Kelontae Gavin “The Higher Experience”

Recognized as a “live-wire prodigy” by New York Times Pop critic Jon Caramanica, 19 year old multi-faceted millennial recording artist and viral teen sensation, Kelontae Gavin who graduated high school last year launched his career with a performance in his high-school cafeteria, at the age of 15, singing a popular inspirational song, “I Won’t Complain,” that went viral and to date has generated over 1.4 million views. Fast forward to now, Gavin has released his debut project THE HIGHER EXPERIENCE (MBE/Tyscot Records), which debuted at #1 on AmazonMusic Christian Praise & Worship Digital Albums chart. The 11-track project is available in stores and online wherever music is sold or streamed (

Produced by TedyP and Marquis Boone, THE HIGHER EXPERIENCE was recorded live at Fresh Start Church in Duluth, Ga., in 2017, and includes the Billboard Top 20 radio single “No Ordinary Worship,” which delivers a solid and commanding performance and boasts a thunderous bass line, incomparable vocal technique and a Heaven-sent message of divine worship and features a guest appearance by BET’s Sunday Best winner Geoffrey Golden.

The Stellar Award-nominated acclaimed artist embarked on a 16-city promotional tour in support of his debut album with stops in Florida, Louisiana, Texas, Indiana, Illinois, and Alabama. The tour consist of press, radio and church stops with upcoming stops in South Carolina, Georgia, Maryland, Washington, D.C. and New York and appearances on top-tier digital, TV and nationally syndicated radio platforms including Good Day Columbia, WLTX CBS 19, CBN News, TV One’s Sister Circle, WHAS 11 Atlanta & Company, The Willie Moore, Jr. Show, The Nightly Spirit w/ Darlene McCoy, Sirius XM Radio and BET Digital among more. The tour wraps May 18 in Cincinnati, Ohio at the I Hear Music In The Air Concert.

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The 33rd Annual Stellar Award nominations were announced by Central City Productions in Chicago and 18 Year Old Multi-faceted millennial worship leader, Kelontae Gavin, earned his first-ever Stellar Award nomination in the category of “Youth Project of the Year” for his November 2016 debut EP release “Higher” (MBE/Tyscot Records).

The Stellar Award nominated teenager has announced the release of his debut full-length live project THE HIGHER EXPERIENCE (MBE/Tyscot Records) set to hit stores and all digital and streaming outlets on Friday, April 27. The project is lifted by radio singles – the compelling Top 40 radio hit, “Higher” and “No Ordinary Worship,” which delivers a solid commanding performance and boasts a thunderous bass line, incomparable vocal techniques and a heaven-sent message of divine worship. Fans can pre-order now and receive three instant grat tracks, “Higher,” “I Won’t Complain,” and “No Ordinary Worship” ( The 11-track project features a guest appearance by BET’s Sunday Best winner Geoffrey Golden and is produced by Tedy P (Bri, Micah Stampley) and Marquis Boone (Casey J, Bri).

Additionally, Gavin joined Billboard No. 1 artists Erica Campbell, Ricky Dillard, Bryan Popin and label-mate Casey J. among many more at the 18th Annual Gospel SuperFest on Saturday, February 10 in Dayton, OH, hosted by Wendy Raquel Robinson. Gavin will perform his Top 40 chart-climbing radio single “No Ordinary Worship”.

Kelontae Gavin, an energetic contemporary gospel vocalist from Ridgeville, South Carolina, unwittingly launched his career with a performance of the Rev. Paul Jones’ “I Won’t Complain.” Recorded in his high-school cafeteria in 2014 and uploaded to YouTube, the interpretation caught the attention of Atlanta-based pastor and music executive Marquis Boone. Gavin signed with Marquis Boone Enterprises (MBE) in early 2016 and through Boone’s partnership with the long-running Tyscot label, released his debut single and EP, “Higher,” that November and reached Top 25 on Billboard’s Hot Single Sales chart and Top 40 on Billboard’s Gospel Airplay chart. The song was written by his mother, Priscilla Smalls, and produced by the Grammy-winning Myron Butler.

The Higher Experience Tour Dates:
April 27: Columbia, SC/ Ridgeville, SC
April 29: Duluth, GA
April 30: Atlanta, GA
May 1: Baltimore
May 2: Washington, DC
May 2- May 7: New York City
May 18: Cincinnati, OH

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