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Dick Gregory, 84, comedian, activist, author, lecturer and world famous teacher, died on Saturday, August 19, 2017 when he was surrounded by members of his family, including his wife, Lillian. He was resting comfortably at the Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington D.C. after a week which started last Saturday when he was admitted interrupting a tour on the East Coast near his home in Washington, D.C.
WE tv today announced the return of popular docu-series “Mary Mary” for its sixth and final season, starting on September 28th at 9pm ET/PT. The series, which chronicles the lives of Erica and Tina Campbell, sisters and members of the contemporary gospel group Mary Mary, returns this fall with six one hour-long episodes. One of WE tv’s most popular and talked about series, the fifth season of “Mary Mary” reached 12.7 million total viewers and was the #1 cable program
We are asking all clergy to join NAN President, Reverend Al Sharpton, and other ministers from across the country as we take our concerns to the Justice Department. We need everyone also to help us mobilize the nation's clergy community to join our leaders in Washington on August 28th.
Jekalyn Carr is one of the many Gospel luminaries that appear on the highly anticipated musical soundtrack, inspired by the hit OWN television series, “Greenleaf.” Greenleaf Soundtrack – Season 2 is available for pre-order now, and is scheduled for wide release on September 8th. Carr’s contribution to the soundtrack is a stunning original song, and a clear project highlight, titled “Hold Me Close.” Joining Carr on the soundtrack are Kirk Franklin, Mary Mary, LeAndria Johnson, Mavis Staples and many more, including one of the show’s breakout stars Deborah Joy Winans. http://www.gospel-spotlight.com
The album release concert of Tasha Cobbs Leonard’s third album, “HEART. PASSION. PURSUIT” goes down Friday, August 25, 2017. Grammy® winner Tasha Cobbs Leonard's new album "HEART. PASSION. PURSUIT" will be available in stores and online everywhere on August 25 on Motown Gospel. Tasha Cobbs Leonard’s “The Name Of Our God,” here: https://youtu.be/dZZdZAahWhI.
Beloved songstress Lisa Page Brooks is back with brand new music! Known for her soulful vocal interpretations, Lisa Page Brooks has proven to be a beloved voice in the Gospel community. “Do It Again” speaks to triumph through the power of God working in one’s life. Page Brooks lets us know that through life’s victories & experiences she has learned that God will always come through.
As Bryan Popin's "I Got Out" single continues to climb up the charts. Popin is slated for high-profile appearances on TV One's News One Now with Roland Martin, CBN News Studio 5, Radio One's Detroit Women's Expo on August 20, and Radio One’s Indiana State Fair "Gospel Music Festival" on August 26. Tune-in to TV One's NewsOne Now with Roland Martin and CBN News for Popin's undeniably inspiring story as an independent artist creating his own unique brand of music that is changing lives.
J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise continue to ride the wave of success with "You Deserve It," the first release on Hairston's new recording label, JamesTown Music. Hairston and his group Youthful Praise have been nominated for their first Dove Award for Traditional Gospel Album Of The Year. JamesTown Music also announced today the release of the next single from the album, "No Reason To Fear." This upbeat song reminds listeners that with faith and God they have no reason to fear. "No Reason To Fear," is scheduled to be released at radio on August 28th. It will be available for download on all digital outlets September 1st.
Tina Campbell, the multiple award winning soloist, multi-Grammy® winning recording artist, author, WEtv original series star, and now web series star, who, with sister Erica is one-half of the iconic Gospel duo, Mary Mary, unveils the video for her newest single, “Too Hard Not To,” in exclusive premiere Friday, August 11th. The original song is the lead single from Tina’s upcoming solo album It’s Still Personal, a re-working of Tina’s 2016 NAACP Image Award-winning solo debut It’s Personal. The album is set to come out in September with pre-sale beginning August 18th. The single was premiered July 28th on her sister Erica Campbell’s nationally syndicated morning radio show Get Up! Mornings With Erica Campbell. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kUQSSehepBM
Acclaimed singer and former “The Voice” finalist Koryn Hawthorne is ready to take the music world by storm revealing to fans her eagerly-awaited first album project, with her self-titled RCA Inspiration debut EP set for release today! When it came time to collaborate on this project, Koryn's powerhouse vocals and impassioned delivery attracted some of music’s biggest names, including GRAMMY Award® winning producers/songwriters Warryn Campbell and Bernie Herms. "Speak The Name" lyric video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPCBz2YSGo4
RCA Inspiration and Lionsgate announced the Greenleaf Soundtrack: Volume 2 will be released September 8, 2017. Deborah Joy Winans, Mary Mary, Le'Andria Johnson, Koryn Hawthorne, Kirk Franklin and Roshon Fegan are featured,
Earnest Pugh and Blacksmoke Records founder Kerry Douglas have created such number one smashes as, “Rain On Us” (2009) and “I Need Your Glory” (2011). After some years of working separately, they have reunited for Pugh’s forthcoming album and new radio single, "Survive,” which will be released in the fourth quarter of 2017 on Douglas’ Black Smoke Music Worldwide label.
Twenty-time Dove Award winner CeCe Winans adds three more nominations to the list for her first solo album release in nine years "Let Them Fall In Love." The winners will be announced on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena in Nashville at 6:30 p.m. CST.
Award-winning gospel artist Jacky Clark Chisholm is excited to announce her support of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital©. On August 8, 2017, Chisholm is scheduled to release her upcoming single "Cover Me" with all proceeds benefitting St. Jude, which is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.
TV One hosted the Atlanta premiere for the upcoming original film, “WHEN LOVE KILLS: The Falicia Blakely Story” on Wednesday, August 9th at Regal Atlantic Station to a packed theater of over 400 attendees. “WHEN LOVE KILLS: The Falicia Blakely Story," marks the feature-length directorial debut for Tasha Smith and stars Niatia “Lil’ Mama” Kirkland, Lance Gross, Tami Roman and also guest stars Floyd Mayweather, Big Freedia and Lil Zane.
48th Annual GMA Dove Awards nominations were announced with Motown Gospel receiving four nominations. The top nominees include VaShawn Mitchell who earned (2) nods for “Secret Place: Live In South Africa.” He was recognized for Contemporary Gospel/Urban Worship Album of the Year and Urban Worship Recorded Song of the Year for his number one song “Joy.” Multiple Dove Award winner, Tasha Cobbs Leonard who has garnered nearly a dozen GMA Dove nominations, received a nod for Gospel Artist of the Year. Meanwhile, fan favorite Tye Tribbett received a nomination for Contemporary Gospel/ Urban Worship Recorded Song of the Year for “Work It Out,” and Tim Bowman earned a second Dove Award nomination for “Fix Me,” in the Traditional Gospel Recorded Song of the Year category.
Pastor and Grammy-winning musician Smokie Norful has one piece of advice: take the lid off. This concept was inspired by watching his grandmother make her signature dish of sweet rice. When the heat got too high, the pot began hissing and boiling over, like it was about to explode. His grandmother would remind him the only way to avoid an eruption is to remove the lid. Similarly, the only way to avoid an emotional overload is to take our own lids of. This is the premise behind Norful’s new book Take the Lid Off: Trust God, Release the Pressure, and Find the Life He Wants for You Out September 5, 2017. http://www.gospel-spotlight.com
RCA Inspiration received 9 nominations for the upcoming 48th Annual GMA Dove Awards, with hit releases from five artists being recognized in six categories today. The GMA Dove Awards nominations honor the outstanding work from chart-toppers Kirk Franklin, Travis Greene, Fred Hammond, Donnie McClurkin and William Murphy spanning Contemporary Gospel, Traditional Gospel, and Urban Worship categories, as well as top categories including a Songwriter of the Year nomination and two nods for Gospel Artist of the Year. Additionally, Franklin receives a nomination in Contemporary Gospel/Urban Album of the Year as a producer on Tamela Mann’s project. The 48th Annual GMA Dove Awards will be taped Tuesday, October 17, 2017 in Nashville, TN.
Anthony Brown & group therAPy received a GMA Dove Award nomination for "Trust In You" CONTEMPORARY GOSPEL / URBAN RECORDED SONG OF THE YEAR. The GMA Dove Awards will take place October 17, 2017, live from Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN.
Top-selling artist Anthony Brown & group therAPy, continue to soar earning their second number one album with “A Long Way From Sunday." The album debuts this week at Number 1 on both Top Gospel Albums and Top Christian and Gospel Albums charts. “A Long Way From Sunday” is the third release from Brown, and shows his continued upward trajectory in his music career. “A Long Way From Sunday” is a strong and relevant project.
Charles Butler just released his latest single, "I Know It Was The Blood," off of his upcoming EP, "The Blood Experience" scheduled to be released in September. "I Know It Was The Blood," is a fresh, melodic anthem ready to sweep churches nationwide. It showcases Charles Butler's signature sound of fusing both traditional and contemporary styling.
The Kennedy Center Honors announced today that its honorees for 2017 will be actress, dancer and choreographer Carmen de Lavallade, singer-songwriter and actress Gloria Estefan, hip hop artist and television star LL COOL J, television writer and producer Norman Lear and renowned musician and record producer Lionel Richie. They will be recognized during THE 40th ANNUAL KENNEDY CENTER HONORS, to be broadcast Tuesday, Dec. 26 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. CBS has broadcast the special each year since its debut 40 years ago.
Losing his brother to cancer, going through a divorce and many other emotionally-driven incidents led Grammy®, Dove and Stellar Award nominee and Stellar Award winning producer, songwriter and recording artist Darnell Davis to birth and release "Live Again", a credible body of work that speaks to the soul, available Friday, August 11, 2017. Produced By Darnell Davis and Brian Kendrick for MVP Productions, "Live Again" is about starting fresh and living a joyous, complete whole life after an emotional death.
Central City Productions will pay tribute to The Jacksons, Donnie McClurkin, Slick Rick, Guy, Oleta Adams andJody Watley during the Black Music Honors, a live taping television special that will take place on Friday, August 18, 2017, at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) in Nashville, TN. The two-hour event will acknowledge the legendary African American artists who have influenced and made significant musical contributions to African American culture and American music worldwide. Rickey Smiley, television and radio personality and Grammy Award-winner and actress LeToya Luckett, will co-host the show set to air on broadcast syndication, Sept. 2-30, 2017 and on Bounce TV, Tuesday, October 10, at 7 p.m. (ET).
Grammy® and Dove award nominated songwriter and urban inspirational artist Dayna Caddell, collaborates with the multi-talented Israel Houghton and ingenious producer Warryn Campbell on “So Grateful”. “So Grateful” is a testament to God’s mercy and the fact that He gave his life for us.
Join the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Incorporated (CBCF) for the 47th Annual Legislative Conference (ALC) in Washington, D.C. at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, September 20 - 24, 2017. This year's conference theme, "And Still I RISE" reflects a legacy of resilience that emphasizes the collective strength of the black community to rise above continued racial inequalities
Tina Campbell, the multiple award winning soloist, multi-Grammy® winning recording artist, author, WE tv original series star, and now web series star, who, with sister Erica is one-half of the iconic Gospel duo, Mary Mary, unveils her new single, the Gospel/Pop ballad, “Too Hard Not To,” last Friday, July 28th, on sister Erica Campbell’s nationally syndicated morning radio show Get Up! Mornings With Erica Campbell. In the coming weeks Tina returns with her newest solo album, It’s Still Personal, the follow-up to 2015’s solo debut, It’s Personal. A re-working of the NAACP Image Award winner for Outstanding Gospel Album in 2016, It’s Still Personal features three new original tracks—the heart felt new single, “Too Hard Not To,” plus a rousing soulful Southern Gospel tune, “Evidence,” and the rap/hip hop tinged “We Livin.” The singer also includes a re-production of the previously recorded track “Woh, Oh, Oh.”
Jekalyn Carr, recently took the stage at Radio One/Praise 102.5's annual Gospel Music summer concert in Atlanta, GA. This year's lineup included Carr, alongside CeCe Winans, Tamela Mann, Erica Campbell, Charles Jenkins, Byron Cage, Deitrick Haddon, JJ Hairston, James Fortune, Ted Winn, Canton Jones, Wess Morgan, Brian Popin, Tim Bowman, Jr., Jermaine Dolly, Jamie Grace and more.
In just over a month, "Soles4Souls' first reformation organization partner, met its shoe challenge and exceeded its' goal by 20,000 pairs of shoes yielding a donation of 70,000 pairs of gently used and new shoes to help those in need and fight global poverty. The shoes FGBCFI collected will be delivered to Soles4Souls–a non-profit that creates sustainable jobs and provides relief through the distribution of shoes and clothing around the world. Founded in 2006, the organization has distributed more than 30 million pairs of new and gently used shoes in 127 countries.
Koryn Hawthorne has released her debut single, ''Won't He Do It,'' produced by Rich Shelton, Makeba Riddick-Woods and Matthew Head. Showcasing her confident voice with the artistic delivery that has garnered Koryn widespread praise among both her peers and her fans, she’s considered one of the most exciting new voices for her generation. “Won’t He Do It” is only just the beginning of a line of new music to come.
Fred "Uncle Freddie" Jerkins III, President of DarkChild Gospel, has announced, A Project of Healing, the first of a series of gospel and mainstream compilation albums that will benefit cancer awareness, empowerment and education. This album will feature guest artist such as Bishop Paul S. Morton, Lowell Pye, Darlene McCoy, Alexis Spight, Jonathan Nelson, Trin-I-Tee 5:7 and more. The first single titled "We Won" featuring Jonathan Nelson is currently at radio and available on all digital media outlets. A stage play inspired by the project is currently being written and directed by Kim Fields. This project will be available this October 2017.
On Saturday, July 22nd, Bishop Hezekiah Walker kicked off his Every Praise Gets Better Tour. It was announced today. Celebrating 30 years in the music industry, Bishop Hezekiah Walker is going on tour across the country to bring thousands of friends and fans together to celebrate this momentous milestone. Bishop Walker's love for God, people and music have inspired him to share this monumental anniversary with fans across the nation. With chart-topping sales and radio success, Bishop Hezekiah Walker is one of the most prominent artists in gospel music. His anthem Every Praise has gone global and has brought unity to the gospel community across the world. The Every Praise Gets Better Tour will feature the incredible Israel Houghton, who is a phenomenal praise leader who touches the heart of God and people through his music. No stranger to being a global artist himself, he will bring an added dimension of inspiration to this tour. Bishop Walker and Israel Houghton together are a force"
Former President Barack Obama will be making a special trip to Richmond, Virginia this fall. Obama is currently slated to speak at the Richmond Forum on November 18, 2017. Organizers say that the former President will share remarks and participate in a question-and-answer session. The former president’s speech will open the 32nd season of the Richmond Forum, which is a speaker series held at the Altria Theatre.
Snoop Dogg is giving the world a glimpse of his gospel music album, which already features a famous voice in gospel music, Fred Hammond. The rap mogul, whose real name is Cordozar Calvin Broadus Jr., took to Instagram to preview his gospel project Bible of Love for fans. In the preview video clip, Hammond's signature voice can be heard praising God. "He did it for me he'll do it for you, same God," Hammond croons in the audio track that Snoop can be seen lip syncing to. The 45-year-old hip hop veteran announced that he would create a gospel album earlier in an interview with Beats 1 Radio. "I'm working on a gospel album. It's always been on my heart," he said. "I just never got around to it because I always be doing gangsta business and doing this and doing that. But I just feel like it's been on my heart too long." He had already given fans a glimpse of what his gospel music may sound like. Last year, he turned Pastor Shirley Caesar's 1988 song "Hold My Mule" into a holiday song "U Name It Holiday Anthem."
Grammy® Award-Winning Platinum Recording Artist Tamela Mann and NAACP Image® Award-Winning Comedian David Mann announce the 2017 fall tour dates for their wildly popular Mann’s World Family Tour featuring David, Tamela, son David Mann Jr, and daughter Tia Mann, sharing an evening of music, comedy and family entertainment. The Mann’s World Family Tour returns to the stage on September 1 in Miami with more than 20 dates planned for the fall. “We’re excited to get back on the road this fall and go on tour with our kids. It’s not just a concert, or a comedy show, it’s a family experience,” says David Mann, executive producer of the tour. Coinciding with the announcement of their fall tour dates this week, Tamela was honored to receive her fifth No. 1 on Billboard’s Gospel radio chart for her single, “Change Me.” “I’m thrilled and grateful that Gospel radio and their listeners love this song,” says Tamela. “It blesses me every time I sing it! I can’t wait to share it with audiences in concert this fall.”
This Sunday tune into Joyful Noise on BET at 8am central to see and hear Isabel Davis do her single "The Call".
Bishop Cortez Vaughn’s Corporate Sound Music Group firm has entered into a joint venture agreement with the world’s oldest operating black gospel music label, Tyscot Records. Bishop Vaughn co-wrote and co-leads J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise’s soul-stirring anthem, “You Deserve It.” "Tyscot Records is excited about the partnering with Corporate Sound Music Group in developing and presenting the upcoming Bishop Cortez Vaughn album," says Tyscot Records President, Bryant S. Scott. “This venture is God's timing,” Bishop Vaughn adds. “God has allowed me to become a part of a family; not just a label. I can't wait to see what God has in store for us. My prayer is that with Tyscot we are able to reach nations. That the message of hope, faith and love will be spread across this entire universe through this family connection.”
Dr. Bobby Jones International Gospel Industry Retreat goes down October 16-18, 2017 in Nashville, Tenn. Guest includes Yolanda Adams, Vickie Winans, Dottie Peoples, Byron cage, Kim Burrell, Ricky Dillard, V. Michael McKay, Melvin Williams, Paul Porter, Hezekiah Walker, Tye Tribbett, Karen Clark Sheard and many more. http://www.gospel-spotlight.com
Dr. Leonard Scott received the Lifetime Achievement Award at this years Indiana Black Expo Gospel Showcase on Sunday, July 16th.
Bishop George Bloomer, the "General of Spiritual Warfare", invites you to join him forThe Spiritual Warfare Conference - Optics For Life: At the Camp August 3-5. Three days of intensive teaching, strategic intercession and prophetic impartation are for those who want to be equipped to conquer the spiritual warfare of everyday life. Invited guest are Bishop William Murphy, Bishop E. Bernard Jordan and Dr. Judy Brown.
Viacom announced it has signed a multi-year content partnership deal with actor/writer/director/producer Tyler Perrry.. The agreement includes television, film and short-form video created by Perry. Perry will produce approximately 90 episodes annually of original series for BET and other Viacom networks through the partnership. Viacom will also have exclusive distribution rights to Perry's short-form video content, with Paramount Pictures being granted rights on any new feature film concepts created by Perry. Bob Bakish, president and CEO of Viacom, called the deal an important step forward. Tyler is a prolific creative force, and I'm excited that this collaboration will bring his signature humor and powerful storytelling to Viacom's audiences while further cementing BET's position as the leading home for bold, relevant African-American programming and scripted content;" Bakish said in a press statement. Viacom has a rich tradition of reaching my audience through their TV, film and digital platforms and I am excited to partner with them, Perry said in a statement. I am eager to have one home where I can leverage all of their assets to tell my stories to an even wider audience. Perry added he will continue producing projects with Lionsgate and OWN on a non-exclusive basis.
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Get ready to hear great Gospel music as Greenleaf, the popular drama set around the church makes its return to OWN during the month of August. Intentional, the hit from Grammy nominated and Stellar Award winning songwriter Travis Greene makes it into Season 2 as well as Won’t He Do It, the new single from The Voice contestant, Koryn Hawthorne.
With his sophomore release, the classically trained pianist turned Gospel singer shares a body of work that took almost three years to complete, I Got Out was born out of Bryan Popin's reflection on "next steps" after going through a series of difficult and unexpected life challenges that could have easily shaken him. The title cut and new radio single "I Got Out,” a swingy congregational anthem with a contemporary edge, is currently #7 on the Gospel radio chart.
Worship Leader and Recording Artist Kenny Smith returns with a brand new project entitled Transformation, releasing on July 14, 2017. The CD will be available on iTunes, Amazonand other digital retailers. Physical copies of the release will be available on Smith’s website, www.kennysmithmusic.com.
Dr. F. James Clark and his Shalom Church (City of Peace) Music Ministry stepped into the Gospel music industry in 2015 with their SIMPLY AMAZING. The album debuted at #3. Dr. Clark has now created a musical platform for the youth and young adults of his St. Louis, MO based ministry and has released another chart topper, "SURE. FOCUSED. CENTERED" by Dr. Clark’s NextGeneration Choir also debuting at #3.
Grammy® winner Tasha Cobbs Leonard has revealed her album cover forwhich is set for release in stores and online everywhere on August 25 on Motown Gospel. In advance of the release, Cobbs Leonard is offering the chance to pre-order the album online. People who purchase the album will instantly receive the current smash single,“Great God.” In addition, fans who pre-order the album will receive three new songs in the coming weeks leading into the August 25 release date.
Shanachie Entertainment has partnered with Ted Winn's Teddy's Jamz label to release Ted's inspiring new single, "Stand In Awe," from his forthcoming CD of the same title set for release on September 1, 2017. https://soundcloud.com/shanachie-1/ted-winn-feat-balance-stand-in-awe-1/s-A9lx3
Industry Veteran and Prominent Business and Entertainment Lawyer, James L. Walker, Jr. recently announced the purchase of a new Atlanta law firm headquarters. The famous lawyer has represented the likes of Rick James, Jamie Foxx, Shirley Caesar, DMX, NBA star Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf and BET’s Bobby Jones, among so many other incredible clients over a near 25-year career. He also represents Grammy winning singer/writer Twinkie Clark (Clark Sisters) whose song is featured on Jay-Z upcoming "Family Feud" song on his newest 4.44 album.
RCA Inspiration and Provident Music Group celebrate the relaunch of Verity Records, reviving the iconic label that has been a modern standard-bearer in Gospel for almost two decades! Reintroducing Verity, kicked off by the newly-launched single “Close” from Gospel icon Marvin Sapp, excitement is buzzing high among artists, the industry, and fans about the return of the beloved brand. Verity Records will be operated under Provident Music Group.
On the heels of his fifth #1 single, “City Lights,” acclaimed guitarist and smooth jazz recording artist, Tim Bowman releases new single, “Amazing Grace Party.” Accompanied by Gospel guitarist, Jonathan DuBose Jr. (Known as The Prophesying Guitarist), “Amazing Grace Party” also features inspirational recording artist, Tim Bowman Jr., that's Bowman’s Grammy nominated rising-star son.
Tyscot Records, the Indianapolis-based recording label picked up three ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards last week during the 30th annual gala ceremony that took place at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles. The big event handed out awards in R&B, Hip Hop and Gospel genres. During the evening, thirteen gospel songs were recognized as the highest‐ranking ASCAP-affiliated songs on the Billboard Magazine Year-End Gospel Airplay Chart for the calendar year 2016. Songs by Tyscot artists, Anthony Brown & group therAPy and Casey J won three of the thirteen gospel citations. Brown, a gifted songwriter and producer, as well as, a singer, was recognized for last year’s rousing Top Ten hit, “Bless The Lord,” and the prior year’s No. 1 smash, “Worth.” Former elementary school teacher, Casey J, is also a fine songwriter. Her tune, “I’m Yours,” spent five weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Gospel Airplay chart in 2016.
Pastor, motivator, songwriter, and composer Dr. Brenda Jefferson will debut her new single, MIRACLE, featuring Lowell Pye (Men of Standard) at Mega Fest's Mega Indie Project Friday, June 30th from at the Dallas Convention Center in Hall C. Miracle, from Jefferson's sophomore project, "Invocation," on Scripture Music Group, is a positive reinforcement with a relevant message that miracles still happen through prayer and faith. On this effort, with the help of Pye, she shares her testimony over precise production and significant lyrics.
After recently headlining a successful 22-city tour J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise continue to make strides to new heights in the gospel music industry and beyond with, "You Deserve It," the first release on Hairston's new recording label, JamesTown Music. This week Hairston marks 10 weeks at #1 on the Billboard Gospel Airplay Chart, 4 weeks at #1 on the Billboard Gospel Indicator Chart, and 7 weeks at #1 on theMediabase Gospel Indicator Chart with, "You Deserve It." The continued recent success of Hairston with the new album entitled, You Deserve It, after the smash hit single have entitled him to many firsts including performing this week at Bishop T D Jakes' Megafest, Essence Music Festival, as well as the Full Gospel Conference this week alone. Hear JJ Hairston in his own words on TBT...http://www.gospel-spotlight.com/J_J_Hairston_intvw.htm
Taking a break from her upcoming family-friendly film projects, Tammy’Dele Films (TD) CEO, Tammy Williams recently attended the 7th Annual Spirit of the League Awards Luncheon where NBA star Dwight Howard was honored for his accomplishments as an athlete, advocate and founder of D12 Foundation. Going down at the Ritz Carlton Atlanta, Williams was an invited guest among the who’s who of Atlanta. Tammy Williams recently inked a deal with Total Momentum Productions, LLC, (TM) to fund a slate of her upcoming films, 'Ernie and Cerbie,' 'Dempsey the Dog' and 'Rescue Sal,' directed by Tammy’Dele Films.
Joining the all-star line-up for the 37th annual edition of PBS’ A CAPITOL FOURTH, broadcast live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, are Grammy-nominated gospel legend Yolanda Adams, acclaimed country music singer and songwriter Kellie Pickler and Broadway star and two-time Tony Award nominee Laura Osnes (BANDSTAND). Adams, one of gospel’s seminal voices, will perform “Battle HYMN OF THE Republic” with Patrick Lundy & The Ministers of Music, Pickler, the American IDOL alum, DANCING WITH THE STARS champion and the star of the hit TV how, I LOVE KELLIE PCKLER will perform “This Land is Your Land” and “Small Town Girl” from her Gold certified debut album. A CAPITOL FOURTH is set to air on PBS Tuesday, July 4, 2017 from 8:00p.m. to 9:30p.m ET before a concert audience of hundreds of thousands, millions more at home, as well as to our troops serving around the world on the American Forces Network.
