fantasia gospel superbowl*Every year the Super Bowl Gospel Celebration seems to get bigger, better and more inspirational. The 13th annual is going to be a hit with singers like CeCe Winans, Natalie Grant, Donnie McClurkin, Wess Morgan, Hezekiah Walker, and Fantasia Barrino.

This year’s host is none other than Wayne Brady, who also has a knack for music.

Super Bowl XLVI will kick off with this traditional event on Friday Feb. 3 at 7:30 p.m. at Clowes Memorial Hall at Butler University

The highlight of the Super Bowl Gospel Celebration is the NFL Choir. Featuring current and former players, the choir has become one of the most anticipated performances during Super Bowl Weekend. Celebrating its five-year anniversary, the NFL Choir made its debut at the 2008 show with more than 40 members, including Ray Lewis and Bryant McKinnie (Ravens), under the direction of McClurkin, who will reprise his role this year joined by Myron Butler. The Choir was formed by several Christian NFL players who wanted to share their faith through their musical talents in song and instrument. The group offers fans an opportunity to see a very personal side of the players, as they make a joyful noise. The NFL Players Choir will celebrate its anniversary singing a gospel favorite with Fantasia.

This year’s event will feature faith inspired video vignettes by several current and former NFL players including Ray Lewis and Ray Rice (Ravens); Hines Ward and LaMarr Woodley (Steelers);  Derrick Brooks (retired Buccaneers); and former NFL Coach, Tony Dungy to name a few.  To-date, NFL players scheduled to participate in this year’s show include Donald Driver (Green Bay), Dwight Freeney (Colts), Antwaan Randle El (free agent/Steelers), Benjamin Watson (Browns), Tim Brown (retired Raiders), Ray Buchanan (retired Colts/Falcons), Dextor Clinkscale (retired Dallas), Darrell Green (retired Redskins) and many more.

Prior to the event, guests can watch talent and players walk the Red Carpet hosted by Indianapolis’ on-air personality, First Lady Khris Raye of WTLC, and Leonard Weaver (free agent/Eagles), followed by a pre-show with a soon-to-be-named artist, all beginning at 5:30 p.m.  Tickets are on sale at Ticketmaster locations in Indianapolis and www.ticketmasters.com or you can buy tickets directly from your mobile

phone by logging onto www.superbowlgospel.com.  Prices are $99, $79, $59, and $39 (additional service fees and taxes apply).

Since its inception in 1999, the Super Bowl Gospel Celebration has donated a portion of its proceeds and more than 5,000 tickets to local and national charities. This year, Gary Brackett’s IMPACT Foundation has been selected as the local charitable partner.

The Gospel Celebration not only serves as a christening for the big event, but it also raises money for local and charities and gives away over 5,000 tickets.

For more information on the Super Bowl Gospel Celebration visit www.superbowlgospel.com. “LIKE” the Super Bowl Gospel Celebration at www.facebook.com/SuperBowlGospel or follow on Twitter, and find out about Twitter Parties with giveaways, at www.twitter.com/SuperBowlGospel.

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