*(Chicago, IL) – Inspired People/EMI Gospel recording artists Charles Jenkins and Fellowship Chicago are scheduled to perform at Jay-Z’s Made in America Music Festival during the Labor Day Weekend on Sunday, September 2, in the heart of downtown Philadelphia, on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on the Park Stage.
Jenkins and Fellowship Chicago will perform for an hour, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Jay-Z and his management team personally requested Jenkins and Fellowship Chicago. Jay-Z wanted to open Sunday’s festival with gospel music. Jenkins and Fellowship are the only gospel artists scheduled on the line-up.
Made in America Music Festival begins on Saturday, September 1 with Jay-Z as the headlining performance. Pearl Jam is scheduled to close the festival on Sunday evening. The line-up includes performances by artists from various genres, including hip-hop, R&B and rock. Artists scheduled to perform include Beyoncé, Skrillex, Drake, Miike Snow, D’Angelo, Jill Scott, Janelle Monae, Run DMC and numerous others. More than 1oo,000 people are expected to attend Made in America during the Labor Day weekend. The festival will have three stages and a DJ tent.
Jenkins’ hit anthem “Awesome” held at #1 on Billboard’s Hot Gospel Songs chart for 11 consecutive weeks. The single remains at #1 in listening audience at gospel radio. The album, The Best of Both Worlds, moved up three spots this week to #5 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart. The GRAMMY® Award-winning songwriter penned the #1 praise and worship hit song.
Jenkins and Fellowship Chicago are returning to the City of Brotherly Love after an appearance last week at Radio One’s signature annual event, Praise In the Park, where they performed outdoors to a crowd of 10,000 people (see link below).
As we approach the upcoming award season, Jenkins and Fellowship Chicago have received nine first round ballots for the 29th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards, including “Artist of the Year,” “Song of the Year” (awarded to songwriter), “New Artist of the Year,” “CD of the Year,” “Producer of the Year,” “Choir of the Year,” “Traditional CD of the Year,” Traditional Choir of the Year,” and “Recorded Music Package of the Year.”
“Awesome” continues to resonate globally with music lovers, pastors, choirs and consumers all over the world. The Best of Both Worlds, which was released on Jenkins’ newly formed independent label, Inspired People, is the first #1 debut by a new artist this year. Also, the album’s debut and the single, “Awesome” achieved #1 status on the Billboard sales and radio charts simultaneously. In May 2012, Jenkins’ label signed an exclusive worldwide distribution agreement with EMI Gospel.