Anthony Brown & group therAPy, dropped their third album, A Long Way From Sunday for pre-order today. "A Long Way From Sunday" follows Brown’s smash album “Everyday Jesus” which garnered a historic 10 Stellar Awards and their first Grammy, BET and Billboard Music Award Nominations. "A Long Way From Sunday" features songs that weave together a narrative of God’s love, compassion kindness, faithfulness and beauty. Fans who purchase the album today, will automatically receive the project's powerful first single "Trust In You." They will also receive an additional two songs in the following weeks including "Every Time," the anticipated collaboration with fellow stars Travis Greene & Jonathan McReynolds and "Never Alone" a classic-sounding Anthony Brown & group therAPy tune. In addition Brown invited several friends to join him including Leandria Johnson on a beautiful ballad, “Consumed,” Sho Baraka on the pop urban song “Lost” and an animated track produced by Warryn “Baby Dubb” Campbell on “I Got That.” Brown has plans to celebrate "A Long Way From Sunday" with an all-star release concert on Friday, July 28 in his hometown at the Warner Theatre in Washington DC.
Grammy® Award winner Tasha Cobbs Leonard releases her brand new song, “Great God,” for download and streaming on all digital platforms today. The new release comes in the middle of a whirlwind weekend of high-profile performances and appearances during BET Awards weekend in Los Angeles, CA. The top-selling, multiple award winning artist shared the song in advance of her ambitious third album, HEART. PASSION. PURSUIT. due out later this summer on Motown Gospel. http://www.gospel-spotlight.com
TV One's longest-running and award-winning series, Unsung, will launch its eleventh season on a brand new night with a dynamic new line-up of the music and stories of perseverance, determination and success told through first-hand accounts of the artists who experienced it. Beginning with a double-feature on Sunday, July 9, with Wyclef on Sunday, July 9 at 9 p.m. ET, followed by the story of Jagged Edge at 10 p.m. ET. Additionally, new episodes featuring Marvin Sapp, Switch, The Dramatics, Shanice, and Ice-T, airing in the show's new Sunday time slot of 10 p.m. ET. One of the most unique voices in gospel music, Marvin Sapp has been spreading the Gospel through song for over three decades. His powerful mix of old-school sensibilities and new school swagger led him to dominate the gospel charts in the 2000s with seven Top 10 hits including the #1 songs, "Never Would've Made It," "The Best in Me" and "My Testimony." Sapp's faith has been tested on several occasions - from illness, to personal attacks, to the tragic death of his wife, MaLinda, to colon cancer. Insights from family and friends are provided by Kirk Franklin, Byron Cage, Donald Lawrence, Dorinda Clark Cole, Aundrae Russell, Tyrone DuBose and Fred Hammond.
Lamont Sanders is headed to Dallas, TX for MegaFest 2017! As he kicks off his summer tour and the release of new single, "Whatever It Takes", Lamont is excited and honored to perform at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center during the MegaFest Conference as over 100,000 attendees join together for one of the most highly anticipated faith and family conferences, founded and led by Bishop T. D. Jakes. On June 28th, Lamont Sanders will perform new music from his upcoming project, Watch Lamont Sanders now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lw43yfDJpBk&feature=youtu.be
The Showers, Regina, Tabitha, Titus, Melody, Angela, Ciara and Tiffany are a group of siblings from Hammond, Louisiana that have been groomed in church ministry and are poised to carry the torch of Gospel music greats. Collaborating with respected producers and songwriters including Bruce Robinson, Jr., Deon Kipping and Myron Butler, The Showers have created an album – their self-titled debut - that resonates with a vast audience. “Better” is a contemporary Christian inspired sound with a message of hope, redemption and faith. The Showers believe that “Better” is a song that can reach everyone in any area of their life. penned by Deon Kipping.
The highly anticipated album SURE. FOCUSED. CENTERED. by Dr. F. James Clark and the NextGeneration Choir is due to be released June 23rd. With the lead single “You Are” currently #41 on BDS/Billboard charts, this record is an incredible follow up to the Shalom Church (City of Peace) Mass Choir Stellar Award nominated debut album SIMPLY AMAZING,which landed at #3 on Billboard Top Gospel Albums chart in 2015. The expectation is great with this album by The NextGeneration Choir, and listeners can be assured that SURE. FOCUSED. CENTERED. will reach the hearts and souls of gospel music lovers all over the world. https://soundcloud.com/the-bellamy-group/dr-f-james-clark-presents-the-next-generation-choir-you-are
More than 500 people attended the second dfree® Financial Freedom Movement regional conference. Held in Indianapolis, Indiana on June 2 & 3, 2017, at Eastern Star Church, and co-hosted by Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church, the conference featured an opening concert with Fred Hammond, and a series of stimulating workshops and sessions that challenged participants to take existing dfree® tools and strategies to the next level of their personal financial freedom and wellness.
TV One returns to Miami for the 21st Annual American Black Film Festival (June 14-18), and the third annual TV One Screenplay Competition winner announcement. The network will also host, in partnership with Cadillac, the popular Celebrity Scene Stealers event, and debut two original movies - Downsized written by 2016 ABFF TV One Screenplay Competition finalist and honorable mention winner Michelle McKissick, and When Love Kills: The Falicia Blakely Story, directed by actress Tasha Smith.
A Memorial service date has been set for music industry icon Kenny Taylor “Mr. Gospel.” The Memorial Service will take place on Wednesday, July 12th, 2017 at 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Glenarden Worship Center, Upper Marlboro, MD.
Jekalyn Carr is in the final stages of preparation for the recording of her second live project, "One Nation Under God." The recording event will take place on June 22nd, at Brown Missionary Baptist Church in Southaven, MS.
Shanachie Entertainment has partnered with gospel artist Ted Winn's Teddy's Jamz label to release Ted's inspiring new single, "Stand In Awe," from his forthcoming CD of the same title set for release on September 1, 2017. Click to hear new single: https://soundcloud.com/shanachie-1/ted-winn-feat-balance-stand-in-awe-1/s-A9lx3
The famed Miami Mass Choir made their return to Gospel music after being away from the music scene for fifteen years. with their December 2016 independent digital release "THE MIAMI MASS CHOIR: LIVE AT THE ADRIENNE ARSHT CENTER." With an increasing demand from consumers, The Miami Mass Choir album will now be available in stores across the country. The choir has entered into an exclusive physical distribution partnership with Nashville, TN based Central South Distribution. Via Marc Cooper's MaJo Records, Central South, and marketing powered byThe Bellamy Group, the album hits music and Christian bookstore shelves July 21. Marc Cooper in his own Words:
Gospel sensation G.I. (also known as God's Image) signs deal with Shanachie Entertainment and on August 25,2017 will release their label debut, Winning. G.I. joins the impressive list of Grammy and Stellar Award-winning artists Shanachie has worked with, including Kim Burrell, Mint Condition, Angie Stone, the Rev. Luther Barnes, Regina Belle, Marques Houston, Take 6 and numerous others.
On the heels of rolling out her first solo album in nine years and kicking off the Fall in Love Tour presented by Medi-Share, CeCe Winans is learning how to juggle a very demanding schedule. Winans’ fans will hear first-hand from the gospel singer how she manages life as a wife, mother, co-pastor and entrepreneur. Tune in Saturday, June 17th at 10pm-ET/ 9pm-CT/ 7pm-PT on Centric a cable television channel geared towards African-American women. On Tuesday, June 13th Winans took a seat at Joni’s Table Talk that airs on Daystar Television 6:00 am, 7:30 pm and again at 1:00 am central time http://www.daystar.com/shows/daystar-original-programs/jonilamb/. Table talk is an upbeat and sometimes unpredictable half hour talk show that offers fresh perspectives on a wide range of relevant issues.
Provident/Sony Music’s new artist, Tauren Wells is a new christian artist, who is opening up on tour with Mariah Carey and Lionel Richie this summer.“Undefeated” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=erFT6nmvMm0
The Word Network, the leading and most popular African American religious network in the world, told the FCC that Comcast violated its obligations codified in the FCC's Order approving the merger between Comcast-NBC Universal when it unilaterally removed The Word Network from nearly 7 million homes in January. The FCC's Order prohibits Comcast from discriminating against networks such as The Word Network based on affiliation or non-affiliation with Comcast. This is not the first time Comcast has flaunted its commitments in the Comcast-NBC Universal merger.
Hot off the heels of his Number 1 single “Joy,” which is enjoying its 6th consecutive week at the top of the chart, VaShawn Mitchell introduces his second single, “God Will Take Care Of Me.” Offering a vintage feel, Mitchell harkens to a classic gospel vibe on “God Will Take Care Of Me” that is both significant and relevant. Featuring prominent Chicago vocalist Neicy Robertson, “God Will Take Care Of Me” offers a resonant sound that is perfectly suited for Sunday Mornings. Proving the tried and true sounds of gospel music are timeless. http://www.gospel-spotlight.com/vashawn_mitchell_intvw.htm
Zak Williams has been a staple in the Gospel music industry for decades. Some know him as a noted Stellar Award-winning producer and songwriter. Others know him as the Music Director of the popular choir, Rev. Ernest Davis Jr.'s Wilmington Chester Mass Choir. He is also the leader of the Gospel choir 1/AKORD and the choir has just released a brand new single entitled “He’s All I Need”. The song is currently available on iTunes, Amazon, Google Playand other digital music outlets.
Grammy Nominated worshipper Todd Dulaney with hits such as "Victory Belongs to Jesus" and "The Anthem", will be live at the highly anticipated 4th album launch/concert of DJ Nicholas "The Audiologist" on Friday July 21 @ The Ranny Williams Ent. Center in Kingston, Jamaica.
It is the Kinsmen first "Live" Recording June 9, 2017. It will be produced by, Grammy Award Winning Producer,Percy Bady and Acclaimed Producer, Rex Hardy, Jr. Kinsmen's "Live Recording" will be hosted by, Sonya Blakey, Program Director for iHeart Radio's Inspiration 1390 AM radio in Chicago. The recording will go down at, Fellowship Baptist Church, Chicago, IL. The featured guest artist will be, the Award Winning Gospel artist, Charles Jenkins.
GRAMMY® and Stellar Award-winning artist Le’Andria showcases a fresh sound and elevating musical experience on 10 new songs, as the acclaimed vocalist unwraps a new song and album cover for her upcoming new album BIGGER THAN ME, available for pre-order now. The new song “All I Got” is impacting UAC radio on June 5th, and both “All I Got” and the anthem “Bigger Than Me” are available as instant grat tracks upon digital pre-order, with the full album scheduled for release on Friday July 21st, 2017.
The Bobby Jones Gospel Artist Retreat set to return October 9, 10 & 11, 2017 in Nashville, TN. Special guests Yolanda Adams, Vickie Winans, Dottie Peoples,Byron Cage, Ricky Dillard, Kim Burrell, Melvin Williams, The Williams Brothers and many More! Sponsored in part by GMA, The Belle Report and I Hear Music!
On Sunday June 4, 2017 Bishop Larry D. Trotter Sr. & the Utopia Music Group, will present the legendary 9 time Stellar Award winning choir the Sweet Holy Spirit Church Mass Choir in their 11th Annual Live Recording Session. "THEY ARE READY." VaShawn Mitchell and Ricky Dillard launched their stellar careers from the Sweet Holy Spirit Church. Utopia Music Group will also be presenting the Stage Play, Consequences, on Friday June 9th and June 10, 2017 at Sweet Holy Spirit Church. This inspirational play was written out of real life experiences and deals with real life drama not only in the church, but real life.
The 103rd Annual Hampton University Ministers’ Conference and 83rd Annual Choir Directors’ and Organists’ Guild Workshop convene on the campus of Hampton University from June 4-9. The Conference regarded as the political, cultural, and theological epicenter of progressive black American Christian thought and praxis. It continues to draw big name speakers like T.D. Jakes, President Obama and a host of other preachers and politicians who clamor for the opportunity to address conference attendees. Minister Earl Bynum has been afforded the opportunity to lead praise and worship for this prestigious conference. Bynum was not only chosen as the nightly song/praise leader, but was also selected to be on the music staff and teach workshops on “Leading and Implementing Praise and Worship within Traditional Worship.” Bynum’s praise and worship workshop session is the first of its kind in the history of the 103 Ministers’ Conference.
For almost forty years, Judge Mablean Ephriam has brought a wealth of legal and sensible knowledge to courtrooms nationwide. In 2014, she returned to the bench in living rooms nationwide with her television show, "Justice with Judge Mablean." Dispensing her now familiar brand of justice with her no-nonsense, straight-talk demeanor and sense of humor. Since Divorce Court, in addition to speaking, she has focused her time and energy working on the mission of her nonprofit, The Mablean Ephriam Foundation, which is to build stronger families, educate minds, increase economic power among disadvantaged and lower economic persons and thus create better communities. Outside of her nonprofit foundation, she also hosts The H.U.F. (Honoring Unsung Fathers) Awards & Scholarship Brunch, which is an annual Father's Day event created to identify and recognize fathers who play a vital role in. It goes down Sunday June 18, 2017 at the Hilton Long Beach. Judge Mableean: http://www.gospel-spotlight.com/judgemablean_intvw.htm
The Gospel Music Industry is feeling a huge loss following the passing of Kenny Taylor. His roots in the music industry ran deep. From Images of Unity, Air Records, Music Advocate for Gospel Music Heritage Month to being a Record Executive, Consultant to many behind the scenes and the connection for many to countless opportunities and opened doors where it was often impossible for most. Kenny was the CEO of Teemade Productions, Inc., where he provided full services in Promotions, Retail & Street promotions. He focused on brand development. He also worked as a tour manager, booking manager, event promoter, radio promotions and as a respected musician in his church. Mr. Kenny Taylor will surely be missed.
The Carl Nelson Show radio program and Rock Newman’s Gibraltar Promotions, LLC have teamed up to present, Power Talk 4, the super bowl of scholars. The lecture series has attracted a who’s who of African-American political thinkers over the years, ranging from Dr. Julius Garvey (son of Black Nationalist, Marcus Garvey) to Professor Griff (of the iconic rap group, Public Enemy). Baba Dick Gregory will be honored with the Dr. Frances Cress Welsing Freedom Fighter Award at this year’s event. The award is named after the late Afro-centrist psychiatrist and author of The Isis Papers, who was honored at the second annual convocation on June 20, 2015.
T.D. Jakes, CEO of TDJ Enterprises and Robert Mong, President of the University of North Texas at Dallas announced today the creation of an innovative entrepreneurial competition called MegaFutures@MegaFest, designed especially for students in grades 6-12. The competition will debut as part of this year's MegaFest, the nationally acclaimed four-day festival of faith and family. The Call for Entries is now open. Online applications are due by Monday, June 12. Participants will compete in two age groups (11-14 and 15-19), with finalists having the opportunity to present a three-minute oral presentation to the judges' panel on Thursday, June 29. A total of $50,000 in prize monies, sponsored by PlainsCapital Bank, will be awarded.
Tillymann Music Group Platinum-Selling Artist Tamela Mann was honored to receive a 2017 Billboard Music Award for Top Gospel Album for her Billboard No. 1 selling release, One Way. The awards show recognizes the hottest names in music today. "What an honor to receive a Billboard Music Award," said Tamela. "Thank you God! And thank you to my whole team and to the fans! Congratulations to all the winners!" Watch the win on Facebook live: https://www.facebook.com/davidtamelamann/?ref=bookmarks
Two-time Grammy nominated, multi Stellar Award-winning recording artist, songwriter and producer James Fortune is helping rewrite the stories of others through his involvement in charitable works. James Fortune has supported various charities over the years. Fortune served on the Radio Advisory Board for St. Jude Children's Hospital and supports The Banner Foundation and The Tracy McGrady Foundation. The newly formed partnership will be put into action for the first time at Dear Future Me concert dates on June 22 (Jacksonville, FL; The Potter's House) and June 23 (Atlanta, GA: The Dream Center).
What happens when a mother holds on to her son too long? That’s precisely what we learn as Nephew Tommy, Jackee Harry, Shirley Murdock, “Lil G” from the R & B group Silk, Robin Givens and more unite to tell the story of a how a man is forced to change the life of a “Momma’s Boy” and turn him into a grown man. It's the play "Momma's Boy." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5ja2UNS3jQ&feature=youtu.be
Psalmist Raine has a passion for worship. Since the release of her ground-breaking prophetic project, 2016’s ReFresh Worship Live, worshippers have been basking in the presence of God. The critically-acclaimed project had fans and fellow artists alike singing praises. Stellar Award Winner Jason Nelson said this: “EVERY worship leader needs to purchase this CD from @psalmistraine. It’s the epitome of prophetic worship! Thank you for pure worship & praise. #refreshworshiplive”. Now the worship leader has added to her catalog with a brand new release entitled, To Abba. A follow up to ReFresh Worship Live, To Abba is the 3rd release from the celebrated artist. The project is currently available on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and other digital music outlets.
All is not lost, it's the Alexis Spight Live recording July 12, 2017 at Greater Emmanuel Institution COGIC in Detroit. Mali Music, Kierra Sheard, The Clark Sisters, Amber Bullock and Joshua Rogers will also appear.
The dynamic rising star, Tiya Askia, is making things happen quick, fast and in a hurry. The Washington, D.C. - based singer's new three-track digital EP, "Hear Our Cry," has been selling briskly off of word of mouth excitement and, as a result, it has debuted at #1 on the Billboard Hot Singles sales chart. The title track, "Hear Our Cry," sets the tone for the project and channels Askia's heart and worship style. "Defender," takes the worship to another level with a neo-soul flavored song about perseverance and divine faith. The melodic radio single, "That Name," is currently impacting radio and it showcases Askia's sweet, high-pitched croon.
RCA Inspiration celebrates double wins at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards with two top Gospel awards for Kirk Franklin and Travis Greene, winning in the categories of Top Gospel Artist and Top Gospel Song, respectively. Returning winner Kirk Franklin is honored with the Top Gospel Artist award for the second consecutive year. Returning nominee Travis Greene wins his first Billboard Music Award, with “Made A Way” named Top Gospel Song. The Award show was held in Las Vegas on May 21st, catch both Kirk Franklin and Travis Greene performing live at JoyFest, May 27th in Charlotte, NC (at Carowinds) and on July 15th in Doswell, VA (at Kings Dominion).
Catch Bobby Jones Presents this week Saturday May 27, 2017 on The Dish Satellite Channel 268, DirecTV Channel 380, Comcast Channel 84, AT & T, Charter and Time Warner. Additionally you can catch Dr. Bobby on your IPAD, SMARTPHONE, or your COMPUTER @ www.watchimpact.com with links @bobbyjonesgospel.com
Popular NAACP Image Award-nominated actor Antonio Fargas (Everybody Hates Chris, Starsky & Hutch) guest stars in the third season finale of Mann & Wife, world premiering on Tuesday, May 23 at 9pm ET on Bounce. When Daniel (David Mann) dreams that he is in a 70’s cop show, he uncovers the truth behind the cold case he has been struggling to solve. Real-life husband and wife team David and Tamela Mann star and serve as executive producers of Mann & Wife.
It's time for "The Annual Mann Games" on the next episode of The Manns, airing Tuesday, May 23 at 8 p.m. ET on TV One. The entire Mann family loves a good challenge. They love to win, but more important, they hate to lose! This year it's every "Mann" for themselves. Who will be crowned victorious?
The Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship is bringing "MOMENTUM" to Orlando, Florida for the family, fun and faith Experience of the Year. Founded in 1994 by Bishop Paul S. Morton, this is the 24th Annual Conference gathering of the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship: a federation of African-American pastors and theologians representing over ten thousand churches throughout the country. Some of America's most powerful prophetic speakers such as Bishop Paul S. Morton, Sr., Presiding Bishop Joseph W. Walker, III, Bishop Noel Jones, Dr. Bill Winston, Overseer Debra B. Morton. Artist like Bishop William Murphy III, Tasha Cobbs, VaShawn Mitchell, JJ Hairston and many others will be featured. As an added bonus, Full Gospel will be hosting a Family Day at Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure & The Holy Land Experience and a Comedy show featuring Rickey Smiley, of the nationally syndicated The Rickey Smiley Morning Show.
“We need to refocus on the things of God, the things that are important to Him. All attention should be on Him and when it is, He will lead us in the right direction,” says Kenny Lewis about the theme of his latest album, Refocus, which is available today. The 10-track album features songs of praise, encouragement and hope.
The Gospel Music Workshop of America Annual Convention goes down in Atlanta, GA - July 22nd - 29th 2017.
Stellar Award winning recording artist Lucinda Moore is set to perform her new dynamic new radio single, "Walking In My Favor" on Wednesday, May 17th for Medina Pullings Live television taping on the Word Network. The show will air at 8PM EST on The Word Network. Additionally, Moore is scheduled to perform a mini-concert for Kirk Franklin's Praise on SiriusXM Channel 64 which will air in the near future.
Two-Time GRAMMY® Award-winning singer/songwriter Tye Tribbett received a BET Award nomination for the upcoming 2017 BET Awards announced by BET Networks, taking place at Microsoft Theater on Sunday, June 25 in Los Angeles. Receiving honors for Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award as a featured artist for the single “I Made It,” which is composed by Tribbett and Dave Outing and performed by R&B singer Fantasia. "I Made It": https://youtu.be/kGECDjfs7aw
Lamont Sanders is excited to share his music and story of "Redemption" with everyone he comes in contact with, across the country. He is currently planning for a jam-packed Summer, including ministry connects, tour dates, radio interviews and new project release. On Saturday, May 20th, Lamont Sanders will perform during the 16th annual I Hear Music In the Air Conference in Cincinnati, OH.
Jermaine Dolly is set to appear on TVOne's NewsOne Now 7a/6c Tuesday May 16th. He will talk about the new effort "Dolly Express."
GRAMMY Award nominated Mali Music has announced the release of new music. The Transition of Mali will drop on June 2nd and features 13-tracks including “Gonna Be Alright”, the first single. The album’s pre-order is available on now.
Chart-topper Travis Greene releases his new single “You Waited” – via live performance and interactive social experience. The acclaimed recording artist – who jump-started the year with worldwide buzz and career accolades including 2 GRAMMY® nominations, and winning a leading 7 awards at the 2017 Stellar Awards – now marks “You Waited” as the lead single from his highly-anticipated upcoming album Crossover: Live from Music City. Check out Travis Greene’s new video for “You Waited”: smarturl.it/YouWaited-Y
RCA Inspiration congratulates chart-topping superstar Kirk Franklin, who collects a BET Award nomination for the upcoming 2017 BET Awards. The twelve-time GRAMMY® Award-winning trailblazer is nominated in the category of Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award, for his hit song “My World Needs You” (feat. Sarah Reeves, Tasha Cobbs, & Tamela Mann). Continuing to celebrate an incredible year marked by multiple GRAMMY® and Stellar Award wins earlier this year, in addition to this BET Awards nomination – Franklin also has three nominations at the upcoming 2017 Billboard Music Awards taking place on May 21st – and will be honored by the National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) at their 2017 Legends Luncheon taking place on June 1st. The 2017 BET Awards will take place on Sunday, June 25th, 2017 in Los Angeles, airing live on BET at 8 pm / 7c.
On Friday, May 12th Travis Greene released his highly anticipated new single "You Waited." He 'rocked it' on Facebook Live @TravisGreeneTV.
In recognition of five-octave vocalist Earnest Pugh’s notable successes and inspiring career in gospel music, the city of Houston along with the Honorable Mayor Sylvester Turner, will commemorate Pugh's eleventh Top 20 single, "I Need You to Breathe,” with a special ceremony. No other Houstonian recording artist has earned as many Gospel Airplay chart hits since the tabulation was launched in 2005. The big event takes place this Monday, May 15, 2017 at the Legacy Room at Houston’s City Hall. During the event, Pugh will exclusively debut the new music video for “I Need You To Breathe” thats taken from his highly-anticipated album, "Fully Persuaded” which releases globally on June 2nd. Kim Burrell and the local news anchor, Jonathan Martin, will host the star-studded event. Some of Houston’s favorite musical artists such as Kathy Taylor, Terrence Hartford, Nikki Ross, David Michael Wyatt and Carl Thomas will be in attendance and share remarks.
The 2017 International Christian Film Festival (ICFF) was held May 4-6 in Orlando, FL with thousands from around the globe in attendance. The ICFF screened 165 feature and short films, documentaries and music videos in three days from the more than 500 films from 40 countries that were submitted. Gospel singer Delois Massey rose to the top with her music video "Warrior". She Delois took home first prize for The 2017 International Christian Film Festival Music Video of the Year Award. "Warrior" is the first single from Massey's forthcoming album GRATEFUL which will release this fall.
Sean Scales' debut single is titled 'All My Praise' and features former Men of Standard member, Lowell Pye. This energetic, uptempo Contemporary Praise & Worship song was written and produced by Sean Scales. A native of Columbus, OH and presently Charlotte, NC-based, Sean is credited with writing Lowell Pye's single, 'Alright' and Monica Lisa Stevenson's current single, 'Speechless' feat. Lisa Knowles.
Multiple-award winning hit maker Rodney Jerkins has announced the newest addition to his Lifestyle Music Group artist roster: dynamic sibling ensemble Shelby 5. Hailing from Detroit, Michigan, Shelby 5 has wowed audiences throughout the U.S. and abroad with the unique flavor that they bring to Gospel music. The group has toured with Donnie McClurkin, performed at The Stellar Gospel Music Awards, appeared on Oxygen’s Preacher’s of New York and ministered at churches around the country – all as an independent group driven by a commitment to God, to their craft, and to each other as a family. Now, with the support of Lifestyle Music Group team, Shelby 5 is positioned for even higher heights.
