Out & About – July 15, 2015

1: A convoy of current Christian music favorites gather at the K-LOVE Ultimate Fan Experience. Pictured from left to right: Blanca, Kari Jobe, for King & Country’s Luke Smallbone, Plumb and for King & Country’s Joel Smallbone.

2: Worship singer/songwriter Kari Jobe poses with fellow vertically-themed troubadour Lauren Daigle backstage at the Grand Ole Opry during the K-LOVE Awards.

3: Daigle also earned a visit from veteran singer Natalie Grant at the same ceremony, where the relative newcomer took home the “Worship Song of the Year” trophy for “How Can It Be.”

4 and 5R&B-flavored gospel artist/pastor/former Commissioned member Marvin Sapp packed Chicago’s Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park for the completely free of charge Gospel Music Festival, during which he performed contemporary classics like “Never Would Have Made It,” alongside brand new cuts from his tenth solo album You Shall Live (RCA Inspiration).

6:  Legendary label mate Richard Smallwood with Vision also appeared at the Windy City’s annual spiritually-themed celebration, presenting a plethora of tracks from the recently complied collection Anthology Live. Since the 1970s, Smallwood’s not only racked up a mountain of his own hits, but was covered by the lauded likes of Albertina Walker, Whitney Houston, Destiny’s Child and Yolanda Adams.

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Andy Argyrakis
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Andy Argyrakis is a Chicago-based entertainment writer/photographer who appears in the Chicago Tribune, Illinois Entertainer, Daily Journal, Concert Livewire, Hear/Say Magazine and Image Chicago (to name a few). Additional photo credits include Fuse TV, Live Nation, Nikon, Pollstar, Celebrity Access, Paste Magazine, MTV.com and Vibe.com. He’s also the author/narrator of "Access Matthews" (an audio CD tracing the career of Dave Matthews Band) and spends considerable time on tour, including outings with Arlo Guthrie, The Guess Who, Madina Lake (on Linkin Park’s Projekt Revolution) and Gospel Music Channel’s "Gospel Dream" (where he served as season one judge).