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McDonald’s Celebrates Gospel Music!

I had the pleasure of attending the McDonald’s 365 Black and Ebony Magazine Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour in MD.  A line-up of gospel greats created a festive evening of foot stomping, hand clapping, come to Jesus worship.

Vocalist Tamela Mann of the popular song Take Me To the Kingwritten by Kirk Franklin, brought the house down with her amazing vocal ability and pure spirit of worship. Many may know Tamela and her hilarious husband, David (Brown) from the many Tyler Perry plays and movies, as well as the TBS Television series Meet the Browns.

Read more on my interview with Tamela as we chat about successful marriages and motherhood.

Tamela Mann & Chief Shootie

Part of our purpose here on our Shootie Girl Blog and our Shootie Girl Apparel site is to focus on pouring into the next generation. Pastor Smokie Norful is doing just that by mentoring his sons in the “business” of gospel music. Little Ashton joined his dad on stage as a dancer and performer, while older son, Trey acts as their manager! We just love that Pastor Smokie is helping to build a legacy of worship and professionalism in his boys.

Pastor Smokie Norful with sons Ashton and Trey

A true powerhouse of gospel music, Vickie Winans, hosted the concert with her wit and engaging personality. She must have been a comedienne in her former life! At nearly 60 years old, she is not only beautiful, but fit and fabulous! WATCH her performance.

On a more serious note, Vickie shared touching moments of the loss of her daughter, just after she was born, during the Ronald McDonald House Charities portion of the program that had us all  in tears.

Ronald McDonald House Charities works to create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children. This includes housing struggling families who want to stay by the side of their sick children during treatment. In 2012, the organization saved families over $311 million in hotel costs!

L-R: Chief Shootie with Vickie Winans, Vickie Winans with Tamela Mann, Vickie Winans and McDonald's Global VP and franchise owners

The moment John P. Kee hit the stage, he crooned his classic tunes like, Rain on Us, I Do Worship, Oh How Wondrous, and Clean Inside. I was so excited as many of these songs I lead as a member of my mother’s choir as a child. Right at the height of the entire audience singing along with the popular, Jesus Is Real, John P. Kee left us hanging and ended his set. Drops mic! Just so unfair ;-).

Newcomer LeCrae is a gospel hip-hop artist who shared his heart for God and how it developed through his upbringing. He gave such a  passionate performance that had the young and old moving to his catchy beats.

John P. Kee and LeCrae leading us into worship.

The phenomenal evening was filled with excitement and musical entertainment, while worshiping God, giving back to the community and celebrating the African-American heritage.

Be sure to check out historical photos of African-American greats at Ebony.

I attended this event as a representative of Mocha Moms, Inc. and McDonald’s_DMV.  All opinions are my own.


Happily married mother of 2 fabulous daughters. CEO & Designer of Shootie Girl™ Custom Rhinestone Apparel. Former government and global software giant manager turned work-from-home mom and National Director of Social Media and Blogging for a national non-profit moms organization.
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