Contributed by Lisa Wilmore, Event Publicist- Wilmore Agency


FLINT (MICH.)-BLACK MUSIC MONTH CELEBRATES WITH GOSPEL MUSIC CELEBRATION FUNDRAISER HONORING 50-YEAR RADIO LEGEND SAM WILLIAMS. The event, presented by Alternative Veterans Solutions, will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 15 at The Whiting in Flint, Michigan. Tickets are $30 each and proceeds will benefit local veterans organization. The inaugural Sam Williams Gospel Music Hall of Fame Award will be distributed annually to a notable community leader, pastor, musical director or outstanding choir who has contributed significantly to the gospel music industry.

For over 50 years Sam Williams has earned his stripes in radio and will soon be recognized for his broad career on the airwaves.  The Sam Williams’ Sunday Morning Gospel Show is touted as the longest running and highest-rated radio program in Flint.  More than 1,500 local government and community leaders, dignitaries, church clergy and their congregations along with citizens and guests from the Flint, Saginaw, Pontiac and Detroit areas will convene for this one-of-a-kind, highly anticipated fundraiser celebration honoring Sam Williams.

This long-awaited tribute will be a riveting gospel concert and awards ceremony featuring local church choirs, quartets, praise dance and mime groups and more.  There will a special guest performance by the sensational Gospel music recording artist and composer J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise who will be singing popular hits such as “After This,” and “I Am.”

MESHELLE, known as “The Indie-Mom of Comedy,” who pioneered the role of “Michelle,” portrayed by Kimberly Elise in the film adaptation “Woman Thou Art Loosed,” written by TD Jakes and Terry McFadden, will serve as Mistress of Ceremonies for the musical celebration.  Flint native Emuell Tedford will serve as the musical director.

Other gospel music performances will take place featuring local and nationally-acclaimed individual and group talent some include:

•The Shepards (est. 1968) – The Shepherds recorded “Live In Durham NC” on Worldwide records in 2000; Amen records in 2002 and recorded “Trilogy Live in Augusta GA” where the CD placed them on the billboard top 40 again landing at # 20. “New Beginnings” is the first CD release on their new label Strawberry Vinyl Records.
•Albert Strickland & Cho’zen – The Flint-based choir and former 2012 contestants in the Verizon How Sweet the Sound – gospel choir competition. The group will celebrate its 20th anniversary this month.
•Local Pastor Tonya Bailey of Hand of God Ministries will deliver a rousing musical performance during the Gospel Music Celebration event. Pastor Bailey will soon release her new CD in 2013.
•Ebenezer Mime Ministry and Grace Emmanuel Praise Dancers will also perform during this spectacular tribute.
Tickets for the event are available at The Whiting Box Office Ticket Center located at 1241 E. Kearsley, Flint, 810-237-7333; and the Music Planet, 517 W. Carpenter Rd., Flint, 810-787-0099.  If you would like to become a sponsor, or place an ad in the program book, contact 3 13-402-5722.  

About Alternative Veteran Solutions Alternative Veterans Solutions, a non-profit organization, was founded in 2010 on the belief that all veterans deserve to be honored and supported upon their return home from active duty.  Our focus is to assist homeless veterans and those at-risk of becoming homeless by providing basic amenities and help to connect those individuals with the training, education, counseling and rehabilitative services that they need in Genesee and Shiawassee counties.  Alternative Veterans Solutions partners with federal, state and local agencies to offer a full range of services to area veterans at its newly opened one-stop resource center. Together, we are working to break the cycle of homelessness while eliminating the barriers that veterans face in re-adjusting to civilian life.  Visit http://www.altvetsol.org/ for more information.