Wednesday, January 14, 2009

BET's 9th Annual "Celebration of Gospel" airs January 25th

BET will 'Raise the Praise' on Sunday, January 25 at 8:00 p.m. with the 9th Annual CELEBRATION OF GOSPEL

Taking the spirit to new heights, BET's CELEBRATION OF GOSPEL is a soulful two-hour celebration with moving performances of worship by both gospel and mainstream greats. In his ninth year, veteran comedian, actor and popular syndicated radio personality Steve Harvey again hosts the popular religious telecast, which premieres Sunday, January 25 at 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT) on BET.

Led by the world-renowned musical director Ray Chew and his 24-piece orchestra, gospel supernovas Mary Mary and hip-hop legend LL Cool J passionately performed their new hit collaboration "We Gonna Make It" to a packed house at downtown Los Angeles' Orpheum Theatre. Kirk Franklin, Isaac Carree, Lowell Pye and Rance Allen also blessed the crowd with a soul-moving performance of "Lil Boy", followed by Smokie Norful and Heather Headley's rendition of "Jesus is Love." Oscar winner Louis Gossett Jr. and actor Terry Crews performed beautiful spoken word segments, while Trin-i-tee 5:7 and 21:03 hit the stage and gave young gospel listeners something to stand up and dance to with "I'll Take You There."

Marvin Sapp, Pastor Shirley Caesar and Pastor Dorothy Glass, Dr. Bobby Jones with the Nashville Super Choir, Karen Clark-Sheard, Donnie McClurkin, Vickie Winans, Hezekiah Walker & LFC, Kurt Carr & The Kurt Carr Singers, as well as Christian artists Muyiwa & Riversongz direct from the United Kingdom, round out the mega-list of awe-inspiring performances at BET's CELEBRATION OF GOSPEL '09.