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Today, multi-GRAMMY® Award winning recording artist and songwriter, Carvin Winans, released a new single entitled “Once in a Lifetime”. The song, which is available via all major digital providers, is the first track from Winans’ debut solo album, In The Softest Way, which will release at the top of 2019. Carvin Winans, who began singing at age four, launched his career over 30 years ago with his brothers as part of the iconic group, The Winans. Together the Winans brothers went on to release several GRAMMY® Award-winning and gold-selling records. Carvin Winans also established himself as a sought-after songwriter, penning hits for other artists including, Whitney Houston, Regina Belle, Peabo Bryson, Vanessa Bell Armstrong and Winans Phase II.
After releasing one of the most successful songs in Christian music history, Christon Gray’s back with his brand new song, ‘Time Out’. After seeing ‘Stop Me’ dominate the industry over the last two years*, Gray learned you don’t have to sugar coat the message of Jesus to reach new fans. Staying true to that theme, ‘Time Out’ is an anthem ready made for stadiums, radios and smart phones. With thunderous drums and triumphant horns acting as the sound bed, Gray faces all challenges in his life head on as the chorus states, ‘I ain’t never callin’ Time Out’.
But it’s the music video that has everyone talking. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOJghSgc5ZQ
Six-time GRAMMY® winning artist, songwriter, and producer Israel Houghton releases the new song “Secrets” featuring his wife Adrienne Houghton. Opening his new album Road To DeMaskUs, “Secrets” (feat. Adrienne Houghton) is available as an instant grat track upon album pre-order. Out on September 28th, the album also features the instant grat songs “Reckless Love,” “Promise Keeper” (feat. Travis Greene), and “Free Indeed (You Said I Am),” as well as “I’m With You / Be Still” (feat. Adrienne Houghton), “Love Never Fails” and more. Sharing a powerful message on God’s enduring love and transforming power, Israel and Adrienne Houghton will perform “Secrets” on her syndicated daytime show “The Real.” Airing on September 28th, “The Real” episode marks the live television debut of their duet. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=plGtNDz3FY4
GOD FRIENDED ME is a humorous, uplifting drama about an outspoken atheist whose life is turned upside down when he receives a friend request on social media from "God" and unwittingly becomes an agent of change in the lives and destinies of others around him. Miles Finer is intelligent, hopeful and optimistic, but he doesn't believe in God. This puts him at odds with his father, Reverend Arthur Finer, a beloved preacher at Harlem's Trinity Church for 25 years who is stunned by his son's strong rejection of his faith. Miles feels he's found his purpose in life hosting a podcast where he's free to speak his mind, but that changes when he receives the ultimate friend request. After repeated pokes by "God,"Miles' curiosity takes over, and he accepts the request and follows the signs to Cara Bloom, an online journalist suffering from writer's block. Brought together by the"God" account, the two find themselves investigating "God's" friend suggestions and inadvertently helping others in need.
During the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's (CBCF) 48th Annual Phoenix Award Dinner at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., Aretha Franklin was named the first recipient of the John R. Lewis Award of Courage by the CBCF and the organization's chairperson, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas). The award was presented by Lewis, Jackson Lee and Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence of (D-Michigan). Hosted by actors Lamman Rucker and Vivica A. Fox, the Phoenix Awards also honored Lee Porter, Executive Director of The Fair Housing Council of Northern New Jersey; Bryan Stevenson, founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative; Tommy Smith and John Carlos, 1968 Olympians and activists; the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr., and Mrs. Jacqueline Brown Jackson, among other presentations, tributes, and performances. The event also included a keynote address by the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, Pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church in Goldsboro, N.C.
Dove and Stellar Gospel Music Award nominated music veteran, Bryan Andrew Wilson, has created a smooth, breezy soundtrack to close the incredibly hot summer of 2018. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1u9_DpNOZ1E
The National Museum of Gospel Music Concert is set to once again take center state during Gospel Music Heritage Month. Former President Barack Obama designated September as Gospel Music Heritage Month. This year the concertwill go down Thursday, September 27 at the Apostolic Faith Church in Chicago, IL. The FREE concert will start at 6p.m. and doors will open at 5p.m., you must have a ticket which can be obtained from Billbusters stores throughout Chicago. Artists currently confirmed to perform include Donnie McClurkin, Kirk Franklin, Marvin Sapp, Tamela Mann, Pastor Charles Jenkins, Ricky Dillard, Janice Gaines, JJ Hairston, Sir the Baptist, Jonathan McReynolds and Israel Houghton. The 2018 performance will be hosted by Dr. Bobby Jones and Inspiration 1390 & V103 On Air Host, Sonya Blakey. Scheduled to open in late 2020, the National Museum of Gospel Music will be known for its commitment to understanding the richness of gospel music as reflected in our past, present and future.
Fred Jerkins Presents "Victory" featuring Last Call is a song to watch as it moves up the charts. This week it's #12 on The Gospel Indicators chart. Here Last Call In There Own Words....http://gospel-spotlight.com/lastcall_intvw.htm
“CHANGED” is a featured single from the Soundtrack of Season 3 of OWN TV's "Greenleaf." “CHANGED” is sung by Patti LaBelle, who joins forces with Deborah Joy Winans to create beautiful harmony. This is the iconic gospel hit by lead by Tramaine Hawkins from the pen of the late Walker Hawkins. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dYhSi05NPeQ
Evangelist Shree Isabell is a woman powerfully rooted in singing and ministering. In 2011, Shree released her debut indie album LIFE OF A WORSHIPPER. A few years later, Shree received a personal invitation from Dr. Bobby Jones asking her to join the Nashville Super Choir. “Dr. Jones thought I would be an asset to the choir to bring a ‘Pentecostal’ flavor similar to that of Beverly Crawford,” Shree states. Shree's and her husband Quentin Isabell's indie label Kamasia Music is preparing for a new single release “The Great I Am”. Produced by AyRon Lewis, “The Great I Am” lends true to Shree’s traditional gospel preference, but is laced with the contemporary savvy musicianship Lewis adds as producer. https://soundcloud.com/user-747680924/the-great-i-am
First teased during this summer’s break out hit, TV One’s “We’re The Campbells”, Warryn and Erica Campbell are ready to unveil their new single, “All Of My Life,” on Friday, September 21, 2018. "All Of My Life,” the next new smash from Erica Campbell, featuring powerhouse husband-producer Warryn 'Baby Dubb' Campbell, is set for a worldwide takeover to premiere on Friday 9/21 at 6:00 AM EST to kick off Erica’s top-rated nationally syndicated morning show “Get Up Mornings with Erica Campbell” as they broadcast LIVE from the Circle City Classic.
RiZen's Former Lead Singer & 2x Stellar Award Winner Adriann Lewis-Freeman is back. After finishing her Bachelors and Masters, currently teaching English in High School, getting married, and becoming a First Lady, Adriann is back on THE CHARTS with "JoyBells."
Kirk Franklin has opened up about how forgiveness improved his relationship with his biological father, who put him up for adoption, Essence reports. In a lengthy Instagram post, the 48-year-old gospel singer also revealed his dad has only three to six months to live. “I’ve lived my entire life hating this man,” Franklin wrote in the caption of a photo of him embracing his father and kissing the top of his head. “He and my biological mother gave me up for adoption, and it left me never feeling good enough … to this very day,” he revealed. “I took my hate for him and used it as fuel to be the best father I could be for my own.”
Tauren Wells continues to celebrate the success of his breakout debut solo single, “Hills and Valleys.” The single, which peaked at #3 on Billboard, has recently been certified Gold by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America®). This marks an incredible year for Wells, who is also an eight-time nominee and performer at the upcoming 49th Dove Awards. Wells’ current single, “Known,” is currently #1 on Billboard Christian Airplay Chart. Wells’ debut solo single, “Hills and Valleys” lifted from the album of the same name, has received over 100 million digital streams and its accompanying acoustic style music video has been viewed over 24 million times. Hills and Valleys’ third single “When We Pray” peaked at number two Billboard National Airplay chart. Tauren also achieved number one status being featured on Crowder’s hit song “All My Hope.”
The power couple are celebrating their 30-year marriage with the release of their new memoir, Us Against the World: Our Secrets to Love, Marriage, and Family available November 13, 2018. In their new memoir, the couple candidly shares an inspiring, funny, and up-close look at their lives while offering hope and practical advice for building a strong relationship, marriage and family.Ever since the NAACP Image Award winners David and Grammy® Award winner Tamela Mann were key members of Kirk Franklin’s Platinum selling group, 'The Family,' fans have been clamoring for the duo to release a joint album. That time has finally come. David and Tamela plan to release, Us Against The World: The Love Project, a soulful 10-song musical collaboration on November 9. The album is being released in conjunction with the release of their new book. The Mann’s have embarked on a second installment of their, “The Mann’s Family Tour.” The Mann's family concert tour kicked off on Oct. 11 and will make stops in 20 cities, ending in Cincinnati, OH Nov. 11.
Multiple GRAMMY®, Stellar, and Dove Award-winning Gospel icon Donnie McClurkin will unveil a selection of new songs in a live concert special, airing Tuesday, September 18th 2018, on Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) at 8 PM/9C. In McClurkin’s live album concert special, the prolific singer/songwriter is giving audiences a sneak peek at brand new music from his new album, which he performed before a live audience for the first time at his album recording this past June. One of the best-selling Gospel recording artists worldwide with over 10 million albums sold, Donnie McClurkin’s forthcoming new album will be released in 2019.
Jonathan McReynolds, Not Lucky, I'm Loved" hit #1 on the Gospel Airplay Chart this week and his digital deluxe record "Make More Room" hit #1 on the Nielsen Current Gospel Albums chart! Jonathan wraps his sold out "Make Room" tour this week in Memphis and St. Louis! Hear Jonathan McReynolds IN His Own Words (#IHOW)....http://gospel-spotlight.com/jonathanmcreynolds.htm
UPCOMING GUESTS ON THIS WEEK'S SISTER CIRCLE, hosted by Quad Webb-Lunceford, Syleena Johnson, Rashan Ali and Trina Braxton: Monday-Queen Latifah, Tuesday-Pastor Jamal Bryant, Wednesday-Michael Vick (NFL) and Kevin Willis (NBA), Thursday-The Walls Group and Kyla Jade, runner-up on The Voice, Friday- Mikki Taylor, editor-at-large, Essence magazine; comedian Damon Williams and actress Cree Davis, The Bobby Brown Story. http://www.gospel-spotlight.com
It’s finally here! Tori Kelly’s new album, Hiding Place, is available now, honoring her deepest musical passion and delivering an R&B-infused, infectiously melodic take on classic gospel. The follow-up to her full-length debut Unbreakable Smile, Hiding Place finds the co-star of the 2016 feature film Sing teaming up with 12-time Grammy Award-winning gospel legend Kirk Franklin. With a lush yet simply adorned sound beautifully suited to Kelly’s incomparable voice, the Franklin-produced album includes such standouts as the slow-burning, harmony-infused lead single “Help Us to Love” and the powerfully radiant, full-choir-driven “Soul’s Anthem.”
The highly anticipated sixth album, “DECLARATIONS,” from Stellar Award Winner Jonathan Nelson, is available today, in stores and online everywhere. This 12-track brand-new album with Nelson’s signature vocals, lyrics and sound, “DECLARATIONS” affirms Nelson’s place in gospel music as a trailblazing praise and worship leader. From beginning to end, “DECLARATIONS” is authentic worship, straight from his heart.
Chart topping rapper, singer, songwriter, and producer Christon Gray, has released the new single“Time Out,” out on digital music platforms and at Christian CHR and Gospel radio. “Time Out” is the second song available from his upcoming album Clear The Heir . The hitmaker behind the song “Stop Me,” which has been a crossover hit featured across multiple television, movie, and entertainment avenues (including the theme to Madden ‘19, the Dwayne Johnson blockbuster movie Rampage, on HBO, the ESPY Awards and more),Christon Gray’s “Time Out” builds upon the personal journey of reaffirming faith found in his most recently-released song “Together Forever.” His new anthem makes a declarative statement of staying strong with a fighting spirit and the faith to power through adversity.
Urban One/TV One partnered with Mayor Muriel Bowser and kicked off the 48th Annual Congressional Black Caucus Week with D.C.'s Inaugural Mayoral Maternal and Infant Health Summit, which is held in Washington, D.C., from September 12-16. TV One General Manager Michelle Rice also was a featured panelist on Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence's Black Women and Workforce Diversity panel. On Thursday, September 12, Urban One Founder Cathy Hughes moderated a special panel with Mayor Bowser and Valerie Jarrett, former senior advisor for the Obama Administration, for the first Maternal and Infant Health Summit held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.
Celebrity Chef Kim Stratton has cooked up a really fine meal of music with her first recording in six years, "Unto The Lamb." The anthem-styled praise and worship ballad showcases Stratton’s powerhouse voice and signature vocal technique. The Gospel Spotlight calls it a hit!!!
UNSUNG HOLLYWOOD, which profiles some of the most talented, versatile, and influential black celebrities in Hollywood, will debut new episodes on Sunday, October 7 at 9 p.m. ET/8C, kicking off with the story of the iconic African American film The Best Man (Malcolm D. Lee). The remainder of the season features equally unforgettable stories from influential entertainers including comedian/actor Wayne Brady, actor and R&B singer Ray J and comedian/TV/radio personality Rickey Smiley.. UNCENSORED, which follows at 10 p.m. ET/9C, explores the lives of your favorite personalities as they reveal secrets to their success, obstacles they've faced, and how they manage this new world of social media that has helped, but sometimes haunted their careers. Entertainment mogul Nick Cannon, actress Tichina Arnold, R&B singer K. Michelle and comedian/TV/radio personality D.L. Hughley will appear. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fL_mb8jtirM
Veteran praise and worship recording artist, Bishop Leonard Scott, has scored the highest chart debut of his four decades-long career in music with his 14th album, "Jesus Love Legacy." The uplifting collection of songs comes in at No. 8 on the Top Gospel Albums sales chart with a bullet. It eclipses Bishop Scott's personal best chart peak of No. 18 for "Be Lifted." The twelve-track collection of songs is one of Scot's most cohesive and intentional efforts. He collaborated closely with producer, Phillip Feaster, and singer/songwriter, TIFF JOY. The trio co-wrote seven of the set's twelve tracks, including the upbeat radio single, "Working in My Favor" which features gospel legend Fred Hammond, Shirley Murdock as well as, Jeral V. Gray of New Direction. Rance Allen and Kevin Vasser join Scott on the old school funk number, "Power in the Name" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPT0rJY5EFc
In this new season, Earl Bynum releases a new solo studio album "This Song Is For You". This new album is a collection of 10-tracks infused with soulful rhythms, R&B styled vocals, Gospel (Good News) lyrics, accompanied by amazing instrumentation and background vocals. The current single, "Bless The Lord Oh My Soul (Remix)"is a bridge to connect Bynum's gospel roots with his urban music influences. The album title track,"This Song Is For You" and "Call Him", showcase Bynum's Urban Inspirational style, while "Rain" and "You Are Great" deliver a sound that appeals to multicultural audiences.
The Lionsgate hit drama series GREENLEAF has returned for season three on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. This shocking series depicts the never-ending secrets of the Greenleaf family and their Memphis, TN based megachurch. Each season of the enthralling show has been accompanied by a dynamic music soundtrack. Lionsgate Music announces the next volume, the highly anticipated GREENLEAF SEASON 3 SOUNDTRACK and featured single “Changed”. The GREENLEAF SEASON 3 SOUNDTRACK will be available for digital download on Friday, September 28th. The soundtrack features songs performed by Deborah Joy Winans, Patti LaBelle, Chimere Scott, Keith David, Josiah Bell and Voice of Atlanta. Deborah Joy Winans and Patti LaBelle join for an inspiring collaboration on the soundtrack lead audio and video single “Changed”. The world premiere of the "Changed" music video is in The Gospel Spotlight...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dYhSi05NPeQ&feature=youtu.be
Koryn Hawthorne continues to shatter records as a new artist, making history as the first female artist to hold the #1 position on Billboard’s Hot Gospel Songs chart for 26 weeks with, “Won’t He Do It,” remaining #1 on the latest chart (for the week of September 15, 2018). Hawthorne’s chart-topping success surpasses the previous record of 25 weeks set in 2013 by Tamela Mann with “Take Me to the King.” In addition to the new chart milestone, the 20-year-old’s official “Won’t He Do It” music video has garnered over 1.4 million views and counting since its debut exactly one month ago. “Won’t He Do It” – the lead single off her chart-topping debut full-length album Unstoppable – is also currently #1 on the BDS Gospel chart (for 18 weeks) and #1 on the MediaBase Gospel chart (for 17 weeks). Hawthorne is maintaining a busy schedule this fall, including a recent return appearance on the hit television series Greenleaf in last week’s episode. The 2018 Dove Awards double nominee, who is up for New Artist of the Year and Contemporary Gospel/Urban Recorded Song of the Year, will be performing at the award show on October 16th. She is touring in September and November with Jonathan McReynolds on the Make Room Tour. The tour includes sold-out stops in Brooklyn, Washington DC, Richmond, Philadelphia and Atlanta, and also makes stops in Memphis and St. Louis. Koryn Hawthorne, “Won’t He Do It” official music video: https://youtu.be/OwrE0YjfNGg
Contemporary Gospel artist, Lamont Sanders has a new radio single. It has a simple, yet powerful message for the masses! Lamont Sanders gives “All the Glory" and praises God. Be on the look out for this song.
Brent Jones “Open Your Mouth and Say Something!” (Billboard's #1 Most Added Song at Radio), the Grammy and Stellar Award winner is in concert at Urban Network's Business of Music Conference on Sept 14th! Urban Network’s Business of Music Conference has been serving the urban music community since 1990. One of the largest gatherings of urban music professionals in the world, the 2-½ day conference features speakers & experts in the fields of Music Streaming, Social Media Strategies, Publishing, Artist Management, Entertainment Law, Funding, Songwriting/Production, Entrepreneurship, Digital & Terrestrial Radio, Music in Film/TV/Video Games, etc. This year's Conference includes major label executives from Sony Music Group, Universal, Warner Music, iHeart Media, Sirius XM, The Recording Academy, Digiwaxx, Tune Registry and dozens more. http://www.gospel-spotlight.com
The Gospel Spotlight is on JONATHAN NELSON'S 'DECLARATIONS' ALBUM RELEASE CELEBRATION WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 at All Nations Worship Assembly, Atlanta. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PmeHhjZOTPo
The 3rd Annual 2018 Black Music Honors hosted by Rickey Smiley and LeToya Luckett is currently airing in national broadcast syndication. The star-studded show was taped live at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville, Tenn. The show celebrated the unparalleled legacies of several esteemed music icons including Stephanie Mills (Legends Award); Bobby Brown (R&B Soul Music Icon Award); BeBe and CeCe Winans (Gospel Music Icon Award); Faith Evans (Urban Music Icon Award); Whodini (Hip Hop Icon Award); and Dallas Austin (Music Innovator Icon Award).
The Gospel Spotlights Tina Campbell. Checkout "We Livin' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGnsUe7ZpFc
Grammy® Award-Winning Recording Artist Tamela Mann and her husband, NAACP Image Award-Winning Actor and Comedian David Mann, will drop a soulful 10-song musical collaboration about resilient and enduring love, entitled Us Against the World: The Love, available November 13, 2018. Produced by David, Tamela and their son David Mann, Jr., Us Against the World is a candidly honest album chronicling defining moments in David and Tamela’s relationship. The two recreate an epic revelation from early on in their marriage that could have undone them on the heart-wrenching yet resolutely hopeful track “I Love You O.” On “Mason Jar” Tamela’s tender vocals pay tribute to her grandmother, mother and love of her life, David. The first single, going to Urban AC is “Good Love,” a timeless romantic duet in the vein of one of the Motown classics featuring David and Tamela’s soulfully smooth harmonies. The title track “Us Against the World” features the duo’s fine vocal blend layered on top of funky, soulful grooves. The album reconstructs other ‘big reveals’ in the couple’s relationship, leading to “Signs,” the ultimate love letter to each other.
Isabel Davis charts with new single "Jesus We Love You" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edgBh3XFYJU&feature=youtu.be
Tyler Perry started shooting the next season of his hit show, The Haves and the Haves Nots this week. After hearing that Cosby Show actor Geoffrey Owens was in between jobs and making ends meet by working at his local Trader Joe's, Perry quickly tweeted out that he'd be more than happy to snatch him up for a role on the Oprah Winfrey Network series. "I have tremendous respect for a man who has no pride about working. He's going to do what he has to do to support his family," Perry said. "I know a lot of people … that refuse to go to work when they're between acting gigs. When I saw that, I was moved by him. That's the true measure of a man. The true measure of an artist. I have so much respect for him.
"Sister Circle," the live, daily talk show hosted by Quad Webb-Lunceford (Married To Medicine), Syleena Johnson (R&B Divas), TV host, sports reporter and radio show host Rashan Ali and Trina Braxton (Braxton Family Values)guest today includes Tuesday 9.11 on SISTER CIRCLE: Don't miss the deals on "Sister Circle Savings" with Summer Jackson; get health tips with Dr. Dave; and today's "Get to Know Our Sister" focuses on Rashan Ali.. http://www.gospel-spotlight.com
The Gospel Music Association (GMA) announced another round of all-star performances for the 49th Annual GMA Dove Awards, including award-winning singer-songwriter Lauren Daigle, a Newsboys reunion celebrating the band's 25th anniversary, a duet by chart-topping recording artist Natalie Grant and rising star Koryn Hawthorne, and a first-time Dove Awards performance by GRAMMY® nominated artist Tori Kelly featuring gospel legend Kirk Franklin. The awards show will be held live on October 16 in Nashville, Tennessee and will air exclusively on TBN October 21 at 8 p.m. CT. Previously announced performers include Big Daddy Weave, Cory Asbury, Tauren Wells and Jason Crabb with Rascal Flatts.
A native of Bakersfield, CA, Jason McGee moved to Los Angeles in 1999 to go to the L.A.C.C. Theater Academy. He then went on to perform in television shows and films, acting and singing. Jason has shared the stage with Kanye West, Mariah Carey, Donnie McClurkin, Kirk Franklin just to name a few. In 2006 Jason formed the award winning P.S.A.L.M.S at the City of Refuge Church whereBishop Noel Jones is the pastor. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjxxt6-WSKs&feature=youtu.be
Motown Gospel, to release compilation album marking the label’s twenty years of iconic and genre-defining music. Celebrating the 20th anniversary of Motown Gospel, this album journeys through the birth of EMI Gospel as a seedling artist development label to its rise and transition into Motown Gospel, one of the most successful music labels. All your favorites are featured on Motown Gospel: 20 Years | 20 Hits with songs from Award-winning artists Tye Tribbett, VaShawn Mitchell, Charles Jenkins, Micah Stampley, Lamar Campbell, Forever Jones and more. Among the classic gems include “I Need You Now,” from Smokie Norful; Tri City Singers’ “Never Seen The Righteous,” Kierra Sheard’s debut single “You Don’t Know” and digging deep into the vault, their are songs like “Blessed and Highly Favored,”(The Clark Sisters), “Set Me Free,” (Myron Butler & Levi) “Worth Fighting For,” (Brian Courtney Wilson) and the career-defining “Break Every Chain,” from Tasha Cobbs Leonard.
When news of Tyler Perry offering Geoffrey Owens – the former “The Cosby Show” actor a job on one of OWN’s drama shows in the wake of Owens’ bagging groceries at a New jersey Trader Joe’s – a lot of folks gave the gesture a big ol’ thumbs up! Of course most thought Owens would jump at the opportunity to work with Perry. Well, hold on. Not so fast. Perhaps Owens is not sold yet that the offer is real. Owens, who played Elvin Tibideaux on “The Cosby Show” from 1985 to 1992, responded to Tyler’s offer, telling news show Entertainment Tonight, that Perry’s offer was “kind of cool.” He’s a bit skeptical because Perry had never offered to audition him before his photos went viral on social media. “I mean, that kind of sounded like he was saying, ‘Come work with me.’ I’m so, like, skeptical. Like, really? Are you actually saying come work with me? Because we’ve never worked together before. So, that’s a very, very generous thing for him to say. And we’ll see what happens with that.” On TBT...Hear Geoffry Owens IN His Own Words... http://gospel-spotlight.com/geoffry_owens_intvw.htm
Gospel Artist and Songwriter Krystal A. Livingston has experienced many disappointments, but she believes, as her favorite scripture states, that it all works for her good. The Connecticut-based recording artist and former choir director is known for her exceptional vocal skills, talents which have placed her on stages singing background vocals for mainstream pop artists Josh Groban and Kenny Loggins and opening up for Gospel legend, Donnie McClurkin. Checkout her video for “Great Things”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkAMclAwlVc
BMI® (Broadcast Music, Inc)® celebrated the songwriters, producers and publishers of the year’s most-performed R&B/hip-hop songs during the 2018 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards held at The Woodruff Arts Center’s Symphony Hall in Atlanta. Multiple award-winning superstar Janet Jackson took home the night’s highest honor of BMI Icon in recognition of her groundbreaking career. Hosted by BMI President & CEO Mike O’Neill and BMI Vice President, Creative, Atlanta Catherine Brewton, with Lifestyle Specialist Kenny Burns as co-host, the evening included stellar performances by some of the hottest artists. The night began with a special tribute to the late Aretha Franklin, who was part of the BMI family for 50 years, with Tamela Mann singing a rendition of “Precious Lord, Take My Hand” followed by “You’ve Got a Friend.” Keri Hilson and BMI’s Wardell Malloy introduced Atlanta rapper Derez De’shon as 2018 BMI Social Star, presented by PrettyLittleThing.com, before he took to the stage with a performance of his hit “Hardaway.”
Chart-topping young star and two-time 2018 Dove Awards nominee Koryn Hawthorne makes a return appearance in Lionsgate’s hit drama series, Greenleaf tonight, September 5that 10 pm/9c on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. Her song “Speak the Name”will be featured in the episode. Hawthorne’s role in Episode 303 (“Chain of Command”) marks her second appearance on the show, following her appearance during Season 2, where she gave a debut performance of her chart-topping hit “Won’t He Do It.” Koryn Hawthorne’s “Speak the Name” is now available on the Official Greenleaf Playliston Spotify and Apple Music. “Speak the Name” was written by Hawthorne with GRAMMY®-winning songwriters Aaron Lindsey and Bernie Herms. The Greenleaf: Season 3 Soundtrack will be available from Lionsgate Music on September 28th.
Watch the Colin Kaepernick Nike Ad That Will Run During the NFL Season Opener courtesy of Time http://time.com/5387672/colin-kaepernick-nike-ad-nfl/
Inspirational Jazz Vocalist Robert E. Person released his fifth indie album this summer to a #12 position on the Billboard Top Jazz Albums Chart. CLASSIC COVERS is Robert’s most ingenious and versatile work to date. CLASSIC COVERS includes remakes of timeless soul, show tune and gospel songs including “My Favorite Things” from The Sound of Music, and the heartfelt ballad from hit Broadway musical Civil War “Sarah”. CLASSIC COVERS also includes a remake of Stevie Wonder’s hit “Love’s In Need Of Love Today”. “Loves In Need Of Love Today” is Robert’s new Jazz Radio single already being added by Jazz radio stations across the country: Along with the radio single, Robert has released the official music video for “Love’s In Need Of Love Today”. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPlTkq264go&feature=youtu.be
Two-time NAACP Image Award-Winning Actor and Comedian David Mann and his wife, Grammy® Award-Winning Recording Artist Tamela Mann, are celebrating their 30-year love story with the release of their new memoir, 'Us Against the World: Our Secrets to Love, Marriage and Family' available November 13, 2018. With a relationship spanning more than 30 years, David and Tamela are just as, if not more than, happily in love as they were in the early days of life together. In their new book, 'Us Against the World: Our Secrets to Love, Marriage and Family, ' the superstar couple who has delighted and inspired audiences through music, plays, movies, and the television series " Meet the Browns," " The Manns" and "Mann and Wife " candidly share a wonderfully inspiring, funny and up-close look at their lives while offering hope and practical advice for building a strong relationship, marriage and family.
Joshua Rogers has announced the album release date and has unmasked the LP's official cover for his long-awaited new project Returning (Mixed Bag Music/eOne) available in stores and online Friday, September 28.
Fans can pre-order now on iTunes and receive three grat tracks instantly. The 14-track project from the 24 year-old Greeleyville, South Carolina native features songs such as "Don't Leave Me," "The Daryl Coley Medley," and the lead single "Pour Your Oil." Joshua begins his promotional tour in support of his forthcoming album in Los Angeles (Sept 13-15) at the Urban Network Digital Music Business Conference and will continue with stops in Atlanta, New York, Chicago, Detroit, Washington, D.C., South Carolina, Nashville, and Dallas.
JONATHAN NELSON'S 'DECLARATIONS' ALBUM RELEASE CELEBRATION WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2018 going down at the All Nations Worship Assembly, Atlanta.
Award-winning journalist, author, TV host and multimedia entrepreneur Roland S. Martin will launch #RolandMartinUnfiltered, a daily digital show, on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at 6:00pm ET. The show will report on news and current events that are important to people of color, covering a wide range of topics including politics, social justice, sports, education, business, finance, entertainment and pop culture. #RolandMartinUnfiltered will stream live daily on Facebook, YouTube, Periscope and Instagram TV, and will be available on-demand on a multitude of digital platforms.
Gospel Music Industry Executive and Founder of Tre7 Entertainment, Tracy Y. Williamson has added ;Author to her name with the upcoming release of her book on October 23rd:"Own Your Moment and Take the Stage: Laying the Foundation for a Successful Music Career." Tracy has worked in the music industry for nearly 20 years as a record label executive, artist consultant, publicist, artist manager, songwriter, producer, entrepreneur, and radio host. Through her new book, "Own Your Moment and Take the Stage: Laying the Foundation for a Successful Music Career," Tracy shares her journey along with viable tips and information to help guide those who desire to be connected to the music industry. The book will step-by-step help lay the groundwork for you to successfully own your moment and take the stage. Gain insight, motivation and information to properly develop your vision before writing a song, recording and more.
Two-Time Stellar Award winning online radio station, SOAR Radio, and the founder of Sun Wise Media, Ri-Karlo Handy, are thrilled to announce the 3rd Annual 2019 Gospel Radio Awards. The show will be taped for television and Live Streamed. Karen Clark-Sheard will receive the Legend Award, Tamela Mann will receive the Chart Achievement Award, Tasha Cobbs-Leonard will be honored with the Industry Impact Award, and Dr. Matthew Stevenson will be presented with the Luminary Award. This special evening will include performances and appearances by Kierra Sheard, Todd Dulaney, Jekalyn Carr, Dorinda Clark Cole, Michelle Williams, Shana Wilson Williams, Donald Lawrence, Jessica Reedy, Kelontae Gavin, Darius Paulk and other top Gospel artists.
The late Aretha Franklin’s family said Monday (Sept. 3) that it found an Atlanta pastor’s eulogy delivered at the Queen of Soul’s funeral last week to be offensive and distasteful. The eulogist, the Rev. Jasper Williams Jr., was criticized for a political address that described children being in a home without a father as “abortion after birth” and said black lives do not matter unless blacks stop killing each other. “He spoke for 50 minutes and at no time did he properly eulogize her,” said Vaughn Franklin, the late singer’s nephew, who said he was delivering a statement for the family. Franklin said his aunt never asked Williams to eulogize her, since she didn’t talk about plans for her own funeral. The family selected Williams because he has spoken at other family memorials in the past, most prominently at the funeral for Franklin’s father, minister and civil rights activist C.L. Franklin, 34 years ago. He also said “there are not fathers in the home no more” and said that a black woman cannot raise a black boy to be a man. Some people suggested that was disrespectful of Aretha Franklin, a single mother of four boys.
Coming fresh off his first #1 solo record BEBE WINANS is back with his follow single, "Laughter (Just Like A Medicine)" featuring K.S. It's a Hit! Hear BeBe Winans In His Own Words...http://gospel-spotlight.com/be_be_winans_intvw.htm
Barack Obama will soon have a street named after him in the city he called home for just two years. On Tuesday, the Los Angeles City Council voted to rename Rodeo Road, a street running along the northern edge of the Baldwin Hills neighborhood, as Obama Boulevard. City Council President Herb Wesson first proposed renaming the street in 2017, noting that Rancho Cienega Park off Rodeo Road was the site of a major Obama campaign rally during his 2008 presidential campaign. The 3.5-mile street is also located in a predominantly African American community, and is near streets named after Thomas Jefferson, George Washington and Martin Luther King Jr. Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the vote on Twitter shortly after it passed.
Lowell Pye is back with a soul-stirring single that is perfect for this season. The Stellar Award Winning artist introduces "We Need You". A song that proclaims to the world that we need "Jesus" and that with HIM we are able to accomplish, conquer and make it through whatever confronts us. Lowell's soultry sound and lyrics of the song are definitely captivating.
Although Aretha Franklin sang at his inauguration, former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama won’t attend her funeral on Friday, their spokeswoman Katie Hill confirmed. "Unfortunately, President and Mrs. Obama will not be able to attend Aretha Franklin’s services on Friday, but they have sent a letter, which the Rev. Al Sharpton will be reading during the service,” Hill said. According to USA Today, Obama is to give a eulogy along with former President George W. Bush Saturday morning at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., for the late U.S. Sen. John McCain, who died Aug. 25. Bush, the Free Press previously reported, also sent a letter to be read at Franklin’s funeral service.
SiriusXM announced Wednesday (Aug. 29) that Soul Town (channel 49) will broadcast Aretha Franklin’s funeral in its entirety on the new Aretha Franklin Tribute Channel. The service on Friday at 10 a.m. ET will feature performances by Stevie Wonder, Ariana Grande and more. Faith Hill, Chaka Khan, Fantasia and Jennifer Hudson are also set to perform, along with Yolanda Adams, Shirley Caesar, the Clark Sisters and Jennifer Holliday. Following the service, the Aretha Franklin Tribute Channel will answer calls from fans across the country who’d like to share memories and pay their respects to the late Queen of Soul. The new tribute channel launched on Aug. 16.
From “I Say A Little Prayer” to “Think” to her signature classic “RESPECT,” Aretha Franklin was a musical phenomenon and a transcendent figure in American culture. As the nation mourns the passing of the ‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin, BET Networks will commemorate her life and legacy by broadcasting Aretha Franklin’s funeral service in its entirety beginning Friday, August 31 at 10 AM ET on BET, BET Her and BET.com
The Bounce television network and the Brown Sugar streaming service are teaming up to carry Aretha Franklin's farewell memorial service live this Friday, Aug. 31. The funeral will take place at the Greater Grace Temple in Franklin's beloved hometown of Detroit. Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Hudson, Chaka Khan, Ronald Isley, Yolanda Adams, Shirley Caesar, The Clark Sisters and Marvin Sapp are among the 19 artists scheduled to perform at the family-and-friends-only service. Smokey Robinson, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Former President Bill Clinton will be among the high-profile speakers. "Celebrating the Queen of Soul" will begin at 9:00 a.m. ET and the memorial service will be begin at 10:00 am ET.
At least 1000 members of Delta Sigma Theta sorority held a separate memorial ceremony for soror Aretha Franklin during her public viewing Tuesday at Detroit’s Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. Per sorority tradition, the ladies took part in an Omega Omega ceremony, which lasted nearly an hour and is traditionally performed for any member before her funeral. Standing in a semicircle surrounding Franklin’s family, the women filed in for nearly 10 minutes wearing black dresses, pearl necklaces, and corsages of African violets, the sorority’s official flower.
The Word Network, the largest African American religious network in the world, will air the celebration of life service for Aretha Franklin in its entirety. "We are very appreciative to receive the support of The Word Network in ensuring that the ENTIRE Celebration Of Life Service for Ms. Aretha Franklin will be aired uninterrupted. The Word Network will graciously provide a live feed to all other Networks and Broadcast carriers authorized by the Franklin family," stated Bishop Charles Ellis III of Greater Grace Temple. The Service will begin at 10:00am EST. on Friday, August 31st.
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God Bless the Broken Road in Theaters September 7, 2018 http://www.godblessthebrokenroad.com/?utm_source=email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=outreachemail1
Top women powerhouse executives Cynthia Marshall, CEO of the Dallas Mavericks and Nona Jones, manager of global faith-based partnerships for Facebook, are leading the way at Bishop T. D. Jakes' new Master Class format for the Woman, Thou Art Loosed! conference (Oct. 18 – 20)—a movement that has been training, teaching and inspiring more than half a million women for more than 25 years. Never before have the breakout sessions at the event focused more on enhancing women's entrepreneurial skills and helping them maximize their impact across multiple areas. Marshall is leading a breakout session on how women leaders can succeed in a male-dominated work environment. Led by top international, spiritual-minded businesswomen, the breakout sessions will also address topics such as: The challenges of being a Christian woman in corporate America, How to achieve work/life balance in a culture that pushes busyness and productivity, Practical steps to excel in financial freedom and more.
