Ft. Lauderdale, Fla (September 26, 2018) — TheÂ Meliâ€™saÂ Morgan, TheÂ DazzÂ Band, and Â adds five legendary entertainers to its superstar lineup asÂ Heatwave, BT Express,Â Â Clifton DavisÂ joinÂ Smokey RobinsonÂ (in a special appearance on 1/23/19),Â Gladys KnightÂ and more when it sails through the Caribbean from January 20-27, 2019.Â George Clinton, in one of his final performances before he retires,Â The Ohio Players, Stephanie Mills, Morris Day & The Time, The Chi-LitesÂ featuring Marshall Thompson, Bloodstone, New Birth, Evelyn â€œChampagneâ€ King, Ray, Goodman & Brown, Al McKay All StarsÂ performing the music ofÂ Earth, Wind & FireÂ andÂ Jacob LuskÂ (a tributeÂ to Luther Vandross), along with Cruise HostÂ Tony Cornelius, The Urban Guerilla Orchestra, co-hostÂ Angela Stribling of Pillow Talk, co-hostÂ Jerry Wells, original Soul Train DancerÂ Cheryl Song,Â The Soul Train Cruise comedy club presentsÂ A.J. JamalÂ andÂ KiviÂ RigersÂ and music executiveÂ Chuck GambleÂ will also spend the week with fans, delivering the vacation experience of a lifetime. In all, over 50 concerts will play throughout the Soul Train Cruise as it departs from Ft. Lauderdale and sails to theÂ Dominican Republic, San Juan, and the beautiful private island of Half Moon Cay on Holland America Lineâ€™s luxuriousÂ NieuwÂ Amsterdam.
â€œWhen we were invited to join the 2019 Soul Train Cruise, we were just as excited about performing for fans as we are about watching all of the other concerts onboard,â€ says Eugene Phillips of Heatwave.Â â€œThe amount of star power on this cruise is â€˜mind-blowing.â€™â€ Formed in 1975, Heatwave is best known for their string of funky dance hits, â€œBoogie Nights,â€ â€œThe Groove Line,â€ â€œMind Blowing Decisionsâ€ and the classic ballad, â€œAlways and Forever.â€
Singer, producer, actor and longtime Christian minister Clifton Davis will also join the Soul Train Cruise to lead a series of special gospel and worship events, including:
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â A praise and worship concert honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â A gospel service backed by The Urban Guerrilla Orchestra
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â A tribute concert honoring the Queen of Soul, Ms. Aretha Franklin
â€œGospel music is such an integral part of our lives, and the Soul Train Cruise producers have taken great steps to make sure the voyage is enriched with the music and the messages of faith,â€ says Davis. â€œI am grateful and humbled to be a part of bringing this experience to everyone on the ship.â€