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Grammy nominee Jekalyn Carr headlines Salute to Gospel

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Dec 19, 2022

Join College of Lake County (CLC) for its 38th annual Salute to Gospel celebration live and in person Saturday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. This premier Black gospel experience is the capstone Black History Month event, bringing people together to honor the community and celebrate Black gospel music. 

Jekalyn CarrThe event will be held at Jesus Name Apostolic Church at 208 Lake St. in Waukegan. The concert will feature performances from Grammy Award nominee Jekalyn Carr as well as the uplifting voices of CLC’s Gospel Choir. 

“The committee put together a list of top-tier Gospel performers, and Jekalyn Carr was their first choice,” said CLC Chief of Staff and Vice President of Strategy, Planning and Support Derrick Harden. “She is a multi-talented performer whose gorgeous singing voice and positive message of hope make her a favorite with audiences across the country.” 

The annual event began in 1986 as a performance opportunity to support the college’s Gospel Choir and has since evolved to be one of the most popular music programs put on by CLC. Over the years it has attracted some of the gospel music industry’s best including The Winans, Shirley Caesar and Bishop Hezikiah Walker and the Love Fellowship Choir. 

“Salute to Gospel celebrates the Black community of Lake County and gives people a chance to see world-class artists close to home,” Harden said. “It’s a fun, uplifting and inspirational experience. Being in the presence of a gospel artist as talented as Jekalyn is something everyone should experience." 

Angelo Kyle will be honored as the 2023 Harambee Award of Excellence winner. Kyle leads in the community as president and CEO of the Lake County Forest Preserves. 

Tickets for the event are $20 or $30 for two and go on sale Jan. 6. Visit to purchase tickets online or call 847-543-2300. 

About College of Lake County

College of Lake County is a comprehensive community college committed to equitable high-quality education, cultural enrichment and partnerships to advance the diverse communities it serves in northeastern Illinois. Offered at three campuses in Grayslake, Vernon Hills and Waukegan or online, college classes are affordable and accessible to help each student achieve academic, career and personal goals. More than 70,000 students graduated with degrees and certificates since the college opened in 1969. College of Lake County is the only higher-education institution ranked among the top 15 best places to work in Illinois by Forbes in 2019 and is a national leader in many areas, including campus internationalization, sustainability and conservation.