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Grammy Winner Tasha Cobbs Leonard and Melvin Crispell III Unite for Black History Month Gospel Concert


UVA’s Division for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) is set to bring the critically acclaimed “Gospel sensation” Tasha Cobbs Leonard to the Charlottesville area. On February 16th, the Grammy Award-winning artist will headline the University’s Annual Black History Month Gospel Concert.

Tasha Cobbs Leonard, recognized by Forbes as “the most successful contemporary gospel artists of our time,” has carved her name in the musical world. Known for her chart-topping singles like “Break Every Chain” and “You Know My Name,” the artist’s 11-year career boasts a surplus of inspiring and motivating songs that her listeners gravitate to. The gospel singer has worked with the likes of artists from several music genres including heavy hitter gospel artists like Kierra Sheard and Tye Tribbet, to the likes of Common and Nicki Minaj.

The much-anticipated Black History Month concert is scheduled to take place at the historic Paramount Theatre in Charlottesville. The ticketed free concert is already a sold-out event shortly after its Mid-January announcement. In past years for the concert, the university has brought the likes of artists like Anthony Brown, and Jonathan McReynolds, among others,

Adding to the musical magic, Tasha Cobbs Leonard will be sharing the stage with Dove and Stellar Award Nominee, Melvin Crispell III. Widely recognized for his musical prowess, Crispell made a significant impact with his debut album, “I’ve Got a Testimony,” in 2020, followed by his equally compelling second release, “No Failure,” in 2023. His soulful and dynamic performances have garnered acclaim, and their combined artistry promises an unforgettable evening and profound celebration of musical excellence that will resonate with the audience.

Tasha Cobbs Leonard’s career transcends music. While widely known as this powerhouse singer, Leonard also dons the hat of Author with her 2014 release of “Worship 101,” and the upcoming 2024 release of Do It Anyway: Don’t Give Up Before It Gets Good. She also works as an actress, entrepreneur, and Co- Pastor alongside her husband Kenneth Leonard Jr. at their South Carolina church.

This event will not only celebrate the rich cultural heritage of the African American community here in Charlottesville, but also serves as a testament to the UVA Division of DEI’s commitment to fostering diversity, inclusion, and the appreciation of various artistic expressions. Charlottesville fans are ready to experience the magic of Tasha Cobbs Leonard and Melvin Crispell III in a concert that goes beyond entertainment, embracing the spirit of unity and celebration during this Black History Month. For more information, please visit

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