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The Super Bowl Gospel Celebration To Take Over New Orleans To Kick Off Super Bowl Weekend

 The Super Bowl Gospel Celebration To Take Over New Orleans To Kick Off Super
                                 Bowl Weekend

Hosted by Kirk Franklin and Sherri Shepherd, with an All-Star Line-up of
Performances By Fantasia, Donnie McClurkin, Marvin Winans, Bishop Paul S.
Morton, and NFL "Players' Choice" Lecrae

Special Performance by the NFL PLAYERS CHOIR Featuring Current and Former NFL

PR Newswire

NEW ORLEANS, Jan. 30, 2013

NEW ORLEANS, Jan. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Super Bowl Gospel Celebration,
currently in its 14^th year, joins together NFL players, Grammy Award-winning
artists, and special guests, on one stage to kick-off Super Bowl Weekend. The
show, sponsored by Toyota and American Family Insurance, will take place on
February 1, 2013 at 7:30 PM, at the University of New Orleans, Lakefront

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Emmy Award-winning co-host of ABC's "The View," Sherri Shepherd and seven-time
Grammy Award-winning gospel musician, Kirk Franklin, will host the musical
celebration. Grammy Award-winning, platinum-selling artist and American Idol
winner Fantasia will headline the show, which will include performances by top
gospel and contemporary Christian artists Donnie McClurkin, Marvin Winans,
Bishop Paul S. Morton, and this year's NFL "Players' Choice" hip-hop Christian
artist Lecrae.

"We founded this event to bring even more power and celebration to one of the
biggest events of the year – the Super Bowl," says Melanie Few-Harrison,
Creator & Producer of Super Bowl Gospel Celebration. "Each year we aim to make
the Super Bowl Gospel Celebration bigger than the last with artists and
special guests from all backgrounds. Given the rich musical history and
culture of New Orleans and a powerful line-up of talent, this year's concert
will be sure to kick off Super Bowl Weekend."

"The Super Bowl Gospel Celebration has been a formal sanctioned partner for
over a decade, and has played an integral role in bringing together fans and
football players under one roof with a shared love of inspirational music,"
said Tisha Ford, NFL Director of Events Business Development.

The highlight of the Super Bowl Gospel Celebration is the NFL Players Choir.
Composed exclusively of current and former players, the choir has become one
of the most anticipated performances during Super Bowl Weekend. Celebrating
its six-year anniversary, the NFL Players Choir includes more than 40 members,
including Hall Of Famers and Pro Bowlers, under the direction of Donnie
McClurkin, who will reprise his role this year joined by Myron Butler. Several
Christian NFL players who wanted to share their faith through their musical
talents in song formed the Choir. The group offers fans an opportunity to see
a very personal side of the players off the field, as they make joyful noise.

As the first and only gospel concert sanctioned by the National Football
League (NFL), it is the only place you will see the NFL Players Choir. The
celebration is the only inspirational music concert that has aired on ESPN,
and has been named by USA Today as "One of the Best Super Bowl Events to
Attend." Since its inception in 1999, the Super Bowl Gospel Celebration has
donated a portion of its proceeds and more than 4,000 tickets to local and
national charities. This year's benefactors include the Malcolm Jenkins
Foundation, founded by Malcolm Jenkins of the New Orleans Saints, and The
Sharper Kids Foundation, founded by Darren Sharper formerly of the New Orleans
Saints and his brother former Seattle Seahawk Jamie Sharper.

ABOUT: The Super Bowl Gospel Celebration was launched in Miami in 1999 during
Super Bowl XXXIII weekend.  In 2002, the event became the first, and remains
the only concert sanctioned by the National Football League (NFL). The show
has drawn crowds in the thousands and has demonstrated growth year-after-year,
selling out venues in major Super Bowl host cities including Dallas, Tampa,
Detroit, Jacksonville, Houston and Phoenix.

About American Family Insurance:

Based in Madison, Wisconsin, American Family Insurance offers auto,
homeowners, life, health, business and farm/ranch insurance in 19 states and
is the nation's third-largest mutual property/casualty insurance company and
ranks 382nd on the Fortune 500 list and. For more information visit:,,, and

About Toyota:

Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc. is the marketing, sales, distribution
and customer service arm of Toyota, Lexus and Scion. Established in 1957, TMS
markets products and services through a network of nearly 1,500 Toyota, Lexus
and Scion dealers which sold more than two million vehicles in 2012. Toyota
directly employs nearly 30,000 people in the U.S. and its investment here is
currently valued at more than $18 billion. For more information visit

Press Contacts:

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Simone Smalls | Simone Smalls PR, Inc. | 917.388.3890



SOURCE Super Bowl Gospel Celebration

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