Annual Gospel Night: Erica Campbell, Christian Cultural Center Choir

Erica Campbell is the younger sister of Tina Campbell, as well as the wife of frequent creative collaborator Warryn Campbell. Beside Tina as Mary Mary — a duo produced by Warryn — Erica was among the most successful contemporary gospel artists of the 2000s and early 2010s. From their 2000 debut through 2012, each one of Mary Mary’s studio albums either topped or narrowly missed the top of Billboard’s Gospel Albums chart. The duo also won a handful of Grammy awards. Erica’s first solo album, the eclectic Help, was released in March 2014. Almost all of its songs were co-written by Erica and Warryn, while Warryn handled all the production work. Led by the singles “A Little More Jesus” (a rustic, triumphant shouter) and “Help” (a steady, organic shuffle with a guest verse from Lecrae), it entered Billboard’s Gospel Albums chart at number one and peaked at number six on the all-genre Billboard 200. ~ Andy Kellman

C3 is an innovative movement born out of a desire to serve an ever-evolving generation of youth. “At one time the Urban and Suburban experiences were uniquely different…what youth are exposed to, is not limited by their location,” says Pastor Jamaal. This belief led Pastor Jamaal to coin the phrase “Surban,” because “Technology has created a blending of the urban and suburban cultures.” C3 has grown from the dream of a judgment-free youth environment to a culturally relevant entity. Over the 5 years that C3 has existed, they have ministered in places such as Texas, New Orleans, Guatemala, Singapore and Jamaica just to name a few. Setting their eyes on a new endeavor, C3 created the C3 Music Group (C3MG). C3MG seeks to produce groundbreaking music that promotes the values of progressive Believers. From this visio comes “Release Me,” a compilation of music representing C3’s multicultural membership and influences. The album features rock, pop and hip-hop sounds providing a well rounded musical experience.