(PRNewswire) – Memphis is one of 12 stops on the multi-city McDonald's Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour, which kicks off May 22nd.
New Salem Baptist Church will be the Memphis-area venue, with the tour stop set for June 20th. The tour begins at Mount Airy COGIC in Philadelphia and ends at Craneway Pavilion in Oakland, Calif. on July 25th.
Hosting the tour this year is Erica Campbell, one-half of sister duo Mary Mary and now a solo artist, and comedian Jonathan Slocumb. Joining them will be three-time 2014 Stellar Award-winners Anthony Brown & Group TherAPy, the renowned Mississippi Mass Choir, gospel's latest hip-hop sensation Uncle Reece, organist Moses Tyson Jr. and Kurt Carr & The Kurt Carr Singers.
Back for its eighth year, the free summer concert series is designed to deliver messages of hope and inspiration to communities nationwide.
"I am so thankful and honored to be chosen not only to host the tour, but to perform alongside other gospel greats," said Campbell. "The tour will definitely be filled with uplifting music, laughter and an overall good time for everyone."
With a focus on the importance of giving back to the community, the McDonald's Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour will be supporting Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC), the company's Mission Partner. Concertgoers will have the opportunity to learn about the charity and the role it plays in helping thousands of children and families heal and thrive better together. Attendees will be encouraged to support their local RMHC Chapter by participating in a love offering to help neighboring families served by the Charity.
"I could not pass up the opportunity to co-host such an amazing tour that's on a mission to give back to families like yours and mine," Slocumb said. "I can't wait to bring the non-stop laughter to everyone, especially those who are going through a tough time."
All Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour concerts are free. Gospel music fans can visit www.365Black.com to obtain tickets. The multi-city tour also will make stops in Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Detroit, Greensboro, Jackson, Los Angeles, Oakland, Philadelphia, Raleigh and Washington, D.C.
"We are committed to giving back and bringing joy to thousands in our local communities," said Rob Jackson, McDonald's U.S. marketing director.
McDonald's Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour is an extension of the brand's 365Black platform, an initiative that celebrates the pride, heritage and achievements of African-Americans year round.
(To learn more about the tour and the 365Black initiative, visit http://www.365Black.com. Follow @McDonalds on Twitter and join the conversation at #365BlackGospel.)