Bishop John C White is celebrated around the globe as a world-class musician and songwriter. His composition Stretch Out (When Trouble Comes) recorded by the Institutional Church of God in Christ Radio Choir of Brooklyn, New York appeared on Pastor Shirley Caesar's debut solo album and became an instant hit. White would take the Institutional Radio Choir and later his very own JC White Singers to higher heights with a string of choir favorites including Talk It Over With Jesus, Stay in the Race, Please Touch Somebody, I Don't Want To Be Lost, You Can Make It and Keys To The Kingdom. With some four-plus decades dedicated to the service of the Lord in music ministry and with his music covered by the likes of Ricky Dillard and New G, Dr. Charles G. Hayes and the Cosmopolitan Church of Prayer Choir, Chicago Mass Choir and more, White details his experiences in a new book, "Messages Behind the Melodies."
The renowned Debbie Allen, actress, dancer, choreographer, television director and producer will receive the Icon Award at LA Focus' 21st Annual First Ladies High Tea on Saturday, September 8, 2018 @ 11 AM, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA 90210. Other honorees include; Jennifer S. Newsom; wife of Lt. Governor Gavin Newson, Xernona Clayton; Founder/CEO, Trumpet Awards Foundation, and Gwen Troy, Community Bible Study. Gospel Legend Dr. Bobby Jones and Apostle Beverly “BAM” Crawford, Pastor, Bible Enrichment Fellowship International Church will return as Co-Hosts. LA Focus honors First ladies who have served their communities well, through activism and charitable contributions this year’s honorees are: Dr. Shalonda K. Crawford; The Experience Christian Ministries, Osie L. Hill; Love & Unity Christian Fellowship and Hyepin C. IM; President/CEO, Faith & Community Empowerment. Gospel legend Dorinda Clark Cole will be the Special guest performer for the event. The First Ladies High Tea awards scholarships to participants, this year’s essay theme is, “On Becoming: Finding My Strength”. Four teenage girls will be awarded a $ 1,000 scholarship and (1) winner $1500.
"Sister Circle," the live daily talks show from TEGNA Inc. and TV One, is hosted by a panel of four female hosts - Quad Webb-Lunceford (Married To Medicine), Syleena Johnson (R&B Divas), TV host, sports reporter and radio show host Rashan Ali and new co-host Trina Braxton (Braxton Family Values)- airs weekdays from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. ET on TV One. Tuesdays guest are Greenleaf's Keith David, Lynn Whitfield and Merle Dandridge. Wednesdays guest includes Greenleaf's Lamman Rucker and Deborah Joy Winan. Thursdays guest is Love and Hip-Hop Atlanta star Melissa Scott and Gospel Singer Donald Lawrence.
Celeste Betton from Team Pharrell on Season 9 of The Voice is releasing her debut album, "Honestly"! The new album, which comes just 3 years after her time on The Voice, features her debut single, a cover of Matt Redman's 10,000 Reasons, and a new single penned by the songstress herself, "Trust". "Trust" includes a sample of Kim McFarland's "In My Name", with the famous lyrics "Just put your trust in me" ringing all throughout the chorus. Honestly is currently available on all digital retailers.
Anthony Ponder & Ministry's Desire (APMD) are a collective of singers in the New Jersey area who focus on authentic music ministry. Anthony has launched a series of videos called The Tribute Sessions in which APMD performs classic hits by Gospel's biggest artist. The first Tribute Session pays tribute to Grammy, Stellar and Dove Award winning legends Donald Lawrence and Hezekiah Walker. APMD invites fans to watch as they rehearse and record Anthony's tribute arrangement of "Oh I Feel Jesus", which was written by Donald Lawrence for the FAMILY AFFAIR album by Hezekiah Walker & The Love Fellowship Crusade Choir in 1999. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SupwHSKZoRM&feature=youtu.be
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Capitol Records will release Tori Kelly's new project, Hiding Place, on September 14. Today, as the pre-order launched, the GRAMMY®-nominated artist shared the first single,"Never Alone" featuring Kirk Franklin. It's a soulful, transcendent track that finds hope in the midst of personal struggles. View Toriperforming the song live with Kirk Franklin. http://mysound.co/video/1433289970/never-alone-feat-kirk-franklin-tori-kelly
Faith is evident in God Can Do Anything (But Fail), it's the radio single from Audrey DuBois Harris’ latest EP, God Bless America. The five-song EP with longtime collaborator and music maestro, Damien Sneed. features the title track and radio single along with classics and contemporary compositions: “Amazing Grace,” “Give Me Jesus,” and “Precious Lord Take My Hand,” recorded with Jerroll Lehman. The critically-acclaimed artist has graced world stages with her extraordinary vocal abilities in opera, classical, jazz, sacred, gospel and inspirational music. This Spring, the Reverend Jesse Jackson invited Harris to perform in a series of MLK50 events commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the assassination of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Harris also participated in “A Day of Remembrance” event at the National Civil Rights Museum. A personal favorite singer of Aretha Franklin, Harris will join other performers paying tribute to the Queen of Soul at services held in Detroit on August 31st.
Christon Gray releases the new song “Together Forever,” the lead single from his upcoming fourth solo album Clear The Heir “Together Forever” kicks off a new chapter for the chart topping rapper, singer, songwriter, and producer, following a period of personal trials after the release of his acclaimed second album The Glory Album. In the song, Gray shares his experience dealing with being a Christian and facing divorce along with the life changes that follow. Reaffirming a strong declaration of faith in Jesus to inspire listeners, “Together Forever” will be followed by the release of additional singles in the coming weeks. Clear The Heir will be released on Friday October 19th, 2018.
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THE NEW SINGLE "HOLY GHOST" Featuring Jason McGee. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVvz0Ckxh3M
An all-star lineup that includes Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill, Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia, Shirley Caesar and many more will perform at Aretha Franklin’s funeral next week. The Queen of Soul’s service will be held in Detroit on Aug. 31. Also slated to perform are Ron Isley, Chaka Khan, Yolanda Adams, Jennifer Holliday and Franklin’s son, Edward Franklin. The list was provided by Franklin’s longtime publicist, Gwendolyn Quinn. The service will reflect Franklin’s strong gospel roots. Among the gospel stars performing will be Marvin Sapp, the Clark Sisters and Vanessa Bell Armstrong. The Aretha Franklin Orchestra and the Aretha Franklin Celebration Choir are also on the program, as are singers Audrey DuBois Harris and Alice McAllister Tillman. The service will be held at Greater Grace Temple. Franklin died of pancreatic cancer last Thursday at age 76 in Detroit.
Sharing his life in the new book, “Unexpected Places: Thoughts On God, Faith and Finding Your Voice,” singer, songwriter Anthony Evans Jr. gives an honest, riveting narrative that chronicles his life from Dallas to Hollywood. In addition to Anthony’s book “Unexpected Places,” he simultaneously released a new single. A cover of the popular worship song “Reckless Love" done in a soulful, compelling style Anthony is known for. "I want the reader to understand that God does not necessarily take us directly from point A to point B. In today’s culture we often want immediate gratification, and if we are not getting somewhere in a straight line, it can be very frustrating. I want to encourage the reader to enjoy the zigzags of the journey … Each zig and each zag represents growth, progression and learning trust … God is in every corner, and in every unexpected place,” said Evans.
Another jewel has been added to the crown of Queen Latifah. Philadelphia’s Mayor Jim Kenney announced Tuesday that the rapper, singer and actress would be the latest recipient of its Marian Anderson Award, named after the pioneering opera singer and Philly native who became the first African American to perform at the Metropolitan Opera in 1955. The award salutes “critically acclaimed artists who have impacted society in a positive way.” Latifah, born Dana Owens in Newark, New Jersey, was nominated for an Oscar for her role as Matron “Mama” Morton in 2002′s “Chicago” and Grammy for her song “U.N.I.T.Y.” Kenney says she’s “an excellent role model and clearly well-deserving of this prestigious honor.” Previous winners include Dionne Warwick, Patti LaBelle and music producers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff. Latifah will be awarded at a Nov. 20 gala.
Zebrina Anderson, Nikeisha Whittier, and Sarah Benibo make up a beautiful trio of vivacious voices and virtuous spirits. These ladies have been singing together for over 15 years and have cross-pollinated Gospel, Contemporary Christian and Modern Worship with their poignant songwriting and ardent approach to ministry. Zebrina, Nikeisha and Sarah are God’s Chosen (GC3). The trio recently released their self-titled album which landed at #11 on the Billboard Gospel Albums Chart. God’s Chosen is now releasing the live performance of their single “Even In The Valley” in lyric video format. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZASWfZ624z4&feature=youtu.be
The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF) announced today, for the first time in the foundation’s history, two senators — Senator Cory Booker (New Jersey) and Senator Kamala D. Harris (California) — will serve as honorary co-chairs for the 48th Annual Legislative Conference (ALC), scheduled for September 12-16, 2018. Historically, co-chairs have been members of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Word of an Aretha Franklin biopic to star Jennifer Hudson was first revealed last January, when Clive Davis broke the news at his annual pre-Grammy party before introducing J-Hud onstage to sing a medley of Franklin’s hits. “The artist anointed by Aretha Franklin herself,” Davis said in bringing Hudson to the stage, adding “Aretha personally told me that last week,” that the Oscar winner would play her on the big screen. According to one of its producers, the Hudson film is still going ahead, despite the life rights issues that Franklin’s passing may (or may not) dredge up. Aretha biopic projects have been floating around for years. USA Network was reportedly negotiating a TV movie at one point, “but before Davis’ announcement, the closest it came to casting was in 2011, when Franklin caused a stir by mentioning on “The Wendy Williams Show” that Halle Berry would be her first choice. Berry later brushed off the notion, saying she couldn’t “carry a tune.”
BET Networks and Beverly Bond, CEO, founder and creator of “BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™”are excited to announce this year’s BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™ Awards taping on Sunday, August 26, 2018 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s Prudential Hall in Newark, NJ. The broadcast will premiere on Sunday, September 9, 2018 at 8:00 P.M. ET/PT on BET. The 2018 BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™ celebrants are Mary J. Blige, Judith Jamison, Naomi Campbell, Lena Waithe and Tarana Burke
The dynamic, three-time NAACP Award winning “BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™” on BET celebrates women throughout the diaspora by shining a light on the many accomplishments and contributions of influential Black women and girls.
The 49th Annual GMA Dove Award nominations were recently announced, and Entertainment One (eOne) celebrates six nominations in multiple categories. Entertainment One’s Dove Award nominees are:
Contemporary Gospel/Urban Recorded Song of the Year
“Not Lucky, I’m Loved”
Contemporary Gospel/Urban Album of The Year
Ricky Dillard & New G
Traditional Gospel Recorded Song of the Year
“I Survived It”
Traditional Gospel Album of the Year
Urban Worship Recorded Song of the Year
“Your Great Name”
Urban Worship Album of the Year
Your Great Name
The Dove Awards will take place on Tuesday, October 16, at Lipscomb University. Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) will exclusively air the show on Sunday, October 21. Voting for the final winners will run August 20 through August 27.
The African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church’s first elected female bishop, Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie, and Stellar award-winning artist, Kurt Carr & The Kurt Carr singers will headline the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc.’s (CBCF) Annual Legislative Conference (ALC) Prayer Breakfast on September 15, 2018. The event, presented by The Coca-Cola Company, while be held from 7:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.
From the rough streets of Cleveland to the U.S. military to the top of Amazon's Best Selling Christian Rap Music chart, Tyrone Crawford's story reads like a novel, full of passionate struggle, steadfast faith and spiritual transformation. The Christian rapper who captivates audiences with his one-of-a-kind sound, driving beats and powerful words has signed with Colorado Springs, Colo. – based new management and label WieRok Entertainment. Tyrone's debut single, "HOPE" will be available September 14 for purchase and streaming across all DSPs via WieRok. The track's lyric video will release simultaneously with the single. Reflecting on the meaning of the song, Tyrone explains, "With so much negativity, pain and hardship going on in the world I wanted to lead people to have hope in Christ through it all." The single is part of a series of tracks comprising the rapper's first body of work with WieRok. Starting in September and scheduled to release every few months.
Tasha Cobbs Leonard, best-selling gospel artist of the past year, announced the launch of The Revival Tour today. The highly anticipated tour begins November 1, in Atlanta, GA with nine additional dates across the country including Charlotte, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Dallas, Washington DC, Baltimore, New York City. An exclusive fan pre-sale will starts Tuesday, August 21. Subscribers to Tasha's email list will receive a pre-sale access code to purchase tickets early. Fans can sign up for the email list today at TashaCobbs.org. Tickets will go on sale everywhere starting Friday, August 24 at 10am ET. Cobbs Leonard has continued to elevate her music ministry since her debut in 2013, which earned her a GRAMMY Award. In 2017, she released the critical and consumer-acclaimed album HEART. PASSION. PURSUIT. It was the top-selling new album of the year and was propelled by exceptional performances on Good Morning America, Black Girls Rock, The Stellar Awards and Dove
With the April 2018 release of his freshman album The Higher Experience and landing at No. 4 on chart, social media phenom Kelontae Gavin is set to digitally release, The Higher Experience long-form concert video. The 40 minute digital concert is available for immediate pre-order now and available for download or streaming August 24. The Higher Experience video concert not only showcases Gavin's passionate faith and vast vocal range, but also his preacher-like oratorical skills. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KhOXYl_D1dg
Koryn Hawthorne is still # 1 with "Won't He Do It." Here is the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwrE0YjfNGg&feature=youtu.be
“The Unsung Hits,” is a ten-track collection of songs not only highlight Earnest Pugh’s remarkable voice but also the sincere and heartfelt lyrics that have been inspiring his audiences. The set also features duets with some of gospel music’s leading and legendary voices, such as Bishop Rance Allen, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, D’Atra Hicks and Michelle Prather. The tracks were crafted by esteemed producers such as Grammy® Award winner Cedric Thompson, Michael Bereal and Keith Williams.
TEGNA Inc.’s (NYSE: TGNA) “Sister Circle” announced today that Trina Braxton is joining first-year hosts Rashan Ali, Syleena Johnson and Quad Webb-Lunceford on the lively, daily talk show. Braxton is an entrepreneur, R&B singer and star of the reality TV show, “Braxton Family Values.” “Sister Circle” is a live, one-hour daily talk show that is inspiring, informative, empowering and always entertaining.
This Monday, August 20th @8PM ET/7 PM CT, Trinity Broadcasting network (TBN),will premiere the second episode of “Gospel Worship Experience (GWE).” The program is hosted by JAVEN, and Tye Tribbett. The second episode features Travis Greene and Kierra Sheard. TBN live stream: https://www.tbn.org/watch/live
As expected, there is reportedly a massive effort underway to send Aretha Franklin home in grand style. According to TMZ, her memorial will be a four-day event, where her body will lie in state for two days at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, and her funeral for close friends and family to be held at Greater Grace Temple. Family sources tell the site that the viewing will be an open casket. And, of course, there will be lots of singing. Sources close to the family say the Charles H. Wright museum was chosen to accommodate the mass of humanity expected to show up. Franklin was also a frequent visitor. The museum was also the site of Rosa Parks’ viewing in 2005. Franklin died Thursday at her home in Detroit surrounded by friends and family after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 76.
Erica and Warryn plan to celebrate their 17th wedding anniversary with a live performance of their duet song, "All of My Life" in front of thousands of fans at Kirk Franklin's Exodus Festival. But technical difficulties could derail the whole thing. Meanwhile, Joi returns home from touring with PJ Morton and shows the family her Atlanta concert, but will Warryn like what he sees? And Goo shares some big news about her potential clothing line. Tune in to season finale of WE'RE THE CAMPBELLS on Tuesday, August 21 at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT on TV One. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVL16y-g11E&feature=youtu.be
The 2018 Black Music Honors recognized the legacy of Aretha Franklin during the award show taping on Thursday, August 16. . Hosted by Rickey Smiley and LeToya Luckett, the annual two-hour television special honors artists and musicians who have influenced and made significant contributions to American music. This year’s honorees were Bobby Brown, Faith Evans, Bebe & Cece Winans, Whodini, Stephanie Mills and Dallas Austin. The night included performances by Bell Biv Devoe, Next, Jade Novah, Kierra Sheard, Tasha Page-Lockhart, V. Bozeman, Demetria McKinney, DJ Mell Starr, Sammie, Donnie McClurkin, Sammie, Yo-Yo, Koryn Hawthorne, Rhyon Brown, Raheem DeVaughn, Regina Belle, Paris Bennett, Syleena Johnson, Angela Winbush, Jonathan McReynolds, Monie Love, Ruben Studdard and Doug E. Fresh. Additional VIP’s in attendance included Shiggy, Kyla Jade, Stevie J and more.
GRAMMY® Award-winning artist Donald Lawrence commands attention on his latest song with The Tri-City Singers, “He Heard My Cry” (feat. Sir the Baptist and Arnetta Murrill-Crooms). Creating an urgent call of deliverance driven by Lawrence and the featured voices of hip hop lyricist Sir the Baptist, the chorus of The Tri-City Singers and soloist Arnetta Murrill-Crooms, “He Heard My Cry” is the second single in the upcoming reunion album from Lawrence with the original Tri-City Singers, celebrating their 25th anniversary.
Oprah Winfrey will honor the Queen of Soul with a re-airing of her 1999 interview from “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” tomorrow (Sat, 8/18) at 8 pm ET/PT. Remembering Aretha Franklin: The Oprah Interview will feature the talk show host chatting with Aretha about her life and career, including her autobiography, “Aretha: From These Roots.” Also, Franklin performs “Think,” “Respect,” and “Miss Clawdy Medley,” a medley of songs in honor of her father, and shares her favorite recipe. Franklin also sings “We Need Power” to honor her roots in gospel music.
The Queen of Soul Ms. Aretha Louise Franklin passes in her home at age 76. Our prayers and thoughts are with her family. friends and fans. Please keep them in your prayers.
NAACP mourns the passing of superstar Aretha Franklin. “We remember Aretha for the joy and love she brought into our lives and society via her powerful voice,” said NAACP Chairman Leon W. Russell. “No one can discuss the civil rights movement nor music without paying respect to the Queen of Soul. We’ll miss her dearly.” Aretha Franklin not only revolutionized the sound of music during her career, she contributed to the changing of our society from a segregated one to one where all people, men and women were equal. Her chart-topping hit “Respect” became the De facto anthem for a nation struggling to break free from the chains of racism, segregation and a staunch patriarchy. Not only did she lend her voice to the struggle, but at times and in substantial ways, donated money to the Civil Rights Movement, supporting the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the NAACP and others. Los Angeles community leaders laid flowers and had prayer in memory of Aretha Franklin today at her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Tyscot Records and Integrity Music, two of Christian and Gospel music's largest independent labels, are collaborating for the global release of select worship projects beginning with a new album from critically-acclaimed, Atlanta-based worship leader, Casey J. The collaboration leverages the rich heritage and unique strengths of the two organizations, recognized as industry leaders in the Gospel and Worship music. Tyscot Records roster includes Casey J, Kelontae Gavin, Javen, The Rance Allen Group, Bishop Leonard Scott and Anthony Brown and group therAPy.
Chew Entertainment, lead by husband and wife producer team Ray Chew and Vivian Scott Chew are proud to announce the official launch of "Voice Your Inspiration" a national competition in conjunction with RCA Inspiration. In their continued effort and quest to discover and nurture new talent, Chew Entertainment, will partner with RCA Inspiration in looking for the next inspirational artist/duo/group. They will engage the gospel, inspirational and mainstream communities seeking some of the best talent nationally by launching "Voice Your Inspiration" as an on-line contest. The voice can come in the form of a soloist, duo or small ensemble, whose body of work should encompass the spirit of what keeps them inspired on their daily journey to greatness. The winner will be offered a singles deal from RCA Inspiration and the opportunity to perform on the world famous Carnegie Hall stage alongside Maestro Ray Chew for a 'one night only',performance during The Chews, "A Night of Inspiration" December 15, 2018.
Inspirational Gospel artist Charles Anderson is the perfect example of turning something negative into a positive. The Florida native uses his turbulent past to connect with today’s generation who are currently faced with similar situations. Charles rebelled from his Christian upbringing at an early age and became involved in gangs, drugs, and lived a reckless lifestyle. He became so unhappy with his life, he attempted suicide. Charles remains an open book about his mistakes as a young man and is determined to use what was once meant for evil, now is being used for good to help guide and strengthen this new generation. Charles is now an inspirational Gospel artist, Worship Leader, songwriter and speaker. Show Me Your Face https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFO9j-ALg8I&feature=youtu.be
Keyondra Lockett is stepping boldly into her new normal as a solo artist, as she makes major moves in support of her independent career and her debut album. She recently inked a partnership deal with IndieBlu/Entertainment One Entertainment, and is making appearances around the country in support of her upcoming album, "The Heal," which is set for release late September. The lead single, 'Try' was recently the #3 most added song at Gospel radio. Lockett made appearances at the Essence Music Festival last month, and is traveling around the country taking her gift to radio stations and churches.
The youngest of nine children and, no stranger to the world of the music and younger sister to the Grammy Award winning Gospel duo "Mary Mary". Shanta has performed on the Soul Train Awards, BET Awards, Jay Leno Show, Arsenio Hall Show and for Oprah Winfrey. She can be heard on recorded projects with Kanye West, Mary Mary, Jason Champion, Al Green and Dorinda Clark-Cole. She has sung for some of the greatest like Natalie Cole, U2, Yolanda Adams and BeBe Winans. Shanta Atkins has stepped out from behind the shadows & penned & produced her second newly released single “God Sees You” which speaks to the hearts of those battling suicide & depression. This song is a fresh sound and completely acapella. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypsjqWDpZuo&feature=youtu.be&utm_source=Gospel+Central+Media&utm_campaign=0de6804808-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_05_21_COPY_05&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e930d0cd50-0de6804808-241881717
Big Film Factory has pegged a release date for its film Beautifully Broken which will be released theatrically on Aug. 24 via ArtAffects. The film is about a refugee's escape, a prisoner's promise and a daughter's painful secret that converge in what is a true story of hope. As three fathers fight to save their families, their lives become intertwined in an unlikely journey across the globe, where they learn the healing power of forgiveness and reconciliation. It will be released into 600 theaters. The Beautifully Broken cast includes Scott William Winters, Benjamin Onyango, Emily Hahn, Eric Roberts, Jessica Obilom, Caitlin Nicol-Thomas, Alan Powell, Eugene Khumbanyiwa, Tammi Arender and Thomasina "Goo Goo" Atkins. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBj3GvFS8JI
Shana Wilson-Williams debuted "Everlasting." at #3 on the charts. Wilson-Williams, best known for her singles “Press In Your Presence”, “Give Me You”, and “Never Be the Same” featuring Tasha Cobbs Leonard, drops a debut single “It’s In the Room” and it is doing well. "Everlasting" is a mixture of praise and worship, highlighting spiritual power, the artist’s love for God, and the expression of that love through music.
Riding high on the success of his new #1 hit single "Open Your Mouth and Say Something!",rap superstar Childish Gambino has tapped Grammy and Stellar Award winner Brent Jones to record vocals on his new album! One of the biggest stars in the world, Childish Gambino is the musical alter ego of multi-talented actor, rapper, comedian, writer and director Donald Glover, who has taken the world by storm with his brilliant "This Is America" video - which has garnered over 500+ million views and sparked vital discussions about gun violence, mass shootings and racial discrimination in America. "It is an absolute honor working with the brilliant Donald Glover, aka Childish Gambino! Not only is he at the very top of his craft but equally important, he is a great human being with a heart for the people. I'm truly humbled that he chose me to be a part" says Brent Jones.
Beyonce and Jay-Z began the Detroit stop of their On The Run II Tour at Ford Field by dedicating the show to hometown legend Aretha Franklin, whose is gravely ill and reportedly in hospice care. “We love you and thank you for all the beautiful music,” Beyonce said about the Queen of Soul. The pair have a bumpy history dating back to the 2008 Grammy Awards, when Bey referred to Tina Turner as ‘the Queen.” Franklin released a statement taking exception, calling it “a cheap shot for controversy,” but concluding by giving “love to Beyonce anyway.” Less than a year later, however, Franklin defended Beyonce’s decision to lip-sync the National Anthem at President Barack Obama’s first inauguration.
The 2018 Ubiquitous Women’s Expo, formerly known as The Ubiquitous Beauty | Hair | Health Expo, returns to Washington, D.C. to celebrate 5 Years of Excellence. “The Power of Us!” initiative is curated to bring women of color together in a space that revitalizes the mind, body, and soul through empowerment, collaboration and encouragement. This year, the Ubiquitous Women’s Expo will present Jasmin Foster, Sr Beauty Buyer for Target Corporation, with the Industry Game Changer Award for her commitment to multicultural inclusion at Target stores. Richelieu Dennis, Co-Founder and CEO of New Voices Fund and Founder of Shea Moisture will receive the first ever Ubiquitous Man of the Year Award! This two-day event will take place on August 25 & 26, 2018 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Look for entertainment by Anita Wilson, Doug E. Fresh and NBC’s The “Voice” Semi-finalists Davon Fleming and Joe Maye.
Grammy® Award-Winning Platinum Recording Artist Tamela Mann and NAACP Image® Award-Winning Comedian David Mann announce their Us Against the World Mann Family Tour fall dates featuring David, Tamela, son David Mann Jr, and daughter Tia Mann, sharing an evening of music, comedy and family entertainment. The tour includes David and Tamela performing new tracks from their upcoming, first-ever joint album, Us Against the World: The Love Project. The Mann Family Tour kicks off October 11 in Fresno, Calif. with 20 dates planned for 2018. "We're excited to get back out on tour with our kids this fall," said David, executive producer of the tour. Added Tamela, "It's a family experience with something for everyone."
A source very close to Aretha and a longtime dear friend tells TMZ he was told a week ago, "Prepare yourself, she's dying." The source adds Aretha was down to 86 pounds and her health was failing. The source says 2 weeks ago everyone in Aretha's circle was told "she could go any time." Another source -- someone who has been close to Aretha for decades -- tells TMZ she has been battling cancer since 2010. Franklin, who is 76, has been in poor health over the last few years. She has performed, but only on a limited basis ... most recently last November at an Elton John AIDS Foundation event. The news that her health is failing first came from Roger Friedman of Showbiz411, and WDIV TV in Detroit says Aretha's family confirmed she is gravely ill. The Queen of Soul could go at any time.
Erica's plans for a hair music festival to promote her nascent wig line, "Erica by Erica Campbell" are put into jeopardy when she and Warryn decide to shoot a music video for their first ever duet, "All of My Life." Warryn tries to lose weight quickly so he's camera ready but what happens when he gets to set and none of the clothes fit and they're running out of light? Also, Warryn struggles with letting his little girl grow up, when he discovers Krista has been wearing makeup to school without their permission. Tune in to WE'RE THE CAMPBELLS every Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT on TV One. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8iqweOU3fcM&feature=youtu.be
TV One announced today that production is currently underway on season five of hit franchise RICKEY SMILEY FOR REAL, a one-hour docu-series featuring award-winning syndicated radio personality, host and stand-up comedian Rickey Smiley, as he tries to juggle his career and home life. This season premieres on Tuesday, October 30 at 8 p.m. ET/7C and captures Smiley as he continues to navigate the ups and downs of professional demands, single fatherhood and intimate relationships. Shooting in Atlanta, where he resides during the week, and in his hometown of Birmingham, Alabama, where he raises his family, Smiley’s struggle to find work-life balance while trying to maintain a love life has become a central focus and source of laughter for fans of the show.
Golden State Warrior Steph Curry has helped raise more than $21,000 for the family of Nia Wilson, the teen who was fatally stabbed on an Oakland train platform last month by an alleged white supremacist. The attack on the 18-year-old has rocked the nation and on Tuesday, the NBA star spoke out about Wilson before a showcase game for young Bay Area athletes at the Kezar Pavilion in San Francisco, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5y4f7gUQNE
six-time GRAMMY® winning artist, ISRAEL HOUGHTON, unveiled the cover art for his highly anticipated album, Road To DeMaskUs. In addition to sharing the cover with his fans, Houghton launched the album’s second single,“Promise Keeper,” featuring Travis Greene. Road To DeMaskUs will release in September and is available for pre-order on September 7th. Road To DeMaskUs is a nod to the popular Biblical tale of the Apostle Paul’s journey of transformation. The title displays an intentionally creative spelling as it encourages the removal of all the “masks” we find ourselves wearing in life. Whether we are masking our emotions, or masking our authentic selves, Houghton is passionate about reminding people that God’s love is not based upon who we are pretending to be. Rather, it is present & available for us exactly as we are. Houghton’s prayer is that this album becomes a tool to help de-mask us. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3esU86m3zU
IGOT YOU", is the hot new single by the incomparable, anointed, vocal powerhouse, RUTH LA'ONTRA. Many of you loved her 1st single "Kingdom", that was a huge success and like the 1st this 2nd single, does not disappoint. Written & produced by Gospel Superstar Anthony Brown, this follow-up, summer hit, is a Gospel radio gem. Musically this song is a whimiscal, fun, throwback to the "GoGo Surf" sound of the '60's. There is a bounce in this song that will have you bobbing your head continuously and put a smile on your face and in your heart. Hear Ruth La'Ontra In Her Own Words...http://gospel-spotlight.com/ruthlaontra_intvw.htm
Fresh on the heels of his new #1 hit single “Open Your Mouth and Say Something!” (Billboard's #1 Most Added Song at Radio), Grammy and Stellar Award winner Brent Jones is also set to release a new Christmas CD "Brent Jones & JDI Christmas - The Soul of Christmas" (on Oct 1st) and his Sermon album "Open Your Mouth and Say Something" (on Nov 1st).
Motown Gospel celebrates multiple nominations across different categories for the 49th Annual Dove Awards.. Among the top nomination-getters is Grammy Award winner, Tasha Cobbs Leonard who received 5 nominations for her prolific current album";HEART. PASSION. PURSUIT." Cobbs Leonard is nominated for Artist of the Year, Gospel Artist of the Year, Urban Worship Album of the Year. She also picked up additional nominations for Urban Worship Recorded Song of the Year and for Producer of the Year with her husband Kenneth Leonard. Also receiving multiple nominations is Brian Courtney Wilson who received two nominations for his current project ";A GREAT WORK.." Wilson is nominated for Contemporary Gospel/Urban Album of the Year and Contemporary Gospel/Urban Recorded Song of the Year. Hear Brian Courtney Wilson In His Own Words...
Tauren Wells celebrates multiple nominations across different categories for the 49th Annual Dove Awards. Tauren Wells leads the pack of artist nominees with seven nominations, including Song of the Year and New Artist of the Year. The Dove Awards will take place on October 16, 2018 in Nashville, TN at Lipscomb University and broadcast on TBN on Sunday, October 21, 2018. The GMA Dove Awards celebrate the contributions of artists from every style of Christian/Gospel music.
Entertainment Icon, Snoop Dogg continues to push new boundaries in the Entertainment, Arts and Culture worlds. Today, the legendary artist announced his theatrical debut in a new stage musical "Redemption Of A Dogg", co-starring Tamar Braxton. Snoop Dogg has partnered with Award-winning writer, director, producer Je’Caryous Johnson, who brings the biggest and best to urban theatre audiences across the country. "Redemption Of A Dogg makes its debut on the heels of the 25th Anniversary of Snoop Dogg’s debut album,"Doggystyle." "Redemption Of A Dogg" will kick off in Houston, TX on October 5 and make multiple stops across the US. "Redemption Of A Dogg" chronicles a character built around the persona of Snoop Dogg, a multi-faceted character who is a gangsta rapper, family man and man of God. "Redemption Of A Dogg" examines the internal battle one man has between preserving his life-long legacy and losing the love of his life when he is faced with choosing fame and fortune over faith and family. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g92IuvEGAdQ
Anthony Brown & group therAPy collect two more Dove Award nominations for their 2017 project "A Long Way From Sunday." Brown & group therAPy earned nods in both Contemporary Gospel/Urban Categories. "I Got That," was nominated for Gospel/Urban Recorded Song of the Year and "A Long Way From Sunday" was nominated for Gospel/ Urban Recorded Album of the Year. This is the third consecutive year for Brown & group therAPy to receive recognition from the GMA Dove Awards. Brown is a two-time previous Dove Award winner. Brown is a multiple Award winner, who continues to expand his music ministry. He is currently in production for his holiday play "The Uncut Coming of Christ," which he co-wrote, and co-produced with Joshua Jenkins. This 'Broadway-style' production will feature all original music and and is slated to open in December at First Baptist Church of Glenarden. Hear Anthony Brown In His Own Words...
"Grammy ®Award-winning singer, songwriter and actress Stephanie Mills and renowned hip hop group Whodini have been added to the dynamic list of honorees for the 2018 Black Music Honors. The highly anticipated evening, hosted by television and radio personality Rickey Smiley and Grammy® Award-winner and actress LeToya Luckett, will celebrate the artistry of the music industry's most revered icons. Mills will receive the Legends Award, honoring her illustrious music and acting career spanning more than four decades. Brooklyn-based rap group, Whodini, will be presented the Hip Hop Icon Award for their musical contributions. The celebratory night will also feature exciting performances by Keyshia Cole, Raheem DeVaughn, Next, Young Buck, Yo-Yo, Ruben Studdard, Jade Novah, Demetria McKinney, V. Bozeman, Tasha Page-Lockhart, Monie Love, Kierra Sheard, and Jonathan McReynolds.
RCA Inspiration artists received eleven nominations for the 49th Annual GMA Dove Awards. Releases from gospel and inspirational superstars Kirk Franklin, Travis Greene, Koryn Hawthorne, Marvin Sapp, and The Walls Group and hip-hop icon Snoop Dogg garnered nominations in eight categories: Gospel Artist of the Year, New Artist of the Year, Urban Worship Album of the Year, Contemporary Gospel/Urban Album of the Year, Urban Worship Recorded Song of the Year, Contemporary Gospel/Urban Recorded Song of the Year, Traditional Gospel Recorded Song of the Year, and Recorded Music Packaging of the Year. Additionally, RCAI artist Israel Houghton received a nomination for Spanish Language Album of the Year as a producer. Each year the GMA Dove Awards highlight the best in Christian and Gospel music, including Pop/Contemporary, Traditional Gospel, Contemporary Gospel, and other categories.
RCA Inspiration 2018 GMA Dove Award nominations:
Kirk Franklin (Fo Yo Soul/RCA Inspiration)
GOSPEL ARTIST OF THE YEAR
GOSPEL ARTIST OF THE YEAR
URBAN WORSHIP ALBUM OF THE YEAR – Crossover: Live from Music City
URBAN WORSHIP RECORDED SONG OF THE YEAR – “You Waited”
NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
CONTEMPORARY GOSPEL/URBAN RECORDED SONG OF THE YEAR – “Won’t He Do It” (ft. Roshon Fegan)
SPANISH LANGUAGE ALBUM OF THE YEAR (as producer) – Revive (Lucía Parker) (with Co-Producer Jake Salomon)
TRADITIONAL GOSPEL RECORDED SONG OF THE YEAR – “Close”
Snoop Dogg (All The Time Entertainment/RCA Inspiration)
CONTEMPORARY GOSPEL/URBAN ALBUM OF THE YEAR – Snoop Dogg Presents Bible of Love
CONTEMPORARY GOSPEL/URBAN RECORDED SONG OF THE YEAR – “You” (ft. Tye Tribbett)
The Walls Group (Fo Yo Soul/RCA Inspiration)
TRADITIONAL GOSPEL RECORDED SONG OF THE YEAR – “And You Don’t Stop”
RECORDED MUSIC PACKAGING OF THE YEAR – The Other Side (Art director: Tim Parker, Graphic designer: David Navejas, Photographer: Blair Campbell)
Although Adrienne Hougton has never really considered herself overweight, some fans have stated otherwise in her Instagram comments. “If I’m honest, my weight gain in the last few years has been like a struggle for me where I’m like, I never looked at myself as being overweight. And it was weird to hear so many comments at one point that I was fat, and ‘Oh my God, she let herself go!’ I was like, ‘Whoa.’ So that was a little bit weird.” According to Adrienne, her desire to get serious about her physical health was inspired by her own her own standards of beauty, not what the trolls in her comment section wrote about her. “I just did what I had to do to be comfortable in my own skin. And I think that’s the most important thing. It wasn’t necessarily to please other people.”
Patrice Gopo offers "All The Colors We Will See" as a way for readers to understand our differences and extends ways to connect. Through personal stories, shared memories and honest experiences Gopo provides a deep look into the search for identity and belonging. A poignant, poetic and often-time courageous collection of personal essays, "All The Colors We Will See" delves into the current state of our culture that is grappling with the realities of racial injustices, an explosion of immigration issues and invites readers to join her as she searches for her identity and encourages others to find what truly unites us.
