Thursday, October 1, Hartman Arena, Wichita, KS
Sunday, October 4, Southern University Activity Center, Baton Rouge, LA
Friday, October 9, Ovens Auditorium, Charlotte, NC
Saturday, October 10, Crown Coliseum, Fayetteville, NC
Sunday, October 11, Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, FL
Saturday, October 17, Fox Theatre, Atlanta, GA
Sunday, October 18, The Columbus Civic Center, Columbus, GA
Wednesday, October 21, Constant Convocation, Center, Norfolk, CA
Friday, October 23, Altria Theatre, Richmond, VA
Saturday, October 24, Lyric Opera House, Baltimore, MD
Tuesday, October 27, Hershey Centre, Toronto
Thursday, October 29, Agannis Arena, Boston, MA
Friday, October 30, Kings Theatre, Brooklyn, NY
Saturday, October 31, Ritz Theater, Elizabeth, NJ
Sunday, November 1, Constitution Hall, Washington, DC
Friday, November 6, Foxwoods Grand Theater, Mashantucket, CT
Saturday, November 7, Blue Cross Arena, Rochester, NY
Sunday, November 8, Liacouras Center, Philadelphia, PA
Monday, November 9, Palace Theater, Albany, NY
Thursday, November 12, Akron Civic Center, Akron, OH
Friday, November 13, Palace Theater, Columbus, OH
Saturday, November 14, Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, MI
Friday, November 20, Murat Theatre, Indianapolis, IN
Saturday, November 21, Horseshoe Casino, Hammond, IN (Chicago market)
Sunday, November 22, Milwaukee Theater, Milwaukee, IL
Sunday, November 29, Fox Theatre, St. Louis, MO
RCA Inspiration signed an exclusive partnership agreement with music producer, musician and praise leader, Phillip Bryant. Bryant, a two time Dove Award winning producer and Stellar Award nominee, began producing professionally in his teens and has worked with artists like Dave Hollister, John P. Kee, Kelly Price, Fantasia, Mary J. Blige, Anthony Hamilton, Trinitee 5:7 and CeCe Winans. “Source” the new single from Phillip Bryant’s forthcoming album has just been released to radio.
There was a premiere party for her new reality show, Being K. Michelle and at the party she posted a picture with Gospel Singer Erica Campbell and hinted at a collaboration. K. Michelle revealed that it is a remix. The song will be on K. Michelle's new effort
Karen Clark Sheard will release her highly-anticipated new album "Destined To Win," on July 17, 2015. Ushering in her sixth solo project and her second solo album to be released on her record label Karew Records, the 4-time GRAMMY®-winning gospel superstar’s renowned voice and captivating performance style came together before a packed audience of listeners to create a powerhouse live album experience on the 10-track album. Recorded live at Chicago’s House of Hope, Karen Clark Sheard delivers a bold statement of faith and spiritual encouragement on "Destined To Win," teaming up with long-time collaborator Donald Lawrence, who produced the album along with Daniel Weatherspoon, as well as her son J. Drew Sheard II.
Marvin Sapp posted this message after being turned away. This evening in the city of Chicago as a guest of this city, (Chicago GospelFest) I have been never so offended in my life. At "Ruth Chris" a restaurant that I have eaten in across this country on many occasions, turned 6 members of my party and I away because of our attire. Stating they only serve individuals dressed in business casual attire. After looking through the restaurant, many had on ripped jeans, sneakers, t-shirt etc. We had on the same as many sitting and or waiting to be seated however we were asked to leave. Even after asking for a private room, explaining that we were from out of town and so on we were still turned away.... So I decided to post the card of the individual who made the decision not to serve us. ?#?doublestandardmaybe?
In Celebration of Black Music Month, International Gospel Music Artist, Anthony Faulkner will be joining music artists from across the country during the Back to Basics 2-Music and Entertainment Summit in San Diego, CA. Thursday, June 4th. Anthony Faulkner will will share the panel with, music industry executives, Neily Dickerson, Lin Woods, Clyde Duffie and more. Anthony Faulkner will also perform his current single “I Trust You” during the Gospel Music Celebration Concert at 7:30pm. The Gospel Music Celebration Concert will also feature, Jessica Reedy and Brent Jones.
Seventh season BET’S Sunday Best winner and Fo Yo Soul Recordings/RCA artist Geoffrey Golden has released his first single "All Of My Help" to all digital music providers. "All Of My Help" is the first single from Geoffrey’s debut album "Kingdom…LIVE!" executive produced by Kirk Franklin and available everywhere on August 7, 2015.
Pastor William Murphy, will hosts his live album recording on Thursday May 28th in Atlanta. The gifted songwriter and vocalist behind the Shekinah Glory praise and worship anthem “Praise Is What I Do” and “It’s Working” is set to give an unforgettable worship experience.
Gospel music’s newest superstar Casey J continues to break new ground in her young career with “Fill Me Up.” Spending (13) week at #1* and making its debut at #29 on the Adult Airplay chart. The uplifting song also makes its debut at #30 on the Mediabase Urban AC chart where it joins new hits by the likes of Boney James, Charlie Wilson, Miguel and the cast of the television series “Empire.”
MegaFest, announced the addition of several speakers to its powerhouse lineup of inspirational programming. The speakers will be part of the ManPower and Woman Thou Art Loosed conferences and include: Bishop Tudor Bismarck, Dr. R.A. Vernon, Joyce Meyer, Joyce Rodgers, Christine Caine and Archbishop Nicholas Duncan Williams.
The SoundExchange Influencers Series is returning to Nashville’s famous Bluebird Café on Wednesday, May 27, 2015. Legendary gospel and R&B singer BeBe Winans will be joined by recent breakthrough gospel artist Jonathan McReynolds and young singer/songwriter Alexa Cruse.Season 7 Sunday Best Winner Geoffrey Golden released the first single from his upcoming effort. The new single, “All Of My Help” was recorded live last month at a live recording in Dallas, TX.
Season 7 Sunday Best Winner Geoffrey Golden released the first single from his upcoming effort. The new single, “All Of My Help” was recorded live last month at a live recording in Dallas, TX.
Darwin Hobbs first appeared on "The Oprah Show" during the historic final season. Hobbs, a guest on a show about child sex abuse, bravely shared his testimony as an abuse survivor. Now, Hobbs and wife Traci will appear on the update show, OWN's "Oprah: Where Are They Now," this Saturday, May 23rd at 10pm EST.
Tim Bowman, Jr has signed with Rodney Jerkins Lifestyle Music Group/Motown Gospel. The first radio single 'I’m Good,' written by Jhonte Austin and produced by Jerkins has been serviced to radio and Bowman will make appearances in support of its release.
Preacher, Pastor and Psalmist Marvin Sapp on June 2nd release of his 10th solo CD, 'You Shall Live.' Pastor Sapp will celebrate the CD’s release with concert appearances in Atlanta, Charlotte and at the 30th annual Chicago Gospel Music Festival.
Two time Stellar Award winning producer Isaiah Thomas will release his new single "He Wouldn't Let Me Go" featuring April Hall Tuesday, May 26 . This beautiful, mid-tempo, worship ballad is a song about thankfulness and the inspiration came from Psalm 91:18 "When I said, My foot slippeth; thy mercy, O LORD, held me up."
Entertainment One Music (eOne Music) hit artists Michelle Williams, Erica Campbell and Deitrick Haddon racked up 3 nominations in the category of Best Gospel Artist for the upcoming 2015 BET Awards. After delivering powerhouse performances and garnering awards at the Stellar Awards earlier this year, and providing inspiration to countless fans through music and television, the three chart-toppers remain a creative force with their latest releases, pushing the envelope in developing new sounds in celebrating gospel. The 2015 BET Awards will air on Sunday June 28th, 2015.
Detroit was rocking last night! The ninth annual McDonald’s Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour kicked off and took over Greater Grace Temple with dynamic singing, lots of laughter and messages of hope. With the incomparable Donald Lawrence serving as the musical director, it’s no wonder the concert was remarkable. Music veteran Yolanda Adams delivered hit after hit while Ricky Dillard was simply “Amazing.” Detroit’s very own vocal powerhouses Dorinda Clark-Cole and Tasha Page-Lockhart made their hometown proud with dynamic vocals. DeWayne Woods “Let Go” and certainly let God have His way on the stage. And Lonnie Hunter pulled double duty as he not only performed but also served as the host while funny woman Small Fire brought the laughter. Did we mention the Andrae Crouch tribute? One word – DYNAMIC!
