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Grammy Award winning choir director and church pastor Hezekiah Walker will receive the James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2014 Stellar Awards.
The nominees for the final ballot of the 2014 Stellar Awards have been announced by Don Jackson. Tasha Cobbs, Tamela Mann, Anthony Brown and Group Therapy and Tye Tribbett garner multiple nods in various categories including Artist of the Year, Song of the Year, CD of the Year and Producer of the Year. Bishop Paul Morton, Jekalyn Carr and Twinkie Clark also received multiple nominations.
Paul Crouch, the televangelist who built what's been called the world's largest Christian broadcasting network, has passed away.
The 91st Annual National Christmas Tree Lighting goes down on December 6th at President’s Park in Washington, DC. Celebrated composer and conductor Nolan Williams and his Voices of Inspiration will join the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, the Avett Brothers, Grammy award-winning violinist Joshua Bell, acclaimed soprano and musical ambassador Renée Fleming, multicultural operatic trio Forte, Janelle Monáe, Latin music superstar Prince Royce, jazz legend Arturo Sandoval and the multi-platinum, Grammy-winning band Train in performing a collection of holiday favorites. The event will be streamed live online.
“Monday Night Live,” with pastor and teacher Paula White and “Gospel According to Dorinda” with Grammy Award winning singer and evangelist Dorinda Clark Cole are new shows being added to the programming lineup of the Word Network. Meanwhile, Cole’s syndicated radio program Serving Up Soul will be re-branded as the Dorinda Clark Cole Show beginning in January, 2014. Clark is currently in the studio working on music for her upcoming solo project.
J.J. Hairston & the tenors from Youthful Praise will back Miss Piggy on a classic holiday song on the network TV special “Lady Gaga and the Muppets’ Holiday Spectacular” that airs on Thanksgiving evening, November 28, 2013 @ 9:30 p.m. EST on the ABC network.
Oxygen Media's, "Preachers of L.A." will air its season one finale tonight, Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at 10PM EST. Check out a preview of the finale here. (http://features.oxygen.com/videos/share.php?vid=2696542)
Rickey Smiley and Sherri Shepherd will be hosts of the 29th Annual Stellar Awards in Nashville on January 18th, 2014. Public voting for the Stellar Awards has ended and final nominees will be announced on December 3rd. Tickets are now on sale for the Stellar Awards taping at www.ticketmaster.com
Bravo has scored another winner with an up close and personal look into the lives of Stellar Award winner Ben and wife Jewel Tankard and their blended family . 'Thicker Than Water' scored a record 1.86 million viewers with this past Sunday’s episode. Tankard, widely regarded as the Godfather of Jazz/Gospel released his 18th solo smooth Jazz/Gospel effort "Full Tank" this year. The project has received three Dove Award nominations and was also nominated for a Soul Train Music Award. 'Thicker Than Water' airs on Sunday evenings on the Bravo Network.
Saturday, November 23rd, Chicago Mass Choir President-CEO, Dr. Feranda Williamson will be the featured guest host on the Chicago Gospel radio station, WGRB Inspiration 1390AM for its "Stepback Saturday" Gospel Music Show. The show will air 12pm-5pm CST. Listeners will hear quite a few classic Gospel favorites along with Chicago Mass Choir's new radio single "Glory and Honor".
Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI®), a global leader in music rights management, is set to salute gospel leaders Daryl Coley and Richard Smallwood at its 15th annual Trailblazers of Gospel Music Awards Luncheon in Nashville. The event is slated for Friday, January 17, 2014, the day before the 29th Annual Stellar Awards, at Rocketown
Veronica Petrucci, one half of the Dove Award winning husband and wife duo Angelo and Veronica has enlisted the talents of Fred Hammond, Canton Jones, John P . Kee, Shirley Murdock, Bryan Courtney Wilson and the Mississippi Mass Choir for her debut solo project "Made It Out Alive." The CD project is now available via digital outlets and is produced by her husband Angelo Petrucci for Latin Soul Entertainment and distributed by Central South Distribution.
Larry Callahan & Selected of God joins GRAMMY® Award-Winning Recording Artists The Clark Sisters for D-PAN: The Deaf Professional Arts Network and Chrysler’s ‘You Brought The Sunshine American Sign Language (ASL)’ Video Premiere and VIP Fundraiser in Detroit. It goes down Sunday, November 24 at the Baldwin Theatre/Stagecrafters, Royal Oak, MI.
Micah Stampley, Bryan Wilson and Jonathan McReynolds joined Uncle Reese and the Russell Delegation in Baltimore for the East Coast Gospel Music Summit and Showcase over the weekend November 15th and 16th. Hosted by Lee Michaels, the 2 day event brought together some of the nation’s top gospel artists and executives offering informative industry related workshops and seminars. Mcah Stampley shared valuable information on the role of a psalmist while Vicki Mack Latillade was a featured panelist for “Am I ready for This?” There were seminars offered on how to get songs played on the radio and a discussion the art of negotiating a recording contract.
The 9th Annual All-Star Gospel Celebration During NBA ALL-STAR WEEKEND in New Orleans, LA, and The 3rd Annual Gospel Goes To Hollywood Awards Luncheon During OSCAR WEEK in HOLLYWOOD goes down February 15th and February 28th. Every 9 seconds in the U.S. a woman is assaulted or beaten
Civil rights leader and television host Reverend Al Sharpton will sit down with Oprah Winfrey for an in-depth interview on “Oprah’s Next Chapter,” Sunday, November 17 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. In their revealing conversation Rev Al talks about race in America, his changing role as a civil rights activist, and what drives him to stand up for causes he believes in. He also opens up about the moment that changed the course of his life, his dramatic weight loss and his new book, "The Rejected Stone.”
Former Gospel artist Mali Music has announced his transition into mainstream music. Mali’s upcoming debut album is said to hit stores early in 2014.
Donnie McClurkin, mourns the loss of his father, Donald Andy McClurkin, Sr. The patriarch of the family had an emergency surgery last week at Palmetta Baptist Medical Hospital in South Carolina, but passed away on Wednesday, November 13, 2013. His mother, Frances McClurkin, passed away earlier this year.
The Canton Spirituals mark their return to the Malaco Music Group family with the release of the new full length album Keep Knocking. (Available In Stores & Online December 3, 2013.The debut single & title track, “Keep Knocking” continues The Canton Spirituals signature sound with its foot stomping, bass thumping, knee slapping, down home infectious groove.
Commemorating the 20th Anniversary of Reverend Timothy Wright’s landmark recording with the New York Fellowship Choir that produced the hit "Come Thou Almighty King," Pastor David Wright called together a revival and reunion of the NY Fellowship Mass Choir NextGeneration. This highly anticipated project includes appearances from Chrystal Rucker, Bishop Bruce Parham, Monique Walker-Davenport, Professor Craig Hayes, Doobie Powell, Shawn Bigby, Timoney Figeroa-Caton and Rubenstein McClure. The first single, "Trust Him (He’s Able)" hits radio mid November.
