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Nashville based Soul Music Duo JOINT HEIRS make their feature film debut as cast members in THE IDENTICAL movie starring Ray Liotta and Ashley Judd. JOINT HEIRS (appearing as Darcey and Mo) take on the role of a soul juke joint group from the 1950’s performing alongside actor Blake Rayne who plays a dual role of lead characters and twin brothers Drexel Hemsley and Ryan Wade. THE IDENTICAL is a timeless tale of love, hope and restoration of a family broken apart by culture and tradition. THE IDENTICAL is in movie theaters nationwide September 5.
Karew Records artist David Daughtry to release debut self-title debut effort on September 9th. David defines his musical style as diverse “I see myself as a diverse singer.” I love music and sing both in and outside of the church. I love the old traditional gospel songs and contemporary gospel music and I wanted the album to capture everything that I do. Mostly, I want people to be lifted and encouraged by it and feel the presence of God when they listen.”
J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise performs their new song “Bless Me” on TBN’s “Praise the Lord” this Tuesday, September 2, 2014 @ 10:00 P.M. EST. The program was recorded this past week with the group singing four songs. J.J. Hairston joins host Pastor Frank Santora and guests baseball legend Darryl Strawberry and his wife Tracy; New York Yankees executive Roy Negron; Randy LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins and Pastor Jamal Bryant.
The City of Praise Family Ministries Celebrates 50 Years of Ministry and prepares to return to Landover location. Bishop Joel Peebles and Co-pastor Ylawnda Peebles and The City of Praise Family Ministries is predicting victory in the legal battle over the multi-million dollar church property in Landover, Maryland, which includes a 10,000 seat sanctuary, a church school, senior citizens complex, a business center, and a lucrative agreement providing parking for Washington Redskins home games.
Grammy-nominated gospel singer Vickie Winans is suing a Sandy Springs company, claiming the promoter refused to pay her for appearing recently at what she thought would be a benefit concert for underprivileged people in Cobb County. Winans claims Atlanta Gospel Fest Inc. defamed her as a “no-show” for the concert and demanded that she leave stage when she finally appeared at Cobb Galleria Center on Aug. 2 to perform according to the suit filed a week ago in Fulton County Superior Court. Winans is seeking at least $75,000 in damages and other costs. The Stellar Award singer, who normally receives $15,000 to $20,000 for festivals, said she and Atlanta Gospel Fest signed an agreement in March for her to perform at the Cobb Galleria event earlier this month. The agreement called for a $7,500 performance fee, a first-class round-trip ticket and hotel accommodations, according to the suit.
The Los Angeles Chapter of the Recording Academy will host a conversation with 4 time Grammy winners Edwin Hawkins and Erica Campbell on August 28th. Hawkins is regarded by many as the father of contemporary gospel music and is known for the 1969 hit Oh Happy Day. Campbell, one half of gospel duo Mary Mary is celebrating her 4 Dove Award nominations for "Help" her debut solo CD and the release of her new single "You Are." Campbell is slated to perform at the October 7th Dove Awards telecast. “Feeling very blessed for every acknowledgement and every opportunity I’m given,” said Campbell. “I’m so very excited to partner with N.A.R.A.S. and interview the gospel legend Edwin Hawkins. It is going to be an amazing night.”
The 3rd annual Pure Heat Community Festival takes place on Sunday, August 31st from at the historic Piedmont Park. This year the festival will honor Grammy Award Winning songstress, Faith Evans. Faith Evans will receive the2014 Humanitarian Award and perform live on the main-stage. The Pure Heat Community Festival also offers an opportunity to bring awareness to a community impacted by HIV/AIDS, and which advocate campaigns towards human rights, education, Health & Wellness, and Homelessness which greatly impacts the LGBTQ community at large.
Smokie Norful reaches #1 and he thanks his fans, only as Smokie can.
UP presents the original movie “My Other Mother“, an emotional, heartwarming drama about a demanding national TV news anchor who reconnects with her equally-demanding birth mother. Starring Essence Atkins (Haunted House 2, “Half & Half”), Lynn Whitfield(The Josephine Baker Story, UP’s The Dempsey Sisters and Somebody’s Child) and Jasmine Guy (“The Vampire Diaries,” “A Different World”), “My Other Mother” will make its world television premier Sunday September 21 at 7pm EDT.
Moses Tyson Jr to release of "Everything’s Gonna Be Alright," the radio single from the First Cathedral Music Experience Volume 1. is a remake from the legendary Clark Sisters and features vocals from the Queen of the Hammond B3, Twinkie Clark. The disc produced by Tyson and Kevin Bond also features performances from Bishop Paul Morton, JJ Hairston, VaShawn Mitchell, Rizen’s Adriann Lewis – Freeman, DeAndrae Patterson and more.
VaShawn Mitchell will premiere his "God My God" music video on Essence.com this Friday, August 22nd. The powerful live video was shot at New Beginnings Church of Chicago during the first of Mitchell's two live recordings. "God My God' was released this week as a Digital EP along with three brand new songs. Mitchell has plans to join the recently announced "Bridge 2 Believe" Tour with Hezekiah Walker and Tye Tribbett as he also preps for a fall release of his new full length album UNSTOPPABLE. Check out 'God My God" Today on Essence.com.
Earlier this month, Fred Hammond debuted his highly anticipated new single, “I Will Trust” on Facebook and the response was tremendous. “I Will Trust” post has received over 15,000 Likes, 5,000 shares and numerous comments from fans. “I Will Trust” is Hammond’s personal testimony birthed from his recent double knee replacement surgery and serves as a powerful anthem for all. The song is the first single from Hammond's forthcoming album on RCA Inspiration. “I Will Trust” is available now on all digital music providers.
Zie’l is set to release a new album on September 2, 2014. The self-titled sophomore project reintroduces the group. The effort have songs that offer a mix of praise and worship; traditional gospel; soulful r&b infusions and mesmerizing vocals. "State Of Emergency" is the new single.
Bishop Iona Locke, pastor of the Abyssinia Christ Centered Ministries, will host the 10th annual Kingdom Conference and Institute, August 21-22, at Abyssinia in Southfield, Michigan. The two-day gathering brings together pastors and ministers from around the country to learn, share, and decompress.
Brent Jones release Party and Live Performance for "Joy Comin' " goes down Sunday August 24, 2014 in Los Angeles, CA.
Gospel Icon Richard Smallwood was awarded honors during BMI’s Trailblazer Awards and BET’s Celebration of Gospel for his legendary musicianship and outstanding contribution to gospel music. The gifted singer, musician, songwriter and arranger is readying his latest effort "ANTHOLOGY" on RCA Inspiration. "ANTHOLOGY," the highly anticipated compilation of new music from Richard Smallwood with Vision, is Smallwood’s first live recording in five years.
Award-winning singer, songwriter, producer, VaShawn Mitchell, will release GOD MY GOD' EP on all digital platforms, August 19, 2014. The extended play release will include Mitchell's new radio single, "God My God," along with three additional songs "Amaze Me," featuring Anthony Brown, "This Is To You," and "Your Name ... The Moment." The 'GOD MY GOD' EP is a 2-part live recording done in Chicago and Atlanta. VaShawn will release the entire live recording as a full-length album entitled, "UNSTOPPABLE" in the Fall.
Greg “Uncle G” Lyons continues expanding the Uncle G Records roster with Gospel artist Niyoki inking a deal to release her third studio album. Uncle G Records team previously announced Alexis Spight as the first recording artist to join the label.
The Gospel Music Association announced the nominees for the 45th Annual GMA Dove Awards which will be held on October 7th at Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena in Nashville, Tennesse. TBN will broadcast the event live. Nominees in the Gospel Categories are as follows:
Gospel Performance of the Year – Cat 5
“Every Praise” – Hezekiah Walker, RCA Inspiration, (producer) Donald Lawrence
“Help” – Erica Campbell (ft. Lecrae), My Block Inc., (producer) Warryn Campbell
“I Can Only Imagine” – Tamela Mann, TillyMann Music Group, (producer) Myron Butler
“I Love The Lord” – Natalie Grant, Curb Records, (producer) Bernie Herms
“If He Did It Before…Same God” – Tye Tribbett, MoTown Gospel, (producer) Tye Tribbett
Contemporary Gospel/Urban Song of the Year – Cat 17
“Every Praise” – Hezekiah Walker, (writer) David Bratton
“Help” – Erica Campbell (ft. Lecrae), (writer) Warryn Campbell
“No Gray” – Jonathan McReynolds (writer) Jonathan McReynolds
“Our God” – Micah Stampley, (writer) Jonas Myrin, Matt Redman, Jesse Reeves, Chris Tomlin
“Same God…If He Did it Before” – Tye Tribbett (writer) Tye Tribbett
“Sunday Kind Of Love” – Israel Houghton, (writers) Israel Houghton, Aaron Lindsey
Traditional Gospel Song of the Year – Cat 18
“A Little More Jesus” – Erica Campbell, (writers) Erica Campbell, Tina Campbell, Warryn Campbell
“Amazing” – Ricky Dillard & New G, (writer) Tiffany Joy McGhee
“Glory and Honor” – Chicago Mass Choir, (writers) Greg Booth, Percy Gray, Jr.
“I’ve Got Favor” – New Direction, (writers) Percy Gray Jr.
