Gospel artists unite for concert, TV special to aid fight against MS
Release Date: 5/8/2006. Expired: 6/27/2006
Some of Southern gospel’s top acts will take the stage of The Renaissance Center in Dickson June 27 for a special concert to raise money for the fight against multiple sclerosis.
Roger Neal and Friends Sing for MS II: The Miracle of Christmas will feature a star-studded lineup as well as special holiday “miracles” for children and adults dealing with the disease.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, unpredictable neurological disease that affects the central nervous system, according to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, one of three national organizations that will benefit from the concert and a subsequent television special.
Tickets for the 7 p.m. concert are $20 with a limited number of Artist Circle seats for $50 that include a reception and gift bag. The concert will be videotaped by The Renaissance Center’s award-winning Multimedia Department which will produce a DVD and one-hour television special from the show while a CD will be produced by Grammy-winner Robb Tripp and engineered by Grammy-winner Adrian Payne.
“I am so excited about this project. God is bringing together the artists that will make this a huge success for MS and to reach souls,” said Roger Neal, a gospel artist and producer. Last year Neal hosted Roger Neal and Friends Sing for MS: The Lord Will Provide, which is available on DVD and includes The Lord Will Provide, a song specially written for the project by gospel legend LaVerne Tripp. Neal also hosts a series of concerts in Branson, Mo., to raise money for MS organizations.
Dove Award-winner Aaron Wilburn will write the special Miracle of Christmas song for the June 27 concert.
The list of artists participating in Roger Neal and Friends Sing for MS II: The Miracle of Christmas continues to grow, but already includes Jeff and Sheri Easter, The Hoppers, Gerald Crabb, The Perrys, Mark Lowry, Margo Smith, Gary McSpadden, Lou Wills Hildreth, Candy Christmas, Gordon Mote, Aaron Wilburn, Harvest, Scott Neff, Kirk Talley, Ann Downing, LaVerne Tripp, Dottie Rambo, Young Harmony, Clint Miller, Chuck Clark, Loretta Withee, Joan Gregory, The Riders of the Circle B, Debbie Bennett and comedian Fred Travalena. Russ Taff will appear via video.
There will be a 24-member Gospel Artist Choir consisting of Glenn Little, Connie Strange, Hearts of Faith, Shane Tecza, Annette Herdon, Gloryland Quartet, Carolan Freeman, Stephanie Miller, Nathan and Deborah Sullivan, Leta Stroud, The Harpers, Bev McCann, Paul Searl, Crystal River, Masters Image and Chord of Three.
The project will raise funds for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, The Multiple Sclerosis Foundation and The MS Kids Connection. Money is being raised for people with MS who cannot afford medicines, walkers and wheelchairs, according to Neal.
“There will also be Christmas miracles that night as kids with MS who are in financial need will be surprised with an early Christmas Miracle,” Neal said. “In addition, four adults who are in need financially will be given each a Christmas Miracle.”
To learn more about Roger Neal and Friends Sing for MS II: The Miracle of Christmas, visit www.wheregodguides.com. To purchase tickets, call The Renaissance Center at (615)740-5570 or (888)700-2300.
The Renaissance Center is a fine arts and technology education and performing arts center at 855 Highway 46 South in Dickson, just 35 miles west of Nashville on Interstate 40 at exit 172.
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