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The City of Orlando to Host Stellar Gospel Music Festival

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STELLAR AWARDS GOSPEL MUSIC FESTIVAL

KICKS OFF ITS FIRST YEAR WITH STAR-STUDDED LINE UP

The City of Orlando to Host Stellar Gospel Music Festival

in Celebration of Mother’s Day,

Friday, May 7 through Sunday, May 9, 2010

Vickie Winans and comedian Akintunde to co-host.  Gospel talent scheduled to appear include:  Byron Cage, Deitrick Haddon, James Fortune, KiKi Sheard, Jonathan Nelson, Shirley Caesar, Yolanda Adams, Crystal Aikin, Karen Clark-Sheard, Kevin Lavar and Endurance

March 4, 2010 – Chicago, Ill. – After celebrating its 25th Anniversary in January 2010, The Stellar Gospel Music Awards will kick off its newest Gospel Music venture this spring with The Stellar Awards Gospel Music Festival in Celebration of Mother’s Day to take place in Orlando, Florida.  Hosted by the City of Orlando and the Orlando Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, the Stellar Gospel Music Festival has set its sights on becoming Gospel Music’s premiere festival and Mother’s Day event, setting itself apart from other events with star-studded talent, informative seminars and a Stellar Awards Expo attracting vendors from around the Globe.

 

The event will take place Mother’s Day weekend, Friday, May 7, through Sunday, May 9, 2010 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort and Spa and will feature 3 days of music from today’s top Gospel music stars, a Mother’s Day Gospel Brunch and Runway Fashion Show.  Also look for updates in the next few weeks on our Daily Empowerment Seminars and Stellar Awards Expo.  A host of activities are planned during the weekend including discount packages at our host hotel, The Rosen Shingle Creek Resort and Spa, as well as discounts and transportation to Orlando’s many theme parks.

 

“After 25 years of producing and perfecting Gospel Music’s premiere awards show, The Stellar Gospel Music Awards has decided to create another weekend-long event like no other to celebrate Mother’s Day,” said Don Jackson, CEO and founder of Central City Productions, the producers of the Stellar Awards and the Stellar Gospel Music Festival.  “We intend to make The Stellar Awards Music Festival the top destination for Gospel talent and fans to come together and celebrate their shared faith, Mother’s Day and Gospel Music.  We are excited that the Orlando Convention and Visitor’s Bureau has partnered with us in building what we know will be the nation’s largest Gospel Music Festival.”

 

"Orlando and Orange County share a rich cultural history hosting numerous music festivals and performances throughout the year,” said Orange County Mayor Richard Crotty. "I am delighted that the Stellar Gospel Music Festival has chosen our great destination to hold its first Mother's Day Celebration. We look forward to a long and successful partnership."

 

All of the Stellar Awards Gospel Music Festival activities will take place at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort and the GatlinBallroom, in Orlando, Florida.  Stellar Awards-winning gospel star, Vickie Winans and comedian Akintunde will host the Festival.

 

The Stellar Awards Gospel Music Festival Line up is as follows:

Friday, May 7

Byron Cage

Deitrick Haddon

James Fortune

KiKi Sheard

Jonathan Nelson

 

Saturday, May 8

Shirley Caesar

Yolanda Adams

Vickie Winans

Crystal Aikin

 

Sunday, May 9

Karen Clark Sheard

Kevin Lavar

Endurance

ABOUT CENTRAL CITY PRODUCTIONS

The Chicago-based Central City Productions, Inc. (CCP) produces the Stellar Gospel Music Awards.  It has been 25 years since the first awards show was taped at the Arie Crown Theater in Chicago, and the Stellar Awards has now become the premiere Gospel event recognizing and honoring African American artists. This one of a kind award show has showcased top Gospel artists and many television and film stars.

 

Founded in 1970 by Don Jackson, Chicago-based Central City Productions is a distributor of original programming to television and cable networks.  Central City Productions’ President and Chief Operations Officer is Erma Gray DavisRhonda Jackson is coordinator of events.

 

The Stellar Awards Music Festival is Executive Produced by Don Jackson in conjunction with Al Wash and ALW Entertainment.

 

Please visit www.thestellarawards.com for more information.