Bishop Oliver Clyde Allen, III, Senior Pastor of The Vision Cathedral of Atlanta, has accepted an appointment to The Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA). PACHA is a select 23-member council appointed to provide advice, information, and recommendations to the White House and U.S. Secretary for Health and Human Services, regarding programs and policies intended to promote effective prevention of HIV disease, and to advance research on HIV disease and AIDS.
Gospel’s #1 poster girl Casey J sat down with Roland S. Martin for a special episode of “News One Now with Roland S. Martin” that focuses on gospel music. The episode aired Thursday, May 14th. Casey J talked about the meteoric rise of her debut single “Fill Me Up” and the album "The Truth."
Comedian Rudy Rush will headline his very own one-hour special as part of Bounce TV’s popular, family-friendly original comedy series “Off The Chain.” “Off The Chain: Rudy Rush” premieres on Monday, May 18 at 10/9pm CT. “Off The Chain” will feature some of the most hilarious African-American comedians on the stand-up scene.
Conductor, pianist, producer and recording artist Damien L. Sneed presents The 2ndAnnual Levites’ Gathering on Thursday, June 10 through Saturday, June 13 at The Greater Mt. Calvary Holy Church, where Archbishop Alfred A. Owens, Jr. is Senior Pastor. Greater Mt. Calvary Holy Church is located in Washington, DC.
New music released digitally, Tasha Cobbs is having an explosive first week of sales as three new songs hold the top three positions on Billboard’s Gospel Digital Songs chart: “Jesus Saves”, “Fill Me Up” and “Overflow” hold the respective first, second and third positions on the chart. “Fill Me Up” and “Overflow” were released last week, along with “Jesus Saves” – which is the first single from Cobbs’ highly anticipated album "ONE PLACE LIVE," recorded at Redemption Center Church in Greenville, South Carolina.
The Chicago Gospel Festival celebrates 30 years May 29 – 31. This year’s Chicago Gospel Festival will feature over 30 performers including Israel Houghton and New Breed, Richard Smallwood and Vision, Anthony Brown & Group TherAPy, Marvin Sapp, Ricky Dillard and New G, Anita Wilson, Jonathan McReynolds and Cinque Cullar with a 200 voice Peace Choir comprised of churches throughout the Chicagoland area. Donald Lawrence will lead a very special tribute to Bishop Walter Hawkins and Andrae Crouch featuring Bishop Rance Allen, Bryan Courtney Wilson, Lisa Page Brooks and Tasha Page Lockhart, Vanessa Bell Armstong, Krystle Murden and more.
BLACK OR WHITE is the story of a grandfather (Academy Award® winner Kevin Costner) who is suddenly left to care for his beloved granddaughter. When her paternal grandmother (Academy Award® winner Octavia Spencer) seeks custody with the help of her brother (Anthony Mackie), the little girl is torn between two families who love her deeply. With the best intentions at heart, both families fight for what they feel is right and are soon forced to confront their true feelings about race, forgiveness, and understanding. Anchored by an all-star cast and based on real events, the movie is a look at two seemingly different worlds, in which nothing is as simple as black or white.https://www.youtube.com/embed/7ES5WNV5wf4
“Hero,” the debut single from music’s first ever interracial female duo "AsOne" featuring Lamar Campbell & Spirit of Praise, is now available on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and all other digital platforms for download. Already winning over critics and listeners alike at Christian and Gospel radio, the song is a bold ode to God’s undefeated record of love, grace, and mercy for His children. Showcasing the vocal and writing prowess of the group’s members Lisa Wright and Theresa Bailey.
CONGRATULATIONS! Michael Johnson Receives Degree from Georgia Tech just in time for Mother's Day. This Cincinnati Bengals returned to Tech nearly every off season until he met his goal. "I'm representing not only myself but my family and community. There are a lot of people supporting me, especially kids who might look up to me. It hasn't been a cakewalk, this is my third semester coming back here to finish. This is the final push, and I'm doing the best I can."
Named the 2013’s Stellar Awards Group (Duo) of the Year, Anthony Brown & group therAPy have created a new effort to help folk experience Jesus every day and in every way. “WORTH” is the debut single from the sophomore effort "Everyday Jesus the Live Experience."
Grammy-winning singer, songwriter and actress Michelle Williams premieres her new video “Believe in Me” Wednesday April 29th! Also this week, Michelle Williams was on “The Meredith Vieira Show” Tuesday afternoon, April 28th! Williams will appear on “Essence Live” on Thursday, April 30th. She also recently performed at a special gospel music celebration in Washington DC hosted by the President and First Lady at the White House for “The Gospel Tradition: In Performance at the White House” that is scheduled to air later this summer, on June 26th.
StageLife Productions and Publishing announce the signing of a multiple project joint venture agreement with Tyscot Music & Entertainment. This agreement will feature the work of Clareta, who has coined her sound as "Edgy Gospel." With her musical upbringing from the well-known Gospel family "The Haddon's," she electrified audiences during her recent performance at the 30th Stellar Awards Show as she shared the stage with her brother Deitrick Haddon and LXW. The first single released to radio "Winner's Anthem" is sure to take worship to the next level with its cross market appeal and strong Gospel influences. The first song from Clareta's debut album, Contagious.
The longest running original series in the history of cable television and the top Sunday morning program on BET Networks, " Bobby Jones Gospel" will come to an end after 35 years on air this season. BET announced the cancellation of the show during it annual upfront meeting yesterday.
In an interview host of the program and gospel recording artist, Dr. Bobby Jones, 75, thanked his fans and BET Networks and said he looks forward to a continued relationship, but as for the show he pioneered, "it's the end."
The other half of Mary Mary Tina Campbell prepares for the release of her long awaited solo album . "Its Personal" is packed with appearances from Stevie Wonder, Teddy Campbell, Erica Campbell, Warryn Campbell, Honey Atkins, Aaron Lindsey, The Underdogs, Eddie Brown, Jason White, PJ Morton and Donald Lawrence & Company. Tina’s book "I Need A Day To Pray" hits digital outlets on May 7th as well as the effort.
Creflo Dollar’s campaign for a $65 million private jet ended shortly after it began. And now, the embattled megapastor is firing back at his critic. In a video clip uploaded Tuesday to YouTube, Dollar blasts “Internet commentators” and detractors who “don’t know” him. http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=HcT7cKr3hCw
Earnest Pugh will receive a special Alumni Award for the Arts during the 3rd Annual Howard University School of Divinity Alumni Association Awards Banquet on April 26th. Pugh starts the day sharing music ministry at the Ebenezer AME Church in Fort Washington where he served as part of the music team during his stay in the DMV followed by the awards banquet and a concert at Howard University’s Blackburn Center. Pugh will also celebrate the 30th Pastoral anniversary of Pastor Robert G Childs, Howard University School of Divinity Professor at the Berean Baptist Church.
Evolve Music Group Chairman/CEO Rodney Jerkins announces his first formal venture into the gospel and Christian music industry with the launch of Lifestyle Music Group (LMG). The multi-Grammy® Award-winning producer, songwriter and executive has appointed industry veteran Demmette Guidry as General Manager of LMG, which will be distributed through Motown Gospel/Capitol Christian Music Group. Lifestyle’s kickoff roster includes singer/songwriters: Joy Enriquez and Tim Bowman Jr. The label’s rollout begins this spring with the Jerkins-produced Bowman single “I’m Good.” A Mother’s Day release is planned for Enriquez’s first single, “Hallelujah.” Also produced by Jerkins, the single features violinist/instrumentalist Lindsey Stirling.
The Impact Network adds Jewel Tankard the star of Bravo's hit reality show "Thicker Than Water" to its weekly lineup beginning Wednesday April 22 at 4p.m. Whether it is dishing on the day's headlines, discussing issues of interest to the grown and sexy, or touching on topics of a more serious nature "The Jewel Tankard Show" brings levity, love, laughter and most important a spiritual light to day time talk. Known as the high energy matriarch of the Tankard family, Jewel brings a unique blend of finance, faith, and fun from a feminine perspective to The Impact Network.
Five women have been selected to usher in a new musical chapter in Bishop T.D. Jakes’ ministry. Psalmists Candy West, DeeDee, April Nevels, Ruby Cavazos and Shana Saint, each a Potter’s House of Dallas choir member, have collectively been signed by the mega ministry leader’s Dexterity Sounds label. Named “Grace” from the Greek charis meaning “to rejoice,” the all-female quintet has released a new single, “This Time,” produced by Eric Dawkins. From diverse cultural and social backgrounds, with the backing of one of America’s most influential pastors, Grace is poised to reach a broad audience. Their single is currently available on iTunes.
