Arkansas Gospel Music Heritage Month is being observed throughout September. Several activities will pay homage to the leaders in the Gospel music industry, according to a news release.

Billy St. James, program director for Cumulus Media at Little Rock, is the 2018 Music Legends Honoree.

Events will include:

Friday, Sept. 14 — Radio Announcer and Artist Listening Party Reception at Shorter College at North Little Rock.

“Enjoy fun, great gospel music and live performances at this free event! The Listening Party will take place from 6-7:30 p.m. The Artist Showcase happens from 7:30-9:30 p.m.,” according to the news release.

Saturday, Sept. 15 — At noon, Pop-Up Worship will take place at GoodFellas Barber Shop in the Park Plaza Mall at Little Rock. All singers and worship leaders are welcomed to join this group of singers during this event.

Saturday, Sept. 15 — At 6 p.m., the Grand Finale will be held at New Hope Baptist Church, 1821 Edmonds St. at North Little Rock. Doors open at 5 p.m.

“Don’t miss this celebration that serves as the culmination of AGMHM in a formal, awards style gala. This event has been designed to acknowledge the contributions of Arkansas natives, while furthering awareness of the mainstream role gospel music plays in the state of Arkansas,” according to the release.

Background on Gospel Music Heritage Month

“The United States Congress recognized September as Gospel Music Heritage Month which began in June 2008,” according to a news release. “On Feb. 16, 2011, the Arkansas Legislature voted unanimously to recognize the month of September as ‘Arkansas Gospel Music Heritage Month (AGMHM)’.”

“The mission of AGMHM is to ‘empower faith based communities to cross racial, ethnic, religious and geographical boundaries in gospel music and emerge as one body’.”

Details: Shayla Donahue, 870-718-7802 or