Also, ‘McDonald’s Gospel Super Choir’ sets Guinness World Record

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Ronald McDonald (center) is pictured with (left to right) Hassan Wilkerson, McDonald’s Owner/ Operator Ron Bailey, NFL Players Choir, Irving Street’s Brian Clark, Camille Bonds and Matthew Kirkwood (Photo by Don Sherrill)

*On Wednesday evening, January 29, 2014, McDonald’s brought its exclusive NFL Players Choir to Super Bowl Boulevard to perform at a “Mighty Wings Party” celebration at McDonald’s 42nd Street Store in Times Square.  The choir also performed earlier that day at the McDonald’s on Broad Street in Newark, New Jersey.

This is the only all NFL Players Choir in the world!  The choir made its debut in 2008 in Phoenix, AZ, Super Bowl XLII, with more than 40 NFL players under the direction of Grammy Award-winning gospel artist Donnie McClurkin, and is composed of both active and former NFL players including Super Bowl Champions, Pro- Bowlers, Hall of Famers, All-Pros, team MVPs, and even Heisman Trophy Winners.

Some of the NHL Players included Michael Gaines (Cleveland Browns), Tommie Harris (San Diego Chargers), Bryan Scott (Buffalo Bills), Cam Newton (Carolina Panthers), Chris Draft (Buffalo Bills), J.D. Hill (Buffalo Bills), Henry Lawrence (LA Raiders), Tony Davis (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), James Davis (Washington Red Skins), Larry Lee (Denver Broncos), Stevie Pierce (Cleveland Browns), Ray McElroy (Detroit Lions), Ulish Booker (Pittsburgh Steelers), Marvin Cobb (Cincinnati Bengals), Darren Carrington (Oakland Raiders), Dexter Clinkscale (Indianapolis Colts), T. Givins, Terrence Stephens (Cincinnati Bengals), Doug Gabriel (Oakland Raiders), Kenneth Alexander, George Foster (Detroit Lions), Victory Aiyewa (Green Bay Packers), Jerome McDougle (NY Giants), Justin Forsett (Jacksonville Jaguars) and Dereck Faulkner (Philadelphia Eagles) sing in the NFL Players Choir.

Attendees savoring McDonald’s famous Mighty Wings while relishing the glorified sounds of the NFL Players Choir were Sheena  Bailey (vocalist), Ronald McDonald, Ron Bailey (McDonald’s owner/ operator), Mt. Olive Baptist Church (M.O.B.C.) Voices of Praise, Sistaz, Hassan Wilkerson and Irving Street’s Brian Clark, Camille Bonds and Matthew Kirkwood.

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Phillip Roberts, Guinness World Record Adjudicator; Ronald McDonald; McDonald’s Owner/Operator Angela Adderly; McDonald’s Owner/Operator Nellie Thomas; and Irving Street CEO A. Curtis Farrow (Photo by Don Sherrill)

*On Friday, January 31, 2014, the McDonald’s Gospel Super Choir made history at the legendary Newark Symphony Hall in Newark, New Jersey when it broke the Guinness World Record for “Largest Gospel Choir.”  The previous record of 1,169 singers was held by the London Community Gospel Choir set by hundreds of singers from gospel choirs across Europe.

The McDonald’s Gospel Super Choir — composed of 1,171 singers of all ages, from across the New York Tri-state area and as far away as Philadelphia and Florida — raised the roof, shook the rafters, and moved the grounds of the entire foundation of the Tri-State Area.  “If you felt the ground shake, you felt the power of the music!” stated an enthusiastic A. Curtis Farrow, the Emmy Award-winning producer and director of this record breaking event.

The gospelicious choir performed 6 praiseworthy songs; “Oh Happy Day” featuring Bishop George Searight of Abundant Life Family Worship Church of New Brunswick; “Amazing Grace” featuring Cissy Houston accompanied by jazz great Nat Adderley Jr.; “Stand” featuring gospel great Donald Malloy; “Amen” featuring gospel pioneer Milton Biggham; “Let the Church Say Amen” featuring Maurice Johnson; and “Total Praise” featuring Lorraine Stancil Lawson.

The inspirational evening culminated in an official announcement made by Guinness World Record Adjudicator Phillip Roberts, which threw the theater into Gospel pandemonium mode.  Roberts garnered thunderous applause when he presented the certificate to a jubilant Farrow who could hardly contain himself.  “We did it!  We brought the record back to our country where Gospel Music was born,” exclaimed Farrow.  “The community really showed up!”

As a launch to Black History Month, this record-breaking choir was sponsored by the New York Tri-State Owner Operators Association and McDonald’s Corporation.

About McDonald’s New York Tri-State Area Restaurants

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New York based award-winning journalist Audrey J. Bernard covers entertainment, fashion & beauty, film, lifestyles and travel for the Electronic Urban Report and other outlets.  Contact her via: [email protected]

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