Donnie McClurkin for Fun in the Son
The organisers of the bi-annual Gospel concert, Fun in the Son, have confirmed that international gospel singer, Donnie McClurkin, has been booked as the headline act for the July 16 event.
In a release sent to THE WEEKEND STAR, Tommy Cowan, founder of the event and CEO for Glory Music, said the team was happy to have McClurkin as part of the event. "We have signed the contract and he is excited about performing to a packed National Heroes Park," he said. "This year's gospel festival is expected to be among the biggest ever and we look forward to the lives of many Jamaicans being transformed through this Ministry.
One of the most in-demand gospel acts, McClurkin has three Grammys, 10 Stella Awards, two BET and two Soul Train awards under his belt. For more than six years, he hosted the syndicated radio programme 'The Donnie McClurkin Show' that attracted more than five million listeners in 60 markets such as London, Jamaica and the Bahamas. Amid his busy schedule, he continues to serve as senior pastor of Perfecting Faith Church in Freeport, New York, which has more than 3,000 members. Locally, he hosts The Donnie McClurkin Show on LOVE 101 every Wednesday and Friday from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.
In addition to McClurkin's performance local acts such as DJ Nicholas, Papa San, Kevin Downswell, Carlene Davis, Judith Gayle and Rondell Positive are also expected to hit the stage. Evangelist Andrew Palau of the Louis Palau Association will bring the Word.
The concert, which is expected to draw a huge crowd, begins at 3:30 p.m., but the National Heroes Park will be opened to the public from 10 a.m. A full day of entertainment is expected as several marching bands from across the island are scheduled to perform. A Children's Village, an Extreme Sports Zone, Heritage Tour and other sporting activities will provide additional entertainment. The Gospel event which is sponsored by the Jamaica Broilers Group through its Best Dressed Chicken brand, will also have several food stalls to provide meals to patrons all day.