Memphis, TN -- (SBWIRE) -- 04/24/2012 -- On March 23, 2012, gospel music lovers flocked in droves to the 2012 Allstate Gospel Superfest in support of its live television taping, which took place for the first time ever in Memphis, TN. The event was held at the Temple of Deliverance Church of God in Christ, 369 G. E. Patterson Ave, Memphis, TN 38126. Celebrity actress Vivica A. Fox hosted this year's extravaganza with charisma and poise.
Various media outlets checked in early to secure a spot on the red carpet while hundreds of people wrapped around the 5,000-seat venue. Hundreds more had to be turned away from this sold to capacity recording event.
The show opened with the 2011 winners of the Allstate Gospel Superfest Battle of the Bands competition, Men of God's Heart of Columbus, OH. This annual competition auditions unsigned gospel talent in search of finding the opening act for the following year's television taping. The pre-show also featured Tia Rachelle, Courtney little and Jonathan McReynolds. All of which provided a spiritual appetizer for the thousands of fans in attendance.
After the pre-show ended, the main event began with back to back seamless performances by some of the nation’s most renowned gospel artists. Festival performers included Tamela Mann, David Mann, Regina Belle, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Earnest Pugh, Crystal Aikin, Brian Courtney Wilson, Ricky Dillard and New G, Damita Haddon, Lonnie Hunter & Structure, Martha Munizzi, Gloryland Pastor’s Choir, Benjamin Cone & Worship, Stephen Hurd, Rizen, Donte Everhart & the End Time Movement, Livre, Kevin Davidson and Dominion, Darrell Petties and Strength in Praise, Billy Rivers & The Angelic Voices of Faith Choir, and Miracle Temple Sanctuary Choir.
In addition to the soul-stirring performances, spiritual leader and founder of the Full Gospel Baptist Fellowship, Bishop Paul S. Morton, Sr. received the Allstate Gospel Superfest Lifetime Achievement Award. Another award recipient of the evening was K & K Mime, who received the first annual Trendsetter Award in recognition of their significant and groundbreaking contribution to the mime ministry movement. Over ninety (90) mimes appeared on stage to deliver a dynamic performance as tribute to K & K Mime.
“This year’s event was simply spectacular” stated Dr. Bobby Cartwright, Jr. the show’s Executive Producer and founder. The Allstate Gospel Superfest is one of the most notable gospel music events recorded for television in the United States. The show has become a national platform that allows both veteran and new artists the opportunity to showcase their talent to national and international television audiences.
The Memphis recording session will yield three one-hour specials with the first set to air in domestic syndication beginning March 29th thru April 22, 2012. Please check local listings for airdates and times in your area.
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About Allstate Gospel Superfest
The Allstate Gospel Superfest is one of the nation’s largest TV recording festivals in the field of urban-gospel music and entertainment. Founded in 1998, the show has maintained a consistent presence in broadcast syndication for twelve consecutive years since 2000. Releasing five one-hour specials a year, The Allstate Gospel Superfest is carried by major TV network affiliated stations including ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CW, & MYTV. The Allstate Gospel Superfest is known for its trend setting production, and Hollywood style approach to gospel music television.
Gospel Superfest TV programming reaches millions of TV viewers annually via domestic syndication and cable. The show is also carried on major television networks including The Trinity Broadcasting Network (the world’s largest), GMC and the Bounce TV Network.