Veteran radio executive and gospel announcer Lee Michaels will kick off The East Coast Gospel Music Summit & Showcase – the autumn’s largest east coast gathering to educate and inspire those hoping to break into the music business – this Friday, November 15th with a Friday night concert boasting young gospel stars including Micah Stampley, Bryan Wilson, Jonathan McReynolds, Uncle Reese, the trio Immeasurable and the thirty-voice strong Russell Delegation.

Earlier in the evening the summit will open with a 5:30 p.m. pre-concert of rising gospel stars such as Brandon Camphor and Nikea. Then, at 7 p.m. Micah Stampley conducts a presentation on the role of a psalmist. Legendary record executive Vicki Mack follows with a panel entitled, “Am I ready for this?” There will also be a panel on how to get songs played on the radio and a discussion the art of negotiating a recording contract. Then, the big concert of young stars kicks off and caps the evening with joyful noise.

Saturday morning commences with a continental breakfast followed by devotional music by Hope Askew and an inspirational word by a guest speaker. There are also morning educational sessions on copyrighting music, songwriting skills and understanding Soundscan and BDS charts. Veteran choirmaster Lamar Campbell leads early afternoon worship that precedes a spiritual word from another guest speaker. Other educational panels follow with top record label executives such as April Washington, Kerry Douglas, D.A. Johnson, Troy Sneed, Humilitee, Tracey Artist and Vernice Watson.

There are showcases of up-and-coming talent before the finale concert starring Troy Sneed, Ami Rushes, Half Mile Home, Chanel from Trin-i-tee 5:7), Anastasia, Trey Howard, Signature and Restin Jackson. All events take place Friday, November 15th and Saturday November 16th at Manifest Wonders Christian Center, 3600 Edmondson Avenue, Baltimore, MD. www.eastcoastgospelmusicsummit.com.