On this week' s episode "Healthier You," T.D. Jakes challenges viewers to re-train their brains about health and fitness. Dr. Rovenia "Dr. Ro" Brock shares insider' s tips to living the good life and diet secrets. A woman struggling with obesity and a man who lost more than a hundred pounds are featured as well. Dr. Rovenia Brock is an award-winning health journalist and television personality known for her easy-to-apply diet, fitness, and health tips for women and families. Bishop Jakes motivates his audience stating that, " success is intentional. Whatever your goal is, whatever you set your mind to whatever you focus on, you are able to achieve."
On this week’s premiere episode of “Thicker Than Water,” Pastors and parents, Ben and Jewel Tankard, work at raising their blended family under one roof. Ben becomes protective when a young man courts his youngest daughter, Cyrene, as his prom date. Brooklyn longs for her family’s support when her marathon coincides with Cyrene’s prom. Britney and Brooklyn go on a double date where their [where their checkered pasts are revealed. The show premieres Sunday, November 10 at 9 p.m. EST.
Oxygen’s reality show, “Preachers of LA” is the topic of many sermons, and social media conversations, lately. Deitrick Haddon, one of the stars of the controversial series, used social media to speak out against pastors who preach against “Preachers of LA”. Haddon tweeted: “If your pastor' s message is all about this Sunday I recommend that you find another church. Preach the word that' s all! lol”
The fifteenth annual Super Bowl Gospel Celebration goes down at The Theater at Madison Square Garden Friday January 31, 2014 at 7:30pm. It's a night of inspiration featuring Grammy Award winning artists, celebrities and the NFL Players Choir.
Gloria Gaynor will release her first Gospel album exclusively on AMAZON.COM on November 26 appropriately titled "WE WILL SURVIVE." "Recording a Gospel album was something I' ve wanted to do for years, but my manager and husband kept putting me off, Gaynor shares. Now that I' m in control of my own career, I decided to take advantage of the opportunity and combine the four things I believe I was created to do sing, write, teach, and share my faith." "You' re Right On Time" is her first radio single, which is a beautifully fashioned ballad with a sincere and powerful message of reassurance.
Carl Brister shares his triumphant story behind his new single "I'm Still Here." Then catch the debut of the video! It goes down at The Life Christian church West Orange, NJ. November 16-17, 2013.
Be on the lookout November 7th, as LeCrae releases his new mixtape “Church Clothes Vol. 2.
Preachers of LA’s Bishop Noel Jones was in the hospital for what he described as heart problems. Since being released from the hospital, Bishop Noel Jones recently made his first appearance at his church, The City of Refuge, to privately address his congregation. Bishop Jones told his congregation he needed to come speak to them face to face concerning all the media attention around Preachers of LA. According to Bishop Jones, his doctors advised him not to return to the pulpit until at least this coming Wednesday, but pressing church matters forced the ailing pastor to return to the church for a heartfelt talk with his congregation, even telling the media staff to turn off the LIVE streaming while he shared his concerns. Bishop Jones made it clear he was not going to lose any of his friends over their public or private opinions of the show. He explained that he was in the exotic car business and the Porsche is old and he has kept it because of its sentimental value. He went on to give some clear explanations to his faithful congregation.
Last year, David and Tamela Mann announced future plans of starring in their own cooking show, “Hanging With The Manns” on Good Morning Texas. Now, the show is finally signed, sealed and delivered! Look for more details soon.
On Monday, Nov. 11th Tyscot artist Ruth La'Ontra will give a LIVE, online preview of her project, So Good via Live Stream. Viewers will be able to check out music from their laptops or mobile phones. Fans who tune in will get to interact with her via a live twitter stream that'll run throughout the event. In addition, she will also perform select tracks from So Good including her current radio single "Count It All Joy". Her album will be available in stores and online that very evening.
The event kicks off at 8 PM EST on Monday, Nov. 11th.
Detroit's Red carpet Backyard BBQ for the Homeless & Hungry goes down Sunday, November 17th, 2013 at Bert's Marketplace Complex in Detroit. Larry Callahan & Selected Of God will perfom.
Bishop Paul S. Morton has been in ministry for over 30 years and is now preparing to take a back seat in his role in the church. He is planning to step down as Bishop at the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship. He talked to The Yolanda Adams Morning show and discussed how to leave a position in the church gracefully and knowing when it’s time for change.
Bishop Clarence McClendon, star of Oxygen’s reality show ‘Preachers of L.A.’, recently shared his thoughts about being part of the show. “First of all, when I was approached with it, they said it wasn’t a reality show, they said it was a docu-series. Again, I was not involved in the genesis of the project. I’ve had a number of things come to me like this, a number of people come to me with certain opportunities and I’ve turned them down,” he explained. “I believed the people, the producers involved were Christian people, people that I know, people full of the Holy Spirit who really wanted to do something significant as it relates to Hollywood. That’s the production level. The network level they make decisions and sometimes things get lost in the translation. Initially I believed and trusted that we would be able to accomplish something with this relative to some things that the Lord had said to me,” he continued. “When the situation got heated, I recognized that I was getting into what the Bible calls ‘an ignorant and foolish dispute.’ What I recognize now is that I was set up to be put in crossfire.
Recently, Deitirick Haddon, a star on the show “Preachers of L.A.”, which follows the lives of six Southern California pastors called in to Praise Atlanta Radio Station and delivered a response to Bishop Jakes’ comments. "I have the absolute utmost respect for Bishop T. D. Jakes and what he represents. I considered him one of our generals in this generation. I was a bit taken back and shocked when I saw his view on the show. being that he's a forefather in unorthodox, unconventional methods of sharing the Gospel, whether it be through MegaFest or partnering with comedians or Oprah.
Israel Houghton’s theatrical debut "I’m In Love With A Church Girl" opened nationwide in theaters, and Houghton took to social media on to mobilize the Body of Christ to action. "Hey guys! I need to ask a personal favor. I know we have posted a few things about the film I produced and did the soundtrack for "I’m In Love With A Church Girl, "but I need your help. This weekend, we need the Kingdom of God to come out and support this film.
The Stellar awards released the following information on the Stellar Awards Fan Favorite Quartet of the Year. The Stellar Awards announced the category will be eliminated. However, because of the importance of quartets, the Stellar Awards Executive Board and Nominating Committee voted to have a separate Fan Favorite Quartet category. The first Fan Favorite Quartet ballot will be available online at www.thestellarawards.com from October 25, 2013 – November 8, 2013. The top vote-getters from that ballot will move on to a second and final ballot, which will be voted on from November 15th to November 29th. The top four vote-getters from the second ballot will become the Fan Favorite Quartet Nominees and the winner will be announced during the Stellar Awards Pre-Show in Nashville on Friday, January 17, 2014.
