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Multiple Grammy Award-winners Yolanda Adams and Michael W. Smith to perform on 'The Passion'

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Thu, Feb 11th 2016 02:40 pm

Inspirational television event airs live from New Orleans on Palm Sunday, March 20, on FOX

Multiple Grammy- and Gospel Music Association Dove Award-winning musicians Yolanda Adams and Michael W. Smith are set to appear in "The Passion," the two-hour epic musical event airing live from New Orleans on Palm Sunday, March 20 (8 p.m. ET live/PT tape-delayed), on FOX.

Adams will kick off the show with a special live performance and Smith has been tapped for a role as one of Jesus' disciples.

They join previously announced host and narrator Tyler Perry, and cast members Jencarlos Canela (Jesus Christ), Chris Daughtry (Judas), Prince Royce (the disciple Peter), Seal (Pontius Pilate) and Trisha Yearwood (Mary, the mother of Jesus).

"The Passion," written by Peter Barsocchini ("High School Musical"), tells the 2,000-year-old story of the last hours of Jesus Christ's life on earth through passages from the Bible and a variety of contemporary popular music, sung by the cast, and arranged specifically for this event by executive producer and hit music producer Adam Anders ("Glee," "Rock of Ages"). Set in modern day, the event will follow the dramatic and inspirational story of Jesus of Nazareth, as he presides over the Last Supper, and then is betrayed by Judas, put on trial by Pontius Pilate, convicted, crucified and resurrected.

The event will unfold live at some of New Orleans' most iconic locations, while featuring a procession of 1,000 people carrying a 20-foot illuminated cross from outside the Mercedes Benz Superdome to the live stage at Woldenberg Park on the banks of the Mississippi River.

Billboard magazine Gospel Artist of the Last Decade Adams is a five-time Grammy Award-winning artist who believes her music heals, encourages and inspires others to trust more than themselves. She has triumphantly carried the torch for contemporary gospel and inspirational music via 13 albums. Adams has earned numerous accolades for her shining efforts, including the first American Music Award for Contemporary Gospel Artist and four Gospel Music Association Dove Awards. Her pioneering blend of modern gospel with R&B - infused with a touch of jazz - continues to inspire her fans and transform the musical landscape. "The Yolanda Adams Morning Show," a program of her creation and ownership (in conjunction with Radio One/Reach Media), can currently be heard on radio stations across the country.

Smith is an acclaimed contemporary Christian singer, songwriter and musician who has sold more than 15 million albums, achieved 32 No. 1 songs, received 2x RIAA multi-Platinum, six Platinum and 16 Gold certified albums, while earning three Grammy Awards, one American Music Award and 45 Dove Awards. Amassing an in-depth catalog of achievements, Smith was honored at ASCAP's 100th anniversary for his groundbreaking career and significant influence in music. Smith was appointed by the White House as vice chair for the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation and, most recently, was the featured performer at the 2015 USO Gala. In addition to the international impact he has had through multiple global tours, he has written and composed various scored film projects, authored 12 books and acted in assorted motion pictures.

Fans can "Like" "The Passion" on Facebook at facebook.com/FOXTV and facebook.com/ThePassionLive Follow the event on Twitter @FOXTV and @ThePassionLive, and join the discussion using #ThePassionLive. See photos and videos on Instagram @FOXTV/ and @ThePassionLive.

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