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Gospel group The Martins and comedian Chonda Pierce in concert

ENT-Martins_0313-1The smooth, rich sounds of multi-Dove Award winning and Grammy nominated recording artist The Martins will be featured along with the inspiring comedy of Chonda Pierce in Grand Rapids, on Saturday, March 2, at Sunshine Community Church, at 6 p.m.

It’s a New Day for legendary vocal group, The Martins. Their three-year labor of love is complete, and the end result is a new recording, appropriately titled New Day. The recording was produced by multi-platinum selling Rascal Flatts member Jay DeMarcus and marks their first in a decade. During the 1990s, The Martins rose to national and international success, showcasing their stunning and distinctive harmonies before a vast array of audiences, from Bill Gaither’s multi-award winning Homecoming Video and Concert Series to the White House to Carnegie Hall. Over the years the trio has garnered six Dove Awards from the Gospel Music Association, a Grammy nomination and multiple hit songs. After a 10-year hiatus from touring together, in 2010 the siblings returned with a renewed family bond. In addition to the release of New Day, Gaither Music Group released a DVD, entitled The Best Of The Martins, which captures some of the trio’s most unforgettable highlights from the multi-platinum selling Gaither Homecoming Video Series. The recording includes a detailed interview between the The Martins and gospel music legend and Martins’ mentor, Bill Gaither, as they candidly share their personal story and the fresh step forward they are taking both musically and spiritually.

Armed with an abundance of unpretentious Southern charm and laser sharp wit, Chonda Pierce has been entertaining audiences from coast to coast for more than a decade. An in-demand stand up comic, television hostess and author, Pierce has parlayed her gift for storytelling into a multi-faceted career. Pierce has authored eight books and has ranked among Pollstar’s top-selling live performers. Her tenth comedy DVD, I’m Kind of a Big Deal, released in September, 2011 highlights her USO tour to Afghanistan. Pierce’s DVDs are consistently strong sellers with eight titles having been certified RAIA gold and four titles certified RAIA platinum. She’s a frequent guest on the famed Grand Ole Opry and has served as host of the Inspirational Country Music Awards and Christian Music Hall of FameAwards, as well as co-host of the GMA Dove awards in 2012. She received five Daytime Emmy nominations for her work co-hosting Aspiring Women, a talk show on the Total Living Network. She has appeared on Life Today, The Wanda Sykes Show, The Mike Huckabee Show, as well as ABC’s popular talk show, The View. Her comedy is regularly featured on XM and Sirius satellite radio.

Complete information may be obtained about this event by calling

800-965-9324 or visiting www.itickets.com or www.martinsonline.com.

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