The Festival of Praise brings an evening of music and a lesson on love and relationships to the Savannah Civic Center.
“It’s called 'Texture of a Man' and it’s told through the eyes of three women,” says Fred Hammond, the concert's headliner and a popular praise and worship singer/songwriter.
"Texture of a Man," set for March 29, features Hammond, Donnie McClurkin, Take 6, James Fortune, Pastor Charles Jenkins and a host of actors and comedians.
“We’re talking to men,” says Hammond. “But we’re actually talking to women about how men could be perceived, how they are perceived and how some of them are.”
The show should leave you laughing, praising and enjoying some great music, but also thinking about relationships and maybe even learning about how we can better deal with one another.
“Not every man is a dog and not every man is not a dog,” he says. “Not every woman needs to be on ‘Housewives’ or something. It’s a choice. There are good people in the world; we’re just trying to figure out how to let people recognize where you can be, who you are and who you can see.
“Sometimes looks are deceiving and perception may be reality, but it don’t mean it’s the truth.”
This show all about relationships features some impressive gospel music chops among the performers.
Hammond has performed with The Winans, Commissioned and Radical for Christ. He’s won multiple Dove and Stellar Awards and won the 2008 Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album Grammy for his album “Free to Worship.” And he’s helped organized three previous Festival of Praise tours.
McClurkin is one of the bestselling gospel artists in the world, with three Grammys and numerous Stellar, BET, Soul Train, Dove and NAACP Image awards. And gospel fans can't forget his 2000 release “We Fall Down” that even made moves on the R&B/hip-hop charts.
Take 6 is the a cappella group that inspired decades of youth choirs to tackle the genre. They’ve won 10 Grammys and 10 Dove awards and have worked with some of the top artists in secular and gospel music.
Fortune is a two-time Grammy-nominated gospel artist, songwriter, producer with best-known gospel singles including “You Survived,” “I Trust You” and “God Can.”
And Pastor Jenkins is a gospel singer and songwriter whose albums have appeared on Billboard 200 charts, and gone to No. 1 on gospel charts.
Festival of Praise presents "Texture of a Man" is billed as a multimedia show with musicians, actors, singers and performers, but most of all, says Hammond, it’s about the praise.
“When we talk about praise, we’re talking about giving thanks and glory,” says Hammond. “You may not have a good day. But if you turn around and give Him praise, your day will change. You may be facing some insurmountable mountain. But I guarantee you, if you just lift your hands and praise God, that mountain may not move, but your perception of how to deal with it will.”