Bishop Clara Brown-Draughn is a walking miracle. Defying multiple doctors’ diagnoses, she has been hit with more health challenges than the average human being. But the singer, songwriter and pastor’s faith in God has never waned. A gifted vocalist, she has sung with Gospel greats such as Rance Allen and Shirley Caesar. The leader of True Love Evangelistic Ministries in Detroit, MI, Bishop Clara is called to inspire others through the ministry of music and the preached word. She will be inspiring even more people with her brand new single, “I’m Healed.” A spirited ballad, the song was just released and is available on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and other digital music outlets.
Bri (Briana Babineaux), who boasts nearly a half million Instagram followers, recently sat down with veteran radio personality, Gina Rodgers, for a laughter-filled conversation and a soul-stirring, in-studio performance that airs this Wednesday, May 10, 2017 @ 8:00 AM ET on SiriusXM Satellite’s Kirk Franklin’s Praise Channel 64. Bri talks about her meteoric rise to the top of the music charts, winning her first Stellar Award, being back in college and her first acting role in director Joel Kapity’s forthcoming dramatic film “I Am Your Keeper.”
The GMA (Gospel Music Association) Foundation has announced its inductees and honorees for the annual GMA Honors Celebration set for Tuesday, May 9, at Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena. This year’s inductees include CCM artist Steve Green; Gospel legend Yolanda Adams; world-class Southern Gospel group Gold City Quartet and legendary management team and founders of Reunion Records, Michael Blanton and Dan Harrell. The event also honors individuals and organizations that are impacting our culture both past and present. This year’s honorees include Amy Grant for Helping Hands, Dr. Shirley Caesar for Shirley Caesar Outreach Ministries, Compassion International and Natalie Grant for Hope for Justice. Performers and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks. For ticket and table sponsor information, please visit www.gospelmusichalloffame.org.
MegaFest – the internationally acclaimed four-day faith, film and family festival hosted by best-selling author, entrepreneur and pastor, Bishop T.D. Jakes – is returning to Dallas for the third time, attracting an estimated 100,000 visitors to Dallas/Fort Worth June 28 – July 1.
BET NETWORKS and AEG announced participants in this year’s highly anticipated BETX Celebrity Basketball Game sponsored by Sprite® and Statefarm, taking place at BET Experience at L.A. LIVE, June 22-25, 2017. Players will include Nick Cannon, The Game, YG, Tank, Soulja Boy, Bell Biv DeVoe, DJ Mustard, Jidenna, Brandon T Jackson, Trevor Jackson, Doug Christie, Dave East, Stevie J, and Rotimi, alongside ESPN guest announcers Jemele Hill and Michael Smith. Tip off for the BETX Celebrity Basketball Game will take place at 12:00 p.m. PST and will be streamed LIVE to fans at home on www.bet.com.
Michelle Prather, who’s spent 13 years as a member of the famed Kurt Carr & The Kurt Carr Singers is one of those rare precious skillful background singers for the Gospel music genre whose finally receiving her opportunity to pursue a solo career. Her debut single, “Smile” on SRT Entertainment will be available online on May 5 .
Veronica Petrucci Plays Supporting Role in But Deliver Us From Evil Movie Coming Soon! Watch the Making Preview of But Deliver Us From Evil Movie
Multiple award winner and Grammy nominee VaShawn Mitchell celebrates another Number 1 song, with his high-spirited and popular tune “Joy.” “Joy” has led the way for Mitchell’s seventh album Secret Place: Live in South Africa since its release last year. “Joy” has spent 13 consecutive weeks in the Top Five on the Gospel Airplay Charts, spending six of those weeks at #1 on the Mediabase Gospel Radio Chart. The popularity of the song has been abetted by the over 2 million Vevo views and 3 million plus audio streams.
Rising Star Jermaine Dolly continues to build strong at gospel music radio with the second single, "Come And Knock On Our Door," lifted from his debut album, "The Dolly Express.". Dolly's second single is currently sitting at #14 on the Gospel Airplay chart. Jermaine Dolly's debut album, "The Dolly Express," will be available in stores and online Friday, May 19, 2017. The album is currently available for pre-order on iTunes, Google Play and Amazon. The Philadelphia native is no stranger to the music industry, having toured with Grammy Award Winner Tye Tribbett for six years; and he released a free mixtape to his fans on Christmas Day in 2015 titled, "Dollyology." Dolly's original style, unforgettable beard and viral videos have quickly made him one of the most celebrated newcomers in gospel music.
Check out the enthralling new video from multiple GRAMMY®, Stellar, and Dove Award-winning Gospel superstar Donnie McClurkin, as the celebrated vocalist delivers a captivating worship experience in his live performance of “I Need You”, available on Vevo now. (Watch Donnie McClurkin, “I Need You” now: http://smarturl.it/INeedYou-V)
Popular worship leader, Preashea Hilliard, soars to the top spot this week on Billboard’s Top Gospel Chart with “The Glory Experience.” Led by inspirational and relevant worship music, “The Glory Experience,” connects on all levels. The 15-track album is both effectual and powerful for corporate and personal worship time.
20 year-old Jekalyn Carr, has been busy in the studio recording new music for her forthcoming fourth album, ONE NATION UNDER GOD, on her Lunjeal Music Group label. She is set to finish recording a portion of her album LIVE! on Thursday, June 22nd at Brown Baptist Church in Southaven, Mississippi.
Tamela Mann puts her stamp on a new fashion line on the next episode of The Manns airing Tuesday, May 2 at 8 p.m. ET on TV One. Tamela has a chance to follow her dream of creating a clothing line, but she only has a couple of days to impress the industry executives and put on a huge fashion show. Will she knock it out of the park or stumble on the runway?
Cornell William Brooks, President and CEO of the NAACP, will deliver the 21st annual W.E.B. Du Bois Lecture at Bard College at Simon's Rock on Wednesday, April 26, in the Daniel Arts Center. This talk will be live streamed, view here: https://simons-rock.edu/naacp.
Stellar Award winning artist Lucinda Moore dynamic new radio single, "Walking In My Favor" entered at #3 on the Billboard Hot Singles Chart this week. The bouncy, melodic rhythm of the song follows Moore's long-standing style of festive contemporary gospel music.
Join Jonathan McReynolds for “The Life Room” experience, when he hosts his first live recording in his native Chicago on Friday May 5th, 2017. Going down at Cinespace (Stage 18), “The Elihu Experience” will be benefiting his nonprofit foundation Elihu Nation.
The second season finale of the hit Bounce drama series Saints & Sinners airing this Sunday, April 23 at 9:00 p.m. ET, promises answers and even more bloodshed, lies and scandals. Jabari (J.D. Williams) and (Christian Keyes) reconnect for a new business deal while planning to takedown Rex (Clifton Powell). Christie (Jasmine Burke)snaps under the pressure of losing everything important in her life. The police conduct an intensive search for the town’s latest murder suspect that leaves members of Greater Hope Baptist Church hiding more dark secrets and fighting to prove their innocence.
Nashville based singer and songwriter TARA DANAE is a new artist who’s sweet and soulful voice has been breaking through stereotypical categories to place the singer in multiple genres of music. Her lyrics strip down life to its core and offer profound hope and reinforcement to relatable life challenges. Tara Danae has released her first project TAKING MY HEART. Tara’s lead single from the EP is the passionate contemporary ballad “I Find Rest”, where Tara collaborates with hit making rap artist PETTIDEE on the song “In A Box”, an urban/pop track with a powerful message encouraging the audacity of individuality and confidence. http://www.gospel-spotlight.com/taradanae_intvw.htm
Appointed's explosive award nomination blitz this year comes on the heels of her picking up a Sony Music Distribution deal last year as well as several gospel music awards wins. Fred Newsome, executive Producer of the Newsome Gospel Music Awards announced the 2017 nominees and winners and Appointed is being recognized in four categories that include Female Artist of The Year, New Song of The Year, Opposites, Radio Announcer of The Year for her show, At Home With Appointed and Magazine of The Year for Appointed's publication, The Spin Awards Magazine. The Newsome Gospel Music Awards are slated for August 05, 2017.
Anthony Brown & group therAPy continue to prove their ‘worth’ this week as the new single, “Trust In You,” soars to #1 on the Gospel Digital Sales chart this week. Also a critical success, “Trust In You,” is the most added song on the Billboard Gospel Airplay chart. “Trust In You,” marks Brown’s second single on this week’s Digital Sales chart as “Worth” continues to hold strong at #6. Recently announced the launch of his new clothing line, Mercy Life + Apparel.
My Block Inc. President, Warryn Campbell announced signing Oakland-based vocalist Lena Byrd-Miles to his expanding roster of artists. The announcement is made on the heels of the label’s recent change in distribution partners, now housed at Red Distribution. Byrd-Miles has been heralded as one of the most sought after vocalists in contemporary gospel. Campell has plans to work on a album this spiring for Lena Bryd-Miles which will contain live and studio recordings. Byrd-Miles joins the My Block family of artists who include Grammy® Award winners Mary Mary, Erica Campbell, JoiStaRR, rising star Jason McGee and The Choir and vocalist Jason Champion. My Block Inc. in addition Campbell is working on a new album from Jason Champion which is slated for release this summer, as well as exciting new solo music from Erica Campbell.
Le'Andria Johnson introduces a new single "Bigger Than Me." Penned and produced by renowned hitmakers Claude Kelly and Chuck Harmony (whose range of work includes Fantasia, Rihanna, Bruno Mars, Tori Kelly and more) – the bubbly, funky track and Le’Andria’s soaring vocals invite listeners to take to heart the empowering message of self-acceptance and praise for God’s unique plans – with lyrics such as “Don’t let anybody hold you back! / You were made for something special / Now that’s a fact”. Fueling self-confidence with the encouragement of not being afraid to be yourself, “Bigger Than Me” showcases a refreshing outlook to push through uncertain times, pairing Le’Andria’s celebrated voice with a creative new sound. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u3hgUpgbhVs
Award-winning artists Martha Munizzi kicks off a new chapter, as the inspirational GRAMMY®-nominated, Dove and Stellar Award-winner delivers a two-fold blessing of new music, with the release of dual digital singles “He Has Won” and “Fearless”. Available at all digital providers now, with two powerhouse live performances just in time to celebrate the miracle of Easter, “He Has Won” and “Fearless” plant a path to victory, proclaiming God’s awesome power and everlasting gifts in uplifting our lives. http://www.gospel-spotlight.com
Multiple GRAMMY® nominated and Stellar Award-winner James Fortune unveils a stirring new video for the radio single “I Forgive Me”. Filmed in Atlanta and directed by Terrance Crowley, the new video “I Forgive Me” debuted on Get Up! Mornings with Erica Campbell. (https://getuperica.com/33098/james-fortune-iforgiveme-new-music-video/).
From The 2-Disc Music and Spoken-word Collection The Riverside Project: Music & Devotion Riverside Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) Church in Nashville, TN released a dynamic 2-disc set THE RIVERSIDE PROJECT: MUSIC & DEVOTION showcasing their diverse music and the powerful spoken-word ministry. Their 2016 dual disk project features Joey Kibble of the multi-GRAMMY™ Award winning group TAKE 6, the First Lady of Riverside SDA Jennifer Fordham, Karima Kibble of the acclaimed Gospel trio VIRTUE, Earnest Pugh, and so many more of Gospel music's elite and best loved singers and musicians.
19 Year-Old GRAMMY-nominated artist Jekalyn Carr received her first two nominations for the upcoming 2017 Billboard Music Awards. Carr received honors for Top Gospel Artist and Top Gospel Song for her smash hit single “You’re Bigger,” which spent four weeks at No. 1 and Digital Gospel Songs Sales charts that was the 2nd Most Played Gospel Song of 2016. 2017 has been a big year for Jekalyn Carr thus far, receiving her first-ever GRAMMY nomination for “Best Gospel Song/Performance” (“You’re Bigger”) and five Stellar Gospel Music Award nominations.
The two premiere airings of the hit Bounce drama Saints & Sinners on Sunday, April 9 combined to reach 1.3 million unduplicated viewers. The east coast premiere of Saints & Sinners at 9:00 p.m. (ET) delivered 490,000 Households to become the highest-rated Bounce original series telecast ever and the most-watched episode in the show’s history. The telecast was also the best of the second season-to-date in delivering Persons 18-49.
Over 1.5 million Facebook followers, Marcus Gill is a world renowned, motivational speaker, preacher, author, musician and social media marvel. His debut single, “My Day of Victory” will be available online on Good Friday, April 14, 2017. Produced by Daniel Weatherspoon, “My Day of Victory” exemplifies an unique, fresh, uplifting Urban praise sound that will brighten airwaves, mobile devices, having thousands galvanized singing along, dancing and rejoicing in their cars, homes, offices, outdoor activities, or places of worship.
Tillymann Music Platinum-selling artist Tamela Mann was honored to receive her first Billboard Music Award nomination for Top Gospel Artist. The awards show recognizes the hottest names in music today. Tamela is currently on the Mann’s World Family Tour, co-headlining with husband, actor and comedian David Mann. The 25-city spring leg of the tour is making stops across the country, including three sold-out shows last weekend in New York City, NY, Trenton, NJ, and Washington DC.
Karew Records marks the rise of "Hang On" (feat. Kierra Sheard) on the charts, with the single hitting #1 on Billboard's Gospel Airplay chart this week. The lead radio single from the hit album GEI LIVE, "Hang On" provides encouragement and comfort to inspire the spirit with the impassioned performance of GRAMMY®-nominee Kierra Sheard and the choir's vocals. The visual for the chart-topping single is available on YouTube at: https://youtu.be/1K4rvNY4WwQ
Marquis Boone Enterprises (MBE) and Tyscot Records are gearing up for the live recording of their 18 year-old electrifying recording artist Kelontae Gavin. Gavin is set to record his debut live project THE HIGHER EXPERIENCE Friday, April 14,2017 at the Fresh Start Church in Duluth, Georgia, just out side of Atlanta.
RCA Inspiration celebrates multiple nominations across all top Gospel categories for the 2017 Billboard Music Awards, with six total nominations for chart-toppers Kirk Franklin and Travis Greene. Franklin and Greene garner three nominations each, across all three Gospel categories for: Top Gospel Artist, Top Gospel Album, and Top Gospel Song. Returning winner Kirk Franklin, who topped numerous Billboard “Year-End” Gospel charts for 2016, continues to be a trailblazing force with his GRAMMY®-winning #1 album LOSING MY RELIGION and #1 song “Wanna Be Happy?” nominated for Top Gospel Album and Top Gospel Song.
Kinsmen iannounced their first "Live" Recording on June 9, 2017. Coming off an amazing Stellar Awards Pre-Show performance in Las Vegas, the group is ready to record, release and share new music. The Kinsmen "Live" Recording will be held at, Fellowship Baptist Church, Chicago, IL.
OWN announced its new Saturday night programming lineup beginning April 15 which includes the return of the three-time NAACP Image Award-winning series "Iyanla: Fix My Life" featuring six-time New York Times bestselling author and spiritual life coach and the new original docu-series "" featuring associate pastor at Joel Osteen's world-famous Lakewood Church, Pastor John Grayand his wife . Watch season trailers of "Iyanla: Fix My Life" and "The Book of John Gray" Oprah.com/IyanlaPremiere Oprah.com/BookofJohn
Ten-time Grammy Award winner and multi-platinum-selling artist CeCe Winans will follow her recently released number one album “Let Them Fall In Love,” with a national tour. presented by Medi-Share is Winans’ first solo tour in a decade. It will kick off on May 31 in New Orleans with additional dates across the country.
Stellar Award winning recording artist Lucinda Moore is back with a dynamic new radio single, "Walking In My Favor." The bouncy, melodic rhythm of the song follows Moore's long-standing style of festive contemporary gospel music. "Walking in My Favor," was written by Moore and produced by Cedric Thompson. It is the first release on her new recording label, Nalah Music Group, which she founded earlier this year. The single will be available for pre-orders beginning this Friday, April 7th on all major digital outlets. The single is set to be released on Friday, April 14th.
TV One presents the film adaptation of Director/Producer Donald B. Welch’s popular inspirational stage play, The Lost Souls Café, on Easter Sunday, April 16 at 6 p.m. ET. Actors Loretta Devine (The Carmichael Show), Christian Keyes (Saints & Sinners), Kiki Haynes (For Better or Worse) and Ernest L. Thomas (What’s Happening!!) star in the musical drama. In the film, former ‘70s songstress Geneva Branch (Devine) is the proprietor of a restaurant lounge specializing in live soul music for the upscale, affluent crowd. When Branch learns that her nephew Taylor’s (Keyes) gambling problem has put the restaurant in jeopardy, she is nearly undone. Determined to make things right, Taylor tries to find a way to save the business.
Author Lee Strobel's best-selling exploration of faith The Case For Christ… heading to theaters nationwide April 7th. Case for Christ:: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=On6RM27qSFc
Earnest Pugh is pushing full steam ahead in preparation for the release of his 9th album, "Fully Persuaded." The album will be released June 2nd on Pugh’s P-Man Music Group record label. The artist and label head revealed the album cover this week, while celebrating the massive jump of the single – “I Need You to Breathe” –from #21 to #13 at Gospel radio. “I Need You to Breathe” is the third most added single this week. "Fully Persuaded" title is taken from Romans 4:21: "And being fully persuaded that what GOD promised He was able also to perform." “I want to remind the people that God is a promise keeper,” says Pugh.
The Rance Allen Group, has launched a “Good Neighbor” public service challenge to coincide with the legendary group’s new single “Like A Good Neighbor." It’s the second radio track from the group’s 25th album, “Live From San Francisco." The crux of the “Good Neighbor” challenge is for people to do a good deed and then post a video of themselves talking about it on either their Facebook, Instagram or Twitter account with the hashtag #GoodNeighborRanceAllenGroup.
TV One presents the premiere episode of The Manns, a reality docu-series on the hilarious relationship between David and Tamela Mann and their family, on Tuesday, April 4 at 8 p.m. ET. In the premiere episode, when Tamela's beloved dog dies, the family attempts to make her feel better by hosting a memorial service and attempting to find her a replacement puppy. Tamela is presented with dogs of every size and personality, but will anyone find a dog that's just right? David puts his family through a series of hilarious and grueling tests in order to conquer their fears. To their dismay, the group is forced to endure everything from a bug-eating challenge to fire walking!
Entertainment One (eOne) congratulates international award-winning icon Hezekiah Walker, who collects two wins across the choir categories at the 32nd Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards this year, with top Choir of the Year and Contemporary Choir of the Year honors for his chart-topping release, Azusa The Next Generation 2-Better (Azusa Inc./eOne). The legendary Pastor Shirley Caesar, Jekalyn Carr*, J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise*, and Jonathan McReynolds also delivered glorious moments of celebration on the show, stirring the crowd with their powerhouse performances. William McDowell and Todd Dulaney took the stage as presenters on the Stellar Awards, and Charles Butler & Trinity* and Micah Stampley* performed on the Stellar Awards Pre-Show. Todd Dulaney also delivered the live carpet experience to viewers online, with lively commentary, laughs, and more, hosting the Stellar Awards red carpet livestream along with Tasha Page-Lockhart.
5-time Stellar Award winner, Myron Butler adds to his trophy case after winning three Stellar Awards this past weekend at the 32nd Annual Stellar Awards. Announced on Friday during the star-studded Stellar Awards Pre-Show ceremony, Butler won Group/Duo of the Year andContemporary Group/Duo of the Year. He has previously won in both categories. Also, for the first time, Butler was recognized as Producer of the Year for his work on Tamela Mann’s "One Way" effort.
Motown Gospel is celebrating the gold certification of “Break Every Chain,” the ground-breaking single by world-renowned worship artist Tasha Cobbs. The award was granted by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) to commemorate sales of more than 500,000 units.
RCA Inspiration celebrated top honors this year with 10 wins at the 32nd Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards. Travis Greene collected the most awards this year with 7 wins, including the top song, CD, and Song of the Year (“Made A Way”), Male Vocalist of the Year, CD of the Year, Contemporary Male Vocalist of the Year, Contemporary CD of the Year, Recorded Music Packaging of the Year (Art Dir: Annie Stoll), and Praise and Worship CD of the Year. Kirk Franklin’s smash hit “Wanna Be Happy?” won Music Video of the Year (Dir: Rock Jacobs). Donnie McClurkin won Traditional Male Vocalist of the Year, and the WOW Gospel 2016 hits collection won the Stellar Award for Special Event CD of the Year. Fred Hammond also received special honors with induction in the 2017 Stellar Honors Hall of Fame class. Additionally, Franklin won in the Producer of the Year category, as one of the producers on Tamela Mann’s project (One Way).
David Mann, Tamela Mann and company bring a new assortment of hysterical family situations and laughs in the third season of their hit Bounce comedy series Mann & Wife. Bounce will double the fun by kicking off season three with two new original episodes back-to-back 9:00-10:00 pm (ET) on Tuesday, March 28.
Central City Productions hosted the 32nd Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards in Las Vegas, NV at The Orleans Arena. The annual show was hosted by Erica Campbell and Anthony Brown. The telecast will premiere on TV One, on Palm Sunday, April 9 at 6pm ET with encores at 8pm and 11pm ET. Additionally, the Stellar Awards will air in national broadcast syndication April 15-May 7, 2017. The night included performances by Tamela Mann, Shirley Caesar, Jekalyn Carr, Fred Hammond, Kirk Franklin, Bizzle, Canton Jones, Da’ Truth, JJ Hairston and Youthful Praise, Travis Greene, Jonathan McReynolds, Jonathan Butler, VaShawn Mitchell, Tasha Cobbs, Doug Williams, Keith “Wonderboy" Johnson, Da Chosen Brothaz, Donnie McClurkin and more. Stellar Awards founder, Don Jackson bestowed special honors upon gospel legend Spencer Taylor (of the Highway QC’s) and Reverend Clay Evans. Stellar Honors Hall of Fame inductees included: Fred Hammond, Mississippi Mass Choir, Catherine Brewton, Harvey Watkins, Jr. and Dr. Leonard Scott.
Award winning recording artist, songwriter, musician and now author Tasha Page-Lockhart takes her readers on a journey from childhood, to becoming BET’s Sunday Best Season Six Winner with her debut book And The Winner Is...Tasha Page Lockhart Uncut. Her intense real life accounts will leave you undoubtedly inspired as she reveals details of overcoming trials and tribulations. It is the heartwarming story of redemption and unwavering faith that she passionately shares
Tamela Mann and Travis Greene big winners at 32th Annual Stellar Awards!
2017 kicks off an exciting new chapter for Keith “Wonderboy” Johnson.He has the distinct privilege of performing on the Stellar Awards Televised Show for the Quartet Legend, Spencer Taylor of The Highway QC’s Tribute, received a nomination for his “Timeless Music Movement” Volume 1 release and his Wonder Spirit Productions inks an exclusive marketing and distribution deal with long time New York childhood friend, D.A. Johnson’s SRT Entertainment. The pair has experienced some success together with the release of “Keith “Wonderboy” Johnson Presents… The Rising Stars of Quartet” which earned a Stellar Nomination and launched the career of Pastor Tim Rogers & The Fellas.
Newsone Now will air an interview with J.J. Hairston on behalf of The Stellar Awards,The Bloody Win Tour & JamesTown Music Today March 15, 2017.
Charles Jenkins has partnered with Kevin Liles Management. The merger was orchestrated by Rita Lee (NuFace Entertainment) and Tony Austin (Tony Austin Music.
Former NFL Dallas Cowboy and Arizona State University football star, Darryl Clack teams up with Grammy® and Dove award nominated songwriter and singer, Dayna Caddell to continue spreading awareness for autoimmune illness (AI) and brain injuries with the 'PUSH for Awareness' campaign during March, autoimmune and brain Injury awareness month. In July 2016, Clack learned of his stage-one dementia diagnose, due to the many hits to the head from playing football-repeated head trauma causes cognitive deficits caused by both illnesses. Currently, Caddell and Clack are working on separate projects to further rare disease awareness. Caddell is working on a lifestyle blog, and Clack is writing a book.
SOUNDS OF REVIVAL II: DEEPER debuts at Number 1, this week on Billboard’s Top Gospel chart. With it, modern worship music pioneer William McDowell celebrates his fourth consecutive number one album. Scoring across a number of charts this week, SOUNDS OF REVIVAL II: DEEPER is #1 on the Billboard Top Gospel Albums chart, #3 on Top Christian Albums chart, #6 on Top Independent Albums chart and #18 Current Digital Albums chart.
Deitrick Haddon continues to bring progressive sounds to gospel music with his new single “A Billion People”. The song combines the sounds of a Sunday morning choir with electrifying guitar embellishments. With the lyric, “I won’t stop until I’ve got a billion people saying Jesus”, Haddon is determined to make this an anthem for believers everywhere! From start to finish, this song is sure to have your listeners fully engaged in worship. MP3 https://m.soundcloud.com/lightrecords-1/sets/deitrick-haddon-a-billion-people-radio-edit/s-ruFMq
Grammy® Award winning recording artist, Tye Tribbett, and Soul Train Award nominated choirmaster, J.J. Hairston, are joining forces to hit the road this Spring for "The Bloody Win" Tour. The twenty-city tour will launch April 16th in Orlando, FL just as Tribbett prepares to open the doors of his new church, liVe church, and release his sixth album, "The Bloody Win." J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise, the Stellar Award winning ensemble releases its eighth album "You Deserve It" this Friday. The group's latest radio smash, "You Deserve It," has spent three weeks at No. 1 .