Hot off the heels on winning her first Stellar Award, Tiffany Joy McGhee (TiffJoy), announces new deal with VaShawn Mitchell’s new company, Walkway Music Group, a division of VMan Entertainment. TiffJoy penned and is featured on the title track to Ricky Dillard’s successful 2014 album “Amazing.” She recently won the Stellar Award for “Song of the Year.” Award-winner, producer and artist VaShawn Mitchell in partnership with Tyscot Records will release McGhee’s debut single “The Promise” under Walkway Music Group/VMan Entertainment. “The Promise” will be available this Summer and McGhee’s full album is slated for next year.
The Travel Channel has tapped TV Host, Pop Culture Commentator and Harlem Fave Jawn Murray to host a new series called “Night Crawl New York with Jawn Murray.” The five-episode series focuses on New York nightlife venues and premiered this week on the network’s digital platform TravelChannel.com.
Remembering the life of Christian music legend Billy Ray Hearne who passed away on Wednesday, April 15th. Hearne, a graduate of Baylor University began his career at Word Records, launching the Myrrh label and introducing the world to Amy Grant. In 1976, he founded Sparrow Records, who's roster included Bebe and CeCe Winans, Tramaine Hawkins, The Clark Sisters, Daryl Coley and the West Angeles COGIC Saints In Praise series. In 1992, Sparrow was sold to EMI Music, making way for the creation of Capitol Christian Music, the world’s largest Christian music group and home to Motown Gospel.
“It’s You” launches Cheneta’s sophomore project "I AM CHENETA JONES" with a targeted Fall 2015 release date. “It’s You” featuring Zacardi Cortez is ready now for pre-order and will be available on all digital music outlets on May 5. Since her first CD, Cheneta has experienced many changes, challenges, high and low moments in life as so many do. "I AM CHENETA JONES" is a chronicle of her growth as an artist and personal test and trials as a young woman in ministry.
Motown Gospel's, newest signee, Janice Gaines, releases two digital songs, "Wait On You," and "The Break-Up Song." Janice Gaines teamed up with Grammy-winning producer, writer Lashawn Daniels (Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Destiny's Child & Tamar Braxton) for her forthcoming album,"GREATEST LIFE EVER." Janice will be on the road this spring promoting her new music including an upcoming performance at the 17th Annual Grammy Block Party on May 12 in her current hometown, Nashville TN.
Fresh from her White House performance for the President and First Lady, Tamela Mann talks life, love and happiness with her husband David Mann when they visit The Real today April 16th. David and Tamela are also enjoying the success of the debut of their new sitcom Mann and Wife on Bounce TV. The April 7th debut debut of MANN & WIFE became the network’s most-watched original to date, reaching nearly 800,000 viewers.
The White House - The President and First Lady invited music legends and top contemporary artists to the White House as part of its "In Performance at the White House" series. The event paid tribute to the fundamental role gospel music has played in the American musical tradition and the important artists. The program included performances by Bishop Rance Allen, Pastor Shirley Caesar, Aretha Franklin, Rodney Crowell, Rhiannon Giddens, Emmylou Harris, Darlene Love, Lyle Lovett, Tamela Mann, the Morgan State University Choir, and Michelle Williams - with T Bone Burnett as executive music director and Billy Maxwell as music director. The event was streamed live at WhiteHouse.gov/live. "The Gospel Tradition: In Performance at the White House" will be broadcast Friday, June 26, 2015 at 9:00 PM ET on PBS stations nationwide. The program will also be simulcast on TV One.
After a four-year hiatus Stellar Award winning recording artist Ted Winn is back with his inspiring new radio hit “More.”
New York based urban inspirational group LIVRE is ready for the July release of their CD, "Jericho: Tribe Of Joshua." The debut effort will feature guest appearances from Mali Music, Jason Nelson, rapper FERG and others.
Damion Murrill has been prepping his debut release," Take A Stand, " for months now. Murrill, a member of the GRAMMY and Stellar Award-nominated family group, The Murrills and protégé of award-winning songwriter and producer, Donald Lawrence has dropped two singles “Kingdom Come” and “Don’t Let Me Fall”. "Take A Stand," will be dropping on June 9, 2015. Distributed by New Day Christian Distributors, the CD will include performances from guest artists LeJuene Thompson and George Huff. Murrill is hitting the road in support of the project.
The Showers CD release concert was hosted at New Orleans’ Greater St Stephens Full Gospel Baptist Church with appearances from Lowell Pye and Canton Jones, the Showers will release their self titled album on Habakkuk Music. Grammy and Stellar award winners Deon Kipping, Myron Butler, Bruce Robinson, Jr. are some of the producers on this new disc. Look for the new CD on digital outlets and in stores on April 21st
New Video now available with Erica Campbell and her new song “I Luh God,” Jonathan McReynolds and his new song “Gotta Have You,” Deitrick Haddon, Ricky Dillard, Pastor Shirley Caesar, David and Tamela Mann, and more!
GRAMMY-winning rapper Lecrae continues to push boundaries and open dialogue. Recently Lecrae participated in a 30-minute conversation with preacher/author, John Piper and John Ensor, President of the pregnancy help ministry, PassionLife. During the conversation, Lecrae recounted his personal experience as a young Christian struggling to find his way when his girlfriend at the time became pregnant. Lecrae confesses that he convinced her that having an abortion was the best thing—a decision he now regrets. Lecrae talked openly about the pain of coming to grips with what he had done years later and about his reasoning for sharing this part of his journey now in the song, “Good, Bad, Ugly” off of his chart-topping 2014 release, "Anomaly."
Akron Symphony, singer songwriter Jennifer Mekel enteres the music industry as a new recording artist with a debut album DESTINY LIVE. The success of the DESTINY LIVE was apparent in the flood of television requests from popular shows like, Atlanta LIVE and I’m Just Saying hosted by Pastor Dan Willis on the TCT Network. Mekel was humbled by her successful outcomes that resulted in the debut single from DESTINY LIVE, It Won’t Work placing #46 on Billboard Gospel Charts.
Celebrity entertainers David and Tamela Mann, noted supporters of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital®, recently received the St. Jude Star Award at the Entertainment One (eOne) post-Stellar Awards celebration at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Manns and received the St. Jude Star award, which recognizes individuals in the entertainment industry whose fundraising and awareness efforts have resulted in significant contributions to the hospital. The singing and acting duo lent their celebrity status to help garner $1.4 million in cash and pledges for the Radio Cares for St. Jude national radio broadcast event and volunteered their time to host and perform during the St. Jude Celebration of Hope closing dinner.
TV One's Easter Sunday premiere of The 30th Annual Stellar Awards posted the highest-rated weekend primetime premiere telecast this year in the demo. The 30th Annual Stellar awards is the 3rd most watched telecast on the network this year behind the 46th Annual NAACP Image Awards and Unsung Hollywood: Redd Foxx. The award show's premiere and encores combined to reach 1.1 Million Viewers 2+. Hailed as "Gospel music's biggest night," The 30th Annual Stellar Awards recognized the year's most outstanding contributions in gospel music. The broadcast also featured the much-buzzed about performance of "Say Yes" by Michelle Williams featuring Kelly Rowland and Beyonce. The 30th Annual Stellar Gospel Awards was executive produced by Don Jackson and produced by Barbara Wilson for Central City Productions.
It's going down! Tune in this Thursday, April 9th to catch Lecrae performing on @GMA Good Morning America.
New scripted series " MANN & WIFE, " from husband and wife team David Mann and Tamela Mann is set to premiere today Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at 9pm ET /8 CT on Bounce TV. Starring as newlyweds Daniel and Toni Mann, the half-hour multi-camera sitcom revolves around the newly married couple and their blended family. Daniel, a police officer from Atlanta, and Toni, a school teacher from Dallas, along with their kids DJ, Tosha, Darren and Terri all move into Daniel's house in the Atlanta suburbs and have to adjust to their new lives together. Mann & Wife also stars Tony Rock, Tiny Lister and JoMarie Payton, and features guest stars Vivica A. Fox, J. Anthony Brown, Demetria McKinney, Julissa Bermudez and Rolonda Watts.
The Showers will drop a new self-titled effort distributed by Habbakkuk Music on April 21 featuring production by Grammy and Stellar award winners Deon Kipping, Myron Butler, Bruce Robinson, Jr. and many others. The album showcases The Showers’ flawless, soulful harmonies and their deep ability to transform a lyric into a heart-melting crescendo. The Deon Kipping written and produced first single off of the album, "Better" featuring Canton Jones. THE SHOWERS can be pre-ordered now at iTunes and all digital providers, and will be available for purchase April 21.
SRT Entertainment is set to release newly signed two-time Stellar award winning artist Maurette Brown Clark’s new single, “King Oh King.” “King Oh King” is the debut single from her upcoming fifth solo album and will be officially released digitally online, Tuesday, April 14, 2015. Listen first and pre-order the single now on iTunes, Amazon & Google Play.
