Free Stellar welcome celebration tonight

Wednesday, January 13, 2010 at 1:13am
Staff Reports

Ben Tankard, Antonio Neal, Karima Kibble and members of the J. Keith Vincent Praise and Worship Ensemble will appear Wednesday night at the Official Stellar Awards Welcome Celebration in Nashville.

The event will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Greater St. John Missionary Baptist Church, 2200 26th Ave. N., and is being hosted by radio station Rejoice 880 (WMDB-AM).

The performance is being done in recognition of the Stellar Awards, slated for Saturday night at the Grand Ole Opry House. It will be the fifth year that these awards, which highlight top performers in gospel music, have been held in Nashville.

In addition, the Saturday night show will celebrate 25 years of the Stellar Gospel Music Awards presentation. Kirk Franklin, Donnie McClurkin and Vickie Winans are serving as co-hosts.

Wednesday’s Official Welcome Celebration is free and open to the public. For more information call 242-1411 or go online at