“Holy One” – Anaysha, (writers) Walter Hawkins
Contemporary/Gospel Urban Album of the Year – Cat 28
Azusa: The Next Generation – Hezekiah Walker, (producer) Donald Lawrence
Greater Than – Tye Tribbett, (producers) Tye Tribbett, Brandon Jones
Help – Erica Campbell, (producer) Warryn Campbell
Love Never Fails – Micah Stampley, (producers) Micah Stampley, Aaron W. Lindsey
Power & Authority: Live in Memphis – Sheri Jones-Moffett, (producer) Myron Butler
Traditional Gospel Album of the Year – Cat 29
Duets – Donnie McClurkin, (producers) Donnie McClurkin, Israel Houghton
Greater Than Before – Dexter Walker & Zion Movement, (producers) Steven “Supe” White, Dexter D. Walker
In The Sanctuary – Temple of Deliverance Women’s Choir, (producers) Derrick Starks, Derrick Jackson
Moving Forward - Darnell Davis & The Remnant, (producer) Darnell Davis
Withholding Nothing – William McDowell, (producer) William McDowell
JJ Hairston and Youthful Praise drops "Bless Me, " a new single from "I See Victory," the group’s forthcoming CD. Pastor Donnie McClurkin joins YP on the song. "I See Victory" was recorded live in Bloomfield, Connecticut and also features performances from Karen Clark Sheard, Vashawn Mitchell, Jason Nelson and Deon Kipling. The effort hits stores on October 28th.
As youth across the country prepare for the new school year, parents, community leaders, churches and music artists are working hard to promote education and peace in our schools and communities.Gospel Music newcomer, Corey Barksdale have made a commitment to encouraging youth through service, mentorship and music. As a singer, songwriter and advocate of education, Corey Barksdale will participate in several "Peace in the Community and Back to School Rallies" in Illinois and Indiana, in the month of August. On Friday, August 15th, Corey will join the Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church for its annual "Back 2 School Rally" in Gary, IN. August 16th, Barksdale will participate in the "No Fear/Back to School Event", sponsored by Christ Centered Ministries in Chicago, IL. Corey Barksdale will sing and join leaders from the Greater Chicago Metropolitan Area for the "Uniting in Peace Rally" on Saturday, August 23rd.
The Benton Convention Center in Winston Salem, North Carolina came alive as Global United Fellowship (GUF) recently hosted its inaugural conference "The Gathering." With exceptional ministry and marketplace workshops; transformative prayer, praise and worship; and fiery, impassioned, empowering preaching "The Gathering" set a tone of elevated excellence and vigorous pursuit of The Great Commission. Bishop Neil Ellis gave the inaugural address. Guest psalmists Yolanda Adams, Tasha Cobbs, Kevin Levar, Hezekiah Walker and a 400 voice Global United Choir ministered in song. Juanita Bynum, John Gunns; Carolyn Showell, William Murphy and Bishop Kenneth Ulmer also attended. Marvin Sapp, was appointment as Global Leader of the Central Province of The United States and Judge Glenda Hatchett was GUF’s Spokesperson for Family. Next year The Gathering 2015 will be held in Jacksonville, Florida.
Dottie Peoples, the Songbird of the South is celebrating 30 years as a recording artist. She recently appearanced at the Gospel Music Workshop of America. “I’m excited to share my new music with all of my fans,” said Peoples. “There is nothing more important to me than ministry and being able to see the power of music impact and inspire people. It is my prayer that this new song will encourage people.” Peoples is releasing "Everything Must Change," the third single from "I Got This" – LIVE recording. Dottie host Dottie’s Praise House her syndicated radio show on Rejoice Musical Soulfood.
Dove and Stellar Award nominated gospel crooner Earnest Pugh has just polished off his latest work “Just Worship” (P-Man Music/Central South Distribution) – an Extended Play (EP) collection of praise and worship songs that will be release on August 26, 2014.
On the heels of OWN's popular series "The Haves and the Have Nots"comes Tyler Perry's new primetime drama "If Loving You is Wrong," premiering on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, Tuesday, September 9 with two back-to-back, one-hour episodes from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET/PT.
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Oxygen Media and AMC Theatres are giving fans an advance screening of the season two premiere of the hit docu-series “Preachers of L.A.” on Tuesday, August 12 at 7 PM exclusively at select AMC locations. A full week before the show premieres, screenings will be open to the public and held simultaneously at AMC locations in Atlanta, Houston, Washington, DC, Dallas and Tampa.
Grammy Award® Nominee Tamela Mann and Gospel Icon Kirk Franklin have a lot to celebrate. The "Take Me To The King" digital single—which is distributed worldwide exclusively by Syntax Creative—is written and produced by Franklin and recorded and performed by Tamela, has been RIAA Certified Gold, having sold more than 500,000 digital copies. Tillymann Music Group label head and Tamela's manager and husband, David Mann, presented Tamela with her RIAA Certified Gold plaque during their Comedy and Concert event on Friday, August 1 at the Victoria Fine Arts Center in Victoria, Texas.
Kierra Sheard is defending Preachers of LA, many churchgoers and church leaders expressed their dislike with the representative of preachers on the show. Sheard is a reality star herself. She said the wealth of preachers on the show like Clarence McClendon and Ron Gibson isn't a bad thing. “I don’t think there’s anything wrong with being successful because the Bible talks about being wealthy. The Bible says money is the answer to all things and in this life, it is,” she said. She added, you have to get a job that will pay you so you can live comfortably. If you understand your purpose in life and understand who God is in your life, I don’t think money should affect your faith.” Many critics didn;t like the flashy lifestyle of the preachers on the show. This includes flying all over the world to minister, arguments over honorarium payments for their services and earning way more than their congregants.
Stellar Award-Nominated Artist Alexis Spight is being released from her recording contract with Mathew Knowles' Music World Gospel to ink a record deal with the newly formed Uncle G Records. Uncle G Records is headed by Veteran Industry Executive Greg "Uncle G" Lyons who has also served as Spight's manager since she signed with Music World Gospel following her success on BET's Sunday Best.
Al "The Bishop" Hobbs passed at the age of 70 on Thursday, July 31, 2014, after a battle with cancer for the past three years. Condolences can be sent to: The Hobbs Residence 90009 Shetland Court Indianapolis, IN 46278. Homegoing Services: Friday Aug 15 (Viewing 3-6PM, Prelude 6-7PM, Musical 7-11PM); Saturday, Aug 16 (Viewing 8-10AM, Services 10AM)
James Murphy will release "So Crazy, No Boundaries" digitally on August 12, 2014. It's a 13-track project. Murphy released its lead single, “Follow Thee,” back in February.
Viral video stars The Playmakers have premiered their first web series, “Flawed,” a faith-based drama produced by the trio and written and directed by one-third of the troop, Jason Fredericks.The series stars Nathaniel Scott (Pastor William Young) and Jor él Quinn (Kenny) and chronicles the story of an aspiring bishop of a popular church who may lose everything he’s worked hard to build amidst scandal in his church.The web series dabbles in some controversial areas regarding church culture.
The legendary Rance Allen Group has wrapped up a successful recording session for their brand new album. They've been working on brand new music slated to be release this year. The new project is being described as a 'fresh, new twist to their classic sound.' The musical trio plans to debut a single very soon. Follow The Rance Allen Group on Facebook and Twitter to hear it first.
The Living Legends Foundation (LLF) announced the 2014 honorees for its 18 th Living Legends Awards Celebration. This year will mark the first time in the foundation’s 23-year history that LLF will host the event in Los Angeles. The award show will be held on Friday, October 3, at Taglyan Cultural Complex. The LLF will honor eight distinguished individuals at this year’s event. Cathy Hughes, founder and Chairperson of Radio One, Inc./TV One LLC, will be presented with the Icon Lifetime Achievement Award. Keith Clinkscales, CEO of REVOLT Media TV will receive the Chairman’s Award. Rushion McDonald, COO of Nu-Opp Inc./COO Steve Harvey Radio Network and Managing Partner of Steve Harvey Enterprises, will be presented with the Don Cornelius Entrepreneur Award. Ethiopia Habtemariam, President of Motown Records and President of Urban Music, Co-Head of Creative Affairs at Universal Music Publishing Group, will receive the Record Executive Award. Gail Mitchell, Senior R&B Editor of Billboard magazine, will be presented with the Media Award. Aundrae Russell, Program Director of KJLH-FM, will receive the Jerry Boulding Radio Executive Award. Lee Bailey, CEO of Electronic Urban Report (EURweb.com), will be presented with the Digital Visionary Award and Los Angeles’ KJLH-FM, will be presented with the Broadcasting Icon Award, which will be accepted by General Manager Karen Slade.
The top 10 finalists were revealed on the hit BET show Sunday Best:
Anita Johnson – New York, NY, Ayodele Owolabi – Macon, GA, Brightnie Jones – New York, NY, Candace Benson – Pottstown, PA, Damarka Wheeler – Buffalo, NY, DeAngelo Gardner – Detroit, MI, Geoffrey Golden – Cleveland, OH, Jay Williamson – Shreveport, LA, Serena Young – Rochester, NY, Tiquila Wilson – Winston Salem, NC
The announcement of the finalists is the latest development to occur during the seventh season of “Sunday Best.” New to the Kirk Franklin-hosted series is singer Kierra Sheard, who joins Pastor Donnie McClurkin and Yolanda Adams as “Sunday Best’s” newest judge.
Motown Gospel has signed Royce Lovett to their roster. A singer/songwriter Lovett combines the elements of hip-hop and neo soul with strong Christ centered lyrics that will appealing to believers and non believers alike.
Oxygen Media returns to the pulpit with a fiery season two of the docu-series “Preachers of L.A.,” premiering Wednesday, August 20 at 10 PM ET/PT. The highly anticipated series gives viewers a candid and revealing look at six boldly different, world-renowned mega-pastors in Southern California: Bishop Noel Jones, Minister Deitrick Haddon, Bishop Clarence McClendon, Pastor Jay Haizlip,Pastor Wayne Chaney and Bishop Ron Gibson.