Pastors Marvin Winans and Donnie McClurkin join CeCe Winans as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honors the musical artistry of the late singer/songwriter Pastor Andrae Crouch during Cleveland Rock Week on Sunday April 12th.
Sandra Crouch shared these sentiments, “I am honored that the Rock Hall’s Rock My Soul Gospel Concert is celebrating the life of my best friend and twin brother. Andraé’s music has always had a global reach, so to be celebrated by such a distinguished organization is a blessing.”
21:03 (Evin Martin and Torrence Greene), new EP 'Outsiders', leads the Billboard Top Gospel Chart this week at Number 1. The debut of 21:03's fourth album marks their highest debut to date. This successful debut followed an extensive "March Madness" promotional run in Detroit, MI; Indianapolis, IN; South Bend, IN; Gary, IN; Dayton, OH; Milwaukee, WI; St. Louis, MO; Las Vegas, NV, Evanston, IL and Chicago, IL; in which 21:03 made several television and radio appearances on the innovative, "RV: Road Trip Tour".
The Rev. Robert H. Schuller, California televangelist and founder of the television ministry the "Hour of Power," died Thursday, according to his family. He was 88 years old. Schuller, also the founder of Crystal Cathedral mega-church, had been diagnosed with esophageal cancer in August 2013.
Seventeen-year-old Randy tries very hard to be a good person. Since his father left, Randy takes care of his emotionally disturbed mother, and he's the kind of friend all of his classmates can depend on. As strong as he seems on the outside, Randy is hiding a secret inner struggle and denial of his true self. It's not until he opens himself up to love that he discovers that becoming a man means accepting who you really are.
"Blackbird" starring Mo'nique, Isaiah Washington, Kevin Allesee, Gary L. Gray, Nikki Jane, Torrey Laamar, Terrell Tilford, D. Woods & introducing Julian Walker coming theaters April 24, 2015.
Entertainment One Music (eOne Music) dominated this year’s 30th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards taped on March 28th in Las Vegas, winning half of the 28 categories with a total of 14 awards including most of the major categories: Artist of the Year, Song of the Year, Albertina Walker Female Vocalist of the Year, Choir of the Year and CD of the Year. Celebrating wins for the #1 hits from Erica Campbell, Ricky Dillard, William McDowell and Michelle Williams, career honors were also bestowed with Bishop Paul S. Morton receiving the James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award, and Pastor Shirley Caesar and Ricky Dillard inducted into the 2015 inaugural class of Stellar Honors honorees with special medallions. eOne Music also delivered powerful performance moments on stage, as Michelle Williams kicked off a soaring opener with a never-before-seen live performance of her single “Say Yes” joined by Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland, Dorinda Clark-Cole joined Deitrick Haddon on his new hit “My City,” Jonathan McReynolds delivered an acoustic performance of new single “Pressure,” Erica Campbell performed a “More Love”/”Help” medley, and Ricky Dillard closed the show for the second year with a blowout choir finale, performing a medley of “The Holy Place”/”Take Me Back”/”The Light”/”Grace” this year.
Erica Campellgarned(6)Stellar awards and Ricky Dillard received (4) Stellar Awards in Las Vegas.
Noted historian and host of Gospel Memories Robert Marovich shines a bright light on the celebrated history of Gospel Music and its origins in the Gospel Music Capital of the world, Chicago. In the early days of Gospel Music, Chicago was the home to Thomas Dorsey, Sallie Martin, Roberta Martin, Mahalia Jackson, James Cleveland, Albertina Walker, Pops Staples and Sam Cooke. “The challenge in writing A CITY CALLED HEAVEN was to tell as much of the Chicago story as possible, give it the scholarly treatment it deserves, and at the same time make it a pleasure to read,” Marovich shares. “I also hope the book stimulates readers to learn more about the topics and people I’ve covered, and inspires other cities to examine their own rich African American sacred music traditions.”
BET Sunday Best is getting ready for a very special all star show. April 1st through April 15th, the public will be given a chance to vote online for their favorite contestants from the past 7 seasons, and the top 10 vote getters will be announced via the Season 8 premiere on Sunday, July 19th.
Kirk Franklin wrote in an article about Greed vs. Need:
It's time to get our priorities straight, says musician Kirk Franklin."And priorities should not include a $65 million jet when millions across the world are suffering."When a pastor wants people to buy him a private plane while a missionary in Somalia bathes children with sores, that's a shortage of character," Franklin writes. "When I camouflage my 'greeds' to look like 'needs,' that's a shortage of character."Dollar said in a video campaign for a new private jet, which has since been canceled, that he needs a new jet to further the spread of the gospel. Financing of the jet would have required hundreds from Dollar's supporters. "If all of our existing partners were to sow $300 each, from all over the world, we'd be able to acquire this jet in a very, very short period of time," said Rick Hayes, project manager. But for Franklin, it goes beyond the asking of money, and into the heart. It's not about laws, but rather about how to integrate morality into our choices. "I agree you cannot legislate morality in our culture, but you cannot avoid holding people accountable," Franklin writes. "You can't let people slide by just because they are charismatic and can 'kill' a room. We don't have a shortage of greatness, we have a shortage of character."
GRAMMY® and Stellar Award winning-recording artists Erica Campbell and Tye Tribbett, along with content creators and executive producers Holly Carter (Preachers of LA/ATL/DET) and Phil Thornton (It’s A Mann’s World/R&B Divas) are scheduled to speak at the third installment of The Hollywood Confidential on Friday, March 27, 2015 at 12N at the Hard Rock Cafe LIVE in Las Vegas, NV.
Dorinda Clark Cole is experiencing the ride of her life as her latest album, LIVING IT, continues to top sales and radio charts. Next week, when the Spring Issue of Hope for Women Magazine becomes available, a stunning Dorinda Clark Cole opens up about the ups and downs of her life and why LIVING IT is such an important album for her. Dorinda tells Hope writer Tonya Dixon: “God came through for me. Every song you hear [on LIVING IT] is definitely about this journey. For over 25 years, I’ve said, ‘As you go through trials, each trial gets harder. You have to go through the test to have a testimony; you have to go through the mess to have a message.’ If I never knew this to be true for myself, I absolutely know it now.”
SRT Entertainment announced the signing of two-time Stellar award winning recording artist Maurette Brown Clark to an exclusive recording agreement. Maurette Brown Clark has three had three charted hits in recent years "I Hear The Sound (of Victory)," and #1 singles "One God" and "It Ain't Over (Until God Says It's Over)," setting the stage for an anticipated new single. Her fourth album, “The Sound of Victory” debut at #7 on Billboard's Gospel Albums Chart. Affectionately referred to as The Princess of Praise & Worship, Maurette Brown Clark is in-demand for her musical ministry.
Angelo and Veronica Petrucci have been awarded honorary Doctorate degrees of Sacred Music by ICW Bible College & Seminary (ICW) for their contributions in the Christian Music industry and service in ministering to the Body of Christ for over two decades. The granting of honorary status was unanimously approved in January 2015 by the recommending satellite school's of ICW, One Flesh Ministries Bible Institute. Angelo and Veronica both studied at Berklee College Music in Boston, MA.
Faith healer and televangelist, Benny Hinn, 62, is now recovering in a hospital after suffering a heart attack after an overseas trip and his family is asking for prayers. Hinns daughter, Jessica Hinn Koulianos, mads the revelation in a message on the Benny Hinn ministries website late Monday evening.
Lexi, inspirational recording artist, television / radio personality, comedic producer / actress, entrepreneur has been tapped along with Marcus Wiley to co-host the 30thannual Stellar Awards pre-show in Las Vegas Friday, 27, 2015, Orleans showroom
ASCAP announced its 2015 Stellar Award honorees. This year, ASCAP will present with the ASCAP "Spirit of Song" Award & with the ASCAP "Gospel Icon" Award. Guests will enjoy special performances by eOne artists and . eOne Gospel artist Michelle Williams (Destiny’s Child), will host the event. Special guests and are slated to be in attendance as well. It goes down Saturday, March 28th, 2015. Media Check-in: 8:00am and Red Carpet Arrivals: 8:30am at Orleans Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, NV.
Legendary Gospel Singer Karen Clark-Sheard is ready to drop a new single from her upcoming live album, “Destined To Win”. The song, “My Words Have Power” is available now for pre-order and will be officially released Tuesday, March 24th! Featuring and produced by Donald Lawrence, the encouraging track is guaranteed to uplift and inspire.
