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Singer Anthony Hamilton (L) and Pastor Shirley Caesar perform onstage during BET Celebration Of Gospel 2016 at Orpheum Theatre on January 9, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mark Davis)

Cora Jakes Coleman, daughter to world renowned Bishop T.D. Jakes, was recently the keynote at Chicago’s Love and Purpose Conference, which took place on January 23rd at the University of Chicago campus. Presented by His Point, Her View, a Christian couples advocacy ministry, the Love and Purpose Conference set the stage for Cora to share her inspirational story of spiritual growth from her bestselling book Faithing It.

The Love and Purpose Conference is a unique training ground open to Chicagoans with the goal of helping them transform their lives and enrich their future through the understanding and pursuit of love and purpose. Attendees were exposed to contemporary philosophies and resources during breakout sessions that address the truths behind living a destiny fulfilled life.

“We were honored and thrilled to welcome Cora, a dynamic and inspirational powerhouse to Chicago,” said Rachel Burnside, Founder, His Point Her View. “Her gifts, story and wisdom shines a bright light on the importance of faith while on the journey to love and purpose.”  Cora Jakes Coleman is passionate about living a life of substance while ensuring others reach their promise.  She is a preacher, author, singer, and wife to her husband Brandon, as well as a wonderful mother to her children Amauri, and Jason. Cora directs the children’s ministry at The Potter’s House of Dallas, in addition to her Cora Jakes ministry efforts. Faithing It is her first book.

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The Reigning Queen of Gospel, 11-time GRAMMY®-winning legend Shirley Caesar creates another unforgettable hit with the debut of her new single “It’s Alright, It’s Ok” (featuring Anthony Hamilton), bringing her acclaimed rich voice and powerful talents in ministry to fire up the spirits of music lovers everywhere.  Available now on iTunes and launching at Gospel radio, “It’s Alright, It’s Ok” is the first single from her forthcoming new album, slated for release this spring.

Giving peers and fans a sneak peek, Pastor Caesar commanded the stage at the taping of BET’s “Celebration of Gospel” for the song’s television debut, live for the first time with Anthony Hamilton in an invigorating performance that had the crowd on its feet.  Fans can catch their soulful performance of “It’s Alright, It’s Ok” in its entirety when “Celebration of Gospel” airs on BET this Sunday, January 31st (at 8 p.m./7p.m. Central time).  Caesar also opens the Andraé Crouch all-star tribute performance on “Celebration of Gospel.”

Written by Courtney Rumble and Stanley Brown, “It’s Alright, It’s Ok” was produced by celebrated musician/composer/producer Stanley Brown. Remaining a sensational gospel innovator, Pastor Caesar’s new album will showcase her prolific talents in music and ministry that have made her a beloved trailblazer for over 50 years. Caesar has recorded over 40 albums to date, including her most recent acclaimed album Good God, garnering career accolades from world leaders, music peers, induction into the Gospel Hall of Fame, 18 Dove Awards, 14 Stellar Awards, and has been named an honoree to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2016.

Shirley Caesar says: “It has been more than two years since I have recorded a project so needless to say I am very excited about my new release, ‘It’s Alright, It’s Ok’ that also features Anthony Hamilton. It is my prayer that you will be blessed not only by this song but all the others that will be featured on my upcoming release.”

Shirley Caesar performed “It’s Alright, It’s Ok” with Anthony Hamilton on BET’s “Celebration of Gospel” this past Sunday on BET.

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