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Gospel legend Fred Hammond to sing Feb. 13 with NIU Black Choir at Convocation Center

February 7, 2011
Fred Hammond

Fred Hammond

World-renowned gospel singer Fred Hammond will help the NIU community celebrate Black Heritage Month when he performs at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13, with the NIU Black Choir.

The event will take place at the NIU Convocation Center.

Hammond, known as “Babyface of Gospel,” has been a legendary performer since he began entertaining audiences globally more than 20 years ago.

During his career, he has sold more than 8 million albums. In 2008, he won a Grammy Award for his recording “Free to Worship” for Best Contemporary R&B Gospel album.

“We’re so excited about performing with him,” choir president Djuana Davis said. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance for all of us.”

“Fred Hammond and the NIU Black Choir coming together for a wonderful night of gospel music is great for the entire NIU community,” added Heather Priest, marketing manager for the Convocation Center. “We are excited about the show and what the night has to offer.”

The NIU Black Choir consists of 50 undergraduate and graduate students who perform in area churches and schools during the academic year. More information about the choir can be obtained by writing Davis at [email protected].

The concert is part of a long list of activities for NIU’s recognition of Black Heritage Month.

“When we consider events for the month, we try to touch on every segment of black history,” said NIU sophomore Farouk Olayiwola, a member of the month’s organizing committee. “Fred Hammond is big in the gospel community.”

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Tickets for the concert are $30.50, $25.50 or $20.50 for reserved seating. They can be purchased at the NIU Convocation Center box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, or by calling (800) 745-3000.

– by Gerard Dziuba