Soap star Chrystee Pharris has successfully positioned herself as a true queen of drama in Hollywood. Not only is she starring in the family faith-based film, "Steps of Faith," with Ted Lange (Love Boat) and Irma P. Hall (Soul Food), Pharris will also impact the small screen as part of an all-star cast on POP TV's new reality docu-series "Queens of Drama." "Queens of Drama" will air after the 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards on April 26, 10:00 p.m. ET/ 7:00 p.m. PT.
After going through a rough patch in their marriage, Mary Mary's Tina Campbell and her husband, Teddy decided to say I do once again. With 15 years of marriage under their belt, Teddy and Tina realized it was time to reignite the spark in their relationship. The two agreed to renew their vows with a small wedding ceremony, as their children, family and friends looked on.
The Late Night Industry Mixer originally scheduled during the GMWA Board Meeting/Stellar Awards weekend is being rescheduled for the Annual Convention of the Gospel Music Workshop of America in July. Plans of additional details will be announced in mid April.
Entertainment One Music (eOne Music) continues to highlight the best in gospel today, with the ongoing success of the chart-topping compilation album Billboard #1 Gospel Hits. Hosting a celebration of gospel music’s greatest #1 hits from this past decade in Washington DC, eOne Music welcomed a crowded turnout of fans and tastemakers to the Busboys and Poets at Hyattsville on Tuesday March 17th. Award-winning gospel superstars Ricky Dillard, William McDowell and VaShawn Mitchell, whose #1 hits are featured on the album, made a splash with fans joining them in the Billboard #1 Gospel Hits album celebration.
Sunday Best Season 5 Favorite Ashford Sanders is keeping it 100. He is maintaining a heavy schedule promoting the release of his new single, "Because You’ve Been Good." The Canton, Mississippi native wants to highlight and help develop the talents of those coming behind him. His first endeavor comes off this weekend with the Mississippi Talent Showcase Finals. Contestants audition before a panel of judges and receive one on one mentoring and coaching from Sanders and other industry professionals. The March 20th event will feature performances from the 7 top finalists with the winner taking home a cash prize.
Dream Records releases "Potential2Purpose" from J Shep! J Shep has infused his album with inspiring lyrics and uplifting melodies that are intended to reach the hearts of all. "Potential2Purpose" will be his 1st studio album on Dream Records.
Bishop Rance Allen, Pastor Shirley Caesar, Tasha Cobbs, Zacardi Cortez and LeAndria Johnson are among the guests joining Bishop Paul S. Morton on July 13th at Greater St Stephens in New Orleans for a live recording celebrating Bishop Paul Mortons 30 + year career in Gospel Music as well as 20 years as leader of the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International. The live recording is produced by Trent Phillips and serves as the the kickoff to this year’s Full Gospel Fellowship Conference and the first of many events honoring Bishop Morton.
Pastor Charles Jenkins and Fellowship Chicago unveil their highly-anticipated sophomore album “Any Given Sunday” (Inspired People/Motown Gospel) today. The set features the smash “War,” a rousing New Orleans Brass Band-flavored call-to-action. “#War is a victory anthem, fight song, and an inspirational prayer,” says Jenkins. Pastor Jenkins is in the midst of a promotional tour launching the 13-track collection that hits stores and online digital music retailers everywhere on March 17, with guest appearances from Rev. Clay Evans (founder of Fellowship Chicago), John P. Kee, Beverly Crawford, Byron Cage, Jonathan McReynolds, Sean Hodo, Kevin Vasser, Tanesha Jefferson and the new Inspired People recording artist Donishisa Ballard. “Any Given Sunday is a celebration of the live worship experience! Our goal is to bring the diverse, powerful and impactful soundtrack of Sunday to every single day of your life,” Jenkins adds.
The Rance Allen Group will take your praise to new heights with the NEW video release of , "A Lil' Louder," a uniquely of Gospel music, hip-hop dance and the American Sign Language (ASL) community. "A Lil' Louder" is the first single from the Celebrate CD. "A Lil' Louder" video features choreography and dancers by Krash Krew.
Kirk Franklin has announced his participation in this year’s South by Southwest (SXSW) Music Festival. He tweeted, We are making God famous this year @SXSW pretty epic! Alongside Kirk will be his Fo Yo Soul Entertainment family, Tasha Page-Lockhart and The Walls Group. Other artists scheduled to perform at the event includes Thi’sl, Adia, Da’ Truth and many more. It goes down at the Promiseland Church in Austin, Texas, on March 20, 2015!
After receiving a lot of buzz on the internet over the past year, Bounce TV has finally announced the premiere date of its new original series, “Mann and Wife”, starring David and Tamela Mann. Tony Rock and Jo Marie Payton also star in the upcoming comedy. The show revolves around the newly married couple and their blended family, each with two children from previous marriages. Daniel, a police officer from Atlanta, and Toni, a school teacher from Dallas, along with their kids all move into Daniel's house in the Atlanta suburbs and have to adjust to their new lives together. “Mann and Wife” premieres Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at 9 pm EST on Bounce TV!
Tyler Perry is returning to the genre that first made him successful – touring plays. He is gearing up to hit the road in a new play called “Madea On The Run.” Perry’s new production is only slated for a six week limited run initially. The theatrical tour will kick off in Columbus, OH and play dates in Louisville, KY; Detroit, MI; Columbia, SC; Augusta, GA; Chicago, IL; Memphis, TN; Spartanburg, SC; Fayetteville, NC and Baltimore, MD. The 45-year-old filmmaker has resumed his character onstage in recent plays like “Madea’s Neighbors from Hell” and “A Madea Christmas,” those shows were done as one-off engagements in Atlanta and filmed just for DVD. Perry hasn’t toured with one of his theatrical productions as Madea since 2010's “Madea’s Big Happy Family” was on the road
Reach Records’ Hip Hop Recording Artist KB’s who last project “100” garnered him a Dove Award for “Rap/Hip-Hop Song of the Year,” a No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Christian Album Chart and No. 4 on Billboard’s Rap Chart is ready to drop his sophomore album "Tomorrow We Live."
The Stellar Awards announced the performers scheduled to grace the stage at this year. As of now, the lineup includes Erica Campbell, Yolanda Adams, Smokie Norful, Uncle Reece, Kurt Carr, The Walls Group, Ricky Dillard and New G, Israel Houghton, Deitrick Haddon, Rance Allen, Mali Music, Beverly Crawford and Canton Jones. The show guarantees to be one that you won’t want to miss, and tickets are on sale now! The 30th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards will go down March 28, 2015 in Las Vegas at the Orleans Arena.
MusicWorx in partnership with Capitol Christian/Universal Music Group announce the historic signing of music’s first ever interracial female duo AsOne. Singer/songwriters Lisa Wright and Theresa Bailey are the label’s newest musical act. AsOne will release their debut single “Hero” featuring Lamar Campbell and Spirit of Praise to gospel radio on March 16th and to all digital outlets.
Two award-winning powerhouses have teamed up to bring gospel music and entertainment to new creative heights, as Entertainment One Music (eOne Music) announces the signing of award-winning gospel superstar, songwriter, and producer Deitrick Haddon to a new partnership, with the formation of his label DHVisions, in association with Relevé Entertainment. In the formation of the DHVisions the label partnership encompassing new music as well as Haddon, Relevé Entertainment and eOne partnering to develop and produce television/film content.
William McDowell releases another powerful worship anthem "Send The Rain," to all digital platforms today. The single will be part of an upcoming new live recording that is scheduled for early June. Known for his now-classic hits "I Give Myself Away," "I Won't Go Back" and"Withholding Nothing" McDowell has quickly become the sound of Sunday mornings providing churches and worship teams around the globe with inspired profound anthems.
SRT Entertainment is proud to announce the signing of Grammy award nominated, Stellar award winning producer, artist, songwriter Luther Barnes to an exclusive recording agreement.
Luther Barnes brings his very successful solo career as well as his Sunset Jubilaires, Red Budd Gospel Choir and Barnes Family Reunion brands to the label.
Damien Sneed is on the move. Damien Sneed’s new double disc project, "Broken To Minister:" The Deluxe Edition was released March 3. On Tuesday, March 9, Sneed and The Levites’ new music and interview will premiere on Sirius XM’s Kirk Franklin’s Praise (Channel 64) on Monday, March 9 at 1:00 p.m. EST, and will reair on Wednesday, March 11 at 8:00 p.m. EST, Saturday, March 14 at 11:00 a.m. and Sunday, March 15 at 11:00 p.m. On Tuesday, March 10, Sneed will appear on “Newsone Now with Roland Martin” on TV One at 9:00 a.m. EST. On Wednesday, March 11, Sneed will appear on WATC’s “Atlanta Live” at 7:00 p.m. EST, the program airs in Atlanta and other cities and will streamed online at http://watc.tv/onlinestreaming/. And on March 17, Sneed will be a guest on TBNs “Praise the Lord” show at 10:00 p.m. EST.
