Exclusive Interview with Vickie Winans on McDonald’s Gospel Fest and Upcoming Projects

I had the best conversation with one of my favorite contemporary gospel artist, Vickie Winans.  Not only is this woman of God a  an award-winning gospel recording artist, but she’s revered as a consummate business woman that heads up Viviane, Inc. where she manages herself and books hundreds of shows per year. She is also the President of her own record label, Destiny Joy Records. A producer, director, songwriter, actress and comedienne as well, Winans does everything in excellence. Chile please!  if you don’t know already, Ms. Vickie Winans is the REAL DEAL!  And, she lets you know every day in her incredibly intriguing and funny tweets!

Vickie Winans gave me  the 411 on her latest projects which include:

Being the  latest Ambassador for McDonald’s Newtrition (nutrition) program. This health conscious program  promotes being more nutritional through various  McDonald’s menu items such as the real fruit smoothies, salads, fruit, etc.

Shooting a movie: Amazing Grace. That’s right Vickie is gearing up to shoot the dramedy (drama and comedy) Amazing Grace in August. You know we got the scoop and this rollercoaster ride features a young lady named Grace who is a Kleptomaniac that went to jail and follows her through the ups and downs of getting it back together.

Two stand up comedy DVD’s. Vickie Winans Hilarious & Unplugged.

"vickie Winans Hillarious and Unplugged"

40 city comedy tour

The newly minted comedienne  will be going on a 40 city comedy tour  in 4 weeks riding in style in a Mercedes Benz bus. The bus will pick up homeless people in each city and take them to the comedy shows.

We love Vickie Winans hilarious antics on the Church lady blogs and we had to ask our girl was she just born this funny or was it developed?

Through chuckles she stated:

She was born crazy lol but the comedy developed through her singing on stage and thus combining singing and comedy/

Chile, just reading the above list makes me tired but  not Vickie Winans,  she  will also  partake in the 29th Anniversary for McDonald’s  Gospelfest  that takes place on May 12, 2012 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.  You know I could not wait to get a jump on what is planned for the  biggest gospel event ever! Vickie shared the following with the Church Lady.

She  has been a part of the Gospelfest for 7 years straight and is delighted to share the stage this year with Gospel Heavy hitters.

  • Donnie McClurkin
  • Fred Hammond
  • Mary Mary
  • Shirley Caesar
  • Steve Harvey
  • Cissy Houston

This year’s theme for Gospelfest is Honor Thy Mother which is fitting for the Mother’s Day weekend celebration. Over the course of 29 years the Gospelfest supported by the McDonald’s corporation and the McDonald’s Tri State Owner/Operator Association has awarded  millions of dollars in scholarships.

The family oriented Gospel competition is a fundraiser for these scholarships from 4-7 pm which the Gospel stars closing out the evening.

When I asked what is Vickie’s favorite part of the Gospelfest experience she proclaimed:

“My favorite part is definitely watching the audience. The 18,000 people in the audience literally  MAKES you sing because  they are so energetic.  I love  ministering and changing peoples lives through music.”

The late Whitney Houston’s mother, Cissy Houston will be in attendance again this year and Vickie sympathetically expressed how she can’t wait to wrap her arms around her the Gospelfest.

I thoroughly enjoyed the time spent with my queen of Gospel, Vickie Winans and I appreciate knowing that she loves THE CHURCH Lady Blogs, she  thinks I am funny and said I  crack her up, Wow! that is such a compliment, cause I feel the same way about her. If you have not had the opportunity to see the funny side of Vickie Winans, purchase the DVD, Hillarious and Unplugged,  you will not be disappointed, I promise!

I praise God for her witness and her steadfast faith in God to do ALL that God has gifted her to do.  follow her on Twitter   y’all and make sure you treat your Mama to this year’s  McDonald’s Gospelfest!

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