“It feels so good to be back together after 3 years in the pandemic. At one point it felt like things like this would no longer be happening because of the uncertainty of covid. It such a blessing to be able to gather together and celebrate the gospel industry’s top artists and newcomers. I think we took for granted what it meant to just get dressed up and be outside! But we are outside now and we look good!”- Doe (Gospel Artist)

The Stellar Awards has been celebrating the gospel music industry’s leading artists and producers for 37 years. This platform celebrates one of the oldest music genres and gives iconic gospel artist an opportunity to showcase unapologetically. Over the weekend Atlanta, shined bright as the gospel music’s biggest night invaded chocolate city for the very first time.  Stars came out full force styled from top to bottom in designer wear on the red carpet for the first time in 3 years since the pandemic. From Grammy Award Winner and radio show host Erica Campbell dressed in Grover DuBose and styled by Fashion Stylist Goo Goo who was adoring in Daughters of Nonyelum Atelier to Gospel Artist Doe also wearing Grover DuBose. Birmingham Pastor Mike McClure Jr was one of the biggest winners of the night taking home six awards including Album of the Year and Contemporary Male Artist of the Year. One of the go to stylist in the fashion industry is J. Bolin who styled multiple artists for the event, he says;

“Tonight, I had the pleasure of styling both hosts for the evening Kierra Sheard-Kelly and Jakayln Carr. We went with colors and bold looks for both the carpet and the show. I also styled Tamala Mann. My goal when styling is to have fun and take people to another level in fashion. I embrace curves and textures, so no matter what event is happening you can guarantee if they are styled by J. Bolin, its going to be a look”.

The Stellars weekend included a variety of events in the capital city from Thursday through Saturday giving people many options of enjoyment. On Thursday, Big Tag Ent hosted a celebrity basketball tournament featuring Pastor Jamal Bryant and Bishop Marvin Sapp as team Captains. Fans packed the stands at the EPI Center to cheer on the players which included Grammy Award winning artist Mali Music, gospel artist Jason Nelson, Pastor Mike and Jonathan McReynolds. In the end Team Bryant took home the win with a score of 40-33 and music producer J.Drew Sheard taking home the MVP award.

“This was fun coming out with my brothers and sisters in the industry to play basketball. It feels good because we actually balled out (Laughs). It was all for a great cause raising money for mental health and its awesome to be able to help people out. People don’t often realize how important mental health is until it hits their family or someone close, but depression and anxiety is real. Balling out for a good cause is definitely a blessing.” J.Drew Sheard