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Singers To Bring ‘Gospel’ To Johnson Coliseum

Jan. 23, 2017
SHSU Media Contact: Jennifer Gauntt

Sam Houston State University’s Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum will welcome gospel singers Kirk Franklin and Brian Courtney Wilson in concert on Feb. 19.

“An Evening with Kirk Franklin and Brian Courtney Wilson,” presented by Jimmy Spivey Productions, will begin at 7 p.m. Doors will open at 6 p.m.

For nearly two decades, Franklin has been a multi-platinum-selling, award-winning pioneer in gap-bridging musicianship, known for fusing gospel and contemporary music and uniting audiences across gospel, hip-hop, pop, and R&B.

FranklinWilsonConcertHis rhythms and rhapsodies have resulted in albums that consistently top both Billboard’s Gospel and Christian charts, as well as into the Top 10 of the R&B/Hip Hop chart.

To date, Franklin has won 10 Grammy Awards; an American Music Award; 39 Stellar Awards (gospel); 16 Dove Awards (CCM); eight NAACP Image Awards; two BET Music Awards; a Soul Train Award; and numerous others.

He also is a New York Times-bestseller author for “The Blueprint: A Plan for Living Above Life’s Storms,” published by Gotham/Penguin, and is the host and executive producer of the gospel talent show “Sunday Best,” the highest-rated gospel program in BET network history, now heading into its fourth season.

Since arriving on the scene in 2009, Wilson has released three solo albums and has shared his talents as a member of Fred Hammond’s United Tenors.

Throughout those projects, Wilson’s singular tenor and community-minded ministry has won the artist a growing host of fans and critical acclaim.

A resident of Houston, he was discovered when some of his songs for Windsor Village United Methodist Church were played on local radio stations.

He since has won a Stellar Award with the United Tenors, a Dove Award winner for his song “Worth Fighting For” and an ASCAP “Power In Praise” Award; his “Worth Fighting For” also was nominated for a 2016 Grammy Award and Billboard Music Award.

General admission tickets are $20 and VIP floor seats price at $30.

Recently renovated, SHSU’s Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum is home to Bearkat volleyball and the men's and women's basketball teams, as well as a variety of recreational sports activities and university calendar events such as graduation, concerts, campus organization events, summer camps, and family shows. Rentals are available.

Tickets can be purchased tickets at the Johnson Coliseum at 936.294.1740., online at or via 866.468.7621.

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