The Rev. James Cleveland, world renowned gospel singer, will give a benefit concert on March 18 at 7 p.m. at the U's Jon M. Huntsman Center. Rev. Cleveland is known throughout the religious world as a major force and influence in gospel music. Millions of copies of his recordings have sold worldwide.

Fred Mendelsohn of Savory Records said, "Everything he (Rev. Cleveland) records will sell. Even his new releases sell more than we can expect from the complete sale of any of our other artists."The Rev. Cleveland founded the Gospel Music Workshop of America in 1968 to train young singers from all over the world. Its annual meetings attract over 20,000 participants.

A local church choir will be invited to open as well as be included in parts of Cleveland's concert. Choirs are invited to participate in the "sing-off" competition on March 11 from 6-10 p.m. at the Liberty Wells Center, 707 S. Fourth East.

The Trinity African Methodist Episcopal Church is sponsoring the concert. Tickers are now on sale at the Huntsman Center and SmithTix. Cost is $10.50 per person. Discounts are available when block tickets are purchased. For more information, call Rev. Curtis Sewell at 531-7374 or 328-9414.