Black PR Wire


HOUSTON, TX – The Gospel Music Heritage Month Foundation hosted its tenth “Evolution of Gospel,” which commemorates the month of September as Gospel Music Heritage Month (GMHM). The annual celebration paid tribute to the life and legacy of singer, songwriter, actress, pianist and gospel music icon Aretha Franklin. The “Evolution of Gospel” was held on Sept. 10, at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

This year’s Gospel Music Heritage Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award was presented posthumously to Franklin.

The program featured musical tributes by Yolanda Adams, Jennifer Holliday, Regina Belle, Kathy Taylor, Richard Smallwood, Patrick Lundy and The Ministers of Music, Samantha McElhaney John and Ricky Dillard and Ebenezer A.M.E. Church Choir. The event is produced by Ernest Walker of Walker Entertainment Group.

Carl Davis, chairman of the Gospel Music Heritage Month Foundation stated, “This year we will pay homage to the undisputed and amazing “Queen of Soul” Ms. Aretha Franklin as we celebrate her incredible life on her journey from the church house to the White House.” Aretha Franklin music touched the world.

In 2008, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) introduced historic resolution, H.J.

Res. 90 which established September as Gospel Music Heritage Month across the nation. The “Evolution of Gospel” is sponsored by Southwest Airlines and Walker Entertainment Group.