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Festival Of Praise - Fred Hammond, Donnie McClurkin & More

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The Festival of Praise is Coming to Buffalo!!

Get ready Buffalo, April 13, 2018, Fred Hammond, Donnie McClurkin, Take 6, James Fortune and Pastor Charles Jenkins will be performing LIVE at Shea's PAC.


As the architect behind the “Urban Praise & Worship” phenomenon in Gospel music, Fred Hammond is a triple threat and has become one of the most revered singer/song- writer/producers in Christian Music today! His chart-topping hits are performed in virtually every church in USA and abroad. His success in introducing the praise and worship format to the African-American church ultimately resulted in the development of Urban Praise & Worship—a genre of gospel music that did not exist prior!

– Over 10 Million Albums Sold Worldwide
– Multi-Award Winner {Grammy, Stellar, Dove, BET, N.A.A.C.P}
– Dedicated Fan Base with Consistent Annual Growth


Donnie McClurkin is one of the world’s top Gospel music artists with over 10 million albums sold worldwide. In addition to his three Grammy awards other top honors include eleven Stellar Awards, four BET Awards, four NAACP Image Awards, three Dove Awards and has been a judge on BET’s Sunday Best for six years has began his radio career 8 years ago and now 100 stations plus later.


Take 6 is the most awarded a cappella group in history, with ten Grammy’s, ten Dove Awards (Gospel Music Awards), Best Jazz Vocal Group honors for seven consecutive years in Downbeat’s prestigious Reader’s and Critic’s Poll, a Soul Train Music Award, BRE (Black Radio Exclusive) Vocal Group of the Year, two NAACP Image Award nominations, induction into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame and countless other musical and humanitarian citations.

Showing the global appeal of this phenomenal group, they celebrated their 25th Anniversary last year with a World Tour including stronghold favorite markets Asia, South America, eastern and western Europe and the United States and TAKE 6 opened up new markets with debut tours of Australia and Canada. They receive rave reviews and overwhelming audience reception wherever they go. From New York’s famed Blue Note to the Montreux Jazz Festival, from PBS to ABC-TV specials, they remain the quintessential and pre-eminent a capella group in the world, working harder than ever, and loving every minute of it.


James Fortune who was born November 29, 1978, in Richmond, Texas, was raised in the church where his dad was a pastor, and was playing drums by the age of five. He graduated from Kempner High School in Sugar Land, Texas, and then attended Cal State Northridge, and consequently became the choir director at Dimension Church in Houston. As much or more a preacher, choir leader, master of ceremonies, and worship service manager as he is a straight-up singer, Fortune's strength is in understanding how to put gospel and praise songs over to a young 21st century audience, and with his featured choir, FIYA (which stands for Free in Yahweh's Abundance), he freely incorporates hip-hop arrangements and urban beats into his recordings, which include You Survived (2004), The Transformation (2007), Encore (2010), and Identity and Grace Gift (both released in 2012). His first live album, the two-disc Live Through It, appeared early in 2014. In early 2017, Fortune issued the single "I Forgive Me" in anticipation of the release of the full-length Dear Future Me, which dropped later that June.


Pastor Charles Jenkins Charles Jenkins is a multi award-winning songwriter, Hit maker, Billboard #1 Music Producer, 9 time Stellar award-winning recording artist, Soul Train Music Award Nominee, Multi-Dove Music Award Nominee, & was named Black Enterprise Magazine’s Urban Business Game Changer under 40.

Charles is the Founder and CEO of Inspired People, a music company that has delivered 6 Billboard #1 honors, tens of millions of streams, in a tough market in 4 short years. The honors include including, 3 Billboard #1 albums (The Best of Both Worlds, Any Given Sunday, & Think About These Things), 2 Billboard hit singles including the global worship anthem Awesome and his chart topping global smash WAR, and 2 Billboard year end chart #1 honors (most streamed 2015, most airplay 2015). Jenkins has also received a GRAMMY® certificate for his songwriting contribution on Israel Houghton’s GRAMMY® award winning album Alive In South Africa. Charles has also been a featured artist for several of America’s marquis events including Essence Fest, Jay Z’s Made In America, NBC’s Beyond AD, an Inaugural Ball for President Barack Obama and more. Charles’ music has also been licensed by CNN, NBC, The History Channel, TV One, BET and many more. Additionally in April of 2016 Charles was honored by Premier Gospel in London for his song “Awesome” being voted London’s favorite song. Charles has worked with GRAMMY® award winning producers such as Warryn Campbell, Rodney Jerkins, Harmony Samuels, and many more.