Toby Mac, LeCrae, Tamela Mann and Tasha Cobbs Win Big at the 44th Annual Dove Awards:
1. Pop Contemporary Album of the Year: Toby Mac 2. Rap/Hip Hop Album of the Year: LeCrae “Gravity” 3. Worship Album of the Year: Chris Tomlin “Burning Lights” 4. Traditional Gospel Album of the Year: Tamela Mann “Best Days" 5. Song of the Year: “10,000 Blessings” by Matt Redman 6. Gospel Performance of the Year: “Break Every Chain” by Tasha Cobbs 7. New Artist of the Year: For Country and King8. Artist of the Year: Toby Mac
It looks like Bishop T.D. Jakes wasn't too happy about what he say on the premiere of Oxygen's "Preachers of L.A." last week. Bishop Jakes dissed the reality show, calling it “junk” and distancing himself from the stars’ blinged-out images and flamboyance. “Now, I know you been watching that junk on TV,” Bishop Jakes said, criticizing the new reality series. “I want to tell you right now, not one dime of what you’re sowing right now will buy my suit. I want you to know my car is paid for. I want you to know I got my house on my own. I want you to know I’m not bling-blinging. I am not shake and bake. I had money when I came to Dallas and I plan to have some when I leave.
The multi-gifted Deitrick Haddon is at the helm of a new choir out of Los Angeles, the League of Xtraordinary Worshippers (LXW) poised to make a big impact on the series premiere of Preachers of LA reality series. According to Haddon, the 100-member choir is comprised of vibrant, energetic young artists who have the pasion for presenting Gospel in a contemporary way.
Eight time Grammy Award winner Marvin Sapp will release a new Holiday Album “Christmas Card.” This will give fans an early opportunity to get in the holiday spirit with the release of the new album, “Christmas Card” with the pre-order and on-sale dates for the record hitting in October. The first single off the album, “Home For Christmas“, features R&B singer Joe and will be serviced to radio in early November. However, fans who pre-order “Christmas Card” will instantly receive “Home For Christmas” via download. The album also features a guest appearance by Commissioned (Fred Hammond, Keith Staten, Mitchell Jones, Karl Reid, Michael Williams and Marcus Cole) on “What Child Is This” and “Honor The King“. On “Christmas Card”, Sapp offers music lovers a solid blend of contemporary holiday songs and Gospel standards.
Don Jackson, Stellar Awards Chairman and CEO, announced the ceremony for the 2014 Stellar Awards will not change its date or city, only the venue will be different. This year the Stellar Awards will take place at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium, instead of its previous location, the Gaylord Orpyland Convention Center. The show kicks off January 18, 2014 and the Stellar Awards Pre-show will be on Friday, January 17. The show will be produced live on UP Entertainment and will air in national syndication starting January 25th and March 2, 2014. The larger location is said to be beneficial for the attendees, talent and performers.
Tyler Perry is set to release another addition to his series of Madea movies. This holiday season look for the premiere of Tyler Perry's "A Very Madea Christmas." The movie has Madea making a trip to the country during the holiday season. It is sure to be filled with her usual antics and shenanigans.
Bestselling author, producer and philanthropist T. D. Jakes teams up with BET Networks to empower, enlighten and uplift viewers in his new talk show - T.D. Jakes Presents: Mind, Body & Soul. The hour long, weekly chat fest combines an entertaining mix of celebrity interviews, impassioned discussion and expert advice while shining a spotlight on ordinary people.
Jonathan Butler made a triumphant return to South Africa on September 28th sharing inspiration and hope with worshipers at the Rhema Bible Church in Randburg bringing his Grace & Mercy tour to a close. In addition, Butler announced the formation of the Jonathan Butler Foundation affording at risk youth opportunities for creative expression in music and the arts.
Check out behind-the-scenes videos from Donald Lawrence's Chicago live album recording including interviews with Faith Evans, Laurieann Gibson, Kelly Price, Lalah Hathaway, Michelle Williams and more, and his album photo shoot for “Best For Last.”
Donald Lawrence – 20th Anniversary Live Recording in Chicago, Behind-The-Scenes Video 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7DxyMWQpBgg
Donald Lawrence – 20th Anniversary Live Recording in Chicago, Behind-The-Scenes Video 2
Donald Lawrence – Best for Last Album Photo Shoot, Behind-The-Scenes Videohttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASCfWWkcYM8
Anthony Clark Williams formerly known as Tonex releases a new download, “#Quench” featuring A1 Bold. Look for an up coming project soon.
This past week, Chicago Mass Choir participated in the Chicago Public Schools Back to School Drive Initiative. The choir joined many other organizations in donating school supplies to a local Chicago Public School. Every year, the choir donates school supplies and this year they were excited to connect with McDowell Elementary School. The entire choir sent donations and they also fellowshiped with one of McDowell Elementary's teachers during one of their recent rehearsals.
The 2013 Soul Train Awards nominees for Best Gospel/Inspirational Performance have been announced. Hosted by comedian Anthony Anderson, the show will be held in Las Vegas on November 8 and is set to air December 1 on BET and Centric. Check out the list of nominees. Lecrae “Confessions, " John P. Kee and New Life “Life and Favor, " Hezekiah Walker “Every Praise, "Tasha Cobbs “Break Every Chain, " Shirley Caesar “God Will Make A Way" and Tye Tribbett “If He Did It Before… Same God."
Bravo Media announced the network’s fall premiere slate, which features “Thicker Than Water,” a new docu-series starring Nashville-based Gospel Jazz artist Ben Tankard and his wife Jewel along with their blended and extended family as they live, love and laugh through the perils and pleasures of life, proving that blood is “Thicker Than Water.”
One Village Entertainment, an entity of RLJ Entertainment announces the DVD release of the captivating documentary DARK GIRLS, directed by Bill Duke and D. Channsin Berry. DARK GIRLS will be available on DVD on Sept. 24, 2013. Featured on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, the powerful documentary was the networks highest rated documentary.
Dr. Marvin Sapp presents the Full Life Conference September 25-29, 2013 in Grand Rapids, MI. Bishop Rudolph McKissick, Jr., Bishop Paul Morton, Bishop Noel Jones, Bishop Liston Page and Bishop Marvin Winans will be guest speakers each night starting Wednesday.
Dorothy Norwood Live recording session goes down September 25, 2013 in Washington D. C. at Reid Temple AME church. Dorinda Clark Cole, Patrick Lundy and Vashawn Mitchell special guest.
Warryn Campbell, My Block Inc., CEO announced signing R&B star Musiq Soulchild to his My Block Inc./ eOne Music label. Upcoming 2014 releases on My Block include the highly anticipated debut Art & Beat EP album from rising R&B star JoiStaRR, the solo album from Campbell's wife Erica Campbell of Mary Mary, new music from Campbell's Gospel super group Soul Seekers as well as releases planned from Gospel/ R&B vocalist Jason Champion.
The promo tour for Israel Houghton’s "I’m in Love with a Church Girl" kicked off Monday, September 9th in Chicago, Illinois. Several members of the cast and crew will make appearances during the multi city tour including Adrienne Bailon, Stephen Baldwin and Ja Rule. The tour will wind through Chicago, Detroit, New York, Dallas, Atlanta, Tampa, Orlando and San Jose before the big movie premiere and concert in Los Angeles on October 16th.
