The College of Lake County's 30th Annual Salute to Gospel Music program will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday Feb. 22, 2014 at the Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan. The two featured performers will be Beverly Crawford along with Janet Sutton and the Voices of Acme. The program will celebrate Black History Month and CLC's 44th anniversary with the theme of "The Evolution of the Gospel Choir, According to CLC."
Tickets: From Dec. 9-23, a special buy one, get one free ticket offer will be available only through the CLC Lakeshore Campus, 33 N. Genesee St., Waukegan, IL. For groups of 30 or more, tickets may be purchased at $4 off the general admission price and includes a private, pre-show reception. Each group or organization is entitled to reassign the price of the tickets and keep all proceeds raised above the discounted price. For groups of 20-29, 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 go on sale Dec. 9 at the CLC Lakeshore Campus, by phone at the James Lumber Center Box Office (847) 543-2300 or at www.geneseetheatre.com.
Crawford is a much sought-after singer and speaker from Gainesville, Fla. She is best known for performing with the New Life Singers on "Bobby Jones Gospel" on Black Entertainment Television. Voices of Acme, a 50-voice choir from Chicago, was voted the 2008 "Best Church Choir in America" in the How Sweet the Sound Choir Competition, sponsored by Verizon Wireless.
Crawford's fifth album, "Live from Los Angeles" from 2007 contained the number one hit "He's Done Enough," which stayed on the top ten lists for over a year. In 2009, Crawford won a Stellar Gospel Music Award for Traditional Female Vocalist of the Year. In 2009, she recorded "Live from Los Angeles" at Faithful Central Church. In 2010, "Live from Los Angeles Volume 2," featuring Shirley Murdock was released, which includes the hit single "It's About Time for a Miracle."
The CLC Gospel Choir, under the direction of Dr. Charles Clency, will open the program with an uplifting performance. The 2014 Harambee Award of Excellence will be presented to the legendary directors who have led the CLC Gospel Choir over the past 30 years: Dr. Sandra Leconte, Tony Smalls, Mark Cosey and Dr. Charles Clency. Effie Rolfe, a Chicago-based media personality, speaker and author, will again serve as emcee.