Industry News | April 23, 2010

McDonald's Gospel Tour to Kick Off in May

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McDonald's, Regina Belle, and J Moss will inspire through spirit and song across the country with the McDonald's Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour, kicking off in various cities next month.

The gospel concert events are free in most cities and will be held at churches across the country and at festivals in select cities.

This year's concert series is headlined by four-time Grammy Award-winning artist Regina Belle and PAJAM/Zomba recording artist, J Moss. Belle is new to the Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour, while J Moss joins the tour for a second, consecutive year. Tour dates and locations, include:

* May 13 – Philadelphia, PA (Deliverance Evangelistic Church)

* May 14 – Detroit, MI (Greater Grace Temple)

* May 15 – Chicago, IL (Broadview Missionary Baptist Church)

* June 19 – Newark, NJ (McDonald's Gospel Festival Prudential Center)

* June 24 – Oakland, CA (Paramount Theatre)

* June 25 – Los Angeles, CA (West Angeles COGIC Cathedral)

* August 6 – Memphis, TN (World Overcomers Church)

* August 7 – Atlanta, GA (Praise In The Park)

* Sep. 12 – Washington, DC (National Black Family Reunion Celebration Festival - Washington Mall)

"More than ever, people are in need of inspiration and this tour will truly inspire spirits through powerful song," says Regina Belle.

"It is an honor to join McDonald's, along with J Moss, and to be a part of providing inspiration to the community."

The McDonald's Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour has been drawing audiences from across the country for four years. The tour previously featured such top gospel artists as CeCe Winans, Smokie Norful, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Kierra Sheard and Myron Butler and Levi.

New cities added on the tour this year include Los Angeles and Oakland, California. In most cities, concerts will include performances by local gospel groups to showcase community talent. Independent franchisees have supported gospel music in a number of ways throughout the years, by bringing gospel and all types of musical festivals to their communities. Among them is the McDonald's Gospelfest, held in Newark, New Jersey, which this year will also include the Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour artists on June 19.

"For four years, the McDonald's Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour has been inspiring people in communities across the country with one of the many rich musical contributions of African Americans – gospel music," says Rob Jackson, marketing director, McDonald's USA.

"We're glad to bring in some of the nation's top celebrated gospel music artists to help us praise the positive and enrich the communities our restaurants serve 365 days a year."

Tickets are free, while supplies last, except for McDonald's GospelFest, and are available at the host church, churches surrounding the host church, and select local gospel retailers. Tickets for the McDonald's Gospelfest are available through Ticketmaster.com.