Bill Cosby, chair of Birmingham's 50th Anniversary of the 1963 Birmingham Civil Rights Movement Committee will host his own summit with education and business leaders Saturday, Sept. 14, as part of Empowerment Week's commemoration events. It goes down at the Birmingham Jefferson Civic Center Complex South Exhibition Hall North, Birmingham, AL.
Michelle Williams has unveiled the new music video for her single “If We Had Your Eyes.” Filmed in Atlanta and directed by Derek Blanks, the music video brings alive the powerful message of the Grammy® winner’s lead single from her forthcoming album "Journey to Freedom." Michelle Williams’ upcoming album will mark her fourth studio album. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vin0rpPjP-w
Bishop Larry D. Trotter’s Utopia Music Group has signed a distribution deal with Entertainment One Music (eOne) announced today, September 5 by James Lott, General Manager of Utopia Music Group. In this deal, eOne will utilize their distribution and marketing channels to support a range of Utopia Music Group’s artists. The first project slated for release under the new deal is Stellar award nominated aggregation Bishop Larry D. Trotter & the Sweet Holy Spirit Combined Choirs. Entitled PRAISE REVISITED, the project is slated for a late fall 2013 release.
Gospel Jazz Music Pioneer BEN TANKARD has received three Dove Award nominations for his FULL TANK CD. Tankard is nominated for: Contemporary Gospel/Urban Song of the Year, Contemporary Gospel/Urban Album of the Year, and Instrumental Album of the Year.
RCA Records announced today that it has entered a long-term label deal with Gospel music icon Kirk Franklin to establish Fo Yo Soul Recordings, an inspirational music label which will showcase some of the genre’s most talented emerging artists and established performers.Under the agreement, Mr. Franklin and the Fo Yo Soul Recordings team will sign and develop emerging inspirational music talent, while RCA Records will provide the marketing, promotion and distribution muscle for Fo Yo Soul artists. In addition, Mr. Franklin’s future recorded output will be released on the Fo Yo Soul Recordings label.
Tina & Erica Campbell of Mary Mary are currently facing legal action from former Manager Mitchell Solarek of Maximum Artist Group. Solarek states that he secured Mary Mary deals amounting to $3 million dollars, but was terminated as their manager and also had commissions worth $75,000 withheld.
Thousands flocked to Piedmont Park (Atlanta, GA) to celebrate the outstanding career achievements of Brandy on Sunday, September 1, 2013 at the Pure Heat Vision Community Festival. Brandy was presented with an Humanitarian award from the The Vision Community Foundation. The foundation was founded by Bishop Oliver Clyde Allen, III who is the senior pastor of the Vision Church of Atlanta. Brandy was payed tribute in song by Sunshine Anderson and D. Woods (Danity Kane). Guest appearances were made by Sean Garrett, Taj George (SWV), Trina Braxton, Meelah (702), Jade Novah, Tiffany Evans and Angel Taylor (T57).
As finalist choirs from across the country prepare to perform for sold-out audiences and some of the biggest names in gospel music at Verizon’s How Sweet the Sound competition. GRAMMY®-nominated artist Tamela Mann will joins the gospel music competition this year as a judge, along with Hezekiah Walker, VaShawn Mitchell, Donald Lawrence and Yolanda Adams.
Kurt Carr and The Kurt Carr Singers are getting ready for a Live DVD Recording going down Friday September 20, 2013 at the New Direction Christian Center Memphis, TN.
Motown Gospel receives nine GMA Dove Awards nominations for recording artists Tasha Cobbs, Anita Wilson and Charles Jenkins & Fellowship Chicago. The 44th Annual GMA Dove Awards will take place on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at Allen Arena on the campus of Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN.
Bishop Paul Morton has announced that Bishop Joseph Walker has been elected to become the next Presiding Bishop replacing Bishop Neil C. Ellis who resigned on Monday.
Anthony Brown & group therAPy receive first Dove award nomination.
Bishop Neil C. Ellis has formally submitted his resignation as the 2nd Presiding Bishop of the full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International and as a member of the FGBCFI Bishop's Council. He also, formally withdrew his membership from the FGBCFI and that of his church, Mount Tabor Full Gospel Baptist church in Nassau, Bahamas.
After weeks of intense competition the judges have spoken and the finalists have been selected for season six of BET's Sunday Best. Detroit's Tasha Page-Lochart and Philadelphia's Kefia Rollerson will give it there all this week as votes will be cast across the nation to determine who will take home the prize.
Chantel Haynes of Trin-i-Tee 5:7 is lauching her solo career with a new Cd to be released this fall. It will be on her newly formed label, Obsidian records.
RCA Inspiration has announced that Tashawna "She'nice" Johnson has officially joined the RCA Inspiration roster.
Tyscot Films has released the trailer for its upcoming film, Switching Lanes via the Tyscot Youtube Channel. Switching Lanes is a coming-of-age tale that uniquely addresses the topic of racial reconciliation through the unlikely friendship between Kaneesha and Sarah. Residing in the separate-but-equal town of Sumerton, the girls forge a strong bond despite the racial segregation that exists in their town. The girls soon discover that their unlikely friendship will not only change their lives but also their community. The film features Kim Fields, Terri J. Vaughn, Marla Maples, Michael Lerner, Angie Stone, Fred Hammond and Wess Morgan.
Deitrick Haddon Married his fiancee Dominique, the mother of his first-born daughter, Destin. The couple tied the knot at a private ceremony held in Los Angeles over the weekend.
Gospel Music Legend Karen Clark Sheard, the first lady of Greater Emmanuel Institutional Church of God and Christ in Detroit, MI (pastored by her husband, Bishop J. Drew Sheard), has rescheduled the Ladies 1st “A Celebration of Women” Inaugural Annual International Summit that was scheduled to be held September 18-21, 2013, in Virginia Beach, VA. The new summit dates are tentatively scheduled for September 10-13, 2014 in Virginia Beach. Due to various circumstances, including label obligations and her recording schedule the decision was made to move the summit to 2014.
Grammy Award-winning Gospel group Mary Mary has joined the boycott of Florida in support of Trayvon Martin. Martin was killed by a gunshot to the heart by George Zimmerman in February of last year. Zimmerman was found not guilty of second degree murder or manslaughter last Saturday.
Award-winning songwriter, producer and nationally-syndicated radio host James Fortune continues a busy year in music and ministry with the announcement of his latest plans for his next album, a first-ever live recording in Atlanta, GA. Going down on Friday September 6th.
It was announced that the Stellar Awards will move to April in 2014 and there will be a new location as well. The official announcement may not be made until later this year in relation to the new location.
Stellar Award Winner and Sunday Best Winner, Y’Anna Crawley presents an evening of Gospel and Soul at the historical Blues Alley Monday July 8, 2013. Despite its name, Blues Alley is a cozy little joint that’s all about Jazz, R&B, and Soul Music.
RCA has announced the signing of Darnell Davis & The Remnats. The label expects to release new music from the group next year.
