ISELIN, N.J., Jan. 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Gospel fever returns to the New York Tri-State area on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at Prudential Center (25 Lafayette Street, Newark, NJ). McDonald’s Gospelfest tickets go on sale Friday, January 15th at 11am. It’s the area’s preeminent Mother’s Day weekend gospel event brought to the community by men and women who own McDonald’s restaurants throughout the New York Metro area. Produced and directed by Emmy Award winning Producer A. Curtis Farrow, McDonald’s Gospelfest is a talent competition and concert that features many abilities. Kicking off at 4pm the competition includes rising stars of all colors, ages and cultures competing in a variety of categories including Soloists, Youth Choirs, Adult Choirs, Praise Dancers, Steppers, Singing Groups, Gospel Comedians, Gospel Poets and Gospel Rappers. The noteworthy gospel concert, beginning at 6:30pm, will feature some of the greatest in gospel music such as Yolanda Adams, Tamela Mann, Donnie McClurkin, Bishop Hezekiah Walker & LFC, Shirley Caesar, the original Dreamgirl, Jennifer Holliday and many more gospel greats. Tickets can be purchased at Prudential Center Box Office, or call Ticketmaster at 800.745.3000 or go online to www.ticketmaster.com. The competition and concert all takes place One Night, on One Stage, Worshipping One God. It will be an evening to remember.
The New York Metro area McDonald’s prides itself in being deeply rooted in the community 365 days of the year. Select McDonald’s Owner Operators throughout the New York Tri-State will host auditions for McDonald’s Gospelfest in their restaurant. “It’s a sincere pleasure to give back to the community to host such great talent who will be auditioning to be a part of McDonald’s Gospelfest. I look forward to seeing who comes out this year,” said Angela Adderley, owner of a McDonald’s restaurant in Plainfield, NJ. Her restaurant will be hosting McDonald’s Gospelfest auditions for the community later this month.
McDonald’s Gospelfest originated in 1983 under the auspices of the McDonald’s Corporation and the McDonald’s New York Metro Owner/Operator Association. Over thirty years later, it has emerged as the nation’s preeminent Gospel celebration, bringing joy, inspiration, encouragement and hope to millions of Americans. Previous McDonald’s Gospelfest participants have gone on to successful careers in entertainment, including the renowned Bishop Hezekiah Walker.
Over the course of the past 33 years, The McDonald’s Tri-State Owner/Operator Association has awarded millions of dollars in scholarship money. The McDonald’s Gospelfest competition has been an important fundraising event which supports education opportunities within local communities.