Get ready for a soul-stirring musical journey just in time for the holidays as the "Best of Super Bowl Gospel Celebration," Presented by P&G, premieres in national syndication on November 18, airing through January 28. Hosted by former NFL wide receiver and co-host of CBS Mornings, Nate Burleson, the "Best of Super Bowl Gospel Celebration" pays tribute to the iconic moments that have shaped this community-event-turned-television-special over the past twenty-four years. It's a one-hour celebration of faith, a showcase of extraordinary talent, and a testament to the power of unity.
For nearly a quarter of a century, the Super Bowl Gospel Celebration, now rebranded as the "Super Bowl Soulful Celebration," has been a beacon of inspiration during the biggest week in sports. Founded and Executive Produced by Atlanta-based marketing executive Melanie Few, this event seamlessly intertwines the worlds of faith, music, and football, becoming a cherished tradition during the lead-up to the Super Bowl. It stands as the only NFL-sanctioned multicultural program during Super Bowl week, attracting the world's attention with its extraordinary performances and uplifting messages.
"As a former NFL player, I've witnessed firsthand how coming together and finding inspiration impacts not just the game but life beyond the field. Now, stepping into the role of hosting the 'Best of Super Bowl Gospel Celebration,' we're diving back into twenty-five years of heartwarming memories," shared Burleson, a celebrated Emmy Award-winning studio analyst for the CBS Sports NFL pregame show, "The NFL Today." "This amazing look back highlights performances we'll never forget, incredible collaborations, and players sharing stories of hope and strength. It really shows how music, faith, and football are interconnected, making this event something truly special."
"Reflecting on this remarkable journey toward our Silver Anniversary, I couldn't be prouder to present the 'Best Of' Super Bowl Gospel Celebration. Twenty-four years ago we brought together champions, uniting their powerful testimonies with musical performances that elevated our spirits beyond measure," recalled Few, also the visionary founder of the all-NFL Players Choir. "The 'Best Of' special is a testament to the incredible evolution and legacy of this event, showcasing the pinnacle of talent and heartfelt moments that have graced our stage."
In this special "Best Of" TV event, extraordinary throwback performances rekindle the magic created by renowned artists from the past. Soulful renditions by icons like Gladys Knight, Kirk Franklin, and Fantasia, as well as the spirited collaboration of Snoop Dogg, the late Rance Allen, and The Clark Sisters, take the audience on a trip down memory lane. Performances from Doug E. Fresh, Donnie McClurkin, Kierra Sheard Kelly, The Player's Choir featuring Jekalyn Carr and Ben Tankard get viewers lifted, while the powerful voices of Yolanda Adams and Le'Andria Johnson create an emotional crescendo. Lecrae and Koryn Hawthorn captivate the audience with their powerful blend of rap and soul, while a spectacular reunion performance by the legendary gospel supergroup Commissioned, featuring Marvin Sapp and Fred Hammond promises an unforgettable highlight of the evening. Each performance becomes a stepping stone on a journey through musical excellence and spiritual upliftment.
Reaching a broad and diverse audience, the show will be syndicated to households across the nation, including but not limited to Chicago (NBC), Washington, DC (CW), Detroit (CBS), Tampa (CW), Orlando (ABC), Raleigh, NC (CBS), Baltimore, MD (CBS), Memphis (FOX), Seattle (CW) and many more. Viewers may check local listings for airdates, times and stations in their area. In addition to national syndication, this special will be available on Hulu.
With preparations underway to celebrate the Silver Anniversary Super Bowl Soulful Celebration on Wednesday, Feb. 7 at the Pearl Theater, Palms Casino Resort during Super Bowl LVIII in Las Vegas, this television special serves as a fitting prelude. It sets the stage for what promises to be an even more remarkable and memorable evening honoring 25 years of bringing people together through the shared love of music, faith, and the game of football. Ticket sales begin Dec. 1 at Ticketmaster.com.
The "Best Of Super Bowl Gospel Celebration" is presented by Procter & Gamble and its trusted, quality brands: Bounty®, Crest®, Febreze®, and Gillette®. The "Best Of" is also sponsored by NFL Player Engagement (NFLPE). Valarie Benning Thompson serves as producer.
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