It's the return of a Preashea Hilliard with "The Glory Experience" a new deeply profound project from Houston’s own Preashea Hilliard. It has been 6 years since Hilliard’s last album "Living Out Loud." The Glory Experience" is available for pre-order as of March 10 on all digital platforms and fans will instantly receive “No God Like Our God” when they purchase the album and “The Glory Experience (The Prayer)” also available as a free download April 10.
Hot off the heels of the award-winning album, Anthony Brown & group therAPy returns with another hit-in-the-making, “Trust In You.” "Trust In You,” is a beautiful, personal and purposeful worship song that once again proves why Brown and group theraPy are considered among the top artists in the genre. Anthony Brown is slated to co-host the 32nd Annual Stellar Awards which tape March 25 in Las Vegas and “Trust In You,” is the first single from the forthcoming album ‘Long Way From Sunday.’
Season 6 of Centric’s hit docu-series, “BEING,” returns to chronicle the lives of six dynamic African American women, and their intimate stories of struggle, perseverance and success in the entertainment industry. This season will document the lives of R&B songstress Chrisette Michele; actress Elise Neal; gospel singer Kierra Sheard; multi-talented entertainer Vanessa Bell Calloway; R&B singer and personality KeKe Wyatt; and iconic soul vocalist India.Arie. “BEING” premieres Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 10pm/9pm ET/CT on BET’s sister network, Centric. Kierra Sheard and her episode of BEING is the story of a young woman born into a family of Gospel music royalty (The Clark Sisters) and a heavy Christian faith. With expectations set high to follow the successful blueprint already written, Kierra struggles to find her own way in both artistry and ministry. Kierra is an open book and she connects to the masses by often discussing her weight issues, cosmetic surgery and her own character flaws - including her choices in men. She is boldly creating her own path, in hopes of reaching those who aren’t interested in stepping inside a church. But she is learning that sometimes the road less traveled, is a hard one. “BEING: Kierra Sheard” (Premieres Saturday, March 25th at 10pm ET/PT)
GRAMMY® Award-winning recording artist Tasha Cobbs shocked friends, family and fans this weekend with a surprise wedding to longtime beau, acclaimed music director and producer Kenneth Leonard, Jr. On Friday, March 3, 2017, the pair exchanged vows before an unsuspecting group of family and close friends who believed they were gathering for a private dinner party. News of the wedding surprised many as it saturated social media, but the nuptials had actually been in the works for quite some time. “We've never kept our relationship a secret, but with both of us working publicly in the music industry, we wanted the opportunity to celebrate privately,” shares Cobbs. “After a year of pre-marital counseling and much planning, the timing was finally perfect. It was incredible to be able to surprise those closest to us!”
Kenny Lewis & One Voice have unwrapped the live footage for their new single “Love Song“ ft. Christopher Robinson. It's the first single lifted from the upcoming ”Refocus” LP. Kenny Lewis & One Voice "Love Song" Video
William McDowell will again offer 7 Days of Worship. The last streaming event attracted viewers from 127 nations in 7 days. Today kicks off a week of free viewing of the full Sounds of Revival experience on williammcdowellmusic.com. Combining live performances of songs from the first "Sounds of Revival," as well as "Sounds of Revival II: Deeper" fans can experience the full breadth of the worship experience. Streaming will be available from February 24 until March 3 and features performances by Israel Houghton, Travis Greene, Jonathan McReynolds, Brian Courtney Wilson, Nicole Binion, Jonathan Stockstill and more!
Congratulations to J. Moss and wife Melanie as they are set to launch Living Waters Church in downtown Detroit on March 5th. A month long celebration of special services mark the launch of the new ministry from one of gospel’s favorite voices.
Essence has chosen Oscar nominated director Ava DuVernay for its March 2017 cover celebrating Women’s History Month. Pausing from her adaptation of the popular children’s book “A Wrinkle in Time,” the acclaimed filmmaker shot the cover two days before Christmas, fresh off a flight from northern California.
James Fortune debuts a freshly-inspired single “I Forgive Me”, released to radio and available via all digital retailers now. Exalting the healing power of forgiveness and God’s abundant love to bring freedom and further renewal of one’s spirit and faith journey, James Fortune & FIYA’s “I Forgive Me” marks the first single from the upcoming 2017 release of the new album DEAR FUTURE ME.
GRAMMY®-winning artist Le’Andria Johnson delivers a hit live performance of Marvin Sapp’s signature smash hit “Never Would Have Made It”, available on VEVO and digital providers now. Singing an acclaimed tribute to honoree Sapp at the 2017 BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music Honors, Johnson’s 10-minute rendition of the beloved classic brought the crowd to its feet, and has become a quick hit among fans, generating over 162,000 views and counting of her performance on the VEVO video. http://www.smarturl.it/NWHMI-BMI
Recharge your mission at the 2017 Radical Revolution Women’s Conference! Taffi Dollar and the Radical Women’s Ministry of World Changers Church International (WCCI) will host the first stop of this three-city tour on March 16 – 18, 2017, in College Park, GA. Conference attendees will hear profound messages from Taffi Dollar and a host of amazing speakers and panelists during the three-day conference. Featured speakers are Connie Smith, Dr. Bernice King, and Cynthia Brazelton. Preliminary session speakers will include Dr. Catherine Brewton, Minister Carol Jones, Toya Exnicious, and Alyssa Worrell.
2x Grammy® Award winner Hezekiah Walker, lands $80 million project with New York City, to put low income housing and senior living on property he owns. The project will include 241 units that will cover one full New York City block.
C West is a millennial on the move. The 19-year old singer, songwriter and guitarist debuted his spiritual love song, “Breaks Your Heart,” on streaming sites such as Spotify, Apple Music and Google Play this week. The velvet-toned tenor intends to stroll the path of celebrated urban inspirational artists such as Sounds of Blackness and Mali Music.
Mega Fest – the internationally acclaimed four-day faith, film and family festival hosted by best-selling author, entrepreneur and pastor, Bishop T.D. Jakes – is returning to Dallas for the third time, attracting an estimated 100,000 visitors to Dallas/Fort Worth.
Tyscot Records has partnered with Flow Master Records to introduce Trinidad & Tobago’s leading praise and worship leader, Sherwin Gardner, to the rest of the world. The 7x Marlin Award (Trinidad’s equivalent to the Stellar Gospel Music Award) winner’s first radio release under the new agreement, “Because of You,” is a acoustic-soul chant of divine gratitude.
Two-time Stellar Award winner J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise gains another achievement with their first ever #1 Billboard Top Gospel Airplay Chart with the smash hit single, “You Deserve It.” This is the first release on Hairston’s new recording label, JamesTown Music.
The first eight episodes of the new season will debut on Wednesday, March 15 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The remaining eight episodes of the series’ second season will air in summer 2017. “Greenleaf” premiered last June as the #1 series debut in OWN history and was 2016’s #1 new cable series for women, averaging over three million viewers in Live+3 in its first season. http://www.greenleafown.tv/video/the-6-minute-recap-of-greenleaf-season-1
GRAMMY®-nominated hitmaker VaShawn Mitchell celebrates another number-one single this week as “Joy” climbs to the top spot on the Mediabase Gospel Chart. The song is the lead single from his new album, Secret Place: Live In South Africa, which earned Mitchell his first #1 debut on the Billboard Top Gospel Albums chart when it was released in November of 2016.
RCA Inspiration congratulates multiple GRAMMY® superstar Kirk Franklin, who garners two wins in both Gospel categories to collect his 11th and 12th GRAMMY® Awards, and took the stage performing with Chance The Rapper and Tamela Mann, on the 59th Annual GRAMMY® Awards!
Fair Trade Services announces a licensing partnership with Key Of A Music and Tyscot Music for the new Anthony Brown & group therAPy album. The first radio single from the upcoming release will be serviced to radio later this month and the album is scheduled for a late second quarter 2017 release; to be jointly marketed by FTS, Tyscot, Key of A, and Columbia Records.
TV One welcomes David and Tamela Mann to the network as they embark on a new chapter and give viewers a glimpse into the drama, intrigue, faith and laughter that will ensue in their new reality docu-series called The Manns. The announcement was made today by TV One SVP of Programming and Production D’Angela Proctor. The new one-hour show from Entertainment One (eOne) and Bobbcat Films, currently in production in Texas.
Bri (Briana Babineaux) continues to soar and make big noise with a music video that is heart-felt “ My Everything” will debut on Centric “Lifted” program this Sunday, February 12th. The song is currently receiving airplay on Smooth Jazz and R&B radio stations.
Charles Butler & Trinity, a veteran Washington, D.C.-based gospel choir, releases their second radio single, “The Blood.” The song is a fresh, melodic anthem.
Tyscot Records and LuDawn Music, a production house formed by songwriters Cheryl Fortune and Lucius B. Hoskins, announced a business partnership.
Central City Productions announced today select performers for the 2017 Stellar Awards. Stellar Awards will return to the Las Vegas Orleans Arena on Saturday, March 25, 2017. Set to take the stage and perform are: Tamela Mann, Shirley Caesar, Jekalyn Carr, Fred Hammond, Kirk Franklin, Bizzle,Canton Jones, Da’ Truth, JJ Hairston and Youthful Praise, Travis Greene, VaShawn Mitchell, Tasha Cobbs, Doug Williams, Keith “Wonderboy” Johnson and Da Chozen Brothaz. Stellar Awards Founder, Don Jackson will bestow special honors upon gospel legend, Spencer Taylor (of the Highway QC’s) this year’s recipient of the James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement" and Rev. Clay Evans will receive an award as well.
William McDowell continues to supply the soundtrack for worship worldwide and does not disappoint with his newest single “Come To Jesus”. This new offering features a duet with dynamic Gospel artist Tina Campbell. It is a call to all people to come to fellowship with Jesus. It has a great message and reminds listeners that God is always present and available. McDowell’s “Sounds Of Revival (Part Two)” features 11 new tracks and will be available for purchase March 3rd! https://soundcloud.com/lightrecords-1/sets/william-mcdowell-come-to-jesus-feat-tina-campbell/s-ftx2u
The acclaimed long-running series WOW GOSPEL has topped charts again, with the newly-released WOW GOSPEL 2017 debuting at #1 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums Chart. Celebrating the must-have collection’s 20th installment, WOW GOSPEL 2017 marks the compilation set’s 18th consecutive year debuting at #1. WOW GOSPEL 2017’s 30-song collection and 11–track DVD comprises award-winning hits from Kirk Franklin, Shirley Caesar, Erica Campbell, Tasha Cobbs, Travis Greene, Fred Hammond, Israel Houghton, Tamela Mann, Jonathan McReynolds, VaShawn Mitchell, Marvin Sapp, Tye Tribbett, Hezekiah Walker, Jekalyn Carr, Bri (Briana Babineaux) and much more.
Austin City Limits (ACL) presents a soul-stirring hour of high voltage gospel with the legendary CeCe Winans and St. Paul & The Broken Bones. The new installment premieres Saturday, February 4 at 8pm CT/9pm ET as part of the series’ Season 42. ACL’s season finale airs February 11, featuring UK alt-rockers Foals along with Texas legend Alejandro Escovedo.
Pastor Jamaal Bernard, Christian Cultural Center (CCC) Long Island Campus understands that there is a desperate need for Unapologetic Ambassadors for Christ. That is the theme of Bernard’s book, “Unapologetic Christianity” as he explores the value that true followers of Christ bring to a world in chaos.
As the son of Reverend A.R Bernard Sr., Jamaal writes out of his experience as a pastor and careful observer of the culture. He adeptly applies the words of ancient scripture to the modern day world we experience, and demonstrates how these truths impact our world.
The Institute for Ministry, Arts & Cultivation Conference (I.M.A.C.) is back with its acclaimed educational conference sessions and dynamic Christian music events. I.M.A.C. Conferences will host two days of events in Las Vegas, NV during the 32nd Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards week. I.M.A.C. Conferences will present a “Lunch and Learn” session on Thursday, March 23 and The I.M.A.C. “After The Show” Concert on Saturday, March 25.
The award-winning hit series WOW GOSPEL releases the latest must-have Gospel hits, with the new double-disc and DVD collection WOW GOSPEL 2017, available digitally and at all major retailers. Marking the 20th year of the gold and platinum-selling series, the new WOW GOSPEL 2017 installment comprises a carefully curated collection, creating an immersive and uplifting gospel music and visual experience.
Platinum-Selling, Two-Time Grammy® Award Nominated, Two-Time Dove Award Winning recording artist Angel Taylor, formerly of Trin-i-Tee 5:7, has released a brand new single “Everything." The worship song features BET”s Sunday’s Best Finalist David Michael Wyatt is a beautifully soaring cry of devotion.
Chicago icon Reverend Clay Evans will receive the Ambassador Bobby Jones Legends Award for his many outstanding contributions during his 6 decades of service as a preacher, pastor, award winning Gospel Music recording artist, civil rights leader and humanitarian during the 32nd Annual Stellar Awards on March 25th at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Steve Harvey has quietly ended the widely popular Neighborhood Awards, formerly known as the Hoodie Awards, after more than 16 years. The move comes after weeks of criticism shrouded the talk show host after he mocked Asian men and met with Celebrity-elect Donald Trump. The Neighborhood Awards recognized local businesses, community leaders, teachers, churches and local entrepreneurs in Oscars-like ceremony, and was broadcast in 90-plus markets. Somebody close to Harvey’s inner business workings is spilling the tea to UK press outlet DailyMail.com about Harvey’s current challenges, including: the Trump backlash, the backlash from the Asian community over a “racist” TV segment, canceling the Neighborhood Awards and Harvey going to court to prevent a videographer from releasing tapes of him from years ago allegedly discriminating against white people.
Bounce will honor Black History Month throughout February with a line-up of critically-acclaimed and award-winning motion pictures and mini-series, all with historical significance and relevance. The African-American centered films Bounce will showcase during February include The Color Purple, Ghosts of Mississippi, Panther, Cadillac Records, Sounder, Why Do Fools Fall in Love and more. Bounce will also air the EMMY® and NAACP Image Award-winning mini-series, Alex Haley’s Queen. The tribute will also include a new original short-form series called “Black History Honors” which spotlights trailblazing African Americans Kamala Harris, California’s first African-American U.S. Senator, Issa Rae, Golden Globe® nominated actress, writer and producer, Chadwick Boseman, who played Jackie Robinson in the motion picture 42 and the late Peabody Award-winning journalist Gwen Ifill.
RCA Inspiration collected 23 nominations for the upcoming 32nd Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards. There nominees include Artist of the Year, Song of the Year, and CD of the Year, Kirk Franklin, Travis Greene, Fred Hammond, and Donnie McClurkin each garner multiple nominations, along with 1 nomination apiece Christon Gray and the WOW Gospel hits collection. Additionally, Franklin garners 2 nominations as a songwriter and producer on Tamela Mann’s project.
Artist and Worship Leader Anthony Evans’ debuts his highly anticipated new music video, “See You Again,” now at Charisma.com, Beliefnet.com and NewReleaseToday.com. “See You Again” is the first Gospel single from the forthcoming album "Back To Life," available February 3, 2017.
Gi completed their 4th music video for their radio single “Pray and Don’t Worry.” It was shot in the group’s hometown of Richmond VA.
Look for Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD), DVD, Digital HD and On Demand January 31. Tyler Perry’s BOO! A Madea Halloween tells the story of Madea being summoned to keep a watchful eye on Brian’s (Tyler Perry) teenage daughter and keep her out of trouble. Little does Madea know, the trouble is coming for her. Fortunately, or not, she has her posse of Bam (Davis), Hattie (Lovely) and Joe to shield off ghosts and killer clowns. Also on January 31, following a nine-month nationwide tour, Tyler Perry’s Madea on the Run (The Play) will be available on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD), DVD, Digital HD and On Demand. On the run from the law, Madea hides out at Bam's house, thinking she will lie low. Unfortunately, Bam's house is packed with rambunctious family and friends, and Madea finds herself needing to lay down her own law and drop the hammer!
Rev. Luther Barnes' comeback is gaining momentum with the announcement of this year's Stellar Awards nominations finding Barnes and the Restoration Worship Center Choir nominated for Traditional Male Vocalist Of The Year and Traditional Choir Of The Year on the heels of their hit-bound single, "God's Grace."The Stellar Awards will take place March 24-25 in Las Vegas at Orleans Arena.
Five-time Stellar Award winners and multiple Award nominees Myron Butler & Levi garner 2 additional nominations this year for Group/Duo of the Year and Contemporary Group/Duo of the Year. The double nominations come on the heels of Butler’s recent first-ever NAACP Image Award nomination. The Grammy® Award winner is being recognized for his work on the 2016 release ON PURPOSE, which debuted at Number 1 on the Billboard Top Gospel Chart in its first week of release and it marked their first Number 1 album.
Anita Wilson drops a hot new song "I've Seen Him Work" last weekend at an event called "The Santuary" that went down in Atlanta.
Willie Moore Jr. Writes book that will be a guide to navigating the difficult challenges within personal and family relationships. Alongside his wife Patricia, Willie reveals the uncomfortable realities that come with dating, marriage, and parenthood to provide no nonsense solutions to anyone who wants to build a great relationship.
19 year old GRAMMY® nominated teen sensation Jekalyn Carr has been added to the performance line-up for the 19th Annual NFL Sanctioned Super Bowl Gospel Celebration. Carr will join top Gospel and Christian artists Yolanda Adams, Lecrae, Natalie Grant and CeCe Winans as well as R&B stars Lalah Hathaway, Anthony Hamilton and BJ The Chicago Kid.
Eone garners 30 nominations across 16 categories, and multiple nominations in major categories including: Artist of the Year, Song of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Albertina Walker Female Vocalist of the Year, and Choir of the Year. A total of 9 artists are nominated for their chart-topping mix of powerful albums and live projects released over the past year, led by Hezekiah Walker with 7 nominations. The additional nominees are: Shirley Caesar, Todd Dulaney, Deitrick Haddon, William McDowell, Jonathan McReynolds, and Jekalyn Carr*, J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise*, and Charles Butler & Trinity*.
RCA Inspiration collected 23 nominations for the upcoming 32nd Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards. There nominees include Artist of the Year, Song of the Year, and CD of the Year, Kirk Franklin, Travis Greene, Fred Hammond, and Donnie McClurkin each garner multiple nominations, along with 1 nomination apiece Christon Gray and the WOW Gospel hits collection. Additionally, Franklin garners 2 nominations as a songwriter and producer on Tamela Mann’s project.
Central City Productions announced the nominees in 26 categories for the 2017 Stellar Awards. The Stellar Awards will return tothe Las Vegas Orleans Arena on Saturday, March 25, 2017. The telecast will premiere on TV One Sunday, April 9 at 7 p.m. ET. Travis Greene and Tamela Mann lead the nominations with nine each. With seven and six nominations respectively, Hezekiah Walker and Kirk Franklin, Jekalyn Carr, nominated for Artist of the Year and Todd Dulaney for Male Vocalist of the Year, CD of the Year and Contemporary CD of the Year. Other artists earning multiple nominations include newcomers, Bri (Brianna Babineaux), Livre’, Enon Tabernacle and living legend Shirley Caesar.
The life and legacy of Bishop Eddie L. Long will be celebrated Wednesday, January 25, 2017 11:00 AM at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church Lithonia, Georgia. He transitioned Sunday January 15, 2017.
William McDowell garners 2 nominations for Artist of the Year and Praise & Worship CD of the Year. McDowell’s double nomination recognizes "Sounds of Revival" album. "Sounds of Revival" also won the 2016 Dove Award for Urban Worship CD of the Year. McDowell will release "Sounds of Revival Part 2" on March 3. The ‘all-star edition’ features Tina Campbell, Travis Greene, Nicole Binion, Israel Houghton, Brian Courtney Wilson, Charles & Taylor and more.
The Stellar Awards Executive Committee has unanimously agreed to bestow upon the Mississippi Mass Choir the “Stellar Honor Hall of Fame, at the 32nd Annual Stellar Awards on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, NV. The honor exemplifies their remarkable achievement in the Gospel Music industry and dedicated support of the Stellar Awards. It was at the 4th Annual Stellar Awards in 1989 that they made their national debut, receiving four awards- Choir of the Year, Artist of the Year, Record of the Year, and Best Gospel Music Video. Since then they have garnered 12 additional Stellar Awards as well as numerous nominations. At the shows 25th Anniversary they received the Thomas A. Dorsey Notable Achievement Award, named in honor of the “Father of Gospel Music,” Thomas A. Dorsey.
Over the weekend two of the New Faces of Gospel Music, Jonathan McReynolds and Travis Greene , were asked to take part in Donald Trump's Inaugural ball. It seems that many people have so many mix feelings about President-Elect Donald Trump. Travis Greene, RCA Inspiration Recording Artist, took to Instagram by video explaining why he is taking part. Jonathan McReynolds declined the offer.
Bishop Eddie Long, pastor of the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, has died, his church announced on Sunday. Long died at age 63 after battling an aggressive form of cancer, according to a statement from the church, the Atlanta-Journal Constitution reported. The longtime megachurch leader gave his final message to the New Birth Missionary congregation during the church’s New Years celebrations. In 2010, Long was sued by four of his congregants for sexual coercion. Long was accused of coercing four men into sexual situations when they were teenagers and members of the church’s LongFellows Youth Academy. He settled with them out of court in 2011.
Anthony Brown and Erica Campbell are hosting the 32nd Annual Stellar Awards!!!! The Stellar Nominees will be announced on Tuesday, January 17th!!!!
BMI’s Trailblazers of Gospel Music is an annual celebration of gospel music and its many talented songwriters. Given the controversy surrounding this year’s co-honoree Kim Burrell, we have asked her to not take part in the ceremony in order to allow the focus to remain on the songwriters and their music. BMI was founded over 76 years ago with an open door policy to welcome songwriters across all genres, and that same spirit of tolerance, diversity and inclusiveness continues today.
Bounce will present the 25th Annual Trumpet Awards, actor Deon Cole and actress Nicole Ari Parker will host the black-tie ceremony, held at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, Georgia Saturday, January 21, 2017. Honorees include Wendy Williams presented with the Trumpet Award for Entertainment, Dikembe Mutombo the Humanitarian Trumpet Award and New Edition the Lifetime Achievement Trumpet. Peabo Bryson to get the Legend Trumpet and Gabi Gregg the Trailblazer Trumpet Award. Special performances by Erica Campbell, Kenny Lattimore, Tamela Mann, Shirley Caesar, Bobby Valentino, Keke Wyatt and Jekalyn Carr. In a very special tribute, civil rights icon and founder of the Trumpet Awards Xernona Clayton will be presented the “Golden Trumpet Award.”
In observance of the forthcoming Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, Ruth La’Ontra will perform her inspiring new song, “Come Through,” at the 37th annual Triangle Martin Luther King Jr. Interfaith Prayer Breakfast that takes place on Monday, January 16, 2017 at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel Durham, NC.
Three-time GRAMMY®, 11-time Stellar, and three-time Dove Award winning singer/songwriter and syndicated radio show host, Donnie McClurkin, will take part in the upcoming TAKING THE STAGE: African American Music and Stories that Changed America. The two-hour television special will air Thursday, January 12th on ABC (9:00pm-11:00pm/ET)
New music from Earnest Pugh is currently impacting radio. The song, “I Need You to Breathe”, is an opulent praise and worship ballad that underscores the need to rely on God, especially during the anxious times of uncertainty in which we live.” "I Need You to Breathe" is the lead single off of Pugh's forthcoming CD "Fully Persuaded," which will be the singer’s 9th CD. The single “I Need You to Breathe” will be available digitally on January 13. Take a listen I NEED YOU TO BREATHE SNIPPET
Motown Gospel is set to release a timely digital-only compilation project, ‘Heal: Songs of Hope for Our Nation,’ on January 13, 2017. In an unprecedented time of confusion, turmoil, and tension for our country, the 10-song collection will soothe our souls and reignite our trust in God through powerful songs of inspiration and encouragement. “Heal (Find A Way),” an all-new song from Brian Courtney Wilson. The album also features Motown Gospel’s Tasha Cobbs, Tye Tribbett, Smokie Norful, VaShawn Mitchell, Myron Butler and more.
Lunjeal Music Group, the independent record label that is the musical home of Jekalyn Carr, is expanding its roster in 2017. It will be anointed new artist, Stephen Brown. Brown is a dynamic preacher and pastor, hailing from Memphis, TN.
10-time GRAMMY® Award winning recording artist, songwriter and producer Kirk Franklin, has released his latest single, “My World Needs You” to radio stations and debuted a visual for the song exclusively on BET.com. The heartfelt song speaks about the social injustices happening around the world today and calling upon God to bring strength in time of hardships. Kirk Franklin: “My World Needs You” http://www.bet.com/shows/bet-gospel/news/kirk-franklin-premieres-lyric-video-for--my-world-needs-you.html
Pastor Wayne Chaney, Jr. Has a new book out and he explains in laymen’s terms in his new book, "Your Miraculous Potential," how to surpass human limitations and release the power of God into all areas of life. The process begins, he says, with a passion to know God and learn to clearly hear His voice.
Recording Artist and Worship Leader Anthony Evans’ highly-anticipated new album "Back To Life" drops February 3, 2017. A collection of worship songs, this new album features NBC’s The Voice alumnus on 11 worship-themed tracks exploring authenticity, vulnerability, honesty and the way that the culmination of those three things brought him Back .
Sanctioned Super Bowl Gospel Celebration (SBGC) will kick-off Super Bowl LI with its 18th Annual star-studded music jubilation at Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. The annual event joins together key NFL Players, top Gospel/Contemporary Christian and mainstream artists as well as special guests all on one stage to bring audiences an evening of uplifting music and inspirational messages.
Black Enterprise will present the Women of Power Legacy Awards, March 9, 2017, at the 2017 Women of Power Summit in Phoenix, Arizona. The Women of Power Summit is the nation’s No. 1 executive development and leadership conference for women.
