Fred Hammond, the “father of urban gospel,” will headline Butler University’s 26th annual GospelFest on Saturday, February 7, at 7:00 p.m. in Clowes Memorial Hall, with special guests Hezekiah Walker and Le’Andria Johnson.
Tickets are $42 for adults, $36 for seniors, and $32 for students. They’re available at the Clowes Hall box office and Ticketmaster. For more information, contact the Butler University Office of Diversity Programs at 317-940-6570.
GospelFest 2015 is presented by the Butler University Office of Diversity Programs, Efroymson Diversity Center, djgeno.com, Meridian Media Productions, WHMB-TV, and the stations of Radio One.
More about the artists follows. (Information from allmusic.com)
Hammond, a multi-instrumentalist, producer, and vocalist for the soulful black gospel group Commissioned during the 1980s and 1990s, also became one of the most popular praise and worship leaders in the field. Born in Detroit, Hammond began singing with his church choir at the age of 12. He played bass and sang with the Winans during the early 1980s, then joined Commissioned later in the decade. Hammond’s concurrent solo career began in 1991 with I Am Persuaded. Hammond set up his own label imprint, Hammond Family Entertainment, and released the CD/DVD set Life in the Word in 2010. God, Love & Romance followed in 2012. Hammond is a Grammy winner, and has won multiple Dove and Stellar Awards.
Brooklyn, New York-based Pastor Walker was the leader of the Love Fellowship Tabernacle Church Choir, one of the most popular choral groups in contemporary gospel. Debuting in 1990 with Crusade Choir, Walker and his singers quickly became one of the star attractions on the church circuit, earning their greatest success to date when 1994’s Live in Atlanta at Morehouse College scored a Grammy. His most recent recordings include Souled Out (2008) and Azusa: The Next Generation (2013).
Johnson was the twice-divorced single mother of three children when she fell on hard times, losing her home to foreclosure the day before a friend convinced her to drive to New Orleans in a borrowed car to audition for the BET’s Sunday Best. Johnson ended up being declared the winner at the end of the show’s third season in 2010, a placing that not only came with the gift of a new car and a cash prize, but also, in time, a recording deal. A debut seven-song EP, The Awakening of Le’Andria Johnson, was released in 2011, earning her first Grammy for Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music performance for her debut single, “Jesus.” This was followed by a second seven-song EP, The Evolution of Le’Andria Johnson, in 2012. A second full-length, live CD, Le’Andria Johnson – The Experience, also appeared in 2012.