The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), along with Motown Gospel, celebrated the most prestigious names in gospel music at the 10th annual ASCAP “Morning Glory” Breakfast, honoring the 2019 Stellar Awards nominees at The Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas. Hosted by Motown Gospel artist and television personality Lexi, the exclusive invite-only reception is one of the premier events leading up to the 34th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards.
The program began with opening welcome remarks from ASCAP Senior Director of Membership Jonathan ‘JJ’ Jones. Host Lexi delivered a heartwarming opening prayer and kicked off the breakfast with an introduction of Co-Executive Director of Motown Gospel, EJ Gaines.
Uplifting performances by Motown Gospel artists included the newly signed husband & wife duo, Jerard & Jovaun, who delivered the Hillsong Worship anthem, “What A Beautiful Name,” with a riveting gospel flair. Labelmate Gene Moore debuted “Ask for Rain,” written by Jason Nelson and produced by Terence Vaughn, from his forthcoming sophomore album. Before his performance, Moore gave a personal testimony, explaining that he faced a storm of adversities last year and simply “asked God for rain.” His performance brought the audience to their feet. Moore’s last album, The Future, earned him a 2018 Stellar nomination for New Artist of the Year.