The Trumpet Awards Foundation announced that Bounce TV, the fastest-growing African-American network on television, will now own, produce and world premiere the star-studded event annually. Bounce TV will also syndicate The Trumpet Awards to television stations around the country as well as internationally for broadcast after the Bounce premiere. Set to celebrate its 25th Anniversary in 2017, The Trumpet Awards will world premiere on Bounce TV on Sunday, Jan. 29 at 9:00 p.m. (ET). The black-tie ceremony will be held at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday, Jan. 21. Hosts and talent will be announced shortly.
Funeral Arrangements for gospel legend Willie Joe Ligon, founder and lead singer of The Mighty Clouds of Joy have been set, An All-Star Gospel Musical Celebration honoring his life and music will be held Tuesday, December 27, at the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Beaumont, Texas. Homegoing services will be held Wednesday, December 28, at 11 a.m., at Antioch where the Rev., Dr. John R. Adolph is senior pastor. The Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr., will serve as the eulogist and Bishop Neal Roberson will officiate.
Charles Jenkins’ Christmas special Holiday Praise will make its Christmas Day debut on Bounce TV. Taped before a live audience in Chicago, the musical celebration gathers together Jenkins and Fellowship Chicago along with appearances by Mary Mary’s Erica Campbell, Brian Courtney Wilson, Jonathan McReynolds, Dorinda Clark Cole and Isaac Carree and others. Pastor Jenkins rocks the single "Winning" as well as his new Christmas song simply "Christmas Music."
CeCe Winans drops a new song “Hey Devil!,” a soul-stirring new gospel joint from CeCe Winans’ new album ‘Let Them Fall in Love,’ out February 3 on Puresprings Gospel/Thirty Tigers. “Hey Devil” was written by Winans’ son Alvin Love III, who also co-produced the new album with Tommy Sims.
Houston based recording artist Cheryl Fortune, wife of James Fortune, is set to embark on her solo recording career with the release of her debut single “Fighters” set to impact gospel radio January 2017.
MC Lyte, Dr. Lynn Richardson, Dr. Kelly Price, Faith Evans, Erica Campbell, Nicci Gilbert, Dr. Wanda Davis Turner, Tai Beauchamp, Robbi Reed, and Michele Thornton are welcoming women from around the world to join them at The W.E.A.L.T.H Experience as they transform their lives and create solid foundations of personal and business success in 2017 and beyond. This year, The W.E.A.L.T.H. Experience has partnered with Essence Magazine, BET, Centric, the Aids Healthcare Foundation and the Reed for Hope Foundation to create a holistic approach to living a truly “wealthy” lifestyle. Guests will enjoy fitness, shopping, pampering in addition to panels and workshops.
Sounds of Blackness "ROYALTY" receives 2 Image Award Nominations! Outstanding Duo, Group/Collaboration and Outstanding Song, along with Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Common & Bruno Mars!
Karew Records premieres the new music video for the single “Hang On” (feat. Kierra Sheard), from the live album GEI LIVE. Recently filmed in Detroit featuring the choir with Kierra Sheard.
OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network's and Tyler Perry's hit drama series "The Haves and the Have Nots" returns for Season Four with all-new episodes on Tuesday, January 3 at 9pm ET/PT. "The Haves and the Have Nots" continues to heat up as Hanna (Crystal Fox), the moral conscience, is tested like never before. Hanna and her son, Benny, (Tyler Lepley) are stripped of everything they have once Candace's (Tika Sumpter) latest hustle fails miserably. In the premiere episode, Veronica (Angela Robinson) is stunned after Katheryn (Renee Lawless) lashes out in anger.
Chase is proud to partner with Chris Paul and Kevin Hart bringing holiday joy to 500 children at three Target stores in Los Angeles, for Chris Paul & Kevin Hart's 3rd Annual Holiday Takeover. The children represent numerous Los Angeles-based organizations including LA's Best, The Brotherhood Crusade, the Watts/Willowbrook boys & Girls Club and Leaps n Boundz. Each child attending the Holiday Takeover will be given a $100 gift certificate to do their holiday shopping courtesy of Paul and Hart, with Paul on hand for the “shopping spree” on December 19th. There is only one rule: each child must purchase at least one gift for someone other than themselves.
Sounds of Blackness "ROYALTY" receives 2 Image Award Nominations! Outstanding Duo, Group/Collaboration and Outstanding Song, along with Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Common & Bruno Mars!
Chicago Mass Choir has been nominated in 9 categories for the 2017 Stellar Awards.
Tyscot Records receives 10 Stellar Awards nominations.
Butler and earn their first NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Gospel Album, it was announced yesterday. The 48th NAACP Image Awards go down February 11, 2017 in Los Angeles and will broadcast live on TV One. The NAACP Image Awards recognize the year’s best in film, TV, music and books.
Rickey Smiley (TV One "Rickey Smiley For Real"), is using his platform in a major way this holiday season by giving back to less fortunate families across the country, through the non-profit, "The Rickey Smiley Foundation." The Rickey Smiley Foundation serves to impact the lives of children, teens and seniors through programming that is designed to foster family, community and social responsibility. Foundation board member, Tim Mercer, has been personally touched by the work of the foundation leading him to kick off the holiday season by personally donating $3,000 to the foundation live on air "The Rickey Smiley Morning Show.
A Madea Halloween now on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD), DVD, Digital HD and On Demand January 31 from Lionsgate. The outrageously funny return of Madea - after a three-year theatrical hiatus - was number one at the box office two weekends in a row with a $74 million-dollar worldwide box office. Tyler Perry's BOO! A Madea Halloween tells the story of Madea being summoned to keep a watchful eye on Brian's (Tyler Perry) teenage daughter and keep her out of trouble. Little does Madea know, the trouble is coming for her. Fortunately, or not, she has her posse of Bam, Hattie and Joe to shield off ghosts and killer clowns. On January 31, following a nine-month nationwide tour, Tyler Perry's Madea on the Run (The Play) will be available also on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD), DVD, Digital HD and On Demand. On the run from the law, Madea hides out at Bam's house, thinking she will lie low. Unfortunately, Bam's house is packed with rambunctious family and friends, and Madea finds herself needing to lay down her own law and drop the hammer!
Billboard released its 2016 “Year-End” charts and RCA Inspiration’s Kirk Franklin, Travis Greene, Fred Hammond, Donnie McClurkin, William Murphy and Marvin Sapp have claimed top positions throughout several Gospel and R&B/Hip-Hop charts. Donnie McClurkin’s 2016 album The Journey (LIVE) and the single “I Need You,” are positioned in the Top 25 on the Gospel Albums, Hot Gospel and Gospel Airplay Songs charts. Kirk Franklin boasts seven chart-topping positions and over ten other Top 25 positions on various Gospel and R&B/Hip-Hop charts with his latest album Losing My Religion and singles including “123 Victory” and “Wanna Be Happy?” Marvin Sapp’s most recent album, You Shall Live, and his songs, “The Best in Me,” “Live,” “Never Would Have Made It,” and “Yes You Can” appear in the Top 25 on six charts. And rising young star Travis Greene earned fourteen year-end chart positions, including the #1 spot on the Gospel Airplay Artists chart, with his debut album The Hill and hit singles, “Intentional” and “Made A Way”.
Entertainment One (eOne) was honored with 8 artists named across multiple lists on Billboard’s Year-End Charts for 2016, with the label taking the #2 spots on the Billboard’s Top Independent Labels year-end chart and Billboard’s Top Gospel Labels year-end chart. eOne also takes the #3 spot on the Top Adult R&B Labels Chart and #6 on the Top Mainstream Rock Labels Chart. eOne’s diverse roster dominate Billboard’s Top Gospel Artists year-end chart, with 4 artists from the Nashville Gospel division named Top 10 on that chart: Hezekiah Walker, Jekalyn Carr, Todd Dulaney, William McDowell, J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise and Lalah Hathaway rounds out the R&B honors, on two R&B year-end charts.
We are sad to inform the gospel community of the death, at age 80, of legendary Gospel great, Joe Ligon, founder and lead singer of The Mighty Clouds of Joy. Under Ligon’s leadership, The Mighty Clouds took Gospel music to a new level of popularity and accessibility, incorporating R&B musical influences and delivering a more contemporary style that allowed the group to reach incredible heights of popularity, while also spreading the Word. The following statement was issued this evening on the Mighty Clouds of Joy Facebook Page: We are heartbroken to share the news that the World’s Greatest Male Gospel Singer – Willie Joe Ligon, Founder and Lead Singer of the three time Grammy Award winning group – The Mighty Clouds of Joy of Los Angeles, California passed away today Sunday, December 11, 2016. Here is our last interview with Joe Ligon a few years back: http://www.gospel-spotlight.com/Mighty_Clouds_intvw.htm
Shirley Caesar is not thrilled about her 2010 sermon that became the genesis for the “U Name it Challenge.” It had been reported that she was taking legal action against certain parties for unauthorized use of her sermon and song. Caesar says the video was posted by DJ Suede (Keenan Webb), in November, after the so-called #UNameItChallenge went viral. DJ Suede posted something different on his Facebook page, which Caesar’s attorney’s have requested be taken down. Meanwhile, Caesar’s legal team is alleging the video is responsible for more than $5 million in losses. Caesar’s attorney – according to theJasmineBrand – also says the song jeopardized a deal Caesar, was working on with Snoop Dogg. The proceeds from that deal would have gone to help the hungry. The singer’s attorney adds the initial remix of the video was a hit with Caesar and her family. but the situation changed when Suede made a second video that they were unaware of that was a full-fledged production which was sold on iTunes. This version is the one at the center of the injunction filed against DJ Suede, Jullian Boothe and Empire Distribution.
RCA Inspiration received three GRAMMY® Award nominations in the Best Gospel Album and Best Gospel Performance/Song categories. Kirk Franklin and William Murphy were nominated for their albums LOSING MY RELIGION and DEMONSTRATE and Travis Greene received a nomination for his song “Made a Way”. The 59th Annual GRAMMY® Awards will air live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 12th, 2017 on CBS.
Lifestyle Music Group and Motown Gospel are celebrating the first GRAMMY ® nomination for Tim Bowman, Jr., whose album Listen received a nomination for Best Gospel Album.
Appointed has been named as a nominee in three categories in the Independent Gospel Artist Radio Alliance (IGARA) music awards. Appointed received one nomination for Contemporary Artist of The Year and two nominations in the media division; Radio Show of The Year and Internet TV Station of The Year for her radio and television show, At Home With Appointed (AHWA). IGARA delivers Gospel music to major digital music outlets including iTunes, Spotify, Walmart, VEVO, Bestbuy and more. The IGARA music awards will be held during the month of July in Jacksonville, FL.
TWB5 have now teamed up with The Rose of Gospel Dorinda Clark-Cole to release their brand new radio and digital single "Highest Praise" from their forthcoming 2017 album STAND THERE. "The Wardlaw Brothers' single 'Highest Praise' has the sound of great Traditional Gospel mixed with Contemporary Gospel." Written and produced by Martin Luther Wardlaw, "Highest Praise" is now available on digital music outlets and is rotating at gospel radio stations nationwide. TWB5 are preparing to release their STAND THERE album in the spring of 2017. In addition to Dorinda Clark-Cole, fans can also expect to hear Fred Hammond collaborating with TWB5.
Ricky Dillard took to social media this week to announce the upcoming live recording for his beloved Grammy nominated and Stellar Award winning choir, New G in the nation’s capitol, Washington DC. Gospel music lovers it will go down at the Ebenezer AME Church in Fort Washington on MLK Day 2017 for New G’s 10th recording.
Gospel mega-star Kirk Franklin celebrated a win in the category of Best Gospel/Inspirational Song for his #1 hit “123 Victory” at this year’s Soul Train Awards, which recently aired on BET and CENTRIC. Marking his sixth Soul Train Award win, “123 Victory” is Franklin’s buoyant hit anthem from his chart-topping album LOSING MY RELIGION, which also features the smash single “Wanna Be Happy?” Franklin also released another version of the acclaimed anthem early this fall, topping the Gospel charts again with the creation of “123 Victory Remix” (feat. Pharrell Williams). LOSING MY RELIGION also returns to #1 on the Current Gospel Albums chart this week.
Pastor Wayne Chaney, Jr. explains in laymen’s terms in his new book, Your Miraculous Potential, how to surpass human limitations and release the power of God into all areas of life. The process begins, he says, with a passion to know God and learn to clearly hear His voice. The desire to surpass one’s natural abilities, Chaney maintains, is an innate human desire. “We are all wired with a sense that there is more to our existence than we experience day-to-day,” he says. “This desire is without question a craving for the fulfillment of a potential that often goes untapped.” Pastor Wayne Chaney, Jr. Pastor of Antioch Church of Long Beach, CA, Chaney is a well-known and respected spiritual leader inside and outside of his community. As one who does his best to practice what he preaches, Chaney expanded his scope of work and joined the cast of the Oxygen TV Network’s hit reality shows, Preachers of LA.
New Light Christian Center in Houston, Texas, is promising to make mortgage or rent payments for an unspecified number of congregants who show up for church on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. A church official who asked not to be identified for this report because she was not authorized to speak to media, told The Christian Post on Monday that the mortgage and rent payment giveaway is an annual raffle that is the brainchild of the church's pastor, Bishop I.V. Hilliard. It's just a way to encourage members to come out to service even though it's New Year's Day, the church official said. The over 20,000-member megachurch first advertised the event on their Facebook page on Saturday, but the church official said they have been promoting the raffle of the rent and mortgage payments since October when they began issuing tickets to the event.
On the heels of their 2015 debut album, Ready, Stellar Award nominated choirmaster Patrick Riddick and D’vyne Worship(DW), celebrate 16 years of musical excellence with a live recording on Saturday, December 3rd at Zion Baptist Church Newport News, VA. This highly anticipated recording is poised to express the heart of Riddick and his aggregation of seasoned singers and musicians, while reinforcing the musical style and experience that has become synonymous with the D’vyne Worship sound.
Grammy, Dove, SoulTrain, Stellar Awarded artist/producer and reality TV star Ben Tankard wears many hats, including recording artist, NBA motivational speaker, pilot and pastor. He is working his recent best-selling hardback motivational book: The Full Tank Life: Fuel Your Dreams-Ignite Your Destiny, released in August. Tankard has been on a whirlwind U.S. book and concert tour to support the book and his FULL TANK 2.0 Jazz CD which recently won a 2016 Stellar Award for Best Instrumental CD and was also nominated for a 2016 Dove Award.
AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), recently announced their Around the Globe in a Day initiative, a series of events across the world to commemorate World AIDS Day and continue to spread awareness about HIV and AIDS. The activities will include free concerts in Cambodia, Mexico City and the United States as well as free awareness and testing events throughout the U.S., Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, Eastern Europe and Asia. The U.S. Keep the Promise Around the Globe in a Day advocacy effort will take place on November 30th at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, CA. The event, hosted by Rosie Perez with special performances by Patti LaBelle, Common, JoJo, Espinoza Paz and B-Flow. Keep the Promise will also honor legendary entertainer, Harry Belafonte with AHF’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his charitable efforts and advocacy around the world.
Before Pastor Shirley Caesar broke the internet with a viral video of her singing, “Hold My Mule” that was remixed into a hilarious Thanksgiving tribute called the “You Name It Challenge,” she was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Allstate Gospel Superfest: A Holiday Special, which premieres Sunday, Nov. 20 at 7/6 c on TV One. The two-hour special, hosted by Vivica A. Fox, features gospel stars honoring Caesar through song. J MOSS, Jonathan Butler, Tim Bowman Jr., Casey J, Dorinda Clark-Cole, Beverly Crawford, JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise, James Hall & Worship and Praise, Lonnie Hunter featuring Structure, Patrick Lundy & Ministers of Music, Jonathan McReynolds, Karen Clark-Sheard and Alexis Spight are set to pay tribute.
James Fortune is celebrating a 12 year music anniversary by asking his ministry supporters to give of themselves (however they can) over the remaining six weeks of 2016. Twice a week via social media, Fortune will post new suggestions and directives on how supporters can consider giving. Examples include: Make the Phone Call You've Been Putting Off, Give Yourself a 30 Minute Break Today and Compliment a Stranger. The campaign officially kicked off on Tuesday, November 22 and you can follow James Fortune on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter via @mrjamesfortune for weekly updates. To culminate the kick-off day, Fortune will performed at the request of Houston Rocket’s Point Guard and NBA All-Star James Harden who will distribute Thanksgiving meals to 200 families in need in the city of Houston, TX.
Sanctioned Super Bowl Gospel Celebration (SBGC) will kick-off Super Bowl LI with its 18th Annual star-studded music jubilation at Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. The annual event joins together key NFL Players, top Gospel/Contemporary Christian and mainstream GRAMMY® Award-winning artists and special guests all on one stage to bring audiences an evening of uplifting music and inspirational messages.
In keeping with its mission to improve the lives of families all over the world, World Changers Church International (WCCI) and Creflo Dollar Global Missions (CDGM) hosted their annual Thanksgiving Feeding Families event on Saturday, November 19, 2016 at World Changers Church International, College Park, GA.
RCA Inspiration is proud to announce the addition of key staff members to the label’s newly restructured team. Phil Thornton (RCA Inspiration, Senior Vice President and General Manager), says: “I am delighted to welcome a wonderful team of talent to RCAI as we move forward to bring you an extensive new collection of music, incredible talent, with more to be announced in the coming year. Tamar Randjoins RCAI as Vice President of Radio Promotions & Strategy. Previously, Tamar was Sr. Director of Promotions at Light Records / Entertainment One Music Nashville. Cathy Carroll joins RCAI as Senior Director of Radio Promotions &,Strategy and is based in Chicago. Jarrett Dyson joins RCAI as Director of A&R. Previously, Dyson was the A&R manager for Motown Gospel. Jarrett will report to Phil Thornton. Jeremy Castro is promoted to A&R Manager and relocates to Nashville, TN from New York. Chris Anderson is promoted from Marketing Manager to Director of Marketing, and will be based in New York. Chris will report to Phil Thornton. Gabby Jones joins the team as Marketing Manager. Jones was Marketing Coordinator at Entertainment One Music Nashville. Charlene Bryant former Manager for Capitol Christian Music Group joins RCAI as Sales Manager. Justin Tomlinson is promoted to Marketing Coordinator. RCA Inspiration includes artists Kirk Franklin, Israel Houghton, Fred Hammond, Marvin Sapp, Donnie McClurkin, Travis Greene, Le’Andria Johnson and Dee-1. http://www.gospel-spotlight.com
Gospel prodigy, Jekalyn Carr, has enjoyed a stellar 2016 with the critically acclaimed "The Life Project," produced by her father Allen Carr, which debuted at #1. Carr followed with another major achievement when the lead single from The Life Project, the faith anthem, “You’re Bigger” also claimed the #1 positions on the charts. Carr is releasing a song of celebration – and “Joy” – just in time for the Christmas season. The song “You Are Our Joy Christmas” is a celebratory call to arms for all of God’s people to bear the love, peace, and joy of Christ.
VaShawn Mitchell’s ‘Secret Place: Live In South Africa,’ soars to the top spot on this Top Gospel Chart. This is Mitchell’s seventh album and it is his first number 1 debut. ‘Secret Place: Live In South Africa's' sounds of relevant worship have elevated this project to be heralded as his best work to date which is energized by the first single, “Joy.” Mitchell kicked off the domestic leg of the “Secret Place Tour” last week in Chicago and has shows planned in Philadelphia (December 7 at Theatre of Living Arts) and New York City (December 9 at United Palace). Checkout a review of the album on http://www.gospel-spotlight.com/album_rvw.htm
Season three of Rickey Smiley For Real returns to TV One with more drama, more conflict and more funny on Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 8 p.m. ET. While Rickey Smiley continues to struggle to maintain his sanity by juggling his hectic business, family and personal schedules, the show will also follow the hilarity and hi-jinx of his family and co-workers.
Soul food entrepreneur and matriarch Miss Robbie Montgomery, her son Tim Norman and their vibrant family are returning to OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network on Saturday, November 19 at 9 p.m. ET/PT for another family drama-fueled season. "Welcome to Sweetie Pie's." The series follows the fun-loving, musical Montgomery family through their highs and lows as they work to expand their soul food empire.
William Becton has gratefully accepts the Heritage award and performed the powerful "I Yield" at the 2016 Lamplighter Awards at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. A night honoring individuals and organizations that are lighting the path for others through their volunteerism and community service.
After 4 years in the making, City Sketches & Red River Entertainment releases a heartfelt 10-song offering of Holiday classics and original Holiday songs from Pianist/Arranger Bob Baldwin. “The Gift of Christmas” Baldwin penned two songs and the remainder of the project are classic seasonal songs. The singles on there way to radio are the instrumental Donny Hathaway Classic “This Christmas” as well as the funk-jazz vocal arrangement of “Do You Hear What I Hear.”
Acclaimed composer, music director, and producer Ray Chew leads outstanding soloists and a 64-piece orchestra, along with Dr. Lester W. Taylor directing a 200-voice mass choir, in a program of uplifting music from diverse traditions. Tuesday December 6, 2016 at Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage. Lift up your spirit with moving music from Yolanda Adams, Shirley Caesar, Donnie McClurkin, Richard Smallwood, Dionne Warwick and more,
Mali Music and Briana Babineaux recently wrapped up filming for "I Am Your Keeper", the first of 10 movies in Joel Kapity’s “I Am” series. The film follows the story of violence in Chicago’s inner-city, where Jamal Whitney (Mali Music) finds himself torn between street life and faith walking.
CENTRIC has announced that Fantasia, Yuna, Candice Boyd and MAJOR have been added to the star-studded lineup of performances for SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2016. Four-time Grammy-award winner Erykah Badu will once again host. Teddy Riley will be presented with the Legend Award. The night will also feature presenters Jill Scott, India Arie and Eric Benét. It will be filmed November 6 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2016 will air on CENTRIC and BET on November 27th, 2016 at 8PM ET.
Kirk Franklin threw his clout behind the movement for racial justice at the recently held 47th annual GMA Dove Awards in Nashville, Tennessee, when he urged Christian artists in an impassioned plea to help him promote racial healing. "I want to say something to everyone in a spirit of humility, a spirit of meekness, and a spirit of Christ-like love, outside of this building, there is chaos and calamity in the world, and there's so much hurt and distrust and I have a lot of friends in this room of many different shades. And to all of us, I do not like that the world is controlling the narrative. It should be us controlling the narrative. Whether it's bad preachers, bad police, bad politicians, we have the spirit of redemption when we speak," he said. Franklin then prayed for the gathering, calling for repentance and humility in addressing the issue among the contemporary Christian community.
Oprah Winfrey says she's endured some tough moments in her lifetime and gives credit to Bishop T.D. Jakes for getting her through one of the lowest points in her life. When Jakes took to Twitter to share his sermon "Save the Scraps" on Oct. 26, Winfrey re-tweeted the message to her 34 million followers, saying, "This sermon helped me when I was at my lowest!" Jakes' sermon delved into the subject of waiting for God to structure something accordingly before He can provide people with miraculous blessings. The best miracles in your life take time to not be driven by hunger or need or necessity. Sometimes you've got to get yourself structured and in order so that you're ready to receive the magnitude of what God has for you," Jakes said in the sermon. Winfrey has often spoken about the respect she has for Jakes and even consulted him prior to the release of her church drama "Greenleaf" earlier this year to get his blessing and assure him that the series was not based off of him, his family or congregation.
Three years ago, 17- year old Kelontae Gavin was in his high school cafeteria singing and shouting the gospel classic “I Won’t Complain” with all of the emotion and theatrics of a singer three-times his age. Someone caught it all on tape and posted it online and now Gavin’ s various YouTube videos have earned him thousands of fans and over a million YouTube views. It led to his management deal with Marquis Boone and his signing to the historic Tyscot Records label. Gavin is focused on recording his first album and he’ll release his “Higher” digital single on Friday, November 11th. Gavin will make his first national TV appearance with a performance of “I Won’t Complain” on Black Entertainment Television’s (BET) “Joyful Noise” Sunday, November 13th at 9:00 AM EST.
A black church in Greenville, Mississippi was burned and defaced with pro-Donald Trump graffiti late Tuesday. According to the Delta Daily News, authorities responded to the fire at Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church and found extensive damage to the main sanctuary and the words “Vote Trump” spray-painted along the side of the building. A woman at the nearby Rose Hill Missionary Baptist Church told The Huffington Post that Hopewell is a historically black church. She said the community is in shock over what happened. The FBI told is aware of the situation and is investigating to determine if any civil rights crimes were committed.
Pharrell Williams, alongside Columbia Records and 20th Century Fox, has released three brand new tracks featured in the new forthcoming film, "Hidden Figures." “I See A Victory” featuring Kim Burrell and Pharrell Williams, “Surrender” featuring Lalah Hathaway and Pharrell Williams, and “Runnin’” featuring Pharrell Williams. Both “I See A Victory” and “Runnin’” are original songs written by Pharrell for the movie.
Tamela Mann readies her up-tempo single “One Way” for a performance on the Today Show. Tune-in to theToday Show on NBC Wednesday morning, November 2 when Tamela and her band perform the title track of her No. 1 album, "One Way."
Kenny Lattimore celebrates the most wonderful time of the year with the release of his first Christmas album, “A Kenny Lattimore Christmas.” The effort offered 11 songs filled with happiness, joy and worship for the season and beyond “A Kenny Lattimore Christmas” is available in stores and online now.
Tasha Cobbs and friends William Murphy, Jonathan McReynolds, James Fortune, Kierra Sheard, Isaac Carree, Vashawn Mitchell and more will hold an uplifting evening of worship benefiting families in need of medical supplies located in Haiti. Admission is free, however Tasha Cobbs Ministries is requesting that you bring an item to donate (ex: batteries, non sterile gloves, Tylenol, gauze). 100% of donations will be donated to #ProjectMediShare. It goes down Monday, November 14, 2016 at Suite Food Lounge Atlanta, GA.