New Music from Israel Houghton and Travis Greene drops today. "Promise Keeper." This is a SMASH!!!!!!!! We caught up with Israel back in the day. Hear Israel Houghton In His Own Words...http://www.gospel-spotlight.com/israel_intvw.htm
IMA Entertainment CEO David Brown continues his quest to build a roster of artists that represent Gospel music at its best. In addition to breakout artist Alaina Rose, Brown recently announced the additions of Simone Brown and Anthony Smith and Fully Committed.
CJ Entertainment LLC announces the release of the NEW SINGLE “Moving Forward” written and produced by new comer Aaron Freeman featuring Gospel Industry veteran Pastor Courtney Franklin of Memphis, TN. This new up tempo track encourages the listener to move past your mistakes, wrong doings, and failures and to focus on your future! Aaron recently inked a deal with Indie Blu Music which is distributed through Entertainment One for the single Moving Forward which will be distributed through all digital media outlets!
"We're The Campbells" After years of producing music for Erica, Warryn finally steps up to the mic for more than background vocals and records a full-fledged duet with his wife. Warryn always demands the best out of his artists but how will he take Erica's direction when the tables are turned? Warryn's reaction is priceless when the First Lady Erica puts on her producer hat and Warryn takes his turn in the booth! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pt0CqzuX8tk&feature=youtu.be
God has blessed Jimmy Hicks in the music industry and he decided a long time ago that he wanted to copyright songs and start recording, God has Blessed him in his recording of songs such as "Turn It Around" in 2001, "Blessed Like That", "Babylon, and "Crossroads" in 2003 "Born Blessed" in 2006, "God's Got It" in 2009 and "Back Up", "Move, "It Will Come To Pass." "I Owe God A Praise" is from his latest Project WATERWAY by Jimmy Hicks & ACOJ. He realizes that people are living in critical times and you need to have and feel the spirit for divine direction and clarity of thought in order to make it through.
Dove and Stellar Award nominated, Bryan Andrew Wilson, has created a smooth, breezy soundtrack to close this incredibly hot summer of 2018. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1u9_DpNOZ1E
Trump meet with John Gray, Harry Jackson, Van Moody, Alveda King and other Inner City pastors....https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9HQh0AD7Ros
Apostle Veryl Howard founder of “God’s Women in Music, Ministry, Business & Entertainment” is no stranger to the entertainment world. She established Faith Management & Talent Casting and is known to many as one of the most sought after managers and promoters in the world of Gospel music. She is also the author of two books where her most recent book is “God is My Ticket out the Ghetto”. Her writing has allowed her to write for several magazines including “Devine Glory”, “The Piece Magazine” and “Change Magazine” to name a few. She is also a radio host at I Am Gospel Radio as well as other stations with a global show called “Beyond Borders”. But most importantly she views herself as a servant of God. It's Apostle Veryl Howard In Her Own Words...http://www.gospel-spotlight.com/apostleverylhoward_intvw.htm
After a year-long hiatus, Casey J returns with an incredible worship project 'The Gathering' which will release early 2019. In advance of the album, Casey shares the recording's first radio single, "If God", which beautifully answers life's most difficult questions with the resounding affirmation found in Romans 8:31: What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? "If God" is available for download on all digital platforms on Friday, August 3. Hear Casey J In Her Own Words... http://gospel-spotlight.com/caseyj_intvw.htm
This Thursday, August 2nd @8PM ET/7 PM CT, Trinity Broadcasting network (TBN), will premiere a new musical series, "Gospel Worship Experience" (GWE). The program is hosted by celebrated singer/actor, JAVEN, and Grammy® Award winning singer/producer, Tye Tribbett. The first episode of GWE was taped at TBN's The Holy Land Experience complex in Orlando, Florida. Each episode showcases today's top recording artists leading the audience in the studio into a gospel worship experience. The first episode features dynamic musical ministry from Grammy® Award winner, Tasha Cobbs Leonard. Multiple Stellar Gospel Music Award winner, Anthony Brown & group Therapy also appeared.
Chart-topping recording artist Jekalyn Carr has released the second radio single "It's Yours" from her No.1 album "One Nation Under God" to Gospel radio. This week the song is the No.1 Most Added Song, No.2 Most Increased Song at Gospel Radio. Carr continues to spread the message of Jesus through song and encouraging others that they can win. Churches and praise dancers across the country have been responding to this uplifting declaration in a big way.'It's Yours"is the 2nd most streamed song from Carr';s project."
Stellar Award Nominated Contemporary Gospel ensemble Vincent Tharpe and Kenosis (VTK) are traveling around the United States singing about how super excited they are about Christ. The Memphis based group is even more pumped as their album SUPER EXCITED has topped the Billboard Gospel Charts this week. SUPER EXCITEDdebuted at #2 on the Billboard Current Gospel Album Sales Chart and #10 on the Billboard Top Gospel Albums Chart. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hx6AH7YrqjI&feature=youtu.be
Minister Kirk Franklin joined Dr. Bobby Jones and theNashville Super Choir and guests: The Voices of Hope from (Washington, D.C.), Tanetta Winters (Las Vegas, Nevada), Daryl Bowers and Legacy (Nashville, Tennessee) for a dynamic, powerful television special, to be aired on The Impact Television Network, Saturday and Sunday, August 4th and 5th, 2018, at 2:00 PM. The musical presentations arranged by Kirk Franklin and Derrick Lee, were remarkable. You don’t want to miss this tantalizing dialogue between two giants of the gospel music industry, Dr Jones and Minister Kirk Franklin.
Riding high on the success of his new #1 hit single "Open Your Mouth and Say Something!" Grammy and Stellar Award winner Brent Jones headlines a star-studded lineup performing at the National Convention of Gospel Choirs and Choruses - affectionately known as the Dorsey Convention - Aug 4th thru 10th in Dallas, TX. Founded by gospel trailblazer Thomas Dorsey, the Father of Gospel Music, the Dorsey Convention is the oldest singing organization in the world dedicated to the continuation and advancement of gospel music around the globe. Donnie McClurkin and Brent Jones are just a few of the many gospel stars who will be on hand to celebrate the 85th anniversary of the Dorsey Convention.
Reverend Dr. Alyn E. Waller, pastor of Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church in Philadelphia, PA has a group of millennial choir singers that are dynamic in presentation and passionate in praise. Those singers are his Fresh Anointing choir who released their album TOTALLY this spring. TOTALLY has garnered the choir two Gospel radio hits "Holy, Holy" and "Oh, How I Love Jesus" featuring Gospel icon John P. Kee. Their third single, "God Is", has cracked the Top 40 Gospel Radio Singles Chart and is now being released in lyric video format. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqqQzb2-InU&feature=youtu.be
Grammy Award Winning songwriter Makeba Riddick-Woods marks her debut into the gospel music industry with the #1 song “Wont He Do It” as recorded by Koryn Hawthorne. Woods is no stranger to songwriting, having written multiple #1 songs for Beyonce (“déjà vu”), Jennifer Lopez (“All I Have”), Rihanna (“Rude Boy”) and more. Rising star Koryn Hawthorne’s debut album “Unstoppable” debuted at #1 on the Billboard Gospel Charts. With Makeba’s songwriting assistance, Koryn has become the first woman to top four gospel charts simultaneously in five years. “Unstoppable’s” hit anthem “Won’t He Do It” continues its stronghold on the charts and on radio, sitting in the top spot on Billboard’s Hot Gospel Songs chart, Billboard’s Gospel Digital Song sales chart, Billboard’s Gospel Airplay chart, and the MediaBase Gospel chart. The song has been on Billboard’s Hot Gospel Songs chart at #1 for 19 weeks overall. In addition, it’s been #1 on Billboard’s Gospel Digital Song Sales chart for twelve weeks overall, #1 for eleven weeks overall on Billboard’s Gospel Airplay chart and the MediaBase Gospelchart, and has over 17.7 million streams to date.
As Lewis prepares to enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Aug. 4, it’s natural to celebrate his playing career and what he meant to Baltimore. But those who know him well say it’s a mistake to overlook his impact on players from other teams and on people outside of football entirely. Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti actually found it mildly frustrating when Lewis would counsel stars on rival teams. “It was like, ‘Don’t give it to them,’ ” Bisciotti said, laughing. “But he did, because he was genuine. He wanted the best for players, and he never felt the end result wasn’t worth the effort, even if it made his competition better. Which is admirable.” Because of Lewis’ hunger for engagement, his reach extended beyond football, to police and religious leaders in Baltimore, to Under Armour founder and CEO Kevin Plank, and yes, to the most decorated Olympian in history Michael Phelps. Each of these people talk openly about how Lewis has offered a strong shoulder during troubled times and how he leaves them feeling uplifted after each encounter.
It has just dropped "The Three Sides of Damien Sneed: Classical, Jazz and Sanctified Soul." The three-disc CD features 39 tracks with more than two hours of music. "The Three Sides of Damien Sneed" is available on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and all other digital retail outlets everywhere. This magnum opus showcases the broad musicality of Sneed, whose musical skills and performance credits encompass everything from jazz and show tunes to opera and R&B. The set includes original tunes composed by Sneed as well as his unique arrangements of known works.
Wynter Evans Pitts, niece of Dr. Tony Evans and mother of actress Alena Pitts died suddenly Tuesday night. Alena, who played the role of Danielle Jordan in the hit faith-based film "War Room" alongside her aunt, Bible teacher Priscilla Shirer, posted the shocking news on Instagram. The funeral for Wynter Evans Pitts, a Christian author, speaker, and ministry leader was held Saturday, July 28, at Oaks Church in Red Oak, TX. The homegoing service can be viewed online at http://oaks.churchonline.org/.
Grammy winner Brent Jones, fresh on the heels of his new hit single "Open Your Mouth And Say Something" is returning to Waco, TX Sun, July 29th to record his first ever live preaching CD! Recording live at the Victorious Life Church. "Good preaching is truly an art form" says JDI founder Professor James Roberson, "... so we are super excited to be introducing Brent Jones' anointed preaching ministry to the world - be prepared to be blessed!" Also on October 1st it's the release of Brent's new Christmas CD entitled "Brent Jones & JDI Christmas" featuring the hit single "The Soul of Christmas."
Earnest Pugh, will release, The UnSung Hits Vol. 1 September 7th. It’s an album of previously un-promoted recordings that were created over the course of his two decades long career. “The Unsung Hits,” is a ten-track collection of songs that features duets with some of gospel music’s leading and legendary voices, such as Bishop Rance Allen, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, D’Atra Hicks and Michelle Prather. Cedric Thompson, Michael Bereal and Keith Williams are the producers. Hear Earnest Pugh In His Own Words... http://www.gospel-spotlight.com/earnestpugh_intvw.htm
3-time GRAMMY®-nominated, 11-time Stellar Award-winning Travis Greene presents a power-packed weekend of entertainment, worship, and community festivities with this year’s Engage Culture Weekend. Travis Greene will welcome a range of special guests during Engage Culture Weekend from Friday August 17th to Sunday August 19th in Columbia, SC – reaching out beyond the church to engage and take the inspiring power and message of worship out to the masses – in serving the greater community and those in need. The Engage Culture Weekend will feature events including a city-wide service project, a celebrity basketball game, inspiring worship, music and entertainment, with Travis Greene, Elevation Worship, Pastor John Gray and Relentless Worship, Israel and Adrienne Bailon Houghton, JJ Hairston, Pastor Tavner Smith, Michelle Williams, and more.
The World famous Kingdom Choir, under the direction of Karen Gibson celebrated with news of their signing to Sony Music UK. This distinctive choral aggregation delighted audiences with a rousing rendition of “Stand By Me” at the nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in May. Seen by well over 2 billion people, The Kingdom Choir’s performance of “Stand By Me” made an impressive-debut at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Gospel Songs chart and selling some 9,000 downloads of their new cover, originally recorded by Ben E. King.
Lavelle Lacy has passed. An outstanding musician and songwriter, Lavelle was a huge part of the Chicago Gospel Sound in the 70s, 80s and 90s, riting the hits for choirs and accompanying groups and soloists for more than 4 decades, Lavelle wrote for some of Gospel music’s best and brightest. I Won’t Forget, Jesus Is Mine, So Glad I’m Saved – Dr. Charles G. Hayes and the Cosmopolitan Church of Prayer Choir. I Found Jesus (and I’m Glad) – Chicago Mass Choir/Reverend Maceo Woods and the Christian Tabernacle Concert Choir. He Keeps on Blessing Me – Ricky Dillard and New G. Call Him Up – Chicago Mass Choir. A larger than life fellow with personality to match, Lavelle was known for his comedic banter, his generosity and hospitality. His “brother’s keeper mentality” would lead to the organization of the Chicago Musician’s Coalition, a monthly fellowship for musicians and Gospel music personel.
Rising star Koryn Hawthorne celebrates with her fans around the world as her debut album Unstoppable, released on July 13th, sparks a slate of #1s on the latest Gospel charts. The album debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart, and garnered over 1.2 million streams in its first week of release. Unstoppable’s hit anthem “Won’t He Do It” continues its stronghold on the charts and at radio, sitting in the top spot on Billboard’s Hot Gospel Songs chart, Billboard’s Gospel Digital Song Sales chart, Billboard’s Gospel Airplay chart, and the MediaBase Gospel chart. The song has been on Billboard’s Hot Gospel Songs chart at #1 for 19 weeks overall. In addition, it’s been #1 onBillboard’s Gospel Digital Song Sales chart for twelve weeks overall, #1 for eleven weeks overall on Billboard’s Gospel Airplay chart and the MediaBase Gospel chart, and has over 17.7 million streams to date. Fresh off the road from the popular Summer Lights Tour, the 20-year-old artist is busy promotingUnstoppable and will continue touring in the fall. She’ll also make a guest appearance on the third season of OWN’s hit series, Greenleaf, in September.
Gospel recording artist James Fortune has remarried. The two time Grammy Nominated, Multiple Stellar Award Winner artist shared the news on his official @MrJamesfortune Instagram page. The heart felt news was shared on the “Dear Future Me” page. around Under the graphic that read Mr. & Mrs. Fortune, he wrote, “Who would have thought that when I received a call that you had been nearly killed by a drunk driver that my visit to see you would turn into this. Your near death experience would be the start of my new life. You helped me dream again, trust again, and most importantly you showed me that I was worth being loved again. You are strong, selfless, patient, hardworking, intelligent, and the best mom a child could ever dream of. I have enjoyed your love, dedication and compassion privately but with a heart that is overflowing I had to share the one who has truly helped me progress in life & love. I don't know how long I am going to live but I know that every single second will be worth a lifetime because it will be spent with you. @misskellz_ Fortune Forever I Love You!” Hear Janes Fortune In His Own Words...http://gospel-spotlight.com/james_fortune_intvw.htm
Ed Rivadavia, Vice President, Digital Strategy, Sony Music Nashville has appointed Justin Tomlinson as Manager, Digital Strategy, Sony Music Nashville. Reporting directly to Rivadavia and currently in his new capacity, Tomlinson manages day-to-day strategy for his designated artist roster, while acting as webmaster for SonyMusicNashville.com and overseeing development and content for the label group's social media channels.
Vincent Tharpe and Kenosis (VTK) have now released their second album SUPER EXCITED. SUPER EXCITED is a follow-up to the groups 2014 Stellar Award nominated album VINCENT THARPE AND KENOSIS: LIVE IN MEMPHIS. The new album continues to showcase VTK’s signature electrifying performances and also allows the groups front man Vincent Tharpe to shine as a songwriter. SUPER EXCITED is available on iTunes and Amazon and features special appearances by Gospel music icon John P. Kee on "Victory" and BET's Sunday Best Season 6 runner-up Kefia Rollersonon "Reign". VTK's title track and new single "Super Excited" is impacting Gospel radio now. https://soundcloud.com/the-bellamy-group/vincent-tharpe-and-kenosis-super-excited
Fred ” Uncle Freddie” Jerkins III, President of Dark Child 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. Hear Fred Jerkins In His Own Words...http://gospel-spotlight.com/fredjerkins_intvw.htm
Meet an exciting new group Last Call, they are featured on "A Project For Healing" album. Hear Last Call In Their Own Words... http://gospel-spotlight.com/lastcall_intvw.htm
Central City Productions (CCP) announced today the 2018 Black Music Honors - the annual two-hour television special that honors artists and musicians who have influenced and made significant contributions to American music. The television special is set to take place on Thursday, August 16th in Nashville, TN. This year's honorees include Bobby Brown, who will receive the R&B Soul Music Icon Award for his 40 years in entertainment and 32 years as a solo artist, Bebe and Cece Winans, who will be co-honorees of the Gospel Music Icon Award, and chart-topping music producer and label executive Dallas Austin, who will be presented with the Music Innovator Icon Award, and multi-platinum, Grammy® Award-winning recording artist, songwriter and producer Faith Evans, who is set to receive the Urban Music Icon Award. Rickey Smiley and LeToya Luckett return as co-hosts which is set to air in syndication Sept. 8-30, 2018.
BLACK ENTERPRISE will present its highest honor in recognition of the achievements of black men when it presents the XCEL Awards at the 2018 Black Men XCEL Summit on Aug. 29, 2018, in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. The Black Men XCEL Summit celebrates the achievements of today's black men. The Summit, which offers executive development and leadership for men. The Summit, hosted by FedEx, will take place Aug. 29–Sept. 2, 2018, at the PGA National Resort & Spa. The XCEL Awards recognize outstanding impact, achievement, and leadership by men in business, the arts, education, government and other influential areas. Past XCEL Award recipients include luminaries such as U.S. Rep. John Lewis, award-winning actor Robert Townsend, historian, author, curator and Founding Director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture Lonnie G." Hear Bishop Jakes In His Own Words...http://gospel-spotlight.com/TD_Jakes_01JAN2010_intvw.wav
Now that the season is behind him, Golden State Warrior Stephen Curry has his eyes set on a new venture: producing faith-based and family-focused films. Curry announced in April that he was getting into the entertainment business by way of a wide-ranging deal between his production company, Unanimous Media, and Sony Pictures Entertainment. The All-Star guard sat down with Variety to talk about the details of his new venture, including several films already in development. As noted in the report, the partnership aims to extend as far as video games, virtual reality and consumer products. But films and TV are the focus of the deal, with concentrations in three core areas: faith, family and sports.
Erica and Wozy celebrate their birthdays together with a joint party, but when Wozy doesn't have any friends to invite, Erica tries to help him come out of his shell. Warryn misfires with a string of lame birthday presents to Erica including a salt and pepper shaker, but perhaps Warryn has something bigger in store for her. Joi records a music video for her new single, Coco Butter, but her message of self-acceptance is put to the test when the concept of the video requires her to dress like a naked doll. Following his surgery, Warryn attempts to get back in shape and improve his health. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNeXONUfw1E&feature=youtu.be.
While Will McMillan may not (yet) be a household name, his creativity and musical genius are more familiar than one might know. McMillan, Minister of Music at i5 City Church in Baltimore, Maryland, has collaborated with such Gospel music luminaries as Tasha Cobbs, Jason Nelson, Jonathan Nelson and William McDowell. McDowell, along with Travis Greene, has also entrusted McMillan with music director duties along the way. A self-taught artist and musician, McMillan’s creative sensibilities bridge tradition with a contemporary and fresh approach that appeals to Gospel music fans of all ages. McMillan’s debut album, My Story, is available from eOne. The lead single, “Best Thing,” is a remake of the James Cleveland classic, “Jesus is the Best Thing. youtube.com/watch?v=oNeXONUfw1E&feature=youtu.be.
Bishop Leonard Scott drops 'Jesus Love Legacy', his latest offering and is arguably his best work! Scott teamed up with some notable names to put together this 12 song release. Most of the songs were penned by Bishop Scott; however, the first single"Working In My Favor" which features Fred Hammond & Shirley Murdock was penned by Phillip Feaster & hit song writer Tiffany "TIFF JOY" McGhee who wrote "Amazing" which was the 2016 BMI Gospel Song of the Year. Other noteworthy tracks include the bouncy, soulful energy laced groove "Power In The Name" which features Rance Allen and Kevin Vassar and "Hymns"a beautiful medley of (Draw Me Nearer & I Surrender All).
Most notable for penning timeless songs for Ashmont Hill and JJ Hairston’s “Love Lifted Me”, Phil Thompson has successfully stepped forward from behind the pen to release his own solo project My Worship – capturing the hearts of worshippers across the globe. With the full album itself debuting at #1 on Billboard’s Gospel Chart Thompson’s viral single is quickly becoming a Sunday morning staple at churches worldwide! After garnering more than 1 million views on YouTube in just two short months, “My Worship” has crossed country borders and has already been covered on social media by people in various languages including Russian, Spanish, Portuguese, and French. Thus far in 2018, Phil has already performed the viral hit “My Worship” in Ghana, Canada, and London with confirmed dates that include Trinidad, Barbados, South Africa, Brazil, Nigeria before year’s end.
Demetrius West & Jesus Promoters label debut and sophomore project ChoirOlogy: The Study of Choir Music will be released on Friday, August 10th in-stores and on all digital outlets. Fans can pre-order beginning Friday, July 27th and will receive an instant new grat track every week. Indianapolis, Indiana based Demetrius West.
Off the heels of making an major appearance at ESSENCE Fest in New Orleans last week, Two-Time Stellar Award nominated sibling group The Showers was featured on The 700 Club Tuesday, July 17th at 10a EST/9a CST and a re-run at 11pm EST/10pm CST airing on Disney–ABC Television Group's cable network Freeform (formerly ABC Family). A vocal group comprised of seven of ten siblings, The Showers grew up in Hammond, LA - a Christan household, and use their music to express their faith and spread the Lord's message to others.
The family of late music legend Whitney Houston has been rocked by the latest allegation made by Whitney’s brother Gary Houston following the release of the new “Whitney” documentary. According to a family source, after claiming that both he and his sister were molested by their cousin, Dee Dee Warwick, matriarch Cissy Houston has exiled Gary from the clan’s fold, “Cissy called him and told him ‘I’m cutting you out of my will,’ and hung up the phone,” said the source. Gary made the shocking allegation in the new documentary in which 60 of Whitney’s closest friends and family members opened up about her life and theorized about what may have led to her downward spiral into drug addiction.
New music from Smokie Norful's background singer "LeNasia Tyson" ! Praise Party is an upbeat, catchy song. LeNasia welcomes you to her "Praise Party"
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.
After 9 weeks of having the #1 single, Worship Artist, Todd Dulaney's "Your Great Name" is still catching fire. The title track from his third album is yet, another great anthem penned by Dulaney. Todd Dulaney releases the Maxi Single of "Your Great Name," which include 5 new versions of the song. On the Maxi Single, there is a Live in Orlando version featuring Todd's long-time singer, Nicole Harris, a Spanish version, a Children's version, led by Todd's Children Todd Jr. and Taylor, a Ballad version, a CCM version, and of course, the original version.
Soweto Gospel Choir's universal message of love, unity and hope, along with its captivating melodic and harmonic wonder, mesmerizing showmanship and awe-inspiring performances, has made believers of millions of fans around the world. Since the Choir emerged on the global music scene in 2002, it has received the kind of accolades most groups only dream of. The acclaimed South African World Music sensations has earned two Grammy Awards, scored two #1 Billboard World Music Chart albums and has earned the distinction as the only South African music act to ever perform at the Oscars. They have had the opportunity to either record or perform with Stevie Wonder, Peter Gabriel, Bono, Pharrell Williams, Aretha Franklin and Kirk Franklin, among many others. Not many artists can count as their supporters the likes of the late Nelson Mandela, Archbishop Desmond Tutu (the official patron of the Choir) and the current President of the Republic of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa. On September 14, 2018 Soweto Gospel Choir will release its highly anticipated sixth Shanachie Entertainment recording, Freedom, a riveting collection of freedom songs from South Africa and beyond, marking the Centennial of Nelson Mandela's birth.
Chart-topper and former “The Voice” finalist Koryn Hawthorne, sets off a musical explosion of inspiration with her new album, Unstoppable, available everywhere now. Giving fans a powerful dose of fresh beats and encouragement in being victorious and fearless, to be unstoppable through faith and purpose, the 20-year-old young star blazes a new melodic trail on her full length debut album of 10 tracks, incorporating her artistic influences of pop, gospel, soul, contemporary rock-inspired sounds and more. Koryn Hawthorne has set a record as the highest streaming new gospel artist, with over 21 million streams to date. Her #1 hit single “Won’t He Do It” remains a chart-topping smash with fans. Koryn Hawthorne In Her Own Words... http://gospel-spotlight.com/korynhawthorne_intvw.htm
Jonathan McReynolds is sharing dates for his upcoming fall "Make Room" tour, including dates in Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Detroit, and Memphis. The tour comes on the heels of a high-profile streaming premiere for his live concert video "Jonathan McReynolds: Make Room" exclusively on global music and entertainment platform TIDAL. As part of the partnership, all ticket sales for the tour will include a free three month membership to TIDAL. The live concert recording was previously broadcast as a network TV special in March exclusively to TVOne, and it's available freely online for the first time now, exclusively at TIDAL.com/JonathanMcReynolds. Jonathan will be on tour from September 6th-21st with special guests to be announced.September 6th – Detroit, MI at El Club
September 9th – Cleveland, OH at House of Blues
September 10th – Brooklyn, NY at Knitting Factory
September 13th – Vienna, VA at Jammin Java
September 15th – Richmond, VA at Capital Ale House
September 16th – Philadelphia, PA at The Foundry
September 18th – Decatur, GA at Eddie’s Attic
September 20th – Memphis, TN at 1884 Lounge
September 21st – St. Louis, MO at The Firebird.
Xernona Clayton, who broke race and gender barriers in national broadcast TV and worked closely with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to end racial inequality in America, will talk about her life and experiences at the 2018 Women's Leadership Conference (WLC). The conference, in its 12th year, is sponsored by The MGM Resorts Foundation. It will be held Aug. 27-28 at MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas, NV.
Le'Andria Johnson apologizes to Marvin Winans and Fans. https://www.facebook.com/leandriajohnson/videos/1764241713625561/
Sacondrea Holden is a new Gospel artist that has a distinct charge to worship God and fulfill that mandate of Worship and Ministry placed on her life. The Louisiana native is currently the Praise and Worship Leader at Dominion and Power Family Life International. Confirmation of her appointment to minister in music came after a tragic accident in 2010 that spared her life. Surviving that experience with a now clear understanding of her destiny, Sacondrea began using her voice for ministry and has released a single “Here Is My Worship” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bg22BGM8-sM&feature=youtu.be
TV One and the National Urban League (NUL) discussed the present and future conditions facing black America on Tuesday evening at a Town Hall held at The Howard Theatre in Washington, D.C. Moderated by Host and Senior Analyst for the Tom Joyner Morning Show Roland Martin, the discussion was framed around findings in the National Urban Leagues' seminal annual report, "The State of Black America." The 2-hour special will premiere on TV One Sunday, July 29 at 8 PM ET.
Le'Andria Johnson with Love made an public apology for her actions that happened last week. She says, "I offended many people with my previous video post. That is undeniable, and I accept full responsibility for what I communicated out of frustration. After serious personal reflection, I recognized that through my being offended, I have caused offense. The fire that consumed so much emotion, time and energy, has illuminated a light that can no longer be hid; one of personal transparency and self reflection. Even a burned bridge illuminates light.
Jason McGee + The Choir featuring Lena Byrd-Miles releases "Promises." A native of Bakersfield, CA, Jason McGee moved to Los Angeles in 1999 to go to the L.A.C.C. Theater Academy. He then went on to perform in television shows and films, acting and singing. Jason has shared the stage with Kanye West, Mariah Carey, Donnie McClurkin, Kirk Franklin just to name a few. In 2006 Jason formed the award winning P.S.A.L.M.S at the City of Refuge Church whereBishop Noel Jones is the pastor. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjxxt6-WSKs&feature=youtu.be
Gospel singer Le’Andria Johnson recently dropped a couple of pearl-clutching videos explaining why her performance at the Essence Music Festival was canceled over the weekend. The singer was part of the tribute honoring the legendary Dottie Peoples but she was dropped like a bad habit after calling out Marvin Winans and calling out the church in live video rant. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wyi9MKlWXyw
Erica discovers that her eldest child Krista struggles with self-esteem because of her dark skin tone. Erica introduces Krista to Kheris, a social media star who has her own fashion line dedicated to embracing her dark hued complexion. After Erica shares Krista's concerns with Warryn, he reveals a secret he's kept from Joi that certain record executives refused to work with her because they thought her skin was too dark. When Warryn shares the truth, she questions remaining in the music industry altogether. Meanwhile, Warryn asks Erica to co-preach with him at church but Erica doesn't have time to prepare. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRYD81TH0uk&feature=youtu.be
"Whether you sing it, whether you preach it, whether you live it, the gospel must be spread," say pastor, Bishop Noel Jones, on the opening track of The City Of Refuge Sanctuary Choir's 1st album In years, "Run To The Altar" their sophomore live recording. The first song is the pulsating, 1960s R&B styled shimmy, "Praise is Power," which features the solo lead of Jason McGee. The album is mostly a mix of original Pentecostal-flavored songs such as "Flow," ";No Way" and "Holy Ghost; along with contemporary praise and worship proclamations "Wait on Him," ";Rain" and "Give You Praise."
Praise and worship recording artist, JAVEN, has scored his first Top Ten song with his 7th solo album," Grace," which debuted at No. 8 on the Gospel Album Sales chart last week. The project also rolled in at No. 13 on the Top Gospel Albums multi-metric consumption chart which combines traditional album sales, track equivalent albums and streaming equivalent albums. The album combines harmonic, instrumental, and rhythmic aspects of Christian pop and classic gospel, as well as, new production techniques and rhythms from music of the African diaspora such as dancehall and hip hop. JAVEN hosts"NOW Living" on the TBN Salsa cable TV Network and ";Gospel Worship Experience" (Co-hosted with Tye Tribbett) which will premiere on TBN in the fall. http://gospel-spotlight.com/javen_intvw.htm
Lexi dropped her new EP, Just Listen: The Remixes!!!! Check it out and don't forget to tag Lexi on socials so she can see what you are loving. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_cPI4NZJQo&utm_source=ExactTarget&utm_medium=email&utm_content=https%3A%2F%2FLexi.lnk.to%2FIllTakeLyricEm&utm_campaign=22194351&utm_umg_et=333601788
Keyondra Lockett continues to forge her path of independence, fueled by creativity and entrepreneurship. The gifted vocalist/songwriter and savvy businesswoman just inked a partnership between IndieBlue/Entertainment One Entertainment and her Bella Dawn Music record label. Through the partnership, her debut solo album will be released in September. Lockett has a new single at radio now. “Try.” As her album release date approaches, Lockett will make appearances in Atlanta, Dallas, Shreveport and New York this summer. She will also make appearances at the Essence Music Festival this weekend, including the SiriusXM live broadcast and the McDonald’s 365Black Awards.
It appears that things are going very well for singer Michelle Williams. She and sports chaplain Chad Johnson got engaged and now she’s announcing that they have a reality TV show in the works. The show, a non-scripted series on OWN, will follow the pair’s relationship.
Lucy's House Entertainment presents an All-Star celebrity line-up cast in The Unfaithful Stage-Play Tour. Unfaithful stage Tour features the legendary powerhouse vocalist Shirley Murdock, and in the leading male role, from Tyler Perry's "If Loving You is Wrong," Denzel Wells, also starring R&B singer and TV Reality Star (Love & Hip Hop) Teairra Mari and the legendary lead singer of the R&B group Silk, Gary "Lil G" Jenkins. Unfaithful is an emotional, twist-turning, stage play written and directed by playwright Kimberlyn M. Engram that reveals the truth about the seemingly perfect marriage of Kenny and Rochelle Jones. The couple appears to live an idyllic life. While Rochelle owns a thriving production company, Kenny is a First Sergeant in the United States Army. Within a year of being married, Kenny leaves for deployment leaving his wife to take full responsibility of his teenage daughter. While Kenny is deployed, Rochelle becomes suspicious of his behavior.
Erica feels disconnected to Warryn following the Stellar Awards trip....can the two lovebirds get back to happy? Later she flies to Dallas to do her radio show, Get Up, Mornings! with Erica Campbell," where she goes a little too far when she teases co-star Griff about his love life on-air. Erica also finds herself questioning the higher-ups at the radio station about how they book their guests. After getting advice from MC Lyte, Joi decides to leave Warryn's label, My Block, regardless of the consequences. Warryn discovers his newest band to add to his label... his three kids! Erica isn't so sure, but Warryn is convinced that after they practice some more she'll come around. Goo finds out that there is a major clothing distributor looking to back her own personal clothing line. We're The Campbells...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GsUty7w3oNM&feature=youtu.be
Darius Brooks, the former music director of the late Rev. Milton Brunson's Grammy® Award winning Thompson Community Singers (also known as The Tommies), has just signed a deal with Tyscot Records to release, The Tommies Reunion (Tyscot), a live recording, on October 26th. "In the early years of my career I was a Tommies fan," says Tyscot CEO, Bryant Scott. "Our church choir literally sang a Tommies song every Sunday. It is exciting that Tyscot has been able to sign one of the premiere choirs from the `choir era." Tommies fans from back in the day, as well as new listeners, are sure to be delighted with the offering on The Tommies Reunion album." Brooks is equally excited to be affiliated with Tyscot." I love the label and its rich history," he says. "They understand the legacy of the Tommies because they have a similar one as a label and I know they will do great things with this project.
In the pantheon of all the new voices being introduced in Gospel music, DENITA GIBBS will stand out as truly unique. A native of Birmingham, AL, Denita earned national recognition as a finalist in the Vickie Winans Rising Star Talent Search, sponsored by Chrysler and was a was a Top 5 Finalist for the 2018 IMMERSE Conference Talent Search! Gospel Recording Artist Denita Gibbs' unique style and high definition of praise and worship ushers audiences directly into the presence of God. "Keep Holding On" is her new single.
In celebration of the 15th annual McDonald’s® 365Black® Awards, the company will honor celebrities and everyday heroes who make positive contributions to the community. To date, this year’s roster of remarkable honorees includes popular Political Commentator Symone Sanders, renown actress/activist Sheryl Lee Ralph, Black Girls CODE CEO Kimberly Bryant and next generation McDonald’s Owner/Operator Monique Vann-Brown. Additionally, college junior Tishauna Wilson will be recognized alongside this lineup to receive the McDonald’s HBCU Forward $10,000 Scholarship, for her exceptional efforts to impact the community. Hosted for a second year by actress Essence Atkins, the awards ceremony will be held on Sunday, July 8, 2018, during the 24th annual ESSENCE Festival presented by Coca Cola® in New Orleans.
Beloved songstress, Pastor Lisa Page Brooks is back with an up-tempo, contemporary Gospel single that is guaranteed to get listeners up and on their feet! “My Life” is Lisa’s personal testimony on how God has truly done a work in her life! Page Brooks drives home the importance of having a strong faith through the lyric “…how did I know that breakthrough was near, my faith encouraged me to remove all of my fear". “My Life”encourages listeners to trust their journey and believe that through faith, God will turn your situation around and do a great work in your life!
Loretta Morman understands that men and women weren't designed the same by God, so she set out to educate women on how they can work toward understanding those human differences in order to have a healthy relationship. "Five Ways Men Want Women to Bloom" is Morman's story of her own personal flourishing based on 30 years of marriage. The book contains insight gleaned from interviews with men and women that helps readers understand their partners' desires and values, helping them pursue the loving relationship they want. Featuring the five 'blooms' of a rose; respect and love, communication style, romantic skills, inspiration and transformation, Morman explains how those traits are essential for women to contribute to a loving, healthy relationship. The book also features a personal blooming plan at the end of the book so that women can write down a vision for their marriage and put it into action. "Throughout my three decades of marriage, I've discovered what makes a marriage happy and healthy."
The Gospel Music Workshop of America, Inc. is celebrating its 51st Anniversary. The Annual Convention is being held at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta Hotel in Atlanta, GA, July 16-20, 2018. It was announced today by the GMWA. GMWA is the largest gospel music convention across the United States and has a proven track record for producing major artists. GMWA has academic courses that teach the art of music including song writing techniques and more. Each year Bishop Albert Jamison and the Gospel Music Workshop of America strive to make the convention better than the year before. This year will be no different. Bishop Jamison and the GMWA Board Members are welcoming a great line up of notable speakers for the 51st Daily Bread Sessions including Karen Clark Sheard, Bishop William Murphy, Rev. Dr. James Forbes, Dr. Todd M. Hall, Bishop Paul Morton, Pastor Todd Hall, Sr., Dr. John Adolph and Dr. Jasper Williams, Jr. There will be musicals nightly.
