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A gospel vision

Everyone should have a vision of success.

That's why I'd like to share with you just some of what is possible for The UniSun Gospel Celebration. This year's event is Sept. 27 at the Lyric Opera House.

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A few weeks ago, as I was doing research for this blog, I came across gospel concerts in Chicago and Newark, N.J., that between the two have about 50 years of history.

The 24th Annual Chicago Gospel Music Festival, May 30-June 1 in Millennium Park, includes a weekend of local churches singing music that inspires along with some of the industry's top talent, such as Marvin Sapp, the Clark Singers, Tramaine Hawkins and many others. If you're going to be in Chicago next week, check it out.

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On June 14, the McDonald's Gospelfest 2008 includes headliners such as Kirk Franklin, Byron Cage, Donnie McClurkin, Vickie Winans and the Mighty Clouds of Joy. For more on this event, go here.

Wouldn't it be great if the UniSun Gospel event was a weekend event with local and national talent? I think so. But to get there from here, it takes community support.

The UniSun Celebration, which is in its third year, started out as a contest, but now in its third year is a one-day concert where as many as five choirs will sing. Each will receive $2,000 for their church.

And we'll have top national talent as well. I wish I could say who, but all I can tell you that we are talking with some of gospel's top talent for this year's event. So stay tuned. In the meantime, take a look at the event Web site.

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