When Tina Campbell and Teddy Campbell faced the possibilities of a broken marriage, the YouVersion Bible app helped them revive it and their lives. Tina, one-half of the Grammy Award winning Mary Mary, insists that the popular Bible app saved her marriage. “I’d like to think that this app saved my life because my physical Bible was complicated for me. Alone it was a source of frustration because I didn’t get it,” Tina said in a video for YouVersion. “But when I picked up the app and there were translations that made things more plain I did get it. And what I got was life giving.” Tina publicly dealt with the death of her father and her husband’s infidelities simultaneously in 2013.
Almost 30 years ago, Ed Smith gathered together a cadre of Gospel music icons at the Gaither Studios in Indiana for a musical trip down memory lane. Among those that were in attendance were Albertina Walker, Inez Andrews, Delois Barrett Campbell and the Barrett Sisters, Eugene Smith of the Roberta Martin Singers, Dr. Charles G. Hayes, Robert Anderson, Walter Hawkins, Danniebelle Hall, Donald Vails, Billy Preston, Cassietta George, and so many others. Many of the artists gathered for this recording have gone on to reward since its recording.
Anthony Brown & group therAPy, Travis Greene and Jonathan McReynolds announced The Worship Tour: The highly-anticipated tour presented by Live Nation, in partnership with The Sovereign Agency and Pop Nation Live, will kick off on February 21, 2017 in St. Louis, MO.
Howard University honored Cathy Hughes, founder and chairperson of Radio One, Inc., the largest Black-owned multi-media company in the country, with the unveiling of the Cathy Hughes School of Communications yesterday. During an exclusive, star-studded extravaganza, the prestigious university commemorated her lifetime commitment to excellence. University and public officials Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick, President, Howard University; Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD 7th District); Gracie Lawson-Borders, Ph.D., Dean of Cathy Hughes School of Communications; Congressman Chris Van Hollen (D-MD 8th District); and Civil Rights Leader Rev. Al Sharpton recognized Hughes for blazing the path for African Americans in the media and communications industry.
Dorinda Clark-Cole is preparing to record her seventh solo project to be "Live In Memphis" at New Salem Baptist Church on October 28 in Memphis, TN. The Malaco Music Group is proud to announce a new partnership with Malaco.
Lexus and TV One join forces for a one-night lyrical event with a special presentation of the NAACP-nominated variety showLexus Verses and Flow, airing Wednesday, October 26 at 11 pm ET. Dondré T. Whitfield (Queen Sugar) hosts the special evening that blends music performances by chart-topping artists with spoken word presentations from top slam poetry artists. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0dyUsswFpA
Ten-time Grammy winning, icon and best-selling gospel artist CeCe Winans has announced a new distribution agreement with Thirty Tigers, which will manage the physical and digital distribution of Winans’ music, including her first solo release in nine years coming in 2017. Her current single “Never Have To Be Alone”, hit radio last week.
Producer, preacher and New York Times Best-Selling author DeVon Franklin (“Miracles from Heaven,” “The Wait,?” ?”Produced By Faith”?) has signed an overall deal with 20th Century Fox. Under the multi-year pact, Franklin will produce and develop film content for the studio through his Franklin Entertainment banner. Franklin most recently developed and produced the hit faith-based film “Miracles from Heaven,” which starred Jennifer Garner and Queen Latifah. The film made a modest $15 million and has earned over $73 million at the worldwide box office.
Tyscot Records took home three Gospel Music Association Dove Awards at this week’s 47th annual ceremony at the Allen Arena in Nashville. Tyscot co-founder Dr. Leonard S. Scott and his son Bryant Scott (Tyscot President) were on hand to accept the GMA’s Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of the company’s 40th anniversary.
Multiple GRAMMY®, Soul Train, Dove and Stellar Award winner Tye Tribbett releases his highly anticipated new song, “Work It Out,” to all digital platforms on the heels of the 47th Annual Dove Awards Sunday, October 16th exclusively on Trinity Broadcast Network (TBN).
Award Winning International Urban Inspirational Artist and Philanthropist Anthony Faulkner released his all new GUARDIAN ANGEL album via his own independent label 7th Chapter Music, and in partnership with CPI Distribution. Anthony's album of Gospel, Urban AC, Reggae and Inspirational Pop songs is culturally poignant, musically eclectic and is tied together by a lyrical account of his life experiences, international travel and philanthropy work. Anthony's album features appearances by artists from around the globe including A'ngela Winbush from the United States on "Closer", Fabio Carry from Milan, Italy on "Symphony", and Ugandan mega group Cooper Ssali and G-Way and The “Faith Remix”.
Newly engaged worship leader Israel Houghton says he doesn’t deserve to be loved by God or his fiancee Adrienne Bailon but says he embraces their love anyways. In a recent Instagram post, Houghton posted a photo of himself and Bailon at their Parisian-themed co-ed wedding shower hosted by West Hollywood eatery Fig & Olive.
Clifton Ross III, best known as one of the top contestants on season 2 of BET’s “Sunday Best” and “Sunday Best All Stars ” programs, is forging forward with his music career with the release of his first EP entitled, "IBelieve God." The 4-track EP features the single “He Never Changed His Mind.”
The BET/Centric Voting Academy announced the 2016 Soul Train Awards nominees and RCA Inspiration came out on top. Clinching three out of five nods in the gospel category—Kirk Franklin’s “123 Victory” (Fo Yo Soul / RCA), Travis Greene’s “Made A Way” and Donnie McClurkin’s “I Need You” were recognized with nominations for “Best Gospel/Inspirational Song.” Hosted by Erykah Badu, The Soul Train Awards show will tape live at The Orleans Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, November 6th.
Entertainment One (eOne) celebrates 3 Dove Award wins for Hezekiah Walker, Jonathan McReynolds, and William McDowell at the 47th Annual GMA Dove Awards. Hezekiah Walker won the Dove Award for his #1 hit anthem “Better” for Traditional Gospel Recorded Song of the Year. Jonathan McReynolds and William McDowell each celebrate career-first wins – with McReynolds winning the Dove Award for “The Way That You Love Me” Contemporary Gospel/Urban Recorded Song of the Year – and McDowell winning the Dove Award for Sounds of Revival Urban Worship Album of the Year.
RCA Inspiration took home two awards at the 47th Annual GMA Dove Awards last night. Kirk Franklin (Fo Yo Soul Recordings / RCA Records) dominated the gospel categories, marking his 18th Dove Award with two wins for “Gospel Artist of The Year” and “Contemporary Gospel Album of The Year” for LOSING MY RELIGION. Travis Greene’s first Dove Awards will be a memorable one. Nominated for three awards including the coveted “Best New Artist” category, Greene also co-hosted the pre-telecast with singer Blanca and performed “Intentional.” Donnie McClurkin, Donald Lawrence and Le’Andria Johnson also made appearances on the show. The GMA Dove Awards will air on Sunday, October 16th, 2016 on TBN.
Reach Records founder Lecrae sat down with CNN after his passionate plea for social justice at the 2016 BET Hip Hop Awards, to discuss faith and politics in relation to being a successful black man in America. Christian is a noun; Christian is a person. I function, I live life as a Christian and me living life as a Christian does not mean I'm a sanitized person. It means that I readily admit that I'm a jacked up person and I need a savior, Lecrae said on a CNN Politics segment. Issues are homogenized and so to be a Christian, I'm either this staunch conservative Republican or I'm this tree hugging liberal, Lecrae continued, speaking of his faith. I think I have to embody it, employ it and live it and hopefully they'll get what I'm saying. Over the weekend, Lecrae performed live at the 2016 BET Hip Hop Awards and did not hold back when he made a jab at Republican Presidential Nominee Donald Trump's slogan to "Make America Great Again." They telling us, "Make America great again" I'm like, Hold up, when was America great again? Was it when they took us from our native land? Or maybe it was when they took the Natives land, he passionately rapped.
Tamela Mann has the no. 1 sell gospel album in tbe land. She went on Facebook Live Saturday to talk about the death of Terence Crutcher who was shot by a Tulsa police officer last month. Mann and her comedian husband, David, were emotional when they took to Facebook Live with their son to speak out against the shooting of unarmed black man Terence Crutcher, 40, was shot by police officer Betty Shelby in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Sept.16. The Manns, however, spoke about their distress over watching new reports about unarmed black men dying at the hands of police officers in recent years. "We're watching the news again and you would think it's a repeat story, but it's not a repeat story. It's the same thing over again, David wants to teach his sons and grandsons to deal with police brutality. I may not have all of the facts but the end result is all the same. Dude has his hands raised and boom just like that somebody's father, somebody's husband, somebody's twin brother, in this case, is dead. For years people have been protesting the deaths of black men at the hands of police in the form of the Black Lives Matter movement while using the #blacklivesmatter or #blm hashtags. Now, the Manns are calling for the use of a new hashtag.
"Make a ‘joyful noise’ when BET launches its brand new gospel music show hosted by GRAMMY®, Soul Train, Dove and Stellar Award winner Tye Tribbett. Premiering Sunday, October 9, “Joyful Noise” seeks to deliver the perfect blend of performances from today’s R&B and gospel stars including performances by Fantasia, Kelly Price, Fred Hammond, Yolanda Adams, Tamela Mann, Jonathan McReynolds, Karen Clark-Sheard, Keke Wyatt and more - along with rising new artists. Each episode includes an sermonette based on the week’s theme from pastor’s across the country, powerful personal testimonies sent in by viewers and hilarious man-on-the-street interviews by Willie Moore
Lionsgate and Waze announced that starting today U.S. Waze users will be able to get their directions voiced by Mabel “Madea” Simmons, the popular character portrayed by Tyler Perry in films, television and plays. Perry’s latest film, Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween, is being released by Lionsgate on October 21, 2016. Limited-edition guest voice navigators have become a popular feature in the Waze app, which frequently enlists well known celebrities and fictional characters to provide audio directions for its navigation.
ENTERTAINMENT ONE MUSIC/NASHVILLE (eONE MUSIC) has promoted GINA MILLER to VP/GM of Urban Inspirational. She moves up from the VP/National Promotions/Label Relations position.
Louisiana based record company A&P Records announced the recent signing of an exclusive development and production deal with Emerald Bay Entertainment to produce a reality tv show for the 10 sibling family group The Showers.
The 2016 Triumph Awards presented by Rev. Al Sharpton and the National Action Network returned to TV One on Sunday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. ET, to recognize the accomplishments of change agents through civil rights, the arts, entertainment and business. Actress and advocate Tichina Arnold returned to host this year's broadcast, filmed on Sunday, Sept. 18 at the historic Tabernacle in Atlanta, Ga. http://tvone.tv/video/fantasia-brings-down-the-house/
A Beautiful voice is gone. Lecresia Campell made her transition home September 29 after being released from Emory Rehabilitation a few days ago. Lecresia suffered a Pulmonary Embolism.
Acclaimed worship leader, award-winning recording artist Bishop Paul S. Morton has released a new lyric video for the inspiring anthem “Watching Over Me,” the lead radio single from his upcoming final solo album "Legacy: Live in New Orleans." Available for pre-order now, joining Morton for the 15-track live album are guest appearances from PJ Morton, Shirley Caesar, Rance Allen, Tasha Cobbs and more. Bishop Paul S. Morton, "Legacy: Live in New Orleans" release date is October 28, 2016.
President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Colin Powell sent greetings to Bishop T.D. Jakes of Dallas megachurch The Potter's House, just as pastors Joel Osteen and Brian Houston also did, as the preacher celebrated the completion of 40 years in Christian ministry Sunday. With compassion and grace, you've inspired and touched the hearts of people across America and around the world through the power of faith, Obama said in a statement, about Jakes, who has earlier been named America's Best Preacher by Time Magazine.
Christina has released her debut project, "JUST BELIEVE." The 7-song project boasts contributions from Aaron Sledge, D Jamel Kimbrough and Darrel Walls of The Walls Group. In addition to the new project, catch Christina performing on BET’s Joyful Noise hosted by Tye Tribbett, which is slated to air this fall.
In recognition of World Heart Day 2016, this Thursday, Sept. 29th, The American Heart Assocation’s Go Red For Women and CentricTV invite you to view and share Yewande Austin’s heart disease survivor story, using the hashtag #HeartCentric. The statistics are unacceptable -- 1 in 3 women will die from heart disease – and minority populations are affected at disproportionate rates.
Derek Minor teams with BJ the Chicago Kid for “Until I’m Gone,” the third single from Minor’s sixth album, Reflection, out on Minor’s Reflection Music Group/eOne Music on October 14, and now available for pre-order on iTunes, Google Play and Amazon. “Until I’m Gone” Video: https://youtu.be/-3WTznBqhiI
In recognition of World Heart Day 2016, this Thursday, Sept. 29th, The American Heart Assocation’s Go Red For Women and CentricTV invite you to view and share Yewande Austin’s heart disease survivor story, using the hashtag #HeartCentric. The statistics are unacceptable -- 1 in 3 women will die from heart disease – and minority populations are affected at disproportionate rates.
Derek Minor teams with BJ the Chicago Kid for “Until I’m Gone,” the third single from Minor’s sixth album, Reflection, out on Minor’s Reflection Music Group/eOne Music on October 14, and now available for pre-order on iTunes, Google Play and Amazon. “Until I’m Gone” Video:
Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria, Virginia, has committed $1 million in donations to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., which opened Saturday with a dedication ceremony presided over by President Barack Obama, former President George W. Bush, Oprah Winfrey, Will Smith and others.
Grammy-nominated Gospel artist James Fortune pleaded guilty back in March to assaulting his wife — the second time he has admitted to abusing a family member. He accepted a plea deal for a third-degree felony assault charge for the 2014 attack, which ironically occurred in the midst of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Now he’s opening up to Essence about domestic violence, the signs for women to look for and how therapy with other abusive men saved his life. As I’m sitting in the back of the cop car, I watch officers bring my children out of our home. My wife is at the hospital, where she reported my assault. We had just gotten back from a trip to South Africa. My wife and I had an argument and I decided to physically remove her from our bedroom. In doing so, I assaulted her. I abused my wife physically. I pleaded guilty. I wasn’t guilty of all that was reported, like hitting her with a bar stool, but I was guilty of assaulting my wife. There’s no excuse. Part of my probation was a group class with other men cited for domestic violence. That class changed my life.
Riverside Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) Church in Nashville, TN proves to be a true model of music ministry at its finest. Riverside SDA's exemplary and captivating worship arts ministry has now been captured on THE RIVERSIDE PROJECT: MUSIC & DEVOTION, a 2-disc set, released by G. Favored Entertainment Group in partnership with Dream Gospel and Capitol Christian Distribution. THE RIVERSIDE PROJECT: MUSIC & DEVOTION is an eclectic 2-disc collection that captures the diverse music and the life-changing spoken-word ministry of Riverside SDA Church.
Rapper, singer, songwriter and producer Christon Gray debuted the video for his hit single, “Stop Me” on Hiphopdx.com this week. The adrenaline filled hip hop track from Gray’s sophomore solo project, THE GLORY ALBUM has been featured on multiple television campaigns including spots for Honda, ESPN and HBO.
Veteran Industry Executive Greg “Uncle G” Lyons continues to expand the Uncle G Promotions client roster with rising Gospel artist Zebulon Ellis! Inking a management deal to exclusively manage Sunday Best contestant Zebulon Ellis.
Grammy-award winning rap artist Lecrae celebrates the RIAA Gold Certification of his breakthrough album "Anomaly." "Anomaly" debuted at #1 on the chart, receiving universal acclaim and making Lecrae a force in rap music. The Atlanta-based artist is a community leader, activist and entrepreneur.
Shanachie Entertainment has partnered with gospel artist Ted Winn’s Teddy’s Jamz label to release Ted’s new single “Grateful,” a moving gospel ballad that is an expression of appreciation for life’s blessings and a posthumous collaboration and salute to Ted’s friend and musical influence, the Bishop Walter Hawkins.
Grammy® Award Nominated, NAACP Image Award-Winning Artist and Billboard Chart-Topping Singer TAMELA MANN’s new album, One Way, debuts at No. 1 on multiple music sales charts, including both the Billboard’s Top Gospel Album Chart and Billboard’s Top Christian/Gospel Chart. The album entered Billboard’s Top 200 at No. 45.
On September 17th it was "An Evening to Celebrate Greatness" at the Marriott Louisville Downtown in Louisville, Kentucky, actress and honored AIDS activist Sheryl Lee Ralph received the prestigious Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award for her dedicated commitment to raising HIV/AIDS awareness and erasing the hate and stigma still connected to the disease. Ralph is currently on location shooting a film in Villa Capri with Morgan Freeman and Tommy Lee Jones.
The Gospel Music Association (GMA) announces more performers and presenters for the 47th Annual GMA Dove Awards. Hillsong UNITED, Natalie Grant and Tamela Mann will perform. Donnie McClurkin, KB, Priscilla Shirer and Ryan Stevenson will present. These new appearances join already announced performers TobyMac, Anthony Brown and Group TherAPy, Steven Curtis Chapman and Hollyn.
Multiple Grammy Award, NAACP Image Award, Stellar and Dove Award Winner Yolanda Adams will make her long-awaited return to radio on October 3, 2016via Houston’s all-new AMAZING 102.5FM. The all-new “Yolanda Adams Morning Show” will be available to listeners locally in Houston and worldwide via www.amazing1025fm.com.
Highly respected and experienced Gospel Music industry executives Monica Coates and EJ Gaines have been appointed to senior management positions at Motown Gospel, it was announced by Ken Pennell, President of Gospel Music at Capitol Christian Music Group (CCMG), to whom Coates and Gaines report. Coates becomes Vice President of A&R and Gaines Vice President of Marketing respectively.
Chart-topping recording artist Charles Jenkins has done it again. The Chicago-based pastor and artist has scored his third consecutive No. 1 debut with his third project “Think About These Things” (Inspired People/Empire). The project also opened at No. 10 on the Christian & Gospel Albums sales chart.
Keyondra Lockett has embarked on and embraced her solo career inking songs and a history-making deal. Former singer of the two-time stellar nominated group Zie'l, Keyondra has been graced with the honor to be the first ever gospel artist in the history of gospel to ink a deal with her own teen doll. The toy inventor of Kenya® took one look at Keyondra, listened to her sweet voice and inspirational messages and knew she would help young girls through her positive lyrics to believe in themselves and teach them the value of growing up proud.
BET has said nothing about the future of its long-standing gospel music competition show “Sunday Best,” which has aired most of its seasons in Atlanta. The last season was in 2015, an all-star edition. This year, BET didn’t schedule it at all, offering no explanation why.
At the red carpet for the BMI R&B Hip Hop Awards last week, “Sunday Best” judge Yolanda Adams said the reason they couldn’t do “Sunday Best” this year was because of host Kirk Franklin’s busy schedule. (He has been with the show since its inception in 2007.)We have not been cancelled so thank the lord for that!” she said. Adams did promised the show will return in 2017 for a ninth season, confirming something BET has yet to do itself. (BET hates to acknowledge when a show has been cancelled or even on the bubble. It would rather say nothing at all)
Grammy® Award Nominated, NAACP Image Award Winning Artist and chart-topping TAMELA MANN releases her highly-anticipated new album ONE WAY Friday, September 9 on her Tillymann Music label through RED Distribution. Simultaneously, Walmart is releasing a special edition of the album that includes two exclusive bonus tracks. "One Way" features the power ballad single “God Provides."
Gospel Legend Ramsey Lewis is touring churches in the 4th quarter of 2016 and first quarter of 2017. He will be performing songs from his gospel CD “With One Voice” along with his standard hits. Ramsey and his management team have opened the door for this opportunity because he is not trying to forget his up bringing.
Award-winning journalist Ed Gordon returns to prime-time television on Tuesday, Sept. 13 as Bounce TV world premieres itsfirst-ever news magazine show Ed Gordon at 10:00 p.m. ET.
Controversial megachurch pastor Bishop Eddie Long, 63, of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Georgia confirmed Tuesday that he is suffering from a health challenge unrelated to his new vegan diet that caused drastic weight loss and he is believing God for deliverance. "I am recovering from a health challenge that I trust God to deliver me from. It is unrelated to the eating for life diet consisting of mostly raw vegetables that I am continuing, as part of a holistic approach to good health, he said in a statement to The Christian Post without explaining what the health challenge was. It has been reported that Bishop Eddie Long has stage 4 cancer. At this time my family and I are requesting that you respect our privacy. I truly appreciate your prayers and support for me, my loved ones and my beloved New Birth Church Family, he added.
Model, actor, and singer Tyrese Gibson is mostly known for his racy R&;B music and his role in Fast and Furious franchise. He's also known for speaking about his Christian faith on social media. In a Facebook post Wednesday, the crooner discussed his struggle with doubt and fear and urged others struggling with the same issue to trust in Jesus Christ. "I am posting this for you, are you listening to me? While I'm saying this to you I'm saying it to myself, I'm saying to you. The spirit of doubt is real the feeling of letting go and walking away is real. But I'm here to remind of the power and the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ and to tell you that the God I know wants you to learn during those dry spells, he wants you learn how to conquer fears and doubts, Tyrese shared.
The Walls Group, of Houston, TX is collaborating with one of the hottest producers in the music industry, Warryn Campbell. The husband of Gospel star Erica Campbell, Warryn Campbell is ready to take The Walls to the next level.
The Gospel Music Association (GMA) announces initial list of performers set to appear at the 47th Annual GMA Dove Awards. TobyMac, Anthony Brown and Group TherAPy, Steven Curtis Chapman and Hollyn will perform. Blanca and Travis Greene will host the pre-telecast. LifeWay will join the event as a presenting sponsor.
Grammy award-winning singer Tasha Cobbs will headline the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Incorporated (CBCF) Annual Prayer Breakfast during the CBCF’s 46th Annual Legislative Conference (ALC). International faith leader and senior pastor Rev. Dr. Cynthia L. Hale, of the Ray of Hope Christian Church in Decatur, Ga., will deliver the keynote message. The breakfast is scheduled for Sept. 17 from at the Walter E. Washington Convention.
Bishop T.D. Jakes’ new syndicated talk show will air on OWN the Oprah Winfrey Network starting in September. In a message posted to the show’s Facebook page , Jakes announced that the partnership with OWN was solidified. “Every now and then you get an opportunity that makes you so excited you get goose pimples. That’s my attitude today,” Jakes said in the video.
Kirk Franklin has teamed up with singer-songwriter, rapper and producer Pharrell Williams to create “123 Victory Remix”. The new single debuted this week at #1 on the Gospel Digital Sales chart and features the smooth sounds of Williams on the hip-hop infused track. “123 Victory Remix” is available now—exclusively on Apple Music. http://www.gospel-spotlight.com
On Monday, August 29th, 2016 Dove Award Nominee, Chicago Mass Choir will perform "Live" on Chicago's top rated, daytime talk show, Windy City Live. Chicago Mass Choir has been invited back, by special request to encourage the viewers and audience members of Windy City Live with their powerful vocals and Gospel music sound. Tune in as Chicago Mass Choir performs new music from, "We Give You Praise." Chicago Mass Choir will be interviewed by, the show's co-hosts, Val Warner and Ryan Chiaverini.
The Reverend Luther Barnes' call to a music ministry that embarked on a hit-making career as lead singer, producer, songwriter and director of the “quartet” group Luther Barnes & The Sunset Jubilaires and founder of The Red Budd Gospel Choir now steps forward with a brand new choir, the Restoration Worship Center Choir. "The Favor Of God," is his first choir project in a decadeand will be released on Sept. 9, 2016.
Months after Israel Houghton stepped down from his position as worship leader at Pastor Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, he was welcomed back with open arms when he attended a service last Sunday. Osteen’s mother, Dolores “Dodie” Osteen, posted an image of herself with Houghton who recently got engaged to talk show host Adrienne Bailon.
Shirley Caesar’s newest effort "Fill This House" showcases her signature powerhouse vocals and ability to deliver a message that touches the hearts and souls of listeners. It's the title track from Caesar’s June release. The new single is tailor made for Sunday morning worship services with its full ensemble sound and soul raising lyrics. Caesar has had a year marked with milestones. She received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in June of this year and is celebrating 50 years of recording music.
Michelle Duffie and her brothers, twins Kelvis (Clyde) and Kendall, have been mainstays in the faith-based entertainment industry for over two decades. Collectively, the dynamic sibling trio boasts superior experience and accomplishments in management, marketing, radio promotions, A&R and music production. In 2006, after spending the prior 10 years building credibility, experience and relationships working in house at record labels including Light Records, PureSprings Gospel and the historically #1 Verity Gospel Music Group (now RCA Inspiration), the trio established D3 Entertainment as a specialized marketing and promotions agency that connects the African American faith and family audience to major brands and entertainment entities. Today, 10 years later, the Duffies announce D3 Music Group, a newly established music company distributed by Sony/Provident Distribution. Under the agreement, D3 Music Group will sign artists, record and release new music, provide creative oversight of specialized projects and more. Through this deal, the first album released by D3 Music Group is Ben Hur Soul Inspired By, which features the new song “Back to You” from Mary Mary. Ben Hur Soul Inspired By will be released September 16. D3 Entertainment is the African American marketing agency of record for the film Ben Hur, which opens in theaters nationwide August 19.
Tyscot Records, the nation’s oldest Black Gospel label has garnered five nominations for the 47th annual Dove Awards. Anthony Brown & group therAPy with Song of the Year, Urban Worship Recorded Song of the Year, Gospel Artist of the Year, Traditional Gospel Album of the Year and Briana “Bri” Babineaux earned her first Dove Award nomination in the newly created category of Urban Worship Album of the Year .