Latin Soul songstress, Veronica Petrucci, announces a split from former marketing and distribution arrangement. Latin Soul Entertainment says the split is amicable and mutual and is currently seeking new representation for marketing, promotion and distribution of the album, "Made It Out Alive” and future projects.
The biggest night in Gospel music, the annual Stellar Awards, is moving to a new venue and taping date in celebration of its 30th Anniversary. Don Jackson, executive producer, announced that the telecast will be taped in front of a live audience at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada with a new spring production date shifting from January to March 28, 2015.
Dorothy Norwood Music Group has announced a distribution deal with EchoPark/JDI Entertainment and is readying the 52nd solo release of the world’s greatest story teller, Evangelist Dorothy Norwood in October. "An Incredible Journey," produced by Dorothy Norwood and Cedric Thompson features Dorinda Clark Cole, LeJuene Thompson, VaShawn Mitchell and Melvin Williams on the lead single, "When the Church Begins to Pray."
Festival Of Praise Tour 2014 to feature Fred Hammond and Donnie McClurkin with something for everyone from traditional gospel, praise and worship, to funk, acoustic rock and a cappella. It kicks off September 17, 2014.
Seven-time GRAMMY Award winner Gladys Knight connects to her gospel roots with her upcoming album "Where My Heart Belongs. " The effort will drop on September 9th on Shadow Mountain Records for Deseret Book, "Where My Heart Belongs" finds Knight once again returning to gospel music to share her faith, inspire listeners, and testify to God’s goodness throughout her personal life and career.
Sony Pictures Entertainment announced today that DeVon Franklin will transition from his position as senior vice president of Production for Columbia Pictures to a long- term, first-look producing deal with the studio. In his new role, Franklin will continue to develop and produce mainstream commercial material, including projects that are geared towards the urban and faith base markets.
Gospel Rappers Flame and Grammy award-winner Lecrae are allegedly suing pop star Katy Perry over her chart-topping song, “Dark Horse”. According to reports, the guys claim the song is similar to Flame’s “Joyful Noise”, written in 2008, which features Lecrae, Emanuel Lambert and Chike Ojukwu.
The 3 Winans Brothers will drop "Foreign Land" on September 30th. Marvin, Carvin and BeBe Winans have formed a new label Regimen Records and announced a marketing and distribution deal with Entertainment One. An artist services/publishing deal was signed with BMG earlier this year.
The 11th Annual McDonald’s 365Black Awards took place in New Orleans at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center this weekend hosted by actor/television host Terrence ‘J’ Jenkins and actress Tika Sumpter. The star-studded event included musical tributes by Ledisi, Kim Burrell, Tank and Jasmine Sullivan. Rev. Al Sharpton, Will Packer, Dhani Jones and Iyanla Vanzant, were among those honored. Additionally, artist Skyler Grey and entrepreneur Gabrielle Jordan Williams were recognized with the first-ever McDonald's 365Black Community Choice Youth Award. McDonald’s 365Black Awards are given annually to salute outstanding individuals who are committed to making positive contributions that strengthen the African-American community.
Condolences to Pastor Shirley Caesar with the passing of her husband, Bishop Harold Ivory Williams. The Gospel Spotlight ask that you please keep her and the family in your prayers.
Brent Jones release party for new CD "Joy Comin"goes down August 24, 2014 at the Founders Center Los Angeles, CA.
Total Deliverance Church in the Antelope Valley announces the first inception of the Antelope Valley Praise in the Park Festival event which will take place on Saturday August 30, 2014 in from Lancaster, CA. Kierra Sheard, Jonathan Nelson, Flex Alexander, Keke Palmer, Tyler Lepley and more will perform or appear.
Lecrae is ready to drop his seventh album, “Anomaly”, this August. The Grammy award-winning emcee made his album announcement by tweeting a string of handwritten messages along with the hashtag #anomaly.
Oxygen Media returns to the pulpit with a fiery season two of “Preachers of L.A.,” premiering Wednesday, August 20 at 10 PM ET/PT. The highly anticipated series is a candid and revealing look at six boldly different, world-renowned mega-pastors in Southern California: Bishop Noel Jones, Minister Deitrick Haddon, Bishop Clarence McClendon, Pastor Jay Haizlip,Pastor Wayne Chaney and Bishop Ron Gibson. Season.
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) honored the songwriters and publishers for the most performed songs in 2013 at the 27th Annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards on Thursday, June 26th. Anthony Brown' s Testimony was recognized as the Top Gospel Song. Other Gospel songs celebrated were 1 on 1 (Zacardi Cortez), A Little More Jesus (Erica Campbell), Break Every Chain (Tasha Cobbs), Clean This House (Isaac Carree), Every Praise (Hezekiah Walker), God Will Make a Way (Shirley Caesar), Greater is Coming (Jakalyn Carr), Here in our Praise (Fred Hammond and United Tenors), Hold On (James Fortune), If He Did It Before (Tye Tribbett), Its Not Over (Israel & New Breed) and Sunday Morning (Mary Mary). Lecrae, Anthony Brown and Jekalyn Carr performed during the awards ceremony.
Tamela "Take Me To The King" Mann wins BET Award in Gospel. Yolanda Adams 'Turned Up' the Lionel Richie Tribute with her version of "Jesus Is Love." She rocked It!
Bishop T.D. Jakes will be at the 20th Essense Festival pushing his new book "INSTINCT The Power To Unleash Your Inborn Drive" July 3 - 6 in New Orleans.
Acclaimed Gospel superstar, choir master, songwriter and producer Ricky Dillard continues to blaze trails in his celebrated 25-year career with a milestone double #1s, as his new live album "Amazing," and the lead single “Amazing,” both hit the latest charts at #1 garnering Dillard’s first simultaneous #1s.
Sunday, June 29th Pastor Donnie McClurkin joins the New Christ Memorial Church family to celebrate the birthday of Gospel Legend Pastor Andrae Crouch. Crouch shares a July 1st birthday with his twin sister, Pastor Sandra Crouch. The multiple Grammy award winner has endured several medical challenges over the past few months.
Jason Nelson will drop a new CD "Jesus Revealed" soon. Nelson's new single "I AM" hits digital outlets on July 8th.
Jonathan McReynolds performed on TBN's (Trinity Broadcasting Network) Praise the Lord on Tuesday, June 24th. Grammy-winning artist Pastor Donnie McClurkin hosts the episode, which also feature Maia Campbell, Paige DeHart, Raymond Rivera, Tito Garcia, LaTavia Roberson and Audrey Dubois Harris.
The Wardlaw Brothers (TWB) are enjoying success at radio with "Thank You" now make their film debut in the opening of the movie, On Angel's Wings, starring Reginald Vel Johnson, Robin Givens, Taylor Faye Ruffin, and Sweet Brown.
David and Tamela Mann known for their popular characters Leroy Brown and Cora on “Meet the Browns,” are getting ready for their new BET reality show, “Meet The Manns.” AlwaysAlist reports the series will follow their lives as well as their five children, eight grandchildren and extended relatives who all live nearby. “Meet The Manns” is currently in production. The show is slated to premiere on BET in 2015.
Tim Bowman, Jr. has inked a label deal with Rodney Jerkins. He will be the first gospel artist signed to Jerkins’ new Evolve Music Group imprint. The first radio single "I’m Good," written by Jhonte Austin and produced by Jerkins has a mature and modern sound for Bowman. The single has been serviced to radio and Bowman will make appearances across the country in support of its release.
The 2014 BMI Christian Awards went down June 17th. Aaron Lindsey was honored as one of the six Christian songwriters of the year for "Its Not Over (When God Is In It)" Israel Houghton and "My Testimony" Marvin Sapp. Other award winning songs included "Awesome" (Charles Jenkins), "Life and Favor" (John P. Kee) and "Take Me To The King" (Kirk Franklin).
Smokie Norful will release his first new project in five years. "Forever Yours" features production from Aaron Lindsey, Tony Dixon, Derek D.O.A. Allen, Elvis Williams (Blac Elvis) and Warryn Campbell. "No Greater Love," the first single from the CD is playing on radio and is currently in the top 20 on Billboard and Gospel Spotlight Gospel charts. "Forever Yours" hits retail and digital outlets on August.
OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network's popular comedy series "Love Thy Neighbor" from Tyler Perry will return with all-new episodes on Wednesday, June 25 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. For a sneak peek at the new summer premiere, click on the link: www.Oprah.com/ltnfirstlook The series left off with Mama Hattie's (Patrice Lovely) daughter Linda (Kendra C. Johnson) finally roaring back to her vibrant self after jumping back into the dating scene and meeting two handsome suitors, Will (Thai Douglas), and Phillip (Tony Grant). Linda and Will start dating, but when Phillip unexpectedly plants a kiss on Linda sparks fly and she begins to question her relationship with Will.
Kierra Sheard revealed the cover for her highly anticipated album, "Graceland," Friday via her social media platforms. Kierra gets personal on GRACELAND and shares her ongoing inner battle between self-conviction and condemnation. Kierra collaborated for the first time with celebrated pop songwriter Diane Warren (Beyoncé, Whitney Houston, Céline Dion) and rising songwriter/producer Harmony Samuels (Ariana Grande, Fantasia, Michelle Williams). "Graceland" will be in-stores July 22.
Look for the release of the new movie, “In God’s Hands”. The film features Keke Wyatt (R&B Divas), Tommy Ford (Martin), Omar Gooding (Hangin with Mr. Cooper) and Cynthia Kaye McWilliams (Real Husbands of Hollywood”). In the movie, Angie Cartwright was always blessed with a gift for song, but hard times have forced her to give up her dreams of a music career. This single mother is hoping to turn her life around. With a teenage son struggling to become a man and a good-for-nothing fiancé, Angie moves back home to the family she left behind. She will need all the help she can get to face some shocking truths from her past and all the drama that can fit under one roof. "In God's Hands" will be available on DVD and digital download on July 15, 2014.
