RECAP: Urban Soul Cafe Present Access Granted in Nashville, TN

This year’s events leading up to the Stellar Awards were nothing less than Stellar! I attended the Urban Soul Cafe showcase on Thursday night, January 12th, featuring lots of independent and major artists. The honorees of the evening were Dorinda Clark-Cole, The Rance Allen Group, and Kim Burrell.

Dorinda Clark-Cole and Rance Allen group were presented with the Urban Soul Cafe “2012 Lifetime Achievement Award” for their timeless contributions to gospel music over the years. Pastor Kim Burrell was also honored with the “2012 Artist of the Year” award by the USCafe committee for her most recent effort “The Love Album”, which was nominated for both Stellar and Grammy awards.

Brittney Wright, LeJune Thompson, and Chrystal Rucker paid homage to Dorinda Clark-Cole’s by singing some of her hits to salute her legacy and dynamic voice. Dorinda was overwhelmed with joy when she received her award and applauded the “Power House” voices, as she called them, of the artists who paid tribute to her. The Rance Allen Group was honored by Zacardi Cortez, Marvin Sapp, and Lowell Pye, formerly of Men of Standard, who sang the infamous “Something About the Name Jesus”. The Rance Allen group then came to the stage to perform “Something About the name Jesus” all over again! Nobody can adlib like Rance Allen and he invited everyone to worship with him.

Kim Burrell was honored by Blanche McCallister and San Franklin. As Kim came to the stage to receive her award the crowd chanted for her to sing! She took requests from the audience and finally decided to sing “Be Grateful”. It took about 10 minutes to decided on a song as people kept calling out their favorite Kim Burrell tunes, that’s how impactful she is! As she began to sing it was as if I was taking part in a master class. Her skillful and professional vocal ability is nothing that can be matched. She is truly unique and that is why she received the Artist of the Year award.

This was a great showcase in music and certainly one of the most attended events of Stellar Award Weekend!


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