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March 2: CLC's 29th annual Salute to Gospel Music program March 2

Sounds of Blackness, Rev. Charles Jenkins & Fellowship Chicago headline

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By College of Lake County

The College of Lake County's 29th Annual Salute to Gospel Music program on Saturday, March 2 will feature the Grammy® Award winning groups Sounds of Blackness and Reverend Charles Jenkins & Fellowship Chicago. This program begins at 7 p.m. at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan.

The program will be a spirited musical tribute to the 150th anniversary of the signing of the emancipation proclamation. The emcee is Effie Rolfe, a Chicago media personality,speaker and author.

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Sounds of Blackness is a Grammy® Award-winning group directed by Gary Hines since 1971. It has consistently performed and proclaimed the music, culture and history of African-Americans to audiences all over the world. From jazz and blues to rock & roll, R&B, gospel, spirituals, hip-hop, reggae and soul, this group colors each and every "sound of blackness" with uplifting messages of hope, unity, love and peace for all humankind--and then works passionately to achieve it.

In 2012, the "The Sound of Blackness" CD won a 2012 NAACP Image Award for Best World Music Recording. The group has also won Soul Train Award, International Time For Peace Award, seven Stellar Awards, the International Dance Music Awards, was nominated for an Emmy Award and five NAACP Image Awards. The group's new self-titled CD "The Sounds of Blackness" and first single "Fly Again" are inspiring the world and a new generation once again.

The group has performed benefit concerts for many organizations and conducts master classes and workshops. They have performed on the soundtracks of the films "Batman," "Demolition Man," "Panther," "House Party II," "The Posse," "Down in the Delta," "Moses in Egypt," "John Henry," "First Kid," "Mo' Money," "Justice," "First Sunday," "Precious," and "The Apostle."

Also appearing will be the Reverend Charles Jenkins & Fellowship Chicago. Jenkins, a Grammy® Award-winning songwriter, wrote the #1 praise and worship anthem, "Awesome," which was #1 on Billboard's Hot Gospel Songs chart for over 16 weeks. The single entered at #1 on Billboard's Hot Gospel Song chart, entered at #1 as the Best Selling Christian/Gospel Song on Amazon and is the third best-selling digital gospel song of 2012. In October 2012, Jenkins and Fellowship of Chicago received a stunning eight Stellar Gospel Music Award nominations for "The Best of Both Worlds" CD. The nominations include artist of the year, song of the year (awarded to songwriter), new artist of the year, CD of the year, choir of the year, traditional CD of the year, traditional choir of the year and recorded music package of the year.

The CLC Gospel Choir, under the direction of Dr. Charles Clency, will open the program. The 2013 Harambee Award of Excellence will be presented to the Reverend Henry Lee Jordan, Jr., pastor of Greater Faith Church Baptist, Waukegan.

Fundraising opportunities for local groups will be offered. For groups of 30 or more, tickets may be purchased at $4 off the general admission price of $19, and the group discount includes a private, pre-show reception. Each group or organization is entitled to reassign the price of tickets and keep all proceeds raised above the discounted price. For groups of 20 or more, tickets may be purchased at $3 off the general admission price of $19. For information on group tickets and discounts, call (847) 543-2112.

Regular priced tickets are $19 for general public; $17 for CLC students, staff, alumni, seniors, and children 12 and under. Tickets are on sale at the CLC Lakeshore Campus, by phone at the James Lumber Center Box Office (847) 543-2300 or at www.geneseetheatre.com.

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