The city of Chicago is the birthplace of Gospel Music and the host city of the largest free outdoor Gospel Music festival in the world. Chicago was the starting point for many Gospel Greats including Rev. James Cleveland, Albertina Walker, Inez Andrews and Reverend Milton Brunson’s Thompson Community Singers. Today, Ricky Dillard, Smokie Norful, Donald Lawrence, Jonathan McReynolds and Anita Wilson all call Chicago home. The Gospel Community will honor its very own on Friday, July 13th with the first annual Chicago Gospel Music Awards. The event will honor local Chicago gospel artists as well as pay tribute to legends Reverend Clay Evans, the late Dr. Charles G. Hayes and The Barrett Sisters.
Motown Gospel recording artist Micah Stampley is featured in the June edition of Ebony Magazine as husband to his manager/wife Heidi, father of 5, dog owner and the family culinary expert. As the children also share their father’s love for music and singing, Micah also finds time to coach them in various sports, including basketball and track. The Black Music Month Special Edition of Ebony Magazine is on newsstands now.
UP, the television network dedicated to uplifting viewers every day, today announced the world premiere of the movie Comeback Dad (#ComebackDad) at Film Life’s 18th Festival (ABFF) in New York City on Saturday, June 21 at 4:30 p.m.EDT at the SVA Theater (333 West 23rd NY, NY). Comeback Dad marks the fourth film to be produced and air on UP Entertainment.
Wess Morgan not only shocked fans when he announced that he had remarried earlier this year and was expecting a child with his new wife, Danielle Walker, but apparently it was a surprise to his ex-wife and his children as well. Earlier this month, the ‘He Paid It All’ singer disclosed on Facebook and Instagram that he had quietly got married in January and that he and his new wife were expecting a new baby. His unedited post read: “As it relates to making choices in my life, I have always been transparent, and will continue to do so. As most of you already know, I did go through a very painful divorce after 18+ years of marriage and chose to do so after many years of prayerful consideration as well as seeking spiritual guidance relative to biblical rights. I am thrilled to announce that I have been happily remarried since January 2014 and my wife is now 3 months pregnant. Thank you for your continued prayers and support. God has ALWAYS proven to be faithful and He will see you and myself through ANY circumstance!”
The new Live Recording from Richard Smallwood and Vision goes down Saturday August 23, 2014 in Upper Marlboro, Maryland at the Evangel Cathedral. It is free and open to the public. The effort will be titled "Anthology Live."
Steve Crawford a founding member of the seven time Dove Award and two time Stellar Award winning urban contemporary group Anointedembarks upon a new adventure his first solo CD. He is also a part of the worship team at Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas.
SiriusXM is running commericals announcing the launch of a new exclusive radio channel headlined by Joel Osteen, Senior Pastor of Lakewood Church, America’s largest Christian congregation. “Joel Osteen Radio” will debut this fall and bring Osteen’s message to SiriusXM listeners nationwide, showcasing exclusive weekly call-in shows hosted by both Joel Osteen and his wife Victoria.
Entertainment is prepping for the release of the new movie, “In God’s Hands”. The film features an ensemble cast, including Keke Wyatt (R&B Divas), actors Tommy Ford (Martin), Omar Gooding (Hangin with Mr. Cooper) and Cynthia Kaye McWilliams (Real Husbands of Hollywood”). In the movie, Angie Cartwright was always blessed with a gift for song, but hard times have forced her to give up her dreams of a music career. This single mother is hoping to turn her life around. With a teenage son struggling to become a man and a good-for-nothing fiancé, Angie moves back home to the family she left behind. She will need all the help she can get to face some shocking truths from her past and all the drama that can fit under one roof. "In God's Hands" will be available on DVD and digital download on July 15, 2014.
The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and UP TV have announced that Marcus “Elder Mac” McFarlin of Milwaukee, Wisconsin is the Grand Prize Winner of the Most Powerful Voices online gospel singing competition.
The Stellar Gospel Music Awards is planning to move again. The annual awards show that salutes the best in Black gospel music is headed to Las Vegas for its 30th anniversary. The Stellar Awards will be held in Vegas on March 28, 2015. The venue has not yet been finalized.
A photo of Chicago pastor & gospel singer Charles Jenkins appeared online that showed him brushing his teeth, full monty…naked. Once the curtains got pulled back, we found out he was having an adulterous affair, an 8-year-long relationship, with a married woman (he’s married too!) Once the photo came out, the pastor admitted to the affair, asking his wife for forgiveness, and appearing in front of his congregation asking for forgiveness. According to a blog post published by Rae Lewis-Thornton, a former member of Fellowship Chicago, Jenkins confessed to everything with his wife by his side. In a plea to the church he said, “he had already asked his wife for forgiveness and was now appealing to the church” to do the same.Pastor Jenkins claims the woman he was having the affair with, Mundi Griffin, a Chicago businesswoman was now extorting him.
The largest Gospel Music gathering is set to go down in the ATL. It's the forty-seventh year for the GMWA founded in 1967. by Delegates, supporters and industry executives from all over the world will participate in the conference, academic music and ministry sessions, live recordings and new artist showcases. The National GAG sessions will run from July 27 - 30. For more information and registration for the GAG sessions, visit http://www.nationalgag.org/.
Renowned poet, novelist, educator and actress Maya Angelou has died. She passed at her home in Winston-Salem, N.C. her publicist, Helen Brann has confirmed. Born Marguerite Ann Johnson, Angelou is best known for famed literary works like “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” and “And Still I Rise.”
BET has had a change of heart as it pertains to their annual special “Celebration of Gospel.“ After being bombarded with calls to its main phone line and emails to its website, in addition to high-ranking executives at the company being called by many of Gospel’s top tier artists, BET will not move forward with canceling “Celebration of Gospel” even after previously deciding to end the franchise. On May 1, AlwaysAList.com reported that BET had opted to cancel the yearly special despite its stellar ratings and it being the number one gospel/religious telecast on TV for 14 consecutive years. Apparently, BET’s previous decision to cancel “COG” was strictly based on the show “not being profitable,” as it was explained by one BET executive who spoke anonymously. While a concrete date has not been solidified for “COG,” a new production schedule issued to employees late last week has the show slated to tape in September/October 2015.
Donnie McClurkin, Erica Campbell, Hezekiah Walker, Tamela Mann and Tye Tribbett received nominations in the Best Gospel Artist category for the 2014 “BET Awards”. The “BET Awards” 2014 will air live on Sunday, June 29th at 8pm ET on BET Networks from the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles, CA.
Grammy winning songstress, songwriter and actress Michelle Williams has just premiered the sizzling new video for “Fire,” the new song off her much-anticipated upcoming inspirational album "Journey to Freedom." Concurrently, this also marks the debut of Michelle Williams’ new website,IAmMichelle.com. Checkout the Fire” video: IAmMichelle.com/video-fire-michelle-williams/
After 63 years JET magazine will stop publishing its print version. Johnson Publishing Company, the magazine’s parent company, has announced that starting in June the Chicago-based magazine will only exist in the digital format. Johnson Publishing claims the move is being done to reach younger African-American readers who prefer getting news and information from online platforms and from their smart phones. Jet was the third-largest African-American magazine with a circulation of 700,000. It’s best known for celebrity photos, African-American interest stories, black wedding photos and its infamous Beauty of The Week section.
June Rochelle is a mother, entrepreneur, television producer and a gospel recording artist. A woman who wears many hats, Rochelle’s expression of faith through music is one of the most important aspects of who she is! "It is all about money! It seems that gone are the days of living right and doing right along with being a talented artist. It would also be nice if radio would open up to new artists such as myself without payola and allow the good music and good voices of those without $250,000 budgets to grace the airwaves. As long as the gospel industry parallels itself in operating as the secular industry, lives will never be changed rather people just entertained,” she offered.“ Rochelle is gearing up to release the follow-up to her 2006 CD, “Changing Places,” later this year. The forthcoming album’s first single, ‘Love Is Here To Stay,’
A big congratulations to Alex Holt and Free Worship. They have upped their game. The new single, “Nobody”, landed in the Top 40 in first week sales on Billboard. If this is any indication of the album, look out.
Danetra Moore the Sunday Best Season 5 finalist who toured with Ledisi and Angie Stone as a backup singer recently inked a deal with Tyscot Records. Moore drops a new single,"Only God Can."
Emtro Gospel's Arkansas Gospel Mass Choir moves up to #5 Billboard/BDS Gospel Radio with "You Alone" this week. The new cd titled "You Alone" dropped May 6.
Veronica Petrucci one half of Veronica and Angelo will appear on Praise The Lord Saturday May 17, 2014 at 5pm edt with host Arthur Blessitt.
As reported by Jawn Murray of AlwaysAlist.com, More than 2.6 million total viewers tuned in to BET’s annual special “Celebration of Gospel” when it premiered on April 6, making it the number one gospel/religious telecast on TV for 14 consecutive years. Despite its stellar ratings and continued success, BET revealed during their upfront presentation to advertisers in New York that “Celebration of Gospel” would not return as one of its “Mega-Specials.” The network is bringing back the “BET Awards,” “Black Girls Rock,” “BET Hip Hop Awards,” and "BET Honors." There are several petitions online already from viewers asking BET to reconsider bringing the show back.
James Robinson has announced the signing of Sunday Best Season 2 Winner Y’ Anna Crawley to his newly formed Kingsbridge Records. A single, "In You," hits radio.
