The VIPP Report: Faith, Hope & Love…The Greatest of these is LOVE

KirkFranklinFaith-based leaders bring world renowned Gospel artist Kirk Franklin to West Louisville in hopes of spreading peace

(Louisville, KY) With so much going on in our community from violence to economic disparity, people are looking for a ray of hope and inspiration.  On Saturday, May 20th at 6:00 pm, GAB Productions and WLOU 104.7 FM present “An Evening with Kirk Franklin Live”.

Instead of being behind four walls, Franklin and the planning committee decided they wanted to take the message to streets by holding the concert in an open lot behind St. Stephen Church located at 1018 S. 15th Street.

The theme for the concert: “Peace in the Streets”.  Franklin, a multi-Grammy, Dove, and Stellar Award winner will motivate, inspire, and have you encouraged to be more and do more for yourself, family and community.  That’s the mission for this concert.

We are also excited to have Louisville natives, Dove Award winner, Stellar and Grammy Award nominees Jay and The Team open for Franklin.

Bill Price, General Manager for WLOU, WLLV & 104.7FM says “We want to impact the entire community but right now we see a real need to assist the residents west of 9th Street.  This is the first time, that the number #1 Gospel artist in the world has agreed to perform in a major concert format.  He’s coming to support the Peace in the Streets initiative. This will be a treat that all ages, socio-economics, races and faiths can come together as one to promote peace.”

Tickets are still available but are going fast. You can purchase them at Better Days Records East & West.  For reserved seating please call 513-324-4025 or by email at

If you would like to setup an interview with Kirk Franklin, Jay and The Team, and/or Bill Price, please contact Sherlene Shanklin, VIPP Communications at 502-295-0435 or by email at


The VIPP Report: Gospel superstar Kirk Franklin returns to Louisville

The last time contemporary gospel artist Kirk Franklin was in Louisville he was rocking a ladies Kentucky Derby hat while performing to a sold out crowd at Junior Bridgeman’s Grace at The Race, an annual gospel celebration during Kentucky Derby weekend.  I had the pleasure to produce that unforgettable show.  Now, the nine-time Grammy Award winning star returns to Louisville on Thursday, March 31st.
The host of BET’s Sunday Best will minister in his unique way to his large fan base at the Louisville Palace.  You will get to hear some of his biggest hits plus new songs from his latest album, Losing My Religion.  Franklin refers to this concert as 20 years in one night.  If that says one thing, it would have to be that they are going to have a very hard time getting him off stage like I did.  He has so many songs in his catalog that he tried his best to sing as many of the favorites that at the one hour mark he was still going strong.  At one point, in the show he yelled can I keep going? I turned to Bridgeman and he said “Yes, let him go”.  I gave the thumbs up and I promise I think he went into second gear.
If you are looking for a concert where your coat will occupy your seat because you will likely not sit for this concert go see Kirk Franklin at the Louisville Palace.
I’ve already asked the question on who will open for the artist and that’s still to be determined.
Tickets start at $25 and you can purchase them at the Louisville Palace Box Office, and all Ticketmaster locations.
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The VIPP Report: The 3rd Annual Grace at The Race announces their concert lineup which includes Gospel music legend Yolanda Adams


(Louisville, KY) Yolanda Adams, Newsboys, Building 429 and Anthony Brown & Group TherAPy will be the performers at the 3rd Annual Grace at The Race, a Kentucky Derby event that brings faith and fellowship to the most famous two minutes of sports.

Date:                       Thursday April 30

Dinner Time:           6:00 – 7:30 p.m.: Dinner at Southeast Christian Fellowship Hall, 920 Blankenbaker Pkwy

Concert Time:         8:00 p.m. at Southeast Christian Church Blankenbaker Campus

Grace at The Race is an annual Pre-Derby Gospel event that will honor three individuals from the corporate, sports and entertainment sectors for their commitment and contributions to community service while raising funds for local and national non-profit organizations that have a focus on children in underserved communities.