Jor'Dan Armstrong is back with new music. His last EP "Vibes" did well and the single "So much luv" garnered a lot of play on gospel radio. This go around instead of releasing a full album, Armstrong broke up the effort into three EP's so listeners can fully consume the project. The effort is entitled "BLSD" short for Blessed. The 3 part EP gives listeners a nostalgic look back at Armstrong's up bringing and the sounds and feelings he had growing up in Baton Rouge, LA aka Ghost town. Armstrong tags Bizzle, 1kPhew, Yanna Crawley, Lowell Pye and many more. The 3 EP's are produced by Jor'Dan Armstrong and a team of talented producers Jeshua "TedyP" Williams, Darius Scott, Tracksion and Juice Bangers for COBRA. "I named this effprt "BLSD" (Blessed) because if someone were to ask me to describe my life in one word it would be Blessed. Good times and bad times my answer still remains Blessed. BLSD is 3 parts, each one telling a story."
dfree®, the global Financial Freedom Movement that has helped individuals and organizations pay down more than $1 million in debt, hosts its Homecoming Conference October 25th – 28th at First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens. On Friday, October 26th, the tone will be set with a dynamic Gospel concert featuring Grammy winner Bishop Hezekiah Walker and Gospel music darling Kierra Sheard. Reverend DeForest B. Soaries, Jr. says of the concert "we don't believe we can accomplish anything without worship. Worship is a spiritual requirement and it is the foundation of everything that we do."
One of the most iconic Bible adventures is coming to life in movie theaters nationwide following its debut on the Sight & Sound stage. "Sight & Sound Theatres® Presents: MOSES" to entertain cinema audiences of all ages this fall, including a behind-the-scenes look at the amazing history of "Sight & Sound Theatres®." Fathom Events and "Sight & Sound Theatres® Presents: MOSES" in more than 800 select movie theaters on Thursday, September 13 and Saturday, September 15.
Six-time GRAMMY® winning chart topper ISRAEL HOUGHTON kicks off “The Road to DeMaskUs Tour,” launching the twelve-city tour in Chicago, IL beginning Thursday September 27th, with tickets for select cities on sale now. Inviting fans along to explore a new journey on “The Road to DeMaskUs Tour,” in support of his upcoming solo album Road to DeMaskUs out September 21st, Houghton’s fall tour continues to eleven additional cities until October 13th, hitting Detroit, MI; New York, NY; Philadelphia, PA; Washington DC; Richmond, VA; Atlanta, GA; Orlando, FL; and more.
Joe Jackson, the father and longtime manager of pop icons The Jackson 5, has died at 89. He passed away Wednesday in Los Angeles at around 3:30 a.m., TMZ reported. He was hospitalized earlier this month with terminal cancer. Today at 4pm Pacific, civil rights leader Najee Ali, CEO of Project Islamic Hope and a personal friend of Joseph Jackson and the Jackson family will lay a wreath of flowers in memory of Mr Jackson on the Jacksons’ star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and give comments on the life of Joseph Jackson. Without Mr.Jackson. There would be no Jackson 5.
This July 4th, Independence Day celebration kicks off our country's 242nd birthday, as A CAPITOL FOURTH on PBS welcomes back Emmy Award-nominated actor and producer John Stamos to host the festivities. Broadcast live on PBS from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, this time-honored 38 year-tradition puts viewers front and center for America's biggest birthday party with the greatest display of fireworks anywhere in the nation lighting up the iconic D.C. skyline. The country's longest-running live national July 4 TV tradition will feature all-star musical performances by: Jimmy Buffett with the Broadway cast of the new musical ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE, The Beach Boys, Pentatonix, Andy Grammer, The Temptations, Luke Combs, Chita Rivera, Lauren Alaina, CeCe Winans and Joshua Bell. THE VOICESeason 14 finalist Kyla Jade will open the show with a special performance of the "National Anthem."
This past weekend, Billboard No.1 independent recording artist, songwriter and producer Bryan Popin was honored for his chart-topping hit gospel song " I Got Out" at ASCAP's signature urban music event, the 31st Annual ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards in Los Angeles at the The Beverly Wilshire. "I Got Out""was the second single from Popin's 2017 released No.1 sophomore project. The A-list audience of celebrities included Jermaine Dupri, Migos, XSCAPE, 2 Chainz, Jason'Poo Bea' Boyd, Jeremih, Meek Mill, Mark 'Sounwave' Spears, Yo Gotti, Priscilla Renea, DeJ Loaf, Supa Dups, Amber 'Sevyn' Streeter, Christian 'Hitmaka' Ward, Brandy, Tamar Braxton, Serayah, Rotimi and Kevin Gates, among others.
The public is invited to join Pastor Orr LIVE on Facebook, Thursday, June 28th at 7 p.m. CST, for a moment of Virtual Enrichment. https://www.facebook.com/brownbaptist1 This is an online biblical teaching experience that will enhance viewers knowledge of The Word and will give an ample dose of spiritual empowerment to fuel viewers through the rest of the week. Pastor Orr also invites the public to The Family of Faith Conference July 27-28. The Family and Faith Conference is a two-day event that offers everything from a Christian comedy show to a kids movie night and a wide-range of workshop options for each person in your family. Whether you’re married or single, a child or an adult, there will be something for everyone at this conference. The family conference will feature Donald Lawrence and guest speaker E. Dewey Smith from The Hope House of Atlanta.
The Vision Community Foundation held it’s 7th Annual Black-Tie Galaat Atlanta City Hall, hosted by Bishop Oliver Clyde Allen III, Rashad Burgess, Lakara Foster. The exclusive gala honored individuals and organizations that have made outstanding achievements in the arts, media, ministry, community service and government arenas throughout their lifetime. The honorees recognized were: Mayor of Atlanta, Keisha Lance Bottoms, singer/actress Tisha Campbell-Martin (“Martin”), director/actress/philanthropist Terri J. Vaughn (“Steve Harvey Show”), actor TC Carson (“Greenleaf”), Lifetime's "Project Runway Allstars" winner, Anthony Williams, founder of The Black AIDS Institute, Phil Wilson, Radio Personality, Miss Sophia (“V103 Atlanta”) and chief executive of the LGBT and HIV/AIDS group TruEvolution, Gabriel Maldonado. VIP’s in attendance included Melissa “DJ M” Scott (“Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta”), Miss Lawrence (“STAR”), Gee Smalls (“The Gentlemen’s Foundation”), Erika Alexander (In Living Color"), Derek Jae ("Celebrity Hair Stylist"), Ricky Dillard ("Gospel Singer"), Dawn Halfkenny ("Saints & Sinners") and more.
Erica performs at the Stellar Awards and heads home only to discover Warryn needs surgery. She is set to perform in North Carolina but after learning of Warryn's impending procedure she ponders canceling. At Warryn's request, Erica leaves him in the care of their three kids as he recovers so she can keep her commitment. But before she leaves, Misty informs Erica that Warryn has asked her to split her time as Erica's assistant to support his business too. This causes tempers to flair and Erica suggests an emergency "Love Check In" to get things back on track. Joi's frustration with Warryn grows as everything seems to stand in the way of her getting back into the studio to complete her latest project. And Goo begins fielding more job opportunities hot off the success of her Stellar Awards Glam Suite. About "We're The Campbells" The nine-episode docu-series gives viewers an intimate glimpse into the lives of The Campbell family.
Her Superpower is Authenticity! The Fabulous Tammy Franklin, wife of gospel great Kirk Franklin, gets direct with Host & Superpower Life Coach Deya about the REAL work behind the FLY life! Get into this three-part series about life, love and marriage before and beyond the red carpets, awards and social media. Tammy and Kirk have been married for 22 years and when you see them together they always look fly, fabulous and full of love; but it hasn't always been that way, like anything successful, it takes work. In Episode 1 of "The Cost and Power of Love" with Tammy Franklin, she shares her personal journey to self-acceptance and why authenticity is her superpower. In Episode 2, Tammy discusses the ups and downs of marriage, why Christians need to embrace counseling and the real work that it takes to have a healthy and happy relationship; plus, bonus advice for boss chicks who want to get married. Episode 3 comes out next week, and we're tackling Transparency in Marriage.
Brooklyn Tankard, affectionately known s “Queen Brooklyn,” last ppeared as the larger-than-life redhead on Bravo’s record-breaking reality Broshow, “Thicker than Water” in 2016.
She has toured the world as an empowerment speaker and event host, and spent time raising her teenage daughter. However, during that span she also faced bouts with depression, before ultimately finding peace and letting it all out in the studio. The result is amazing new music and her latest single, “Controlla,” released on June 20th,; her 30th birthday. “Controlla,” a provocative song about being in bondage, is the first installment of a three-song series that walks listeners through Tankard’s 30-year journey to self-discovery and self-love. It is also intended to empower struggling women to break free from the mental, emotional and physical shackles that often hinder them from achieving their goals and life’s purpose.
Over the past 10 years an assembly of young, vibrant voices from Memphis, TN have been making their imprint in Gospel music. With dynamic showmanship, ardent praise and dazzling vocal abilities, Vincent Tharpe and Kenosis (VTK) has marked their position as a group with mass appeal and permanency in music ministry and music entertainment. With hard work to continue polishing their talent and maturing growth in their faith and servitude to Christ, VTK is making big announcements - they are releasing a sophomore album, gearing up for a summer tour which has generated tremendous excitement for their ministry and global impact, and have a new management partnership. VTK announces their forthcoming sophomore release SUPER EXCITED. Holding true to VTK’s signature energetic performances and outrageous vocal skills,SUPER EXCITED will showcase even more of the group’s electrifying delivery and a matured level of songwriting.
William McMillan drops debut single "Best Thing." This is a remake of James Cleveland's classic song. “Jesus Is The Best Thing”. His album drops 7.20, He has served as music director for Travis Greene, William McDowell and has written and played for Jason Nelson, Jonathan Nelson,William McDowell.
It’s been said, “once a singer, always a singer”. That expression could easily fit Kenny Vines. Years ago in the Washington, DC area, he was one of the most popular Gospel vocalists in the area. After a multi-year hiatus, Vines returns to the Gospel music industry showcasing two blessed tracks for those in DC and beyond. A singer, songwriter and musician, Vines is known for providing spirited performances, superior musicianship and exceptional arrangements. His new cut, “Hallelujah”, is an uplifting praise song and is currently available on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and other digital music outlets.
Verity Records has crafted a new collection to treasure, with The Best of Fred Hammond, a 12-song release celebrating the prolific catalog of the GRAMMY®-winning gospel icon. Featuring three new songs as well as beloved classics, savor the pioneering music of Hammond on this compilation, who has remained a trailblazing force inspiring audiences worldwide and influencing countless artists with his live performances, exceptional voice, instrumental arrangements, songwriting, and producing talents for over three decades. The Best of Fred Hammond spotlights his biggest hits and enduring legacy driving the sounds of contemporary gospel and worship, filled with timeless favorites like “No Weapon,” “”We’re Blessed,” “Jesus Be a Fence Around Me,” You Are the Living Word,” “Glory To Glory To Glory,” and the brand-new tracks “I’m Grateful,” “Saturate Us,” and “What a Friend We Have in Jesus.” Hear Fred Hammond In His Own Words...http://gospel-spotlight.com/fred_hammond.
Leon Timbo presents Northern Lights United. A group of Dynamic praise & worships leaders have come together to create a powerhouse group. Their debut EP “Invitation to Worship” drops tomorrow! “Get The Glory” is the lead single form the project. The single was co-written with revered producer/writer/arranger Percy Bady.
"You Should Have Been There", is the hot new single by the quartet powerhouse, The Virginia Aires. This traditional song has the familiar Quartet gospel bounce. The songwriter tells the story of how God first came into his life, reminding us all, of the powerful experience of coming into relationship with Christ. The Virginia Aires are trailblazing the industry keeping the classic sound of quartet music alive.
Prepping for the release of his brand new CD" Open Your Mouth And Say Something" next week, Grammy and Stellar Award nominee Brent Jones headlines a star-studded lineup at Ebenezer AME Church Sat, June 24th for the 35th Pastoral Anniversary of Rev. Dr. Grainger and Rev. Dr. Jo Ann Browning. Ricky Dillard, Brent Jones, Tye Tribbett. Byron Cage, Earnest Pugh and more are just a few of the many gospel stars who will be on hand. "Open Your Mouth And Say Something", the highly anticipated follow-up to his smash hits "He Rose," "Don't Wait Till Midnight" and "Goodtime."Brent Jones is a singer/songwriter extraordinaire who';s groundbreaking work with his urban group TP Mobb set the stage for Kirk Franklin and urban contemporary gospel.
Rising star, Christina Bell (formerly of group, Ziel) has signed with legendary record label Malaco Records for her debut solo album, it was announced today. Christina Bell, a native of Shreveport, Louisiana, is a standout talent, whose powerful vocals have captured the attention of heavyweights in the industry. Recently signed to Malaco Records (home of artists like Mississippi Mass Choir, Tina Campbell, Bebe Winans, Dorinda Clark-Cole and more), Bell is already hard at work on her first project. Her debut album will be produced by D. Jamel Kimbrough (Todd Dulaney, Tasha Page-Lockhart) and is slated for release later this year.
News from out of nowhere that’s making a lot of folks do a double take. Gospel star Kirk Franklin has let the world know that his sister just got sentenced to 30 years in prison in Texas. If you’re wondering just what it was that landed the Grammy winner’s sister behind bars, he isn’t saying. However, he has been open about his sister’s drug addiction in the past via his Patheos blog “My sister was just sentenced to 30 years in prison,” he wrote on Instagram. “I now feel the weight of wondering if I could have done more.”
Urban One announces their new'REPRESENT.' campaign, a company-wide quarterly initiative that offers opportunities for Urban One's Divisions and radio markets to work collectively in support of various causes in the markets and communities they serve. The first campaign is 'REPRESENT. Men's Health' and will launch on Sunday, June 17 through July 24. "We're the Campbells" TV One's new docu-series, premiering on Tuesday, June 19, will provide further support for the campaign. The fourth episode, designated as the 'REPRESENT' episode airs on Tuesday, July 10, and highlights this initiative as Erica Campbell discusses the campaign on-air during her daily radio show. Additionally, on Tuesday, July 24, the "Repping for Men's Health" episode will feature Warryn Campbell's workout session and hear him speak about the various tenants of the 'REPRESENT. Men's Health' campaign and why he is so passionate about it on a personal level.
Accomplished international speaker, prolific author and Billboard #1 independent recording artist Jekalyn Carr continues to inspire people as she travel across the world sharing the message of Christ through song with her #1 single"You Will Win" and preaching or providing inspiration into the lives of people through her first published book "You Will Win!: Inspirational Strategies to Help You Overcome." Returning from the British Virgin Islands, inspiring and ministering to the people that was affected by the Hurricane. Carr is preparing to minister in South Africa this week at the PRETORIA Showgrounds. ECG Ministries will be hosting the major event for their youth from all over the country. She is scheduled to be in Montreal Canada, Freeport Bahamas, Toronto Canada and Alberta Canada in the coming weeks as well.
Tasha Cobbs Leonard's career began with an unplanned opportunity. Cobbs who was part of a youth choir in her hometown Jesup, Georgia was suddenly thrust into the spotlight when the lead vocalist was unable to make a performance. The group decided Cobbs who was just 15 at the time, would fill in. "I got up that night and I sang "Now Behold the Lamb" and when I opened my eyes people were crying", she said. Everyone in the room knew Cobbs had a special gift and from that moment on she would realize it too. She would take on a position as worship leader of Jesup New Life Ministries, a church founded by her father Bishop Fritz Cobbs, who passed away three years ago. During her time of grief, Cobbs said she grew spiritually. "My heart was broken and a lot times we withdraw. We just want to be alone. The Lord said to me, the peace that you need it's in my presence." Now as a gospel recording artist whose album "Grace," has top the charts the sky is the limit.
Chart-topper and former “The Voice” finalist Koryn Hawthorne, rolls out a vital force of musical energy to lift up and fuel fans on her upcoming debut album Unstoppable, out July 13th. Available for pre-order today, Hawthorne reveals the track list for her 10-song album, with the #1 hit single “Won’t He Do It” (Remix), “Warriors,” and“Reasons” (feat. J. Monty), available instantly upon pre-order. Koryn Hawthorne’s powerful voice and dynamic message on “Won’t He Do It” remains a captivating anthem among listeners – as the hit single continues to set the charts ablaze with four #1’s on the latest Gospel charts this week.
Watch Ricky Smiley Sunday June 17.2018, Fathers Day on. Rickey Smiley chats with Lynn Smith on HLN Weekend Express on behalf of his Watch Ricky Smiley Sunday June 17.2018, Fathers Day on. Rickey Smiley chats with Lynn Smith on HLN Weekend Express on behalf of his debut memoir "Stand By Your Truth: And Then Run For Your Life."
New Haven Records recently announced the release of the Chicago Mass Choir’s latest single and artist video, “Hold to God’s Unchanging Hand,” from, "We Give You Praise."The album, which helped the Chicago Mass Choir earn a 2017 Stellar Award.
Gospel Rapper Da Gospel Way is a Christian Hip Hop artist that is on his way to becoming one of today’s most provocative rappers. Spitting rhymes chock full of scripture, D.G.W. is on a mission to transform the world one soul at a time. “A Reason To Cry”: https://youtu.be/tcRau4iBbGs
*In 2012, inspirational singer Anthony Evans hit the mainstream when he appeared on the second season of the “The Voice” on Team Aguilera. As the son of a pastor and a recording artist, the show solidified his commitment to his faith, craft, and opened new doors for his career. However, as his star shined brighter over the years with his music successfully hitting both Gospel and Christian music charts, darkness started to take control and he had to find his way back. Personally, Evans went through self-doubt and depression and with the help of his faith, along with counseling and medication, he was able to see his way through. He shares his experience in his upcoming book, “Unexpected Places.”
TV One hosted a red-carpet premiere for their brand new docu-series “We’re The Campbells,” starring gospel music superstarErica Campbell and mega producer Warryn Campbell. The premiere event was held at the Harmony Gold Theater in Los Angeles, CA. Cast members in attendance included Erica and Warryn’s children Krista, Wozy and Zaya, GooGoo Atkins, JoiStarr (Warryn’s sister), Sandra Campbell (Warry’s mother), Ms. Honey Atkins (Erica’s mother), Alana Jamison (Erica’s sister), Shanta Atkins (Erica’s sister) and Desmond Jamison (brother-in law). VIP’s in attendance at the premiere included: Shanice Wilson, Tiffany Black (“When Love Kills”), Kelly Perine (“One On One”), Jason McGee (My Block recording artist), J-Boog (“B2K”), AD Dolphin (Dherbs.com), B. Slade, Dorion Renaud (“In The Cut”), Dorien Wilson (“In The Cut”) and more.
JoyFest at Carowinds has been delivering a Gospel celebration every spring for 25 years with some of the best names in the industry. More than 9,500 people attended the 25th anniversary event. Celebrating its silver anniversary on May 26, 2018, JoyFest-NC hosted award-winning Gospel greats - Fred Hammond, Tye Tribbett, Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Anthony Brown & Group Therapy and break-out sibling group -The Walls Group. Gospel sensation VaShawn Mitchell and 6-year-old worship leader Caleb Seranno made guest appearances as well, while comedianBone Hampton carried on his tradition by serving as emcee for the day. JoyFest – NC is one of two gospel music celebrations in the Southeast that Premier Festivals promotes. The sister festival - JoyFest – VA is coming to Kings Dominion on July 14 in Doswell, VA with the same headliners!
Lead Singer and Songwriter Algeron Wright, who’s known for successful songs “Ready to Serve and High and Lifted Up”, and a very prominent vocalist with The Gospel Music Workshop Of America is BACK! New band. New look. New singers. New sound. Get ready for "From Our Hearts," the first title released from the forthcoming EP from Algeron Wright & Triumphant Praise, produced by Roosevelt Mclamore, III, Featuring the TPII band, singers and other special guests. Triumphant Praise hails from South Carolina.
With a captivating voice, a minister's heart and an ability to translate a single lyric into a powerful, worship-inducing refrain, David McClure is a singer poised to become a household name in Gospel music. The New Haven, Connecticut native is best known for his work with JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise; it is his voice that buoys the hit song "Incredible God" and turns the vamp into a churchy reprise. He also sings the lead on the group's "Powerful God" and "Now." Recently following the release of his first single "It's Yours," McClure released his Official Music Video! https://www.youtube.com/embed/aMnyogjpuPA?version=3&rel=1&fs=1&autohide=2&showsearch=0&showinfo=1&iv_load_policy=1&wmode=transparent
Over the last six years, Charles Jenkins and Fellowship Chicago have become one of the most exciting and dependable hitmakers on the gospel music scene with a string of No. 1 gospel radio smashes such as "Awesome,", "War" and"Grace."Now, they are back with the second single, "Can't Turn Back," from their forthcoming third album, "Keep the Faith." The song is a tribute to the foundation of gospel and soul music,"Jenkins says. "You've gotta feel gospel, and I hope people feel this one like I feel it although it's up-tempo. It's a gritty, gutsy anthem with a dose of Cab Calloway, a dose of Ray Charles, and a whole lot of Sunday morning church music.
GRAMMY® and Stellar Award-winning artist Le’Andriareleases a new visual for her GRAMMY®-nominated hit song “Better Days,” providing fans a potent reminder of finding comfort and strength in faith. No matter what tough times, or hurt that we all may experience in the world, the Derek Blanks-directed visual highlights Le’Andria’s luminous fierce vocals on “Better Days,” shining a path on the message that we’re never facing these challenges alone, better days are coming. Check out Le’Andria’s “Better Days”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYcD7QPlPo4
Fred Jerkins is at it again, Fred Jerkins featuring Last Call drops new single Victory.
Terrence Richburg the Gospel jazz musician, producer. and Gospel jazz artist, has performed R&R with saxophonist Howard E. Riley, Jr.) and The Terrence Richburg Experience. As a multi-instrumentalist, musical director and producer, he’s worked with Richard Smallwood & Vision, Maurette Brown Clark, Vanessa R. Williams, Tramaine Hawkins, Shirley Caesar, Yolanda Adams, Ben Tankard, Gerald Albright, Jennifer Holliday, The Winans, and late gospel icons Walter Hawkins and Rev. James Cleveland. A background vocalist, engineer, arranger, songwriter, minister of music and record label owner as well. Now Richburg is stepping out from behind the scenes to center stage with an incredible set of new releases: three albums RichSpirit One, Beyond Measure, Portrait of Adoration and his sophomore writing, Soul of A Poet’s Heart. All four will release on June 29, 2018
Rejoice! Musical Soul Food Network (MSF), North America’s premier syndicated radio network, kicks off the 3rd annual Musical Soul Food Festival (MSF Fest) on Saturday, June 23, 2018 in Hampton Roads. This year’s MSF Fest welcomes 12-time GRAMMY® Award winner, Cece Winans, the 2018 GRAMMY® Award nominated group, The Billboard Music Award and Stellar Gospel Music Award winning ensemble JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise and Todd Dulaney with the #1 song“Your Great Name. The line-up also features Melvin Williams, Doc McKenzie & the Hi-Lites, Koryn Hawthorn, Jermaine Dolly, Virginia Aires, Isabel Davis, Kelontae Gavin, Earl Bynum, GI, Uncle Reece and others.
JUST LISTEN! Lexi’s first album in 6 years is streaming on all digital platforms, and available for purchase in stores and online today. The highly anticipated project from multi-hyphenate singer-star has been gaining momentum since the release of her new single, “In The Room,” in March.
I AM Music Company releases a new romantic marriage track. “Thank God 4 U” is the latest single from Derrick ‘Doc’ Pearson’s critically acclaimed marriage music project ‘I Still Do: Songs For A Biblical Marriage’. This romantic love song is an expression of the feelings a husband has for his wife, making it known how thankful he is for the woman God has blessed him with.
The family and friends of Tyscot Records President, Bryant Scott, are throwing a “Favor at 50” birthday celebration concert in his honor Friday, June 22, 2018 at the Total Praise & Worship Center, Indianapolis, IN. Some of Tyscot’s longtime recording alumni such as Deitrick Haddon and Vashawn Mitchell will headline the event. Tyscot’s co-founder, Bishop Leonard Scott, will perform, as well as Ruth La'Ontra.
Clarence Fountain, one of the original members of the iconic 5 time Grammy winning Gospel group the Five Blind Boys Of Alabama made his transition Sunday, June 3. Fountain was 88. The Blind Boys were permanent fixtures on stages and in concert halls across the country during the Golden age of Gospel music when quartets such as the Swan Silvertones, Dixie Hummingbirds and others dominated the genre. The group experienced a resurgence in the 80s when they joined the touring company of the Gospel at Colonus. The group was nominated for 10 Grammy Awards, winning their first in 2001 for the album Spirit of the Century. Fred Hammond featured Fountain on his 1991 solo album debut "I Am Persuaded."
With over 50 albums under her belt Evangelist Dorothy Norwood continues to deliver music to inspire, uplift and encourage the Body of Christ. The “World’s Greatest Storyteller” releases new music entitled, “Breathe on Me” featuring Bishop Rance Allen, Evangelist Beverly Crawford, Bishop James H. Morton and Kareem Jackson. Weather the Storm, dedicated to those affected by Hurricane Harvey is the second single being released. Produced by Dorothy Norwood and Cedric Thompson on her Dorothy Norwood Music Group imprint, the new disc was recorded “LIVE” at Mt. Ennon Baptist Church in Clinton, MD. The stage was set for an awesome move of God! Norwood is currently in the studio finishing up with post production on her 53rd solo album entitled “The Journey Continues” soon to be released. Hear Dorothy Norwood In Her Own Words...http://gospel-spotlight.com/dorothy_norwood_intvw.htm
GRAMMY® Award nominated recording artist Kurt Carr (best known for hit songs such as "In the Sanctuary", "I Almost Let Go", and "For Every Mountain"), is set to record his 9th album, "Bless Somebody Else," live on Sunday, June 17th at Fountain of Praise Church in Houston, TX. The recording will be in tribute to Father's Day, celebrating Fathers and giving back to the community.
June is Black Music Month and Grammy nominee, multiple Award winner, VaShawn Mitchell to offer an exclusive opportunity for fans to meet him, and purchase a signed copy of his current EP Cross Music, at Walmart stores throughout June. Mitchell will appear at Walmart: Burlington, NJ (Philadelphia) - Saturday, June 16 - 2:00pm Clinton, MD (Washington DC) - Sunday, June 17 at 2:00pm Hammond, IN (Chicago) - Saturday, June 23 at 2:00pm Hear VaShawn Mitchell In His Own Words...http://gospel-spotlight.com/vashawn_mitchell_intvw.htm
Regina Belle was a college kid out of New Jersey when she burst on the R&B scene as a vocalist with the Manhattans on the hit "Where Did We Go Wrong." She was eventually signed by Columbia Records and skyrocketed to fame with number one singles, including "Make It Like It Was" and "Baby Come to Me." She crossed over to a mainstream audience with the Grammy Award-winning mega-hit, "A Whole New World," a duet with Peabo Bryson for the Disney film "Aladdin." Blessed with a soulful, pitch-perfect voice, she lived near the top of the charts for ten years until she was abruptly dropped by her label. Misfortune continued when she was diagnosed with a life-threatening brain tumor. How she bounced back with a renewed faith to record her first gospel album, is the inspiring story of a strong woman who overcame professional disappointment and personal tragedy to spread a message of love, family and faith. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZqw-KDCzRM&feature=youtu.be
TV One is set to premiere its latest original docu-series, WE'RE THE CAMPBELLS on Tuesday, June 19 at 8 p.m. ET/7C. The nine episode docu-series will give viewers an intimate glimpse into the lives of Gospel entertainment power couple Warryn and Erica Campbell, as they tackle the everyday struggles that come with balancing family and work, nurturing their marriage, building their individual careers, and fostering their faith; all while raising their three children Warryn, Zaya and teenager Krista. https://youtu.be/P-9EeOAazXM
Verity Records launched a new campaign,"WeAreVerity." The initiative, which coincides with Black Music Month (June), was created to celebrate Verity Records’ rich legacy and diverse catalog, as well as highlight gospel’s place as a cornerstone of Rock & Roll and pop music. Founded in 1994, Verity Records is home to one of the most robust catalogs in gospel, including releases from iconic artists such as Yolanda Adams, Helen Baylor, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Twinkie Clark, Daryl Coley, Fred Hammond, John P. Kee, Donnie McClurkin, Marvin Sapp, Richard Smallwood and Hezekiah Walker. Throughout the month of June,"WeAreVerity" will highlight these artists and showcase a different Verity artist (past or present) each day by sharing their songs, videos and fun facts about them via social media..
GRAMMY® Award-winning legendary recording artist, songwriter, and producer Donald Lawrence continues to be a pioneering force in Gospel, as the chart-topping choirmaster reunites with The Tri-City Singers to launch the new single, “Goshen 432 hz.” Accompanied by a Lyric Video available now on all digital music platforms, and freshly delivered to Gospel radio nationwide, “Goshen 432 hz” kicks off a landmark anniversary reunion of Lawrence with the original Tri-City Singers, commemorating the 25 years since the 1993 release of the seminal debut album, A Songwriter’s Point of View. The first single from Lawrence and The Tri-City Singers’ upcoming 25th anniversary project, “Goshen 432 hz” is a powerful call of protection, love, peace, and safety all over the world – with the voices of Lawrence and the Carolina-based singers, and featured soloist Sheri Jones-Moffett on the song. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-2UJNTkBhY
TaMyya J, the Willingboro, NJ native was singing before she could speak and singing in church truly allowed her to showcase her voice. At the age of 14 she joined the group Praise who won 1st place in McDonald’s Gospelfest’s Youth Division and performed at Madison Square Garden in New York City. She drops a new single "Laying Them Down."
Chart-topper Koryn Hawthorne unveiled the cover for Unstoppable on her social platforms, giving fans an early peek of her upcoming debut album in the cover reveal montage. Featuring the exuberant #1 hit anthem “Won’t He Do It” as the lead single – which has topped multiple gospel digital and airplay charts – Koryn was on Instagram (@korynhawthorne), and shared insights about her Unstoppable album on Instagram Live, Friday June 1st at 7 pm EST.
After a year-long hiatus, Casey J returns with an incredible worship project entitled 'The Gathering' which will release in the fall of 2018. In advance of the project, Casey is releasing the album's initial radio single, "If God", which speaks to the often times overwhelming circumstances of violence and sickness that we face in today's world and it beautifully answers the question with Romans 8:31 (What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?).
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Good, Good Father the latest from Tim Bowman. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBrs9xvvn04&feature=youtu.be
The reviews are in and Anthony Evans performance as 'the Beast' in the star-studded production of "Beauty and the Beast" at the Hollywood Bowl was a hit. Starring along side Hollywood luminaries Kelsey Grammer, Jane Krakowski, Taye Diggs, Rebel Wilson and Zooey Deschanel, Evans performance was emerged as the best of the night. Evans' performance was widely praised by fans, and critics alike.
Clifton Ross III for first time will be performing with the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) and it will be his first time taking the stage with seven time Grammy Award winning, will.i.am, best known for being a member of the Black Eyed Peas.
Mother Peggy Moales has passes away. Over the past few days, Moales son, Elder Kenneth Moales Jr. and his sister Kenya Moales Byrd, were admonishing the body of Christ to keep their mother in prayer, even conducting prayer calls and vigils. In the end, Lady Moales .
Jason Nelson’s new album The Answer debuting at #1 on the Nielsen Gospel Total Consumption Chart and #1 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums Chart – as well as Koryn Hawthorne’s hit single “Won’t He Do It” at #1 on the MediaBase Gospel Chart, and #1 on the Nielsen BDS Gospel National Airplay Chart for 6 weeks overall. Released May 18th, The Answer marks Stellar Award-winning artist, songwriter and producer Jason Nelson’s fifth solo album, and his second consecutive #1 debut on the Top Gospel Albums Chart. With her spirited charm and prodigious vocals, Koryn Hawthorne has captured attention with her catchy single “Won’t He Do It” which is the lead single on her forthcoming debut album UNSTOPPABLE, releasing everywhere on July 13th.
A talented singer and songwriter, Christopher Simms has a passion for worship. His voice has been heard backing fellow Gospel artist B. Renee, Elder Matthew Greave, Praise Xpress and as a soloist around his hometown of the Bronx, NY. A worship leader at Morning Star Church located in Harlem, NY, he’s been lifting his voice and sharing his songs inspiring believers for years. Now, the award-winning psalmist has released a brand new recording “Back To You”. The single, from the forthcoming effort, Find, Follow, Fulfill, is available on iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby and other digital retail music outlets.
The youngest of nine children and, no stranger to the world of the music, Shanta is the younger sister to the Grammy Award winning Gospel duo "Mary Mary". Shanta has performed on the Soul Train Awards, BET Awards, Jay Leno Show, Arsenio Hall Show and for Oprah Winfrey. She can be heard on projects with Kanye West, Mary Mary, Jason Champion, Al Green and Dorinda Clark-Cole. She has sung for some of the greatest like Natalie Cole, U2, Yolanda Adams and BeBe Winans. Shanta Atkins has stepped out from behind the shadows to pen and produce the single “God Sees You” which speaks to the hearts of those battling suicide & depression. This song is a fresh sound and completely acapella
Grammy, Stellar and Dove Award Winning Songwriter David Frazier ( I Need You To Survive, Second Chance, Power Belongs to God, How Much We Can Bear , Favor) has partnered with Pastor Carlos Kelly & The Beulahland Bible Church in Macon, Georgia to drop fresh and new music for Sunday morning. Pastor Carlos Kelly presents BBC Worship 2018 produced and written by David Frazier releases the first single that is a hand clapping , foot stomping Sunday morning classic that church choirs and community choirs will be singing all over the world. The New CD drops June 3rd at Beulahland and June 8th digitally.
Bishop Oliver Clyde Allen, III thought-leader and Amazon.com best-selling author of Master Your Emotions, is assembling national, global leaders and entrepreneurs for the 2018 iElevate Conference held June 19th-24th at The Vision Cathedral of Atlanta, where he serves as senior pastor.
ESSENCE Festival celebrates the 10th anniversary of the All-Star Gospel Tribute with a star-studded afternoon of music and inspiration honoring Gospel music legend, Dottie Peoples. The All-Star Gospel Tribute will close out the 3-day Conference & Expos festivities on Sunday, July 8. Smokie Norful, Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Marvin Sapp, Johnny Gill and more.will perform. Bishop Lester Love will open the day with our inspirational “Power Hour,”
Zach Mills began the first leg of a multi-city book tour during Memorial Day weekend promoting a biography he has penned on international Gospel recording artist, pastor, preacher and Chicago based civil rights icon Rev. Clay Evans. The biography is entitled, The Last Blues Preacher: Rev. Clay Evans, Black Lives, and the Faith that Woke the Nation. The book details Reverend Evans’ ..early days growing up in the south and experiencing racism first hand, his family's migration to Chicago and his early days in the ministry.
Grammy, Stellar and Dove Award Winning Songwriter David Frazier ( I Need You To Survive, Second Chance, Power Belongs to God, How Much We Can Bear , Favor) has partnered with Pastor Carlos Kelly & The Beulahland Bible Church in Macon, Georgia to bring to the Gospel community fresh and new music for Sunday morning with: Pastor Carlos Kelly presents BBC Worship 2018 (Recorded Live at Beulahland, Macon Georgia) produced and written by David Frazier. This 1st Single is a hand clapping , foot stomping Sunday morning classic that church choirs and community choirs will be singing all over the world. The New CD drops June 3rd at Beulahland and June 8th digitally in the USA around the world.
Award-winning pianist, producer and composer, Jamar Jones delivers a conceptual work of art with his debut album, Fatherless Child. The album is available for pre-order today and will be released on July 13th by GPE Records, music legend Patti LaBelle’s imprint. The 16-track collection offers a multifaceted account of Jones’ personal relationship with his piano, which was forged at the early age of four following the passing of his father. The album features other standout tracks such as “Blackbird” with Vivian Green and “Promise” featuring Patti LaBelle.
