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Tye Tribbett

Tye TribbettMultiple GRAMMY®️ winning artist Tye Tribbett released his 8th album ALL THINGS NEW delivering more of the unparalleled blend of gospel, hip-hop, and worship music for which he first became known. Led by the #1 radio singles “We Gon’ Be Alright” and “Anyhow,” ALL THINGS NEW features guest appearances by PJ Morton, Mali Music and Kierra Sheard. It is soul music in its truest form. Tye’s legendary career includes five #1 albums, two #1 radio singles, four #1 digital song sale singles, and eight top 10 songs. In his career, he’s had over 317 million global streams with over 1.3 million albums sold. On Youtube, he has eclipsed 56 million views. He has also rocked national TV performances such as The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and The BET Awards. Currently one of the most inspirational voices online, his 1.8 million social media followers often go to him for a positive voice during rough times.



Karen Clark Sheard

Karen Clark SheardFour-time GRAMMY® Award-winner and multiple Stellar and GMA Dove Award winner Karen Clark Sheard is a vocalist, songwriter, entrepreneur, wife and mother. She is also a gospel music legend and a part of a musical dynasty. Admired by a wide range of vocalists from various genres, Clark Sheard is renowned throughout the music industry for her signature, one-of-a-kind multi-octave vocal range and ability. Her musical style with the legendary Clark Sisters and as a solo artist has inspired a host of today’s brightest pop divas including Beyoncé, Mariah Carey, Missy Elliott, and Faith Evans, among countless others.



Destiny Worship Center Chorale

Destiny Worship and Praise Chorale was established in 2004 by Pastor Deandre Patterson when he founded the Destiny Worship Center. The Chorale has been able to minister with gospel artist around the world such as Bishop Hezekiah Walker, JJ Hairston and Youthful Praise, Todd Dulaney, Crystal Rucker, Kevin Lemons and Higher Calling, Dr. Michael Fletcher and The Michael Fletcher Chorale just to name a few. Destiny Worship and Praise Chorale is known for a rich and full sound that has been instilled by our Pastor. The chorale is excited to release the full album on all streaming outlets mid 2023.


Janet Sutton and The Voices of Acme

The Acme Missionary Baptist Church Choir also known as “Janet Sutton and The Voices of Acme” (“VOA”) under the leadership of Bishop Dr. Bernard J. Sutton located in Chicago, Illinois has performed for many church audiences, concerts, musicals, plays, inaugurations and outdoor festivals throughout the country. Some of the Choir’s most recent accomplishments consist of being named the “Best Church Choir in America” after winning the “How Sweet the Sound” church choir competition sponsored by Verizon Wireless in 2008. VOA was also named “Choir of the year” by Rhythm of Gospel” in Pine Bluff, Arkansas in 2009. Since that time, VOA opened the “Sound Tour” featuring Mary Mary and Marvin Sapp sponsored by the Chicago Defender, performed on the Stellar Awards and for the Chicago White Sox, and numerous television shows.


Bishop Larry D. Trotter and Sweet Holy Combined Choirs

Bishop Larry Trotter is a preacher, gospel singer, community leader, and ministerial fellowship leader who's served as senior pastor at Sweet Holy Spirit Church in Chicago for over 30 years. Joining Sweet Holy Spirit Church in the early '80s and steadily increasing their membership, he eventually began recording high-spirited gospel albums with the growing choir, and has since performed with them across the U.S. and on six continents.


Praize Production

Praize Productions, Inc., (PPI) is a not-for-profit, 501(c)3, organization housed on the South Side of Chicago. PPI is comprised of three platforms: RIZE Pro-Elite professional dance company and RIZE Youth Company; PPI’s Performing Arts Academy; and its outreach programs. Known for its award-winning and thought-provoking theatrical productions, PPI curates professional, arts-based programming and events that amplify the voices and narratives of Black artists and communities via professional platforms, while purposefully maintaining the richness of community connectedness. PPI's unique approach to artistry is holistic in style for they wish to develop the full artist by infusing both social and educational approaches rooted in social consciousness.