Karen Clark-Sheard headlines concert benefiting Komen Charlotte

The gospel concert will also feature Jekalyn Carr and LeJeune Thompson as part of the Breast Cancer Awareness Month event.

Karen Clark-Sheard (Photo: Facebook)

Grammy Award winner Karen Clark-Sheard, Grammy-nominated recording artist Jekalyn Carr and national gospel artist LeJuene Thompson are coming together to help spread awareness about breast cancer. The featured lineup will perform at Purpose for Pink, a gospel concert to benefit Susan G. Komen Charlotte, on Oct. 11 at Ovens Auditorium.

“I honor and respect these women whose fight is just impeccable. I want them to know that their fight is not in vain,” Carr said in a phone interview. “You never know how deep their situation is, so to be able to give them hope through music is something I love to do.”

Local broadcast favorites Derrick “Fly Ty” Jacobs and Jacinda Jacobs will co-host the event. Praise 100.9 personality Melanie Pratt will host a VIP meet and greet prior to the concert.

“By partnering with community organizations hosting events such as Purpose for Pink, we are able to raise awareness and funds to save lives,” said Stamie Despo, executive director for Susan G. Komen Charlotte.

Susan G. Komen has set a bold goal to reduce the number of breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the U.S. by 2026. Closing health disparity gaps is one of the strategies behind the Know Your Girls campaign — efforts targeting black women to stress the importance of screening and early detection. Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among black women, according to the American Cancer Society.

“African-American women are usually diagnosed at later stages when treatments are limited, so the Know Your Girls campaign is an integral part of outreach and education,” Despo said.

Tickets for the concert are available at Ticketmaster.com and the Ovens Auditorium box office.


Katrina Louis is managing editor of qcitymetro.com who can always find something to do in Charlotte. She’s an offline hustler (and has the shirt to prove it) but when online, find her on Instagram and Twitter.

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