It’s been ten years in the making, with some of the most high profile Gospel artists and inspirational speakers in the world, and now Transformation Expo 2017, Richmond’s largest inspirational event of the year, is set to make history again with one of their best lineups ever!
Presented by Praise 104.7FM with 100,000 watts of power, Transformation Expo will be returning to the Greater Richmond Convention Center on Saturday, March 18, 2017 from 12 noon to 6:00 p.m.
Over the years, Transformation Expo has featured top names in the Gospel industry including Bishop T.D. Jakes, Tye Tribbett, Israel Houghton, GI (God’s Image), BeBe & CeCe Winans, Iyanla Vanzant, Troy Sneed, Jonathan Nelson, John P. Kee, Marvin Sapp, Myron Butler, Fred Hammond, Donnie McClurkin, Tasha Cobbs, Erica Campbell, Wess Morgan, Charles Jenkins, and so many others.
Now in its 10th year, Transformation Expo will once again deliver a powerful Praise & Worship experience that will certainly transform lives as it welcomes individuals of all faiths, backgrounds, and races with encouraging words, music and fellowship.
This year’s lineup includes Gospel recording artist and four time Grammy Award winner and sixteen-time winner of the Stellar Awards Yolanda Adams. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Ms. Adams began her career as a teacher and part-time model. Yolanda Adams has sold more than 4.5 million albums in the United States and sold nearly 8 million albums worldwide. Yolanda Adams has an incredible catalogue of music with gospel hits such as “Victory”, “In The Midst Of It All”, “Open My Heart”, and many more. She is the author of Points Of Power – a book for daily living. She shares personal experiences from herself and others to show her readers how they can receive God’s love and grace.
CeCe Winans is a ten-time Grammy Award winner and has won seven Stellar Awards. She was born in Detroit, Michigan and is known for singing with her brother BeBe Winans with a string of hits, which include “Addictive Love” and “Heaven”. She has written three books On a Positive Note, Throne Room: Ushered into the Presence of God and a book she co-authored with
Claire Cloninger titled Always Sisters: Becoming the Princess You Were Created to Be. CeCe Winans has also made a name for herself as a solo artist with songs like “Pray”, “Count On Me”, and her current radio single “Never Have To Be Alone” from her new album titled Let Them Fall In Love.
Bishop Hezekiah Walker is the visionary founder and Senior Pastor at The Love Fellowship Tabernacle in Brooklyn, New York. Bishop Walker’s vision from God was founded on what he called the three P’s: Prayer, Preaching and Praise. He has released several albums with the Love Fellowship Choir with songs such as “Grateful”, “Faithful Is Our God” and the up-tempo hit “Souled Out”.
Earnest Pugh, who has a five octave vocal range, is highly sought after around the country to perform because of his vocal abilities. Earnest Pugh started his own record label in 2006 and released his first album Earnest Pugh Live: A Worshipper’s Perspective. In 2009, he released the number one hit “Rain On Us” and has a number of other hits like “Trade It All” and his current hit single “I Need You To Breathe”.
James Fortune, a Houston, TX native who released his highly anticipated debut CD You Survived in 2004, with the lead single by the same name, is a two-time Grammy nominated artist. His musical hits include “You Survived”, “I Trust You” and his latest single “I Forgive Me”.
Also performing is Chicago native Chris Searcy who is a producer, songwriter, arranger and recording engineer. Chris Searcy has collaborated with artists like Deitrick Haddon and Mali Music. His style of music is considered a breath of fresh air. His single “My God” features Canton Jones. Also performing are local and national artists G.I. (God’s Image), who will perform their Stellar Award nominated single “Pray And Don’t Worry”, Maggie Ingram’s Ingramette Singers and Taleshia Chandler.
Serving as this year’s special guest speaker will be America’s mom, Phylicia Rashad. Phylicia Rashad was born in Houston, TX and is the sister to dancer, actor and choreographer Debbie Allen. Phylicia Rashad is best known for her role as Claire Huxtable on the NBC sitcom The Cosby Show. She has starred in numerous Broadway plays such as A Raisin In The Sun in which she won a Tony Award. Her other acting credits on Broadway include Cat On A Hot Tin Roof and Jelly’s Last Jam. She’s won an NAACP Award for her role in the television version of “A Raisin In The Sun”.
This year’s host is Sheilah Belle “The Belle” who will also be sharing her powerful testimony of overcoming cancer. Sheilah Belle can be heard daily Monday through Friday on Praise 104.7 FM from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
There will also be a Seminar “How I Made it Through” and a Relationship Session with Willie Moore Jr. that will center on his new released book, Happily After All. Willie Moore Jr. is also a nationally syndicated radio host for Radio One and can be heard daily on Praise 104.7 FM from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Over the past years, Transformation Expo could always expect no less than 4,000 in attendance and well over 50 national and local exhibitors, and this year is lining up with strong numbers as well.
Some of this year’s featured sponsors include NBC 12, The CW Richmond, Reaching America, McDonalds, Allen & Allen, and Centura College.
With such a powerful lineup, featured guests, and sponsors, let it be clear that this day is for everyone! Our prayer is that attendees will leave with a renewing of their mind, soul and spirit, and will be touched by the uplifting words from our encouraging speakers and powerful singers assigned by God to be here.
Be sure to get your tickets now at www.praiserichmond.com, Etix.com, St. Paul’s Baptist Church or at the Radio One Studio, 2809 Emerywood Parkway, Richmond, VA 23294.