Award-winning gospel recording artist VaShawn Mitchell and former BET© Sunday Best contestant Tiffany Andrews are set to perform for the Homecoming Gospel Extravaganza at 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29.


The concert will be held in the J.M. Ross theatre of the Hathaway-Howard Fine Arts building. The doors will open at 4 p.m.


The event is sponsored by the Union Programming Board, according to a news release.


VaShawn Mitchell


“Hailed as Gospel music’s connector, VaShawn Mitchell has spent a career being the plug for established and emerging artists, the real energetic, creative source for artists both as a writer, and producer all while charting a path of his own as an exceptional talent,” according to the release. “Combining impassioned lyrics, and stellar musicianship, Mitchell has cultivated a hallmark sound that has always been and continues to be affirming, inspiring and produces power-filled songs. It’s these attributes that endure on ELEMENTS, Mitchell’s first full project in three years.”


He was born in Harvey, Ill. Called the “birthplace of Gospel music,” the imprint of Chicago is evident in Mitchell’s life and music, according to the release.


“From choir director and teacher, to writing music and writing for other artists and working behind the scenes, it was all training ground for what he does today. Mitchell’s music has evolved, and it was his career-defining hit, ‘Nobody Greater,’ that gave him not only his most significant hit but the vision for reaching beyond the walls of the church. It is ELEMENTS that offers a culmination of the full breadth of his 20-year career with a fusion of pop, rock, gospel, and the signature Chicago gospel sound that has defined him,” according to the release.


Mitchell is a multiple Grammy, Dove and Stellar Award winner and nominee.


“I was looking back at the 20 years, and thinking about my start in music, and what I’ve accomplished,” he said. “I realize there are specific elements in life and elements of God that allowed me to get to where I am. I purposely want to write music regarding my personal story, and how God used elements like fire, wind, and rain to speak to me at times in my life that needed to be spoken to.”


Tiffany Andrews


Tiffany Andrews is an evangelist and vocalist who declares a message of hope and healing for the disenfranchised during her travels, according to the news release.


“Around the world, she has shared the stage with musical phenoms including the late Bishop Timothy Wright, Donnie McClurkin, Mary Mary, Bishop Noel Jones, and more. Currently, she is a lead vocalist for Grammy-nominated artist J.J. Hairston and Youthful Praise,” according to the release.


Andrews is a worship leader and on the ministerial staff at Full Effect Gospel Ministries under the leadership of Bishop Archie and Pastor Cynthia McInnis.


“Overcoming abuse, rejection, and the loss of her mother, her life and ministry models the power of persistence,” according to the release.


Admission to the event is $5 for the general public, $3 for Pine Bluff area students with a valid school ID, and free for UAPB students, faculty and staff with a valid ID.


For details about homecoming events, visit www.uapb.edu/homecoming or email homecoming@uapb.edu.