The Gospel Expereince with Kirk Franklin, featuring Chrystal Rucker and Tobbi & Tommi, Saturday, April 8, 2017 KPRT Gopel 1590 Events

The Gospel Expereince with Kirk Franklin, featuring Chrystal Rucker and Tobbi & Tommi

Music Hall Kansas City | 301 W 13th St KCMO
Saturday, April 8, 2017

Tickets go on sale February 6th! CLICK HERE!

Kirk Franklin is an American gospel musician, choir director, and author. He is known for leading urban contemporary gospel choirs such as The Family, God's Property and One Nation Crew (1NC), and has won multiple awards, including eight Grammy Awards.

Chrystal Rucker is a gospel soprano known to fans for her dynamic covers of "Over the Rainbow" and Walter Hawkins' "Changed." The daughter of a bishop in the Church of God in Christ (COGIC), the Kansas City, Missouri native started singing in church as a toddler. She went on to study music and English at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Motherhood compelled the vocalist to pursue a reliable income, so she found office work while still singing on weekends. Eventually, Rucker found demand as a guest performer on gospel albums by artists including Edwin Hawkins, Myron Williams, and Jerome Greene. Continued guest spots, along with increased exposure provided by Dorinda Clark-Cole (the Clark Sisters) within COGIC, led to more live performance opportunities and a livelihood as a professional musician. In 2007, a series of strokes nearly ended Rucker's life, much less her career aspirations, but she returned to the stage as soon as her recovery would allow, and self-released an eponymous album in 2009. She continued to appear on other musicians' recordings, including 2011's Moses Tyson, Jr.: World Class Gospel Music Jubilee and Keep Living by Ricky Dillard. When Earnest Pugh started his own record label in 2012, he remembered Rucker from her performance at the funeral of Grammy-winning choir director O'Landa Draper and got her in the studio. EPM Music Group released her label debut, You Deserve, that summer. The title track landed on the Billboard Hot Gospel Songs chart, and the album reached the gospel Top Ten


Tobbi and Tommi of Kansas City, MO have been singing since the ages of 11 and 6 years old, respectively. Music and singing is very common in their family. Tobbi and Tommi were introduced to Donald Lawrence in the year 2000 by DeWayne Woods (also of Kansas City, MO) shortly after Woods was called upon to minister with Donald Lawrence. From that time forward, Tobbi and Tommi have ministered as a part of a backing vocalist ensemble for Lawrence now referred to as The Company. Donald Lawrence has gone on to win Stellar Awards, Grammy Awards and other prestigious accolades. Tobbi and Tommi have been gifted the opportunity to travel abroad and minister nationally and internationally with some of the music industry’s most distinguished artists. They have shared the stage with Chaka Kahn, Patti Labelle, Mary Mary, Vanessa Bell-Armstrong, Hezekiah Walker, Donnie McClurkin, Jason Crabb, Ricky Dillard, Kim Burrell, Beverly Crawford, Pastor Shirley Caesar and many others. Tobbi and Tommi are currently featured on a new rendition of “Through the Fire” (originally recorded by Chaka Kahn), and this song is on Donald Lawrence’s newest project “Your Righteous Mind”. Tobbi and Tommi have sung on the Grammy Awards (2005), BET’s 106 & Gospel (2009), Stellar Awards (2006, 2008, 2010), Dove Awards (2010), TBN (2010) and other major television networks. Tobbi and Tommi are also wonderful writers and composers who have co-created with Donald Lawrence. They are currently working on a project of their own to continue sharing their amazing gift with the world.