NFL Gospel Choir to kick off Super Bowl with soul

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By Lindsay Robinson By Lindsay Robinson
By Lindsay Robinson By Lindsay Robinson
By Lindsay Robinson By Lindsay Robinson
By Lindsay Robinson By Lindsay Robinson
By Lindsay Robinson By Lindsay Robinson

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Super Bowl season means the return of the NFL Gospel Choir, and this year the choir is kicking off Super Bowl XLIX with some serious soul.

"Empress of Soul" Gladys Knight is joining the current and former NFL players tonight at the 16th Annual Super Bowl Gospel Celebration at ASU Gammage. The Super Bowl Gospel Celebration has been a fan-favorite Super Bowl weekend event for the past 16 years, bringing NFL players and music legends together to celebrate and give back to the community.

Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, the second largest gospel choir in the state, has also been chosen to perform at the event.

The lineup includes entertainers Tichina Arnold, Anthony Hamilton, Fred Hammond, Dave Hollister, Israel Houghton, Natalie Grant, Mali Music, Donnie McClurkin, and DeWayne Woods. Athletes to be featured include Antonio Brown of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Ray Lewis, Larry Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals, Rashad Jennings of the New York Giants, Deion Sanders, and Devon Still of the Cincinnati Bengals. In addition to the rest of the NFL Players Choir.

The evening will feature special tributes to gospel music legend Andraé Crouch and beloved sportscaster Stuart Scott. In addition, Hamilton and Hollister will join Woods for a never-before-seen performance of the new song, "Friend of Mine."

Each year, the Super Bowl Gospel Choir donates a portion of its proceeds to local and national charity organizations.

Tickets to the 16th Annual Super Bowl Gospel Celebration are available at Ticketmaster, and the concert event will be broadcast on BET on Sunday, February 1st.


16th Annual Super Bowl Gospel Celebration
ASU Gammage
Friday, Jan. 30 at 7:30 p.m.