Bishop Hezekiah Walker maded his debut on the Arsenio Hall Show singing his smash hit, "Every Praise" on Thursday, May 1st. Every Praise set a record topping the Billboard Radio Charts for 26 non-consecutive weeks.
Deitrick Haddon, pastor, producer, founder and leader of the gospel choir LXW (League of Xtraordinary Worshippers) is claiming victory. That victory is finally realized as the self titled debut album reached #1* and earned the Hot Shot Debut on the Billboard Gospel Albums Chart, just days after it was released on April 22nd.
Grammy winning gospel superstar TYE TRIBBETT’s “Tye Tribbett Ministries” readies The Chosen: Music Mentorship Program to kick off in Columbia, South Carolina on May 15th-17th. Set to be hosted at the city’s Medallion Conference Center. The mentorship is an “opportunity to provide
singers, worship leaders, new artists and musicians with the practical information need to take their ministries to the next level.
GSN announced today the third season premiere of its highest rated original series of all time, THE AMERICAN BIBLE CHALLENGE, a one-hour game show hosted by Jeff Foxworthy with musical co-host Kirk Franklin in which contestants compete based on their knowledge of the Bible. Season three premieres on Thursday, May 22ndat 8 PM (ET/PT) with two back-to-back original episodes and continues with new episodes Thursdays at 8 PM (ET/PT) on GSN.
“The View” welcomed Tamela Mann singing her #1 hit, “Take Me To The King” on Tuesday April 22nd to celebrate co-host Sherri Shepherd’s birthday. Tamela says, ““Sherri is a dear friend, and I’m thrilled to be a part of her special day. It’s going to be a big celebration and time of fellowship, and I’m honored to be able to share my music with the ladies of The View and people across the country.” Mann’s latest hit “I Can Only Imagine” is currently #1 at Gospel Radio. ”The View” airs on ABC at 11am est.
Back for its eighth year, McDonald’s Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour starts May 22 and runs through July 25 with Erica Campbell and comedian Jonathan Slocumb serving as hosts. Three-time 2014 Stellar Award-winners Anthony Brown & Group TherAPy, the renowned Mississippi Mass Choir, gospel’s hip-hop sensation Uncle Reece, organist Moses Tyson, Jr. and Kurt Carr & The Kurt Carr Singers will appear.
Deitrick Haddon's LXW wowed the audience as the opener of this year's, "Celebration of Gospel." Oxygen viewers will be in for a treat on Good Friday. The network has just announced that they will be airing the entire LXW concert on Friday, April 18th, at 8:30 A.M. EST. The concert was taped at the City of Refuge Church in LA. Deitrick wanted to bring together the BEST of the BEST in choir music to help propel the movement. Featured acts include: Jessica Reedy, Hezekiah Walker, Ricky Dillard, and Donald Lawrence.
It's gospel music's premier conferences, back for its 13th year – Tracey Artis’ I Hear Music In The Air Conference returns to Cincinnati, Ohio, May 16th-18th 2014. Welcoming all artists, singers, songwriters, praise & worship leaders, lay people, pastors, music business specialists, and more.
Angel Taylor formerly of Trin-i-Tee 5:7 will perform her NEW hit single "Still God" on TBN (Trinity Broadcast Network) program "Praise The Lord on Monday May 19th 10 pm eastern time.
Malaco Music Group has leaked ” God’s On Your Side" to Youtube. It's the first single from the Mississippi Mass Choir’s 25th Anniversary CD, "Declaration of Dependence." God’s On Your Side" features Le' Andria Johnson. The CD was recorded last fall in Jackson, Mississippi. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LR9gJVSwxAQ
Houston’s New Light Christian Center shared the news via Youtube of Tye Tribbett’s appointment to the office of Youth and Young Adult Pastor. Bishop. I. V. and Lady Bridget Hilliard started the New Life Christian Center in 1984 with approximately 23 members. Today, membership currently numbers over 28,000.
Oxygen Media announced the addition of Fix My Choir, a new reality series hosted by Deitrick Haddon and Michelle Williams to its lineup. Each week, Fix My Choir will take Haddon and Williams into various cities across the country to work with school and community gospel choirs providing leadership training, music coaching and confidence building. Also, Haddon will return for season 2 of Oxygen’s Preachers of LA this Summer. Casting has also begun for new Preachers series in New York, Atlanta, Dallas and Detroit.
BET’s Sunday Best Season 6 Runner Up Kefia Rollerson releases new song “I’m A Winner.“ The Free Download is available on Sound cloud Now.
Multi-platinum Grammy, Stellar and Dove Award winning songstress, Yolanda Adams, has released a special live version of her classic song, “The Only Way.” The 2014 version of this classic song was recorded live at the 2014 BET Celebration of Gospel. The brand new live song is available exclusively on iTunes.
Pastor Dr. Riva Tims presents Gospel ensemble Majestic Praise and their new project, "Access Granted." The ensemble’s debut project ushers in God’s presence with its praise and worship emphasis while prompting believers to utilize their kingdom access granted through Jesus Christ.
Mathew Knowles, President and CEO of Music World Entertainment has released Brian Courtney Wilson from his recording contract with Music World Gospel. Wilson moved to his new label home, Motown Gospel, effective, April 4, 2014. Knowles is restructuring Music World Entertainment and its Gospel division.
Smokie Norful released a new single, “No Greater Love”, from his upcoming album “Forever Yours”. The new album will be in stores August 5, 2014. It's another powerful ballad.
After a 10 year hiatus, B. Chase Williams was lead to reunite with his original vision; the reuniting of The ShaBach Choir and a 2013 recording. This reunion proved to be most beneficial. With new music and a new label home found in DREAM Gospel, B. Chase Williams & The ShaBach Choir are back with “LIVE Again Bigger, Better, Greater.
Motown Gospel’s Grammy-nominated songstress Sheri Jones-Moffett unveils her long awaited new album, POWER & AUTHORITY: LIVE IN MEMPHIS, available in stores and online now.
Season three winner of BET’s Sunday Best, Le’Andria Johnson has signed an exclusive recording agreement with RCA Inspiration. Under this deal, RCA Inspiration will exclusively distribute and provide marketing and promotional services for future albums by Johnson.
Multiple Grammy® award winning, Stellar award winning and Soul train music award winning gospel artist Tye Tribbett’s recent talk with Sister 2 Sister (S2S) magazine tackled a host of controversial issues including marital struggles, adultery, and much more in their April 2014 issue – available now nationwide at newsstands.
Dream Records announces the formation of its Dream Gospel label and the signings of Jason Wright and the Master’s Touch, Ziel and B. Chase Williams. Dream Records was founded in 2008 by David Hanley, lead singer of the Christian Rock band Press Play. Dream Label Group is the home to CCM artists Aaron Bagwell and Cindy Cruse Ratcliff. Jason Wright and The Master’s Touch will be going into the studio this summer to record their debut album on DREAM Gospel to be released July 8th. B. Chase Williams’ single is headed to radio now with a full CD release scheduled for the summer.
The all-star Sesame Street cast will be performing during the all-new Sesame Street Live "Can't Stop Singing" musical in Chicago at Sears Centre from Friday, April 4th, through Sunday, April 6th. Chicago Mass Choir is excited to join the Sesame Street Cast for a few song selections while promoting the musical throughout the Chicago area. On, Thursday, April 3rd, Chicago Mass Choir will perform live on WGN Morning News in Chicago along with the Sesame Street cast.
Jonathan McReynolds A BET Music Matters artist, the singer and guitarist makes a debut appearance performing on BET’s ‘106 & Park,’ airing Monday, March 31 at 6 pm/5 pm Central. Jonathan McReynolds will also be featured giving a show-stopping performance with multiple Grammy-winning artist India.Arie, performing his song “No Gray” and her song “Moved By You” on BET’s ‘Celebration of Gospel’ that will air Sunday, April 6 at 8 pm/7 pm Central.
A very Taylored Foundation presents Yolanda Adams featuring the Eleanor Roosevelt High School Gospel Choir April 6, 2014 at Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Dekelbourn Concert, The University of Maryland.
Thomas A. Dorsey III is leading efforts to preserve the history and legacy of his grandfather through the organization of the Thomas A Dorsey Project. Widely regarded as the Father of Gospel Music, Thomas Dorsey a noted blues musician who found God in the midst of personal tragedy combined elements of the blues with spiritual lyrics and personal life experiences to form Gospel music. Dorsey composed over three hundred songs, including Precious Lord, Take My Hand, which was sung at by Mahalia Jackson and recorded by Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Aretha Franklin, Candi Staton, Al Green and many others. The Thomas Dorsey Project aims to increase awareness of Thomas A. Dorsey’s contributions to the rich tapestry of American culture and expose new generations of singers, songwriters, musicians and music lovers over the world to his works.
Patrick Lundy and The Ministers of Music are slated for a live recording at the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia March 29th. The live recording caps off the Hymns & Hip Hop Conference sponsored by Ebenezer Baptist Church and the NEW Leadership Academy. Special guests include Evangelist Dorothy Norwood, Rev. James Bignon and LaShun Pace as well as the introduction of the Georgia Unit of Patrick Lundy and The Ministers of Music.
