(From left to right: Donnie McClurkin, Kim Burrell, Marcus Wiley, Jessica reedy, Hezekiah Walker, Issac Carree, Fred Hammond)
TBR — Richmond, VA – Festival of Praise, now recognized as the biggest Gospel tour of the year stopped in Richmond, VA on Saturday (Friday, October 23rd) night at the Altria Theater.
The 50-city concert tour featured some of the biggest names in Gospel music including multiple GRAMMY®, Dove and Stellar Award-winning recording artists Fred Hammond, Donnie McClurkin, Kim Burrell, with Hezekiah Walker. The tour also featured Isaac Carree, Jessica Reedy and Zacardi Cortez. Marcus Wiley of the “Yolanda Adams Morning Show” was this year’s festival host.
However this concert is probably unlike most concerts you have ever attended. The entire night was a collaboration of all of the artists being on stage together with ensemble performances and music by each artist highlighting their classic hits and most memorable anthems.
Starting right on time with a bit of comedy by Marcus D. Wiley, Fred Hammond walked onto the stage next, following by Hezekiah Walker, Donnie McClurkin, Kim Burrell and the entire line up all together, singing each others songs, with high energy and truly giving the audience their all as they ministered in song with praises to God.
Pastor Donnie McClurkin
It was a night filled with back to back hits broken up into two sets. The first half included high energy and upbeats songs that kept the audience on their feet. Following was a short intermission, and greetings from Praise 104.7FM Sheilah Belle, “The Belle” and Marcus D. Wiley that led right into the second half of the evening.
Amazingly, it only got better, with the music, the energy and the tributes throughout the evening, including a special emotional moment for Breast Cancer Survivors, who were all asked to come to the front of the stage for special recognition.
Audience members were also invited down front to take selfies with the singers, who were more than accommodating.
Kim Burrell Prays for someone duringFestival of Praise concert in Richmond, VA
With the anointing flowing heavily throughout this concert hall, it was clear that these Gospel Artists came to minister as Kim Burrell was escorted off the stage and down the aisle to pray for someone, as she laid her hands on their forehead and started calling on the name of Jesus!
It was a night that many will remember for years to come.
The national tour kicked off at Fallbrook Church in Houston, TX today, September 30, and runs through November 29. The Festival of Praise International Tour will kick off in the first quarter of 2016.
In conjunction with this year’s theme, Hammond produced “Trying to Make It Home,” a song which features vocal performances by Hammond, McClurkin, Burrell, Walker, Carree, Reedy and Cortez. The single is co-written by Hammond, Burrell, Carree, Reedy, Calvin Rodgers, and Phillip Feaster. “The concept of ‘Trying to Make it Home,” is a collaborative effort by the artists on this tour and ties in perfectly with our purpose,” says Hammond, the co-creator of Festival of Praise. “With all the discourse, upheaval and negativity happening around the world, we all agreed that there’s one common thread that people are searching to find. People are trying to reach a safe place and home represents that for many people. Many of us are trying to make it home to family, trying to make it home from college, trying to make it home to a better marriage, trying to make it home from sickness and disease, and ultimately, all of us are trying to make it home to heaven.”
Festival of Praise 2015 Tour Continues…
Thursday, October 22/Township Auditorium/Columbia, SC
Friday, October 23/Altria Theatre /Richmond, VA
Saturday, October 24/Lyric Opera House/Baltimore, MD
Tuesday, October 27/Hershey Centre/Toronto
Thursday, October 29/Wang Theatre—Citi Performing Arts Center/Boston, MA
Friday, October 30/Kings Theatre /Brooklyn, NY
Saturday, October 31/Ritz Theater/Elizabeth, NJ
Sunday, November 1/Constitution Hall/Washington, DC
Monday, November 2/Heinz Hall/Pittsburgh, PA
Tuesday, November 3/Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium/Chattanooga, TN
Wednesday, November 4/Embassy Theatre/Fort Wayne, IN
Friday, November 6/Foxwoods Grand Theater/Mashantucket, CT
Saturday, November 7/Blue Cross Arena/Rochester, NY
Sunday, November 8/Liacouras Center/Philadelphia, PA
Monday, November 9/Palace Theater/Albany, NY
Wednesday, November 11/Aronoff Center/Cincinnati, OH
Thursday, November 12/Municipal Auditorium/Nashville, TN
Friday, November 13/Palace Theater/Columbus, OH
Saturday, November 14/Joe Louis Arena/Detroit, MI
Sunday, November 15/Van Andel Arena/Grand Rapids, MI
Tuesday, November 17/Ralston Arena/Omaha, NE
Wednesday, November 18/Morris Performing Arts Center/South Bend, IN
Thursday, November 19/The Dow Event Center/Saginaw, MI
Friday, November 20/Murat Theatre/Indianapolis, IN
Saturday, November 21/Horseshoe Casino/Hammond, IN (Chicago market)
Sunday, November 22/Milwaukee Theater/Milwaukee, IL
Monday, November 23/Municipal Auditorium/Kansas City, MO
Wednesday, November 25/UNO Lakefront Arena/New Orleans, LA
Friday, November 27/Wolstein Center/Cleveland, OH
Saturday, November 28/Louisville Palace Theater/Louisville, KY
Sunday, November 29/Fox Theatre/St. Louis, MO
The Festival of Praise Fall Tour 2015 IS One of the Best Concerts EVER! was originally published on praiserichmond.com