Atlanta-based Bishop and Gospel Singer, William Murphy, was arrested Wednesday afternoon for allegedly taking a gun to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. According to reports, Bishop Murphy was carrying a handgun in his carry-on luggage when a TSA official discovered the weapon during an X-ray screening. Bishop Murphy does have a license to carry permit which allows him to have a gun.
Balladeer Earnest Pugh is in the studio mixing and editing his highly anticipated “The W.I.N. (Worship In Nassau) Experience” CD that releases August 27, 2013 on P-Man Records.
The Grammy Award winning Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir has entered into a distribution agreement with New Day Christian Distributors, a Nashville, TN-based firm that distributes recorded music, songbooks and religious products to over 3,000 retailers nationwide. The company will release the choir’s 27th album, “Love Lead The Way,” on July 9, 2013.
Karew Records owned by Bishop J. Drew Sheard senior pastor of Greater Emmanuel Institutional Church of God In Christ in Detroit, Michigan, and his wife, Karen Clark Sheard, today announced the label’s new partnership with Entertainment One Music (eOne Music). Look for a new album to be recorded “live” on September 9, 2013 by Karen Clark Sheard, the label’s future recordings will be distributed by eOne Music, based out of Nashville, TN.
Grammy award-winning hip hop artist LeCrae and World Champion Dwayne wade join forces for the launch of "This is Fatherhoo" National Campaign. The campaign will begin with the nation's first ever "Fatherhood Challenge," where contestants will submit a song, photo, video, or an essay that answer the question, What does Fatherhood mean to me?" Submissions should be made to www.thisisfatherhood.com. Participants will compete for cash and prizes and a trip to Washinghton D. C.
Sirius XM Radio announced that it's gospel music channel, Praise, will be come Kirk franklin's Praise, a commerical-free music channel executive produced by multi-Grammy award winning, multi-platinum selling, crossover gospel artist Kirk Franklin. The 24/7 gospel music channel launched Friday May 24, at 12:00 pm ET.
Tyscot announces its recent signing of Sunday Best Season 5 Finalist, Danetra Moore. A resident of Atlanta, Georgia, Danetra is no stranger to the entertainment world. Her repertoire includes background vocal contributions, songwriting, acting, and modeling. Moore’s multiple gifts have led her to share the stage with artists such as Ledisi, Angie Stone, Marvin Sapp, Fred Hammond, Donald Lawrence, Kirk Franklin, Neyo, Kierra Sheard, Trace Adkins, Byron Cage, Jonathan Nelson, Ann Nesby and more.
Don Jackson, Stellar Award President and CEO, recently released the new requirements for an artist to be eligible for a Stellar Award. The 28th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards, hosted by Mary Mary and Kirk Franklin, was the last year in which the eligibility period from July 1st to June 30th was utilized. The 2014 Eligibility Period will be from July 1, 2012 to September 30, 2013, to ensure that we are fair during the transition period. Subsequently, in 2015, the eligibility period will be from October 1, 2013 to September 30, 2014. Nominations will be announced thereafter. Online Submission Process Begins: August 1.
Grammy® Award-winning songwriter and producer Donald Lawrence will kick off a star-studded live recording in Chicago on Tuesday, June 18th for the first part in his much-anticipated two-volume 20th Year Anniversary album, 'Donald Lawrence 20 Year Celebration Volumes I & II.' A host of diverse performers will join Lawrence for this milestone live album recording of Volume I, including Natalie Grant, Karen Clark-Sheard, Kierra Sheard, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Coko, Rudy Currence, Faith Evans, Lalah Hathaway, Kelly Price, Ted & Sheri, Bishop Hezekiah Walker, Lawrence’s backing ensemble The Co. and director/choreographer/dancer Laurieann Gibson.
Oxygen Media is joining the ‘Gospel Reality TV’ craze with its own show “Pastors of L.A.” ‘Pastors of L.A.’ will give viewers a candid and revealing look at six boldly different and world renowned mega-pastors in Southern California, who are willing to share diverse aspects of their lives, from their work in the community and with their parishioners to the very large and sometimes provocative lives they lead away from the pulpit. Bishop Noel Jones, Deitrick Haddon, Bishop Clarence McClendon, Pastor Wayne Chaney, Bishop Ron M. Gibson and Pastor Jay Haizlip will be featured.
Thousands will descend upon Dallas for MegaFest, hosted by T.D. Jakes, from August 29 to 31. The three-day festival is making its triumphant return to the United States for the first time since 2006 and will be held at the Dallas Convention Center, American Airlines Center and other venues throughout the city. Joel and Victoria Osteen will headline the event along with Bishop Jakes. Other nationally known speakers and guests include Bishop I. V. Hilliard, Dr. Jasmin Sculark, Dr. Marvin Sapp, Pastor Sheryl Brady, Dr. E. Dewey Smith and Pastor Chris Durso. The event will draw men, women and youth with real-world messages of hope and purpose.
Motown Gospel is joining with TreMyles Music and Mars On Sunday to sign Gospel Hall of Fame Member Paul Porter. Porter, a founder and former lead singer of the Quartet The Christianaires, is a multi-award-winning vocalist and songwriter. A new studio album is slated for release in Fall 2013, while the first single "F.R.E.E," featuring GRAMMY-winner Smokie Norful, will debut in June 2013.
Motown Gospel has signed Micah Stampley. The Atlanta-based singer/songwriter came to national prominence in 2005 with the release of "The Song Book of Micah." It was released on Bishop T.D. Jakes’ Dexterity Sounds/EMI Gospel label,
Bishop Larry D. Trotter- Senior Pastor of the Sweet Holy Spirit Church of Chicago- recently announced to his congregation and associate churches that he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and will undergo surgery on May 22nd. The initial diagnosis came during Bishop Trotter’s annual physical in March of 2013 and was confirmed by tests. Doctors have informed Bishop Trotter that the cancer is in its earliest stages and that his prognosis is good. Bishop Trotter is prepping to release his forthcoming album with his church choir Sweet Holy Spirit Combined Choir entitled "Praise Unlimited" on June 25.
The McDonald’s Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour is back. Join host Vickie Winans with guest Smokie Norful, Lecrae, Tamela Mann and John P. Kee. The multi-city tour will make stops in nine markets, including: Atlanta, Birmingham, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Louisville, Newark, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. The Concerts are free.
AlwaysAList.com reports that TLC has canceled its controversial reality series “The Sisterhood.” A source close to the production tells the site, “It absolutely won’t be back!” The reality show was set in Atlanta and chronicled the lives of the wives of several less-than-prominent preachers.
Arrow Records, a division of Arrow Global Entertainment, announced its partnership with the South African-based David Gresham Record Company. Under the agreement, the Gresham Company will facilitate the release and distribution of music projects from Arrow’s diverse roster of artists, including Kim Burrell, Ann Nesby and pastor Creflo Dollar, in South Africa and other African countries.