Gospel Music legend Melvin Williams, a member of the award-winning Williams Brothers, has received a 2018 Southeast EMMY Award nomination for Special Event Coverage of his new documentary, “Melvin Williams: Down Home Gospel.” The film, which examines Williams’ journey from his roots in Smithdale, Mississippi, to a stellar, five-decade career in music and entertainment, will premiere nationally on PBS during Gospel Heritage Month in September. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7jkm7eErZc
Cypress tragedies come full circle as Lady Ella embraces Rex and the dark side. Lady Byrd gets a taste of her own medicine. Saints & Sinners” on Bounce (directed by Radio Personality Russ Parr) https://youtu.be/-kzvqgHC9Us
Sister duo Genessis & Nikki combine Latin, gospel and soul musical influences as a bridge to connect different genres in their new single "Love Somebody Today". "Love Somebody Today" is from their debut self titled album GENESSIS & NIKKI. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDbf9kyEuYg&feature=youtu.be
JAVEN WILL RELEASE FIRST ALBUM IN 5 YEARS, “GRACE,” ON 6/22. The Twelve-Track Set Features Grammy® winner Tye Tribbett, Tim Bowman Jr., The Voice’s Johnny Rez and More! Hear Javen IN His Own Words...http://www.gospel-spotlight.com/javen_intvw.htm
The wins keep coming for gospel superstar J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise. Hairston and his group received their first Billboard Music Awardon Sunday for Top Gospel Song, "You Deserve It." The song and the similarly titled album is the first project on Hairston's new imprint, JamesTown Music. This week Hairston was also named a winner of the 2018 ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Award for "You Deserve It." The award ceremony will be held on Thursday, June 21st at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills. Topping off all of this, Hairston has just been elected as Governor to the Washington, D.C. Chapter Board of the Recording Academy. As the Governor of the chapter, his primary responsibilities include serving as an advisor to help chart the course for his Chapter's music community along with other Governors.
G.I. is coming off the success of their breakout hit single “Pray and Don’t Worry.” The award-winning trio is back with another summer smash hit single, “I’m Ready!” Hear G.I In Their Own Words...http://www.gospel-spotlight.com/GI.htm
Casey J returns with sophomore effort. This album will be one to watch for, "The Gathering." Hear Casey J In Her Own Words...http://www.gospel-spotlight.com/caseyj_intvw.htm
Former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama have set a deal to create new programming with Netflix, the streaming service announced Monday. Through the multi-year agreement, the Obamas will produce a diverse mix of content, including the potential for scripted series, unscripted series, docu-series, documentaries and features, under their newly-established Higher Ground Productions banner. “One of the simple joys of our time in public service was getting to meet so many fascinating people from all walks of life, and to help them share their experiences with a wider audience,” said President Obama. “That’s why Michelle and I are so excited to partner with Netflix – we hope to cultivate and curate the talented, inspiring, creative voices who are able to promote greater empathy and understanding between peoples, and help them share their stories with the entire world.”
Grammy Award-winning gospel artist Tamela Mann will headline the 150th Anniversary Celebration of the California Conference of the Western Episcopal District. The sesquicentennial anniversary marks 150 years of AME Zion’s spiritual leadership and ministry in the greater California region. The grand celebrationgoes down Saturday, June 9 at Beebe Memorial Cathedral Oakland, CA.
Vocalist Robert E. Person has become one of Jazz and Gospel music's most quintessential singers. His extraordinary vocal control, his definitive and polished stage presence and his gorgeous tenor tone has given the Washington, DC native an undeniable reputable artistic presence in music and performing arts. After releasing an impressive and award winning catalog of indie Gospel albums, Robert is set to deliver his first Jazz album. Robert artistically selected to record a live studio Jazz album of classics and favorites and is set to release his CLASSIC COVERS EP June 1.
Multi-award winner Tasha Cobbs Leonard added two more honors to her already-impressive list last night at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards. The acclaimed Motown Gospel powerhouse nabbed the title of Top Gospel Artist and Top Gospel Album (for Heart. Passion. Pursuit.) at the star-studded awards show in Las Vegas, NV. Last week, Tasha Cobbs Leonard also earned her fifth BET Award nomination in the Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational category. The winners will be announced at the 2018 BET Awards in Los Angeles, CA on June 24, 2018.
The Instagram accounts of Stellar Gospel Music Award winning recording artists Bri (Briana Babineaux) and Ahjah Walls of The Walls Group have been hacked by someone behind a scam promising to get those accounts verified with the blue checkmark. Bri’s simply_bebe- account had over 545,000 followers and she received what appeared to be a legitimate Instagram email suggesting that she was eligible to have her page verified. Bri signed in with her username and password. “It wasn’t even a full minute and then, he took over my account and locked me out of it,” she says. I Ahjah Walls' account, she received a blue check mark error email and was asked to sign-in to her account to re-confirm it. When she did, her account was immediately taken over.
Kim Stratton the Chicago-based celebrity chef and owner of Kim Stratton’s Kitchen catering service and restaurant has returned to an early love, gospel music, her first recording in six years. The heart and soulful new offering, “Unto the Lamb," is an anthem-styled praise and worship ballad that showcases Stratton’s thunderous vocal prowess and technique. RCA Inspiration is celebrating three nominations received for BET Awards 18. BET announced this year’s nominees in a live ceremony in New York City on May 15th and Kirk Franklin, Marvin Sapp and Snoop Dogg received nods in the Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel / Inspirational Award category.
TV One is set to premiere its latest original docu-series, WE’RE THE CAMPBELLS on Tuesday, June 19 at 8 p.m. ET/7C. The nine episode docu-series will give viewers an intimate glimpse into the lives of Gospel entertainment power couple Warryn and Erica Campbell, as they tackle the everyday struggles that come with balancing family and work, nurturing their marriage, building their individual careers, and fostering their faith: all while raising three children Warryn, Zaya and Krista.
McDonald’s USA returns with the 12th annual Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour. Back with an award-winning line-up featuring Deitrick Haddon, Ricky Dillard, J.J. Hairston, Le'Andria Johnson, Todd Delaney and Canton Jones.The free concert tour kicks-off May 17 and runs until October 22.
New artist Phil Thompson’s solo album "My Worship," debuts at #1 on Billboard Top Gospel Albums Sales Chart and #2 on Billboard Top Gospel Albums Consumption Chart. (which includes digital and streaming)
Two entrepreneurs, Roderick Jemison and Sherri Y. Johnson, from two different parts of the region are joining forces to help independent music artists and musicians reach higher heights professionally. Effective immediately, Jemison & Associates based in Nashville, Tennessee and Supreme Gospel Entertainment based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania will work cohesively together to empower and equip artists with the necessary tools needed to begin and sustain their journey of sharing the Good News through song to a broader demographic.
"I GOT YOU", is the hot new single by the incomparable, anointed, vocal powerhouse, RUTH LA'ONTRA. H er 1st single "Kingdom"was a hit and the second single, does not disappoint. Written & produced by Gospel Superstar Anthony Brown, this follow-up, summer hit, is a Gospel radio gem. Musically this song is a whimsical, fun, throwback to the "GoGo Surf" sound of the '60's. There is a bounce in this song that will have you bobbing your head continuously and put a smile on your face and in your heart. Hear Ruth La'Ontra In Her Own Words... http://www.gospel-spotlight.com/ruthlaontra_intvw.htm
Personal letters from Zora Hurston is a new play going down at The Waco Theater Center North Hollywood May 11- 20, 2018. LETTERS FROM ZORA explores Hurston’s controversial views on integration, segregation and social justice showcasing a life that was filled with artistic triumphs as well as abject poverty and self-doubt. Veteran actress Vanessa Bell Calloway plays the role of Zora in this provocative multimedia production directed by Anita Dashiell-Sparks and written by novelist Gabrielle Pina. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJqMAqnJnoU&feature=youtu.be
Although Bishop Noel Jones is renowned as a Pastor, prolific orator and astute intellectual, his church, City of Refuge, boasts one of the most dynamic music ministries in the nation, as Minister of Music Gerald Haddon (brother of Deitrick Haddon) has done a praiseworthy job gathering a fantastic array of talented singers and musicians. RUN TO THE ALTAR’ is their new release. The title track is also the lead radio single; a riveting plea for the troubled to seek the love of Jesus Christ in their quest for deliverance and mercy. Other standouts include “Holy Ghost,”and“Rain” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azfEYQVwpeo&feature=youtu.be
LEXI offers her anticipated new album JUST LISTEN for digital pre-order today. Fans pre-purchasing JUST LISTEN before its release date on June 8 will receive two songs instantly— the radio hit “In The Room,” and Lexi’s rendition of the classic Winans favorite “Wherever I Go.” Lexi’s first new album in over six years, JJUST LISTEN moves seamlessly between urban grooves and up-tempo dance numbers, to beautiful pop ballads and smooth soul tracks. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zr2_6c1FZWw.
Here is an opportunity to be discovered. All aspiring and professional singers and dancers who desire to share the stage with gospel singer, Donnie McClurkin, must submit their performance video before midnight (PST) on Friday, May 25th. Contestants in groups comprising, three to six members, must upload their videos featuring one of the award-winning singer’s songs that’s provided at DonnieTV.com or Donnie’s Facebook page. The winners will be announced on Friday, June 1 social media and the Donnie McClurkin Radio Show.
The live TBN concert taping at the Holyland Experience theme park in Orlando, Florida on June 25 will mark Donnie McClurkin’s fifth solo live recording. There’s no official date for the release, but fans planning to attend the recording will be the first to hear McClurkin’s new music. According to the RIAA stats, Live from London and More… and Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs surpassed the platinum plus position and remain two of the singer’s best sellers. While We Are One (Live in Detroit) and The Journey (Live) continued to showcase the vocalist in the setting audiences have come to love. His classic studio releases include the self-titled Donnie McClurkin and Again, both landing in the RIAA gold gallery; and Duets featuring collaborations with some of gospel music’s top voices.
Brian Courtney Wilson continues his success with his fourth studio album A GREAT WORK. The title track, “A Great Work,” hit the Top 10 on the BDS gospel radio chart this week, marking it the fastest-rising single of Wilson’s career. This week, Brian shares exclusive videos of a live performance at Sirius XM in New York City. Wilson offers two renditions from the album “A Great Work,” and “Increase My Faith.” These exclusive videos are available on Wilson’s YouTube/Vevo page: https://www.youtube.com/user/BrianCourtWilsonVEVO. Wilson is also slated to appear at the Gospel Music Association’s 5th Annual Gospel Hall of Fame ceremony, where he will perform as part of a tribute to the legendary Staples Singers. The gala takes place tonight in Nashville, TN and will stream via FB Live on the GMA Dove Awards Facebook Page tonight, beginning at 7pm CST. Hear Brian Courtney Wilson IN His Own Words...http://www.gospel-spotlight.com/brian_courtney_wilson.htm
Kelontae Gavin soars on the Billboard Gospel Charts with the single "No Ordinary Worship" (most Added) and "The Higher Experience" effort #2. Kelontae Gavin says, "Thank You" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikUZPEY2gEs&feature=youtu.be
Worship group Fresh Start Worship soars into Top 5 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart, with their debut self-titled album FRESH START WORSHIP(Marquis Boone Enterprises). The groups refreshing and organic sounds, have permeated the hearts of many across nation. With their lead single “Mention,” building momentum at gospel radio, the group celebrates their debut success. Fresh Start Worship is a group of 5 singers and songwriters who make up the praise team at Fresh Start Church located in Duluth, GA. Worshipping together as a group for over 6 years, Marquis Boone developed the ministry as they began traveling with him to sing. Self-proclaimed song writers, Fresh Start Worship writes all of their own music and minister them every Sunday to a room full of worshippers.
Millennial Traditional Gospel sensation Jarell Smalls reaches the top 20 this week on the Billboard Top Gospel Album chart with his “A New Season” album release. “A New Season” from Jarell Smalls & Co. features the groundbreaking single “Prayer Room” (Come On In The Room) which has amassed over 400,000 streaming YouTube views as well as being played on terrestrial radio stations across the country appearing on the Billboard Gospel Indicator chart and impending the Billboard National Gospel Airplay chart.
Gospel Music Icon, Yolanda Adams receives her first Tony Award Nomination for the Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre of SpongeBob SquarePants The Broadway Musical along with Steven Tyler & Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Sara Bareilles, Jonathan Coulton, Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, The Flaming Lips, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper & Rob Hyman, John Legend, Panic! at the Disco, Plain White T's, They Might Be Giants, T.I., Domani & Lil'C.
The Piney Woods School is hosting its second annual Family Funday Gospel Festival Saturday, May 6, 2017 on the campus of the historic boarding school. This is a great way to raise money for the school while also allowing the public to get a glimpse of what we do here, says Piney Woods School President, Dr. Will Crossley. The Family Fun Day portion of the event includes games and recreational activities (swimming, horse back riding, etc.) for the whole family. A variety of food vendors will be on hand to feed the hungry crowd. The gospel festival will feature The Canton Spirituals, JJ Hairston, Evelyn Turrentine-Agee, Paul Porter, Damon Little, Jimmy Hicks, Jekalyn Carr, Sir the Baptist and Uncle Reece.
Check out hot, new music from Kenny Lewis & One Voice entitled "Thank You". Thank You, is the follow up single to Kenny's chart topping single "Love Song" and the 2nd single from the hit album "Refocus". Hear Kenny Lewis In His Own Words...http://www.gospel-spotlight.com/kennylewis_intvw.htm
Liberty University announced that former President Jimmy Carter will deliver the keynote address at Commencement on Saturday, May 19, 2018. It will be Liberty’s 45th Commencement and will include the College of Osteopathic Medicine’s inaugural graduating class.
The GMA (Gospel Music Association) Foundation is set to host its 5th Annual GMA Honors and Hall of Fame Ceremony set for Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at Lipscomb University's Allen Arena. This year's GMA Hall of Fame inductees include CCM artist Carman, award-winning Southern Gospel artist Karen Peck Gooch, legendary Gospel family group The Staples Singers and acclaimed producer Greg Nelson. The event also honors individuals and organizations that are impacting our culture both past and present. This year's honorees include Chonda Pierce for Branches Counseling Center, Bishop Marvin Sapp, Ryan Lampa for People Loving Nashville and Lipscomb University. Performers and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks. www.gospelmusichalloffame.org.
The sold-out Tom Joyner Foundation Fantastic Voyage® presented by Denny's is embarking on its 19th cruise this week from Galveston, TX. Generally known as the original Party with a Purpose®. Setting sail April 29-May 6, the 2018 Voyage's promise of nonstop entertainment includes An Evening with Anita Baker and performances from Tamar Braxton, The Isley Brothers, Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, 112, SWV, En Vogue, and The O'Jays. This year's event will take place on the luxurious Carnival Breeze. Additional performances by Pastor Shirley Caesar, Eric Roberson, Raheem DeVaughn, Marvin Sapp, Force MDs, Heatwave, Taste of Honey, and and more.
Jason Nelson has curated a musical e-card for fans to share with their loved ones in honor of Mother’s Day. From now through May 13th, fans worldwide can generate and share a personalized e-card with a photo of their choice and a personal message. The e-card will also include an encouraging scripture from Isaiah 66:13, “As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you…” (NIV) and the poignant lyrics, “Forever Is A Long Time. That’s How Long I’ll Love You. That’s How Long I’ll Love You…Forever,” from Jason’s new hit single “Forever.” “Forever” is the lead single from Jason’s latest and fifth solo album, The Answer, which is available for pre-order now and will be released everywhere on May 18th. The Mother’s Day e-card can be shared via email, text message, and social media. Create your own Mother’s Day e-card now: www.tweematic.com/forever/
Dorinda Clark Cole will hold the Rose Connections Conference August 31 - September 2.
NEW YORK.... STAND UP! Tye Tribbett is comin back to NEW YORK!!! May 16th he rocks Sony Hall.
The powerful pen and voice of Maranda Curtis is making its mark in the world of worship with the release of the new album, Open Heaven. Recorded live in Delaware, Open Heaven offers a unique blend of gospel, jazz, soul and pure inspiration which captures the listener. The video for “Open Heaven,” has already amassed over 200,000+ Youtube views and continues to connect with people around the world. Open Heaven is available today on all digital outlets and everywhere music is sold and streamed. It is currently Number 1 for the Top Christian / Gospel albums on iTunes and Amazon.
GRAMMY® Award-winning legendary recording artist, songwriter, and producer Donald Lawrence continues to be a pioneering force in Gospel, as the chart-topping choirmaster reunites with The Tri-City Singers to launch the new single, “Goshen 432 hz.” Available now on all digital music platforms, and freshly delivered to Gospel radio nationwide, “Goshen 432 hz” kicks off a landmark anniversary reunion of Lawrence with the original Tri-City Singers, commemorating the 25 years since the debut album, A Songwriter’s Point of View. The first single“Goshen 432 hz” is a powerful call of protection, love, peace, and safety all over the world that featured soloist Sheri Jones-Moffett . Donald Lawrence also will be traveling the country, on the McDonald’s Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour, which kicks off in May.
VINCENT COUNTRY, a faith-driven family lifestyle brand committed to positive social impact, has officially launched nationwide. Developed by Troy and Tommi Vincent, the brand was founded on the premise of enriching the culture and communities through intentional service and legacy-inspired cooking. “At the core of our family is faith and food. We are looking forward to sharing both through VINCENT COUNTRY," says Tommi Vincent.
Iz-Real, rapper, producer, preacher, and former member of the group Everyday Process has maintained a successful streak of interest with latest single “Ball Out” after a four-year sabbatical. Iz delivers a fresh connotation of the popular phrase. “Ball Out” has a captivating beat with a powerful message that inspires listeners to redefine the analogy of ballin’ out for Christ! His new (EP) is called "No Hard Feelings."
The Wardlaw Brothers (TWB) and their signature tight harmonies, smooth choreography and southern charm have captivated audiences world wide. Tony, Martin Luther, Jamie, Carl and Rodney are brothers with talent, showmanship and an undying love for God and God's people. TWB is ready to release their long awaited new album STAND THERE. Their new singles from the forthcoming 2018 album. "Come Through" and "Highest Praise" are the new hits from STAND THERE and their current single “God Has Kept Me” is hot on the charts. Their soulful song has also garnered over 100,000 streams across all streaming platforms.
Keith "Wonderboy Johnson's Keep On Pushin' delivers a wide-ranging, soul-satisfying set of songs that showcase his special ability to inject the timeless values of traditional gospel into contemporary settings. The album drops April 27, 2018. Hear Keith "Wonder Boy" Johnson In His Own Words...http://www.gospel-spotlight.com/Keith_Wonderboy_Johnson.htm
TV One's EVIDENCE OFINNOCENCE spotlights the unbelievable true stories of four people who endured this life-altering nightmare-innocent of crimes for which they were arrested and ultimately imprisoned. Premiering Monday, June 4 at 10/9c PM on TV One and hosted by acclaimed civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump, each one-hour episode of Evidence of Innocence focuses on one wrongfully convicted man or woman - Lisa Roberts, Richard Miles, Melonie Ware and Mark Schand - each faced with the enormous challenge of maintaining faith while awaiting the opportunity to prove their innocence.
Jonathan Nelson is known for his hit songs and hit songs that he has penned for other artists. Some of those songs include “Manifest”, “My Name Is Victory”, “Healed”, and “The Struggle Is Over”. Nelson has written for Donald Lawrence, JJ Hairston, Maurette Brown Clark, TD Jakes, Stephen Hurd, and Troy Sneed. His new single, "I Agree”, is Caribbean inspired with great tempo and powerful declaratory lyrics. Jonathan has seen his ministry expand exponentially over the past few years because of his international hit “I Believe”. He’s continuing in that vein with this new single. “I Agree”has the same musical flavor but provides poignant declarations of faith. A standout lyric says “I concur, I agree, I believe… what God says about me, all things are possible, all things.” His new album is set to release in the summer of 2018.
TV One has announced the 2018 American Black Film Festival (ABFF) TV One Screenplay Competition finalists - Fedna Jacquet (New York, NY), writer of "Isaiah"; Rashim Cannad (Los Angeles, CA), writer of "Connected"; and Sylvester K. Folks (Deatsville, AL), writer of "The Patrolman." The three finalists of the TV One competition will receive an all-expense paid trip to this year's ABFF in Miami (June 13-17). During ABFF's TV One "Celebrity Scene Stealers" event on Friday, June 15, each finalist will direct a table read of a scene from their script, performed by professional actors participating in this year's festival in front of a live audience.
TV One today announced that production is underway in Atlanta, Georgia for the new film, Dinner For Two, starring Tristan 'Mack' Wilds ("HBO: The Wire", "90210", "The Secret Life of Bees", and "Shots Fired"), Chaley Rose ("Nashville"), Prince Hammond ("Claws") and Shaun Baker ("House Party"). The film is slated to premiere at the end of Summer 2018. In a complicated love story about life and sacrifice, Dinner For Two, details a solution to healing a broken heart. In preparation for his "last supper", Chris sets the mood by recreating a favorite dish he shared with his once beloved Angela. As Chris reflects on great memories over multiple glasses of wine and whiskey, he also mourns the loss of their relationship. To permanently numb the pain, Chris contemplates taking his own life, as Angela refuses to love him back and forgive his downward alcoholic spiral.
Called and uniquely anointed to reach generations for the cause of Christ, singer, composer, preacher and worship leader Geoffrey Golden ushers in the spirit of revival with the release of See Revival, the first single from his live disc recorded last year in June. The new single hit digital outlets and streaming platforms on Friday, April 20th. The Season 7 Winner of Sunday Best embarks upon a new endeavor collaborating with his brothers Reggie and Kevin to form Golden Brothers Music Group and recently announced a partnership with Red Alliance Media and Fair Trade Services For distribution.
Central Park’s SummerStage Presents: The 3 Sides of Damien Sneed: Classical, Jazz & Sanctified Soul on June 30. The annual main stage concert event will feature Metropolitan Opera rising star Brandie Sutton and Grammy-nominated artists Stefon Harris and Keke Wyatt. Acclaimed vocalist Jazzmeia Horn will open the show.
Marquis Boone introduces Fresh Start Worship. This pure and refreshing group of singers debut self-titled project FRESH START WORSHIP is available on all digital outlets now. The 11-track effort is produced by Tedy P.
By now most people in America knows about comment made by Day Time TV Host Wendy Williams about The Clark Sisters! During her Hot Topics segment this past Tuesday, Williams went to congratulate Snoop Dogg for having the #1 Album of the Year. Not true, the year is not up yet. However, Snoop Dogg's album is #1 and has been for three weeks (3) weeks since it's debut. The Clark Sisters have "You Bring The Sunshine" on the album. Wendy said The Clark Sisters needs to step up their game and now she wants to invite them on her show. Man!
Gold and Platinum selling Gospel/Jazz Pianist, NBC/Bravo reality TV star, private pilot and pastor Ben Tankard is living a Full Tank Life. The godfather of Gospel Jazz was recently inducted into the Stellar Awards Honors Hall of Fame at the 2018 Stellar Awards in March. Tankard's honor by The Stellar Awards exemplifies his lifetime of achievements in the Gospel Music industry as an artist, musician and producer. The 15-time Stellar Award winner has earned numerous awards and accolades on his recent 3-Volume FULL TANK gospel/jazz CD and his best-selling, hardback, self-help book The Full Tank Life: Fuel Your Dreams-Ignite Your Destiny. Tankard is now taking flight across the country this spring and summer on a whirlwind book and cd tour to empower everyone to live a Full Tank Life! His The Full Tank Life: Fuel Your Dreams, Ignite Your Destiny book was named an Essence Magazine Inspirational Book of the Year and is available now in hardback, paperback, ebook and audiobook versions.
J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise continue to reach higher heights as they are nominated for three (3) Billboard Music Awards. The nominations include Top Gospel Artist, Top Gospel Album, and Top Gospel Song for their #1 hit, "You Deserve It." They were also nominated for a GRAMMY® Award earlier this year. "You Deserve It" and the group's current Top Ten single, "No Reason To Fear," hail from their latest album, You Deserve It.
Bishop Leonard Scott is back with another smash hit "Working In My Favor", boasting an A-list supporting cast, featuring Fred Hammond, Shirley Murdock, and Jeral Gray & New Direction. This summer jam is one of the featured up-tempo hits on Bishop Leonard Scott's upcoming new release entitled "Jesus Love Legacy".
Atlanta’s DeVon Baker, CEO of BakersWay Entertainment presents Zuri Craig’s hit musical stage-play, ‘The House That Misery Built”. The spine tingling production comes to Raleigh, North Carolina Sunday, June 3. Doors open at 5pm and showtime is 6pm. After starring in several Tyler Perry plays and a Top 5 finalist on America’s Got Talent, Zuri Craig, stepped into the directors role. The play stars LaShaun Pace, KeKe Wyatt, Le'Andria Johnson and Q Parker.
Chadwick Boseman to deliver Commencement address at Howard University. “I’m excited to return to the Mecca in celebration of the achievements of our illustrious students,” said Chadwick Boseman. Boseman will deliver the address for Howard University’s 150th Commencement on May 12, 2018. For updated information about Commencement, please visit: commencement.howard.edu
Vanessa Bell Calloway visits The Wendy Show. Vanessa Bell Calloway Stars in the Bounce TV #1 drama "Saints & Sinners" on Friday, April 20. 2018.
RCA Inspiration celebrates four total nominations across all top Gospel categories for the 2018 Billboard Music Awards, with double nominations in the category of Top Gospel Album. Chart-topper, Travis Greene, is honored with three nominations for Top Gospel Artist, Top Gospel Album, for his #1 GRAMMY®-nominated album Crossover: Live from Music City, and Top Gospel Song for his #1 Grammy nominated album "Crossover: Live From Music City and top single "You Waited." Greene won his first Billboard Music Award last year for "Made A Way." Marvin Sapp was also nominated for his #1 Grammy nominated album, "Close." The 2018 Billboard Awards go down in Las Vegas Sunday May 20th and air live on NBC at 8 pm ET / 5 pm PT.
His boisterous spirit and exuberant stage presence is an indication of a person seeking and living in light, love and happiness. Gospel artist Robert Hawkins is that person. Robert is an independent artist with a hustle and drive that doesn't stop. He criss-crosses the country each week ministering at churches and every venue or event he can confirm. His work ethic keeps him on Billboard Top Gospel sales chart with his EP RESERVED which debuted at #10 and keeps building his career and presence as a "New, Now, Next Generation" artist with a bright future
This weekend, Snoop Dogg’s episode of “UNCENSORED” airs on TV One, April 22nd at 10/9C. https://youtu.be/gixrCuD2CEI
The GMA (Gospel Music Association) Foundation announced its inductees and honorees for the 5th Annual GMA Honors and Hall of Fame Ceremony set for Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at Lipscomb University's Allen Arena. This year's GMA Hall of Fame inductees include CCM artist Carman, award-winning Southern Gospel artist Karen Peck Gooch, legendary Gospel family group The Staples Singers and acclaimed producer Greg Nelson. The event also honors individuals and organizations that are impacting our culture both past and present. This year's honorees include Chonda Pierce for Branches Counseling Center, Bishop Marvin Sapp, Ryan Lampa for People Loving Nashville and Lipscomb University. Performers and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks.
Grammy-award nominated songwriter David Bloom wins a Stellar Award for the Song of the Year for “You Deserve It.”, the song so masterfully recorded by JJ Hairston. Bloom wrote the song in 2014 after a particularly trying time in his life. He went on to play the song in his church and JJ Hairston heard the song in Kansas City where he fell in love with it and wanted to record it for his upcoming album.
20 year-old acclaimed independent artist, actress, published author, and charismatic motivational speaker, Jekalyn Carr, along with Hallelujah 95.7 and Lunjeal Music Group have partnered together to bring the inaugural You Will Win Conference, in which it will offer some of the best information that will help you win in your family, home, business, television, music industry, finances and many more areas in your life.
Oprah Winfrey Network announced the second season premiere of its hit docu-series “Black Love” on Saturday, May 12 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The series which highlights love stories from the Black community debuted last fall with 1.2 million total viewers, becoming OWN’s most-watched unscripted series debut in network history and its highest-rated unscripted series debut in more than four years. This second season will feature Emmy Award-winning actor Sterling K. Brown and wife Ryan Michelle Bathe, Emmy Award-winning actress Niecy Nash and husband Jay Tucker, Tina Knowles-Lawson and husband Richard Lawson, NBA All-Star Grant Hill and Grammy-nominated recording artist Tamia, RUN DMC’s Rev Run and wife Justine Simmons, Grammy Award-winning gospel recording artist Kirk Franklin and wife Tammy, comedian D.L. Hughley and wife LaDonna, former NFL-running back Eddie George and wife Taj of SWV, Hip-Hop artist Styles P and wife Adjua, Actors Alano Miller and Dewanda Wise, NFL Linebacker Bart Scott and wife Starr, and more.
New Jersey’s own Anthony Ponder & Ministry's Desire (APMD) is a collection of individual artists brought together for the sole focus of authentic ministry. Front man Anthony Ponder founded the ensemble in 2007 and unified talented, seasoned members who have toured and performed with award winning artists Jazmine Sullivan, Chrisette Michele, VaShawn Mitchell, Mali Music, Ricky Dillard and many more. APMD has returned after several years with an all new single “Favor”. "Favor" features Gospel sensation and “Girl Director”Natalie Wilson with vocal production by VaShawn Mitchell. "Favor" is impacting Gospel Radio now and is available on all digital music outlets and streaming sites. "Favor" is from APMD's forthcoming album THE PROCESS.
THE BLUEPRINT is a masterful series of Music Business and Faith-based Marketing sessions developed by The Bellamy Group Marketing and Publicity Agency. THE BLUEPRINT is now headed to ATLANTA! THE BLUEPRINT: Atlanta Edition will be held during the 3rd Annual Steeple Awards Weekend April 20-21. The Blueprint creator BENITA BELLAMY will lead the session and teach a class on "Marketing for Artists, Churches and Authors". Benita's marketing session will tap into key elements of marketing and promotions with a guide of strategies and industry practices. Benita will share information on product registrations, social media strategies and tips on monetization, best advertising mediums and budgeting, and developing innovative promotions and creative cost effective assets.
Almost Never Films, Inc. a publicly traded independent film company based in Los Angeles, California, wrapped principle photography of faith-based film "Bethlehem Ranch". The cast of the feature film includes Tara Reid. "Bethlehem Ranch" is helmed by Brent Ryan Green, who was the executive producer of blockbuster faith-based films "Do You Believe?" and "God's Not Dead".
Open call auditions for Holywood Entertainment Films' feature film, "Thieves On The Cross," will take place at the Westin Hotel in Southfield-Detroit on Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Many roles are open and will remain so until the end of auditions. Callbacks will be held Sunday, April 22. Film production is scheduled to commence on July 10 to August 10, 2018, in Michigan. Director/Co-Creator Robert Watson along with Bill McKinney will be creating this faith based movie that gives us a tale of two childhood friends growing up in a broken environment. An adolescent ritual pact binds them together, but life soon pulls them apart. Later reunited, they are introduced to the intoxicating lure of the streets. On a fast track to the top of their game, they meet, Solomon Pride, who makes them an offer. He will hand them the Music Kingdom on a silver platter and in return, all they have to do is lead a generation to destruction, through a systematic diabolical plot.
CHRISTAFARI return April 13th with their latest studio album, “Original Love” (Lion of Zion Entertainment) - available now for pre-order at iTunes, with 4 instant tracks available upon purchase. After nearly three decades, CHRISTAFARI is the all-time top selling Gospel Reggae act and continues to be a driving force in world music. Their last 6 albums have debuted at #1 on the Billboard Reggae Chart. But the band considers themselves to be more than just musicians, but rather “musicianaries” (musical missionaries), spreading the message of hope and salvation globally to approximately 20 countries per year.
G.I. are coming off their breakout hit single “Pray and Don’t Worry.” The award-winning trio is back with another summer smash hit single, “I’m Ready!” The catchy hook boasts: “I’m Ready to Follow You Now, I’ve Tried It On My Own But I’m With You Now, I’m Ready, Cause This Is Not The Ending, It's only the Beginning and I'm Ready To Go. Their back in a big way. Hear G.I. In Their Own Words: http://www.gospel-spotlight.com/GI.htm
On the hills of her #1 Billboard single “You Will Win,” and Billboard #1 chart-topping album One Nation Under God, GRAMMY®, Two-Time Billboard Music Award and GMA Dove Award-nominated and Stellar Award-winning artist, Jekalyn Carr is turning 21. Lunjeal Music Group invites you to join Jekalyn Carr on April 22nd at New Mercies Christian Church in Lilburn, GA for an afternoon of praise and celebration.
The Annual Steeple Awards Celebrates Gospel Artists and Ministry Leaders on Saturday, April 21, 2018. It features a live performance by multiple awards winner JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise and many more. This year the award show will be hosted by comedian GRIFF of “Get Up Mornings” w/ Erica Campbell. Now in it's third year, The Steeple Awards brings together some of the biggest names in gospel music and ministry to celebrate their work on the front-line in the battle for souls. This year’s Steeple Awards will feature live performances from JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise, Isabel Davis, Charles Butler & Trinity, David Walker & High Praise, Angelina Sherie Barrett, and Holy Hip Hop breakout star 1K Phew.
Michael Vick, former NFL quarterback for the Pittsburg Steelers, Philadelphia Eagles and the Atlanta Falcons has been announced as the 2018 special guest speaker of the highly anticipated Mighty Men of Valor National Men’s Conference, April 13-14, 2018 at the First Baptist Church of Glenarden in Landover, MD. Todd Dulaney has been taped as the musical guest artist. Arrive early, bring friends and family to get autographed Philadelphia Eagles and Atlanta Falcons jerseys and footballs while supplies last! This year’s theme is “Guardians for the Next Generation” with a goal of modeling excellence in manhood (Psalm 102:18). As “guardians of the next generation,” the conference has also added a young adult focus with its Young Lions, “Ready to Roar – Super Natural Expectations” theme, focused on young men ages 13 to 17.
On Friday, April 27, global music and entertainment platform, TIDAL is honored to partner with the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) to celebrate the opening of the National Memorial for Peace and Justice and the Legacy Museum in Montgomery, AL with a livestream of the Concert for Peace and Justice. The show will feature performances from The Roots, Usher, Common, Brittany Howard from Alabama Shakes and Kirk Franklin. Beginning at 7:30 PM CT audiences world-wide will be able to watch as history happens on TIDAL.com/EJI. While the livestream will be available to members and non-members alike, new TIDAL customers will be eligible for a free three-month trial.
Iconic artist Snoop Dogg hits television in a blitz of appearances for his record-breaking #1 gospel album Bible of Love (All The Time Entertainment / RCA Inspiration) – kicking off the week with performances on Jimmy Kimmel Live airing tonight, Monday April 9th on ABC at 11:35 pm/10:35c. Snoop welcomes a range of special guests with him on Jimmy Kimmel Live, featuring appearances by Charlie Wilson, Jazze Pha, Isaac Carree, Mali Music, Sly, and Uncle Chucc. Snoop Dogg will also appear on Watch What Happens Live later this week, airing Thursday April 12th on Bravo at 11 pm/10c. Snoop will then sit down with Steve Harvey on his syndicated talk show Steve, airing Friday.
The Minnie’s Food Pantry Feed Just One Gala 10th Annivesary celebration was nothing short of magical as global media leader and philanthropist Oprah Winfrey took the stage and inspired a sold-out room of 760 people to pledge a total of $1.3 million to support the organization in their mission to reduce hunger.
Millions know Audrey DuBois Harris for singing for President Barack Obama and the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. Now Harris has released her new CD, “God Bless America,” with longtime collaborator and music maestro, Damien Sneed. The five-song EP features the title track along with classics and contemporary compositions: “Amazing Grace,” “God Can Do Anything But Fail,” "Give Me Jesus" and Precious Lord Take My Hand."
Recording new artist Trisha Alicia is blazing a trail for herself in the music industry. The songbird from Rochester NY has landed herself once again on the Billboard Charts! Trisha has now landed two of her popular songs “Jesus You”re There”s and Promises” ft. Canton Jones on Billboards Gospel Most Added List. Meet Trisha Alicia: In Her Own Words: http://www.gospel-spotlight.com/TrishaAlicia_17JUNE2016_intvw.mp3
Bounce [TV] is gearing up for the season three return of their #1 original series, “Saints & Sinners.” The show returns, Sunday, April 8. “Saints & Sinners” tells the story of the conflicts among the members of a Baptist church in small-town Georgia. The plot consists of greed, corruption and murder. The second season of Saints & Sinners was seen by nearly 8.4 million unduplicated viewers and 5.7 million households across all airings on Bounce. Meet one of it's Stars Keith Robinson/ Miles Callaway In Her Own Words: http://www.gospel-spotlight.com/keithrobinson_intvw.htm
Coming off winning first place and $2,000 at the Lift Every Voice Choir Competition in Lake City, South Carolina, the Award-winning Francis Marion University YGB Gospel Choir led by choir director Jeffrey Lampkin, made a stop at Good Morning America in New York City during their “My Mind Is Made Up” Spring tour March 16-20.
When Martin Luther King Jr. was murdered in Memphis, TN on April 4, 1968, he left a legacy of profound change, yet there was still much unfinished work. HISTORY presents “Rise Up: The Movement that Changed America,” a one-hour documentary executive produced by LeBron James and Maverick Carter for Spring Hill Entertainment and Emmy-Award winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson (The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, Freedom Riders), exploring the key battles in the Civil Rights Movement that transformed American society – from the Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955 to the Chicago Campaign which led to the Fair Housing Act of 1968. Premiering Wednesday, April 4 at 10PM ET/PT on the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s death, the special will uncover what it took to translate protest into real legislative change.
