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No. 1 Billboard Gospel Artist Smokie Norful tickets on sale April 1

Its an old adage that where theres smoke, theres fire. Ever since singer Smokie Norfuls debut, hes been burning up the gospel charts.

Music fans can see the up-and-coming gospel artist–whose debut CD, I Need You Now, topped the Billboard Gospel Chart for five weeks–in concert at 7 p.m., Friday, April 23, at the Dunn Center at Austin Peay. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
It's an old adage that where there's smoke, there's fire. Ever since singer Smokie Norful's debut, he's been burning up the gospel charts.

Music fans can see the up-and-coming gospel artist—whose debut CD, “I Need You Now,” topped the Billboard Gospel Chart for five weeks—in concert at 7 p.m., Friday, April 23, at the Dunn Center at Austin Peay. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

A relative newcomer to the gospel industry just two years ago, today you would be hard-pressed to find a gospel music fan who hasn't heard of Norful. He was named Best New Artist and Male Vocalist of the Year at the Stellar Awards. His latest release, “Limited Edition,” debuted at No. 1 while his “I Need You Now” was No. 4, making him the first to occupy two Billboard Gospel Top 5 positions with non-holiday releases.

Norful's music, which he calls “urban/inspirational,” ranges from jazz-tinged ballads to funky grooves and hand-clapping traditional gospel arrangements.

The concert will be hosted by comedian Damon Williams, who was showcased on Showtime's “Jamie Foxx presents Laffapalooza.” He has appeared on BET's “Comic View,” hosted “Showtime at the Apollo” and opened for the Kings of Comedy Tour.

Tickets go on sale at 8 a.m., Thursday, April 1. Advanced tickets are $35 VIP seating, $25 general admission, $20 military, $15 Austin Peay students. Military and APSU students must show ID. All tickets will be $35 the day of the show.

The concert is being sponsored by Austin Peay's Office of Student Life and Leadership. For more information, telephone (931) 221-PEAY (7329), or visit http://www.apsu.edu/concert.
—Rebecca Mackey