After eight years of litigation music industry giant Sony BMG Music Entertainment has settled a lawsuit filed by industry entertainment Attorney James L. Walker, Jr. Walker alleged in his lawsuit that Sony BMG Music Entertainment refused to allow urban artists effective legal representation. Filed nearly a decade ago in 2005, the Connecticut & Atlanta based Walker & Associates law firm alleged that Verity Records, Provident Distribution, Zomba (now owned by Sony), and Max Siegel, tortuously interfered with contractual relationships that the law firm had with dozens of artists. The case received national attention as no firm had challenged Sony before and won in this manner.In the complaint, the Plaintiffs named numerous examples of bad conduct by Sony including intentionally omitting of the firm’s name on album credits, defamation about the firm, and a refusal to pay artists top dollars for the use of their copyrights and intellectual property.
Erica Campbell, one half of the phenomenal Grammy winning duo Mary Mary, stepped out in New York this Sunday to perform the first single “A Little More Jesus” off her forthcoming solo CD. Performing before a packed house at Manhattan’s Village Underground, Campbell had the crowd on their feet with the upbeat tune that took people back to that classic old school sound.
David and Tamela Mann finally had the wedding ceremony of their dreams over the weekend in Dallas, Texas. Although the couple was legally married since 1988, they never had the chance to have the ceremony they desired. The couple didn't have much money, so they were married by their pastor in his study. Although the Manns have four children, none of them were included in the wedding. Instead, the couple opted to use their grandchildren. "Our grand babies were dressed as little princes and princesses, "says Tamela. "Our children weren't happy they didn't get to be in the ceremony, but they eventually were okay with it because their kids got to be on stage with us." The ceremony was small and intimate, with only close family and loved ones in attendance, including the couple's long time friend Kirk Franklin.
Thursday April 19, 2013, JUANITA BYNUM spent the night in the Lew Sterrett Justice Center after being arrested for a warrant for her failure to appear in a Dallas civil proceeding against her. Bynum was released after appearing in a Dallas courtroom earlier that day to answer questions in the case, which includes a 2007 judgment ordering her to pay $140,000 to ALW Entertainment. Bynum has yet to pay Al Wash, President/CEO of ALW Entertainment. Wash sued Bynum for failing to perform in a play for which he paid her.
The Gospel Music Association (GMA) announced the return of the legendary GMA Dove Awards to Music City for its 44th year of honors. For the first time in Dove Awards history, Gospel music’s biggest night will take place in the fall. This year’s show is on Tuesday, October 15, 2013, at 8 p.m. EDT.
Entertainment One Music (eOne Music) has inked a new deal creating a strategic partnership with My Block Records. My Block abel and entertainment enterprise head, Grammy®-winning super producer Warryn Campbell and eOne Music SVP James Robinson made the announcement this week. In this deal, the strategic partnership will utilize eOne Music’s multi-faceted channels of production, distribution, sales, marketing, communications and more to support a range of My Block’s artists. Look for the debut of Art & Beat EP newly-released from JoiStaRR, upcoming releases will include an album from Campbell’s wife Erica Campbell of Mary Mary, a new single in June and album from his Gospel group Soul Seekers in Fall 2013, as well as releases planned from Jason McGee and Jason Champion for 2014.
In honor of the late pastor Dr. Zachery Tims, Jr., his former wife Pastor Riva Tims and their children (Zoelle, Zachery III, Zahria and Zion) are coming together with others to celebrate his life and legacy on April 18, 2013. Family, friends, local pastors and others will gather at The Kingdom Church to remember the late Dr. Tims. Riva Tims and the family are planning to establish The Dr. Zachery Tims, Jr. Enrichment Center to continue his good works.
Brad Knight, son of Paula White, defended his mother after being criticized by Christian Rapper Shai Linne, who claims White and several other popular televangelists are frauds in his new song “Fal$e Teacher$.” Knight penned an open letter stating: When I hear a fellow Christian leader, whom has never had a conversation with me or my mother, call her a Fal$e Teacher I wonder what Fal$e Teaching. I myself have been inculcated with since I, more than anyone else on the face of the earth, have been most exposed to her teachings, he added. He goes on in the letter to dismiss the song as pure cannibalization without Biblical precedence, and argued that instead of writing a song publicly criticizing his mother, Linne should have tried reaching out to the televangelist. Along with Paula White, Linne lists several other televangelists as Fal$e Teacher$. They include: Joel Osteen, Creflo Dollar, Benny Hinn, T.D. Jakes, Joyce Meyer, Fred Price, Kenneth Copeland, Robert Tilton, Eddie Long, Juanita Bynum and Paul Crouch.
The Malaco Music Group, announces the Board of Director’s election of Thomas J. Couch, Jr. as the new President and CEO of the company. Mr. Couch, currently a Board member, has been associated with the company for over 15 years. Mr. Couch succeeds his father, co-founder Thomas Couch, Sr. in that position. “Tommy was instrumental and took the lead in several of our acquisitions throughout the years with the most important being the purchase of 50% interest in Select-O-Hits, the premier independent record distributor located in Memphis, TN. In the past, Malaco’s expansion has included the purchase of the Savoy Gospel label in New York and the The Atlanta International Record Company with Select-O-Hits, as well as the distribution of numerous other labels including Apollo Records of New York, Muscle Shoals Sound Records, Jermaine Dupri’s SoSo Def Records, BeBe and CeCe Winans’ B & C label and Warryn Campbell’s My Block Records.
Zie’l one of the more notable girl group’s to emerge since the Clark Sisters. Zie'l have announced that they are making a comeback; and sooner than you think too. Look out for the new single 'He’s Sweet I Know.' The ladies are known for their hit "Is My Living In Vain.'
Earnest Pugh has joined forces with J. Moss and the PAJAM production team to create a new radio single, “I Believe You Most.” The ballad that Pugh co-wrote with PAJAM tells a story of maintaining faith in God in the face of life’s obstacles.
Grammy-Award winning star and Gospel music icon Kirk Franklin is joining forces with House of Blues to create a new Gospel Brunch experience as part of its year-long 20th Anniversary Celebration. House of Blues Gospel Brunch has been a staple of Sunday morning family entertainment around the country for over two decades. Kirk Franklin's Gospel Brunch at House of Blues will be unveiled for the first time at House of Blues locations across the country this Mother's Day, May 12th. The new Gospel Brunch experience will be infused with the same kind of contemporary energy that has made Franklin the biggest selling Gospel Music artist in the world.
American Idol Winner Fantasia Barrino revealed that her mother, Diane Barrino, is working on her Gospel album with Stellar Award-winner VaShawn Mitchell. It was announced during an interview on the Tom Joyner Morning Show.
Kierra Sheard is in studio preparing her upcoming, yet-to-be titled album. Kierra has revealed that she will be working with Award-winning producer/writer Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds . She used instagram to break the news by posting a picture.
Motown Records has entered in a joint venture with EMI Gospel to form Motown Gospel. The label made it's debut last night in Los Angeles with a showcase featuring Smokie Norful, Kierra Sheard, Tasha Cobbs and Tye Tribbett. EMI Gospel label veteran Ken Pennell will oversee day to day operations and Grammy award winning songwriter/producer Aaron Lindsay has been tapped to serve as VP of A&R. In its first act, the label signed multi award winner CeCe Winans whose project is slated for a 2014 release.
