The halls of the famed Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts will soon be filled with the sounds of gospel music. But it won’t be just gospel music, it will be a cornucopia of styles that have defined gospel music throughout the ages and made it an uplifting and healing balm. September will usher in Gospel Music Heritage Month, a celebration of the genre’s rich history. The month’s premiere event, the Evolution of Gospel Concert Tour will once again grace the stage at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. on Monday, September 15 @ 7 p.m.
In September 2008, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) spearhead the efforts to ensure that the historic contribution and sound of Gospel music is recognized and honored throughout our nation. She and Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) led the passing of a resolution in both chambers of the House that declared September “Gospel Music Heritage Month.” The resolution has been successfully passed each year since its inception. The creation of the The Gospel Music Heritage Month Foundation (GMHMF) by Carl Davis, a staunch advocate for Gospel music, has also been instrumental in solidifying Gospel Music Heritage Month on the musical landscape.
Last year's Evolution of Gospel event was quite memorable as the Foundation celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington in grand style as Congressman John Lewis (D-GA) honored for his extraordinary work championing human rights and Gospel legend Richard Smallwood was celebrated for his diverse body of work that has helped to shape the annals of Gospel music. Coupled with impressive musical performances, it made for an awe-inspiring evening.
This year's event should be no less spectacular when the Gospel Music Heritage Month Foundation honors Grammy-winners and music icons Yolanda Adams and Kirk Franklin and Gospel Music Heritage Month champion, Senator Blanche Lincoln. The Foundation will also partner with the Gospel Music Workshop of America, Edwin Hawkins Music and Arts Love Fellowship Conference, the National Convention of Gospel Choirs and Choruses and the Gospel Heritage Foundation. Artists have yet to be revealed, but it is certain to be another year filled with all that's great and glorious about the genre.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is located at 2700 F Street, NW,Washington, D.C. 20566. For the latest news and information about Gospel Music Heritage Month in the DC area, Comtact DC Chair Ron Magnus at www.facebook.com/GMHMCelebrationDC and follow updates on Twitter @ GMHMDC
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