Featured Post

With the exclusive premiere of the Impact SOAR Awards on June 17th

Spread the love


MondayJune 17th, 20248 PM ESTImpact TV

May 22, 2024 – Detroit-The Impact Network, the 100% Black-founded and operated independent multi-platform cable network, the premier home for Black family and community entertainment, today announced the exclusive broadcast premiere of its first-ever music honors special, the Impact SOAR Awards, in partnership with SOAR Radio, airing on June 17th at 8 pm EST.

Premiering during Juneteenth Week, which is celebrated each year on June 19th to commemorate the date the last enslaved African Americans in Texas were informed of their freedom in 1865, over two years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, and in recognition of Black Music Month, a dynamic celebration honoring the deep impact of Black music on global culture and society, the SOAR Awards spotlights the musical innovation and cultural shifts driven by Black artists while also acknowledging and appreciating the contributions of Black musicians across various genres, past and present.  

Impact Network Founder and CEO Wayne T. Jackson commented “As the Founder and CEO of Impact Network it’s always our desire to lift up those in our community who made great contributions in our lives, honoring gospel legends through heartfelt tributes not only preserves their contributions but also inspires future generations. We are excited to share this moving event with our viewers and continue to champion the enduring power of gospel music.”

The SOAR Awards is a musical tribute special that honors the most influential figures in contemporary gospel music, showcasing their treasured songs with tributes performed by fellow artists. This year’s ceremony is hosted by gospel recording artists Todd Dulaney and Jekalyn Carr and honors gospel’s greats, including: 11-time Grammy Awards nominee and 3-time BET Awards winner Marvin Sapp; 2-time Grammy Awards nominee Ricky Dillard; Multiple Stellar Award winner, 2-time Grammy nominee and the Godmother of Gospel Jazz, Kim Burrell; and Travis Greene, 7-time Stellar Awards winner. Performers and special guests include: Brian Courtney Wilson, Brian Courtney Wilson, Todd Galberth, Chrystal Rucker, Anita Wilson, Todd Dulaney, Jabari Johnson, Lena Byrd miles, Jekalyn Carr, Titus Showers, and presenters such as Tim Bowman, Jr. and many more. The SOAR Awards are executive produced by Royal W. Jackson, Executive Vice President, Impact Network. 

Royal Jackson commented, “The SOAR Awards shines a spotlight on gospel music and its rich heritage and significance on our culture. Impact Network’s celebration of Juneteenth and Black Music Month with the SOAR Awards fosters unity and inspiration through the power of music.”

“As the creator of SOAR Radio and the SOAR Awards, I am immensely proud of the incredible journey we’ve embarked on since our inaugural show in 2017. We are thrilled to partner with the Impact Network, a collaboration that elevates the SOAR Awards to new heights,” said Justin Francis, SOAR Radio and Awards Founder and CEO. 

In addition to the SOAR Awards, Impact Network is incorporating 30-second Black Music Month on-air vignettes that celebrate influential Black music figures and musical moments across various genres, amplifying their significant contributions to music and culture.

Impact Network recently aired its first tentpole special, The 5th Annual Pink Awards, which recognizes achievements in the fight against breast cancer while celebrating the human spirit, the power of community and the unwavering commitment to making a difference.


 About Impact Network

Impact Network is the premier home for Black family entertainment and is dedicated to offering the highest quality lifestyle programming, including movies, scripted and non-scripted series, and specials. A 100% Black founded and operated multi-platform media company, Impact is driven by family values and community. Established in 2010 by community leaders, entrepreneurs, and philanthropists Bishop Wayne T. Jackson and Dr. Beverly Y. Jackson, the company is defined by its legacy and mission to inform, empower, educate, and serve to positively impact the Black community. Based in Detroit, MI, the Impact Network is distributed in over 70% of US homes broadcasting via cable and satellite systems across the United States on Comcast-Xfinity, Frontier, Cox, Time Warner, Spectrum, Charter, Spectrum, ATT-U-Verse, Verizon, Fios, Altice, DirecTV, DISH and expanding digitally. For more information, visit watchimpact.com and follow Impact at @watchimpactofficial.