Gospel Greats Unite To Honor Marvin Sapp During 2017 BMI Gospel Trailblazers Awards

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ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 14: VaShawn Mitchell, Yolanda Adams, and Marvin L. Sapp attend 2017 BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music at Rialto Center for the Arts on January 14, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for BMI) *** Local Caption *** VaShawn Mitchell;Yolanda Adams;Marvin L. Sapp

Gospel music is unlike any other genre of music and much more than the traditional choir and pianist as some may think. BMI captures the soul and heart of gospel music by paying homage to the artists, songwriters, and contributors who continuously inspire through their music and passion for the church and gospel music.

BMI highlighted the biggest and brightest stars in gospel music during its 18th annual Trailblazers of Gospel Music Honors at the Rialto Center for the Arts in Atlanta, GA this past weekend. Major gospel artists from across the country gathered in Atlanta to pay homage to the influential singer-songwriter, Marvin Sapp for his many contributions to gospel music. The talented Yolanda Adams along with gospel singer-songwriter VaShawn Mitchell hosted the awards for the second year in a row. Mike O’Neill, BMI President and CEO, and Catherine Brewton, BMI Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, introduced Kirk Franklin’s performance of BMI’s Most Performed Song of the Year, “Wanna Be Happy?” a crowd favorite clearly. They were joined by a host of elite gospel artists such as; Tasha Cobbs, Kirk Franklin, Dorinda Clark-Cole, Jonathan McReynolds,  Zacardi Cortez, Stellar Award-nominated singer Lisa Knowles gave a soulful performance of “Oh My Soul Loves Jesus” by Kurt Carr, followed by Yolanda Adams’ interpretation of “He Brought Me” by Tramaine Hawkins. The night was full of impactful performances honoring and recognizing Marvin Sapp as he was serenaded by a host of other performers singing his songs. Sheen caught up with a few of your favorite actors and performers during the red carpet.  Watch those interviews below. You will have to wait for the event to air nationwide on TV one on January 29th at 7PM ET to see what surprises BMI pulled out for this years show. You won’t be disappointed!



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