NASHVILLE, December 15, 2009 – BMI will honor gospel greats Donnie McClurkin and Andraé Crouch at the organization’s 11th Annual Trailblazers of Gospel Music Awards Luncheon slated for January 15, 2010. Held the day before the 25th Annual Stellar Awards, BMI’s invitation-only ceremony will take place at Rocketown (401 6th Avenue South) in Nashville, and will welcome gospel music’s premier songwriters, recording artists and music industry executives, as well as the genre’s legends.

A devoted pupil of gospel legends, Donnie McClurkin has done more than admire the giants: He has become one himself. The two-time GRAMMY winner is one of the genre’s finest producers, beloved vocalists, and most inspiring communicators. A discerning songwriter, he has composed a rich catalog of worship songs, including BMI Christian Award winners “I’m Walking” and “That’s What I Believe,” while he has also collected a trove of Dove, Stellar and other prestigious honors, including the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Gospel Artist. He released a critically acclaimed new collection entitled We Are All One (Live in Detroit) in March 2009, and in addition to garnering a 2010 Stellar Award nomination for Traditional Male of the Year, he will co-host the Stellar Awards ceremony with fellow BMI trendsetters Kirk Franklin and Vickie Winans. For McClurkin, being honored alongside the genre-shaping Andraé Crouch is a deeply personal accomplishment: He fondly refers to Crouch as his mentor.

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Article courtesy of: Gospel Music Channel

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