The legendary Rance Allen Group joins multiple Stellar Award winners Anthony Brown and group therAPy, Ruth La’Ontra and Tyscot founder Dr. Leonard Scott on September 23rd at Indianapolis’ Pike Performing Arts Center for a Gospel Explosion commemorating four decades of music from Tyscot Records, the oldest existing black Gospel label in the country.
TV host and Detroit native Shaun Robinson, in partnership with the Ford Motor Company Fund, will launch her new nonprofit, the S.H.A.U.N. Foundation for Girls with a grant to Alternatives For Girls. The kickoff event will feature a human trafficking prevention panel on Saturday August 20, 2016 at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. The event is being held in conjunction with the museum's African World Festival.
Chart-topping recording artist Charles Jenkins best known for his No. 1 hits “War” and “Awesome” has a new gospel joint with a catchy new beat “Winning.” The uplifting anthem of hope and determination has already earned status as the second most added song.
Congratulations to Pastor Donnie McClurkin as he announces his engagement to Gospel singer Nicole C. Mullens.
It happened in Paris, the City of Love. Actress, singer and talk show host (“The Real”) Adrienne Bailon just got engaged to Christian artist/gospel artist Israel Houghton while in the famed City of Light. The Cheetah Girl made the announcement via her Instagram account on Friday (08-12-16). Bailon, 32, shared a couple moments from their whirlwind trip. Bailon and Houghton, 45, are showed pecking lips in front of the Eiffel Tower while aboard a boat. The second showed Bailon ’s hand adorned with a massive sparkling engagement ring, set before the historic landmark at night.
Chicago Mass Choir have been nominated for two Dove Awards in the Traditional Gospel Album of the Year and Traditional Gospel Recorded Song of the Year categories.
Motown Gospel, garners multiple nominations for the 47th Annual Dove Awards. Among the top nomination is Grammy Award winner, Tasha Cobbs who received 4 nominations for “One Place Live.”
Entertainment One Music (eOne Music) collects 15 Dove Award nominations 2016 GMA Dove Awards with a dominating presence across the categories of Gospel Artist of the Year (2) artists nominated and Contemporary Gospel/Urban Album of the Year (3) artists nominated.
The hit summer drama series “Greenleaf” delivered OWN’s most watched Wednesday telecast in network history (8/10) with 2.3 million total viewers and a 1.79 women 25-54 rating. It was also Wednesday night’s #1 cable telecast for women. Last night’s telecast was up +13% in women 25-54 and +18% in total viewers.
RCA Inspiration announce 9 nominations in 7 different categories at the 2016 GMA Dove Awards. The GMA Dove Awards nominations unveiled today recognized the acclaimed projects of Kirk Franklin, Travis Greene, Israel Houghton & NewBreed and Marvin Sapp. Franklin and Greene lead the pack in nominations with multiple nominations across seven different categories for their chart-topping projects. Houghton & NewBreed along with Sapp wrap up the nominations with 1 apiece for their chart-topping albums. The 47th Annual GMA Dove Awards will be taped Tuesday, October 11, 2016 in Nashville, TN.
Travis Greene and wife Jackie and a team of passionate leaders are preparing to launch Forward City Church. Set to open on August 21, 2016 in Columbia, SC, Forward City accepts the challenge to continually unify the body of Christ. Forward City is described as a diverse church “consisting of people from different cultures and backgrounds, yet we are united in our love for God and our joy in sharing His love with others.” Travis and Jackie were both raised primarily in Georgia. They met at Georgia Southern University, where Travis gained a degree in Business Management and Jackie earned her degree in Biology. Since college, Travis has worked full time in ministry as a youth pastor and worship director. Jackie fulfilled one of her dreams by becoming a dentist in 2014. In addition, she leads “Forward Women”, a dynamic ministry empowering ladies to walk out their God-given purpose. Together, they are on a mission to reclaim this generation for God.
Growing up can be hard to do, especially in front of the camera in Hollywood. From starring in commercials at the tender age of four to her breakout role in the critically-acclaimed drama "Eve's Bayou," Meagan Good has grown up in front of our very eyes. See Meagan and those closest to her chronicle her journey and sometimes precarious transition from child star to leading lady. See Unsung Hollywood tomorrow, August 10 at 8pm ET/7pm CT on TV One.
Stellar Award winner J.J. Hairston has launched his own recording label, JamesTown Music. "I'm excited about the launch of JamesTown Music and the vision God has given me not just for the sound of Youthful Praise but for other artists as well," says Hairston. JamesTown Music has also signed an exclusive distribution agreement with Entertainment One that will release J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise's first album under the new agreement in 2017. The untitled live project (recorded at City of Praise Family Ministries in Landover, MD where Hairston is the Director of Music) celebrates the group's fifteen years as a recording choir and will feature the new radio single "You Deserve It." http://www.gospel-spotlight.com
OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced today it has given an eight-episode series order to "The Book of John" (working title) from Leftfield Pictures, a weekly one-hour dramedy docu-series featuring the life of John Gray, associate pastor at Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. The series will join the network's popular Saturday night programming lineup this spring like "For Peete's Sake," from featuring Holly Robinson Peete and her husband Rodney Peete, and "Welcome to Sweetie Pie's," centered on restaurant owner Miss Robbie Montgomery and her family.
Dallas native and The Potter’s House Worship Leader Candy West will release her debut album "Candy West Live" on Friday August 12, 2016 through all major digital retailers. "Candy West Live" is produced by Candy West, Myron Butler and Deonis Cook and includes songwriting by West, Butler and Shanika Bereal.
Two years after the success of "WORK IN PROGRESS," Ethan Kent a Dallas based artist is now preparing for a new album and is releasing a single “GET THE GLORY”. “Get The Glory” was birthed out of Ethan’s necessity to steadfastly navigate through major life transitions. Over the last year, Ethan and wife Audrey became parents with their first child Melody, and he was promoted to Worship Production Director for Calvary Church of Irving under the leadership of Pastors Ben and Kim Dailey. Ethan serves as an associate worship pastor, leading worship regularly, writing and producing original multicultural worship music.
Unity Media Limited is pleased to announce its broadcast agreement with the TV One Network to air the Allstate Gospel Superfest “A Holiday Special” for the 2016 holiday season. The show was recently filmed in Baltimore, MD at Coppin State University and features J. Moss, Karen Clark Sheard, Jonathan Butler, Lonnie Hunter & Structure, Beverly Crawford, Jonathan McReynolds, James Hall & Worship & Praise, Tim Bowman, Jr., Dorinda Clark Cole, Alexis Spight, and Patrick Lundy’s Ministers of Music. There will be a tribute to Pastor Shirley Caesar who receives the show’s Lifetime Achievement Award. It is hosted by noted film and television star, Vivica A. Fox.
Worship Leader and Psalmist Benita Washington waited until midnight to tell social media the news that she will be heading to Pastor Hart Ramsey’s Northview Christian Church in Montgomery, Alabama October 7th for her Night of Worship and Live Recording. This will be Washington’s fourth solo project. Her last project, The Word Remains was released in 2010.
Join Israel Houghton for the 2016 National Crusade Against Cancer in Detroit! Israel Houghton will be holding a free concert for you and the family August 10-12, 2016 @ 7pm Nightly.
Hip Hop artist, producer, writer and record label head, Derek Minor released a new free EP entitled 1014. In the fall, Minor will follow 1014 with another set, a full-length yet-to-be titled album.
The five-song collection, which includes the single “Greatness,” provides fans and music lovers with a powerful message about being yourself. 1014 is a sampling of what listeners can expect from, Reflection, Minor's forthcoming sixth album as a solo artist.
Watch Kierra Sheard on TV One Monday August 1, 2016 7A/6C. Kierra Sheard will chat with host Roland Martin about her "BRIDGES Tour," new EP "LED," self-titled app, politics and more. Listen Live at: http://newsone.com
Fantasia is set to drop her latest effort "The Definition of…" this Friday, and the album features a collaboration with Tye Tribbett. “I Made It” was performed by Fantasia this morning on Good Morning America.
Latice Crawford, Tasha Page Lockhart and D’Morea Johnson will kick-off the Enter The Realm Tour this fall. The concert tour starts on Thursday, September 22nd at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium in Asheville, NC. Additional tour dates will be added in the coming weeks.
Gospel singer, songwriter, producer and musician, the Reverend Luther Barnes has been a stalwart presence on the gospel scene for over twenty years, scoring hit records with his choir, Red Budd Gospel Choir, and with his quartet, the Sunset Jubilaires, His new album "The Favor Of God" will be released on September 9, 2016 and the lead single from the album, “God’s Grace,”is playing on radio now.
After a four year hiatus Mary Mary returns with new music inspired by the new Paramount/MGM movie Ben Hur, produced by Mark Burnett and Roma Downey. "Back To You" is written and produced by Warryn Campbell and makes its exclusive video debut Thursday, July 21 at 2pm EST / 11am PST on BET.com. In addition, Tina and Erica will perform the song as they visit the set of The Preachers on Friday, July 22nd.
Anita Wilson is getting in gear for a live recording going down in Chicago on October 8th. Wilson was recently elected Governor to the Chicago Chapter of the Recording Academy.
Sheryl Lee Ralph and The Divinely Inspired Victoriously Aware, D.I.V.A Foundation will celebrate its 2nd annual staging of DIVAS Simply Singing! in Philadelphia after 26 consecutive years in Los Angeles. This highly anticipated and much respected community health service charity concert began in the fight against HIV/AIDS. It now adds mental wellness, heart disease, diabetes and HepC and other life threatening diseases. The Foundation will bring together some of the industry's most talented artists and Divas to address the need for Health and Wellness awareness.
Award-winning hip-hop artist Derek Minor debuts the video for his new single “Free” via his blog. With the recent murders of several African-Americans by law enforcement including the killing of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, that struck a deep chord inside of Minor. This motivated him to write and produce "Free," which addresses the violence and disparities in our culture based on race. Watch Derek Minor’s “Free” video at https://youtu.be/2LEAKTCN2ik
The 28th Annual Midwest Black Family Reunion will go down August 19 – 21, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The celebration honors historic strengths and values of the Black Family and is the only Black Family Reunion remaining—drawing up to 20,000 visitors each year from across the country. Admission is free. Cameo and Donnie McClurkin will perform.
Trinity Dawson releases "Simply Amazing," the third single from his debut CDalbum "With All That I Am. " The former athlete turned singer released the project in 2015 with the singles "Just Be With Me" and "Not That Easy."
Bishop Marvin Sapp is speaking out against a woman who is claiming to be his wife and trying to book shows using his name. "This young woman has posted and has been posing as my new wife. SHE IS NOT MY WIFE, " Sapp exclaimed in a Facebook message. "The only reason why I'm posting this is not to put her on blast, however it is because she has placed a link onto her page as it pertains to my booking." The woman, who goes by the name First Lady Annisha Sapp, took to Facebook where she posted the message: "Hello Everyone! Here's our new Facebook business page for Bishop Marvin Sapp and first lady Annisha Sapp. If you would like to book Bishop Sapp for preaching/singing at your church click the link."
A gospel companion soundtrack to OWN's new drama series, Greenleaf, is slated to be released on August 26, in conjunction with Lionsgate. Titled Greenleaf - The Gospel Companion Soundtrack Volume 1, the album will be comprised of 14 tracks, with music featuring Deborah Joy Winans, Mavis Staples, Pastor Shirley Caesar, Dottie Peoples and The McCrary Sisters. Winans is also one of the cast members of the show, playing the character of Charity Greenleaf-Satterlee, the daughter of Bishop James Greenleaf, portrayed by actor Keith David.
Monica Lisa Stevenson has released a new single "Testimony" in the spring that topped the Billboard Hot Singles Sales Chart this week at #3. "Testimony” features special appearances by musician/singer Doobie Powell and The Williams Singers. Monica Lisa Stevenson will release her new project "THE KAINOS PROJECT" at the end of the Summer.
Teddy and Tina Campbell recently announced a second leg of their “Evening with Teddy and Tina Campbell” tour for this Fall. Hitting 36 cities across the nation, the husband and wife duo are hitting the road again to continue evangelizing to couples, hoping to build up marriages and strengthen relationships. The tour features musical selections from Tina’s first solo album, It’s Personal, and excerpts from her book, I Need a Day to Pray. This time, the tour is FREE!
TVOne will provide its digital, radio and television audiences with timely coverage of both the upcoming Republican and Democratic National Conventions in Cleveland, Ohio and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania respectively. TV One's News One Now will broadcast live each morning at 7 a.m. ET from the conventions with host and managing editor Roland S. Martin.
Two time Grammy Award winner, multiple Stellar Award winner Tye Tribbett heads to the iconic Fillmore Philadelphia Theater for the second installment of his "Bloody Win" Live Recording. It will be a reunion of Tye Tribbett with the group he founded Greater Anointing. Tribbett formed the group in March of 1996 and recorded the hugely successful albums "Life" and "Victory Live" with the ensemble before going solo in 2010. The "Bloody Win" Part 1 was recorded in May in Greenville, South Carolina.
Grammy nominated recording artist, actress, entrepreneur, fashion designer, Kierra Sheard, is preparing to hit the road on a self-titled solo tour; with an all girl band. After releasing her latest project, the critically acclaimed, "LED EP," Sheard is eager to get back on the road and give her supporters more of the positive, inspiring, yet edgy and bold, Christ-centered music that she is known for.
RCA Inspiration celebrates as Demonstrate, the new CD from Grammy nominated Bishop William Murphy takes a bow this week at #1 on the Billboard Gospel Albums chart. The album was recorded before a live audience at The Church at Chapel Hill in Douglasville, Georgia and marks the singer/songwriter’s fifth solo project. Murphy could not contain his excitement with the news, “I’m extremely grateful to God, and to every person, who’s helped to make my new CD/DVD, DEMONSTRATE, #1! Your love and your support is Divine, and I pray that every song helps you to encounter God’s Presence, over and over, and over again.”
Lecrae rubbed some “fans” the wrong way on the 4th of July when he posted a reminder on Twitter that not all people were free on July 4th, 1776. Many not understanding or knowing the truth responded angrily with claims of “race-baiting” or accusing him of making everything a “racial issue”. Lecrae later posted this: This isn’t anti-American. This is remembering that all our histories are different.
Grammy Award® Nominated, NAACP Image Award® Winning Artist and Billboard Chart-Topping Singer TAMELA MANN releases her highly-anticipated new album ONE WAY on Friday, September 9 on her Tillymann Music imprint through RED Distribution. An extensive multi-city U.S. tour in support of the album will launch this fall.
Jekalyn Carr is ready to drop her third album, "The Life Project," which hits stores and digital outlets on August 5th. "You’re Bigger," the first single from the project continues to soar on Gospel radio hitting number 2 on both the BDS and Mediabase charts and the live video has garnered some 185,000 views in a month. Essence Magazine named Carr one of Gospel’s 15 artists to watch.
David and Tamela Mann report via Facebook that while in Atlanta, their car was broken into outside a Red Lobster in Camp Creek Marketplace. The couple, in town for a comedy show, posted a video about the incident Monday night on Facebook. indicating they had just arrived at the restaurant and were being seated when a woman ran into the restaurant and told them someone was breaking into their car. Mann ran outside and tried to grab one of three men, but the assailants got away with his backpack, a new computer, identification and some of Tamela’s jewelry. The incident is under investigation.
James Fortune known for chart-topping gospel radio classics such as “I Believe” and “I Trust You” set down with “The 700 Club” today, to discuss the domestic abuse charges that rocked his household and shocked the gospel music industry two years ago. “For the first time, I am sitting down to answer questions about the painful events that unfolded in my life two years ago and the road to healing,” says Fortune. “Being abusive is a choice,” he says. “It’s not a mistake. It’s something that you choose to do when you know it’s wrong and you do it anyway.”
VaShawn Mitchell is to release new song“Joy,” to all digital platforms. “Joy” is the first single off the anticipated new album, SECRET PLACE, which was recorded in South Africa. This extraordinary live recording concert was held at the famed MOSAÏEK TEATRO in Fairland, Gauteng, South Africa (a suburb of Johannesburg).
The 29th Annual ASCAP Rhythm and Soul Music Awards were handed out in Los Angeles on June 23rd and Motown Gospel recording artist Bryan Courtney Wilson took home the honor for the Top Gospel Song for his chart topping composition Worth Fighting For. Tyscot recording artists Anthony Brown and group therAPy performed a rousing rendition of their chart topping single Worth capping off the evening’s musical performances.
Kirk Franklin received the Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award at the BET Awards Sunday night. Hand-in-hand with his wife of 20 years, Tammy, a humble-looking Franklin took to the stage to accept his award.
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has announce that living legend Shirley Caesar will be honored with the 2,583rd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Tuesday, June 28, 2016. The star in the category of Recording will be dedicated at 6126 Hollywood Boulevard in front of The Fonda Theatre. Helping Emcee and Hollywood Chamber President/CEO Leron Gubler to unveil the star will be Yolanda Adams and Kirk Franklin.
Desmond Pringle Headlines The Grand Finale Gospel Concert at Mother Emanuel A.M.E. on Saturday, June 25th. Pringle will perform during the finale of commemorative ceremonies of the Charleston 9 tragedy in Charleston, SC. "GetUs Through" is the title cut of Dr. Desmond Pringle's sixth studio album. The soulful ballad was inspired by the tragic domestic terrorist act that took place on Wednesday June 17, 2015 at Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church. On this night, nine faithful parishioners lost their lives at the culmination of their midweek Bible study.
Write Haus Music Group artist, Tiffany Jeffers releases “Say Yes,” the debut single from her forthcoming summer EP. The inspirational lyrics encourages listeners to simply surrender to God and just “Say Yes” to his will. The digital release is available now on iTunes and most online retail outlets that sell music.
DREAM Gospel has partner with G. Favored Entertainment Group to release Hymns & Devotionals Unplugged by Nate Bean & 4Given. The Nashville based ensemble consists of extraordinary young adults from a number of backgrounds, genres, denominations and experiences. The group is led by Nathaniel (Nate) Bean.
Dad Rehab, an original movie written by the American Black Film Festival's 2015 TV One Screenplay Competition winner Keronda "Kiki" McKnight, made its national debut at this year's 20th Annual ABFF as a Spotlight Screening at The Colony Theatre on Saturday, June 18. In Bad Dad Rehab, directed by Carl Seaton and starring Malik Yoba (NY Undercover), Robert Ri'chard (Chocolate City, One on One, Cousin Skeeter), Rob Riley (Hit the Floor, The Bourne Legacy), Wesley Jonathan (Soul Man, Crossover, City Guys) and Kandi Burruss (The Real Housewives of Atlanta), four men in denial of their poor parenting skills attend a rehab for deadbeat dads that employs unusual methods to help them become true fathers and real men. Bad Dad Rehab premieres on TV One on Sunday, July 3 at 7 p.m. ET and encores at 9 p.m. ET.
Monday, August 29th, The Tommies Reunion and the Dream Team along with special guest Edwin Hawkins presents a live CD and DVD recording at New Faith Baptist Church in Matteson, IL, where Rev. Dr. Trunell D. Felder is Senior Pastor. The Dream Team consists of Darius Brooks, Percy Bady, Steve Stone Huff, Richard Gibbs, Kevin Brunson, Al Willis and Tyrone Block. They are working in tandem once again to create, produce and record NEW life-changing music with a universal message that is inspiring and thought provoking. With a group of seasoned veterans that includes; producers, artists, musicians, and songwriters that have worked in almost every genre of music and garnered Grammy, Stellar and Dove Awards, this LIVE RECORDING should be an epic historical experience.
On Fathers Day the First Baptist Church of Glenarden hosted a Father’s Day Concert which was the back drop of a Men of Standard reunion after a 7 year hiatus. Lowell Pye, Isaac Carree and Bryan Pierce took friends and fans down memory lane. In addition Zacardi Cortez appeared as well. Bryan Pierce is set to record in August at Mount Zion in Greensboro, NC.
The Godfather of Gospel Music, the late Reverend Timothy Wright organized the Timothy Wright Concert Choir in 1976. Continuing to build upon the strong foundation laid by his father, Pastor David Wright will bring together the famed choir on the day after what would have been his Dad’s 69th birthday for a reunion and live recording Saturday, June 18th at the Christ Fellowship Church in Brooklyn, New York.
Moved by the plight facing youth in the inner city and urban communities, Pastor Delmar Lawrence aka Mr. Del has launched a new initiative called Revolt Now. The experience combines hip hop music, dance and the Word of God to engage, empower and encourage young people to receive salvation. The Revolt Now Tour visited 12 cities during its 2015 run. This year, Mr. Del gathers his Holy South soldiers and a host of other artists to take the music and message across the nation. The tour serves as a backdrop for the release of “HOLY SOUTH: REVOLT” which features Boy Wonda, Eddie Jaymes Prodagal, Rashawn Merrick, M.A.D.E. 4 Christ, Mardye McDole, C. Elevation, Emory Anderson, M.A.J.O.R.S., J Crum, Sean Oliviera, B.I.C., Hi- Lite Real and Dem J.
The Reigning Queen of Gospel, Shirley Caesar has garnered a stellar debut with her powerful new album FILL THIS HOUSE, debuting at #1 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums Chart. Filled with 11 stirring tracks featuring upbeat hit single “It’s Alright, It’s Ok” (feat. Anthony Hamilton), tribute song “Mother Emanuel,” the glorifying “Prayer Works” and more, the Gospel Hall of Fame legend delivers some of her most dynamic ministry yet in her influential six-decade recording career, on an album that the Associated Press hails for bringing an “energetic spirit of hope and self-empowerment,” declaring her acclaimed voice “as powerful and vibrant as ever.”
TV One President Brad Siegel formally announced Tosha Whitten-Griggs as the network’s SVP, Public Relations. Whitten-Griggs joined earlier this year and oversees the full scope of TV One’s communications and public relations strategies, including corporate communications, media relations, public affairs, and program publicity.
Influential megachurch pastor Bishop T.D. Jakes weigh in on Sunday morning’s gay nightclub massacre in Orlando. He compares it to the killing of nine Christians last June at the Emanuel AME church in Charleston, South Carolina and asserted that the Orlando shooting should be identified as both a hate crime and act of terror.
Hillary Clinton is the first woman to become a major party nominee. This week award-winning gospel singer Yolanda Adams has come out in support of Hillary. However not all of Adams’ Christian fans are happy about it.
Christian/Gospel music’s latest singing sensation Casey J has posted her first concept music video to YouTube (https://youtu.be/SFNTXBTWJd0) “I’m Yours.” Fans can download the video from iTunes where it’s included on Casey J’s digital debut album “The Truth."
Entertainment One Music (eOne Music) announced that GRAMMY®-winning Gospel music superstar Hezekiah Walker’s new album, Azusa The Next Generation 2 – Better, will drop July 22, 2016. It's Walker’s 15th and available for pre-order today via Amazon, iTunes and Walmart.com.
A gunman who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State opened fire inside Club Pulse early Sunday, leaving 49 innocent people dead and 53 injured in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. President Obama labeled the rampage “an act of terror and an act of hate.” Let's pray for all the families that have been impacted in Orlando.
Singer/songwriter Pastor Desmond Pringle, a Charleston, SC native pays tribute to the Charleston 9 as he releases a new single on the anniversary of the tragedy at Emanuel AME Church. “It was very personal,” he said. “As I watched the news, I am seeing places that are very familiar to me – every street sign and every landmark. One of the ladies who was killed was the wife of the pastor at the church I grew up in. I sang at Emanuel AME just a few months prior and had been in talks with Rev. Senator Clementa Pinckney (Emanuel AME’s Pastor who was also killed) to come back and do a concert there. It was crazy. As I watched the reports, I just sang to myself, ‘Get us through, Lord, Oh get us through.’ And there the song was. It came very organically.” “Get Us Through,” will be released on Friday, June 17th on iTunes, CD baby, Amazon and other digital platforms. Pringle will join the nation marking the anniversary of the incident, remember the lives of those lost on June 25th at the Emanuel AME Church.
Myron Butler & Levi to release new album ON PURPOSE, in stores and online today. Ten (10) years ago Myron Butler & Levi set the music industry on fire with their debut hit “Set Me Free.”
Sean Diddy Combs & Bad Boy reunion tour is bringing some of the biggest names in 90s Hip Hop back together, with the music mogul inviting gospel musicians on the tour as well. Isaac Carree and Zacardi Cortez are singing background vocals on the Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour that reunites entertainers Sean Diddy Combs, Lil Kim, Mase, Faith Evans, Mario Winans, Total, Carl Thomas, 112 and The Lox.
The Kings Theater in Brooklyn, New York will not be the same after July 23rd. Bishop Hezekiah Walker brings together the Love Fellowship Crusade Choir for a gigantic reunion concert. Its sure to be a night to remember the string of hits that made this choir a musical powerhouse for nearly 3 decades. Its been a very good year for Hez thus far, with a new label deal, the new single hitting #1 on the radio charts, his induction into the GMA Hall of Fame and the announcement of his addition alongside Fred Hammond, Israel Houghton, Karen Clark Sheard, Casey J and Regina Belle for this year.
Motown Gospel gives a different approach to its artist’s songs with the release of an acoustic compilation aptly titled 1 Mic 1 Take. The CD brings together the label’s best loved performers including Grammy Award winners Smokie Norful and Tasha Cobbs as well as Myron Butler & Levi, Brian Courtney Wilson and Royce Lovett.
International Recording Artist and philanthropist Anthony Faulkner will join honorary host, Damien Sneed, along with Pastor Kim Burrell, Bishop Iona Locke, Prophet Todd Hall, Prophet Andre Cook, Pastor Juandolyn Stokes, Pastor Jonathan Shaw, Pastor John Paul McGee, Pastor San Franklin and others at this year’s Third Annual Levites’ Gathering on Wednesday, June 8th through Saturday, June 11th at The Cathedral at Greater Faith, where Bishop Michel White-Haynes is Senior Pastor.
