Gospelfest coming to Fiserv Forum in April

Local performers invited to audition to be one of 100 choirs and soloist openers

Local gospel singer Tony Neal performed during the event announcement.

Local, national and award-winning gospel singers will perform at Fiserv Forum during Gospelfest, taking place April 10, 2020.

Behind the Good Friday show is A. Curtis Farrow, an Emmy Award-winning producer and director of the renowned McDonald’s Gospelfest, which has taken place annually since 2008 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. 

Over the last 38 years, Gospelfest has taken place in various cities, including New York City, Los Angeles, Newark and Seattle.

Farrow was in Milwaukee on Friday to announce Fiserv Forum’s latest event booking with Bucks president Peter Feigin, who said the arena will host Gospelfest annually on Good Friday. There was also a performance by local gospel singer Tony Neal.

“Milwaukee has always been part of my heart,” Farrow said. “There is so much talent in Milwaukee, and we can’t wait to showcase the community’s gifts and talents at Fiserv Forum.”

Two headlining performances have so far been announced: Grammy Award-winning singer, record producer, actress and radio host Yolanda Adams; and Billboard Classical Traditional chart topper Hezekiah Walker with the Love Fellowship Tabernacle Choir. Additional headliners will be named at a later date, the Bucks said. 

Local performers can audition to be part of the nearly 100 choirs and soloists who will open the show. Auditions will start the third week of January, and approximately 90 artists will be announced by Feb. 1. Performers are not required to belong to a church or specialize in gospel singing to audition. 

Tickets for Gospelfest will go on sale to the general public on Wednesday, Jan. 15 and can be purchased through Fiserv Forum’s website

Gospelfest director A. Curtis Farrow, Bucks president Peter Feigin and Fiserv Forum general manager Raj Saha.

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Maredithe Meyer
Maredithe Meyer started as an intern reporter at BizTimes in summer 2015. She currently covers entertainment, sports, tourism and restaurants. In May 2017, she graduated with a journalism degree from Marquette University where she worked as an in-depth projects reporter for the Marquette Wire and Marquette Tribune.