The H.E.L.P. Award (Helping Enrich Lives thru Partnerships) was created by Junior Bridgeman to recognize individuals in the corporate, sports and entertainment industries who utilize partnerships with others to help the socially and economically disenfranchised in their cities and across America. The H.E.L.P. Award will be given annually during Derby Week.

This year’s 2015 H.E.L.P. Award honorees are Grant & Tamia Hill and Pastor Bob Russell. Last year’s honorees were Alice Houston, John Calipari and Jerry Colangelo.

Yolanda Adams, Billboard Magazine named her the number #1 Gospel artist of the last decade.

  • 4 time Grammy winner
  • 16 Stellar Awards
  • 4 Dove Awards
  • 7 NAACP Image Awards
  • American Music Award
  • Judge on BET’s gospel competition show, Sunday Best

Newsboys, the Christian rock group from Australia recently released their new album “Hallelujah for The Cross”

  • 16 studio albums released
  • 6 career Gold albums
  • Grammy nominated

Building 429, name derived from Ephesians 4:29

  • 2005 Gospel Music Association New Artist of the Year
  • New album “We Won’t Be Shaken”
  • Nominated for a Dove Award

Anthony Brown & Group TherAPy, 2014 Stellar Award Group of the Year

  • “Testimony” named Billboard’s most popular Gospel song
  • Stellar Award Contemporary Male of the Year

The 3rd Annual Grace at The Race will be on Thursday, April 30th at Southeast Christian Church. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with dinner beginning at 6:00 p.m. The concert will begin at 8:00 p.m.

Tickets are $30 per person for the concert and if you would like to attend the dinner and concert, tickets are $100 per person. This does not include a service charge of $1.50 per ticket. For ticket packages, group pricing and additional information on Grace at The Race, please visit

For interviews, please contact Sherlene Shanklin at 502-295-0435 or by email at


 “Using our gifts to run the race of service for those in need” Acts 20:24


The VIPP Report: Gospel artist Marvin Sapp on tour to help promote school choice in urban communities


The VIPP Report: Dove & BET award winning gospel artist Marvin Sapp is currently on his “School of Choice Tour”. The 11-city free tour is in Louisville, KY tonight. Sapp along with Sunday Best season two contestant and RCA Inspiration label mate Latice Crawford and the Doctor of Comedy Henn Sapp will be at Christ Temple Christian Life Center.

Sapp will share his inspirational story of his late wife Dr. Malinda Sapp who had a vision to take inner city children from great to greater through education. Sapp says he’s excited about partnering with the Black Alliance for Educational Options Partner (BAEO) again, helping to promote school choice to urban communities. Their hope during the tour is to make parents aware of their options when it comes to public education.

After Louisville’s show, The “Marvin Sap School of Choice Tour” heads to Nashville, TN on the 12th, followed by Chattanooga, TN on the 13th and Atlanta, GA on Friday night, February 14th.

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The VIPP Report: Grace at The Race announces Kirk Franklin, Amy Grant & Tamela Mann in concert during Kentucky Derby weekend


The VIPP Report:  Kirk Franklin and the Family will be in Louisville during Kentucky Derby weekend.  It’s the 2nd Annual Grace at The Race featuring Tamela Mann, Amy Grant and Franklin.  The concert will be held on Thursday, May 1st at the Kentucky Center for the Arts in downtown Louisville.  The fly jock Tom Joyner will be the emcee for the evening.

Grace at The Race is an annual Pre-Derby event that will honor three individuals from the corporate, sports and entertainment sectors for their commitment and contributions to community service and raises funds for local and national non-profit organizations that have a focus on at risk children.

“Grace at The Race” will be held on Thursday, May 1st at the Galt House for dinner from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. followed by the concert.  If you would like to have dinner prior to the concert, there will be a “Grace at The Race” dinner which includes a concert ticket.  For both events tickets are $125.00 before March 1st and $150.00 after that date.  During the dinner local gospel artist Cynthia Williams will be featured.

If you would like to just attend the concert you purchase single tickets before March 1st for only $67.00, after March 1st, tickets are $77.00. For group sales call 502-417-1624.

For additional information on “Grace at The Race”, please visit

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