Savoy Restaurant presented Fred Hammond in Concert at the Monroeville Convention Center, in Monroeville on Jan.2. Hammond is an award-winning Gospel sensation who has been one of the major innovators of progressive gospel music, starting with his creation of one of the greatest groups of all time, Commission.


After leaving the group for a solo career, he continued to write for the group and other artists as he grew into a giant in the gospel field both as an artist as well as composer and producers. It gave Pittsburgh an opportunity to start the New Year off with an afternoon of Praise, Worship and Prayer.

Chuck Sanders, who owns Savoy Restaurant, promoted the concert, which ended up being a major success. The Convention Center was packed with 80 to 90 percent women.

The concert proved that gospel can draw in Pittsburgh if promoted properly. Gospel concerts featuring national talent is rare in Pittsburgh. Hammond was in the city several years ago to another sold out concert that also featured Yolanda Adams and Kirk Franklin.

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