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McDonald’s Gospelfest Celebrates Life of Aretha Franklin With Return to Prudential Center

NEWARK, N.J. (JAN. 16, 2019) – The 37th Annual McDonald’s Gospelfest returns to the Prudential Center on Saturday, May 11 for the gospel event of the year. This year's event will honor and celebrate the life and legacy of the “Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin with an All-Star cast. The 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. portion of the evening will feature a rising stars competition for all ages and cultures in categories including Soloists, Choirs, Praise Dancers, Singing Groups, Gospel Comedians, Gospel Poets and Gospel Rappers. The gospel concert, beginning at 7 p.m., will feature some of the most renowned gospel artists in music history with the goal of spreading love, peace and joy to all races, nationalities and beliefs.

Tickets go on sale to the public Tuesday, January 22 at 11 a.m. on Ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Tickets will be available in person at Prudential Center Box Office on Tuesday, January 22 at 11 a.m. American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Friday, January 18th at 10 a.m. through Sunday, January 20th at 10 p.m. Venue pre-sale will begin on Monday, January 21st from 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.


McDonald’s New York Tri State Area Owner/Operators have tapped Emmy Award winner A. Curtis Farrow as Producer and Executive Director for the 19th consecutive year.  “For 37 years, New York Tri State Area McDonald’s has been giving back to the gospel community and we appreciate it,” said A. Curtis Farrow.  “In my 19 years of producing this spectacular event, I must say I couldn’t be more excited about this year’s line-up.  This is our 37th year featuring talent from all ages and backgrounds, and I’m so excited!”


McDonald’s Gospelfest originated in 1983 under the auspices of the McDonald’s Corporation and the McDonald’s New York Metro Owner/Operator Association.  Over thirty years later, it has emerged as the nation’s preeminent Gospel celebration, bringing joy, inspiration, encouragement and hope to millions of Americans. Previous McDonald’s Gospelfest participants have gone on to successful careers in entertainment, including the renowned Bishop Hezekiah Walker.


Fans should tag #GospelfestPru as they prepare for Gospelfest 2019.  

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