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January 23, 2014

Butler University hosts 25th annual GospelFest

Grammy-winning gospel singers Kirk Franklin and Yolanda Adams will perform at the 25th anniversary Butler University GospelFest concert, “Celebration of Praise,” at 7 p.m. Feb. 1 in Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University.

Tickets are $29 for students and groups of 10 or more, $33 for senior citizens, and $39 for adults. They’re on sale now at the Clowes Hall box office by calling 940-6444.

A spirit-filled evening of praise and ministry, GospelFest will also feature Midwestern church and collegiate choirs, and gospel ensembles. Local opening acts will perform 15-minute sets prior to the performances by Adams and Franklin. The program will conclude with a benediction and also feature a tribute to the late Nelson Mandela.

The mission of GospelFest is to engage the greater Indianapolis and Midwest community in celebration and appreciation of this historic musical genre that has made an impact on the fabric of American culture and the global society.

The event is sponsored by the Butler University Office of Diversity Programs, Efroymson Diversity Center, DJGENO.com, Meridian Media Productions, Radionext.tv, and the stations of Radio One.

Franklin is a multi-platinum-selling artist whose fusion of gospel and contemporary music has inspired audiences across generations. As a mirror of Christian humanity, he boldly reflects what one faith-walking man can accomplish when he focuses on God and taps deep into the gifts he has been given.

Franklin is a pioneer in bridging gaps among various musical styles, uniting audiences across gospel, hip-hop, pop, and rhythm and blues. He is also the New York Times best-selling author of The Blueprint: A Plan for Living Above Life’s Storms and is the host and executive producer of the gospel talent show Sunday Best, the highest-rated gospel program in BET network history.

Adams has accomplished what few singers before her have ever achieved: The ability to attract fans from all walks of life without ever straying from the intricate roots that nurtured her Grammy-winning voice in the first place. On Dec. 11, 2009, Billboard magazine named her the No. 1 Gospel Artist of the last decade and called her album "Mountain High ...Valley Low" the best gospel album.

In April 2013, she began work on her 12th studio album, with Franklin serving as one of the producers.

“Music has always been a potent force,” she said in a press release. “Our music — gospel music — has always been a comfort to those who are looking for some kind of encouragement in their lives.”

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