*ZION, IL – Noted gospel singer-song writer Desmond Pringle is teaming up with Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA), to present a three city inspirational concert event to inspire hope in Chicago, Charleston and Los Angeles as he releases Fidelity, his new CD and the title track “Can’t Even Imagine.”
The series of music and worship-filled events kicks off in Chicago on Thursday, May 2, with the city’s leading pastors and choirs participating in “An Evening of Inspiration” at 7:30 p.m. at Grace Apostolic Faith Church.
“I’ve worked with the most prominent Christian artists and leaders of our time, Pringle said, “and I am so very honored to partner with Rev. Percy McCray and Cancer Treatment Centers of America.” Rev. McCray leads the Our Journey of Hope program at CTCA in Illinois a community outreach program to assist faith based organizations establish ministry programs to support parishioners and their families who are facing life threatening illnesses. “We are so grateful to the Lord for providing us with this opportunity to serve our congregations most challenged members,” he stated.
Pringle’s songwriting hits include “High Praise” on Bishop Paul Morton’s “Let It Rain,” on the number one hit CD, and “Holiness is Right” on the Grammy-nominated CD “CeCe Winans Presents the Born Again Church Choir,” which won a Dove Award as Traditional Gospel Album of the Year.
“We are going to have a beautiful and inspired time,” said Rev. McCray, who will serve as the MC of the events. “We are offering a night of inspiration and hope with a stellar lineup of invited guests, choirs and ministries. We are extending an invitation to all of the people living with cancer and their supporters to come and bask in the glory,” he added.
On Saturday, May 11, Pringle will perform for leaders in the faith-based community at the Inaugural Red Carpet Awards Dinner Gala at the Alfred Williams Community Center in Charleston, S.C. The Los Angeles “Evening of Inspiration” event, scheduled for June 2013, will feature Pringle and the area’s prominent religious leaders and gospel musicians.
All events are open to the public.
About Desmond Pringle
Christened in a Reformed Episcopal church in Charleston, South Carolina, Pringle said he recalls the period during which his family began to attend a Pentecostal church. “At that time, when I was about sixteen, I began to play keyboards for a non-denominational church,” he said. “While in college, I took role of Clarence in “A Good Man Is Hard to Find,” in 1992 and began to find other roles in musicals, including ‘Only the Strong’ and ‘Paint the White House Black,’ and then landed my first recording contract, with A&M Records.” By 1993, Pringle had moved to Chicago and joined its progressive gospel music community where Pringle wrote songs for Bishop T. D. Jakes, Rev. Clay Evans and others.
Pringle serves as the Senior Pastor of The Watered Garden Fellowship in Los Angeles and appears in churches nationwide as a psalmist and guest speaker. Of the future, he says simply: “It is full and I am fully embracing and engaging it with passion, power and purpose. I know that whatever I do, I’m going to praise God and keep on moving.”
About Cancer Treatment Centers of America®
Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Inc. (CTCA) is a national network of hospitals focusing on complex and advanced stage cancer. CTCA offers a comprehensive, fully integrated approach to cancer treatment and serves patients from all 50 states at facilities located in Atlanta, Chicago, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Tulsa. Known for delivering the Mother Standard® of care and Patient Empowerment Medicine®, CTCA provides patients with information about cancer and their treatment options so they can control their treatment decisions. For more information about CTCA, go to www.cancercenter.com.
About the Our Journey of Hope Program
Lead by Reverend Percy McCray, the Our Journey of Hope program provides critical training and skills to ministers, lay ministers, congregants and community groups for ministry and outreach to cancer patients and their families. The program helps lay ministers connect and support cancer patients throughout the community – both for those individuals who attend church and those who don’t. Everyone will benefit tremendously from the hope and help that lay ministers and their church/faith-based community family can offer. The Our Journey of Hopeprogram has been designed with the invaluable insight of cancer patients, leading cancer experts and spiritual advisors.
Jerry Thomas PR