March 26, 2014

GSU Features ‘Women of Gospel’

The free event is open to the public as four gospel songstresses ‘have church’ on a typical midweek Bible study evening

GSU Celebrates Women's History Month with 4 talented gospel singers at a free concert held in the T.H. Harris Auditorium.
GSU Celebrates Women’s History Month with 4
talented gospel singers at a free concert held in the
T.H. Harris Auditorium.

GRAMBLING, La.  — Grambling State University will have not one, but four powerhouse gospel stars performing hit songs Wednesday (March 26) in the T.H. Harris Auditorium at 7 p.m. – and it is FREE.

Presented by university’s Lyceum Committee and the Office of Student Activities, this is the first time GSU has had four gospel recording artists performing on the same stage on campus.  Two of the artists were crowned “Sunday Best” on BET, one is part of a legendary gospel family and the fourth has been singing since she was two years old.

“We invite all of northern Louisiana to come out and have a little church with Grambling State University,” said GSU President Frank G. Pogue. “We know Wednesdays are a normal, midweek night for a lot of church Bible studies, and we know that regular church-goers will get a lot of religion and a lot about the Word if they join us Wednesday night. I don’t think many pastors would mind.”

Le’Andria Johnson and Amber Bullock were crowned winners of BET’s reality show “Sunday Best,” a gospel singing competition series hosted by gospel recording artist and producer Kirk Franklin.  On the show, the judges set out to find the best, undiscovered gospel talent around the world.

Johnson, 31, of Palatka, Fla., was crowned the Season 3 winner in June 2010, and Bullock, 28, of St. Louis, was crowned the Season 4 in September 2011. Each received a national recording contract, a new car and an undisclosed cash prize benefiting his or her community as well as the title of ‘Sunday Best.’ Both were signed with the Music World Gospel label with Matthew Knowles, father of superstar Beyoncé Knowles.

Kierra Sheard, 26, from Detroit, is another big name in the music industry. Sheard is the daughter of gospel singer Karen Clark Sheard and the granddaughter of gospel choral director Mattie Moss Clark. Sheard has many hits, but her 2011 hit "Indescribable" is one many fans have been singing across the nation. Sheard and her family also have had a hit reality show “The Sheards,” an eight-episode reality show following one of the biggest families in gospel music aired on BET.

Candace Bryant, from Cincinnati, is a songstress that has been singing since the age of two. She has been a member of the Greater Cincinnati Choral Union, an affiliatiate of The National Convention of Gospel Choirs and Chorus founded by the late Thomas A. Dorsey. Her outstanding voice has captured the hearts of many. Her family is a big part of who and why she is such a stunning gospel artist. She has always said her children and fans are her biggest motivation.

All four gospel artists have beautiful voices that fill rooms and touch people’s hearts, and each has a different style. They each travel nationally, and the university is excited that they are making Grambling State University as one of many stops.


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