Concert Tribute to Gospel Legend Vanessa Bell Armstrong
TBAAL PRESENTS DIRECTOR CURTIS KING’S WONDERFUL ONE 42ND ANNIVERSARY CONCERT TRIBUTE TO GOSPEL LEGEND VANESSA BELL ARMSTRONG Starring Smokie Norful, Vickie Winans, Tramaine Hawkins, Bryan Wilson, Rance Allen, Coko, Margaret Bell, Kervy Brown, Lil’ Mo and Daryl Coley At The Black Academy of Arts and Letters in Dallas Monday, October 13, 2008 @7:00 p.m.
A who’s who in black gospel music is coming out to celebrate the life and music of legendary gospel artist Vanessa Bell Armstrong on her 42nd anniversary as a gospel artist. Her first radio hit “Peace Be Still” took the gospel world by storm in 1983. Her mesmerizing performance with intricate vocal leaps and bounds was a tour de force performance that has never been fully duplicated by any other artist in just the same wondrous manner.
What followed was more hit recordings such as the #1 CD “Chosen” featuring “Nobody But Jesus”, a Broadway production of “Don’t Get God Started” and the spot singing the theme song to the `80s NBC sitcom “Amen” that starred Clifton Davis and Sherman Helmsley. Armstrong is also one of the few gospel artists to enjoy a string of respectable R&B radio successes with her songs such as “You Bring Out the Best in Me,” “Something on the Inside” and “Pressing On.” Since recovering from an illness that caused her to become partially paralyzed and to briefly lose her singing ability, Armstrong is back on the scene in a big way. She’s signed to EMI Gospel and is working on a new CD with Grammy-winning producer Donald Lawrence at the helm.
As a closing to the Texas State Missionary Baptist Convention, Armstrong will be feted by her singing friends such as Smokie Norful, Vickie Winans, Tramaine Hawkins, Bryan Wilson, Rance Allen, Lil Mo, Coko, Kervy Brown, Margaret Bell and Daryl Coley serenade Armstrong and the audience for her 42nd anniversary as a recording artist.
The event will held at the Black Academy of Arts & Letters’ Naomi Bruton Theater in the Dallas Convention Center Complex, 650 South Griffin Street, Dallas, TX 75202 (At the corner of Canton and Akard Street). Tickets are $15 and $20 and available at TBAAL Box Office 214-743-2400 or www.ticketmaster.com
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