BIOGRAPHY

CALVIN BRIDGES 

Celebrated as a Living Gospel Legend 

“Chosen to do a work for the Master”

Grammy Nominated and Stellar Award Winner Calvin Bridges is celebrated as a living Gospel legend!  Calvin inspires countless listeners and is considered one of the most innovative Gospel singers of modern times. With a career spanning more than 30 years, Bridges performs around the world and has given gospel concerts and workshops in more than 20 countries. His personal conviction and faith shine most during live-performances, which makes his music and ministry unforgettable.

Calvin Bridges, born in Chicago, IL, was nurtured by the rich heritage of Chicago's Gospel and Soul music pioneers. He started singing and playing piano in church at age 9. Following high school, his professional career began as a solo singer and studio musician, performing with bands in prestigious R & B and Jazz clubs.  But as Calvin realized the call on his life, he also realized that “The greatest gift I have received from God is my voice. I want to use it to sing to 

the whole world of God's love!” And that was the beginning of Calvin devoting his talents entirely to his faith and focusing on Gospel/Inspirational music. 

 

After studying theology, Calvin was ordained an Elder and Minister of the Gospel in 1981, and is currently a member of the Apostolic Faith Church, Chicago, IL. He writes and sings songs, preaches, and presents Gospel music workshops and concerts all over the world with a huge repertoire of songs, spanning more than 50 years of Gospel music. Calvin hosts GLOBAL GOSPEL GLORY Internet Radio Show heard around the world on Tabernacleradio.org & FaceBook Live. His vision is to spread the awareness of the Gospel's love, diversity and inclusion through music around the world, singing and teaching nations the Good News about Jesus!

 

 

TV/Concerts/Appearances

PBS National TV Event: Coming Home To Gospel with Patti LaBelle;   Chicago Fest with Stevie Wonder;  Oprah Winfrey Show   Michael Jordan Foundation Gala 1992/94;  1996 Olympic Games; Millennium Dome-England; Umbria Jazz Festival-Italy;The 26th Annual Grammy Awards telecast performing his Grammy nominated hit composition, “Spread The Word”  Oslo Spectrum; American Cathedral; French American Center-Paris; Berklee College of Music-Boston, MA.

"People seemed captivated by the musical expression. Catholics and Protestants alike were completely taken by the atmosphere that was created. Calvin Bridges & Chicago Praise Ensemble perform with a passion and purpose that urges us toward a goal… Spontaneous, with Joy! ". Maurice Cullaz, Music Critic-Paris, France

 

Honors

Grammy Nominated Song: Spread the Word; Stellar Awards: New Artist ‘86, Male Vocalist ’88; IGARA: Male Vocalist 2016 Alicia Keys performs “I Can Go To God In Prayer, in her 2008 world tour.  Also recorded by: Luciano Pavarotti w The Boys Choir of Harlem; Oslo Gospel Choir; Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir; Ann Nesby; Bobby Jones; Ami Rushes; and many others!

 

Festivals/Appearances

Sweden, Denmark, Germany; France; Belgium, Finland, Italy,

Switzerland, Norway, England, USA, Canada, Ghana, Kenya, 

Festival de Musique; POGO; GoGospel; ProChrist; Expo 2000  

 

“With the exciting sound of Gospel singer Calvin Bridges and the Choir, Jo’s Voice, the entire audience was captivated.”  By Sabine Schafbauer

 

 

Additional Press Links

https://www.bo.de/lokales/kehl/tolles-gospelkonzert-in-der-friedenskirche

https://www.bo.de/lokales/kehl/us-gospel-legende-calvin-bridges-in-hohnhurst

https://www.verlagshaus-jaumann.de/inhalt.kandern-lieder-sollen-freude-ins-
herz-bringen.4ee238be-65d2-47f6-8ed8-8b2ffb9dc47d.html

https://www.facebook.com/jazztime.ch/videos/333642590766863/ 

 

Info/Engagement Contact

Chicago Praise Ministries, Inc.

7510 S. Wabash Ave. Chicago, IL 60619 

(773) 294-9201   

Email: chipramin@ameritech.net

Magdalena Hürlimann: ammhu@bluewin.ch

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