Grammy Nominated Gospel Artist, Mark Hubbard is back with his new single "Faith Fail Not" featuring The Voices Reunion Choir. "Faith Fail Not" is a mid-tempo, traditional choir song. "Faith Fail Not" will be available on iTunes and other digital outlets on Tuesday March 24, 2015.
Grammy Nominated Gospel Artist, Mark Hubbard is back with his new single "Faith Fail Not" featuring The Voices Reunion Choir. "Faith Fail Not" is a mid-tempo, traditional choir song. "Faith Fail Not" will be available on iTunes and other digital outlets on Tuesday March 24, 2015.
The 50th anniversary of the historic march to Selma will be commemorated with a concert on the Edmund Pettus Bridge on Sunday, March 8th. Sister group Virtue will join in with additional performances and speeches offered by Anthony Hamilton, Arrested Development, BeBe Winans, Fantasia, Bell Biv DeVoe, D-Nice, Donnie McClurkin, Eddie Levert, Eric Benet, Flavor Flav, Keith Sweat, Kelly Price, MC Lyte, Rick Ross, Tank, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Cicely Tyson, Harry Belafonte and the keynote address from President Barack Obama.The concert is set to stream live on BET.COM and CentricTV.com
Motown Gospel announces the signing of exciting and refreshing singer Janice Gaines. Gaines, an emerging star, is the label’s newest game-changer who is poised to bring in the next generation of urban contemporary Gospel music. Gaines will simultaneously release two debut singles-- “The Break-Up Song” (featuring Eric Dawkins) and “Wait On You”-- on April 7, 2015 to all digital platforms. The first, beat-driven and up-tempo, “The Break-Up Song” offers ingenious, yet profound lyrics coupled with smooth vocals. She’s joined by Eric Dawkins whose vocals are simply the archetype. “Wait On You,” is a soulful pop ballad that is beautifully crafted and Gaines’ soprano truly soars.
Habakkuk Music has announced a historic partnership with Central City Productions to release a special compilation album celebrating the 30th anniversary of The Stellar Gospel Music Awards. The highly anticipated album “Stellar Awards 30th Anniversary 1985-2015” (Habakkuk Music) releases March 31, 2015. The first Stellar Gospel Music Awards television broadcast took place at the Arie Crown Theater in Chicago in 1985 and this year’s landmark program takes place at The Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.
2015 Stellar Award Nominee, Lamar Campbell & Spirit of Praise will share the power of God’s love and on Sunday, March 8th. Lamar Campbell & Spirit of Praise will say “Thank You” to their supporters in huge way during the 2015 Pre-Stellar Awards Praise Party, presented by AM 1310 The Light Radio and Mt. Carmel Church in Indianapolis, IN. Experience Lamar Campbell & Spirit of Praise, live in concert, singing many of their favorites including, “All About The Love”, “More Than Anything”, “I Really Love You” and a "Special Live Performance" of their new hit single “The Power of Love.” Fans and Supporters from around the country will also be able to watch the "Live Celebration" online via Ustream.com.
The 2015 Pre-Stellar Awards Praise Party will begin at 6pm
View the 2015 Pre-Stellar Awards Praise Party Online
Sunday Best Season 6 Winner Tasha Page-Lockhart drops the second single from her debut album, “Here Right Now”. She used social media to break the news, choosing “Faith Come Alive” as the follow up to her Top 10 debut single, “Different”.
The McClurkin Family gathered together to say farewell to, Cheryl “Cheri” McClurkin who died from complications of a massive coronary heart attack. Cheri was a mother of five and grandmother of nine; she sang and recorded with The McClurkin Family over the years.
"God's Spirit" is the debut single from Dr. Leonard Scott's The Greatness of Your Love project. "God's Spirit" is just a sampling of the praise and worship that you will experience throughout the entire project. Inspired by his daughter's near fatal leukemia diagnosis and miraculous healing, :The Greatness of Your Love" is Dr. Scott's testimony of "God's Spirit."
Multiple Stellar® Award nominee, James Bolton of The Bolton Brothers, drops new single 'Good To Me' it is the lead single from James' forthcoming album, "Good To Me", due in stores May 2015. The single is a soul-stirring, riveting worship ballad proclaiming God's faithfulness & enduring love.
Gospel/Jazz pioneer BEN TANKARD and R&B/Gospel sensation Shirley Murdock recently received RIAA Gold certification records for their 2006 hit single "JESUS IS LOVE" for reaching over 500,000 sales as part of the 2006 WOW Gospel collection. Originally written and recorded by Lionel Richie, "JESUS IS LOVE" was covered on Ben Tankard's PIANO PROPHET 2006 Smoothjazz release and has been selling and receiving heavy airplay for a staggering eight years. Fast forward 2015, Tankard and Murdock teamed up again on Ben's brand new FULL TANK 2.0 for a remake of the Staple Singers hit "I'll Take You There".
Damien Sneed announced news of a distribution agreement with Central South for his LeChateau Earl Records label and the March 3rd release of his highly anticipated double disc "Broken To Minister" featuring the Levites. The CD was recorded live in Baltimore during the Church of God in Christ Auxiliaries in Ministry Convention.
The NAACP Image Award show aired live February 6, 2015 on TV One from the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, CA. It was outstanding with Anthony Anderson as a great host.
NAACP Image Award Winners (2015)
We Are Here - Outstanding Song · Alicia Keys
Taraji P. Henson - Entertainer of the Year
Selma - Outstanding Motion Picture · Paramount Pictures
Viola Davis - Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series · How to Get Away with Murder
Anthony Anderson - Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series · black-ish
David Oyelowo - Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture · Selma
Joe Morton - Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series · Scandal
Common - Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture · Selma
Shemar Moore - Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series · Criminal Minds
Cicely Tyson - Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special · The Trip to Bountiful
3 Winans Brothers - Outstanding New Artist
Orange Is the New Black - Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series · Sara Hess
How to Get Away with Murder - Outstanding Writing in a Dramatic Series · Erika Green Swafford
You & I (Nobody in the World) - Outstanding Music Video · John Legend
Tracee Ellis Ross - Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series · black-ish
Khandi Alexander - Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series · Scandal
black-ish - Outstanding Comedy Series
Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics - Outstanding Album · Aretha Franklin
My Old Friend: Celebrating George Duke - Outstanding Jazz Album · Al Jarreau
How to Get Away with Murder - Outstanding Drama Series - Fátima Ptacek
Outstanding Performance in a Youth/Children's Series or Special · Dora and Friends: Into the City!
Outstanding Supporting Actress Comedy Series · black-ish - Yara Shahidi
Outstanding Female Artist - Beyoncé
Dork Diaries 8: Tales from a Not-So-Happily Ever After
Outstanding Literary Work - Children's · Rachel Renee Russell, Nikki Russell, Erin Russell
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series · black-ish - Laurence Fishburne
Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture · No Good Deed = Taraji P. Henson
Outstanding Independent Motion Picture · Fox Searchlight Pictures, DJ Films - Belle
Breaking Ground: My Life in Medicine
Outstanding Literary Work - Biography / Auto-biography · Louis Wade Sullivan, David Chanoff
Citizen: An American Lyric
Outstanding Literary Work - Poetry · Claudia Rankine
Outstanding Literary Work - Instructional · Michèle Stephenson, Joe Brewster, Hilary Beard
Promises Kept: Raising Black Boys to Succeed in School and in Life
Outstanding News/Information (Series or Special) - UnSung
Outstanding Reality Series - Iyanla: Fix My Life
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture · Selma - Carmen Ejogo
Outstanding Literary Work, Nonfiction · Bryan Stevenson - Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption
Outstanding Literary Work, Fiction · Eric Jerome Dickey - A Wanted Woman
Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series · Parks and Recreation - Ken Whittingham
Outstanding Gospel Album · Where My Heart Belongs - Gladys Knight
Outstanding Children's Program = Doc McStuffins
Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special · The Trip to Bountiful
Outstanding Documentary – Theatrical - Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People
Outstanding Literary Work - Youth / Teens · Jacqueline Woodson - Brown Girl Dreaming
Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series · House of Cards - Carl Franklin
Outstanding Talk Series - Steve Harvey
Outstanding Literary Work - Debut Author · Dwayne Alexander Smith - Forty Acres
Outstanding Male Artist - Pharrell Williams
Outstanding Variety – Series or Special - Oprah's Master Class
Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture · Misan Sagay - Belle
Outstanding Duo or Group · Stay with Me - Sam Smith
Outstanding Singer/songwriter · Mary J. Blige
Outstanding Documentary-Television - 30 for 30
Outstanding Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special - The Trip to Bountiful
Celebrities and executives across the entertainment industry spectrum of film, television and new media converged at the Taglvan Complex in Hollywood for the 6thh Annual African American Critics Association (AFFCA) Awards Ceremony. Celebrating the best in directing, screenwriting, acting and producing; AFFCA Awards attendees included Ava DuVernay (Director, Selma, Oprah Winfrey, Alfre Woodard, Tyler Perry, Kathryn Bigelow and Amy Pascal (Co-Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment).
