CeCe Winans, others honored for gospel music

January 8, 2009 7:28:47 PM PST
Gospel stars CeCe Winans, Elbernita "Twinkie" Clark and Donald Lawrence will be saluted by their peers in a musical tribute in Nashville. Kirk Franklin, Faith Evans, Karen Clark-Sheard and Donnie McClurkin will be among the performers at BMI's Trailblazers of Gospel luncheon on Jan. 16.

Winans helped expand the boundaries of gospel music with hits such as "Say a Prayer" and "Addictive Love."

Clark is a singer, musician and songwriter whose songs have been recorded by the Rev. James Cleveland, Al Green, Mary J. Blige and others.

Lawrence is an influential singer and producer who is known for his work with the Tri-City Singers, Stephanie Mills, Peabo Bryson and The Clark Sisters.