Thursday, February 1, 2007

The Clark Sisters give farewell performance

Gospel Music Channel & EMI Gospel To Present The Clark Sisters "Live - One Last Time”

Network to Produce Legendary Group's Farewell Live Performance, Present Exclusive Premiere in April; Announces Consumer Contest Which Will Send Winners to the Final Show

The Gospel Music Channel & EMI Gospel will produce the final live performance by one of the top female Gospel groups of all-time – the legendary Clark Sisters – for exclusive world premiere on Gospel Music Channel, it was announced today. The farewell concert, to be an intimate show with family, friends and fans, will take place in February at W274 in Franklin, TN. The group will perform six all new songs, including their new single, BLESSED & HIGHLY FAVORED plus take a trip down memory lane performing most of their popular songs including You Brought The Sunshine. The special will premiere on Gospel Music Channel on April 10, 2007.

EMI Gospel in partnership with Gospel Music Channel will release a DVD Special Fan Edition of LIVE – ONE LAST TIME in June. Gospel Music Channel will launch a consumer sweepstakes to send two Grand Prize winners and guest to the once-in-a-lifetime event. Consumers can enter the sweepstakes by visiting www.gospelmusicchannel.com or by signing up at Gospel Music Channel branded locations set up at the current, 32-city Sisters In The Spirit concert tour, which GMC is sponsoring. GMC will conduct a random drawing of all entrants for a Grand Prize of a trip for two via Southwest Airlines for The Clark Sisters' final live performance, including the opportunity to meet the group.

The well-known Clark Sisters – Jacky, Twinkie, Dorinda and Karen – are widely known for their inimitable vocal signature "Clark Sisters Sound.” They have been one of the top Gospel groups in the United States for years. The sisters have continued to expand the legacy begun by their mother, Dr. Mattie Moss Clark. The immensely talented Detroit natives fashioned a successful livelihood with eight highly successful albums, including 1979's He Gave Me Nothing To Lose, 1980's Is My Living In Vain, 1981's You Brought The Sunshine, 1982's Sincerely, 1986's Heart and Soul, 1988's Conqueror 1989's Bringing It Back Home, and 1994's Miracle. In 1981, the sisters posted a Billboard chart topping hit on the Dance charts, You Brought The Sunshine that garnered a gold album and established the singers as a nationwide pop culture phenomenon.

After moving on to equally successful careers and countless achievements, The Clark Sisters return as pre-distinguished figures in Gospel music. They reunited last year at Houston's George Brown Convention Center. A CD of that show, also called LIVE – ONE LAST TIME, will be in stores everywhere on April 10. Produced by visionary Donald Lawrence, the LP will be the first new project from the illustrious group in over a decade.

Gospel Music Channel (www.gospelmusicchannel.com ) is the first 24-hour, all music entertainment network devoted to the uplifting, inspiring and diverse music that is gospel. From the soulful sounds of artists like CeCe Winans, to the country gospel roots of Johnny Cash and Randy Travis, to the contemporary Christian music stylings of Kirk Franklin and Jars of Clay – Gospel Music Channel celebrates music that has a deep, spiritual place in people's lives. It embraces an audience that crosses cultures and captures generations delivering a fan base so large and passionate it deserves its own network. According to the 2006 Myers Emotional Connections Study measuring viewers ' emotional connections to nearly 50 emerging and mid-sized networks, Gospel Music Channel ranks first in " overall emotional connections with audience, ” first in " audience attentiveness to advertising, ” first in " feeling comfortable viewing with family ” and third in "audience engagement with network. ”

Brentwood, Tennessee-based EMI Christian Music Group is the world's largest Christian music organization and includes EMI Gospel, EMI CMG Label Group, EMI CMG Distribution and EMI CMG Publishing. It is part of EMI Group, the world's largest independent music company whose other U.S. labels include Angel, Astralwerks, Blue Note, Capitol, Capitol Nashville, EMI Latin, Narada and Virgin Records.