NEW YORK, Dec. 2, 2013: Super Bowl Gospel Celebration is set to return for its 15thanniversary, kicking-off Super Bowl XLVIII Weekend on January 31, 2014 at the Theater at Madison Square Garden. The spirit-filled mega-show will bring together music and praise, all for the love of America’s favorite sport: football.
Named by USA Today as “One of the Best Super Bowl Events to Attend,” Super Bowl Gospel Celebration is the only National Football League (NFL) sanctioned gospel concert, bringing together the NFL Players Choir, Grammy Award-winning artists, special guests and performers, all on one stage to kick-off Super Bowl Weekend.
At this year’s milestone event, Super Bowl Gospel Celebration is pleased to announce three-time Grammy Award-winning Gospel artist and Pastor of Perfecting Faith Church in New York, Donnie McClurkin, as the first confirmed talent to perform on this dynamic night of praise in The Big Apple. (More talent to be announced soon).
Also joining the line-up is the NFL Players Choir, composed exclusively of current and former players, the choir has become one of the most anticipated performances during Super Bowl Weekend. Several Christian NFL players who wanted to share their faith through their musical talents in song formed the Choir. The group offers fans an opportunity to see a very personal side of the players off the field, as they make joyful noise. Celebrating its eighth-year anniversary, the NFL Players Choir includes more than 40 members, including Hall Of Famers and Pro Bowlers.
“The Super Bowl Gospel Celebration has been a formal sanctioned partner for 15 years, and has played an integral role in bringing together fans and football players under one roof with a shared love of inspirational music,” said Tisha Ford, NFL Director of Events Business Development.
“This year we celebrate the 15th Anniversary of bringing even more power and celebration to one of the biggest events of the year — the Super Bowl,” says Melanie Few-Harrison, Creator and Executive Producer of Super Bowl Gospel Celebration. “Each year we aim to make the concert bigger than the last with artists and special guests from all backgrounds and this year will be no different! We are thrilled to have American Family Insurance return this year as our Presenting Sponsor and formidable partner in making the event a family-oriented concert. Super Bowl XLVIII in New York will be our biggest yet!”
“This is our fourth year serving as Presenting Sponsors of this widely celebrated event. Super Bowl Gospel brings together some of the greatest gospel talents of our time and allows us to engage “Dreamers” in a profound way,” said, Telisa Yancy, Vice President of Marketing for American Family Insurance.
Over the course of fifteen years, Super Bowl Gospel Celebration has brought together amazing performances and special guests including Patti LaBelle, Anita Baker, Gladys Knight, Yolanda Adams,Kelly Price, Natalie Grant, The Clark Sisters, Wes Morgan and many more. Most recently, the 2013 event was hosted by Emmy Award-winning co-host of ABC’s “The View,” Sherri Shepherd , and seven-time Grammy Award-winning gospel artist Kirk Franklin . Headlined by Grammy Award-winning, platinum-selling artist and American Idol winner Fantasia, the night was full of memorable moments including great performances by top gospel and contemporary Christian artists Donnie McClurkin , Marvin Winans , Bishop Paul S. Morton , and the NFL “Players’ Choice” hip-hop Christian artist Lecrae.
Super Bowl Gospel Celebration has garnered major media attention and buzz every year including features and mentions on Good Morning America, The View, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Extra, Yahoo! News, ABC News, Associated Press and USA Today, among many others.