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NEAR BATAVIA, ILL.(ON RTE. 88)--There are many ways to try to jazz up voters--and the campaign of White House hopeful Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) is launching a gospel music tour next week to whip up the crucial African-American in South Carolina, an early primary state.

Top gospel artists will perform in what is billed as the "Embrace the Change" concert tour. The tour is aimed of "people of faith" and continues a theme the Obama campaign is developing in South Carolina, talking about Obama's Christian faith.

click below for names of the gospel stars....

from the Obama campaign....

***REVISED LINE-UP***

Obama Campaign Launches Unprecedented Gospel Concert Tour

“Embrace the Change” gospel tour part of campaign’s “40 Days of Faith & Family”

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The top gospel music artists in the country, inspired by Barack Obama’s candidacy for president, will embark on an “Embrace the Change” concert tour across South Carolina later this month.

The artists will headline the final days of the South Carolina campaign’s “40 Days of Faith & Family” -- a grassroots effort that shares with South Carolinians how Barack Obama’s family values and faith have shaped his leadership and commitment to bringing all people together around his movement for fundamental change. Gospel stars include Grammy Award winners Mary Mary, Donnie McClurkin and Hezekiah Walker, Stellar Award winner Byron Cage and the world’s most famous gospel quartet the Mighty Clouds of Joy, among others. The tour will visit Charleston (Oct. 26), Greenwood (Oct. 27) and Columbia (Oct. 28), South Carolina. Holly Davis Carter and her company, Relevé Entertainment, have spearheaded the creation of the events.

“This is another example of how Barack Obama is defying conventional wisdom about how politics is done and giving new meaning to meeting people at the grassroots level,” National Religious Affairs Director Joshua DuBois said. “This concert tour is going to bring new people into the political process and engage people of faith in an unprecedented way.”

“Bringing together artists of this caliber, on one stage, in support of one man, speaks volumes about the purpose of that man,” Carter said. “And collectively, we embrace this change.”

Events are open to the press. For more information, please contact Sam Wilson at 803-255-8008, ext. 262.

4 Comments

I have no problem with Obama's "gospel concert tour." I find it interesting, though, that the media fawns over Obama for mixing politics and religion but would absolutely excoriate a Republican for doing anything remotely similar.

Unfortunately Dave, the media already fawns over every Republican candidate when it comes to family values and values voters. Please note the recent (or shall I say any one in the past) family values voters conference where no Democratic candidate was invited to speak about there family values. Conventional wisdom says only Republican candidates should show there religious side. Obama is turning the page on that convention wisdom. He is a good christian family man and isn't afraid to let the world know it. This doesn't mean he's going to discriminate other religions when he's president. It just shows you that he has values. This isn't anything new with Obama or to Obama supporters. The rest of the country is just now chatching up. For more info on Obama his faith and values, don't be afraid to visit www.barackobama.com and check it out for yourself.

Well said, Dave. It appears that it is now OK to have family values if you are a Democrat. I wonder if Obama and Hill are ready to hand out birth control to middle schoolers all over the country. I'm sorry. I still have trouble identifying family values with the Democratic party. Their voting record is abysmal when it comes to that particular topic. Tell a lie often enough and soon it will be believed!

When the primary season is finally over maybe Obama could become a full time concert organizer. His absence from his Senate duties since elected prove that we don't need a full time Senator. Go rock star go!!

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