IMG Artists, today’s leading global performing arts management agency, has signed multi-genre recording artist Damien Sneed to its international roster and confirms that Sneed will embark on a 36-city North American concert tour in 2019. “IMG Artists is thrilled to be working with Damien Sneed,” says Toby Tumarkin, Senior Vice President, Global Head of Artists and Attractions. "We look forward to indtroducing Damien to communities across the country through this moving tribute to Dr. King.
Aaron Lavelle is ready to take on the Gospel Music scene with a vibrant new single ‘Ain’t No God Like the One I Got’ featuring Three Time Stellar Award Winner Beverly Crawford. A fresh new sound deemed by Lavelle as ‘Gospel Funk’ is a fusion of R&B, Funk and Gospel music. Catchy hook and ceremonious sing-along lyrics.
The debate over the reliability of the New Testament changes in “Fragments of Truth,” coming to U.S. movie theaters this April for a special one-night event. Famed evangelical New Testament scholar and author Dr. Craig Evans discusses new evidence concerning Gospel manuscripts that allegedly reinforce the New Testament’s authenticity.
Ricky Dillard is back with a high energy new single from his acclaimed 2017 release, “10”. The “I’ve Got The Victory” performance on the Stellar Awards this weekend was a highlight of the telecast! "I've Got The Victory" is a powerful hand clapping, foot stomping song that features belovedNew G member and powerhouse vocalist, Lillian Lloyd. The choir master hand delivered another hit!
TV One has announced the start of production in Los Angeles for the new original docu-series WE'RE THE CAMPBELLS. The docu-series follows Gospel music power coupleWarryn and Erica Campbell as they balance raising their family, building their own individual empires, growing their flourishing church ministry and maintaining their strong faith. Married since 2001, WE'RE THE CAMPBELLS will allow viewers to follow Warryn and Erica as they manage their hectic daily work schedules while fostering a healthy marriage and raising three children with the help of their core group of family and friends.
Today, Capitol Records released GRAMMY®-nominated singer-songwriter Tori Kelly’s new track, “Help Us To Love” featuring The Hamiltones. The song was written and produced by 12-time GRAMMY winner Kirk Franklin. Tori Kelly said, “I grew up on gospel music, so the fact that a legend like Kirk Franklin would take me under his wing was just a dream come true. He genuinely cares for people and the warm environment he created really helped me to be able to pour my heart into this song.
Multi award winning Christian artist Appointed releases her new single titled “Glorious” this month. The single will be available on iTunes, Amazon and all digital retailers worldwide.
The 33rd Annual Stellar Awards weekend will go down as historic for Karew Records recording artists the Greater Institutional Church of God in Christ Choirs. Their Billboard Top 5 debut project GEI Live was nominated in two categories, Contemporary Choir of the Year as well as Song of the Year. Producers J Drew Sheard III and Derrick Starks were all smiles as they celebrated their hit "Hang On." It was Broadcast Music, Incorporated (BM) Most Performed Song Of the Year.
The Los Angeles Film School appointed veteran talent manager, television producer, entrepreneur, and author of motivational text "Change Starts with ME!," Sonja Norwood, to its faculty, effective immediately. Norwood brings her more than 20 years of talent management experience with Grammy Award winner, actress, daughter Brandy and Platinum recording artist, actor, son, Ray J, to the school. She will lend her industry expertise to The Los Angeles Film School and its students as an adjunct professor of artist management in the entertainment business department.
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), along with Motown Gospel, celebrated music’s most prestigious names in gospel at the 9th annual “Morning Glory” Breakfast reception honoring the 2018 Stellar Awards nominees. The program featured uplifting performances by Motown Gospel artist and Grammy-nominated singer Kenny Lattimore, who professed that while he is well known for his R&B songs, his love for gospel music has always been strong. The audience was moved by his spirit-filled performance of his song “We Want to See You.” Last year’s host and newly signed Motown Gospel artist, Lexi, hit the stage to perform her newest single, “In the Room,” and dedicated her new album to her late husband.
The room was full of gospel music’s tastemakers, artists and Stellar Awards nominees including: Anthony Brown, J.J. Hairston, Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Janice Gaines, The Williams Brothers, Bishop Cortez Vaughn, Dana T. Sorey, Bryan Popin, Marcus Hodge, The Showers, Darnell Williams, Bizzle, Charles Butler, Gene Moore, JAVEN, Derek Blanks, Jason Nelson and Kelontae Gavin.
Award-Winning Artist Tamela Mann received high honors at the Stellar Gospel Music Awards held over the weekend in Las Vegas. She took home the James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement award recognizing her career and contribution to Gospel music.http://www.gospel-spotlight.com
RCA Inspiration received multiple honors at the 33rd Annual Stellar Awards hosted by music icon Kirk Franklin and held at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, NV. Travis Greene, took home four awards for Producer of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Contemporary Male Vocalist of the Year and the Stellar Awards’ top honor, Artist of the Year, Crossover: Live from Music City. 22-time Stellar Award winner, Marvin Sapp, added two more Stellar Awards, winning Traditional Male Vocalist of the Year, and Traditional CD of the Year for Close. For the third consecutive year, RCA Inspiration claimed the award for Special Event CD of the Year, for Greenleaf Soundtrack: Volume 2. And the legendary Kurt Carr was inducted into the Stellar Honors Hall of Fame for his pioneering career and indelible impact on Gospel music.
RCA Inspiration held a star-studded event in Las Vegas, NV at the Sayers Club in the SLS Hotel on Saturday March 24th in association with TV One. The Cool Down Stellar Awards Celebration Finale event celebrated the conclusion of the 33rd Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards, and featured notable artists and executives in attendance including Kirk Franklin, Koryn Hawthorne, The Walls Group, Le'Andria Johnson, Jason Nelson, Donald Lawrence, Tasha Page Lockhart,The Hamiltones, Anika Noni Rose, Laurieann Gibson, Greenleaf cast members Merle Dandridge, Deborah Joy Winans, Tye White and Jason Dirden, General Manager of TV One Michelle Rice, President & CEO of Provident Music Group Terry Hemmings, and Senior Vice President & General Manager of RCA Inspiration Phil Thornton. The 33rd Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards premieres on TV ONE on March 30th at 9 pm/8c
Dr. Bernice A. King, CEO of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change (The King Center) has announced plans that The Center will lead the nation and the world in the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of her father’s assassination. Dr. King stated, “This year we will commemorate the 50th anniversary of my father’s violent departure from us as well as the founding of The Center by my mother.” On April 4th The Center will award its highest honor, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Nonviolent Peace Prize. This year we honor two distinguished gentlemen. Mr. Benjamin Ferencz, Esq. for his courageous work as a prosecutor for the Nuremburg, Germany Nazi Leadership trials and Mr. Bryan Stevenson, Esq. for his fearless advocacy work in the legal field and his winning the historic ruling making mandatory life-without-parole sentences for all children 17 or younger unconstitutional. The award will be followed by a reception and moderated dialogue with Attorneys Ferencz and Stevenson.
Legendary artist Snoop Dogg is continuing to break down barriers and set records with his latest music project and first gospel album, Bible of Love . Released on March 16th, the 32-track album debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart and #1 on Nielsen SoundScan’s Gospel Total Consumption chart. Additionally, Bible of Love is #2 on Billboard’s Top 200 Christian & Gospel chart, #2 on Nielsen SoundScan’s Christian / Gospel Digital Album chart, #3 on Billboard’s Top Christian & Gospel Album’s chart and has been streamed over three million times in its first week, which broke the previous record for a gospel album. Featuring guest artists , Charlie Wilson, Rance Allen, Kim Burrell, Isaac Carree, The Clark Sisters, Dazz Dillinger, Faith Evans, K-Ci, John P. Kee, Patti LaBelle, Mali Music, Jazze Pha, Marvin Sapp, B. Slade, Tye Tribbett and co-executive producer, Lonny Bereal, Bible of Love, has been making a powerful impact on the public, the media and other entertainers alike. Snoop can be seen performing music from Bible of Love on the 33rd Annual Stellar Awards premiering on TV One on Friday, March 30th and on Jimmy Kimmel Live on ABC on Monday, April 9th.
On the heels of a successful Stellar Awards weekend in Las Vegas, NV, Motown Gospel celebrates four wins for Tasha Cobbs Leonard, one of the most popular artists in gospel music. Cobbs Leonard earned top honors for CD of the Year, as well as Female Vocalist of the Year and Contemporary Female Vocalist of the year. Her chart-topping album, Heart. Passion. Pursuit., was also recognized for Recorded Music Packaging of the Year, as designed by Derek Blanks.
2018 33rd Annual Stellar Gospel Music Award Winners
ARTIST OF THE YEAR
- Travis Greene, Crossover Live in Music City, RCA Inspiration
SONG OF THE YEAR
- David Bloom, Cortez Vaughn, Phontane Demond Reed & JJ Hairston, You Deserve It, JamesTown Music/Entertainment One
MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
- Travis Greene, Crossover Live in Music City, RCA Inspiration
ALBERTINA WALKER FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
- Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Heart. Passion. Pursuit., Motown Gospel
DUO/CHORUS GROUP OF THE YEAR
- Anthony Brown & group therAPy, A Long Way from Sunday, Key of A/FairTrade/Tyscot Records
NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
- Isabel Davis, The Call, Uncle G Records
CD OF THE YEAR
- You Deserve It, JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise, JamesTown Music/Entertainment One
CHOIR OF THE YEAR
- JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise, You Deserve It, JamesTown Music/Entertainment One
PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
- Travis Greene, Crossover Live in Music City, RCA Inspiration
CONTEMPORARY DUO/CHORUS GROUP OF THE YEAR
- Anthony Brown & group therAPy, A Long Way from Sunday, Key of A/FairTrade/Tyscot Records
TRADITIONAL DUO/CHORUS GROUP OF THE YEAR
- The Rance Allen Group, Live from San Francisco, Tyscot Records
CONTEMPORARY MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
- Travis Greene, Crossover Live in Music City, RCA Inspiration
TRADITIONAL MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
- Marvin Sapp, Close, Verity/RCA Inspiration
CONTEMPORARY FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
- Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Heart. Passion. Pursuit., Motown Gospel
TRADITIONAL FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
- CeCe Winans, Let them Fall in Love, Pure Springs Gospel
CONTEMPORARY CD OF THE YEAR
- Heart. Passion. Pursuit., Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Motown Gospel
TRADITIONAL CD OF THE YEAR
- Close, Marvin Sapp, Verity/RCA Inspiration
URBAN/INSPIRATIONAL SINGLE OR PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR
- You Deserve It, JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise, JamesTown Music/Entertainment One
MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR
- Derek Blanks, We Livin - It's Still Personal (Tina Campbell), Gee Tree Creative/Malaco
TRADITIONAL CHOIR OF THE YEAR
- Bishop Paul S. Morton, Legacy Live in New Orleans, Tehillah Music Group/Entertainment One
CONTEMPORARY CHOIR OF THE YEAR
- JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise, You Deserve It, JamesTown Music/Entertainment One
INSTRUMENTAL CD OF THE YEAR
- Kirk Whalum, #LoveCovers, Top Drawer Records
SPECIAL EVENT CD OF THE YEAR
- Greenleaf Soundtrack Season 2, Various Artists, RCA Inspiration
RAP HIP HOP GOSPEL CD OF THE YEAR
- Greatness, Canton Jones, Radar Live/Cajo Records
YOUTH PROJECT OF THE YEAR
- God's Little Soldiers International Boys Choir, Through the Years, DIR/Motor City Praise
QUARTET OF THE YEAR
- The Williams Brothers, Timeless, Blackberry Records
RECORDED MUSIC PACKAGING OF THE YEAR
- Derek Blanks, Heart. Passion. Pursuit. (Tasha Cobbs Leonard), Motown Gospel
PRAISE AND WORSHIP CD OF THE YEAR
- You Deserve It, JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise, JamesTown Music/Entertainment One
JAMES CLEVELAND LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT
- Tamela Mann
THOMAS A. DORSEY MOST NOTABLE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
- Bishop Kenneth Moales, Sr.
DR. BOBBY JONES LEGENDS AWARD
- Rev. Milton Biggham
- Edwin Hawkins (posthumously)
STELLAR HONORS HALL OF FAME
Dr. Marabeth Gentry
GOSPEL RADIO OF THE YEAR Winners
MAJOR MARKET OF THE YEAR
- WGRB-AM 1390AM (Inspiration 1390), Chicago, Sonya Blakey
LARGE MARKET OF THE YEAR
- WOKB 1680AM, Orlando/Central Florida, Shanti Persaud
MEDIUM MARKET OF THE YEAR
- WFMI 100.9, Virginia Beach, Mike Chandler
SMALL MARKET OF THE YEAR
- KSYB 1300AM, Shreveport, Rhonda Phillips- Sanders
INTERNET STATION OF THE YEAR
- SOAR Radio, www.soarradio.com, Justin Francis
GOSPEL ANNOUNCER OF THE YEAR
- Liz Black, 1190AM WLIB, New York, NY
The hosts of CBS The Talk recently announced the nominees for the 45th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards which cover a wide variety of programming including soap operas, talk shows, game shows, children’s shows, animation etc, and amongst this year’s honorees is Entertainment Studios own Judge Mablean Ephriam, whose Justice with Judge Mablean was nominated for Outstanding Court Show/Legal Program! The 45th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will be held on April 29th in Los Angeles.
Central City Productions completed the taping of the 2018 Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards in Las Vegas at the Orleans Arena, hosted by Kirk Franklin. The telecast will premiere on TV One, Good Friday, March 30, at 9/8c . Additionally, the Stellar Awards will air in national broadcast syndication March 31-May 6, 2018. This year’s spectacular show open featured Stellar Awards alum Erica Campbell reuniting with her sister Tina Campbell as the hit gospel duo Mary Mary for the first time in more than six years. The 2018 Annual Stellar Gospel Music included an all-star tribute to the late, great Edwin Hawkins, with his sister Lynette Hawkins accepting the Edwin Hawkins Icon Award in his honor. Also, a stand out moment featured the multi-platinum award-winning Snoop Dogg performing material from his new gospel album, “Bible of Love.” The 2018 Stellar Awards included performances by Snoop Dogg, Mary Mary, Kierra Sheard, Tori Kelly, Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Anthony Brown, JJ Hairston, Travis Greene, Jonathan McReynolds, Ricky Dillard, Todd Dulaney, Tasha Page Lockhart, KeKe Wyatt, Canton Jones, Deitrick Haddon, Koryn Hawthorne, Le’Andria Johnson and more. Special presenters included Donnie McClurkin, Merle Dandridge, David Mann, Anika Noni Rose and more. Top winners of the 2018 Stellar Awards were JJ Hairston winning six awards; Tasha Cobbs Leonard and Travis Greene each winning four awards; and Anthony Brown winning two awards. Don Jackson bestowed special honors upon gospel greats who have made significant contributions to the genre. The incomparable Tamela Mann was the 2018 recipient of the James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award and the legendary Rev. Milton Biggham received The Ambassador Dr. Bobby Jones Legends Award. Stellar Honors Hall of Fame Inductees includes Kurt Carr, Ben Tankard, and Dr. Marabeth Gentry - President of the National Convention of Gospel Choirs and Choruses. The Stellar Awards telecast will premiere on TV One on Friday, March 30 at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT and air in broadcast syndication on 130 stations in more than 110 markets around the country March 31 - May 6, 2018.
Grammy Award winning recording artistKurt Carr is looking to add two new voices to his acclaimedKurt Carr Singers. In preparation of his forthcoming album, "Bless Somebody Else," Carr is looking to bless two aspiring artists looking for an opportunity in Gospel Music by having them join his collective of singers. To submit, applicants must upload a video under two minutes long to YouTube singing one of the seven pre-selected songs to KurtCarrSingersSearch@gmail.com. Submissions must include full name, age, photograph, city of residence and contact information. All submissions must be emailed by Monday, May 1, 2018.
2018 Stellar Award nominee and chart-topping independent recording artist Bryan Popin is taking his dynamic music ministry and showmanship to the biggest night in Gospel Music during The 33rd Annual Stellar Awards weekend in Las Vegas with high-profile performances at two Official Stellar Awards Sanctioned events. On Friday, March 23, Popin will take the stage at the Stellar Awards Pre-Show to perform a medley of "I Got Out" and "Step In The Name.
BET’s Sunday Best Season 5 winner and Mixed Bag Music Gospel recording artist Joshua Rogers is RETURNING with new music after a 5 year recording hiatus and is set to make multiple high-profile public appearances – his first in several years in Las Vegas during the 33rd annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards this weekend including: the Stellar Awards Pre-Show, Gospel Radio Awards and Showcase.
This weekend’s episode of TV One’s award-winning series “UNSUNG” featuring Pastor Shirley Caesar https://youtu.be/hxw2LPF9QZQ
Coming soon the new series “UNCENSORED” on TV One featuring Le’Andria Johnson. https://youtu.be/iIPhMFkcdhQ [Le’Andria discusses rebellion]
Gospel recording artist Isabel Davis is scheduled to record new music live at W. J. Clements Stadium in Boksburg, South Africa, east of Johannesburg. Davis joins CODE R.E.D. (RESTORINGEVERYTHING DAMAGED) in collaboration with Greg Lyons of Uncle G Promotions and Entertainment, who will bring American Gospel artists to South Africa during its three-year partnership for concert events which will be scheduled four times per year. Davis kicks off the inaugural CODE R.E.D. Music Festival on September 1-2.
Lionsgate -- Roadside Attractions' release of the Erwin Brothers faith-based family drama I Can Only Imagine shattered pre-weekend tracking expectations to become #3 at the box-office this weekend and the #1 faith-based movie of 2018. The film took in an estimated $17,064,640 for a per-screen average of $10,475 from 1,629 locations in North America. The film received a rare A+ CinemaScore with an audience that was 67% female and 80% over 35.
Chart-topping, three-time GRAMMY® nominated, seven-time Stellar Award-winning artist, global worshipper and pastor of Forward City Church, Travis Greene has announced additional tour dates and cities for the culture shifting Crossover Live Tour. After a sold-out first leg on his much-anticipated Crossover Live Tour, Travis kicked off the Crossover Live Tour Vol. 2 on March 2nd in Memphis, TN at the Memphis Grizzles Gospel Night. The tour will be making stops in Phoenix, Los Angeles, Dallas, Houston, Birmingham, Jacksonville, Orlando and Tampa. His Caribbean Tour kicks off April 2nd in Jamaica. The crossover live tour welcomed surprise guest Israel Houghton, J.J. Hairston and Kierra Sheard.
GRAMMY NOMINATED ARTIST AND WEB SERIES STAR TINA CAMPBELL WITH HUSBAND TEDDY CAMPBELL LAUNCH NEW WEBSITE WWW.TEDDYANDTINA.ORG
Award-winning broadcaster, Tavis Smiley, the New York Times best-selling author of “Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Final Year,” will premiere a 2-hour tribute to King on The Word Network, Wednesday, April 4, 2018. Starting with a deep dive into the most courageous and controversial speech King ever delivered, the 2-hour broadcast will feature The Word Network premiere of Smiley's documentary "MLK: A Call to Conscience."
Gospel music legend, Earnest Pugh, has debuted the new concept music video, “Survive,”. The dramatic ballad is the second radio single from Pugh’s ninth album, Survive . View: Portions of the heart-wrenching video https://www.vevo.com/watch/earnest-pugh/survive-(official-music-video)/US2761891798
Central City Productions line-up of performers for the 2018 Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards, including the reunion of Mary Mary (Erica Campbell and Tina Campbell), and the Stellar Award's debut of rapper, actor, and television personality Snoop Dogg, performing songs from his new gospel album "Bible of Love” at this year’s show. The 33rd Annual Stellar Awards performers scheduled to appear include: Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Travis Greene, Tye Tribbett, Anthony Brown & group therAPy, Kierra Sheard, KeKe Wyatt, Jonathan McReynolds, Tasha Page-Lockhart, Todd Dulaney, Koryn Hawthorne and Ricky Dillard & New G, among others. Returning to Las Vegas' Orleans Arena on Saturday, March 24, 2018 the Stellar Awards welcomes Kirk Franklin, as host.
Six-time GRAMMY® winning artist ISRAEL HOUGHTONreleases his new single today, March 9, titled “Reckless Love” on iTunes, Amazon and all digital retailers worldwide. “Reckless Love” is the first new song from Houghton’s forthcoming EP, due this Spring.
TV One has announced that production is underway in Atlanta for the new original holiday movie, MERRY WISH-MAS. Starring Tamela Mann (The Manns) as Keneisha 'Kenni' Wright, a single and successful Atlanta businesswoman who hasn't returned home for the holidays in years, she plays opposite her creative and life partner, husband David Mann (The Manns) as Jessie Jenkins, an old high school friend. The two reunite at Jessie's fledgling wellness facility, the Beverly Living Center, where Kenni is reminded of the transformational power of love, hope and faith, amplified by the spirit of the holidays. The Manns also serve as executive producers on the project, which will premiere this winter on TV One. Directed by award-winning actress, director and producer Terri J. Vaughn.
LOS PROFETAS, an Urban/Latin super duo made up of brothers Frank and Miguel Estrada, light up Christian music with their new single, "Light It Up" featuring former Group 1 Crew member Pablo Villatoro. Their 2015 debut album EL PRINCIPIO DEL FINAL (The Beginning of the End) set the stage for the development of their undeniable sound. They followed up with MI DESTINO (My Destiny) – an EP of 6 songs released in 2016 which features their hit "Elévame". Now, with their unique style and Pablo's collaboration, The "Light It Up" single is available on digital music platforms and is accompanied by its official video now available on the duo's YouTube channel. Los Profetas will making an appearance at the upcoming 2018 Stellar Gospel Music Awards week in Las Vegas, NV. The dynamic duo will be performing their new single at the REP DA KING AWARD WEEKEND SHOWCASE at Club His Hop on March 23, attending the Stellar Awards show and making media appearances throughout the Stellar Awards Week.
The 36th Annual McDonald’s Gospelfest comes to Newark Symphony Hall (1030 Broad Street, Newark, NJ) on Saturday, May 12th for the gospel event of the year. This year will feature a stellar line-up of gospel artists including Bishop Hezekiah Walker, Jekalyn Carr, VaShawn Mitchell, Le’Andria Johnson, Wes Morgan, Cissy Houston, Melba Moore, and Keith “Wonderboy” Johnson.
Radio One and a network of 51 gospel, R&B and hip-hop stations raised $1.7 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital during Urban Radio Cares for St. Jude Kids March 1st and 2nd. Thanks to events such as this families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food.
RCA Inspiration, in association with All The Time Entertainment, announced the release of Bible of Love on March 16, 2018. Bible of Love is the 16th album and first–ever gospel project from legendary, award-winning artist and icon, Snoop Dogg, whose career spans more than 25 years. The album is also the first release from All The Time Entertainment, which Snoop launched to provide more opportunities for gospel music artists.
Watch the all-new trailer for God’s Not Dead: A Light in Darkness right now In theaters nationwide March 30, 2018, GOD’S NOT DEAD: ALIGHT IN DARKNESS is a powerful reminder that in all circumstances, we are called to be a light for Jesus to a world in desperate need of hope. https://godsnotdead.pureflix.com/
Worship leader, songstress Maranda Curtis releases new single “Nobody Like You Lord,” on all digital sales and streaming platforms today. Right in line with the sound of today’s worship, “Nobody Like You Lord” is perfectly suited for corporate and personal worship. The single precedes her upcoming project OPEN HEAVEN which will include seven all-new songs. Recorded live in Delaware,
After the #Metoo movement widespread prevalence of harassment and gender wage gap in Hollywood, Dove and Stellar Award-winning producer, composer and singer Jason White creates "Beautiful", an uplifting music video that epitomizes powerful gifted women across the world. White created 'Beautiful'-the remake of "You Are So Beautiful" composed by the late Billy Preston and made popular by the late Joe Cocker-as an admiration to women starting with the women in his life. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EoWAiUu8z4w&feature=youtu.be
2018 is already shaping up to pick up right where the successes of its predecessor left off for 20 Year-Old prolific Author, Billboard No.1 top-selling award-winning independent recording artist, motivational speaker and entrepreneur, Jekalyn Carr. Adding "author" to her already impressive list of credits for her first published book "You Will Win!: Inspirational Strategies to Help You Overcome,” released earlier this week, Carr has now released her highly anticipated fourth independent project, ONE NATION UNDER GOD available today in stores and on digital platforms.
Dominique Stroman has formed a joint venture with Mytrell Records to bring digital distribution to independent artists worldwide. Dominique, along with Mytrell President/CEO Cappriccieo M. Scates, will present a strategic platform for new and rising artists via his newly formed imprint 1KINGDOMLIVE. The primary focus of the company will be directed towards gospel music, however, 1KINGDOMLIVE will be receptive to all genres.
Jonathan Nelson known for his hit songs and hit songs that he has penned for other artists that include “Manifest”, “My Name Is Victory”, “Healed” and “The Struggle Is Over”. Nelson has written for Donald Lawrence, JJ Hairston, Maurette Brown Clark, TD Jakes, Stephen Hurd and Troy Sneed. His new single. "I Agree” is Caribbean inspired. The song is available for sale on all digital outlets on March 2,2018. His new album is set to release in the summer of 2018.
It is with a heavy heart we announce the passing of Millcon Music Ministry Artist Conrad Miller. Conrad transitioned from this life on Saturday, February 24, 2018. The Distinguished Gentleman of Traditional Gospel, Conrad Miller, was known as a seasoned psalmist who worked diligently in music ministry. Conrad's love for gospel and his classical music training afforded the singer to present sacred music that pleasantly continues to fall on the ear and is awakening to the spirit and soul. His last interview with Gospel Spotlight: http://www.gospel-spotlight.com/conrad_miller.intvw.htm
Two-time GRAMMY®-nominated and Stellar Award-winning artist, William Murphy, leads an intentionally ground-breaking worship experience with a live recording of his new album “BRIDGES” on Thursday, March 1st in Atlanta, GA. With distinctive vocals and a knack for prayer, the respected worship leader, singer, and songwriter behind the enduring anthems “Praise Is What I Do,” “It’s Working,” and his latest hit single “Everlasting God”, will create a new powerful music encounter for “BRIDGES,” his sixth album, which will feature production from Kenneth and Tasha Cobbs Leonard.
Central City Productions announces a dazzling line-up of performers for the 2018 Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards, including the reunion of sister act, Mary Mary (Erica Campbell and Tina Campbell), and the Stellar Award's debut of rapper, actor, and television personality Snoop Dogg, performing songs from his new gospel album “Songs of Love”. The 33rd Annual Stellar Awards performers scheduled to appear include: Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Travis Greene, Tye Tribbett, Anthony Brown & group therAPy, Kierra Sheard, KeKe Wyatt, Jonathan McReynolds, Tasha Page-Lockhart, Todd Dulaney, Koryn Hawthorne and Ricky Dillard & New G, among others. Returning to Las Vegas' Orleans Arena on Saturday, March 24, 2018 with the undisputed crown prince of contemporary gospel music, Kirk Franklin, as host. The Stellar Awards telecast will premiere on TV One on Friday, March 30 at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT and air in broadcast syndication on 130 stations.
The new album from GRAMMY®-nominated singer/songwriter Brian Courtney Wilson, A GREAT WORK, is available today for pre-order across all digital platforms in advance of the March 23 street date. Fans who pre-order the album via iTunes will instantly receive the album’s lead single and title track, as well as the upbeat “Increase My Faith.”
The six-time Grammy® Award winning Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, achieves a marvelous milestone on its brilliant new project, I Am Reminded. The eleven-track set marks the legendary 40+ year-old ensemble’s 30th album. It releases April 6, 2018 via Provident Distribution. It is now available for pre-order on all major digital service providers. The eclectic collection of worship anthems features dynamic solos from soulful singer, Nicole Binion, who has recorded with the choir in the past; Indonesian worship leader, Sidney Mohede, who has written songs for Israel & New Breed; and the duo of Shane & Shane, whose warm harmonies are featured on the instant grat track, “Psalm 23.”
The Stellar Gospel Music Award winning online radio station, SOAR Radio, and the founder of Sun Wise Media, Ri- Karlo Handy, have announced the 2nd Annual Soar Radio Gospel Music Awards. The program will take place Monday, April 9, 2018 at The Coronado Performing Arts Center, Rockford, IL . The show, to be taped for television broadcast, will feature performances honoring pioneers from all genres of gospel music. The hosts for evening will be multi-award winning producer, Donald Lawrence, and celebrity personality, Michelle Williams, of Destiny’s Child fame.
The moving story of Black American Pioneer Reginald F. Lewis premieres on TV, inspiring a new generation of minority youths to dream big, and to keep going no matter what. The documentary, produced by PBS WNET, chronicles the life and legacy of business pioneer, philanthropist and titan Reginald F. Lewis, the first billion dollar dealmaker in America. A Harvard Law School graduate, Lewis rose to prominence as a lawyer, civil rights activist, financier, and leader of the global food company TLC Beatrice International. Mr. Lewis first in their new pioneers documentary series. Among others, she also thanked business tycoon Tarrus Richardson, who was inspired by Mr. Lewis’ story when he heard it at 14 years old, and gave the largest contribution to make the documentary possible. Reginald F Lewis and the Making of a Billion Dollar Empire will air on Saturday, February 24, 7:00pm on NJTV, and is NOW AVAILABLE for ONLINE STREAMING on www.THIRTEEN.org/pioneers.
Multiple award-winner, best-selling recording artist VaShawn Mitchell signs a new deal for his VMAN Entertainment music with Fair Trade Services, in partnership with Tyscot Records. Mitchell’s VMAN Entertainment will bring high-level talent and creativity by offering relevant and contemporary urban worship music. VMAN Entertainment also inked a deal with long-time marketing executive, Larry Blackwell and Blackwell Legacy LLC who will work along with Fair Trade and Tyscot to deliver the upcoming “You Took The Nails,” is a compelling new song just in time and perfectly suited for the Easter season. “You Took The Nails” is impressive, moving, and impassioned song that matches the power of the holiday. The single is available tomorrow on all digital sales and streaming platforms and precedes Mitchell’s new digital EP, CROSS MUSIC available everywhere on March 9.
The 3rd Annual Musical Soul Food Festival returns to Chesapeake, VA on Sat. June 23, 2018. It's going to be A-M-A-Z-I-N-G-!
Evangelist Billy Graham — a confidant to presidents, a guiding light to generations of American evangelicals and a globe-trotting preacher who converted millions to Christianity — died Wednesday at the age of 99, his spokesman confirmed. Graham passed away at his home in Montreat, North Carolina, spokesman Jeremy Blume said.
The angelic-voiced Keyondra Lockett spent years singing with the dynamic group Zie’l before launching her solo career in 2015. Since then, she has emerged as not only a gifted vocalist and songwriter, but a trendsetting creative force and a visionary businesswoman. While thriving in multiple professional lanes, Lockett is excited to announce the release of her new single "Try."
Upliftv, the leading faith-based network offering inspirational movies, captivating series and documentaries, as well as a variety of TV ministries, is inviting its viewers to enter the Experience Israel Sweepstakes for a chance to win a 7-night all-inclusive tour for two of Jesus’ footsteps through the Holy Land, Israel. Participating is simple. To enter, all potential candidates must text the word ISRAEL to 94253 or complete an entry form online at upliftv.com/Israel.
Just off the heels of a successful East Coast Radio Promo Tour capped off by a live performance on Kirk Franklin Praise on Sirius XM (Air Date TBA) The debut of the "Love Covers" video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ic6zRi8Evgw
The GMA (Gospel Music Association) Foundation announced its inductees and honorees for the 5th Annual GMA Honors and Hall of Fame Ceremony set for Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at Lipscomb University's Allen Arena. This year's GMA Hall of Fame inductees include CCM artist Carman, award-winning Southern Gospel artist Karen Peck Gooch, legendary Gospel family group The Staples Singers and acclaimed producer Greg Nelson. The event also honors individuals and organizations that are impacting our culture both past and present. This year's honorees include Chonda Pierce for Branches Counseling Center, Bishop Marvin Sapp, Ryan Lampa for People Loving Nashville and Lipscomb University. Performers and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks. www.gospelmusichalloffame.org.
In a world that promotes shame, hiding our scars, and covering the truth, She Won is a safe space for women who share similar stories of abuse. It fosters healthy relationships and facilitates community. The She Won luncheon takes place on Sunday, April 8, 2018 at 2:00 pm at The Modern, Long Beach, CA The goal of this gathering is to unite, celebrate, and empower survivors so that they continue to take their rightful place in the world and thrive. Surrounded by supporters and people who genuinely love them, we will curate an afternoon of acceptance and affirmation. www.officialshewon.com
Jekalyn Carr's first book You Will Win... is a printed and digital resource that will provide Biblical and relevant insight for believers including collections of Jekalyn's most poignant and riveting exhortations, pointers, impactful and inspirational messages, that will help readers conquer their storms, live in victory and maintain a winning attitude. As a young motivational speaker for over ten years, Jekalyn has traveled the country speaking to audiences. You Will Win is a reminder that words have the power to create and speak happiness and joy into your life. Jekalyn provides 14 principles to follow and apply along the path to winning. She also offers 7 ways to win and 12 habits for a win. You Will Win is published through Trinity Broadcasting Networks (TBN) — the company’s first book release.
President of the Gospel Heritage Foundation, and award-winning singer, songwriter VaShawn Mitchell announces new line up of speakers, performers and honorees for the 2018 International Worship And Arts Summit. The Gospel Heritage Foundation (GHF) will host the 2018 International Worship & Arts Summit February 22-24 2018 in Nashville TN. All day and evening sessions will be held at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church, lNashville TN.
NAACP Image Award-Winning Actor and Comedian David Mann and his wife, Grammy® Award-Winning Recording Artist Tamela Mann, are celebrating #BlackLove on Valentine’s Day with the announcement of their forthcoming new memoir, Us Against the World: Our Secrets to Love, Marriage, and Family (W Publishing), available September 25, 2018. With a love story spanning more than 30 years and celebrity careers that have garnered numerous prestigious awards and accolades, superstar couple David and Tamela candidly share about their lifelong love, marriage and blended family, while telling the honest truth about issues they’ve faced including communication, forgiveness, sex, finances, and faith, in their very first book.
Wife of television Executive Don Jackson, Dr. Rosemary Robinson Jackson, Ph.D., Chicago educator, business woman and community leader, died Wednesday (February 7, 2018) at the age of 71, succumbing to cancer. Services will be held in Chicago at Christ Universal Temple, on Friday, February 16, 2018, at 11 a.m.
There was a sea of red dresses backstage at the Hammerstein Ballroom when women from all facets of the entertainment industry came together for a good cause. Each woman had her special reason for walking the ramp, but one thing for sure the audience could feel the love and support at this year’s 2018 American Heart Association's (AHA) Go Red For Women™ Red Dress Collection, presented by Macy's. “I Go Red in memory of my brother, Ronald Winans, who passed away from heart disease at the age of 48 in 2005,” says CeCe Winans.
Multiple award-winner, Grammy nominee Anthony Brown & group therAPy announce THE WINNER’S CIRCLE TOUR, to launch this April. This special limited-run will kick off on Friday, April 5 in Bridgeport, CT. THE WINNER’S CIRCLE TOUR, will have additional dates across the country including Houston, Dallas, Atlanta, Winston-Salem, NC, Richmond VA, Bolingbrook (Chicago), and Indianapolis.
Barack and Michelle Obama surfaced at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery Monday morning for the unveiling of their official portraits. The former president’s portrait was painted by Kehinde Wiley,and Mrs. Obama’s portrait was commissioned by Baltimore-based artist Amy Sherald. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKbtYvJd1Ks
Friends, family and fans came from all over the nation to celebrate the life of gospel music legend Edwin Hawkins who died January 15th of complications from pancreatic cancer. He was memorialized with a special musical tribute on Tuesday night at Harbor Light Church in Fremont, CA. Bishop Yvette Flunder facilitated the first of a two-night memorial musical that included some of Hawkins’s music including his iconic song, “Oh Happy Day.” It became the first gospel song to cross genre and racial lines. Among the speakers were Bishop Kenneth Ulmer of the Faithful Central Bible Church of Inglewood, California who joked about dancing to “Oh Happy Day” at the nightclub back in the day. He also shared about the impact Hawkins has had on gospel music. Several gospel music icons were also in attendance including Lady Tramaine Hawkins, Bebe Winans, Richard Smallwood, Dr. Bobby Jones, Ted Winn and Chanel Haynes of Trin-i-tee 5:7 fame were also spotted in the crowd.
Rising Nashville based G.Favored Entertainment Group is honored to announce recent song placements on the soundtrack inspired by the forthcoming motion picture SAMSON and on the 2X 2018 Stellar Gospel Music Award nominated and chart Topping album SURE. FOCUSED. CENTERED. byDr. F. James Clark and The NextGeneration Choir.
