Saturday, February 1, 2014

Patti LaBelle and Candice Glover Perform at 'Super Bowl Gospel Celebration'


On Friday night, some soul got injected into the Super Bowl during the 15th annual “Super Bowl Gospel Celebration,” where faith and football came together at the Theater at Madison Square Garden.  While Patti LaBelle was the headline act on the bill, the star of the night was Amityville native Donnie McClurkin. Any time his name was even mentioned, the crowd would roar in anticipation of his arrival.  “The NFL players refer to him as Uncle Donnie. They’ve adopted him in their heart,” said Melanie Few-Harrison, founder & Executive Producer of the event, on the red carpet. “Donnie’s here every year and has always been a big support. We all just love him.”  McClurkin takes pride in the endearment bestowed upon him by the athletes. “We have the God connection between us,” he said backstage. “Ninety-nine percent of these players are from church background like me.”  “American Idol” season 12 winner Candice Glover performed two duets with LaBelle, “If Only You Knew” and “Somebody Loves You Baby (You Know Who It Is).” LaBelle then spoke about the importance of passing on God’s blessings, closing her set with “When You’ve Been Blessed.” 

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