GRAMMY® Awards Nominees Jeff & Sheri Easter
to Join THE DREAM CENTER and GRAMMY® Nominee

(Contemporary, Pop, R&B, Traditional, Rock, Rap, Southern, Country & Bluegrass)
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal congratulates Jeff & Sheri Easter on their GRAMMY® nomination
at the Atlanta GRAMMY® Party honoring Georgia nominees at The W Hotel in Atlanta GA
on Thursday January 27 2011. (photo, L-R) Group members Jeff and Morgan Easter,
Gov. Nathan Deal and Sheri Easter

  • WHAT: Sunday, February 13, THE DREAM CENTER, twelve-time GRAMMY® Award Nominee Kirk Whalum and Victory University are hosting “IT STARTED WITH A DREAM.” In celebration of this year’s Gospel GRAMMY® Nominees, the event is a pre-awards ceremony, concert and service honoring the nominees and benefiting THE DREAM CENTER’s PROJECT HOPE. “IT STARTED WITH A DREAM” will feature live performances by GRAMMY® Nominees; Israel Houghton, Lalah Hathaway, Jeff & Sheri Easter, Kirk Whalum with special guest George Duke and others to be announced from all fields in the Gospel category.
  • WHEN: Sunday, February 13, 2011
    10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
  • WHERE: Angelus Temple
    1100 Glendale Blvd.
    Los Angeles, CA 90026

The FREE EVENT is open to all that can attend. The concerts stellar performances will be streamed live on the web at DreamCenterLive.com inviting the entire world to view for $4.99 with proceeds benefitting Project Hope.

The vision of PROJECT HOPE is to provide a restoration home for immediate care to those rescued from human trafficking; rebuild one’s physical, mental and spiritual wholeness; and prepare individuals toward returning to society. Project Hope exists for the purpose of helping the lives of individuals who have fallen victim to human trafficking. This home offers a safe place to rebuild lives based on biblical principles. The home will focus on the specific needs for each individual.

Two-time GRAMMY®-nominated Jeff & Sheri Easter are Gospel music treasures, featured regularly on the Gaither HOMECOMING videos and international HOMECOMING tours in addition to their own heavy schedule of appearances. Jeff & Sheri are the recipients of six GMA DOVE Awards, 15 Singing News Fan Awards, three Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music Association Awards, two International Country Gospel Music Association honors, 16 Voice Awards, four Southern Gospel Music Fan Fair Awards, five SGN Scoops Diamond Awards, four Hearts Aflame Awards and three Cash Box Awards. Formed in 1988 following childhoods as part of their respective, nationally-known family groups—The Lewis Family and The Easter Brothers, the married couple is joined today on stage by their children—Madison and Morgan Easter—who round out the group. The group is known for such hits as “Roses Will Bloom Again,” “Praise His Name,” “Thread of Hope,” “Speak to the Mountain” and many others including “Born to Climb,” which garnered a 2010 DOVE Award. They are nominated for a 2011 GRAMMY® Award for their Expecting Good Things (Spring Hill Music) recording.

Saxophonist, Kirk Whalum will host the event and perform with his band. Kirk has been a recording artist for 25 years and has over 25 solo recordings to date. He has received numerous awards and acknowledgements for his musical excellence including twelve GRAMMY® nominations (four this year which include two for his most current release; The Gospel According to Jazz, Chapter III), two Dove Award nominations, a NAACP Image Awards nomination, and he has won two Stellar Awards. Kirk is a ordained minister with a Masters of Art in Religion. He was recently appointed CEO/President of the STAX Music Academy and the STAX Museum of American Soul Music in his hometown of Memphis, Tennessee. Please visit www.facebook.com/KirkWhalum www.KirkWhalum.com.

Matthew Barnett, co-founder of THE DREAM CENTER and senior pastor of ANGELUS TEMPLE, will co-host the event. THE DREAM CENTER – located at the former Queen of Angels Hospital, is now a refuge for the city of Los Angeles’ homeless, abandoned teens, gang members and those suffering from drug and alcohol addiction. Los Angeles is being changed daily through THE DREAM CENTER and most people in the city are unaware of it. On behalf of Barnett, we would love to invite you to experience “IT STARTED WITH A DREAM” first-hand. Please visit www.angelustemple.org.

Through its numerous outreach programs, THE DREAM CENTER feeds over 40,000 people per month (one million pounds of food) and houses more than 500 people daily each week, meeting them with love and a helping hand at their greatest point of need. THE DREAM CENTER provides food, shelter, clothing, life rehabilitation, education, job training and numerous resources through its 273 programs and outreaches. From its humble beginnings in 1994, located in a formerly crime-infested neighborhood of Los Angeles, THE DREAM CENTER has become one of the outstanding models of transformation in America.

Victory University is a Christian liberal arts college committed to academic excellence and the joining of faith, rigorous academic inquiry, and action guided by a biblical worldview. Building upon a challenging curriculum in the classroom, Victory embraces the richness and diversity of its urban community as an extension of its campus. Victory strives to set the standard among Christian colleges as a place where students are mentored by a strong and caring Christian faculty and Christian area leaders learn that knowledge and faith can transform communities and advance God’s purposes in the world.