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Israel Houghton and Jonathan Nelson To Appear On BET’s “Celebration of Gospel”

Premier Televised Gospel Music Show to Air January 30

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January 7, 2011

Mobile, Alabama (January 7, 2011) - - Integrity Music recording artists Israel Houghton and Jonathan Nelson will appear on the highly acclaimed, two-hour “Celebration of Gospel” special hosted by comedian Steve Harvey and slated to air Sunday, January 30 at 8pm EST on BET.

Houghton and Nelson will share the stage with Gospel and mainstream greats including Mary Mary, Kirk Franklin, Smokie Norful, Faith Evans, Chaka Khan and Kelly Price as the show marks its 10th anniversary as the No. 1-rated Gospel music show on television.

With the theme "Keeping the Faith," the show will honor the rich history of Gospel music including a tribute to the late "Queen of Gospel" Albertina Walker and prolific songwriter/performer Bishop Walter Hawkins. Other musical performers include Earnest Pugh, VaShawn Mitchell, the Rance Allen Group and El DeBarge. Bishop T.D. Jakes and actors Hill Harper and Keith David will also appear during the show’s signature spoken word segments.

“Celebration of Gospel” is a BET Networks Production. Stephen Hill, BET's president of music programming, along with Lynne Harris-Taylor, BET's vice president of specials, and Geovanni Brewer will executive produce the telecast. For more information, please visit


For more info on Israel Houghton, visit the JFH Artists Database.



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