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Mcdonalds Gospelfest: Cissy Houston (Mother) to lead tribute to Whitney Houston

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Today the Eve of Mothers day, at the 29th annual Mcdonalds Gospelfest, Cissy Houston, the mother of the late Whitney Houston, will lead a tribute to the late pop star that will also feature other members of the Houston family. A fundraiser for McDonald’s scholarship programs, as well as one of the world’s biggest recurring gospel concerts, Gospelfest will take place at the Prudential Center in Newark, its home since 2008. You can get your Ticket for the Mcdonald's concert.
Other performers will include Vickie Winans, who recorded with Whitney Houston; Donnie McClurkin, who sang passionately at Houston’s New Hope Baptist Church funeral; and the duo Mary Mary, who applied lessons learned from Whitney Houston’s records to their own pop-gospel crossover career.
First Lady of Gospel Pastor Shirley Caesar, the internationally recognized recording artist and an 11-time Grammy winner, who knows gospel has much to share with — and perhaps even much to learn from — contemporary jazz, rock and pop, also will be one of the main performers at this year’s McDonald’s Gospelfest concert.  Shirley Caesar was acknowledged by Whitney Houston  as an influence.

Although the stars of gospel come out at night, Mcdonald's Gospelfest remains an amateur talent show as well. The first half of the event (doors open at 3 p.m.) draws choirs from churches all over the country. Thousands of singers, rappers and choral groups make audition tapes in an effort to secure Gospelfest slots; only a few are selected to perform. The talent show will last until 7 p.m.; after a break, the headliners will start to perform- NJ