AAFCA presenters and honorees in attendance included producer Stephanie Allain, receiving the Legacy Award; producer Debra Martin Chase, accepting the Ashley Boone Award; Chadwick Boseman, accepted the Best Ensemble award on behalf of the cast of Get On Up; J.K. Simmons, who accepted the award for Best Supporting Actor in Whiplash; presenter Khandi Alexander of Scandal; presenter Mike Epps of Survivor's Remorse; David Oyelowo winner of Best Actor for Selma; Tessa Thompson winning the Best Breakout Star in Dear White People and Effie Brown Best Independence Award for Producing Dear White People.Additional honorees and attendees included Roger Ebert award recipient Susan King (LA Times), Best Screenplay winner Gina Prince-Bythewood (Beyond the Lights) and husband writer Reggie Rock Bythewood; honoree and presenter Chaz Ebert; producer/director Will Packer; actor Dondre Whitfield; presenter Edwina Findley; actor Andre Royo; Disney Channel's Gary Marsh; actor/comedian Bill Bellamy; presenter Wendy Raquel Robinson and directors Julie Dash and Neema Barnette among others.
Carrots meet cubits as VeggieTales builds an ark filled with fun, adventure and important lessons about trusting God in NOAH’S ARK, its first Bible-themed production in more than four years. Starring Wayne Brady and Jaci Velasquez, with Larry the Cucumber, Bob the Tomato and a whole crew of Veggies, NOAH’S ARK will be available March 3 on DVD and digital download.
Grammy Award-winning songwriter KJ Scriven is set to release a new EP, “Hands and Feet” on Tuesday, February 10, 2015. “Hands and Feet” is a special effort with portion of its proceeds going to Samaritans Feet, a non-profit organization dedicated to changing lives through shoe distributions around the world.
Congrats to Kim burrell! Kim Burrell performed at a live recording for Neo-Soul Musician Jeff Bradshaw’s upcoming effort. The new album, “Home”, is set for release on March 31, 2015, on Shanachie Entertainment and will feature collaborations with Marsha Ambrosius, Will Downing, Black Thought of The Roots, Kim Burrell, Take 6, Najee, Bilal, Eric Roberson, Tweet, Kenny Lattimore, Trombone Shorty and Executive Producer and Grammy-winning pianist Robert Glasper.The live recording went down at The Kimmel Center in Philadelphia on May 28, 2014.
Saturday, February 7, 2015, Lifetime will premiere a new, original movie “Megachurch Murder”. Starring Malcolm Jamal Warner and Tamala Jones, the film is about a pastor’s daughter believing her father’s alleged suicide is actually a conspiracy within the church. Also appearing in the made for TV movie are Michael Beach, Shanica Knowles, Romeo Miller, Corbin Bleu and Dawnn Lewis.
Dorinda Clark-Cole just dropped the new single from her upcoming album, "Living It." The new track, “The Name”, is a follow up to the project’s second release, “Bless This House.” "You Are was the first release from the album.
Stephen Curry introduced his new Under Armour signature shoe, with a message on the tongue saying 4:13. The media asked “What does that mean?” “That’s a good question,” the Golden State Warriors point guard said. “Glad you asked.” “It represents a Bible verse I wear on my shoe,” Curry said. “Philippians 4:13. It says ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.’ It’s also my mantra, how I get up for games and why I play what the way I do.” The new Curry One, set for a Feb. 13 release, is a proclamation that he’s arrived as an NBA star, and he’s a different kind of star. Curry has become one of the most popular players in the NBA. He was the leading vote-getter for the 2015 NBA All-Star Game, and his jersey sales are second only to LeBron James.
Harry Lennix and Mali Music unveiled the first look at the trailer for REVIVAL! THE EXPERIENCE in advance of the film's scheduled 2015 release. A musical motion picture event, REVIVAL! THE EXPERIENCE is the story of the gospel according to John the Apostle and stars singer/songwriter Mali Music as Jesus and actor / writer / producer Lennix as Pontius. The production features performances from Chaka Khan, Michelle Williams, Victoria Platt, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Noel Gugliemi, Keyah Crystal Keymah, Jackie Brown, Dawnn Lewis, Brely Evans, Obba Babatunde, Bob Wisdom and Bishop William Murphy III.
WOW GOSPEL 2015, the 18th edition, is available now. The two-disk compilation and companion DVD features 30 of today’s hottest tracks in gospel music and 13 of the year’s most popular music videos from the genre.
Compiled by RCA Inspiration, Motown Gospel and Word Entertainment, WOW GOSPEL 2015 features Kirk Franklin, Erica Campbell, Ricky Dillard, Lecrae, Mali Music, William McDowell, Tamela Mann and more!
Catch VaShawn Mitchell today February 3, 2015 7:00am EST performing an acoustic version of "God My God" on Centric's The Morning Cup!
Grammy Award-Winner Erica Campbell premiered a snippet of her new single last night, via social media. The surprise track, “More Love”, is featured on her upcoming project, “Help 2.0," a follow up to her debut solo album “Help.”
The WORD Network has finalized its purchase of Disney Radio Station, WFDF, in Detroit. The station is the oldest known radio station in Michigan. It has been broadcasting since 1909, making this its 106th year of existence. Disney sold the station to The WORD Network, which is the largest African American religious network in the world.
Rap artist, producer, and entrepreneur Derek Minor co-owner and CEO of Reflection Music Group (RMG), is ready to drop new music from an impressive roster of groundbreaking artists who share his musical vision, including Canon, Deraj, Tony Tillman, B. Cooper, & Chad Jones. Today, Minor unveiled his new album, "EMPIRE," and is preparing to kick off a two month run on the "From Now Until Forever" tour.
His most recent project "MINORVILLE" peaked at #1 on the Billboard Gospel Album Chart and #2 on both the Christian and Rap charts. "EMPIRE" is Minor’s fifth studio album and marks his debut under his RMG moniker.
The Wardlaw Brothers pay homage to Black History Month with their vocally stunning and dynamically orchestrated rendition of "Lift Every Voice and Sing" the black national anthem.
RCA Inspiration gospel singer/songwriter and musician Jason Nelson’s, newest album, JESUS REVEALED, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard Gospel Albums chart this week. The live album features the #1 gospel single in the country “I Am.”
Jonathan Nelson embarks on a new journey with his upcoming live recording FEARLESS, going down at his church The Faith Center, Friday, February 20, 2015 in Sunrise, FL. Nelson’s live album FEARLESS is expected to be released under eOne Music in Fall 2015. The multiple Stellar Award-winning singer, songwriter and worship leader leads a soaring live FEARLESS experience – and welcomes award-winning artists Dorinda Clark-Cole, Tye Tribbett, Kim Burrell, and African gospel star Sonnie Badu, to join him for special guest performances. A follow up to the 2013 #1 gospel album "Finish Strong" with the hit “My Name Is Victory.”
Lisa Page Brooks announced on social media a live recording featuring a Witness reunion taking place on May 1st at Detroit’s Greater Grace Temple.
The 16th Annual NFL Sanction Super Bowl Gospel Celebration kicked-off Super Bowl XLIX weekend at Gammage Hall on the campus of Arizona State University in Phoenix, AZ. sponsored by American Family Insurance. Headlining the night will be Natalie Grant, Israel Houghton, Donnie McClurkin, Fred Hammond and Mali Music. Additional artists will be announced in the coming weeks. The NFL Players Choir will make its eighth appearance, once again under the direction of Donnie McClurkin. Both active and former NFL players will particapate.
Ashford Sanders of Season 5 of BET's Sunday Best drops new track "Because You’ve Been Good." The song is written and produced by Pharis Evans, Jr. and hits February 23rd.
Lisa McClendon has released a devotional book geared towards teen girls "The Proverbial Girl: The 31-Day Devotional of Wisdom, Values, and Being Fabulous." Lisa McClendon, neo-soul artist, has also released "5AM," a 12-track project featuring “Fly” and “Turning the Corner.”
