2010 Super Bowl Gospel Celebration
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New Orleans won its first Super Bowl championship Sunday, but some other saints came
marchin’ in Friday night. Gospel music led the way for the nation’s biggest sports
weekend. The main event featured a slew of musical, athletic and artistic talent – all
blending their voices for a heavenly high note to uplift Jesus Christ at the 11th Annual
Super Bowl Gospel Celebration in Miami.
The show’s founder Melanie Few Harrison enlisted Grammy-winning artists, NFL greats
and a few noted actors for the only NFL-sanctioned Gospel event, during Super Bowl
weekend. Performers and attendees included BeBe & CeCe Winans, Pastor Donnie
McClurkin, Karen Clark-Sheard, Israel Houghton, Emmitt Smith, Donovan McNabb,
Tommy “Tiny” Lister, Canton Jones, and Lance Gross.
Back together after a 15-year separation, BeBe & CeCe performed for the first time as a
duo at the SBGC. BeBe thought the concert was another great opportunity: “My sister
and I sing at a lot of unconventional events. But yet and still, this is the NFL, so
therefore, it stands out. We’re able to reach people who may necessarily know about
Jesus or anything about church, so we’re very excited whenever we have the chance to
tell someone who doesn’t know … that Jesus is real.”
His younger sibling CeCe didn’t miss a beat, serving as host and performer, treating the
crowd with humor and opportunities for worship.
Before the concert began, dozens of NFL players hurried into the press room where they
were whisked into a corner to have their robes put on. The NFL Players All-Star Choir
later brought the musical heat – singing backup for the likes of McClurkin and Houghton.
The athletes selected their “players’ choice” artist -- Gospel hip-hop artist and friend of
the NFL, Canton Jones was their man for this year’s concert.
The energetic rapper/singer was not shy about the regard he held for being a part of a
brotherhood of fellow Christians. “The great thing about it is to know that there are
believers standing up for Jesus in the huddle. I’m close with some of the players … we
call and encourage each other. The most important thing is that we have brothers out
there representing Jesus.
Cleveland Browns player Michael Gaines shared with us his take on living the Christian
life as a professional athlete. “Being in the NFL is like being in the workforce. If you want
to get yourself in mess, you will get yourself in mess. If you want to stay out of mess, you
will stay out of mess. It’s not deep.” He continued, “Being saved, being alive, it’s already
a struggle. You’ve got to deal with day-to-day life, issues, stress … so at the end of the
day, you’ve got to stick with what you read in that Bible. You’re not going to be perfect,
and that’s what grace and mercy are for.”
The SBGC is produced by Results Inc., a leading urban faith-based entertainment and
promotions agency. The company partnered with the “ONE TEAM 4 Haiti” campaign,
encouraging attendees to text “TEAM” to 20222 to make donations to the Clinton Bush
Special thanks to Sheila Banks and Sandra Tarver.
A High Time at Super Bowl Gospel Celebration
Karen Clark Sheard
Israel Houghton and the NFL All-Star Choir
Philadelphia Eagles QB Donovan
McNabb, BeBe and CeCe Winans
Emmitt and Patricia Smith
BeBe & CeCe Winans
Donovan and CeCe hamming
it up for the crowd
SBGC founder Melanie Few Harrison
Israel Houghton raises praise
BeBe w/ Shamerra
Shamerra w/ actor Lance Gross
Michael Gaines (Cleveland Browns)
Karen Clark Sheard ...
Stockar McDougle (Jacksonville Jaguars)
The NFL All-Star Choir
Shamerra w/ sports commentator Jim Brown
Ovie Mughelli (Atlanta Falcons) w/ Shamerra
Israel, BeBe and Canton
Gaines gets fit
Donnie McClurkin and CeCe