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He’s one of those gospel and inspirational artists you see everywhere, and rightfully so. This weekend, Cincinnati gospel fans and even some of us who are still struggling to walk the straight and narrow will get a chance to see the artist many of us believe doesn’t get the credit he deserves. We’re talking about the one and only Fred Hammond.

Responsible for taking praise and worship music to the urban audience, Fred Hammond has long been doing his thing post-1980’s major gospel achievements. Remember his contemporary-styled worship songs from back in the day such as “Glory to Glory” and “When the Spirit of the Lord” were everywhere? These songs have now become standards among black choir repertoires at someone’s church all across America and now Fred Hammond is bringing that same inspiring sound to all of us right here in Cincinnati this weekend.

Born in Detroit on December 27, 1960, Fred Hammond is one of the most highly respected gospel music singers. His vocal skills, production elements and musicianship on all of his albums and records have made him a name and a face people won’t ever forget. And how could we? Fred Hammond embodies what we know to be gospel music – let alone Black music, too. Among other artists, Fred Hammond’s name is forever a part of Black music history so let the praise begin as we celebrate our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for the gift of both Black and gospel music.

Check out this old school favorite from our guy Fred Hammond and let’s literally “Let the Praise Begin.”

Don’t forget to pick up your Joyfest tickets, which are still currently on sale. You don’t want to miss this year’s outdoor extravaganza. We promise it’ll be once incredible day to spend with the entire family and of course, 101.1 The Wiz. For ticket and event info click one of the following links below.


Are you planning to attend? If so, let us know by posting in the comments section and letting us know why you’re excited about seeing Fred Hammond live during the Joyfest concert this weekend. We want to hear from you!

While you’re planning to attend, let’s get to know Fred Hammond just a little bit more. Click here to watch the recent interview Fred Hammond and Atlanta’s own on-air personality CoCo Brother. Tell us what you think in the comments section after viewing their discussion on gospel music, the latest album and even Fred Hammond’s ideal woman.


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