McDonald's Choir Showcase coming Mother's Day weekend

Dorinda Clark-Cole, two-time Grammy Award-winning gospel singer, is coming to Charleston Sunday for the seventh annual McDonald's Choir Showcase.

The seventh annual McDonald's Choir Showcase featuring gospel choirs, worship groups and recording artists from across the region is slated for Mother's Day weekend.

What had been a one-day Christian fellowship event is growing this year into a two-day event to be held Saturday and Sunday at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center, event founders Gerald Footman and Tia Brewer-Footman announced.

This year's event headliners include Grammy Award-winners Dorinda Clark-Cole and LeAndria Johnson, who was the season three winner of the BET gospel singing competition show "Sunday Best," the show's season two runner-up Jessica Reedy, among others.

For the first time, the event will feature a Music Ministry Summit, a day of clinics and sessions for aspiring musicians. The sessions will be conducted by gospel artists, singers and songwriters including Kevin LeVar and Ashaala Shanae and feature a variety of industry experts.

The summit will be held Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $20.

The McDonald's Choir Showcase will be held Sunday starting with a pre-show at 6 p.m. followed by the debut of Boeing Co.'s employee-based gospel choir at 7 p.m.

The showcase is open to Charleston area church choirs, praise and worship teams and Christian contemporary groups seeking a chance to be one of nine winners across the three categories to perform live at an event finale with top gospel artists.

Choir showcase tickets are $25 for VIP seating and $10 for general seating (plus a service fee). They are available through the Performing Arts Center box office and Ticketmaster locations.

To register and for more, go to choirshowcase.com or call 573-7975.

- Jennifer Berry Hawes