NEWARK, NJ - One of Newark’s most iconic gospel choirs is sure to rock hearts and souls during an upcoming performance at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Queen Latifah said.

“Come enjoy the music, the festivities,” said Queen Latifah, who was born in Newark and raised in East Orange. “Just be lifted up on that day. My mom was a charter member that started way back in 1998 and she loved singing with Jubilation -- and I loved watching it.”

The actor/rapper, whose real name is Dana Owens has also performed with the Jubilation Choir.

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The June 22 concert will celebrate the choir's 20th anniversary and mark the first time the Rev. Dr. Stefanie Minatee returns to the stage since her stroke four years ago.

The reverend, who is affectionately known as Rev. Stef, began the choir around 1998 at the request of then NJPAC CEO Larry Goldman and Donald Tucker, the late city councilman and state assemblyman.

Church members from around the state perform in the choir, including those from houses of prayer in Newark. Minatee is an associate minister at the Community Baptist Church in Englewood.

“We are going to celebrate, sing and shout our message for the whole world to hear and to heed,” Minatee said of the NJPAC performance.

The choir sang at the Super Bowl and also earned a Grammy in 2010. The group performed on Good Morning America last month with Dionne Warwick, who has had dozens of chart-climbing hits since the 1960s.

For more information about tickets to the performance on June 22, visit NJPAC’s website.

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