Fred Hammond to bring gospel to Convo


Fred Hammond, seen here in an undated press photo, will be performing at the NIU Convocation Center this Sunday at 6:30 p.m. Hammond, whose decades-long career earned him a Grammy in 2008, will be joined by the NIU Black Choir.

By Connor Rice

Sunday mass is coming to the Convocation Center.

Famed gospel artist and Grammy-winner Fred Hammond will appear with the Northern Black Choir this Sunday at 6:30 p.m.

Hammond, whose career has spanned over several decades, is the second Christian-based act to headline the Convo this semester, the first of which was the touring Winter Jam music festival that stopped here in January.

“It is actually a coincidence that there have been so many Christian-related shows,” said Heather Priest, the marketing manager for the Convo. “We booked Fred Hammond back in August, and Winter Jam was an outside promoter. Sometimes things happen this way.”

Priest said that the inclusion of the Northern Black Choir, however, wasn’t as accidental.

“The Northern Black Choir is a dynamic group of students who have a lot to offer,” she said. “With the Fred Hammond show being in February and it also being Black History Month, the Hammond show became the perfect opportunity for the choir to showcase their talent.”

Hammond won a Grammy award in 2008 for his album, Free to Worship.