PMG Label's J Moss and Stellar Award winning duo, 21:03, are set to hit the road on the "RV: Road Trip Promo Tour" in support of their new projects, 'Grown Folks Gospel' and 'Outsiders.' The promo tour will be making stops in the month of March 2015. Fans in each city can look forward to the '21:03 After Party!" in each city. 21:03 will get up close and personal with fans; and play exclusive music from their upcoming album, "Outsiders." Additionally, both PMG artists will support their projects by visiting press and media at each tour stop. J Moss' new single 'Fall At Your Feet is embracing radio and 21:03's, "Outsiders" EP will hit stores and online February 24, 2015 featuring singles, "A Friend" and "Brand New Day."
Marvin Sapp is back with new music. The new song, “Yes You Can”, is produced by Aaron Lindsey and will be featured on Sapp’s upcoming album. There is no release date for the effort yet.
Stellar Award-winning Singer, Songwriter, Producer and Choir Director Myron Butler is back with a brand new radio single! The new track, “On Purpose” features Tamela Mann and Bishop T.D. Jakes! “On Purpose” will be on Myron’s upcoming, yet-to-be titled album, look for a summer relase date.
"3’s Up", the new EP from hip-hop artist Dee-1, is available for pre-order on iTunes and Amazon now. "3’s Up" is the first major-label release from the New Orleans born and raised rapper. The album, which features the singles “Against Us” and “I’m Not Perfect” will be available everywhere on February 17, 2015.
Meet Shawn Bullard, an African American real estate magnate and former college athlete looking for true love. Enter Pastor Ken Johnson (spiritual advisor to the Indianapolis Colts) who guides Shawn and observes the authenticity and godliness of 24 women living under one roof hoping to find a love connection with Shawn. Not only does the pastor weigh in on Shawn's choices, but his outspoken mother has a say in this matter as well. After a series of dates, romantic rendezvous, harsh eliminations, and solicited (and unsolicited) advice from the Pastor and his mother, find out if Shawn finally meets his match. "Match Made in Heaven" premieres on WE tv, Wednesday, February 4 at 8pm ET/PT. http://youtu.be/uWSX31XdL3k
Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI®), brought legends and contemporary stars together to celebrate the careers of gospel giants Israel Houghton, LaShun Pace and The Anointed Pace Sisters at its 16th annual Trailblazers of Gospel Music Awards yesterday in Atlanta. The event, held at the Rialto Center for the Arts, also recognized BMI’s Most-Performed Gospel Song of the Year: “The Gift,” written and performed by Donald Lawrence. Kim Burrell and VaShawn Mitchell hosted the ceremony, along with Mike O’Neill, BMI President and CEO and Catherine Brewton, BMI Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, Atlanta. BMI’s impressive roster of gospel songwriters includes Kirk Franklin, Fred Hammond, Donnie McClurkin, Yolanda Adams, Jessica Reedy, Marvin Sapp, Twinkie Clark, BeBe Winans, Wess Morgan, Kim Burrell and many others.
Rev. Jesse Jackson, Dr. Bobby Jones and Kirk Franklin are set to speak and Pastor Marvin Winans will eulogize Pastor Crouch. Performances from CeCe Winans, BeBe Winans, Shirley Caesar, Yolanda Adams, Donnie McClurkin, Fred Hammond, Hezekiah Walker, Kim Burrell, Erica Campbell, Israel Houghton, Ledisi and many more. BET will stream both services “LIVE” at BET.com/andraecrouchfuneral (this link will be active on Wednesday). West Angeles Church of God In Christ will also stream both services at watch.westa.tv.
Marking the network’s first season premiere on a Friday, Oxygen Media’s “Preachers of Detroit” will debut on February 20 at 8pm ET/PT. The series focuses on seven men and women of the cloth who share their lives, transformations and triumphs in and out of the pulpit. Leading up to the series debut, Oxygen will air two hour-long specials featuring Minister Deitrick Haddon from “Preachers of L.A.” as he returns to his hometown of Detroit to reunite with his family and help the community. In addition, fans can access even more exclusive content on Video On Demand including bonus footage and interviews with the cast beginning on February 12
UK Worship Leader/Artist, Noel Robinson, has signed an artist deal with Integrity Music. This is an historical moment, as this is the first time a British-born person of African-Caribbean descent has been offered an artist deal by Integrity Music. Noel's first release, "Outrageous Love", will be a live album due to be recorded at the House on the Rock Church, London on Friday, 13 February and releases in September 2015.
Ebony, Karima, and Heather, best known as the Grammy-nominated and Dove Award winning sister trio Virtue, will release TESTIMONY: RELOADED (Mixed Bag) on Tuesday, February 3, 2015. The effort is now available for pre-order via iTunes. After a 3-year hiatus the ladies are back.
Central City Productions announced that David Mann, Tamela Mann and Rickey Smiley, will co-host the 30th Annual Stellar Awards. The Stellar Awards will be held at its new location, the Las Vegas Orleans Arena on Saturday, March 28, 2015. The Awards and Pre-show will both be held in the Orleans Showroom. The show will air in broadcast syndication on 150 stations in over 125 markets from April 12 through May 3, 2015 and on the TV One network on Easter Sunday, April 5.The nominees in 27 categories were unveiled, Erica Campbell and Ricky Dillard and New G with the most nominations, ten nominations each. Other artists to receive multiple nominations, The Walls Group with eight nominations and Deitrick Haddon earns seven nominations for his project Deitrick Haddon’s LXW. Smokie Norful and Michelle Williams had four nominations each.The Stellar Gospel Awards features live performances by The Walls Group, Tasha Page-Lockhart, Mali Music, Deitrick Haddon’s LXW, and Beverly Crawford among others.
Twinkie Clark, of the award-winning, groundbreaking Gospel group, The Clark Sisters, is set to release a tribute to the late Andrae Crouch on Tuesday, January 13th! The iconic singer, songwriter and produced teamed up with her nephew, Larry Clark, for a remake of Crouch’s classic song, “Soon And Very Soon”.
Multi Grammy®, Stellar and Dove Award winner Israel Houghton teams up, for the first time, with Yolanda Adams on his new single, "How Awesome Is Our God". A powerful declaration rejoicing in God's love, "How Awesome Is Our God" is the second single from Israel & New Breed's upcoming new album " Covered: Alive in Asia", slated to drop March 2015. "How Awesome Is Our God" available on (Google Play, Amazon, Spotify & iTunes) today.
A celebration of Andraé Crouch’s life will take place on Tuesday, January 20th and Wednesday, January 21st at West Angeles Church of God In Christ Los Angeles. Bishop Charles E. Blake, will be officiating. Both services will be open to the public.
In lieu of flowers, please send tax-deductible donations to:
Andraé Crouch Memorial Fund
c/o New Christ Memorial Church
13333 Vaughn Street
Pacoima, CA 91340
Grammy and Dove Award winner Andraé Crouch passed away on Thursday, January 8, 2015, at Northridge Hospital Medical Center in the Los Angeles area. Andraé, 72, was hospitalized on January 3rd after having a heart attack. Andraé’s accolades include 7 Grammy Awards, 6 GMA Dove Awards, an Academy Award nomination for "The Color Purple," induction into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. His songs have been recorded by everyone from Elvis Presley to Paul Simon, and he has worked as a producer and arranger with many of music’s top artists, including Michael Jackson, Madonna, Quincy Jones, Diana Ross, Elton John and many others. Andraé can also be heard on Michael Jackson's hit singles "Man in the Mirror," "Keep The Faith,” "Will You Be There" and “Earth Song.” Andraé’s family requests privacy at this time. All media requests should be directed to Brian Mayes at Nashville Publicity Group, brian(at)nashvillepublicity(dot)com or 615-771-2040.
The ‘Rose’ of Gospel Music, Dorinda Clark-Cole, is set to release a new album, “Living It”, next month on Light Records. It will hit stores on February 17, 2015. Her current singles, “Bless This House” and “You Are”. Have charted.
Jonathan Nelson has a new home, with record label Entertainment One Music (eOne Music). Signing the multiple Stellar Award-winning hit artist, songwriter and worship leader, eOne Music will release Nelson’s upcoming new album FEARLESS, a new live project to be released in Fall 2015, with its first single slated for release in Spring 2015. Jonathan Nelson’s live recording will go down at The Faith Center in Sunrise, FL on Friday, February 20, 2015. Following his 2013 #1 gospel album, "Finish Strong, "which was recorded live in his native Baltimore, the smash hit “My Name Is Victory,” was on “Finish Strong,”
J.J. Hairston of the award-winning group Youthful Praise, has been appointed Director of Music at City of Praise Family Ministries, in Mitchellville, MD where Bishop Joel & Ylawnda Peebles serve as the pastors.
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