J.J. Hairston of Youthful Praise has been tapped to host “Sunday Praise with J.J. Hairston” on Hartford, Connecticut’s Hot 93.7 FM (WZMX), a legendary CBS radio outlet known in the region as Hartford’s #1 station for Hip-Hop and R&B. “
OWN's popular comedy series from Tyler Perry, "For Better or Worse," will kick-off a new season with two back-to-back half-hour episodes on Wednesday, April 9 at 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. ET/PT. If you recall, at the end of last season, Angela (NAACP Image Award nominated actress Tasha Smith) is convinced that her husband, Marcus (Michael Jai White), is having an affair; Richard (Kent Faulcon) and Keisha's (Kiki Haynes) relationship is on the rocks and Leslie (Crystle Stewart) comes face-to-face with her stalker and is trapped without anyone knowing her whereabouts. The new season opens with Leslie's ex-boyfriend, Joseph (Jason Olive), frantically searching for her and fearing her life may be in danger.
Open Rivers Pictures (ORP) has announced the new partnership with NBA Veteran Theo Ratliff's, Ratliff Entertainment, to produce original African-American content. Theo Ratliff, known as a defensive beast and league-leading shot blocker during his stellar 16-year career, played for the 76ers, the Hawks, the Celtics, the Pistons, and the Lakers. He was an All-Star in 2001 and also served as Vice President of the NBA Players Association Executive Committee. "The 2014 partnership with Ratliff Entertainment and his team will allow us to boost and grow our lineup of original content," states Tammy Williams. "Theo, as he was on the court, full of tenacity, is the same way off the court. He's smart and creative and we are looking forward to a great partnership."
UP, uplifting family entertainment, presents the UP Original Movie Apple Mortgage Cake, the inspiring true story of Angela Logan who when faced with foreclosure set a goal to bake 100 cakes in 10 days to save her home. Starring four-time NAACP Image Award winner Kimberly Elise (“Diary of a Mad Black Woman).
Mildred Bell the mother of Vanessa Bell Armstrong has passed. Her funeral will take place Saturday March 22, 2014 at Fountain of Life & Praise Church Detroit, Mi. Please keep the family in prayer.
Alex Holt & Free Worship took to facebook to announce their new signing/ partnership with BGA Records. BGA is known for launching the career of Stellar and Dove Nominated Artist, GI aka God’s Image. This is truly a season of new beginnings for Alex as he recently married the love of his life, Tamarra Wilkes, and now has a new label home.
Patrick Noble Allen as an exceptional radio promoter who has broken records for artists like Beverly Crawford, Da’ Truth, The Murrills, Dottie Peoples, William McDowell, Mali Music, Monique Walker, The Nevels Sisters, Jennifer Holliday, Norman Hutchins, Stephen Hurd, Patrick Dopson, Tim Rogers & The Fellas, Lecrae, The Williams Brothers, Monica Lisa Stevenson, Ethan Kent, Earnest Pugh and Chanel from Trin-i-tee 5:7 has a new Brand. The Noble Promotions Group provides national and regional radio promotions campaigns, radio tour scheduling, radio single research, and strategic brand development.
It took singer/songwriter and worship leader Jackie Gouche ten minutes to pen a song inspired by Psalms 121. The song would be featured on the debut project of Purpose, Pastor Beverly Bam Crawford’s church choir. The song would become a staple for Pastor Donnie McClurkin as he sang it during his many concerts in additon to being recorded by Ron Winans and CeCe Winans for his Family and Friends series and by Carol Cymbala and the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir. Today, "My Help" is a classic and is sung in churches across America and around the globe. Today, we find Jackie Gouche leading worship at Bible Enrichment Fellowship Church International each week. Gouche has also authored two books; her autobiography and a book on true worship. Convinced that God is not through with her yet, Gouche is preparing for the release of her solo CD "Big God, Little Me."
Ten-time GRAMMY® Award winner Chaka Khan will join fans for a pre-birthday one hour live video chat on Google+ Hangouts on Air on Wednesday, March 19, at 9:00 p.m. ET/8:00 p.m. CT/6:00 p.m. PT. The video chat will be broadcast from the historic Henson Recording Studios in Los Angeles, CA.
Edna Tatum has passed away after enduring some health challenges. A tribute service honoring her for her contributions to Gospel music was held this past January. Known as the “Voice” of the Gospel Music Workshop of America, Edna Tatum found great joy as a gospel radio announcer in Los Angeles. She introduced Rev. James Cleveland on several projects. In 1996, she was joined by Billy Preston for the compilation of a words and music disc. Her voice can also be heard on projects from Kurt Carr and the Kurt Carr Singers, Bishop Walter Hawkins and the Love Center Choir’s 25th Anniversary Celebration and Rev. Daryl Coley.
Karen, Jackie and Twinkie will help to make Queen Latifah’s day on Tuesday, March 18th with a rousing rendition of 'You Brought the Sunshine' on her syndicated daytime talk show. The Clark Sisters was just one of many surprises as the show celebrated Queen Latifah’s birthday.
Ben Tankard the award winning producer, musician, minister, motivational speaker, licensed pilot and star of Bravo TV’s hit reality series ;Thicker Than Water ' along with wife Jewel host an Urban Eagles youth summit offering young people at first hand look at aviation. “I have friends that are stunt pilots, airplane mechanics, flight attendants, charter plane operators, and airline captains that will be on hand to talk ….. about the many opportunities available in aviation. We want to help kids soar, exposing them to planes and relationships will help them develop their own wings (dreams). Fifth Third Bank made a donation to assist in underwriting the costs of this year’s Urban Eagles youth summit.
The 3rd Annual Gospel Goes to Hollywood Awards Luncheon (GGTH), went down at the historical Taglyan Cultural Complex in Hollywood, C.A. was hosted by three-time Grammy® Award winner Donnie McClurkin. The red-carpet celebrity-driven event, produced by Tomeka B. Holyfield, helped raise awareness and funds in support of the fight against domestic violence.
Honorees were Academy award-winning actor Louis Gossett, Jr., director, producer, writer Bentley Kyle Evans, award-winning husband and wife David and Tamela Mann and actor and Hollywood stuntman Matt Sigloch.
Bishop T.D. Jakes will grace the cover of Ebony Magazine for it's April 2014 issue. The Mega Pastor is preparing for a May release of his upcoming book ‘Instinct: The Power to Unleash You Inborn Drive’. Bishop Jakes will discuss secrets to achieve your innermost desires within this Ebony feature.
Quartet Pioneer and father of D.A. Johnson (Executive Director, Gospel Division Malaco Music Group), Willie Connell Johnson passed onThursday March 6, 2014, at his home, surrounded by family in Jamaica, NY. Willie Connell Johnson founder of The Mighty Brooklyn Skyways, a quartet that enjoyed such hits as, “Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven (But Nobody Really Wants To Die),” “May The Work I’ve Done Speak For Me,” and “Unbelievable Man,” in the seventies.
Dr. Rice Broocks and Pure Flix Entertainment presents "Gods Not Dead" an enlightening, entertaining and empowering film that will open in theaters around the country on March 21. In the film, college freshman and devout Christian Josh Wheaton (Shane Harper) finds his faith challenged by a dogmatic and argumentative philosophy professor (Kevin Sorbo) who requires his students to disavow the existence of God on the first day of class. Josh finds himself having to choose between his faith and his future. He wants to fight for what he believes, but can he prove the existence of God not only to the professor but to his classmates?
Mali Music announced has that he will be perrformaning on American Idol. The singer will perform his latest single, “Beautiful”, which a video was released earlier last week. Mali will hit the Idol stage on Thursday, March 13, 2014!
"Live Through It," the new CD from James Fortune & FIYA the 2 disc CD scored a #1 debut on Billboard’s Gospel Albums chart and #13 in top albums on the Billboard 200 chart. This feat marks a career-high for Fortune with his highest first week of sales.
The Gospel Music Association will celebrate the music of Grammy and Dove Award winners Take 6 during its annual GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame Induction and Honors Ceremony on April 29th. It goes down at the Allen Arena on the Lipscomb University campus in Nashville. With 18 albums, 12 Grammy and 5 Dove Awards to their credit, Take 6 has come a long ways from humble beginnings on the campus of Oakwood College.
Kierra Sheard is set to replace CeCe Winans as a judge this season on BET’s Sunday Best! Kierra will join Donnie McClurkin and Yolanda Adams on the panel for the show’s 7th Season. The auditions are already underway for the upcoming season.
OWN's new docu-series, "Deion's Family Playbook," follows pro-athlete Deion Sanders off the field and into his home. The series premieres on Saturday, March 1 at 10pm ET/PT.
To watch a sneak peek of the episode click here: http://www.oprah.com/own-deions-family-playbook/Watch-the-First-5-Minutes-of-Deions-Family-Playbook-Video
Earlier this week Brooklyn Tankard, daughter of Ben Tankard and star of Bravo’s “Thicker Than Water”, was arrested for “Failure to Cause Child to Attend School”. According to court documents, Brooklyn’s daughter, Diamond, had 16 unexcused absences from school and 35 unexcused tardies. The reality star was pulled over for a routine traffic stop while leaving church when a license check revealed her outstanding warrent.
Classical Roots: The Power of Song! The concert goes down Friday, March in historic Music Hall, Cincinnati. This event will feature Pastor Marvin Winans, a community mass choir representing more than 50 tri-state churches, and the full force of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra conducted by John Morris Russell. Classical Roots is 13-years strong, and part of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s longstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion in the arts.
Angelo Petrucci, of the musical duo Angelo and Veronica, has been named the new Director of Music at mega church, Word of Life Christian Center in the greater Denver area in Colorado. Pastors Tim and Gayla Bagwell have pastored Word of Life for 29 years.
On April 14, 2012, over 6,000 people from various ages, ethnicities, religious denominations and backgrounds gathered in the city of Fayetteville, NC for one purpose - to unite in prayer as one massive body and proclaim that God belonged in their city. The God Belongs In My City Prayer Walk for Fayetteville, led by then Mayor Anthony Chavonne, local pastors and community leaders, was the first of its kind for the North Carolina community. Because of the positive impact of this event, it returns again to Fayetteville but under a new name. AS ONE (THE PRAYER WALK). The AS ONE Prayer Walk and a predicted 10,000 walkers will once again flood the streets of Fayetteville on Saturday, April 12, 2014.
