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Grammy Winner Smokie Norful Joins Musical Tribute to Bishop Horace E. Smith

Reverend W.R. “Smokie” Norful joins a stellar lineup of gospel artists and singers who will help celebrate the 70th birthday of Bishop Horace E. Smith, Pastor of Apostolic Faith Church, on Saturday, December 7, beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the Marriott Marquis Hotel, 2121 S. Prairie Avenue. The evening’s performers will sing Bishop Smith’s favorite songs representative of his journey through each decade of his life. Norful will perform with Audrey Dubois-Harris, award-winning classical gospel soprano; Shari Addison, finalist on BET’s Sunday’s Best; international gospel recording artist, Reverend Calvin Bridges; renowned singer, songwriter Terisa Griffin; legendary gospel songstress Dr. Vernon Oliver-Price; and gospel artist and radio personality Pastor DeAndre Patterson. In addition to the musical tribute, the evening’s program will feature special videos that celebrate Bishop Smith’s inspirational life as a husband, father, grandfather, mentor, physician, friend and man of God who has touched the lives of thousands. ABC 7 Chicago anchor, Cheryl Burton, will serve as the program host for the evening, themed, “Celebrating Bishop Horace E. Smith: A Birthday Salute.” For more information on Bishop Smith’s 70th birthday celebration, call 773-373-8500 or visit to purchase tickets.

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