31.6 F
Indianapolis
Saturday, January 16, 2021

Butler University Gospel Fest lineup announced

More by this author

BMV extends hours for Election Day

Kent Abernathy, commissioner of the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV), announced BMV license branches will extend hours of operation on May 2 and...

Salute to Amos Brown III

On Nov. 6, 2015, the Indianapolis community lost a warrior and advocate when Amos Brown III passed away unexpectedly. Since his death, several local...

Jazz on the Avenue honors the late Dr. David Baker

In celebration of Jazz History Month, the Madame Walker Theatre Center will pay tribute to the late Dr. David Baker during Jazz on the...

Scars and all: Survivor shows double mastectomy

In October 2002, at the age of 35, Phyllis Pigford-Mason was diagnosed with stage-four bone cancer and given a life expectancy of less than...

Fred Hammond, known as “The Father of Urban Gospel,” will headline Butler University’s 26th annual Gospel Fest Feb. 7, at 7 p.m. in Clowes Memorial Hall, with special guests Hezekiah Walker and Le’Andria Johnson.

It’s tradition each year for the Butler Gospel Fest to remember those in the gospel world who have died. This year, the late Al “The Bishop” Hobbs and Andraé Crouch will be memorialized, said Gospel Fest organizer Valerie Davidson. Hobbs lost his battle with cancer in July 2014. He was vice-chair of the Gospel Music Workshop of America (GMWA) and chair of the Gospel Announcers Guild.

Born in Detroit, Hammond began singing in his church choir at age 12. He played bass and sang with the Winans during the early ‘80s, then joined Commissioned later in the decade. Hammond’s concurrent solo career began in 1991 with “I Am Persuaded.” Hammond set up his own label imprint, Hammond Family Entertainment, and released the CD/DVD set “Life in the Word” in 2010. “God, Love & Romance” followed in 2012.

Brooklyn, N.Y. -based Pastor Walker was the leader of the Love Fellowship Tabernacle Church Choir, one of the most prominent choral groups in contemporary gospel. Debuting in 1990 with Crusade Choir, Walker and his singers rapidly became star attractions on the church circuit, earning a Grammy for 1994s “Live in Atlanta at Morehouse College.” Recent recordings include “Souled Out” (2008) and “Azusa: The Next Generation” (2013).

Johnson has a Cinderella story. A twice-divorced single mother of three, the musician was enduring hard times and about to lose her home to foreclosure. Then, a friend convinced her to drive to New Orleans in a borrowed car to audition for the cable TV show “Sunday Best.” Johnson was declared the winner at the end of the show’s third season in 2010, a ranking that came with cash, a car, and a recording deal. A debut seven-song EP, “The Awakening of Le’Andria Johnson,” was released in 2011, followed by a second seven-song EP, “The Evolution of Le’Andria Johnson,” in 2012. A second full-length, the live “The Experience,” also appeared in 2012.

Tickets are available at the Clowes Hall box office and Ticketmaster.

For more information, contact the Butler University Office of Diversity Programs at (317) 940-6570 or visit: cloweshall.org/events/upcoming/event/335-26th-annual-gospel-fest.

- Advertisement -

Upcoming Online Townhalls

- Advertisement -

Subscribe to our newsletter

To be updated with all the latest local news.

Stay connected

16,331FansLike
3,142FollowersFollow
5,989FollowersFollow
14SubscribersSubscribe

Related articles

Popular articles

It’s on you, white America

The insurrection at the Capitol is as American as apple pie. I know many in white America have a...

Carson targeted in Capitol terrorist attack

Rep. André Carson was targeted during the attack on the Capitol Jan. 6. A note written by terrorist Lonnie Coffman that categorized...

Our Future is Powerful Voices

This program is closing the opportunity gap for black and brown students. Find out how you can participate.

Indiana GOP kicks off diversity leadership series

The Indiana GOP’s effort to develop future leaders from diverse communities begins this month. The Indiana Republican Diversity Leadership...

Amid the pandemic, more Black families on the brink of homelessness

Three times a week, an Uber ride on Indianapolis’ east side helps to save the life of bright-eyed, 11-year-old Jay’Shawn Roberson.
Español + Translate »
Skip to content