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January 05 2015

Grammy Award Winning Vocalist Howard Hewett Opens Welcome Reception for the 2015 HOPE Global Forum in Atlanta

ATLANTA, GA – January 5, 2015 – Operation HOPE the leading global financial dignity nonprofit, today announced that Grammy Award winning Howard Hewett will perform for Forum attendees at the Thursday reception. Hewitt is noted for his solo career and such hits as "Second Time Around", "Make That Move", "A Night to Remember", "Dancing in the Sheets" and the ballad "This Is for the Lover in You" with Shalamar.

A noted American R&B and gospel singer, and former lead vocalist of the R&B group Shalamar, Hewett was raised in Akron, Ohio, and moved to Los Angeles. There he met John and Alonzo Daniels, owners of an historical club in the LA Crenshaw district, called Maverick's Flat. It was at Maverick's that Hewett first met Jeffrey Daniel and Jody Watley (eventually the group became Shalamar).

When Shalamar broke up in the mid-1980s, Hewett went on to a successful solo career. Hewett signed his solo deal with Elektra Records and in1986, releasing his first solo album, I Commit To Love (R&B number 12), a solid urban album that yielded two R&B hits, "I’m For Real" (R&B number 2) and "Stay" (R&B number 8). The album also included "Say Amen", a gospel tune that became a surprise hit on the Gospel as well as Urban charts and is one of Hewett's many signature songs.

The annual forum, hosted by HOPE at the Omni Hotel in downtown Atlanta, Georgia, will bring together heads of state, C-suite executives, civic and financial leaders to outline a vision for the future of the modern global economy. This vision that includes all people as HOPE sees the poor, underserved and teetering middle class as untapped assets for economic growth, entrepreneurship and job creation.

Since 1992, Operation HOPE has been providing financial dignity and economic empowerment to more than 2 million individuals worldwide. It is America's only nonprofit software company specializing in the software of human development -- reverse engineering poverty. HOPE’s goal is to turn check cashing customers into banking customers, renters into homeowners, small business dreamers into small business owners and minimum wage workers into living wage consumers. For additional information about Operation HOPE, go to www.operationhope.org

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