22nd Annual Stellar Awards Announced

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The 22nd Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards once again elevated gospel music to new heights bringing together a host of stars from music, film and theatre to celebrate their favorite artists. Festivities got underway Saturday, Jan. 13, 2007 at the historic Grand Ole Opry House featuring Stellar Award favorites –Kirk Franklin, Tye Tribbett and Mary Mary serving as co-hosts.
Noted psalmist and Stellar Award nominee Byron Cage led the spirit-filled night with an opening melody of “Lift Him Up/I Will Bless the Lord.”
Gospel diva Yolanda Adams paid homage to the world’s best-selling gospel quartet presenting them with the prestigious “2007 Allstate James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award” for their impact on the development and advancement of gospel music. After 44 years and 35 albums, The Mighty Clouds of Joy are more than gospel legends – they are a national treasure.
Big screen starlet Gabrielle Union and actor Idris Elba, who are both featured in the upcoming Tyler Perry film, “Daddy’s Little Girls” presented “Artist of the Year” to Donald Lawrence and The Tri City Singers, who led the winners list for a second consecutive year picking up eight awards out of nine impressive nominations. One of the night’s highlights was Lawrence’s acceptance speech for “Special Event CD of the Year” which moved the crowd when he passed the torch to up-and-coming gospel dynamo Tye Tribbett dedicating his Stellar to him.
Stellar co-host Tye Tribbett got the crowd hyped with his famed energetic performances, shouting out “Victory” and experiencing one of his own as he was named “Contemporary Male Vocalist of the Year.”
Among the most moving moments of the night was Patti LaBelle’s soul-stirring selection, “Walk Around Heaven,” garnering her an overwhelming standing ovation from the full house. After decades of success in soul and R&B genres, LaBelle has delivered her first CD devoted to her gospel roots and applauded the gospel music industry for their support of her latest endeavor.

Stellar sweetheart Vickie Winans graced the stage in a beautiful red velvet gown and lifted the crowd with the powerful song “The Rainbow.”
Co-host Kirk Franklin continued to show his musical diversity by joining forces with former dc Talk front man tobyMac for a lively performance of “Let It Go,” from Franklin’s certified platinum CD, “Hero,” which won him a Stellar Award for “CD of the Year.” Franklin’s performance featured a dynamic stage entrance in a pale blue Camero, in which he gave accounts of his inspiring life story in the song, “Let It Go” that touched on past hardships and mistakes and the power of forgiveness.
Other artists picking up 2007 Stellar honors included Bishop G.E. Patterson for “Traditional Male Vocalist of the Year,” CeCe Winans for “Contemporary Female Vocalist of the Year,” the Pastor Shirley Caesar for “Traditional Female Vocalist of the Year,” and “Song of the Year,” nod went to Issiah D. Thomas for the inspiring single “I Will Bless the Lord,” performed by Byron Cage at the start of the show.
Bishop Paul Morton featuring Kurt Carr and Bartholomew concluded the star-studded show with a foot-stomping finale of “We Made It” bringing the crowd to its feet swinging a sea of white towels over their heads in jubilant dance.

For a complete listing of Stellar Award winners, please see attached list or visit www.thestellarawards.com.
22nd Annual Stellar Gospel
Music Awards
Winners List
ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Donald Lawrence presents the Tri-City Singers
Finale: Act One
SONG OF THE YEAR
I Will Bless the Lord
Issiah D. Thomas
MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Myron Butler
Set Me Free
FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Dorinda Clark-Cole
Live From Houston – The Rose of Gospel
GROUP/DUO OF THE YEAR
Myron Butler & Levi
Set Me Free
NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Myron Butler & Levi
Set Me Free
CD OF THE YEAR
Hero
Kirk Franklin
CHOIR OF THE YEAR
Donald Lawrence Presents
the Tri City Singers
Finale: Act One
PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
Donald Lawrence Presents the Tri City Singers – Finale: Act One
CONTEMPORARY GROUP/DUO OF THE YEAR
Myron Butler & Levi
Set Me Free
TRADITIONAL GROUP/DUO OF THE YEAR
The Williams Brothers &
Their Superstar Friends-Soul Link Live 3
Soul Link Live 3-Man in the Mirror
CONTEMPORARY MALE VOCALIST
OF THE YEAR
Tye Tribbett, II
Kingdom University Presents Tye Tribbett & G.A.
Victory LIVE!
TRADITIONAL MALE VOCALIST of the Year
Bishop G.E. Patterson
Bishop G. E. Patterson & Congregation
Singing the Old Time Way Volume 2
CONTEMPORARY FEMALE ARTIST of the Year
CeCe Winans
Purified
TRADITIONAL FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Shirley Caeser
I Know the Truth
CONTEMPORARY CD OF THE YEAR
Donald Lawrence Presents
the Tri-City Singers – Finale: Act One
TRADITIONAL CD OF THE YEAR
New Life Community Choir featuring
John P. Kee
The Reunion
URBAN/INSPIRATIONAL SINGLE/PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR
Victory
Kingdom University Presents Tye Tribbett and G.A. Victory LIVE!
MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Finale: Act One
Limited Collector’s Edition
Donald Lawrence Presents the Tri-City Singers
TRADITIONAL CHOIR OF THE YEAR
Hezekiah Walker & LFC 20/85
The Experience
CONTEMPORARY CHOIR OF THE YEAR
Donald Lawrence Presents
The Tri-City Singers – Finale: Act One
INSTRUMENTAL CD OF THE YEAR
With One Voice
Ramsey Lewis
SPECIAL EVENT CD OF THE YEAR
Collector’s Edition
Donald Lawrence Presents the Tri-City Singers Finale: Act One
RAP/HIOP-HOP GOSPEL CD OF THE YEAR
Cross Movement Records Presents
da’ T.R.U.T.H.
da’ T.R.U.T.H.
Children’s Performance of the Year
Youth For Christ
The Struggle is Over
QUARTET OF THE YEAR
Keith “Wonderboy” Johnson &
The Spiritual Voices
Just Being Me
Recorded Music Packaging of the Year
Philpott Design
Donald Lawrence Presents The Tri City Singers Finale: Act One
PRAISE AND WORSHIP CD OF THE YEAR
Kevin Burroughs Neeley
A Perfect Praise “Ministering to the Lord” LIVE Volume III Live
ABOUT CENTRAL CITY PRODUCTIONS
The Chicago-based Central City Productions, Inc. (CCP) produces the Stellar Gospel Music Awards. It has been 20 years since the first awards show was taped at the Arie Crown Theater in Chicago, and the Stellar Awards has now become the premier Gospel event that recognizes and honors African American artists. This one of a kind award show has showcased top Gospel artists and many television and film stars.
The Stellar Gospel Music Awards show is Executive Produced by Don Jackson, produced by Barbara Wilson for Central City Productions. Michael Johnson will direct this year’s award show, and Jennifer Jackson is the Executive in Charge of production. Erma Gray Davis is the President and Chief Operations Officer of Central City Productions. Founded in 1970 by Don Jackson, Chicago-based Central City Productions is a distributor of original programming to television and cable networks. Please visit www.thestellarawards.com for more information.
The 22nd Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards Show will air in syndication from January 27-March 4, 2007. Please check local listings for dates and times. For further information, please contact A. Jalila Larsuel at JL Media Relations at (626) 398-5028, or e-mail: jlmediapr@aol.com.
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