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May 01, 2012 at 17:23 PM EDT
Sounds of Gospel Return to the Delaware River Waterfront
Stellar and Dove Award Winner Israel Houghton Headlines Gospel Concert at Penn's Landing

PHILADELPHIA, PA -- (Marketwire) -- 05/01/12 -- Gladness and joy will overtake you on the Delaware River Waterfront at the Sounds of Gospel concert on Saturday, August 25th from 3:00p.m. to 9:00p.m. From beginning to end the sound of contemporary gospel, traditional hymns and songs of praise will captivate you as it permeates from the RiverStage at Penn's Landing on the Great Plaza. The Sounds of Gospel Concert is co-Sponsored by Radio One, Praise 103.9, CBS 3 and The CW PHILLY 57.

Internationally acclaimed contemporary gospel artist, Israel Houghton will headline this year's, Sounds of Gospel. As a singer, composer, multi-instrumentalist, producer, worship leader and as the leader of the musical ensemble and ministry organization "Israel and New Breed," Houghton has garnered 4 Grammy® Awards, 6 Dove Awards, 2 Stellar Awards and a Soul Train Award.

Israel Houghton's multicultural upbringing has been pivotal in his boundary-defying music, inspiring people regardless of their age, race, or culture to come together as a united body. A keen sense of music chemistry has brought forth a wide-ranging catalog of songs which have become indispensable at worship services, on the radio and in CD players all over the world. Houghton also serves as the worship leader at the Lakewood Church in Houston, TX under the leadership of Pastor Joel Osteen.

Houghton fulfilled a lifelong dream when he recorded his current CD, "Love God. Love People." at the celebrated Abbey Road Studios in London. With a little assistance from friends like Fred Hammond, Kirk Franklin, Take 6 and his outstanding team of co-producers Aaron Lindsey and Tommy Simms, Houghton has created a new elegy to love in this impressive, 12 song sequence.

Whether she's harmonizing with her sisters (The Ferebee Sisters) or the pure eminence of her voice solo, Treena Ferebee is a consummate performer in her own right. At nineteen, Treena began singing background for Platinum recording artist Musiq Soul Child from 2001 to 2004. She has also sang background vocals for Jill Scott, Richard Smallwood, Dorinda Clark-Cole, R& B singer Glen Jones, V. V. Brown, K- Ci & JoJo and Eric Robeson. Treena has also had the honor of sharing the stage with extraordinary vocalist such as: Stevie Wonder, Donnie McClurken, Chaka Khan, Prince, Jamie Foxx, Shirley Caesar, and many others.

Treena has made national television appearances on shows such as, The Soul Train Music Awards, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Today Show, $2 Bill Concert Series, The Apollo, The Late Show with David Letterman, The Hurricane Katrina Relief program (aired on the Word Network), and The Gospel Music Channel.

"I have been blessed to perform all over the world, but there is nothing like performing before your hometown family. I am so excited to be a part of the Sounds of Gospel Concert at Penn's Landing!" Philadelphia native Treena Ferebee serves as the Musical Director at Second Pilgrim Baptist Church and Praise & Glory Tabernacle Family Worship Center when she is not touring.

This year the Sounds of Gospel concert has an exciting virtual addition: in July, Praise 103.9 FM will be looking for the area's next inspirational artist that can inspire the Penn's Landing crowd and bring them to their feet. Entry details for the contest will be posted on praisephilly.com. The winner of this contest will have the chance to open for National Recording Artist Israel Houghton on Saturday, August 25th.

The Bryant Pugh Band will also be part of The Sounds of Gospel concert with a high energy and spirit- filled performance on the RiverStage at Penn's Landing.

Praise 103.9, CBS 3, and the CW Philly are proud media partners for this series. Their on-air personalities will introduce performers and have promotional giveaways. (KYW-TV) and The CW Philly 57 (WPSG-TV) are part of CBS Television Stations, a division of CBS Corporation.

Radio One, Inc. (www.radio-one.com) is the nation's seventh largest radio broadcasting company (based on 2005 net broadcast revenue) and the largest radio broadcasting company that primarily targets African-American and urban listeners. Including announced acquisitions, Radio One owns and/or operates 71 radio stations located in 22 urban markets in the United States and reaches approximately 14 million listeners every week. Radio One also owns approximately 36% of TV One, LLC (www.tvoneonline.com), a cable/satellite network, programming primarily to African-Americans, which is a joint venture with Comcast Corporation and DIRECTV.

The 2012 Summer Program of Free Events at Penn's Landing is funded and produced by the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (DRWC). All events produced by DRWC are FREE to the public on the RiverStage on the Great Plaza, Philadelphia's premier waterfront entertainment destination, and at Philadelphia's newest park, the Race Street Pier.

DRWC is a nonprofit corporation created in January 2009, exclusively for the benefit of the City of Philadelphia and its citizens. The fundamental purpose of DRWC is to design, develop and manage the central Delaware River waterfront in Philadelphia. DRWC is transforming the waterfront into a vibrant destination location for recreational, cultural, and commercial activities for the residents and visitors of Philadelphia.

Public Programming at Penn's Landing would not be possible without the continued support of PECO, Verizon, Pennsylvania Lottery, Coca Cola Refreshments, Live Nation, and the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation, all of whom are committed to serving the Greater Philadelphia community.

For more information and event details, please call (215) 922-2FUN or visit www.delawareriverevents.com. This website is a virtual resource for the waterfront which can help visitors plan to easily park, play and stay all day at Penn's Landing.

Laurie Heinerichs
Delaware River Waterfront Corp.
267.228.1990 (cell)

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