanel Haynes-Swarz, Jessica Reedy, Dewayne Woods, Wess Morgan, Uncle Reece and Veronia Pertucci. Tickets $10 SAGMA Members, $15 General public. Purchase tickets at www.tpac.org or by calling 615-782-4040. Tickets can also be purchased at the box office on day of show. Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC). 505 Deaderick St., Nashville, Tenn.
**29th Annual Stellar Awards. 6 p.m. Gospel's biggest night will be hosted by The View's Sherri Shepherd and syndicated radio personality Rickey Smiley. The live taping is open to the public and tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com). Ticket prices range from $55 - $200. Balcony seats are available for students for $35. The show will air on the UP television network live on January 18, and in broadcast syndication on 150 stations in over 125 markets around the country from January 18 through March 2, 2014. Nashville Municipal Auditorium, 417 4th Ave N, Nashville, Tenn.
Canton Jones' Birthday Bash and Mix Bag Entertainment's Coming Out Party. 7 p.m. Another Urban Soul Cafe event. The party features Da' Truth, Uncle Reece, Sean Simmonds, TWyse, Thi'sl, T'Juan MAJORS, and more. For tickets and more info www.urbansoulcafe.com B.B. King's Blues Club & Grill, 152 2nd Ave N, Nashville, Tenn.
I.M.A.C. Industry Summit Churching After The Show. The Official After Party. 10 p.m. Hosted by Lonnie Hunter, Pastor De 'Andre Patterson and Professor James Hall. Features top indie and national recording artists. Performance registration required. Seats are open to the public, VIP seating available. For info: www.imacconference.org or call 615-669-6475. Mt. Hopewell MB Church, 2911 Stokers Lane, Nashville, Tenn.
Post-Stellar Praise Party. Hosted by San Franklin Jackson and co-hosted by Lady Shante and Chris Bond. Features Crystal Rucker, Lowell Pye, Kevin Gray, Blanch McCallister and more. 10 p.m. -1 a.m. Rocketown, 522 5th Avenue South, Nashville, Tenn. More info: TriplePEvent@aol.com
Sunday, January 19
5th Annual Post Stellars Concert. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. Features Goldwire McClendon, Lejuene Thompson, Chinnita Morris, Wardlaw Brothers and Vincent Tharpe & Kenosis. $10, Tickets available at Eastside Gospel Gallatin Road and Walkers Cafe. For information call 931-447-107 or 615-399-1029 ext 263. Manna From Heaven, 3510 Hamilton, Nashville, Tenn.
Post Stellar Blockbuster Showcase. 4 p.m., doors open at 3 p.m for this event an hour outside of Nashville. Features John Bolton of the Bolton Brothers, John Smiley and the Spiritual Voices, The Might Aires and more. $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Eagle Nest Ministries, 6831 Hollow Road, Huntsville, Ala.
Strong Finish Annual Stellar Awards Post Celebration. Hosted by Damon M. Ray. 5 p.m. Features Ted Winn, Latrice Crawford, Amber Bullock, Kendra Carr and more. Crystal Fountain Church, 1003 Russell Street, Nashville, Tenn.
Christian comedian Akintunde-"The Rebirth of Comedy." 6 p.m. Doors open at 5. Host Pastor Bishop Jerry L. Maynard. Tickets $10. Cathedral of Praise, 4300 Clarksville Pike, Nashville, Tenn.
Know of any other Stellar Awards activities? Contact DC Gospel Music Examiner and it will be added to this list.
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