Motown Gospel gives a different approach to its artist’s songs with the release of an acoustic compilation aptly titled 1 Mic 1 Take. The CD brings together the label’s best loved performers including Grammy Award winners Smokie Norful and Tasha Cobbs as well as Myron Butler & Levi, Brian Courtney Wilson and Royce Lovett.
The Kings Theater in Brooklyn, New York will not be the same after July 23rd. Bishop Hezekiah Walker brings together the Love Fellowship Crusade Choir for a gigantic reunion concert. Its sure to be a night to remember the string of hits that made this choir a musical powerhouse for nearly 3 decades. Its been a very good year for Hez thus far, with a new label deal, the new single hitting #1 on the radio charts, his induction into the GMA Hall of Fame and the announcement of his addition alongside Fred Hammond, Israel Houghton, Karen Clark Sheard, Casey J and Regina Belle for this year
Maroon 5’s PJ Morton is excited to present JoJo as the latest signing to his newly formed record label, Morton Records. JoJo’s debut radio single “Run On” will soon hit multiple radio formats. “Run On is a very personal single release for me” says Morton. “JoJo has sung background for me and toured with me for ten plus years.
The legendary Rance Allen Group will perform on BET’s “Bobby Jones Gospel” for the last time this Sunday, June 5th @9:00 AM EST. The dynamic group performs the title song from the album “Celebrate” and “Sounds Like Rain” on the show that celebrated its 35th anniversary this year.
Bri Babineaux will head to the Staple Center to sing the National Anthem as the Los Angeles Sparks take on the Phoenix Mercury June 17th. In addition, Babineaux will perform during the half time show. The high school and college basketball and track star earned a track scholarship to McNeese State University, but all that changed after she was discovered via a YouTube post. Babineaux released her debut project, "Keys To My Heart" which topped the charts.
Bryan Andrew Wilson will perform o BET’s “Bobby Jonesprogram for the last time this Sunday, June 5th @9:00 AM EST. “It was bittersweet,” Wilson says of this season’s production taping that marked the end of Jones’ 35-year run on Black Entertainment Television.
Tillymann Music Group announced today the signing of an agreement with RED Distribution for physical and digital distribution in the U.S. and Canada. The distributor will be carrying the complete catalog of Platinum-Selling Artist and Grammy Award® Nominee Tamela Mann including her upcoming album release, One Way and NAACP Image® Award-Winning Comedian David Mann.
Conductor, pianist, producer and recording artist Damien L. Sneed presents The Third Annual Levites’ Gathering on Wednesday, June 8th through Saturday, June 11th at The Cathedral at Greater Faith, where Bishop Michel White-Haynes is Senior Pastor. The Cathedral at Greater Faith is in the Bronx, New York.
The ESSENCE Festival a four-day event (June 30-July 3) in New Orleans has added GRAMMY nominated female group Virtue(Ebony Holland, Karima Kibble, and Heather Martin) to their star-studded line-up. The sister trio has an new effort out now titled "Fearless.
Trinity Broadcasting Network co-founder Jan Crouch, who had been in the hospital after suffering a massive stroke last week, has died at the age of 78, the family announced early Tuesday."Laurie and I have just watched the transition of our precious Mother from this world to the next; watched her step into the presence of Jesus and into her heavenly reward," Jan Crouch's son Mat and other family members announced early Tuesday. "Jan Crouch, known around the world as Momma Jan, has gone home.
Songbird Briana “Bri” Babineaux, who boasts almost a half million followers on Instagram including Drake and Rhianna, is all packed and headed west to sing the National Anthem when the Los Angeles Sparks take on the Phoenix Mercury on Friday, June 17 @7:30 PM PST at The Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. She will also perform during the halftime show.
OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network new, original drama series "Greenleaf," from Lionsgate follows the Greenleaf family and their Memphis megachurch. It will launch with a two-night premiere on Tuesday, June 21 at 10 p.m. ET/PT and Wednesday, June 22 at 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. ET/PT on OWN. The series will regularly air on Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT.The extended trailer: Oprah.com/GreenleafTrailer
Grammy Award winner, gospel megastar Erica Campbell scored a BET nomination for the Dr. Bobby Jones Gospel/ Inspirational Award at this year’s 2016 BET Awards. This year the BET Awards will air live at 8p.m. ET Sunday, June 26th from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
Following a successful launch of his nonprofit organization Elihu Nation earlier this year in his native Chicago, acclaimed GRAMMY® nominated artist Jonathan McReynolds is launching the Elihu Nation Scholarship, comprising a total of $9,000 in scholarships to be awarded to college students, with three scholarships available at $3,000 each. Kicking off June 1st, the application process for the Elihu Nation Scholarship will be open at www.ElihuNation.org to submit applications from June 1st to July 31st.
Bishop Eddie Long appeared on Steve Harvey’s TV show Wednesday to discuss the struggles he and his family went through several years ago after the megachurch pastor was sued by four young men, who alleged he coerced them into sexual relationships. The accusations made in 2010 against Long by Anthony Flagg, Spencer LeGrande, Jamal Parris and Maurice Robinson alleged that the bishop used his influence, trips, gifts and jobs to coerce them into sexual relations. At the time, Long vowed to fight to clear his name. In 2011, the case was settled, then dismissed. In the Wednesday appearance, Harvey directly asks Long whether he ever had sexual relations with any of his accusers. Long says he was “bound by court that I can’t make any statements about that.” Harvey asks why he settled the cases. At some point, Long says, he had to decide “am I going to win the battle or do I need to win the war? I had to make the decision to save me, save my family and save the church.
Look for new music from Vashawn Mitchell Thursday, May 26th, the celebrated singer and noted songwriter will debut his new single, "Joy" on Facebook Live in addition to answering questions and taking comments from fans via his Facebook fan page. "JOY,” is the first single from Mitchell’s soon to be released album, "SECRET PLACE" which was recorded earlier this year in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Fred Hammond announced the return of the ever popular Festival of Praise Tour, making its way across the country and visiting 2 dozen major cities. “FOP 2016 is going to be off the chain!,” Hammond said, adding, “ The thing I love about this tour is that no matter who you are or where you’ve come from, you’re guaranteed to have a great time, something is surely going to inspire you, and you’re going to want to come back again and again! You definitely don’t want to miss this so don’t be late because we’ve got an incredible show planned from beginning to end!” This year’s lineup includes Hammond along with Bishop Hezekiah Walker, Israel Houghton, Karen Clark Sheard, Regina Belle and Casey J. Hammond also announced that his new album will be released in October to coincide with the release of the FOP tour.
14th Annual Honoring Unsung Fathers (H.U.F.) Awards & Scholarship Brunch, which will take place Sunday, June 19th on Fathers Day. Kym Whitley (Raising Whitley) will serve as the Mistress of Ceremonies. This event is to showcase Positive Role models of Men doing great things as Fathers and often times stepping up to the plate as non biological Fathers and how they play a vital role in the development of their child(ren) lives with the intentions of reaching out to families and communities to perpetuate good quality and responsible attributes of African American and Latino/Hispanic fathers; to encourage and promote positive fathers by spotlighting fathers who accept their role and responsibility, and does it well. Celebrities, Marla Gibbs, (Madea’s Witness Protections), Wendell James (Raising Whitley), Renée Lawless (The Haves and the Have Nots),Angell Conwell (The Young and Restless) and Ion Overman (Madea Goes to Jail) will present the winning father’s with awards for their outstanding commitment to their family and/or community. In addition to these awards, Judge Mablean and the MEF Board of Directors will make a special presentation to the Founder’s Awardee; Aundrae Russell, (Program Director at 102.3 KJLH Radio) and Board of Director’s Awardee; Danny J. Bakewell, Jr. (Los Angeles Sentinel). Dorinda Clark Cole will perform at the the brunch buffet.
Ohio-based powerhouse contemporary Gospel vocal trio, Half Mile Home will release their forthcoming album, Don’t Judge Me on July 8, 2016 on Church Boy Muzik, Inc. and Black Smoke Music World Wide, distributed by eOne. Don’t Judge Me is available for pre-order on iTunes and Amazon (see links below). Half Mile Home’s new single, .
Gospel mega-star, Kirk Franklin dominated the gospel categories during the Billboard Music Awards Sunday night in Las Vegas. The 20-year music veteran took home three awards for Top Gospel Artist, Top Gospel Album for his latest release, LOSING MY RELIGION and Top Gospel Song for “Wanna Be Happy?”
"BET Networks, a unit of Viacom Inc. announced the nominations for the 2016 BET Awards, going down at Microsoft Theater on Sunday, June 26. This year’s broadcast marks 16 years. Look for spectacular performances from Alicia Keys performing during the Prince Lifetime Achievement Award tribute and Michael Jackson taking the stage with James Brown to Beyoncé catering to Terrence Howard and the reuniting of The Fugees. Drake leads the list of entertainers with an impressive nine nominations with fellow hip hop artist Future, Beyoncé and Rihanna follow with five nods each.
For the sixteenth year in a row the Allstate Gospel Superfest brought together some of gospel music’s finest to host a powerful night of praise, worship and entertainment. Vivica A. Fox returned to host for the sixth time and Shirley Caesar was honored with a lifetime achievement award, performances in between included Karen Clark-Sheard, Dorinda Clark-Cole, Casey J, Lonnie Hunter, Jonathan Butler, James Hall, Alexis Spight, Jonathan McReynolds, Tim Bowman Jr., Todd Dulaney, Beverly Crawford, Y’anna Crawley, Charles Butler & Trinity, JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise, Mary Wynn and many more.
Gospel greats the Clark Sisters will be honored with an An-Star Gospel Tribute on July 3 as part of the ESSENCE Empowerment Experience at the 2016 ESSENCE Festival. Jacky, Twinkie, Dorinda and Karen are true gospel music legends and noted as pioneers of contemporary gospel music.
"Motown Gospel presents 1 Mic 1 Take, recorded live at Capitol Studios in Hollywood, CA. 1 Mic 1 Take will be available at retail and digital outlets everywhere Friday, June 3rd. The ten-song gospel compilation includes five of Motown Gospel artists performing two songs—stripped of mass production to focus on the message and the voice. GRAMMY®-winners Smokie Norful and Tasha Cobbs as well as award-winning artists Myron Butler & Levi, Brian Courtney Wilson and newcomer Royce Lovett rock this effort.
"OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network revealed today an extended trailer of its new, original drama series "Greenleaf" from Lionsgate and Emmy-nominated writer/producer Craig Wright. The series, which follows the Greenleaf family and their Memphis megachurch, will launch with a two-night premiere on Tuesday, June 21 at 10 p.m. ET/PT and Wednesday, June 22 at 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. ET/PT on OWN. The series will regularly air on Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The new original drama series takes viewers into the unscrupulous world of the Greenleaf family and their sprawling Memphis megachurch, where scandalous secrets and lies are as numerous as the faithful. Born of the church, the Greenleaf family love and care for each other, but beneath the surface lies a den of iniquity—greed, adultery, sibling rivalry and conflicting values—that threatens to"
"Beautiful, intelligent and menacing?! Three-time NAACP Image Award nominee Elise Neal guest stars as Cleo Jones, a fearless top agent who tries to seduce Daniel (David Mann) by pretending to be a sexual harassment instructor. Meanwhile, Terri (Lauryn Kennedy Hardy) believes DJ’s new girlfriend is bad news. Tune in for laughs on an all-new episode of Mann & Wife this Tuesday, May 24 at 9pm ET/PT on Bounce TV.
Conductor, pianist, producer and recording artist Damien L. Sneed presents The Third Annual Levites’ Gathering on Wednesday, June 8th through Saturday, June 11th at The Cathedral at Greater Faith, where Bishop Michel White-Haynes is Senior Pastor. The Cathedral at Greater Faith in Bronx, New York.
Gospel Soul band SENSERE, an award-winning nine-piece South Floridian band of an eclectic mix of vocalists and instrumentalists has announced the release of their second radio single “Holla”. The new single is lifted from the group’s critically acclaimed independent sophomore project Kingdom Therapy released in May 2015.
On April 18th, renowned trumpeter Syreeta “Trumpet Lady” Thompson served as host for the Winner’s Experience , an evening filled with gospel music and an appreciation for the arts. The event was held at the historical NICO at the New Jersey Performing Artist Center (NJPAC) Newark, NJ.
Marvin Sapp this week heads to Las Vegas for the Billboard Music Awards. He is nominated in two categories: Top Gospel Artist and Top Gospel Album "You Shall Live." “It is always an honor to be nominated among your peers, and I am grateful for the continued support of the music industry and Gospel music fans,” says Sapp who was Billboard’s Top Male Gospel Artist of 2015.
Monday night, Rickey Smiley’s, “Rickey Smiley Foundation,” hosted a celebrity bowling tournament at Slingshot Entertainment in Atlanta, GA. Atlanta’s top VIP’s battled each other in a fun game of bowling led by Rickey Smiley and ED Lover. The Rickey Smiley Foundation is a Nonprofit Organization, was born out of my desire to impact the lives of children and teens through programming that inspires, impacts and motivates young people to live life to their fullest potential, as well as celebrate the lives of our seniors who are the fabric of the community. While I personally wear many hats in my professional career, The Rickey Smiley Foundation is not one of those hats, but instead a mantel that I carry each day, to become a father to the fatherless, hope to the hopeless, and a voice to the voiceless."
Lecrae is expanding his musical presents thanks to his new deal with Columbia Records. After a decade of success with Reach Records, the Christian hip-hop outlet he founded, the Grammy- and Dove-winning artist scored his first deal with a major label, as reported by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC).
The Rev. Jamal H. Bryant, 44 pastor of Empowerment Temple Church in Northwest Baltimore allegedly had a sexual relationship with Latoya Shawntee Odom, 34 and fathered 10-month-old John Karston Bryant. The Rev. Jamal H. Bryant, leader of Northwest Baltimore's Empowerment Temple Church, said his lawyers have advised him not to give any details on recent allegations that he fathered a child out-of-wedlock but declared, however, that: God ain't finished with me." Earlier this week Latoya Shawntee Odom, a 34-year-old California woman, said that she engaged in a sexual relationship with Bryant which resulted in her getting pregnant. Bryant allegedly asked her to abort the pregnancy but she refused and gave birth last July to a boy named John Karston Bryant, according to official documents cited in the report.
Tim Bowman Jr. celebrates his debut release Listen as it makes its entry at #1 on the Billboard Gospel albums chart. The CD, produced by Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins on his Lifestyle Music Group label was heavily fueled by the radio single, I’m Good.
An exhilarating night of music and worship will go down in Houston, TX on June 11. Contemporary singer, songwriter and musical titan G.Mayes (of Gary Mayes and Nu Era) will record an all new project "VICTORY...In Black and White" at The Fountain of Praise Church. G.Mayes has broken barriers and raised the bar for the standard presentation of Gospel music by delivering churchy tracks infused with urban jams and powerful worship ballads drenched in innovative contemporary pop stylings, all-inclusive of The Word of God.
This year Hezekiah Walker joined Howard Rachinski, The Nelsons and Russ Taff in being inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame put on by the Gospel Music Association (GMA). In addition to the Hall of Fame ceremony May 10 in Nashville, TN at Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena, GMA also honored a few movers and shakers who’ve made a philanthropic difference in the gospel community. Those honorees include Jars of Clay & Jena Lee Nardella (founders of Blood: Water Mission), The Gospel Music Trust Fund, Catherine Brewton (founder of Hope for Harvest) and Michael W. Smith (founder of Rocketown).
Pastor Charles Jenkins takes the #WAR cry overseas for dates in the United Kingdom. The Chicago based ensemble will be in concert at London’s The Rock Tower on Friday, May 13th followed by the Sunday morning worship experience at Kingsway International Christian Centre’s Prayer City location.
Bryan Popin ministers words of life with the release of his new single, "Such A Time As This," impacting radio.
Grammy nominated actress, entrepreneur, fashion designer, Kierra Sheard, is preparing to hit the road on a self-titled solo tour; with an all girl band. After releasing her latest effort, “LED EP,” Sheard is eager to get back on the road and give her supporters more of a positive, inspiring inspirational message during her concert tour.
IHEART Radio’s WDAS joined Donnie McClurkin for the kick off of his 10 year Anniversary radio tour. Over five thousand people attended a powerful night of celebration, praise and worship, and the presentation of the “Heart of Gold” to a member of the WDAS/Enon community. In attendance was WDAS’s midday Diva Patty Jackson, Enon Senior Pastor.
Gospel music’s No. 1 flower child Casey J is dropping two digital deluxe incarnations of her best-selling debut album “The Truth.” On May 13th “The Truth (Continues)” deluxe and deluxe video editions of the album will go live in the iTunes Store and on digital service providers.
The 2016 Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour is back for the 10th year and will feature every genre within the gospel music industry: contemporary, traditional, inspirational, instrumental, hip-hop, and comedy. Hosted by Lonnie Hunter, experience Donald Lawrence, Marvin Sapp, Karen Clark-Sheard, Charles Jenkins, Jonathan McReynolds, Canton Jones and Doug Williams.
The music division of Mixed Bag Entertainment announced today it has signed national gospel recording artist Joshua Rogers, effective, April 22, 2016. As a part of his contract, Rogers will begin working on new music this week.
Lecrae's memoir “Unashamed,” documents the rise of the two-time Grammy winning hip-hop artist, cultural icon and community activist. Despite a lifetime of adversity – childhood abuse, drugs and alcoholism, a stint in rehab, an abortion and an unsuccessful suicide attempt Lecrae succeeded. The book is available in-stores and online at Amazon and iTunes.
Renowned inspirational saxophonist Merlon Devine just inked a record deal with a new record label Jonre Music Group. Known for his spirited instrumental performances and appearances at the Potter’s House, Daystar and TBN, Merlon Devine became Jonre Music Group’s first official artist.
Gospel Announcers Guild Name Set to Change! Pre-Registration is going down now. Mark your calendars for the 46th Annual Gospel Announcers Guild Session that’s being planned. The Pre-Registration Phase I deadline, April 30, 2016.
Bounce TV’s first original drama series Saints & Sinners was a smash-hit success on all fronts and the show’s inaugural season finished with a bang Sunday, April 24. The shocking finale became Bounce TV’s most-watched program in its nearly five year history. The eighth episode premiere telecasts Sunday night reached 1.4 million unduplicated viewers.
Gospel music’s rising star and former lead singer of musical trio Zie’l, Keyondra Lockett, is set to embark on the “Diamonds & Pearls” multi-city tour. The “Diamonds & Pearls” tour will kick off in Atlanta, GA on Saturday, April 30th at the Riverside Epicenter.
Latice Crawford releases forthcoming CD effort, Diary of a Church Girl on May 20th, 2016. The EP is available for pre-orders on iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play. Diary of a Church Girl will be released via an exclusive licensing partnership with EchoPark ARTS Entertainment and distributed by Caroline Distribution.
Reach Media, the syndication arm of Radio One, will have a new morning show featuring Erica Campbell. now that “ The Yolanda Adams Morning Show” is history after 10 years. Staring May 10, 2016 you can wake up with Get Up! Erica Campbell Mornings. Yolanda Adams and her co-hosts, comedian Marcus D. Wiley and minister Anthony “A.V.” Valary, were made aware that the very successful radio program was being canceled after their broadcast on last Thursday. Reach Media has decided to go into a new direction, with Erica Campbell.
The Reigning Queen of Gospel, pioneering music legend Shirley Caesar reveals a bold new album with FILL THIS HOUSE, available for pre-order now via iTunes and Amazon. The unveiling of the album cover and track listing, FILL THIS HOUSE is scheduled to be released on Friday June 3, 2016.
BET Networks has announced the new programming that’s heading to its network of stations which includes BET and Centric. The announcement came at its annual Upfront presentation last week, with a commitment to offer more original programming than ever before. It was announced that Two – time GRAMMY®, Soul Train, Dove and Stellar Award winning Tye Tribbett will host a new Sunday morning show featuring several gospel artists called Joyful Noise.
According to his publicist, Prince‘s body has been cremated. A small number of the music icon’s dearly beloved were in attendance at a private ceremony in Minnesota on Saturday.The final storage will remain private.His publicist Noel-Schure ask for your blessings and prayers of comfort for his family and close friends at this time. As we reported, Prince died on Thursday at age 57. Tributes have poured in from all parts, including the White House, the Coachella music festival and late-night television shows. Reports have also surfaced that the star may have had an addiction to painkillers or suffered an overdose. At a press conference on Friday, Carver County, Minnesota, Sheriff Jim Olson fought back tears as he said that there were “no obvious signs of trauma” on Prince’s body and that “there is no reason to believe at this point that it was a suicide.”
Multitalented, international traveler and philanthropist, Anthony Faulkner is putting the finishing touches on his soon to be release single “CLOSER.” The new single features the amazing and talented Platinum Selling Writer and Artist A’ngela Winbush, who has also pushed out several #1 songs including Angel, Your Smile, You Don’t Have To Cry,” and more.
Blackberry Records is proud to announce the signing of the Indianapolis, IN based phenomenal group, The Williams Singers to the label. Doug Williams, President & CEO of the label said, “Adding this awesome group of brothers to the Blackberry roster is a big feather in our cap.
Nashville-based Soul ATK Music to release the single, "Promises," with lyric video to enhance the story, from singer, songwriter and rhythm-and-word artist, Trisha Alicia, featuring Canton Jones Friday, April 22, 2016.
It will be his first live recording since 1999 for artist and music producer,Fred Hammond. The Fred Hammond LIVE: Night of Worship and Live Recording Concert will go down at The Fountain of Praise Church in Houston on Sunday, May 1st and will be the source of his forthcoming album. The new project is scheduled for release later this year and will include 12 original songs.
The new music video release from the music group KlarKent, “Oh My God” (feat. Derek Minor) is one of the new songs featured on the star-studded album Saints & Sinners: Original Soundtrack From Season 1, the soundtrack companion to the hit Bounce TV show Saints & Sinners. Comprised of acclaimed singers, songwriters, producers Isaac Carree, Eric Dawkins, LaShawn “Big Shiz” Daniels, Gerald Haddon, and Adonis Shropshire, the five-man group KlarKent bring their collective hit-making talents together performing the inspirational song “Oh My God,” with a featured appearance from hip-hop artist Derek Minor.
Interface Entertainment recording artist and international worship leader Micah Stampley’s new music from his forthcoming live recording, To the King: Vertical Worship will premiere on Sirius XM’s “Kirk Franklin’s Praise” (Channel 64) on Friday, April 15th at 8:00 a.m. ET/5:00 a.m. PT, with encore performances on Sunday, April 17th 11:00 p.m. PT/8:00 p.m. PT and Tuesday, April 19th at 11:00 a.m. ET/8:00 a.m. PT. To the King: Vertical Worship is scheduled for release on May 20, 2016 and marks Micah’s eighth recording project to date. The new video, “Be Lifted: LIVE,” will be serviced to digital media outlets worldwide. The video was filmed at the International Center in Toronto, Canada to a multicultural audience of over 7,000 people.
To the King: Vertical Worship was recorded live at Oasis Family Life Church in Dallas, Georgia (Pastor Anthony and Christina Murray).
Gospel superstar, multiple GRAMMY®-winning beloved pastor, and radio host Hezekiah Walker continues to impact fans with his newest hit single “Better,” the first release from his upcoming summer album. Released just last month, “Better” has continued to rise through the charts, rising within the Top 15 in Gospel radio, as well as within the Top 10 in Gospel digital sales. Providing healing for the soul, for listeners to have faith in God and leave worries behind, the uplifting anthem has also reached countless fans worldwide. Walker is currently traveling across the globe bringing the live worship experience to Japan, France, Italy, and South Africa.
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Following its first season as the #2 Program on Cable in its time slot among Black P25-54 and reaching 8.2 million Unique P2+ Viewers, TV One announced today a second season renewal of Rickey Smiley For Real. Featuring nationally syndicated radio personality, host and stand-up comedian Rickey Smiley.
The finalist for the 2016 Billboard Music Awards has been announced. Topping the Gospel Categories are Anthony Brown & Kirk Franklin. Brown & Franklin are nominated for Top Gospel Song, Top Gospel Artist and Top Gospel Album. Tasha Cobbs, Travis Greene and Marvin Sapp are also nominated for 2 BMA’s each!
Two – time GRAMMY®, Soul Train, Dove and Stellar Award winner Tye Tribbett preps for his next live recording THE BLOODY WIN. This powerful and highly in demand artist, music ministry is a gift to all who experience it – and on Friday, May 6th he will unleash a new body of work for his upcoming album release.
Multiple Stellar Award winner Anthony Brown & group therAPy Co-hosts: Praise 104 radio personality, Cheryl Jackson, Stephen Hurd, VaShawn Mitchell, JJ Hairston, Maurette Brown Clark, Tim Bowman, Jr., Charles Butler & Trinity and many more Gospel Icon will help celebrate April 1, 2016.
Award-winning gospel artist, songwriter, producer and trailblazer Kirk Franklin is excited to announce additional dates on his 20 Years in One Night Tour. The second leg will kick off on June 3, 2016 in Augusta, Georgia at The James Brown Arena and will continue with 12 additional cities throughout the United States this summer. Tickets for 20 Years in One Night Tour summer dates will be available via Ticketmaster beginning April, 1, 2016.
James Fortune, has pleaded guilty to assaulting his wife. He accepted a plea deal to a third degree felony charge of assault – family violence. He was sentenced by Fort Bend District Judge Maggie Jaramillo to five years of probation plus five days in jail. He must also serve 175 hours of community service.
Anthony Brown & Group Therapy was the biggest winner at the 31th Stellar Awards. They brought home a record breaking 10 Awards. Big night for Tyscot!
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