Dr. Charles G. Hayes, founder and pastor of Chicago's Cosmopolitan Church of Prayer, has died. He was 76 years old. Dr. Hayes and his famed choir, the Cosmopolitan Church of Prayer Choir, also known as The Mighty Warriors, recorded more than 30 albums over a 50-year period, including the perennial "Jesus Can Work It Out." Our deepest condolences are extended to Dr. Hayes' family, friends and fans, and the Cosmopolitan Church of Prayer.
Mother of Gospel artist JJ Hairston passed away Wednesday morning February 12, 2014. Homegoing arrangements are pending, more details to follow. JJ Hairston would like to extend his heartfelt thanks to all who have reached out to him during this difficult time.
Donnie McClurkin is joined by his friends on "Duets," his highly anticipated CD from RCA Inspiration. Tramaine Hawkins, John P Kee, Erica and Tina Campbell, Justin Savage and Tye Tribbett all join in this celebration. "We Are Victorious" (featuring Tye Tribbett) has been rockin' radio. "Duets" hits stores and digital outlets on March 4th and is available for preorder on iTunes.
Grammy-nominated, Dove, Stellar and BET award-winning gospel artist Dr. Marvin L. Sapp joins The Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO) for a multi-city tour to promote educational opportunities for Black families. The School of Choice tour launched on February 10 in Indianapolis, IN and will visit 11 cities ending in Memphis, Tennessee on February 20. Each event will include a community discussion about the status of education for Black students and the options that are available for parents seeking educational opportunities for their children, as well as a special free concert by Dr. Sapp, RCA Inspiration recording artist Latice Crawford and comedian Hen Sapp.
Celebrating the positive impact that Black men are making domestically and across the globe, BET and ICON MANN joined forces to launch 28 Men of Change. As part of the month long celebration, BET Networks will honor pastor, singer, songwriter, life coach and businessman Charles Jenkins as one of the ’28 Men of Change’ with an exclusive interview highlighting his success at combining his passions with his purpose.
Steve Harvey, brings a star-studded awards show to the ATL. It's the 2014 Ford Neighborhood Awards’ inaugural show in Atlanta. This signature event recognizies the best leaders and organizations in local neighborhoods across the country. It goes down August 7 - 10.
The Centric Network will celebrate Black History Month with 'Being,' an eight episode hour long weekly series examining the lives of African American entertainers and celebrities. Premiering February 15th, 'Being' will take an in depth look at the life and times of Wendy Williams, Chaka Khan, Al Sharpton, Dionne Warwick, Donnie McClurkin, Ruben Studdard and more. 'Being' is narrated by hip hop music maker Big Daddy Kane.
Karen Clark Sheard joins Mariah Carey, Jennifer Hudson, Janelle Monae, Tamar Braxton, Smokey Robinson and Wayne Brady performing for BET Honors 2014. This year’s event will honor Motown Records founder and creator of the smash hit MOTOWN THE MUSICAL, Berry Gordy, American Express CEO & Chairman, Ken Chenault, visual artist, Carrie Mae Weems, entertainment trailblazer, Ice Cube and the iconic Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. “BET Honors” will premiere during Black History Month on Monday, February 24. Karen Clark Sheard is also gearing up for the release of Sunday Morning, the first track from her highly anticipated Live In Chicago CD on Karew Records produced by Donald Lawrence. Karew Records will also release a new project from Kierra Sheard as well as the solo debut of Praise and Worship leader David Daughtry.
Mary Mary is set for their return of season 3 to their hit reality series, “Mary Mary”, on WEtv. The explosive new season premieres Thursday, February 27th at 9|8c and guarantees to be the biggest one yet.
The Bay Area’s gospel community came together for an evening of praise to benefit the 2014 Edwin Hawkins & Walter Hawkins Music and Arts Love Fellowship Conference, Monday, January 27, 2014 at Love Center Ministries. Special guests Earnest Pugh, Chrystal Rucker, and Jonathan Nelson performed their chart topping favorites, while also showing their appreciation for Dr. Edwin Hawkins and the memory of the late Bishop Walter L. Hawkins.
Up Entertainment and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association presents the fifth annual 'Most Powerful Voices' gospel singing competition looking for the best and brightest gospel talents who will raise stroke awareness — particularly in the African-American community — through the power of music. Joining the competition this year as celebrity judge is RCA Inspiration recording artist Latice Crawford.
David Wright and The New York Fellowship Mass Choir's Next Generation CD Release Concert goes down Saturday, February 8th at Christ Fellowship Baptist Church in Brooklyn, NY. There will be performances from Godfather Recording Artists Geneatha Wright, Danielle Kelly, Jasper Willis & VOR and Jessica Dudley from Sunday's Best!
Wife of Sunday’s Best Elder Goldwire McLendon, Ruth Augusta Byrd McLendon went home to be with THE LORD after a prolonged illness that lasted over 10 years. She slipped away January 25, 2014. Elders Goldwire & Ruth McLendon were united in matrimony on April 15, 1950. To this union were born 5 children, 2 of whom preceded her in death.
Oxygen’s hit show, “Preachers of L.A.” is set to return for a second season this fall! The show was such a success that producers are now casting for spinoffs in New York, Atlanta, Dallas and Detroit.
Pastor Jason Nelson went on Facebook to announce his live recording as part of the Full Nelson Summit going down May 1-3, 2014. The conference location and recording is the First Mount Olive Freewill Baptist Church in Linthicum, Maryland. Guests for the summit include Bishop Neil Ellis, Dr. Jazmin Sculark and Bishop William Murphy III.
Congrats to Tasha Cobbs on her very first Grammy win. She garned (2) Grammy's.
Motown Gospel artist and Grammy nominee Tye Tribbett served as a presenter during the GRAMMY Awards Pre-Telecast Ceremony on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014. Tye Tribbett won (2) Grammy's: Best Gospel Song for “If He Did It Before… Same God [Live],” and Best Gospel Album for Greater Than [Live].
The International Mass Choir of the African Methodist Episcopal Church has released a music video of 'Nobody Like Our God,' the first single from their soon to be released CD project. 'Nobody Like Our God' features Myron Butler. The single goes to digital outlets on February 4th.
Opera star Lawrence Brownlee and celebrated pianist/composer/conductor Damien Sneed will celebrate African American spirituals and church music as they present music from their CD Spiritual Sketches on Wednesday January 29th. The concert is part of Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series. Brownlee made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2013 and was a featured performer at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo Italy while Sneed toured the country conducting Wynton Marsalis’ Abysinian Mass with the Jazz at Lincoln Center orchestra and his Chorale LeChateau. Sneed also participated in the BMI tribute to Richard Smallwood during this year’s Stellar Award weekend.
Congrats to producer, songwriter and engineer Derek "DC" Clark who snagged "Producer of the Year" along with Fred Hammond, at the 29th Stellar Gospel Award for the project "United Tenors" featuring Fred Hammond, Dave Hollister, Eric Roberson and Brian Courtney Wilson. Derek "DC" Clark will receive the key to the city of his hometown Tacoma, Washington for his tireless musical humanitarian efforts. He has worked with the best in the business, Clark has successfully produced, written for, collaborated or engineered/edited for the likes of Fred Hammond, Ne-Yo, Trey Songz, Omarion, Israel Houghton, Yolanda Adams, Ruben Studdard, T.D. Jakes' Sacred Love Songs 2, James Fortune & FIYA, Dawkins & Dawkins, Men of Standard, Zie'l, Marques Houston, The Singletons, GI and more.
It has been reported that the Father of newly 3x Stellar Award Winner TASHA COBBS’ Father BISHOP FRITZ COBBS passed suddenly on Sunday. Tasha Cobbs father was in attendance at the 29th Annual Stellar Awards to support his Daughter as she won New Artist of the Year, Contemporary Female of The Year and Contemporary CD of the Year.
Pastor Charles Jenkins announced during Stellar Awards weekend a major signing to his innovative boutique label , award winning artist Byron Cage . There is not a projected release date yet but Cage is expected to begin recording new music this year. Inspired People is distributed through Motown Gospel.
Tamela Mann won big with (8) Stellar Awards followed by Hezekiah Walker, Tasha Cobbs and Anthony Brown at the 29th Stellar Awards. (View all winners on http://www.gospel-spotlight.com/stellaraward.htm)
Sunday Best Season 5 First Runner Up Alexis Spight is set to appear on the Impact Network’s “Good News” with Bishop Greg Davis tonight. The show goes down at 5:00 pm EST live from Detroit. Following her appearance on “Good News”, Spight will be on the Word Network’s “Word Church” discussing her Stellar Nominations, ministering and much more.
RCA Inspiration’s Mali Music has a new single, “Beautiful." It is available for download on iTunes. “Beautiful” will be featured on Mali’s upcoming project, ‘Mali Is…’
Toya Beasley’s SistaFriendz Stellar Women of Gospel Awards celebrates the contributions of female professionals who work “behind-the-scenes” in the Gospel Music world. This year, the event will honor Monica Bacon, Founder and President of Sovereign Agency; Dr. Teresa Hairston, Founder and Chair of the Gospel Heritage Foundation; Tomeka B. Holyfield, President and CEO of RCM Media Productions and The HELPPPP Agency; Karen Jackson, Director of Marketing and Artist Development for Motown Gospel; and Gwendolyn Quinn, Founder and President of Gwendolyn Quinn.
