Sounds of Gospel Return to the Delaware River Waterfront

Sounds of Gospel Return to the Delaware River Waterfront 
Stellar and Dove Award Winner Israel Houghton Headlines Gospel
Concert at Penn's Landing 
PHILADELPHIA, PA -- (Marketwire) -- 05/01/12 --   Gladness and joy
will overtake you on the Delaware River Waterfront at the Sounds of
Gospel concert on Saturday, August 25th from 3:00p.m. to 9:00p.m. 
From beginning to end the sound of contemporary gospel, traditional
hymns and songs of praise will captivate you as it permeates from the
RiverStage at Penn's Landing on the Great Plaza. The Sounds of Gospel
Concert is co-Sponsored by Radio One, Praise 103.9, CBS 3 and The CW
Internationally acclaimed contemporary gospel artist, Israel Houghton
will headline this year's, Sounds of Gospel. As a singer, composer,
multi-instrumentalist, producer, worship leader and as the leader of
the musical ensemble and ministry organization "Israel and New
Breed," Houghton has garnered 4 Grammy(R) Awards, 6 Dove Awards, 2
Stellar Awards and a Soul Train Award. 
Israel Houghton's multicultural upbringing has been pivotal in his
boundary-defying music, inspiring people regardless of their age,
race, or culture to come together as a united body.  A keen sense of
music chemistry has brought forth a wide-ranging catalog of songs
which have become indispensable at worship services, on the radio and
in CD players all over the world. Houghton also serves as the worship
leader at the Lakewood Church in Houston, TX under the leadership of
Pastor Joel Osteen.  
Houghton fulfilled a lifelong dream when he recorded his current CD,
"Love God. Love People."  at the celebrated Abbey Road Studios in
London. With a little assistance from friends like Fred Hammond, Kirk
Franklin, Take 6 and his outstanding team of co-producers Aaron
Lindsey and Tommy Simms, Houghton has created a new elegy to love in
this impressive, 12 song sequence. 
Whether she's harmonizing with her sisters (The Ferebee Sisters) or
the pure eminence of her voice solo, Treena Ferebee is a consummate
performer in her own right. At nineteen, Treena began singing
background for Platinum recording artist Musiq Soul Child from 2001
to 2004. She has also sang background vocals for Jill Scott, Richard
Smallwood, Dorinda Clark-Cole, R& B singer Glen Jones, V. V. Brown,
K- Ci & JoJo and Eric Robeson. Treena has also had the honor of
sharing the stage with extraordinary vocalist such as: Stevie Wonder,
Donnie McClurken, Chaka Khan, Prince, Jamie Foxx, Shirley Caesar, and
many others. 
Treena has made national television appearances on shows such as, The
Soul Train Music Awards, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Today
Show, $2 Bill Concert Series, The Apollo, The Late Show with David
Letterman, The Hurricane Katrina Relief program (aired on the Word
Network), and The Gospel Music Channel. 
"I have been blessed to perform all over the world, but there is
nothing like performing before your hometown family. I am so excited
to be a part of the Sounds of Gospel Concert at Penn's Landing!"
Philadelphia native Treena Ferebee serves as the Musical Director at
Second Pilgrim Baptist Church and Praise & Glory Tabernacle Family
Worship Center when she is not touring. 
This year the Sounds of Gospel concert has an exciting virtual
addition: in July, Praise 103.9 FM will be looking for the area's
next inspirational artist that can inspire the Penn's Landing crowd
and bring them to their feet. Entry details for the contest will be
posted on The winner of this contest will have the
chance to open for National Recording Artist Israel Houghton on
Saturday, August 25th.  
The Bryant Pugh Band will also be part of The Sounds of Gospel
concert with a high energy and spirit- filled performance on the
RiverStage at Penn's Landing. 
Praise 103.9, CBS 3, and the CW Philly are proud media partners for
this series. Their on-air personalities will introduce performers and
have promotional giveaways. (KYW-TV) and The CW Philly 57 (WPSG-TV)
are part of CBS Television Stations, a division of CBS Corporation.  
Radio One, Inc. ( is the nation's seventh largest
radio broadcasting company (based on 2005 net broadcast revenue) and
the largest radio broadcasting company that primarily targets
African-American and urban listeners. Including announced
acquisitions, Radio One owns and/or operates 71 radio stations
located in 22 urban markets in the United States and reaches
approximately 14 million listeners every week. Radio One also owns
approximately 36% of TV One, LLC (, a
cable/satellite network, programming primarily to African-Americans,
which is a joint venture with Comcast Corporation and DIRECTV. 
The 2012 Summer Program of Free Events at Penn's Landing is funded
and produced by the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (DRWC). All
events produced by DRWC are FREE to the public on the RiverStage on
the Great Plaza, Philadelphia's premier waterfront entertainment
destination, and at Philadelphia's newest park, the Race Street Pier. 
DRWC is a nonprofit corporation created in January 2009, exclusively
for the benefit of the City of Philadelphia and its citizens. The
fundamental purpose of DRWC is to design, develop and manage the
central Delaware River waterfront in Philadelphia. DRWC is
transforming the waterfront into a vibrant destination location for
recreational, cultural, and commercial activities for the residents
and visitors of Philadelphia. 
Public Programming at Penn's Landing would not be possible without
the continued support of PECO, Verizon, Pennsylvania Lottery, Coca
Cola Refreshments, Live Nation, and the Greater Philadelphia Tourism
Marketing Corporation, all of whom are committed to serving the
Greater Philadelphia community.  
For more information and event details, please call (215) 922-2FUN or
visit This website is a virtual resource
for the waterfront which can help visitors plan to easily park, play
and stay all day at Penn's Landing.  
Laurie Heinerichs
Delaware River Waterfront Corp. 
267.228.1990 (cell) 
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