Black History’s Month Most Prestigious Gospel Super Event Comes to Atlanta February 14th-16th, 2013

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Gospel Heritage Praise & Worship Conference.

Thousands who “love” Gospel Music will converge in Atlanta during Valentine’s Weekend for the 17th Annual Gospel Heritage Praise & Worship Conference. It’s the largest international Gospel event held during Black History Month. The two-and-a-half day confab will kick off on Thursday, February 14th with daytime educational seminars and workshops as well as nightly events. Several Gospel “A-listers” will make appearances throughout the weekend. The entire event will be held at the Changing A Generation Full Gospel Baptist Church, where the host pastor is Bishop Paul S. Morton, Sr.

Grammy, Dove and Stellar award winners will take part in the weekend events, including Bishop Hezekiah Walker, Vashawn Mitchell, William McDowell, Donald Lawrence, Ricky Dillard, Wess Morgan and more! An entire Gospel singing choir will travel all the way from Stockholm, Sweden to take part in the event!

Highlighting each nightly event is an awards presentation segment. This year, featured among the awardees on Thursday, February 14th will be Edwin Hawkins, known as “The Father of Contemporary Gospel Music.” Hawkins is famous for his arrangement of the hymn, “Oh Happy Day!” which has been featured in Whoopi Goldberg's "Sister Act 2", with then-15 year old Ryan Toby singing lead. The song also appears in "Big Momma's House," "Nutty Professor II: The Klumps," David LaChapelle's 2005 movie "Rize,", Robin William's 2007 movie "License to Wed."., and in 2010 biographical film produced by Walt Disney Pictures: "Secretariat".

On Friday evening, the flurry of awards will culminate with a presentation to one of the most outspoken and controversial proponents against injustice of the current era, Rev. Al Sharpton. Also, being saluted that evening will be Pastor Jasper Williams of the Salem Baptist Church of Atlanta, who served alongside Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, and is largely recognized as one of the premier orators of our time.

The weekend will culminate on Saturday morning with a final address from Grammy award winner, Bishop Hezekiah Walker.

Sponsors for the event include Abbott Nutrition and The Coca-Cola Company. According to Dr. Teresa Hairston, the founder of the organization, the Gospel Heritage Foundation’s mission is “to preserve the Gospel Heritage and Perpetuate the Gospel Legacy through celebration and education.” The conference travels to various destinations each year, and for the first time in five years has returned to Atlanta.

For more information/media credentials request, please visit: or email: gospelheritage (at) aol (dot) com.


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