The Gospel nominees for the 45th Annual NAACP Image Awards have been announced. It goes down February 22, 2014 and will air on TV One. Outstanding Gospel Album – (Traditional or Contemporary)
“20 Year Celebration Volume 1 – Best For Last” – Donald Lawrence (Quietwater Entertainment/eOne Music)
“Azusa: The Next Generation” – Hezekiah Walker (RCA Inspiration)
“Best Days Deluxe Edition” – Tamela Mann (Tillymann Music)
“Good God” – Shirley Caesar (eOne Music)
“Music From the Motion Picture Black Nativity” – Various (RCA Inspiration
The 29th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards today announced the lineup for Gospel music’s biggest night. Mary Mary’s Erica Campbell, Shirley Caesar, Donald Lawrence, Hezekiah Walker, Isaac Carree, Tasha Cobbs, Ricky Dillard, VaShawn Mitchell, Lexi, Anthony Brown & Group TherAPy and Jonathan McReynolds will 'turn up!'
The Malaco Music Group has announced the return of the Malaco Artists Retreat & Showcase (M.A.R.S.) February 20 – 22, 2014, center court in the newly renovated Metro Center Mall, Jackson, MS. The Malaco Artists Retreat & Showcase (M.A.R.S.) is a national singing & performance competition developed to give unsigned artists an opportunity to showcase their talents, win prize money and receive a recording contract with one of the Malaco Music Group family of labels.
Join one of today’s most celebrated spiritual teachers as she offer free advice in a busy public place. It's “Help Desk,” a new show hosted by Gotham Chopra, Deepak Chopra’s son. He sets up an outdoor desk with spiritual life coach Iyanla Vanzant this Sunday, January 12th in Washington D.C.’s Union Station.
The National Quartet Convention announced a new event. With the Convention moving to Pigeon Forge next year, they will continue a presence in Louisville, Kentucky with this new event, the NQC Spring Break. It will be held Thursday and Friday nights, March 27-28, 2014, at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky.
Erica Campbell kicked off the New Year with an all-new music video for her next single"Help." Shot yesterday in Los Angeles, the video was directed by legendary and iconic director Billy Woodruff.The single is the title track off Campbell's solo debut album that will be released March 25th on My Block Inc./eOne Music and the single will be available for download this Friday, on all digital. Campbell is scheduled to be in Nashville next week, where she will perform live on the 29th Annual Stellar Awards, Friday January 18th hosted by Pastor Donnie McClurkin. She will rejoin her sister Tina, for a Mary Mary performance at the Superbowl Gospel Celebration, the only NFL sanctioned concert, in NYC on January 31st.
James Fortune the award-winning Gospel star, songwriter, producer and nationally-syndicated radio host will release his first-ever live new album" Live Through It," on Tuesday, February 25th, 2014. The highly-anticipated new album features 20 tracks on a two-disc set, with guest appearances from Tasha Cobbs, Zacardi Cortez, Israel Houghton, Isaac Carree, Alexis Spight, and Da’ T.R.U.T.H.
Another celeb birth took place over the holidays when music producer, singer/songwriter, Eric Dawkins and model/actress wife Tish Graves welcomed their new baby Parker Dawkins on Eric Dawkins father’s birthday! This is the couple’s first baby since their wedding in 2012. "I knew I was in love with my wife before but watching her carry my child took it to another level, and witnessing my son being born just took it over the top!" exclaims Eric. Eric Dawkins has worked with the Justin Bieber, Tyrese, Christina Aguilara, and R. Kelly to name a few. Tish Graves has graced the pages of Harper's Bazaar, Cosmo, Essence, etc., and can be seen in TV commercial campaigns as McDonalds, Tide, Aveeno, Diet Pepsi, Lincoln, ad campaigns as Gap, and more. Congratulations to Tish and Eric Dawkins!
OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network's popular scripted series, from Tyler Perry, "The Haves and the Have Nots" and "Love Thy Neighbor" will return to the network's primetime lineup this week. "The Haves and the Have Nots" heats up this winter after its cliffhanger fall finale. On Tuesday, January 7 (9-10 p.m.) the Cryer family is back with even more scandals, lies and deceit as judge Jim Cryer (John Schneider) mounts a campaign for governor despite escalating family problems and the vengeful actions of his former mistress Candace Young (Tika Sumpter). Tyler Perry's comedy "Love Thy Neighbor," returns to the primetime lineup on Wednesday, January 8 with two half-hour episodes back-to-back at 9 and 9:30 p.m. and features even more hilarious hijinks from Mama Hattie (Patrice Lovely) and the gang at The Love Train Diner.
It's a family affair! Dorinda Clark Cole took to social media to announce the guest lineup for 'The Gospel According to Dorinda,' her new show debuting on The Word Network. Guests include The Clark Sisters, Bill Moss, J. Moss, Larry Clark, Bishop J. Drew Sheard, Kierra Sheard and J Drew Sheard. The show will air live on the Word Network on January 13th.
In November of 2013, Fred Hammond revealed that his doctor recommended replacement surgery for both of his knees. On Friday Fred announced that after 3.5 hours of surgery, everything went well! We pray for his and his speedy recovery.
For the third consecutive week, Sunday’s 9pm airing of THICKER THAN WATER drew over 2 Million viewers and with next Sunday’s finale set to air. Thicker Than Water’s season-to-date average viewership is closing in as the highest rated non-franchise/non spin-off freshman season of any show on Bravo TV. The Tankard’s stats are double of that of any previous freshman reality show
On a sad note. We mourn the death of James Avery who played Uncle Phil on the Fresh Prince Of Bel- Air. His death was due to complications from open heart surgery.
The 21th Annual FGBCF International Conference goes down July 9-11 at the World Congress Center Atlanta GA.
For years, Baylor University’s Robert Darden has led the charge on preserving music from Gospel’s Golden Era via the Black Gospel Music Restoration Project. Darden and the Baylor team have sought to identify, record and catalog both well known and obscure recordings that make up the gospel music tradition. The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture announced via social media that the collection will be a part of the museum’s Musical Crossroad’s exhibition.
A week after the photo of Mary Mary's Erica Campbell, she is speaking out on the situation. In her view the picture was nothing more than a beautiful image of someone who is proud of the way she looks.
“I'm taking it in stride and I'm keeping it moving,” Campbell shared that with Essence.com. “When we took the picture I felt beautiful, I felt confident, I felt sexy and I felt strong. ”“I thought I looked cute,” she added jokingly, “but it obviously offended some people, which was never my intention.” Campbell’s photo features the vocalist wearing a figure-hugging white dress that shows off her curves. Among the people in Campbell’s corner is her husband, who she first sent the photo to, and her family, who never wavered in their support.“Our whole family loved it,” Erica’s sister /Mary Mary's Tina Campbell said. “You see grace, you see beauty, you see elegance and style. It’s wholesome.”Criticism over the Erica Campbell’s picture may have been an unexpected vehicle for a new cause as she is thinking about the need for a bigger conversation about Christianity and sexuality. “This is about confidence and realizing that God made you and that you are beautiful just the way you are,” she stated. “I think that young girls shouldn't only get sexy images from people who are not proclaiming Jesus.
"Testimony" by Anthony Brown & group therAPy" is the Most Popular Gospel Song of 2013. According to Billboard's Year-End Ranking Chart, "Testimony" had the most radio airplay detections of any other gospel track this year.
Seeking to chart a new path for the hardcore music genre, New Orleans based rapper Dee-1 signing with RCA Inspiration. The label that is home to Yolanda Adams, Kirk Franklin and Donnie McClurkin, now boasts a legitimate rap act with street and industry credibility.
The nominations are in for the GRAMMY Awards. The 56th Annual GRAMMY® Awards will be held at Staples Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast live on CBS on January 26, 2014.
Tamela Mann has just been added to the Super Bowl Gospel Celebration concert which will go down January 31, 2014 at The Theater at Madison Square Garden.
The Word Network announced the addition of a new show hosted by Grammy winning choir master Bishop Hezekiah Walker. “Hezekiah Walker Presents Choirfest” will spotlight gospel choir’s from across the United States and the world. The show will be a part of the Word Network’s Saturday program schedule.
Singer, songwriter, and producer Myron Butler has been nominated for a Stellar Award for Producer of the Year for Tamela Mann’s chart-topping best-selling CD, Best Days. Featuring co-production by gospel superstar Kirk Franklin, Best Days launched the cross-over hit tune “Take Me To The King”. Kudo's to Kirk Franklin for rockin' the Mandela Memorial service.
Erica Campbell received a Grammy nomination for BEST GOSPEL SONG, for "A Little More Jesus." The song was written by Erica, sister Tina Campbell and husband Warryn Campbell. "A Little More Jesus," is the first single off of Erica's debut solo project, HELP, which will be released on My Block Inc./eOne on March 25, 2014.
Motown Gospel’s Tye Tribbett won Best Gospel/Inspirational Performance at the 2014 Soul Train Music Awards for his hit single “If He Did It Before…Same God” from GREATER THAN. This is Tribbett’s first Soul Train Award win. The Soul Train Music Awards was taped in Las Vegas on November 8 and aired on the Centric and BET.
The Emmy Award Winning Gospel's Jubilee Showcase Airing on PBS Stations Across the U.S. featuring Albertina Walker - Andrae Crouch the Caravans - the Soul Stirrers the Staple Singers - the Dorothy Norwood Singers DVD's Are Available for Pledge Donationsemail@example.com
Grammy Award winning choir director and church pastor Hezekiah Walker will receive the James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2014 Stellar Awards.
Paul Crouch, the televangelist who built what's been called the world's largest Christian broadcasting network, has passed away.
“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.
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)
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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.”
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.
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