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.”