In what appears to be the most bizarre accusation of the year thus far, Bishop T.D. Jakes is being blamed for helping Deion Sanders hide money during his divorce settlement. A few years ago ex-football player, Deion Sanders, filed for divorce from his wife, Pilar. According to Nikki Sanni, ex-girlfriend of Fred Hammond, Deion met with Bishop Jakes at Hammond’s house, where he sought advice from him on how to protect his finances from the court system. Apparently he doesn’t want to lose too much money when the divorce is finalized. Sanni claims she doesn’t know Deion or Pilar personally, but decided to share the conversation she heard between the gentlemen because her mother advised it was the right thing to do. Whether she’s telling the truth or not, this could mean serious trouble for both, Bishop Jakes and Deion. Sanni says that she will testify in court on Pilar’s behalf.
Tyscot Music Film & Entertainment president Bryant Scott and wife Ta'Sha were installed on Palm Sunday as new pastors of Total Praise & Worship Center in Indianapolis, IN. Officiates included Pastors Bruce & Loretta Farr (Overcoming Church, Indianapolis, IN), Bishop J. Laverne & Lady Linda Tyson (World Federation of Independent Ministries), and Bishop Leonard & Lady Christine Scott (Rock Community Church, Indianapolis, IN). Total Praise & Worship Center also celebrated 14 years of ministry.
GSN announced that GRAMMY winner and multi-platinum-selling musician and producer Kirk Franklin will join “The American Bible Challenge” as musical co-host for the second season. Franklin, along with musical director Kris Pooley, will lead the show’s choir with additional new members joining to support GSN’s series. Season 2 of ”The American Bible Challenge”, hosted by Jeff Foxworthy and produced by Relativity Real, will premiere on Thursday, March 21st at 8 pm ET/PT on GSN.
Gospel singer and choir director Ricky Dillard announced that he was diagnosed with Sarcoidosis in his lungs. On Twitter he revealed he has been going to doctors for the past two years because of constant phlegm in his chest and throat. His tweets: “I was recently diagnosed w/ Sarcoidosis in my lungs. Went to DRs for 2+ years, because I constantly had phlegm in my chest & throat. Wanted 2 share this, bc we all know how the saints r w/ rumors. I' m taking medication, but am fully functioning, working & shouting victory!” Sarcoidosis is a disease in which inflammation occurs in the lymph nodes, lungs, liver, eyes, skin, or other tissues. The disease can affect almost any organ of the body, but it most commonly affects the lungs.
There’s a new director of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships in The White House. President Obama announced Melissa Rogers will take the role as well as being a special assistant to the president. According to The Christian Post, Rogers will provide President Obama with spiritual support and guidance, and assist the Administration in it's effort to collaborate with faith-base and non profit organizations throughout the country.
Charley Humbard, President/CEO of GMC TV, released a statement revealing the network will be revamped with a new name, logo and appearance. The transformation has already begun, as the new logo is available and beginning September 1, 2013 the eight-year-old network will officially be known as UP. Also, GMC TV’s parent company Gospel Music Channel LLC will change its name to Up Entertainment LLC. “We like to say we have been a brand that has offered uplifting entertainment, as well as uplifting entertainment overall,” says Humbard. “Nothing’s changing on the channel programmatically, but it’s a way for us to bring clarity to the brand, and it gives punch to the network’s message of a place where viewers can turn to be uplifted, entertained and inspired.”
SERVING UP SOUL, hosted by Dorinda Clark-Cole, announces a major expansion of the radio show with Rejoice Radio Networks. Rejoice will provide programming, distribution, advertising sales, marketing and affiliate sales for the two hour weekly radio. SERVING UP SOUL is nationally syndicated and serves up a two hour weekly music and lifestyle show of non-stop inspiration and health tips.
WE tv announced that the women's network has greenlit a third season of its popular docu-series, Mary Mary,just ahead of the season two finale airing tonight, February 28 at 9 pm, ET/PT. WE tv has ordered 10, one-hour episodes. Production will begin in Los Angeles in mid-March.
Entertainment One (eOne) announce it's expanding its relationship with Grammy® Award winning singer/songwriter Michelle Williams through its television division to produce a reality series based on Williams' life entitled MY SISTER'S KEEPER.
Congratulations to the Grammy Award Ceremony winners! BEST GOSPEL SONG-“Go Get It-”Mary Mary, BEST CONTEMPORARY GOSPEL ALBUM-“Eye On It-”Tobe Mac, BEST CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN MUSIC SONG (TIE) “10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)”-Jonas Myrin, Matt Redman, songwriters (Matt Redman) and “Your Presence Is Heaven”-Israel Houghton, Micah Massey, songwriters (Israel & New Breed) BEST GOSPEL ALBUM-“Gravity” Lecrae-BEST GOSPEL/CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN MUSIC PERFORMANCE.
Verity Gospel Music Group will now be known as RCA Inspiration. It will be headed up by GM Geo Bivins SVP, Urban Promotion, RCA Records. In addition, Stanley Brown has been promoted to Head of A&R and Cheryl Marks has been promoted to VP of Marketing.
Georgia megachurch pastor Creflo Dollar has successfully had battery charges against him dropped after he completed an anger management program, after accusations last year that he physically attacked his 15-year-old daughter. Dollar was originally arrested and taken into custody at Fayette County Jail on June 7, 2012, where he was later released on a $5,000 bond. It was reported that the minister was suspected to have "slightly hurt" his 15-year old daughter after they got into an argument about her attending a party. Dollar's 19-year-old daughter, Alexandria Dollar, later claimed that she saw her father "put both hands around her sister's neck and [choke] her for about five seconds," after which she allegedly saw him slap her younger sister in the face and throw her to the ground. A deputy Fayette County officer added that upon inspection, the girl appeared to have a scratch on the right side of her neck. Dollar reportedly told officers that his daughter had become very disrespectful after the argument over the party, and she hit him when he tried to wrestle her to the floor. Judge Inagawa has now dismissed the charges against the minister, but said that he will have to pay $1,072 in fees and court costs. and since he opted to take the pre-trial intervention program, the pastor did not have to enter a plea in the case. Pastor Dollors' anger management program lasted three months, during which he was required to report to a probation officer and avoid violent contact with anyone. He successfully completed the anger management classes, and his probation officer said that he incurred no new charges during in that time period.
Gospel singer, actor. director and producer Deitrick Haddon has finally decided to come clean about his devoice from ex-wife Damita. Deitrick's Facebook post stated the cause of the split was adultery on Damita's behalf with chart-topper Isaac Carree. Haddon claims he revealed the info because he was tired of being blamed for causing the divorce after recently announcing his new engagement to a younger woman and the birth of his child. Damita nor Isaac, who is married, have released a statement on the situation.
