McDonald’s® Inspiration Celebration® Gospel Tour (ICGT) is back and will hit Atlanta on July 9th as part of The Full Gospel Baptist Conference. The tour will stop at the Georgia World Congress Center and feature some of gospel music’s biggest stars. . Gospel star Erica Campbell will perform and co-host alongside comedian/actor Jonathan Slocumb. Three-time Stellar Award winners Anthony Brown & Group TherAPy will take the stage, as well as gospel veterans Kurt Carr and the Mississippi Mass Choir.
Also set to appear are Gospel rap sensation, Uncle Reece and anointed organist Moses Tyson, Jr., who will round out the list of dynamic performers that are set to hit the stage.
The 12-city nationwide tour will again focus on the importance of giving back to the community by supporting Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC), the company's Mission Partner. In recognition of the RMHC's 40 years of keeping families together and helping children heal, this year concertgoers will have the opportunity to learn about the Charity and the important role it plays in helping thousands of children and families heal and thrive better together. Attendees will also be encouraged to support their local RMHC Chapter by participating in a love offering to help neighboring families served by the Charity.
"I could not pass up the opportunity to co-host such an amazing tour that's on a mission to give back to families like yours and mine," Slocumb said. "I can't wait to bring the non-stop laughter to everyone, especially those who are going through a tough time."
The eighth annual tour is set to bring the best of gospel straight to the people in a free concert series that emphasizes the importance of giving back. As with previous years, this rousing tour will give back to local communities by supporting Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®) Chapters in each city.
All Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour concerts are free of charge. Gospel music fans can visit www.365Black.com to obtain tickets. The multi-city tour will make stops in 12 markets, including: Charlotte, Chicago, Detroit, Greensboro, Jackson, Los Angeles, Memphis, Oakland, Philadelphia, Raleigh and Washington, D.C.
Tour dates and locations include:
May 22 – Philadelphia, Mount Airy COGIC
May 23 – Washington, D.C., Ebenezer AME Church
June 5 – Charlotte, The Park Church*
June 6 – Raleigh, Wake Chapel Church
June 7 – Greensboro, Mount Zion Baptist Church*
June 19 – Jackson, Greater Bethlehem Temple Church
June 20 – Memphis, New Salem Baptist Church
June 27 – Detroit, Greater Grace Temple
June 28 – Chicago, Chicago Gospel Music Festival – Ellis Park
July 9 – Atlanta, Full Gospel Baptist Conference – Georgia World Congress Center
July 24 – Los Angeles, City of Refuge Church
July 25 – Oakland, Craneway Pavilion
*Only Erica Campbell and Anthony Brown & Group TherAPy will perform.
"We are committed to giving back and bringing joy to thousands in our local communities," said Rob Jackson ,McDonald's U.S. marketing director. "McDonald's has been deeply rooted in the community for generations, and we will continue to serve our neighbors, both inside and outside of our restaurants."
McDonald's Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour is an extension of the brand's 365Black platform, an initiative that celebrates the pride, heritage and achievements of African-Americans year round. To learn more about the tour and the 365Black initiative, visit http://www.365Black.com. Follow @McDonalds on Twitter for tour updates and join the conversation at #365BlackGospel.