We are sadden with the lose of Rose Jackson the wife of Don Jackson of Central City Productions and founder of The Stellar Awards. Please keep the family in prayer.
Capitol Christian Music Group (CCMG) has promoted Monica Coates and EJ Gaines each to the position of Co-Executive Director of Motown Gospel, it was announced today by CCMG Chairman & CEO Peter York. Coates is also promoted to Vice President of A&R/Creative of Motown Gospel, with her responsibilities expanded to oversee the growth and development of the company’s Gospel music publishing assets, and Gaines to Vice President of Marketing at CCMG, bringing his expertise to a broader artist roster.
The beloved annual series, WOW GOSPEL, is back again, continuing a long-running tradition of topping the charts. The newly-released compilation, WOW GOSPEL 2018, debuts at #1 this week on the Top Gospel Albums Chart. The release serves as the 20th anniversary of the brand, and its current chart position marks the 19th consecutive year that the series has entered at #1.
2018 Stellar Award nominee and Billboard No .1 independent recording artist Bryan Popin is making noise within the gospel music marketplace with his new concept music video "Step In The Name," garnering over 1 million views in 3 weeks. Released January 16 and exclusively premiered on BET.com and BET Gospel digital platforms, this hot music video brings heat with an infectious funky pop groove that mixes old school with the new school and features cameos from acclaimed Gospel/Christian recording artists and TV/Radio personalities, ranging from DeVon Franklin, Meagan Good, David Mann, Travis Greene, Jonathan McReynolds, Jekalyn Carr, Willie Moore Jr., Darlene McCoy, Jermaine Dolly and more. Watch the "Step In The Name" concept music video here.
Koryn Hawthorne continues to garner attention with her stunning artistry and sterling voice, as her hit single “Won’t He Do It” hits #1 on the latest chart for Billboard’s Gospel Digital Tracks. The hit song off of her acclaimed debut project, the Koryn Hawthorne EP, “Won’t He Do It” also remains a top hit across multiple Gospel charts, at #4 on the latest charts for Billboard’s Hot Gospel Songs and #7 for Gospel Airplay.
A special installment of the Bounce newsmagazine show Ed Gordon called "Am I Black Enough?" will examine the nuances of cultural identity within the Black community to define exactly what it means to "be Black." On Monday, Feb. 12,"Am I Black Enough?" will be available for streaming exclusively on Brown Sugar,. The special will premiere on Bounce on Saturday, Feb. 17. YouTube URL: https://youtu.be/fEGSdPjPJ7o
Today, RCA Inspiration, in association with All The Time Entertainment, announced the release of Bible of Love on March 16, 2018. Bible of Love is the 16th album and first ever gospel project from legendary, award-winning artist and icon, Snoop Dogg, whose career spans more than 25 years. The album is also the first release from All The Time Entertainment, a label which Snoop launched to provide more opportunities for gospel music artists.
Some of the biggest gospel artists of our time are headed West to pay tribute to four-time Grammy® Award-winning recording artist, Edwin Hawkins, who passed away January 15th. The Hawkins Family is staging a two-night “Celebration of Life” event that takes place Tuesday, February 6th and Wednesday, February 7th @7 PM each evening at the Harbor Light Church, Fremont, CA . The event will stream live on Facebook Iamedwinhawkins @ 7 PM PST/10 PM EST each night. Performing either night are Donnie McClurkin, Marvin Winans, Bebe Winans, Beverly Crawford, Anita Wilson, LaShun Pace, Ted Winn, Melonie Daniels-Walker, Chrystal Rucker, BSlade, Chrystal Rucker, Minister Carole King, Tibari and Bishop Yvette Flunder. Donald Lawrence is supervising the music and Edwin Hawkins’ music director, Derrick Hall, is the bandleader. Kurt Carr and Ricky Dillard are guest choir directors.
Charles Jenkins & Fellowship Chicago, have dropped a hot new digital EP on the heels of their smash hit, “Grace.”The four-song set, “Grace: The Remixes” (Inspired People/Empire), features a new solo by Jenkins, two instrumentals and a fresh collaboration with celebrated vocalist, Kim Burrell. The EP is available at all major digital service providers. https://empire.lnk.to/GraceRemixes
Grammy nominated and multiple Stellar Award winning Pastor William Murphy, III will host his next live recording, “Bridges”, March 1st in Atlanta. The live recording will be recorded at the dReam Center church of Atlanta, which Murphy pastors and will be produced by Kenneth and Tasha Cobbs Leonard. It is free and open to the public. ON March, 2, Murphy will host his second annual Demonstrate Conference. Demonstrate is two days of instruction and impartation to help bring back in to alignment what happens on Sunday mornings between the Pastor, Worship Leaders and Intercessors, as presented by some of the most renowned leaders in ministry.
The U.S. Postal Service will honor legendary performer and civil rights activist Lena Horne on the 41st stamp in the Black Heritage stamp series.
Tye Tribbett sits in with the Roots on THE TONIGHT SHOW Starring Jimmy Fallon Wednesday February 7, 2018 11:35 PM ET/10:35 CST on NBC.
The Impact Network, the only African American owned and operated Christian television network in the United States, is now available on Altice USA's Optimum TV. The network features programming on urban ministries and gospel lifestyle entertainment.
Alvin Love III is on top of the world after his first Grammy win, and what a big win! After years of coaxing his 12 time Grammy award-winning mother, CeCe Winans, to let him spear-head her new project, he finally received the green light. Love is the visionary behind the generation-bridging new album Let Them Fall in Love that took almost three years to complete. It was worth the wait because the project recently won two awards, Best Gospel Album and Best Gospel Performance/Song at the 60th Grammy Awards held at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Bounce will honor Black History Month in February with a compelling programming tribute; highlights include:
*The 2018 Bounce Trumpet Awards, Sunday, February 11 at 9:00 p.m. ET hosted by actors Larenz Tate and Erica Ash. Ludacris, CeeLo Green, Cameo, Doug E. Fresh, Xscape, Bow Wow, Keke Wyatt and more gather to perform and to honor the outstanding accomplishments of African Americans
*A special installment of the Bounce newsmagazine show Ed Gordon called "Am I Black Enough?" The award-winning journalist and series producer/host Gordon explores this interesting subject matter with influencers such as Samuel L. Jackson, Anthony Anderson, Wayne Brady, Yara Shahidi, Taye Diggs, Charlamagne Tha God, Misty Copeland, Boris Kodjoe and others. On Monday, Feb. 12,"Am I Black Enough?" will be available for streaming exclusively on Brown Sugar. Saturday, Feb. 17.
*A new original short-form series of vignettes called "Your Story Matters" spotlighting the unique and inspiring experiences of trailblazing African Americans, including legendary actress, philanthropist and Brown Sugar spokeswoman Pam Grier, Academy Award®-winning actor and community activist Lou Gossett, Jr. and NASA engineer and 2018 Bounce Trumpet Award Honoree Dr. Lonnie Johnson.
Bounce will also feature a variety of relevant movies throughout February including: Amistad, starring Morgan Freeman and Djimon Hounsou; the 2008 adaptation of A Raisin in the Sun featuring Phylicia Rashad, Sanaa Lathan, Sean Combs and Audra McDonald; Panther with Courtney B. Vance, Kadeem Hardison and Chris Rock; Ruby Bridges, Selma, Lord, Selma and more.
TV One's premiere of the 49th Annual NAACP Image Awards hosted by Anthony Anderson was a Top 5 telecast on cable in its premiere time slot among African-American Households and also the #4 Most Watched telecast on TV One in the last two years (743K P2+). The premiere night reached 2 million unique viewers 2+ (Red Carpet, Image Award premiere and Image Awards encore #1) - also up from last year.
Dr. F. James Clark, Senior Pastor ofThe Shalom Church (City of Peace) in St. Louis, MO and his young adult choir The NextGeneration Choirhave snagged two 2018 Stellar Gospel Music Award nominations. The NextGeneration Choir is up for New Artist of The Year and Contemporary Choir of the Year. The 2018 Stellar Gospel Music Awards show will be held March 24th in Las Vegas, NV with Dr. Clark and The NextGeneration choir in attendance and with visible performances during the awards week of exciting events and activities. tashafox_intvw.htm
Jekalyn Carr's "You Will Win" top the charts this week landing at No. 1 on both Billboard's Gospel Airplay and MediaBase Gospel Airplay charts. This marks Jekalyn's second consecutive No.1 song at gospel radio ('You're Bigger). Pre-orders are available now for Jekalyn's forthcoming first book You Will Win: Inspirational Strategies To Help You Overcome (February 20). http://www.gospel-spotlight.com/jekalyncarr_intvw.htm
From the hitmaker that introduced you to Casey J. with the No. 1 hit songs “Fill Me Up” and “I’m Yours” music executive Marquis Boone now introduces you to Fresh Start Worship. This pure and refreshing group of singers debut single “Mention” and is gaining traction and is impacting Gospel radio now. “Mention” is the lead single to the group’s selp title debut album.
Two-Time GRAMMY winner Tye Tribbett is headed back to TV with a new Gospel Music Show. The singer is teaming up with TBN (Trinity Broadcasting Network) for the show Gospel Worship Experience which he will host alongside recording artist Javen. “We are partnering with TBN on a brand new show called the “Gospel Worship Experience,” states Tribbett, “Javen, along with myself, will be the host of this brand new show like no other.”The Gospel Worship Experience taping will feature special guests Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Travis Greene, Kierra Sheard and Anthony Brown who will be featured on the Orlando show at the Holy Land Experience Church of All Nations, January 29th. http://www.gospel-spotlight.com
The acclaimed long-running series WOW GOSPEL is back, as the beloved collection delivers 30 top artists and hits with its latest installment, WOW GOSPEL 2018, available everywhere today! Gospel’s best-selling multi-artist album series, WOW GOSPEL celebrates 20 years since the release of the very first WOW GOSPEL 1998 collection, which debuted in January of that year. WOW GOSPEL is a joint venture from RCA Inspiration, Word Entertainment, and Motown Gospel, and includes a mix of features from award-winning trendsetters and rising artists. See review on http://www.gospel-spotlight.com/album_rvw.htm
GRAMMY®-nominee and Stellar Award-winning quartet The Walls Group release their new single “And You Don’t Stop” to Gospel radio. “And You Don’t Stop” is featured on their third album, THE OTHER SIDE. The hit-making siblings (Darrel Walls, Rhea Walls, Alic “Paco” Walls, Ahjah Walls) have also, simultaneously, released a live performance video for “And You Don’t Stop”.Check out The Walls Group’s “And You Don’t Stop” video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYpcZBy5k2
PJ Morton has released the official music video for "First Began” — nominated for Best R&B Song at this Sunday’s GRAMMYs. The video is a touching reflection on early marital bliss starring the Golden Globe-winning actor, Sterling Brown ('This Is Us') and his wife Ryan Brown, Tamera Mowry and husband Adam Housley, NAACP Image Award-winning actor Omari Hardwick and wife Jae Hardwick, gospel star Erica Campbell (Mary Mary) and her husband Warryn, and Morton’s wife, Kortni. Watch it on BET: https://www.bet.com/music/2018/01/24/pj-morton-first-began-video.html
GRAMMY, Billboard and GMA Dove Award nominated and Stellar Award-winning 20-Year old millennial recording artist and evangelist Jekalyn Carr is hosting her first conference. The You Will Win Conference will take place June 21-22, 2018 in Southaven, MS at Brown Missionary Baptist Church. This conference will inspire individuals to succeed in ministry, business, the work-place and at home.
Earnest Pugh's AT&T-sponsored single, “Be The Glow,” featuring Pugh, Fantasia, Monica, Fred Hammond, Marvin Sapp and others is rapidly climbing the charts. To further promote “Be The Glow,” Pugh will join Grammy® winner, Fantasia; Monica; and writer/producer, Keith Williams, for a Pre-Grammy Party with Primary Wave on Saturday, January 27 at Milk Studios in New York City. WLIB midday host, Liz Black, will host the star-studded “Be The Glow” event. Pugh will wrap the weekend with a special performance of “Survive” on the Bravo cable television network’s reality series, “The Real Housewives of Atlanta.” Pugh sang the song during a fundraiser for survivors of Hurricane Harvey and the show’s cast was there to participate.
Multi-award winning singer-songwriter-producer team Natalie Grant and Bernie Herms will be presenters at the 60th Annual GRAMMY® Awards Premiere Ceremony on Sunday, January 28 live beginning at 3 p.m. EST. Watch the live stream at www.grammy.com. Collectively, the husband/wife team is nominated for three awards including Grant’s single “Clean,” for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song from her No. 1 debuting album Be One. Herms receives two as songwriter for “Oh My Soul,” recorded by Casting Crowns for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song and for his work as a producer Danny Gokey’s hit album Rise, for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album.
Iyanla Vanzant, internationally acclaimed Spiritual Life Coach, New York Times Best-Selling Author, and Emmy-winning television personality, has partnered with Mills Entertainment to bring “Get Over It!: An Evening with Iyanla Vanzant,” a life-changing interactive production, live to stages across the country. In celebration of her 18th book, Get Over It! Thought Therapy for Healing the Hard Stuff (release date: February 6, 2018), Iyanla will travel to select cities on her first solo tour in 18 years. This national tour will bring the beloved thought leader up-close and in-person to her dedicated fans for a life-changing evening. Using the book as a teaching tool, Iyanla will introduce the spiritual principles behind thought therapy with love, humor, and her signature straight-talk. This interactive learning experience, filled with meditative moments and self-reflection will enable audience members to discover the habitual negative thought patterns that often block them from living their best lives. Select and willing audience members will be invited to join Iyanla on-stage to identify and address the hidden barriers that often sabotage the expression of their true light. These participants will gain a renewed sense of personal power and come one step closer to fulfilling their life’s destiny.
The 2018 Bounce Trumpet Awards were held on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta. The prestigious annual event celebrating African-American achievements and contributions will air exclusively on Bounce on Sunday, February 11 at 9:00 p.m. ET. The evening’s festivities were hosted by actors Larenz Tate and Erica Ash as celebrities, notable and esteemed guests from far and wide gathered to honor the outstanding accomplishments of African Americans and those who have succeeded against great odds and inspired success in others. Memorable moments and highlights of the event included:
* A rousing musical tribute to So So Def Recordings Founder and honoree Jermaine Dupri which included performances by Anthony Hamilton, Bow Wow, Xscape and a surprise appearance by Ludacris that brought the house down. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms joined for the presentation.
* A crowd-pleasing tribute to honoree group Cameo featuring Doug E. Fresh, Big Daddy Kane, Carl Thomas, Stokley Williams, Bilal and Mr. Talkboxx performing a medley of Cameo hits including “Single Life,” “Sparkle,” “She’s Strange,” “Rigor Mortis,” “Word Up!” and “Candy.” CeeLo Green presented the group their Lifetime Achievement Award and then joined in for the closing number.
* Thrilling performances by Arrested Development, Michel’le and Major.
* Estelle, V. Bozeman and We’ McDonald with a powerful rendition of “Conqueror” to open the show.
* Sir the Baptist performing “Heaven” joined by Keke Wyatt, Donald Lawrence and the Kevin Lemon & Higher Calling choir.
* Honoree Rhyon Brown lighting up the stage with an energetic performance of her hit single “After Party.”
* Angie Stone, Lamman Rucker, Omar Gooding and Angell Conwell appearing as presenters, and more.
The NFL Sanctioned Super Bowl Gospel Celebration (SBGC) will kick-off Super Bowl 52 with its 19th Annual star-studded music jubilation live taping on a new day, Thursday, February 1, 2018, at the Benson Great Hall at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota. 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 Snoop Dogg will perform and Joining him on stage will be Faith Evans, Tye Tribbett, The Clark Sisters and Rance Allen. Erica Campbell, Shelia E, Donnie McClurkin and The Sounds Of Blasckness will also perform.
On the heels of earning a 2018 Stellar Award nomination for Contemporary Duo/Group Chorus of the Year, sibling group The Showers has released the official lyric video to their digital single “LOVE” featuring talented vocalist Keyondra Lockett. “LOVE,” is written by Titus Showers and produced by Tasha Page-Lockhart and Sean Keys. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PrMuFqwn5fA
The Stellar Gospel Music Award winning online radio station, SOAR Radio, and the founder of Sun Wise Media, Ri- Karlo Handy, have announced the 2nd Annual Soar Radio Gospel Music Awards. The program will go down Monday, April 9, 2018 @ 7:00 PM at The Coronado Performing Arts Center, Rockford, IL. The show will feature performances honoring pioneers from all genres of gospel music. The hosts for evening will be multi-award winning producer, Donald Lawrence and Michelle Williams, of Destiny’s Child fame.
Beverly Crawford will receive the Legend Award. Sister act, Virtue, will earn the Milestone Award. Singer/Producer, J. Moss, is receiving the Pioneer Award. The multi-talented Vashawn Mitchell will be honored with the Trailblazer Award and Bishop Hezekiah Walker will take home the Gospel Icon Award.
The Rev. Wyatt Tee Walker, a leader in the civil rights movement who helped the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. assemble his famous "Letter From Birmingham Jail," has died. He was either 88 or 89. Family records showed different years of birth, said his daughter, Patrice Walker Powell, who confirmed his death. Powell said her father died Tuesday morning at an assisted living facility in Chester, Virginia. She said he had been in declining health the past few years after a stroke. Walker was a key player in the civil rights movement, brought in by King to be the executive director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference three years after the civil rights organization was founded.
KAREW Entertainment, is excited to announce two Stellar Gospel Music Award nominations for GEI and it's #1 song, "Hang On." The label celebrates double nominations for first time nominees GEI. GEI picked up a nominations for Contemporary Choir of the Year andSong of the Year for "Hang On."
Stellar Award winning recording artist Lucinda Moore has done it again with her dynamic single, "Walking In My Favor." The bouncy, melodic rhythm of the song follows Moore's long-standing style of festive contemporary gospel music. Moore has been nominated for Contemporary Female Vocalist of the Year for the 2018 Stellar Gospel Music Awards.
Greenleaf Soundtrack: Volume 2, garner accolades, taking home the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Gospel/Christian Album (Traditional or Contemporary) at the 49th NAACP Image Awards, as well as a nomination for the upcoming March 2018 Stellar Gospel Music Awards. Nominated for the Stellar Awards’ Special Event CD of the Year, the acclaimed collection from Season 2 of the hit OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network) series Greenleaf, features songs from Kirk Franklin, Le’Andria Johnson, Jekalyn Carr, Koryn Hawthorne, Deborah Joy Winans, Mavis Staples, and more.
Jason Nelson has launched the official music video for his latest single “Forever,” the new song from his upcoming fifth solo album, The Answer. The video clip captures Nelson’s invigorating live performance of the song, which showcases his celebrated vocal and musical gifts. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FnVFe_J2zfI
Kelontae Gavin the 18 Year Old Multi-faceted millennial worship leader, earned his first-ever Stellar Award nomination in the category of “Youth Project of the Year” for his November 2016 debut EP release “Higher”
The Celebration of Life will happen Feburary 6 and February 7 at the Harbor Light Church 7 PM nightly in Fremont, CA for Edwin Hawkins, the for-time Grammy Award winning leader of The Edwin Hawkins Singers' 1969 millionseller, "Oh Happy Day," died January 15th at his home in the Bay area, after a bout with pancreatric cancer. He was 74.
A church destroyed. A congregation silenced. A relationship shattered. Yet even in life's darkest valleys, a small flame can light the way toward healing and hope After a deadly fire rips through St. James Church, Hadleigh University leaders use the tragedy to push the congregation off campus, forcing the church to defend its rights and bringing together estranged brothers for a reunion that opens old wounds and forces them to address the issues that pulled them apart In theaters nationwide March 30, 2018, GOD'S NOT DEAD: ALIGHT IN DARKNESS is a powerful reminder that in all circumstances, we are called to be a light for Jesus to a world in desperate need of hope. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GCxVCrH4J0U
Legendary record label Blackberry Records has announced the signing of talented female vocalist Keyla Richardson, announced by Doug Williams, President of Blackberry Records. The label is gearing up to release Richardson's debut single, “Believe,” slated to hit all digital and streaming outlets March 2018.
Sibling group, The Showers earned their second Stellar Award nomination . The Showers garnered a nod in the category of Contemporary Duo/Chorus Group of the Year for their budding sophomore independent project THE JOURNEY. The 33rd Annual Stellar Awards will be taped March 24 in Las Vegas, NV and will be televised nationally on TV One Network.
Bryan Popin earned his first ever Stellar Award nomination for Traditional CD of the Year for his best-selling independent project I GOT OUT. http://www.gospel-spotlight.com
Tavis Smiley, in partnership with Mills Entertainment announce the initial dates for the nationwide tour of DEATH OF A KING: A LIVE THEATRICAL EXPERIENCE. This multi-media stage presentation of Smiley’s best-selling book, Death of A King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Final Year commemorates the upcoming 50th anniversary of King’s death. The widely-anticipated tour, sponsored by Walmart, will launch on Dr. King’s birthday, January 15, 2018 at the Kings Theater in Brooklyn, New York.
Anthony Brown & group therAPy received 10 Stellar Award nominations this year, the most by any artist. Those nominations are: Artist of the Year, CD of the Year, Contemporary CD of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Contemporary Male Vocalist of the Year, Group/Duo of the Year and Contemporary Group/Duo of the Year. Brown’s 2017 powerful single “Trust In You”made earned him a nomination for Song of the Year and Urban/Inspirational Single / Performance of the Year. Brown is also nominated along with the producers of A LONG WAY FROM SUNDAY,Justin Savage, Dana T. Sorey, Warryn Campbell and Darryl Woodson, in the Producer of the Year category.
RCA Inspiration heralds a cross section of nominations for the upcoming 33rd Annual Stellar Awards Garnering 18 Stellar Award nominations for 2018, RCA Inspiration’s nominations cover 17 categories including Artist of the Year, Song of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Albertina Walker Female Vocalist of the Year, and CD of the Year. Travis Greene garnering 9 nominations, Marvin Sapp garnering 4 Stellar Award nominations, Le’Andria Johnson garnering 2 Stellar Award nominations. Koryn Hawthorne, garners 2 Stellar Award nominations and the,Greenleaf Soundtrack: Volume 2, rounds out the list with 1 nomination.
RCA Inspiration 2018 Stellar Awards Nominations:
TRAVIS GREENE – CROSSOVER: LIVE FROM MUSIC CITY
ARTIST OF THE YEAR
SONG OF THE YEAR – “You Waited”
MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
CD OF THE YEAR – Crossover: Live from Music City
PRODUCER OF THE YEAR – Crossover: Live from Music City
CONTEMPORARY MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
CONTEMPORARY CD OF THE YEAR – Crossover: Live from Music City
URBAN/INSPIRATIONAL SINGLE OR PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR – “You Waited”
PRAISE AND WORSHIP CD OF THE YEAR – Crossover: Live from Music City
MARVIN SAPP – CLOSE
MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
TRADITIONAL MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
TRADITIONAL CD OF THE YEAR – Close
RECORDED MUSIC PACKAGING OF THE YEAR – Close
LE’ANDRIA JOHNSON – BIGGER THAN ME
ALBERTINA WALKER FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
TRADITIONAL FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
KORYN HAWTHORNE – KORYN HAWTHORNE EP
NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
CONTEMPORARY FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
GREENLEAF SOUNDTRACK: VOLUME 2
SPECIAL EVENT CD OF THE YEAR
The Festival of Praise Tour with Grammy, Stellar and Dove Award-winning Fred Hammond is coming back for the 4th time! The Festival of Praise Tour promises to be an evening of soul-stirring music which will feature Fred Hammond, Donnie McClurkin, Take 6, James Fortune and Charles Jenkins. Get Ready for the tour to hit a city near you.
Grammy & Stellar Award winner Brent Jones to give a Live Recording on Sat, Feb 10, 2018 at the Victorious Life Church in Waco, TX.
Johnny Sanders to release “It’s Well with My Soul” a powerful and inspiring new song. A masterfully produced selection featuring urban, rhythmic music with a hint of a retro, classic sound.
Adrian Dove, President and CEO, Kingdom Day Parade announces the 33rd Annual Kingdom Day Parade on Monday, January 15, 2018 @ 10 AM in Los Angeles, CA. The three 3-Mile parade route begins at Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd & Western Avenue, traveling west, south and on Crenshaw to Vernon Ave, and ending at Leimert Park. ABC-7, will broadcast the entire 2 Hour Parade Live from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. The Kingdom Day Parade honors the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and has grown into the largest and longest running King Annual Birthday Celebration in the nation! 2018 would have been Dr. King’s 89th birthday and is also the 50th Anniversary of his untimely Homegoing. This years’ theme is “When They Go Low, We Go High”.
Tavis Smiley, in partnership with Mills Entertainment announce the initial dates for the nationwide tour of DEATH OF A KING: A LIVE THEATRICAL EXPERIENCE. This multi-media stage presentation of Smiley’s best-selling book, Death of A King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Final Year commemorates the upcoming 50th anniversary of King’s death. The tour, sponsored by Walmart, will launch on Dr. King’s birthday, January 15, 2018 at the Kings Theater in Brooklyn, New York. Smiley narrates this joyful tribute that tells the little-known story of Dr. King’s final year.
Motown Gospel recording artist Tasha Cobbs Leonard kicks off the New Year with a special performance of her popular hit song “I’m Getting Ready” on Good Morning America on Thursday, January 4, 2018. The top-rated national morning show airs on ABC at 7:00am EST. “I’m Getting Ready” has been generating buzz since Cobbs Leonard’s smash performance on BET’s Black Girls Rock.
It was announced today that Bishop IV Hilliard will elevate his daughter, Dr. Irishea Hilliard to Senior Pastor and President of New Light Church World Outreach and Worship Centers Church Division in Houston TX. In an exciting move for the ministry, Bishop Hilliard will turn over the pastoral leadership to Dr. Irishea in the New Year.
Provident Label Group/Sony Music Entertainment artist Tauren Wells has had quite a memorable year. From touring with Lionel Richie, to releasing his debut solo effort "Hills and Valleys" and the success of the album’s self-titled debut single. Wells is wrapping up his 2017 by receiving two GRAMMY® nominations. Recognized for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album (Hills and Valleys) and the single.
There are three anointed voices that balance in effervescent harmony and illuminate the radiant sound of light and love. Zebrina Anderson, Nikeisha Whittier and Sarah Benibo are those three anointed voices of the St. Louis based Christian music trio God’s Chosen (GC3). GC3 has been signed to Nashville, TN based G. Favored Entertainment Group. The Dynamic Trio GOD’S CHOSEN Release Official Lyric Video To Their Spirit Invigorating Single “Grace Is Running”
PAJAM announced the signing of internet singing sensation Yael Hilton (means “God’s Strength”) today. An accomplished singer, Yael has shared the stage with some of gospel music’s most influential. The accomplished singer is now prepared to make her mark as a solo artist under the direction of Paul “PDA” Allen and J Moss (“PAJAM”).
Music fans recently packed the AT&T Store of the Future in New York City to get a first listen of the seasonal inspirational song “Be the Glow,” and meet one of the featured artists and song ambassadors: Earnest Pugh. AT&T® assembled some of the top names in Gospel and Urban music to record “Be the Glow” over the Thanksgiving holiday. Earnest Pugh, Fred Hammond and Marvin Sapp recorded live in a Los Angeles-based studio, while Fantasia, Monica and Romeo recorded their parts from South Carolina, New York and Hawaii, respectively. The result is an uplifting anthem that will leave a lasting impression on the heart far beyond this holiday season.
Grammy® Award-Winning Recording Artist Tamela Mann and her husband, NAACP Image Award-Winning Actor and Comedian David Mann, are celebrating a banner 2017 with record attendances at their Mann's World Family Tour, No. 1 singles, accolades for Tamela's Billboard No. 1 selling album One Way and Billboard year end chart honors. Adding to the list of reasons they are thankful this year, David, Tamela and the rest of the Mann family are privileged to receive an NAACP Image Award nomination for their hit docu-series The Manns (TV One).
Marvin Sapp’s name was nominated for the 60th annual Grammy Awards, as well as the 49th NAACP Image Awards. The “preacher who happens to sing” is also on the first-round ballot of the Stellar Gospel Music Awards. Sapp’s GRAMMY® nomination is for Best Gospel Album, and he is nominated for Outstanding Gospel/Christian Album for the 49th NAACP Image Awards. This marks his 11th GRAMMY® nomination, and his fourth NAACP Image Award nomination. Both nods are in recognition of his 11th album, Close, which was released September 29th on Verity Records. Close delivered Sapp’s fifth consecutive #1 album debut.
Keith "Wonderboy" Johnson the stirring Grammy and Dove nominated singer has been the recipient of three Stellar Awards. Keith closes out a triumphant 2017 in the Top 30 of Billboard's Gospel charts. His latest single is currently #27 on Mediabase and has been on the charts for five consecutive weeks. In February 2018, Shanachie Entertainment will release his label debut Keep Pushin.
first-time-ever nationwide Mortgage Seminar Church Tour. The founder and senior pastor of the Love Fellowship Tabernacle Churches, Bishop Hezekiah Walker becomes the Brand Ambassador for LOANS FROM LISA
TV One rings in the spirit of Christmas with the world premiere of "Miss Me This Christmas," premiering Sunday, December 3 at 7 p.m. ET . Miss Me This Christmas, starring Erica Ash (Jean of the Joneses, Survivor's Remorse), Redaric Williams (The Quad, Young and the Restless), Eva Marcille (Real Housewives of Atlanta, America's Next Top Model), Allen Maldonado (Black-ish, Ringside) and Nathan Davis Jr. (Detroit), is the story of "perfect couple" Regina (Ash) and Franklin (Williams). The pair celebrated a fairytale Christmas wedding three years ago and seemed to have it all. Yet, now their marriage is on the rocks. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nzsa7TtgQaw&feature=youtu.be
G.I.'s new hit single “We Win!” is #1 this week on Billboard Gospel Airplay’s “Most Added Songs” Chart, as well as Billboard Gospel Airplay’s “Most Increased Plays” Chart. Additionally, “We Win” landed at #22 on Mediabase’s Gospel Airplay Chart and #24 on Billboard Gospel Airplay’s Chart this week.
TV One rings in the spirit of Christmas with the world premiere of You Can't Fight Christmas, premiering Sunday, December 10 at 7 p.m. ET. You Can't Fight Christmas stars Brély Evans (Being Mary Jane, Born Again Virgin), Andra Fuller (Here We Go Again, Black Jesus), Persia White (Girlfriends), Richard Gant (The Mindy Project) and Marla Gibbs (227). The story begins with the annual holiday decorating of the Chesterton Hotel by interior design expert Leslie Major (Evans). She is hard at work managing the transformation when she meets and develops a crush on the hotel owner's handsome grandson, Edmund James (Fuller). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6z__6xgAoE&feature=youtu.be
TV One congratulates its 6 nominees for the 49th NAACP Image Awards, announced today by NAACP. When Love Kills: The Falicia Blakely Story received two nominations in the categories of "Outstanding Television Movie, Limited - Series or Dramatic Special" and "Outstanding Writing in a Television Movie or Special." Both News One Now and Unsung are nominated in the category of "Outstanding News/Information (Series or Special)". TV One's reality show, The Manns, picked up a nomination for "Outstanding Reality Program/Reality Competition Series" and Roland Martin earned a nomination for "Outstanding Host in a Talk or New/Information (Series or Special)." The two-hour live TV special will air on TV One on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday, Monday, January 15, 2018 and include a one-hour live red carpet pre-show.
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas as TV One celebrates the holidays with a programming slate of original movies, specials and marathons to bring in the holiday cheer. Kicking off the holiday season is the premiere of The Best of Gospel Superfest Holiday, on Sunday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. ET. Then its the world premieres of independent movies Miss Me This Christmas on Sunday, Dec. 3, 7 pm ET and You Can't Fight Christmas Sunday, Dec. 10, 7 p.m. ET. Next, TV One will host a movie marathon on Thanksgiving Thursday, Nov. 23, starting 9:30 a.m. ET. Features include A Royal Family Holiday, A Royal Family Christmas, Downsized, Hear No Evil and the TV One premiere of Jumping the Broom. Additionally, on Thanksgiving Weekend, Friday, Nov. 24 and Saturday, Nov. 25, TV One will run a marathon of family favorites. The lineup includes Unsung: Hollywood, A Different World, The Cosby Show and Good Times. The holiday weekend will conclude on Sunday, Nov. 26 with a marathon of The Jeffersons,
TV One rings in the spirit of Christmas with the world premieres of two new holiday movies: Miss Me This Christmas, premiering Sunday, December 3 at 7 p.m. ET and You Can't Fight Christmas, premiering Sunday, December 10 at 7 p.m. ET. Both movies are set at the fictional Chesterton Hotel. A classic landmark, the Chesterton serves as the epicenter of a small town's annual Christmas celebration. Miss Me This Christmas, starring Erica Ash, Redaric Williams, Eva Marcille, Allen Maldonado and Nathan Davis Jr., is the story of "perfect couple" Regina (Ash) and Franklin (Williams). The pair celebrated a fairytale Christmas wedding three years ago and seemed to have it all. Yet, now their marriage is on the rocks. When Franklin comes home at dawn after a night of partying with colleagues, Regina thinks he has cheated on her with his ex-girlfriend. Though Franklin denies it, the trust has been broken. The couple separates and the divorce is set to be finalized on their three-year anniversary.
An exclusive first-look teaser trailer is available today for the thrilling new film PAUL, APOSTLE OF CHRIST, which brings to vivid life on screen the epic story of the man who went from persecutor of the church to its most powerful and important proponent. The ‘first-look’ teaser shows both the dramatic heart and biblical authenticity of PAUL, THE APOSTLE OF CHRIST,” Director and Screenwriter Andrew Hyatt said. “Each aspect of Paul’s life is based on what we know from the Bible, and we set that true story in the perilous world of Rome in the time of Nero’s persecution of Christians. It’s a captivating, emotional drama that brings the Bible to life.” VIEW TEASER TRAILER: https://youtu.be/T_Cbyl6ykhw
Bill Moss, Jr. Releases New Single "Your Will" a calibration between Bill Moss, Jr. and his younger brother and Grammy Award Winning producer J Moss. This track has been dubbed a reunion of The Moss Brothers, "Your Will" provides just a glimpse into what eager fans can expect from this awesome duo in the near future.
Chart-toppers The Walls Group have created another #1 hit on their hands, as the GRAMMY®-nominated and two-time Stellar Award-winners celebrate a #1 debut on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums Chart for their new album THE OTHER SIDE (Fo Yo Soul/RCA Inspiration). Their album is also a hit in Gospel album streaming in its first week of release, garnering over 883,000 first week streams.
TV One rings in the spirit of Christmas with the world premieres of two new holiday movies: Miss Me This Christmas, premiering Sunday, December 3 at 7 p.m. ET and You Can't Fight Christmas, premiering Sunday, December 10 at 7 p.m. ET. Both movies are set at the fictional Chesterton Hotel. A classic landmark, the Chesterton serves as the epicenter of a small town's annual Christmas celebration. Miss Me This Christmas, starring Erica Ash, Redaric Williams, Eva Marcille, Allen Maldonado and Nathan Davis Jr., is the story of "perfect couple" Regina (Ash) and Franklin (Williams). The pair celebrated a fairytale Christmas wedding three years ago and seemed to have it all. Yet, now their marriage is on the rocks. When Franklin comes home at dawn after a night of partying with colleagues, Regina thinks he has cheated on her with his ex-girlfriend. Though Franklin denies it, the trust has been broken. The couple separates and the divorce is set to be finalized on their three-year anniversary.
Respected pastor, a highly sought after health practitioner, talented musician, a radio talk show host on health and author, Dr. Leonard Scott recently released his 3rd and latest book, 'The Ultimate Boost from Within: 31 Days to Health, Wealth, Wholeness and Happiness.' Combining his many years of experience both in the health industry and in his ministry endeavors, Dr. Leonard Scott has put together much of his insights and learnings in attaining health, wellbeing and happiness in his new book. This book, published in 2017, reveals ways on how your own efforts or actions can work for you and your overall health and wellbeing to help you:
Larenz Tate and Erica Ash will host the 2018 Bounce Trumpet Awards, an exciting night of inspiration, history and crowd-rousing performances celebrating African-American achievements and contributions. The gala black-tie ceremony will be held at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, Georgia on Sat. Jan. 20, 2018 and will world premiere nationwide on Bounce on Sun. Feb. 11 at 9:00 p.m. ET.
The 33rd Annual Stellar Awards are set to introduce to two new events: The Quartet Showcase Competition and the Independent Artist Showcase Competition during Stellar Awards Weekend 2018.
