Long Beach, CA — Gospel music phenom Tye Tribbett is coming to Long Beach to close out “Turnt Up Praise: Check Ya Levels,” a two day praise experience geared towards youth and young adults. Turnt Up Praise, takes place April 16th and 17th at Antioch Church of Long Beach, Pastor Wayne Chaney, Jr. On April 16th S&T Records presents The Showcase, where aspiring gospel artists from the Southern California area have a chance to display their gifts and talents in front of their peers and music professionals. The Showcase is hosted by Kameron Green of KJLH 102.3 Spread the Word.
On April 17th The Concert, featuring Tye Tribbett, Vadia, Called II Worship and Praizum takes place. Tickets for The Concert are $15 in advance, $20 at the door.
The vision behind Turnt Up Praise: Check Ya Levels is to present a gospel event for young people similar in energy of a hip hop concert, creating a weekend alternative to other nighttime activities that may be available. The Showcase will feature new and aspiring gospel artist from the Southern California area who are able to take advantage of this opportunity to perform in front of their various peers. Kameron Green will keep the show moving as participants are allowed a 10 presentation.
The Concert features Tye Tribbett as the special guest. Sharing the stage with him is Vadia from Sacramento, Called II Worship from Cincinnati, and Praizum from Los Angeles. All musical guests share a common thread in that their high energy and passion for worship is felt whether listening in your car or while enjoying their live performance. This event is the first is the first of its kind in the Long Beach area and works to continue to spread the influence of gospel music to greater areas and across greater generations as the messages in gospel music are sometimes able to penetrate in areas where spoken word may not and the goal is reach the young people where they are right now. The theme incorporates the seven Hebrew levels for praise, challenging attendees to “Check Ya Levels” while grooving for Jesus.
Turnt Up Praise: Check Ya Levels takes place on April 16th and 17th. Doors open on Friday April 16th at 7:30pm for meet and greet and fellowship. The showcase begins at 9pm and admission is free. On Saturday doors open for The Concert at 5pm. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Tickets are available online at www.Ticketleap.com or by calling (562) 212-3604. Antioch Church of Long Beach is located at 1535 Gundry Ave., Long Beach, CA 90813.
Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit ALIVE, a non-profit that send a groups of college students to work with children in Botswana to teach self esteem and environment conservation through organized sports, and Christ Hands on Africa, which donates clothing and resources to struggling families in The Gambia. Sponsorship opportunities are available.
About S&T Records: S&T Records was founded in November 2008 by Scelester Ford and LeMorrious Tyler to create a platform for local aspiring gospel artists to produce their projects. Visionaries Ford and Tyler have both spent a number of years working in music. Ford was pioneer in the male quartet gospel sound of the 1950s and 60s while Tyler currently works as a music engineer and spent many years working with such Westside hip hop artists as Snoop Dogg, Daz and Korupt, Goldie Loc and his own artist Drastic. Also an accomplished drummer, Tyler was fortunate enough to have worked on the Tupac record Me Against the World, being featured on the track “Young Niggaz.” Together Ford and Tyler hope to give young artists and choirs an opportunity to share their gift with the world. The first project to be released on S&T Records in April 2010 is The Exploring the Music and Arts Workshop Mass Choir project, featuring David Bratton, Rusty Watson and Vadia.
About Called II Worship: “Inspired from the Throne Room of God, we are called to affect a dying world. We have been commissioned by our Creator to worship through our lifestyles, and with the gift of song we have been Called II Worship.” Cincinnati, Ohio natives Troy Culbreth, Isaiah Freeman IV, Fred James V, Lamont Hill, and Kenny West joined together as Called II Worship in the summer of 2005. They quickly began creating an unusual buzz across the Midwest and Southern states. These gifted young men served the Lord by singing in their local churches and community choirs. All are also active members of the National Convention of Gospel Choirs & Choruses, Inc.
Called II Worship has shared the stage with such artists as Ricky Dillard, Donald Lawrence, Karen Clark-Sheard, Stephen Hurd, Melonie Daniels, and Rodney Posey. The group is featured artists on Darwin Hobbs’ 2008 release entitled “Free,”
Called II Worship brings a very versatile sound that bridges the generations. By incorporating elements of gospel, jazz, blues, contemporary Christian with neo-soul, alternative and R&B into their repertoire, they have developed a distinctive sound which is rapidly growing in popularity. This eclectic mix of musical genres is evident in Forever their independently produced CD, released January, 2008.
About Praizum: Comprised of youth and young adults that come from a variety of religious/denominational backgrounds, Praizum is not only diverse as individuals, their original musical compositions cover an array of inspirational & positive music genres including Hymns, traditional gospel, hip-hop, R&B and Christian contemporary. Our diversity enhances our ability to appeal to people from different walks of life.
Praizum has ministered been featured on Bobby Jones Gospel and has performed at various musicals, colleges, churches and conferences in San Diego, San Bernardino, Riverside and Los Angeles Counties, as well as Las Vegas, NV & Tampa, FL. Praizum has ministered in song on the same line up with gospel greats, such as Kim Burrell, Judy McAllister, Chrystal Rucker, Tonya Baker, GB5, Da Truth and many more.
Praizum has recently released their debut album titled, Life Support, which is receiving airplay on various AM/FM radio stations, as well as numerous Internet radio stations. The Life Support CD has 20 tracks filled with music that will inspire, uplift and bring healing to your soul. It is currently being sold in Christian Bookstores throughout the Greater Los Angeles Area.