Friday, February 23, 2024, 8:00 p.m.
Auntie Karen Foundation presents the 20th Legends of...2024 Concert & Auction
“A Testament To Our Faith” Concert honoring twenty years, featuring The Legends of Gospel Tour Artists:
Donnie McClurkin, Marvin Sapp, and Hezekiah Walker
Opening Act: The Auntie Karen All-Star Band
Friday, February 23, 2024, 8 p.m.
A limited number of AARP, military and student (Grand Tier & Balcony) tickets are available for $ 5.00 off with ID at the box office. Proceeds from this event benefit the Auntie Karen Foundation. For Sponsorship Opportunities, Premium Orchestra Seating Tickets call 803-748-7124 or visit www.auntiekaren.org
The Auntie Karen Foundation is a global non-profit 501(c)3 corporation based in Columbia, SC. Founded in 2001, the foundation's mission is to create and implement a series of replicable community outreach programs designed to empower, enlighten, and educate through the arts.
Tickets $ 60.00 - $ 100.00 at The Koger Center Box Office
Discounts for Groups of 10+, AARP, Military in Grand Tier & Balcony only
About the Show: The Auntie Karen Foundation proudly presents the 20th Legends of...Concert, a celebration of faith, culture, and the enduring power of music. Join us on February 23, 2023, at the prestigious Koger Center for the Arts for an unforgettable night featuring three Gospel Music Legends: Donnie McClurkin, Marvin Sapp, and Hezekiah Walker.
Donnie McClurkin, a renowned gospel music singer and contemporary Christian minister, boasts an illustrious career marked by remarkable achievements. With a staggering track record of 5 Grammy nominations and 3 Grammy wins, McClurkin stands as a multi-award-winning artist in the gospel music realm.
His accolades include a Dove Award, two BET Awards, three Grammy Awards, two Soul Train Awards, ten Stellar Awards, and one NAACP Image Award, a testament to his exceptional talent and unwavering dedication to his craft. McClurkin's success extends globally, with over 10 million albums sold worldwide, solidifying his position as one of the top-selling gospel artists in the industry.
His impact on the urban gospel scene earned him the title of the "Reigning King of Urban Gospel," as recognized by Variety. McClurkin's repertoire includes hit songs such as "Stand," "Speak To My Heart," and "Great Is Your Mercy," resonating deeply with audiences and further cementing his status as a gospel music icon.
Marvin Sapp, recognized as Bishop Marvin Louis Sapp Sr., is a distinguished Gospel pastor, singer, and songwriter celebrated for his multifaceted talents and spiritual leadership. His musical career has been decorated with accolades, boasting an impressive array of 13 GRAMMY nominations, 24 Stellar Awards, 4 Dove Awards, and 2 BET Awards, establishing him as an influential figure in gospel music.
Beyond his musical achievements, Sapp's entrepreneurial spirit shines through his ventures as an author of eight novels. In 2022, his impactful career journey was commemorated with the creation of the biopic "Never Would've Made It: The Marvin Sapp Story," highlighting his significant contributions to the music industry.
In his role as a pastor, Bishop Marvin has made profound impacts on spiritual leadership. He currently serves as the senior pastor at The Chosen Vessel in Fort Worth, Texas, a position he assumed on November 17, 2019. Before this, he founded and served as a senior pastor at the Lighthouse Full Life Center Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Marvin Sapp's extraordinary career, encompassing music, literature, and pastoral leadership, inspires and uplifts audiences globally. His unwavering dedication to both ministry and music embodies a legacy of faith, resilience, and remarkable artistic excellence.
Hezekiah Walker, a prominent figure in gospel music, boasts an impressive career highlighted by 11 Grammy nominations and 2 Grammy wins. Known affectionately as "the Hip-Hop Pastor," Walker's influence extends beyond gospel circles, with high-profile secular hip-hop recording artists such as Lil' Kim and Sean "Diddy" Combs counted among attendees at his church.
One of Walker's standout hit songs is "Every Praise," which resonates deeply with audiences. In 2001, Hezekiah & The LFT Church Choir received a nomination for an NAACP Image Award for Best Gospel Artist, Traditional, based on the strength of their album "Love Is Live!".
Walker's musical journey includes Grammy wins for Best Gospel Album By Choir Or Chorus. He secured this prestigious award twice: first for "Live in Atlanta at Morehouse College" in 1994 with The Love Fellowship Crusade Choir, and later for "Love Is Live!" in 2001 with The LFT Church Choir.
Apart from The Love Fellowship Crusade Choir, Walker's LFT Church Choir independently released two albums: "Recorded Live At Love Fellowship Tabernacle" in 1998 and "Love Is Live" in 2001. The latter group, known for its youthful and hip-hop-oriented approach, achieved significant success, reaching the Top 5 of Billboard's Gospel Chart and earning a Grammy Award nomination in the same year.
Hezekiah Walker's impact on gospel music transcends traditional boundaries, merging contemporary sounds with gospel messages. His ability to reach diverse audiences and adapt to changing musical landscapes has solidified his place as a trailblazer in the gospel music industry.