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18 Year-Old Kelontae Gavin Earns First Stellar Award Nomination, Debut Full-Length Live Project “The Higher Experience” Releases April 27, Slated to Perform At Gospel SuperFest

The 33rd Annual Stellar Award nominations were announced a few days ago in Chicago and 18 Year Old Multi-faceted millennial worship leader, Kelontae Gavin, earned his first-ever Stellar Award nomination in the category of “Youth Project of the Year” for his November 2016 debut EP release “Higher” (MBE/Tyscot Records).

The Stellar Award nominated teenager has announced the release of his debut full-length live project THE HIGHER EXPERIENCE set to hit stores and all digital and streaming outlets on Friday, April 27. The album is lifted by radio singles, “No Ordinary Worship,” which delivers a solid and commanding performance – the compelling follow-up to his Top 40 radio hit, “Higher.” “No Ordinary Worship” boasts a thunderous bass line, incomparable vocal technique and a Heaven-sent message of divine worship! Fans can pre-order the project now and receive three instant grat tracks, “Higher,” “I Won’t Complain,” and “No Ordinary Worship”

Additionally, Gavin will be joining Billboard No. 1 artists Erica CampbellRicky DillardBryan Popin and label-mate Casey J. among many more and perform his chart-climbing single “No Ordinary Worship” at the 18th Annual Gospel SuperFest on Saturday, February 10 in Dayton, OH, hosted by Wendy Raquel Robinson.


Kelontae Gavin, an energetic contemporary gospel vocalist from Ridgeville, South Carolina, unwittingly launched his career with a performance of the Rev. Paul Jones’ “I Won’t Complain.” Recorded in his high-school cafeteria in 2014 and uploaded to YouTube, the interpretation caught the attention of Atlanta-based pastor and music executive Marquis Boone. Gavin signed with Marquis Boone Enterprises (MBE) in early 2016 and through Boone’s partnership with the long-running Tyscot label, released his debut single and EP, “Higher,” that November and reached Top 25 on Billboard’s Hot Single Sales chart and Top 40 on Billboard’s Gospel Airplay chart. The song was written by his mother, Priscilla Smalls, and produced by the Grammy-winning Myron Butler.

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