Donnie McClurkin and Erica Campbell to Host 15th Annual BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music Awards Luncheon Today

DONNIE MCCLURKIN

Daryl Coley and Richard Smallwood will be honored at BMI’s lauded event on January 17 in Nashville

WHO: Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI®), the leading global music rights organization, is set to salute gospel leaders Daryl Coley and Richard Smallwood at its 15th annual Trailblazers of Gospel Music Awards Luncheon. Additional invited guests include:

• Donnie McClurkin; Yolanda Adams; Tamela Mann; Kirk Franklin
• Erica Campbell; Isaac Carree; The Clark Sisters; Fred Hammond
• Beverly Crawford; Anaysha Figueroa-Cooper; Lisa Knowles
• Ledisi; Michelle Williams; Rodney Jerkins; VaShawn Mitchell
• Tasha Page-Lockhart; Y’Anna Crawley; Dr. Bobby Jones; and others.

WHAT: The 15th Annual BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music Awards Luncheon is a first class, awe-inspiring worship service that honors the legends of gospel music. The invitation-only event attracts gospel music’s premier songwriters, brightest stars and leading executives.

• All press must RSVP to attend. Press credentials will be for red carpet arrivals only.
• A few “show only” seats will be allocated for press covering the red carpet.

WHEN:
• Friday, January 17, 2014
• Press check-in will be at 9:15 a.m.
• Arrivals begin at 10:00 a.m. and will promptly end at 11:00 a.m.
• The Luncheon will begin at approximately 12:00 p.m. Access is for arrivals only.

WHERE:
Rocketown
601 4th Ave. S.,
Nashville, Tenn.

ABOUT THE HONOREES:
Daryl Coley’s voice is an inimitable instrument able to fuse musical genres into a unique, mellifluous and cohesive sound. His multi-decade career began as singer with Edwin Hawkins, which led to being a songwriter and musical director for Lady Tramaine Hawkins. Lead vocal appearances on recordings for James Cleveland’s Gospel Music Workshop of America resulted in Coley’s solo debut, Just Daryl. What followed was a string of Stellar, Dove and GRAMMY award nominations for career-defining albums including Beyond the Veil: Live at Bobby Jones Gospel XIII and Oh, the Lamb. Coley has recorded a landmark collection of more than 100 studio performances and worked with some of the industry’s legends, including Stevie Wonder, Nancy Wilson and Philip Bailey. Most recently, Coley received a Doctorate of Sacred Music from the Ray of Hope Theological Seminary and Bible College International School of Divinity.

Richard Smallwood is a legend in his own time. After more than three decades as one of the most popular inspirational artists in the music business, with classic tunes such as “Total Praise,” “Center of My Joy,” and “I Love the Lord” to his credit, the GRAMMY-nominated, Stellar and Dove award-winning songwriter and musician continues to enjoy widespread popularity and influence.

His seminal recordings with the Richard Smallwood Singers and Vision include Psalms, Adoration: Live in Atlanta and Journey: Live in New York. Each album and song released continually landed on the top of the gospel charts and in the repertoires of choirs throughout the world. His songs traverse genre boundaries and have been recorded by Whitney Houston, Chaka Khan, Destiny’s Child and many others. In 2006, Smallwood was inducted into the Gospel Music Associations’ Gospel Music Hall of Fame. He is currently exploring his gift as an author, as he works on completing his autobiography Total Praise, scheduled to be released in 2014.

BMI’s impressive roster of gospel songwriters includes Kirk Franklin, Fred Hammond, Donnie McClurkin, Yolanda Adams, Jessica Reedy, Marvin Sapp, Twinkie Clark, BeBe Winans, Israel Houghton, Kim Burrell and many others. To read more about the BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music Live 2013 album and our gospel music leaders, visit http://www.bmi.com/genres/gospel.

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Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI®) is a global leader in music rights management, serving as an advocate for the value of music. BMI represents the public performance rights in more than 8.5 million musical works created and owned by more than 600,000 songwriters, composers, and music publishers. The Company negotiates music license agreements and distributes the fees it generates as royalties to its affiliated writers and publishers when their songs are performed in public. In 1939, BMI created a groundbreaking open-door policy becoming the only performing rights organization to welcome and represent the creators of blues, jazz, country, and American roots music. Today, the musical compositions in BMI’s repertoire, from chart toppers to perennial favorites, span all genres of music and are consistently among the most-performed hits of the year. For additional information and the latest BMI news, visit http://www.bmi.com, follow us on Twitter @BMI or stay connected through Broadcast Music, Inc.’s Facebook page.

Contact:

Jamil Walker, BMI
212.220.3143; jwalker@bmi.com