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August 2007


Five of the of the most famous celebrated names in Gospel music will perform at The International Gathering of Champions that takes place from Sunday 26 August until Sunday 2 September 2007 at The Kingsway International Christian Centre in East London. The line up includes: Donnie McClurkin, Byron Cage, Israel Houghton and Judy Bailey. The KICC Mass Choir will also be featuring in this event.

The conference, hosted by one of Europe’s fastest growing independent churches, will attract tens of thousands of people throughout the eight day event. This years conference is entitled ‘The Heavens Opened’ and will include daytime and evening teaching sessions, a 130 stand exhibition and a food court featuring varying world cuisines.

The influence and reach of Gospel music is increasing daily. At least 70% of Christian media in the UK is dedicated to gospel music. In the USA the number of radio stations offering round the clock Gospel programming is rising by over 100% year-on-year, while the newly crowned American Idol winner, Jordin Sparks, is yet another Gospel singing winner. There could not be, therefore, a more opportune time for one of the biggest gospel celebrations in UK history.

For further information please go to www.TheLastOne.UK.Com or email IGOC@kicc.org.uk or call the IGOC hotline on 020 8525 0000. Evening meetings, which includes all Gospel music performances, and Sundays are free.
For further Press Information please contact:
Susanne Kirlew Tel 020 8525 0000 ext 217 Communications@kicc.org.uk


Information on Artistes

Donnie McClurkin
This gospel vocalist has the soul of Andraé Crouch and the contemporary flair of Kirk Franklin. McClurkin’s Aunt sang background vocals with Crouch himself. After staying close to Crouch throughout his boyhood, he began to play piano and sing with his church youth choir. He formed the McClurkin Singers by the time he was a teenager, and later formed another group, the New York Restoration Choir.

Byron Cage
It was the release in 2003 of the 'Byron Cage' album that catapulted the worship leader of two of America's celebrated mega churches into the gospel music big time. Five Stellar awards, including Male Vocalist and CD Of The year were among the accolades heaped on Byron while his 2005 follow up 'An Invitation To Worship' has been another huge US hit for the gospel worship leader.

Israel Houghton
Israel Houghton (sometimes known only as Israel) is a Christian worship leader mostly known for his cross-cultural style of worship music that fuses elements from Gospel music, Jazz and Rock. Houghton is usually credited as Israel & New Breed. His project Alive in South Africa, recorded live in Cape Town, received a Grammy Award for "Best Traditional Gospel Album" in 2007 and two songs from the album, "Not Forgotten" and "Turn It Around", received a Dove Award for "Contemporary Gospel Recorded Song" in 2006 and 2007 respectively.

Judy Bailey
At 17 she started to play guitar and write her first songs. It did not take long for the remarkable talent of this young woman to be recognised: Her first production promptly won her the coveted award "Gospel Album of the Year" and with Reggae Legend Eddy Grant ("Gimme hope Joanna", "Electric Avenue"...) as producer, Judy Bailey recorded the album "Between you and me". Further albums follow, recorded in Nashville, London and Germany. Musically and intellectually the now established songwriter orients herself increasingly to the sights and sounds of the city of her birth, London, where she finishes up her studies qualifying as a psychologist.

Notes to Editor:
KICC is an independent, interdenominational and international church and registered charity (No.1102114). There are up to 12,000 people in attendance over three services every Sunday at the main church in Hackney, with a growing number of smaller branches and chapels around London, the Home Counties and the West Midlands. KICC actively supports the community via a range of counselling services, skills training and a Supplementary School for GCSE pupils. KICC also works in partnership with statutory and voluntary organisations to improve social conditions for a wide range of disadvantaged people.

Kingsway International Christian Centre
57 Waterden Road, Hackney, London E15 2EE
Tel: 020 8525 0000 Fax: 020 8525 0002
E-mail: admin@kicc.org.uk www.kicc.org.uk

KICC is a registered charity No. 1102114

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