One of the year's biggest events of gospel music is the GospelFest, held annually at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. An Emmy Award winning event, it includes live performances as well as competition, thus not only featuring the best in gospel music today, but also future gospel stars. This year, the likes of CeCe Winans, Yolanda Adams, Dottie Peoples, Tramaine Hawkins, Cissy Houston and Melba Moore are expected at the festival. The gospel music competition will also feature highly talented singers and groups, who can be seen performing live, after buying GospelFest tickets.
Each year, a spectacular gospel music event is held in Newark, New Jersey. Known as GospelFest, it is a music festival as well as a talent competition. It also acts as a fundraising event, gathering funds for different charity programs. It is sponsored by McDonald's and first took place in 1983. Since then, it has been held each year and is one of the most popular gospel music festivals of the country. Since 2008, the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey has hosted the festival. It is directed and produced by the Emmy Award winning A. Curtis Farrow, who also hosts the event. On TV, the festival is broadcasted on WWOR–TV and WABC–TV, with numerous GospelFest tickets bought each year by festival goers.
GospelFest is one of the biggest gospel music festivals in the world, with more than a thousand performers gathering each year. Each year, the largest pool of gospel music talent gathers at the event, which many have praised as the 'most spectacular gospel celebration in the nation'. After the festival, the McDonald's Inspiration Celebration national tour takes place, often featuring winner of the talent competition. McDonald's Gospelfest was founded by McDonald's and the McDonald's Tr–State Owners' Association.
Today, this gospel music festival slash competition has become one of the most awaited events amongst gospel music circles. It is also a fundraiser that benefits many people and charities, with millions of dollars that are raised for scholarships and other educational purposes. Past venues for this event have been the Palace Theater, Westbury Music Fair, Hammerstein Ballroom, Newark Symphony Hall and the Madison Square Garden. In 2008, the Prudential Center hosted the twenty fifth Gospelfest and has since then been the host venue. On TV, broadcasts take place on various channels and networks. Several Emmy Awards have also been won by the show.
Gospelfest is part and parcel of Newark culture. The culture has been home to jazz and gospel ever since the Coleman Brothers. Labels such as Savoy Records nurtured many an artist, with many involved in local churches. Cissy Houston, for one, has long been a crucial part of the New Hope Baptist Churche, added to being a member of The Sweet Inspiration and The Drinkard Singers. The Newark Symphony Hall also hosts the “When Praise Goes Up” gospel showcase each year, and is home to the NSH Special Ensemble. Add the Newark Boys Chorus and the Newark Gospel Tabernacle, formerly the Stanley Theater, and one of the foremost gospel music destinations in the US emerges. Newark also hosts the How Sweet the Sound touring gospel music contest each year.
The GospelFest competition begins with auditions in the Tri–State area before the festival. Selected contestants then go through a series of competitions, also held before the festival, with semifinalists chosen at the end. It has fourteen categories, ranging from Praise Dance Group, Gospel Rap and Gospel Comedian to Teen Soloist and Youth Choir. In 2014, the festival and competition is set to take place on Mother's Day, with the festival adopting a Mother's Day theme.
This year, famous female artists will participate in this gospel music festival. These include the likes of Yolanda Adams, CeCe Winans, Vickie Winans, Shirley Caesar, The Clark Sisters, Kim Burrell, Dorothy Norwood, Dottie Peoples, Cissy Houston, Tramaine Hawkins and Melba Moore. These are some of the best known names of the gospel music world. In the past, singers like Aretha Franklin and John P. Kee have also performed at the event. GospelFest tickets are already up for sale for this year's awaited gospel music concerts and competitions.
GospelFest Tour Dates 2020 & Concerts
Nothing beats the joy of watching your favorite music artist perform live! GospelFest's concert dates are out and fans are looking forward to the upcoming shows. The next concert will be held in Milwaukee at the Fiserv Forum on 10-Apr-20. For complete information regarding dates and venues, please visit our website.
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GospelFest Ticket Prices
Currently the average price for GospelFest tickets is $203. The date and location for this event is 10-Apr-20 at Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee. The minimum get-in price for GospelFest tickets is $54.
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