McDonald’s USA today announced its Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour is back and better than ever with some of gospel music’s biggest acts. Hosting the tour this year is one-half of sister duo Mary Mary and now solo artist Erica Campbell and comedian Jonathan Slocumb. Joining them will be three-time 2014 Stellar Award-winners Anthony Brown & Group TherAPy, the renowned Mississippi Mass Choir, gospel’s latest hip-hop sensation Uncle Reece, organist Moses Tyson, Jr. and the incomparable Kurt Carr & The Kurt Carr Singers. Back for its eighth year, the free summer concert series sets out May 22 and runs through July 25 to deliver messages of hope and inspiration to communities nationwide.
“I am so thankful and honored to be chosen not only to host the tour, but to perform alongside other gospel greats,” said Campbell, a gospel music veteran. “The tour will definitely be filled with uplifting music, laughter and an overall good time for everyone.”
McDonald’s Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour will again focus on the importance of giving back to the community by supporting Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC), the company’s Mission Partner. In recognition of the RMHC’s 40 years of keeping families together and helping children heal, this year concertgoers will have the opportunity to learn about the Charity and the important role it plays in helping thousands of children and families heal and thrive better together. Attendees will also be encouraged to support their local RMHC Chapter by participating in a love offering to help neighboring families served by the Charity.
“I could not pass up the opportunity to co-host such an amazing tour that’s on a mission to give back to families like yours and mine,” Slocumb said. “I can’t wait to bring the non-stop laughter to everyone, especially those who are going through a tough time.”
All Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour concerts are free of charge. Gospel music fans can visit www.365Black.com to obtain tickets. The multi-city tour will make stops in 12 markets, including: Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Detroit, Greensboro, Jackson, Los Angeles, Memphis, Oakland, Philadelphia, Raleigh and Washington, D.C.
Tour dates and locations include:
May 22 – Philadelphia, Mount Airy COGIC
May 23 – Washington, D.C., Ebenezer AME Church
June 5 – Charlotte, The Park Church*
June 6 – Raleigh, Wake Chapel Church
June 7 – Greensboro, Mount Zion Baptist Church*
June 19 – Jackson, Greater Bethlehem Temple Church
June 20 – Memphis, New Salem Baptist Church
June 27 – Detroit, Greater Grace Temple
June 28 – Chicago, Chicago Gospel Music Festival – Ellis Park
July 9 – Atlanta, Full Gospel Baptist Conference – Georgia World Congress Center
July 24 – Los Angeles, City of Refuge Church
July 25 – Oakland, Craneway Pavilion
*Only Erica Campbell and Anthony Brown & Group TherAPy will perform.
“We are committed to giving back and bringing joy to thousands in our local communities,” said Rob Jackson, McDonald’s U.S. marketing director. “McDonald’s has been deeply rooted in the community for generations, and we will continue to serve our neighbors, both inside and outside of our restaurants.”
McDonald’s Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour is an extension of the brand’s 365Black platform, an initiative that celebrates the pride, heritage and achievements of African-Americans year round.
To learn more about the tour and the 365Black initiative, visit http://www.365Black.com. Follow @McDonalds on Twitter for tour updates and join the conversation at #365BlackGospel.