Canton Jones and CAJO International announced the ministerial ordination of Canton Jones as Student Pastor at New Hope Church in Fayetteville, Georgia, Sunday, January 13th. Canton has served New Hope Church at Alive Student Ministries since the summer of 2012. During these services, Canton has exposed the youth to action packed nights of activities, including games and contests, engaging videos, a live DJ, praise & worship and culminating with a relevant Word from God.
DeVon Franklin and his wife Meagan Good are Hollywood movers-and-shakers who are soul mates. The Sony Pictures film executive, author and minister and his wife grace the cover of Ebony Magazine' s Black Love issue. The newlywed couple share how God brought them together and what keeps their union strong given the stresses and strains of Hollywood. Meagan Good is the star of the new NBC series Deception. The February 2013 issue is on newsstands now.
Tracey Artis founder of I Hear Music, Inc., a promotions and marketing firm has been blessed to promote some of the top records of the year. Billboard's Top Gospel Songs of the Year Chart report that the number 1 and number 2 songs were represented by I Hear Music. "Let The Church Say Amen" by Andrae' Crouch (featuring Pastor Marvin Winans) and "Awesome" by Pastor Charles Jenkins. Artis' company also had two other tracks in the Top Ten: Marvin Sapp's "My Testimony" (#3) and Mary Mary's "Go Get It" (#9). Other singles worked by Artis include Isaac Carree's "In The Middle" (#13), Byron Cage's "Great and Mighty" (#16), and Patrick Dopson's "Keep Me" (#18). Artis has also assisted with radio promotions and marketing for EMI Gospel's Anita Wilson who placed at #34 with "Speechless". In addition, Mary Mary, Marvin Sapp, Israel Houghton and Anita Wilson were recently honored with GRAMMY Award Nominations.
The nation was shocked last week after the devastating shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. The tragic event left a total of 26 people dead, 20 of them children. Among the six adults killed were Dawn Hochsprung, the school's beloved principal, and school psychologist Mary Sherlach. The shooter, identified as 20-year-old Adam Lanza also killed, apparently by his own hand. He killed his mother earlier. The Gospel Spotlight send our condolences to those who lost loved ones as a result of this gruesome, tragic event. Let us all pray that they make it through this tough, devastating time.
James “Jazzy” Jordan is retiring from the Verity Gospel Music Group at of the end of this year, after a total of 17 years with the company. Jazzy Jordan's leadership at Verity contributed to the success of the label, which remains the number one label in Gospel music.
The Church of God in Christ has re-elected Presiding Bishop Charles Blake to serve a second four-year term as head of the nation’s largest Pentecostal denomination. COGIC delegates met in St. Louis for the church’s 105th Holy Convocation.
Thomas Nelson, a world leading Christian publisher, is preparing to release a new Bible that will provide African-American women with an important and inspiring new tool to help bring their Sunday morning experience into their everyday lives "The Sisters in Faith Holy Bible" :Encouraging and Empowering African-American Women with God’s Truth.
It has been reported that Gospel pioneer Kirk Franklin is the richest man in Gospel Music. Kirk Dwayne Franklin has an estimated net worth of $8.5 million.
Trin-I-Tee 5:7 has announced their decision to pursue solo careers. This has been an eventful year for Angel and Chanelle, as they recently parted ways with their long time record label, Music World Gospel. "Who knows what will happen in the future, but right now, we're gonna take this time to focus on our solo careers, says Angel Taylor. It's definitely always been my dream and Chanelle's dream to be solo artists, and you know, it's time for us to allow ourselves that experience."
The Gospel veteran formerly known as the “Prince of Praise”, Byron Cage, is now the new Minister of Music for The Saint Paul’s Baptist Church of Richmond, Virginia. Cage’s main duties as Minister of Music at the church are to oversee the worship ministry and provide leadership for all three campuses. He will still maintain his position as Senior Minister of Worship and Music at Ebenezer AME Church in Fort Washington, Maryland.
Televangelist Juanita Bynum revealed some shocking news while visiting a morning radio show. Her purpose of being on the show was to promote her latest production “Get Your Life Back”. However, in the midst of talking, she ended up sharing a personal testimony live on the air. Bynum’s confession was that she’s been with women in the past. “I’ve been there and I’ve done it all,” Bynum confided. “I’ve done the drugs. I’ve been with men. I’ve been with women. It’s not a line, it’s my life! That abuse that I suffered was because I attracted after my own kind. That abuse was already sitting in me.”
James Fortune and his wife, Cheryl Fortune, are being sued for an incident that occurred in 2001 involving James and his stepson, who is Cheryl’s biological son. James is accused of allegedly burning the child, leaving him disfigured with second and third degree burns on a majority of his body. According to the civil lawsuit, James picked up the child from school and the teacher claimed he misbehaved in class. James took the child home, scolded and berated him, then prepared an extremely hot bath for the boy. He then told the four year old toddler to remove his clothes before whipping him and pushing him into the scalding hot water, causing the burns and disfigurement of his body. The young child was flown to a nearby hospital, however, they said the damage was too extensive and he had to be flown to another hospital that specializes in burns. He was permanently disfigured from the incident and had to undergo numerous skin grafts to most of his body. Charges were filed against James at the time of the crime and in 2003 he plead guilty to Felony Injury to a Child and received six years deferred adjudication. The child, who was four at the time, is now 15 years old, and his biological father is responsible for the lawsuit, suing the Fortunes for 5 million dollars. The money is said to be to pay for the child’s plastic surgery as a result of the incident in 2001. In regard to the current lawsuit, James had this to say, "I recently became aware of a civil suit pending against my wife, Cheryl Fortune and I, for an incident that occurred in 2001 involving my stepson. There was a criminal investigation and all matters were resolved in 2003. Since that time, my family and I, including my stepson, have continued with family traditions and always have a loving family environment. We are shocked by this lawsuit but understand people are free to use the court system to pursue claims, whether they contain merit or baseless matters. We are confident through this process, if it proceeds to a judge or jury, the ultimate decision maker will render a decision that is favorable to the circumstances and timing surrounding this situation. We believe in our American justice system and know it will work for us as it has for millions of other Americans. I love all my children, including my stepson, and I ask for your prayers as we deal with this matter privately. Thank you for your continued support for me, my family, and
Pastor Winans was at a Citgo Gas Station in Detroit when four, only three were caught, young men followed him to his car and assaulted him while pumping gas. While in court he said, "At that point, all three of them began to pummel me, striking me and pulling me away from the truck and then, when they threw me to the ground they began to kick me. The attackers robbed him of his money, credit cards and Rolex, while one drove off in his deep purple 2012 Infiniti QX56 SUV. Let’s all keep Pastor Winans in our prayer at this time.
Recently, Grammy Award-Winning Producer, Composer and Gospel Recording artist, Donald Lawrence performed “Not Making Sense, Making Faith” in Memphis after a Grizzlies game. During the performance he revealed to an unsuspecting audience that he hasn’t been in the public eye lately due to him being diagnosed with cancer. He explained that he has been receiving treatment for the diagnosis in Los Angeles. However, Donald announced that there is now no sign of cancer in his body.
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