By Monica Wood, Fort Sill FMWRFebruary 1, 2013
FORT SILL, Okla.-- Tickets go on sale Feb. 1 for the "United as One" Concert Tour, an uplifting evening of praise presented by Fort Sill Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, Feb. 26 at the Sheridan Theater.
Doors for the show open at 6 p.m. and the two-hour show begins at 7 p.m.
This must-see gospel music ensemble of talent features gospel recording artists James Fortune & FIYA, Vashawn Mitchell, Kierra Sheard and Zacardi Cortez and is hosted by Shucky Ducky.
The event is open to the public. Seating is limited and ticket cost is $10 for ages 3 and older. Get your tickets at either Adventure Travel office, the Welcome Center, 4700 Mow-Way Road, or at Central Mall in Lawton. For more information, call the Adventure Travel office at 250-4040.
James Fortune & FIYA
James Fortune & FIYA's highly anticipated debut CD "You Survived" was released in September 2004. Fortune was honored at the 19th Annual ASCAP Rhythm and Soul Music Awards for his hit single "You Survived" off the same album. The song also peaked as the second most played gospel song in the country. Fortune received a 2006 ASCAP Writers Award and his FIYA singers have been nominated four consecutive years for the Texas Gospel Youth and Young Adult Choir of the Year. FIYA has opened for artists such as Kim Burrell, Stevie Wonder, Albertina Walker and others.
Fortune hails from Texas, where he is the choir director at Higher Dimension Church in Houston. Membership has grown from 29 members in 1999 to more than 12,000 with 10 operative lead ministries and a host of sub-ministries that cater to the needs of children, youth, married couples and single men and women.
Vashawn Mitchell is a six-time Stellar Award-winner and Grammy Award-nominated recording artist who knows what he was created to do. He soared to the top of the Gospel and Urban Music charts with his single "Nobody Greater," from his album "Triumphant."
In 2011, Mitchell received numerous award nominations and was named Billboard Magazine's No. 1 Gospel Radio Artist of the year and had the No. 1 most played gospel song of the year.
Mitchell recently released his second album on EMI Gospel, "Created 4 This," a signature contemporary style of praise and worship with a message to empower, uplift and inspire people with the message of God's love.
Kierra 'Kiki' Sheard
Kierra Sheard released her latest CD, "Free," on Karew Records. The daughter of Karen Clark Sheard, of the legendary Clark Sisters, and Bishop J. Drew Sheard of Detroit, Sheard spent her formative years in Detroit, surrounded by family, faith and music. She sang in the choir as a girl in the church where her father preached, and at the age 9 appeared on the single "The Safest Place," a duet with her mother from the successful album "Finally Karen."
She began her solo career in 2004 at the age of 17 when she released her debut album "I Owe You," combining the worlds of gospel, hip-hop and soul in contemporary sound that is reverent and forward-thinking. Her previous hits include "You Don't Know," "Love Like Crazy," "Praise Him Now," and "Invisible."
Standout songs on her latest CD include the first single "Mighty" and "You Are" as well as "Free," which Sheard said "talks about the mind being a battlefield."
"My hope for this CD is that it rebrands me as an artist," she said. "I want people to see from this record that I am a servant of the kingdom and I want it to bless and change lives."
Cortez began his career singing with his family, the Cortez Singers, in his native Houston, but he is best known for his strong vocals with James Fortune's FIYA singers. His solo album "Zacardi Cortez: The Introduction" debuted in May 2012. The single "I Believe," featuring Cortez, Shawn McLemore and James Fortune & FIYA, remained No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Gospel Songs chart for 14 weeks. YouTube videos of "The Blood" have racked up more than one million views, and made the song one of Cortez's most requested. When not recording he tours with Fortune and gospel music guru Earnest Pugh.
Comedian Cecil Armstrong (Shucky Ducky), a native of Dallas, has appeared on "Def Comedy Jam" and as the ringmaster of UniverSoul Circus. He is known for his catchphrase, "Shucky Ducky, quack, quack," which he describes as meaning disappointment or excitement.
The concert is produced by Army Entertainment and sponsored locally by Perry Broadcasting Company and IHG Army Hotels.