Reba McEntire will hosts “CMA Country Christmas” for the first time Monday, Nov. 27, 8/7c on the ABC Television Network. Kelsea Ballerini, Luke Bryan, CB30, Dan + Shay, Brett Eldredge, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Dustin Lynch, CeCe Winans, Trisha Yearwood and Chris Young are the first wave of performers announced for the eighth annual broadcast, held this year at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville. Reba also will perform a piece from her new Nash Icon album, My Kind of Christmas. The newly packaged album follows last year’s limited release and includes collaborations with Vince Gill and Amy Grant, Lauren Daigle, Darius Rucker and Kelly Clarkson and Trisha Yearwood. The show will have a new look and feel this year.
Tom Joyner announced on his show that guests aboard the 2018 Tom Joyner Foundation Fantastic Voyage will be treated to an exclusive Evening With Anita Baker. The eight-time Grammy Award winner will honor radio pioneer Tom Joyner by performing live aboard his annual benefit cruise sailing April 29 - May 6, 2018. Anita Baker's performance will be a highlight on the cruise as we well as part of a celebration of Joyner's 25 years in syndication. As the most groundbreaking entertainment cruise, the charitable endeavor is known for featuring over 60 entertainers and comedy acts along with daily empowering seminars, theme nights, morning inspiration, concerts, shopping, beach parties, fitness, late night after-parties, parades and a cavalcade of celebrities celebrating Tom Joyner's efforts to assist students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
With the support of husband, baseball legend Gary Sheffield, “Sheffield Real Estate” follows Grammy-nominated gospel singer, DeLeon Sheffield and her family as she manages her fast-growing real estate business, all while raising a family. DeLeon and her outspoken business partner and mother Debbie, help upscale clients find their dream home in the Tampa Bay area of Florida. As a wife, mother to three young boys, and co-owner of a busy and bustling luxury real estate agency, balancing family and a successful career is no easy feat. However, DeLeon handles the chaos with poise, strength and definitely some laughs along the way! In the premiere, airing Thursday, November 30 at 10pm ET/PT, professional poker player, John and fiancé Monique are looking for a home to start a family. With John’s party lifestyle and Monique’s family friendly visions, the house hunt gets tricky. Then at 10:30pm ET/ PT, full-time, professional musicians, Kim and Aaron are looking for a funky, mid-century home with room for a studio.
Phillip Carter, is providing two projects just for the choir music lover. Carter provides something melodic to ring in the holidays with a brand new Christmas project "Christmas with Phillip Carter & SOV." Created with the choir director in mind, Carter provides new sacred music for Christmas. In addition to the seasonal release, he is also releasing another CD "Brandon J. Felder Presents The Largo High School Choir: Rejoice: A Celebration of Music. " Delivering Christmas favorites along with great Gospel music for every season, the CD showcases the award-winning choir from Prince George’s County, Maryland, under the direction of Brandon J. Felder. Both releases are currently available on digital music outlets.
Police are now investigating a deadly shooting at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, where multiple people were killed and numerous people were injured in the Sunday morning shooting. According to report, “a man walked into the church and opened fire inside the Texas church around 11:30am local time. Police say in this small community 26 people were killed during the morning service. Nearby neighbors also say they heard at least 20 shots fired in the area during the time of the shooting. The shooter was later killed after a brief chase just north of the church community in Guadalupe County. It was unclear if the shooter a white male, possibly in his twenties was killed by police or if he took his own life. Let's keep the community of Sutherland Springs, Texas in our prayers.
Under Bishop Jerry L. Maynard, The Tennessee 4th Mass Choir are set to release their sophomore project EXCITEMENT OF PRAISE Friday, November 10th in-stores and on all digital outlets. Recorded live in Memphis, TN, the effort is bridging the contemporary praise and worship rhythms of today’s music with songs such as "The Report" and "Great God" with the traditional anointing of old-time church found in the tune "Thank You Jesus," it serves as a solid reminder of God’s grace, goodness, and love for all those who take a listen. The choir's lead single "God's Been So Good to Me" is moving up the charts fast. http://www.gospel-spotlight.com
Reverend Al Sharpton's NAN LA Chapter in partnership with Lord, Bush & Randolph, LLC (LB&R) present “2017 Vanguard Awards” honoring Los Angeles’ 100 Most Influential African Americans. The event will be held Thursday, November 9, 2017 at the California African American Museum, Los Angeles, CA. Honorees are Judge Greg Mathis receiving the Vanguard Lifetime Achievement Award, 35th District Senator Steve Bradford, Mervyn R. Dynally Award of Excellence, Pastor Kelvin Sauls, Holman United Methodist Church will receive the Al Sharpton Social Justice Award, Wendy Dean, Wendy Gladney Enterprises, the Harold E. Hambrick Entrepreneur Award, Dr. Soraya Coley, President, Cal Poly-Pomona, the Dr. George McKenna Excellence in Education Award, Celeste Alleyne, Director, Corporate Citizenship, Microsoft, the Corporate Citizenship Award, Clifton Moseley, Chairman, NSN LA and Faye Moseley, Exec. Deputy Director of Admin Access, LA, the LA’s Power Couple Award and Khloe Thompson, Khloe Kares, the Junior Social Justice Award.
J.J. Hairston, has been chosen to launch an all-new syndicated radio show. "Youthful Praise with J.J. Hairston." The show will air Saturdays (12p-2p EST) on Rejoice Musical Soul Food in over 50 markets and will be available for listeners worldwide at www.rejoicemusicalsoulfood.com beginning this Saturday. The all-new "Youthful Praise with J.J. Hairston" will feature gospel music including new and upcoming artists, inspirational moments, Amazing Love (moments about relationships with J.J. and Trina Hairston), news, and fan favorites segments.
Get ready for the Houston Gospel Announcers Guild (HGAG) inaugural HGAG Music Video and Film Festival on the campus of Texas Southern University Houston, TX.. It will go down at the Barbara Jordan- Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs Building Friday, November 17 – Saturday, November 18, 2017. The HGAG Music Video and Film Festival (HGAGMVFF) debuts as a celebration of the robust, creative and emerging nexus of local and national faith based, independent film and music video producers. It will offer a showcasing of quality, Christ-centered, inspiring original works produced by creative, passionate independent movie, music producers and visual storytellers.
Today TV One announced production of the original film, Down For Whatever, the 2017 American Black Film Festival (ABFF) Screenplay winning project written by Tim Folsome who will also direct. Production will begin today in Atlanta, Georgia. The film, starring LeToya Luckett (Greenleaf), Hosea Chanchez (The Game), Bre-Z (Empire) and Imani Hakim (Everybody Hates Chris), is slated to premiere at the 2018 ABFF in June and will premiere on TV One in July. Down For Whatever chronicles Tracy, a young successful doctor and her detective husband, Mike. When Mike suddenly loses his partner in a senseless cop-killing, Tracy is there to support him. That is, until she receives an unexpected visit from a social worker who informs her that the ruthless killers suspected in the murder are her biological sisters, Denise and Sonya.
OWN’s long-running, NAACP Image Award-winning docu-series “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s” featuring soul food entrepreneur Miss Robbie Montgomery, her son Tim Norman and their exuberant family returns to OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network on Saturday, November 25 at 9 p.m. ET/PT for its fifth season. The series follows the fun-loving, musical Montgomery family through their highs and lows as they work to expand their soul food empire. On an all-new season Miss Robbie and Tim attempt to mend their mother/son relationship by dividing the family business. Tim heads to Houston to rebound by opening up a new, full-service restaurant, while continuing his relationship with reality star Jennifer Williams – who puts on the pressure to get engaged. Charles and Chloe leave Los Angeles and strap on their cowboy boots to follow Tim to the Lone Star State, while he also brings Monique down from St. Louis to manage the bar and live entertainment. Just as the Houston restaurant seems to find its groove, Hurricane Harvey hits.
Kingdom Girls Rock! will host its first annual awards show on Friday, November 3, 2017 at The Believers House Atlanta, GA. The first awards show of its kind, Kingdom Girls Rock! honors women of the faith who positively influence lives and make a difference in their communities and across the globe. Confirmed guests and honorees include: Pastor Kimberly Jones Pothier (Real Talk Kim), Evelyn Braxton, Cora Jake-Coleman, Trina Hairston, Y'Anna Crawely and Celebrity Stylist Tierra Blount.
RCA Inspiration celebrates Travis Greene's #1 hit single “You Waited,” which tops the latest Gospel Airplay Chart. The lead single from his #1 Gospel album Crossover: Live from Music City, “You Waited” marks the third chart-topping single on the Gospel Airplay Chart from the GRAMMY®-nominated, multi-Stellar Award winner, following on his #1 hits “Intentional” and “Made A Way” off his previous #1 Gospel album The Hill.
CeCe Winans is set to receive the Spirit Award at the 20th Annual First Ladies High Tea held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel Saturday, November 11, 2017. Others being honored include 37th District Congresswoman Karen Bass, actress Wendy Raquel Robinson and First Ladies who have served their communities well, through their activism and charitable contributions. The First Lady Honorees include: Regina Taylor (Park Windsor Baptist Church), Morgen Wilbourne (Pacific Crossroads Church), Patricia Swancy (Peace Apostolic Church) and Cynthia Buelna (Restauracion Total Church). Dr. Bobby Jones and Dr. Beverly “BAM” Crawford will return as Co-Hosts.
Melba Moore, Tony Award Winning Singer & Actress, headlines a benefit concert for the Caribbean featuring R&B and Caribbean artists who come together to sing, speak out and raise funds and awareness for Hurricane Relief In the U.S. Virgin Islands and other parts of the Caribbean.
BET today announced Erykah Badu, a four-time Grammy-award winning, will return to Las Vegas for the third time, to host, write and produce BET Presents: 2017 Soul Train Awards. BET also announced a star-studded lineup of performances by Toni Braxton, SWV, Tamar Braxton, 112, Tank and Kirk Franklin. It will be filmed on November 5th at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, BET Presents: 2017 Soul Train Awards will air on BET and BET HER on November 26th, 2017 at 8PM ET. Multi-platinum and seven-time Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter, artist, actress and producer Toni Braxton will receive the coveted Don Cornelius Legend Award and Grammy Award-Nominated, multi-platinum, female R&B trio SWV will be honored with the third annual Lady of Soul Award. The all-star nominees for the 2017 Soul Train Awards span across 12 different categories. Solange leads the roster with seven total nominations including Best R&B/Soul Female Artist, and the highly coveted Video of the Year and Song of the Year for hit single “Cranes in the Sky.” Bruno Mars follows with six total nominations including two nominations for Song of the Year for his hit single “That’s What I Like,” and Album/Mixtape of the Year for “24K Magic.” DJ Khaled, Rihanna and Bryson Tiller also received multiple nominations this year including Video of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Collaboration. The next generation of soul is also being recognized, including Khalid and SZA, who are multi-nominees across categories including Best New Artist, Best R&B/Soul Male Artist, Best R&B/Soul Female Artist, Best Collaboration and the Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award.
Patti LaBelle, announced the release of Patti LaBelle and Friends - Home for the Holidays. Available on CD, as well as digital and streaming outlets, the album will be released on Friday, November 24, 2017, with pre-orders beginning on October 27th on iTunes and Amazon. The fourteen-song collection features LaBelle with Vivian Green (“My Favorite Things”), Ruben Studdard (“Let It Snow”), Tamela Mann (“Jesus King!”) and piano virtuoso, Jamar Jones (“Brazilian Sleigh Bells”). Other traditional holiday and spiritual songs including “Mary, Did You Know?” “The Christmas Song” and “Avé Maria”. In addition to the new album, LaBelle is still promoting her first jazz album, Bel Hommage out May 2017. The second season of Patti LaBelle’s Place, will return on theCooking Channel on November.
Deitrick Haddon drops new single "Glory" and the video. https://getuperica.com/53953/deitrick-haddon-glory-new-music-video/
On Saturday, November 18th, Percy E. Gray, Jr. will be honored during his 60th Birthday Celebration at Freedom Temple Church of God in Christ, Chicago, Illinois The 60th Birthday Celebration will include music performances by, Chicago Mass Choir, New Direction, Joshua's Troop, Tony Tidwell and UnCommon Favor and more. Percy E. Gray Jr. is a Stellar Award Winner and Grammy and Dove Nominee, and most sought after, singer, songwriter and producer, has a growing list of impressive credits in the gospel community that include gospel greats such as the late Milton Brunson, Jessie Dixon, Albertina Walker, Rev. Clay Evans, the late Orlando Draper, Beverly Crawford, Mississippi Mass Choir, Shirley Caesar, Dorinda Clark, New Direction, The Chicago Mass Choir and Joshua’s Troop just to name a few. http://www.gospel-spotlight.com
A Black Tie Celebration and Documentary Premier of Rodnie Bryant: A Voice, A Sound, A Purpose featuring The Christian Community Mass Choir. It's the 7th Annual Indianapolis Legends Awards Ceremony at the Indiana Landmarks Center in Indianapolis. http://www.gospel-spotlight.com
Deitrick Haddon is revered for pointing listeners to God with infectious beats that grab the listener, while grabbing their heart. “Glory” the new single is a stand out track from “Deitrick Haddon & Hill City Worship Camp”.
Contemporary Gospel artist, Dale Anthony is on a mission to sing and serve wherever God leads - releasing his sophomore album CLOSER, available October 24th on all digital outlets. Following the success of his 2012 debut album ‘The Faith Out Loud Project’, Dale and his ensemble began to use their time and talent to address issues of gun violence, and and homelessness throughout the Bay Area. Their monthly ‘Faith Out Loud Friday’ activations, included food distribution, prayer, free haircuts, and connecting other service projects throughout the Bay Area region. The 15-track album is full of energetic and meaningful music that speaks to the depths of today’s challenges. Produced by Yaahn Hunter, Jr., the project features Earnest Pugh, the late Thomas "TC" Clay, Dasha Moore, Duane Lynn, Ashlee Young, Sanara Pippins, and Quintin Cooper.
SAME KIND OF DIFFERENT AS ME, the first joint film partnership between Paramount Pictures and Pure Flix, is releasing in theaters on October 20, 2017. The film stars Academy Award® nominee Greg Kinnear, Academy Award winner Renée Zellweger, Academy Award nominee Djimon Hounsou, and Academy Award winner Jon Voight. www.samekindofdifferentasmemovie.com.
Tasha Page-Lockhart’s highly anticipated album,THE BEAUTIFUL PROJECT is available everywhere. This is the sophomore effort from the former BET Sunday Best champion, Stellar Award winner and Detroit native. Featuring the lead single, “Over and Over,” THE BEAUTIFUL PROJECT not only showcases Page-Lockhart’s stunning vocals, but her songwriting and production talents as well.
The NextGeneration Ministry is specifically gaining national attention through music. Dr. Clark's NextGeneration Choir released their debut album SURE. CENTERED. FOCUSED. earlier this year with the album landing on the Top Gospel Albums chart at #3, peaking at #1 and remaining in the top 40 for numerous weeks. These dynamic young voices are releasing their second radio single "Cry Out" featuring lead vocals by Crystal Gill. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5cACDLDOhI&feature=youtu.be
On Thursday, TV One co-sponsored United Way of the National Capital Area's (United Way NCA) Third Annual Project Homeless Connect, an event created to help the more than 500 area residents experiencing homelessness to receive critical and life-saving social services ranging from veterans housing and case management to health screenings, podiatry services, eye exams and haircuts from local businesses. TV One volunteers served as liaisons to those in need by helping them maneuver through the various booths and exhibits offered at the Kennedy Recreation Center. A national study conducted earlier this year by the U.S. Conference of Mayors ranked Washington, D.C. with the highest rate of homelessness compared to 32 other U.S. cities.
The Gospel Music Association (GMA) announced the last round of presenters for the 48th Annual GMA Dove Awards. Beth Moore, Dr. Bobby Jones, Brandon Heath, Chonda Pierce, Jaci Velasquez, John Gray, Karen Peck Gooch, Kim Fields, Lauren Daigle, Mandisa, Miel San Marcos, Gov. Mike Huckabee, Montell Jordan, Trace Adkins, Travis Cottrell and Tye Tribbett were added to the all-star lineup. The 48th Annual GMA Dove Awards is set for October 17 at Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena in Nashville. Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) will exclusively air the awards show on October 22 at 8 p.m. CST.
The Stellar Awards returns to The Orleans Arena, Las Vegas, NV. Saturday March 24, 2018 6:30 P.M. Tickets are availabe now.
Oprah Winfrey took the concept of a book party to another level on Sunday for the launch of her own time. “I wanted to do something uplifting,” Winfrey said regarding her grandiose, celeb-filled brunch for “Wisdom of Sundays,” a collection of what she calls her “a-ha moments” from her conversations with thought-leaders and writers from OWN’s “Super Soul Sunday.” “Some 250 guests attended the gospel brunch at her sprawling, 65-acre estate in Montecito, Calif. The A-list crowd included Julia Roberts, Reese Witherspoon, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Alicia Keys, Mindy Kaling, Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Metz, Ava DuVernay, Shonda Rhimes, Angela Bassett, Jon Bon Jovi and Kerry Washington, along with many “Super Soul” contributors. Bebe Winans, led a rousing, hourlong gospel concert, with performances by Andra Day, Common, Yolanda Adams, Erica Campbell, and Emily David, a survivor of Hurricane Harvey — and former “America’s Got Talent” contestant who lost everything in the disaster.
Fresh off of co-hosting the green carpet at the 2017 BET Hip Hop Awards from Miami, hip-hop artist Dee-1 unleashes a lyrical opus with his upcoming new album SLINGSHOT DAVID. Available for pre-order now, Dee-1 has crafted a 13-track full-length release featuring “Hood Villains.” SLINGSHOT DAVID drops Friday November 10th, 2017. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2JqP5bN-HI)
Cheryl Fortune releases, “Simply Cheryl” with a listening performance Friday October 13, 2017. The listening party included Fortune performing with her band and background singers. It was broadcast live from the KTSU 90.9 FM studios on the campus of Texas Southern University and stream live on www.iamsimplycheryl.com/live and on www.facebook.com/SimplyCherylFortune. Fortune is noted for co-writing James Fortune & FIYA’s No. 1 hits “I Trust You,” “Still Able” and “Live Through It.” Her songs have also been recorded by Shirley Caesar, Tasha Cobbs and Zacardi Cortez. She also co-wrote the hit, “Hold On,” which features Fred Hammond and R&B singer, Monica. Fortune was a member of James Fortune & FIYA, where she served as the vocal arranger, backing vocalist and occasional songwriter from its inception until her separation and subsequent divorce from the group’s leader. The last two years, Fortune has toured with Kirk Franklin’s “20 Years In One Night” world tour as a background vocalist and a vocal director.
RCA Inspiration celebrates multiple #1s on the Gospel charts this week, as Verity’s Marvin Sapp makes another chart-topping debut with his 11th solo album CLOSE, and Le’Andria tops the charts again with her hit song “Better Days.” Released on September 29th, Marvin Sapp’s new album debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums Chart this week, marking his fifth consecutive #1 debut on that chart. The CLOSE album also debuted at #1 on the Gospel Total Consumption Chart. Le’Andria’s hit song “Better Days” remains #1 on Billboard’s Gospel Digital Song Sales Chart for the second consecutive week, and the song is also featured on the GREENLEAF SOUNDTRACK: VOLUME 2. Le’Andria’s latest solo album BIGGER THAN ME, is also out now.
The legendary trio, The Rance Allen Group, will perform songs from its 25th album, Live From San Francisco, Friday, October 6th of the PBS’ “Tavis Smiley” television program. The show airs at 11:30 PM PT in Los Angeles and 12:00 AM ET in New York City. The segment will also appear on the http://tavistalks.com website within 24 hours of broadcast. The brothers performed their classic hit “Something About The Name Jesus” and “Like A Good Neighbor,” on the show. “It’s a kind of depressed time,” says Rance Allen who sees parallels between today’s social climate and that of when his group was formed during the Civil Rights Movement. “It’s a time of unusual stress with all of the killings going on, the political mess that’s going on and there’s just so many people who have just moved away from believing in Jesus Christ. Our job of encouraging and uplifting will never be done. We’ll have to keep working on this until the Lord comes to take us home.”
REJOICE! Musical Soul Food (REJOICE! MSF) Gospel Radio Network has expanded its reach with an exciting new partnership with REACH Radio Network. The fresh union has brought the celebrated REJOICE! MSF format to twenty new markets, including 97.1 FM in Philadelphia and 103.1 FM in Atlantic City, NJ. The Dover, DE-based REACH Radio Network recently flipped all twenty of its Contemporary Christian Music FM radio stations to carry the REJOICE! MSF format. “We made the decision to carry REJOICE! MSF as a move to reflect the changing demographics of my congregation and to also reflect the changing demographics of the markets where the stations are based,” says REACH Radio founder, Steve Hare.
Already collecting critical acclaim from every corner of the country via her celebrated songwriting contributions for Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, Colorado Mass Choir and Disney, as well as No. 1 charting success as a member of music's first interracial female duo AsOne, powerful vocalist Lisa Wright launches out on her own with her first solo single, "Don't Ever Let Go" featuring hip hop artist Da T.R.U.T.H. "Watch lyric video here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKUVfQ6HT3w
James Fortune is back with another single “Favor of God.” It is a standout track from Fortune’s newest release “Dear Future Me." Zacardi Cortez laces the track with his signature rich vocal tone and gritty delivery. Check out this video- “Favor Of God” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ftp9oTEb96Q
Earnest Pugh, has dropped a new music video for his current radio hit “Survive” on VEVO (View link: https://www.vevo.com/artist/earnest-pugh). The soul-stirring song of strength and perseverance anchors the soulful singer’s ninth album, Survive, which releases October 27th. And boasts cameos by Kierra Sheard, Nikki Ross, Sarg and John Paul McGee. A Houston resident, Pugh is donating a portion of the song’s proceeds to the city’s Hurricane Harvey Fund, which benefits survivors of the catastrophic storm.
Superadio Networks has announced an affiliation and sales agreement with Marvin Sapp’s Praise Place, LLC to syndicate The Marvin Sapp Radio Show, a weekly radio show hosted by the Grammy nominated and multiple Stellar, Dove and BET Award winner. The Marvin Sapp Radio Show is a 2 hour show spotlighting the best in Inspirational and Gospel music, entertainment news, artist interviews and weekly features including “Marvin’s Motivational Moments” and “Ask Marvin.”
Stellar Award winning, GRAMMY and Billboard Music Award nominated and GMA Dove Award nominee Jekalyn Carr's newest single "You Will Win" debuts at No. 1 on Billboard's Gospel Digital Song Sales chart. This marks Jekalyn's second consecutive No. 1 on the chart. "You Will Win" continues to gain traction at radio sitting at No. 13 on the Gospel Airplay chart. Jekalyn Carr‘s song, “You Will Win” is the first single off her forthcoming live record, "One Nation, Under God" set to be released in 2018 on her independently owned label Lunjeal Music Group along with her new book.
"Grace" is the new single from Javen. It captivates the listener with a simple, intimate chorus, that celebrates the Grace of God. This hook is so memorable, that it is sure to be sung in churches all over the country. "Grace" features special guest vocalist Margaret Bell, who closes the song with a powerful anointing.
Karew, home of the Grammy Award winning Clark Sisters and multiple award winners Karen Clark Sheard and Kierra Sheard, announced exciting new changes, new branding, new music, new visuals, and more during it’s relaunch showcase event on Tuesday, September 19 at Studio 51 in Detroit. The Karew relaunch showcase informed attendees about their new expansion to becoming a multi-genre label. The event included a new music performance by Karew’s own Kierra Sheard. Kierra gave attendees an exclusive listen of her new music featuring rapper, Sir The Baptist. Additionally, J. Drew & The Band performed. Upon entrance into the venue, guests were shown the all-new apparel by Karew. “Let Go” - https://youtu.be/l91MOZ6bXU8
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, releases her newest solo album It’s Still Personal today, September 29th, 2017. The album is a re-working of Tina’s 2015 solo debut It’s Personal, 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.”
Multiple award-winning Gospel music icon Marvin Sapp releases his 11th solo album on Friday, September 29th. The 10-track album is available at major music retailers and all digital music outlets. Additionally, for the first time, Marvin Sapp will celebrate his album release with a live concert in his hometown of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Sapp will perform new music as well as classics that his fans know and love. The concert will take place at Lighthouse Full Life Center in Grand Rapids, and will be streamed on The Word Network as well as Facebook Live.
Bryan Popin and Little Boy Wonder Music and Flaydo Music launched the #IGOTOUTCHALLENGE and asked fans to submit a lip sync video or dance video to Popin's smash single "I Got Out." After hundreds of entries Bryan Popin has announced that 3 year old Emory Battise has won the #IGOTOUTCHALLENGE and a $150 cash visa card. Watch 3 year old Emory's winning video here: https://youtu.be/VJIYcaQ7LcE
GRAMMY®-winning recording artist Tasha Cobbs Leonard shares more of herHEART. PASSION. PURSUIT. journey with the launch of “The Story Of… HEART. PASSION. PURSUIT.” a beautifully crafted 6-part weekly docuseries airing exclusively on YouTube and Vevo. Cobbs Leonard shared the full film at an exclusive screening event in New York City this week. Filmed in HD, “The Story Of… HEART. PASSION. PURSUIT.”offers an intimate look at Cobbs Leonard’s process creating the record-setting and chart-topping album. Weaving never-before-seen rehearsal footage and behind-the-scenes interviews with in-studio performances of her new music, viewers will enjoy personal insight from Tasha as well as the various participants, including the songwriters, worship leaders and guest artists featured on the album. The weekly series will begin October 6 on Cobbs Leonard’s YouTube channel (TashaCobbsVEVO) and on Vevo (https://www.vevo.com/artist/tasha-cobbs-leonard). A new episode will premiere every Friday.
In collaboration with the Recording Academy™, Great Performances presents GRAMMY Salute To Music Legends 2017™, the second annual all-star concert offering a primetime spotlight for the Academy's 2017 Special Merit Awards recipients. The celebration and tribute concert feature rare performances by honorees and renditions by those they've inspired. The celebration, led by Paul Shaffer as musical director, was recorded in July at New York's Beacon Theatre, and will air Friday, October 13 from 9 - 11 p.m. on PBS. This year's Lifetime Achievement Award honorees are Shirley Caesar, Ahmad Jamal, Charley Pride, Jimmie Rodgers, Nina Simone, Sly Stone and the Velvet Underground. Additional Special Merit Awards honorees celebrated include Trustees Awards recipients: producer, arranger, and songwriter Thom Bell; record executive Mo Ostin and recording executive, A&R and music publisher Ralph S. Peer as well as audio inventor Alan Dower Blumlein, who is the Technical GRAMMY Award recipient. Also honored is Keith Hancock, this year's recipient of the Recording Academy and GRAMMY Museum®'s Music Educator Award™.
Melvin Williams kicks off his world tour "Where I Started From" at the GRAMMY Museum L.A. Live on Oct 5 presented by American Express. Williams sign a physical and digital distribution deal for his new label Melvin Williams Entertainment with New Day for the Christian market and Sony RED for the general market. The album "Where I Started From" released July 28.
Five-time Grammy winner, Yolanda Adams and Emmy Award winning actor, Keith David, the star of OWN's megachurch drama "Greenleaf," will be the featured entertainment on Wednesday, October 4, 2017, when celebrities, dignitaries and activists from around world descend upon Atlanta to pay tribute to the "dean" of the Civil Rights Movement, Dr. Joseph Lowery, for his 96th birthday celebration. "Think Like A Man" producer, Will Packer; pastor and activist, Reverend Dr. William Barber; and attorney, Angela Rye; will be among the honorees for the evening hosted by the Joseph and Evelyn Lowery Institute for Justice & Human Rights (Lowery Institute). A musical extravaganza at The Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State University. http://www.gospel-spotlight.com
Ricky Dillard & New G's album 10, debuts at #1. 10’s lead single, “I Survived It”, is climbing the charts at Gospel radio. The song tugs on the heartstrings of anyone that has faced and overcome adversity. “I Survived It” is a battle cry for the soul to keep pushing, keep praying, keep praising, until victory is won. It is a reminder that the race is won by “he who will endure until the end.” http://www.gospel-spotlight.com
Bishop J. Drew Sheard's 2017 Pentecostal Explosion Conference Pentecostal Explosion 2017 will convene in Detroit, Michigan on September 26, 2017 - September 29, 2017. All services will be held at Greater Emmanuel Institutional Church of God in Christ. This years theme is "Reigniting the Fire". Guest Psalmist for the entire week are Lady Karen Clark-Sheard; Evangelist Dorinda Clark-Cole and Sister Kierra Sheard.
Natalie Grant will undergo surgery on October 10th to remove half of her thyroid, where two tumors have been found. As a result of the surgery, she will be canceling her shows and special appearances from mid October through the end of November to focus on recovery. Long known for her openness and transparency with her fans, Grant posted a personal video on social media, asking for prayer. “These are more than just fans to me. I have an army of prayer warriors around the world who have rallied with me many times through the years, and I know this time will be no different,” says Grant
The Gospel Music Association (GMA) announced that award-winning singer-songwriter Kari Jobe and Gospel powerhouse Tasha Cobbs Leonard will team up to host the 48th Annual GMA Dove Awards. Also joining the all-star lineup are performers Bri (Briana Babineaux), Danny Gokey, Gaither Vocal Band, Ryan Stevenson and Travis Greene. They join previously announced performers CeCe Winans, Hillsong Worship, Matt Redman, MercyMe, Reba McEntire, Steven Malcolm and Zach Williams and presenters Anthony Brown, Chris Tomlin, David and Tamela Mann, for KING & Country and Matt Maher. The awards show will take place October 17 at Lipscomb University's Allen Arena in Nashville. Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) will exclusively air the awards show on October 22 at 8 p.m. CST.
A DIY team of do-gooders help churches fix what"s wrong outside and inside the church walls. When it's broken, they call James Fortune! Gospel sensation James Fortune is a man on a mission; exhibiting a heart for God's Temple and the people who dwell within! Overcoming many personal struggles and professional milestones, he understands that in spite of our challenges, we have a future and can live victoriously! James and his DIY team usher in change as they put on hardhats, swing hammers and fix churches of all denominations. Sometimes the fix starts with breaking down walls of confusion and healing hidden emotions. James and his team ignite churches across the nation to excellence. They will fix anything, the choir, the roof, the congregation, the First Lady and perhaps the Pastor! If it's broken, fix it! Fix It! with James Fortune is apart of Twelve new television shows ordered by The Impact Network. The highly anticipated program slate will depict the complex life and life in general.
Singer, songwriter and producer Charles Jenkins is always looking for ways to help people. This past weekend Jenkins and his Fellowship Chicago congregation donated $10,000 to Higher Dimension Church’s HD Cares Hurricane Harvey Initiative that benefits the Houston hurricane recovery.
Stellar Award winning, GRAMMY and Billboard Music Award nominated and GMA Dove Award nominee Jekalyn Carr has unveiled her new website www.youwillwin.org on the heels of releasing her single “You Will Win,” which is available now on iTunes. On the www.YouWillWin.org website, fans will be able to post various things and situations that they are winning over. The website will offer You Will Win paraphernalia and receive updates on the You Will Win movement and Jekalyn Carr. Jekalyn Carr‘s “You Will Win” is the first single off her forthcoming live record, One Nation, Under God set to be released January 2018 on her independently owned label Lunjeal Music Group along with her new book.
Mary Mary the Final Season on WETV returns September 28-9/8C http://www.wetv.com/shows/mary-mary/videos/season-06/mary-mary-final-season-trailer
Stellar Award-winning hit artist Tasha Page-Lockhart unwraps her highly anticipated upcoming sophomore album THE BEAUTIFUL PROJECT available for pre-order now. Featuring her rising lead single “Over and Over." The 10-track project will be out on Friday October 20th, 2017.
Cheryl Fortune, will release her debut album, "Simply Cheryl" on October 13th. Pre-orders for the twelve-track urban inspirational project kicked-off on September 15th. The album is anchored by the hit, “Fighters.” The empowering song booms with a catchy, marching band rhythm that is as catchy as its message is empowering. The heart-wrenching concept music video sheds light on domestic abuse, sex trafficking, suicide and addiction. Fortune’s native of Houston were flooding rains forced her family to evacuate their home. Now, Fortune is donating the first month of royalties from “Fighters” to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. “As long as we band together, we will fight through this tragedy,” says Fortune. “Houston will be better than ever!”
Karew, home of the Grammy Award winning Clark Sisters and multiple award winners Karen Clark Sheard and Kierra Sheard, is set to announce exciting new changes, new branding, new music, new visuals, and more during it’s relaunch showcase event on Tuesday, September 19 at Studio 51 in Detroit. The Karew relaunch showcase will allow all to learn more about their new expansion to becoming a multi-genre label. This event will include a new music performance by Karew’s own Kierra Sheard and J. Drew & The Band are set to perform new music as well. The event will feature food/drinks, vendors, a fashion show, artist performances, music video premieres and more.
The Gospel Music Heritage Month Foundation (#GMHM2017) is proud to announce its ninth annual "Evolution of Gospel," which commemorates the month of September as Gospel Music Heritage Month (GMHM). The celebration will present inspirational and exhilarating music performances by some of Gospel music’s biggest stars and honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the rich legacy of Gospel music in America. The “Evolution of Gospel” will be held on Monday, September 18, 2017 at 7 p.m. EDT at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. This year’s Gospel Music Heritage Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Donnie McClurkin. Other honorees are: Tyscot Records Founder and CEO Bishop Leonard Scott and civil right leader and NAACP Chairman Emeritus Roslyn McCallister Brock.
Anthony Brown, Travis Greene and Jonathan McReynolds shared with Essence Magazine their thoughts on why the church is losing millenials. The trifecta was highlighted by Kirk Franklin as “the future of gospel music” at last year’s Grammy Awards, when Franklin won Best Gospel Performance, telling the audience that, “During a time when millennials leaving the church is a major headline and diversity in gospel music is criticized, they offer a fresh perspective on what it means to have an artistic, authentic ministry grounded in faith.” The article discusses the age old question of should gospel artists collaborate with secular artists and the relevance of artistry with the Gospel. Brown articulates summarily, “The most important thing to me is that when people do look at us, we look like Jesus.”
Over a period of years, the group G.I. has endured personnel changes, broken promises from record industry leaders and growing pains within the gospel music genre itself. In spite of it all, G.I. has played the game well and is now winning. G.I.'s new album Winning is available now. The group's highly anticipated third album features their new single "We Win" as well as a cameo from TV One's R&B Diva, Keke Wyatt. "All the songs have a similar theme as far as the elements we need to win in every aspect of life," says Branden Anderson, the group's mellow mastermind and co-founder. "Whether it be your spiritual life, on your job, or in your marriage. These songs all deal with some level of winning." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oi-U1tszXtM&feature=youtu.be
City Winery in conjunction with TriFectHer Entertainment have come together to produce a benefit concert to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Join Kelly Price, Slick Rick, Trina, Case, Big Freedia, 112, MAJOR., LeAndria Johnson, Pastor Troy, Mia X, Donell Jones, Raheem DeVaughn, Gritz & Jelly Butter and many more to be announced. Atlanta’s on air radio personality, Ed Lover, and actress and model Eva Marcille will host the event. 100% of the proceeds from the ticket sales and silent auction will go directly to two Houston families (with several small children) who have lost everything and Mattress Mack, who is not only sheltering and feeding hurricane victims, but is mobilizing clean up efforts in the area.
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, announces her upcoming “It’s Still Personal Tour,” kicking off in LA October 18th.. The tour runs until just before Thanksgiving. A gathering of top Gospel stars have assembled for the tour, including Grammy® winner Erica Campbell, Grammy® nominated Gospel artist Jekalin Carr, Grammy® nominees The Walls, Inspirational a cappella group Resound, comedian/singer Jermaine Dolly, Jor’dan Armstrong, spoken word poets Ezekial Azonwu, David Bowden and Matthew Strange and host Thomasina “Goo Goo” Atkins.
Help UNCF provide financial support to the thousands of HBCU (historically black colleges & universities) students in Texas and Louisiana impacted by the effects of Hurricane Harvey. Businesses are closed, perhaps for weeks or months, depriving employees of the paychecks they count on to pay family expenses, including their children’s college tuition. As the community comes together to rebuild, our HBCU students will need help with transportation, replenishing books, clothing and other educational necessities. Visit uncf.org/HarveyRelief or text UNCFNA to 50555 to donate.
Today, RCA Inspiration and Lionsgate released Greenleaf Soundtrack: Volume 2. The 12-track album, which is available both on CD and digitally, features soul-stirring music from Season 2 of the acclaimed OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network original program, Greenleaf. The dramatic series, which airs on Wednesdays at 10 PM ET / PT, stars Keith David, Lynn Whitfield and Merle Dandridge and was recently renewed for a third season on OWN. Greenleaf Soundtrack: Volume 2 is a moving collection of songs performed by popular young singers including Jekalyn Carr (“Hold Me Close”), Koryn Hawthorne (“Won’t He Do It”), Le’Andria Johnson (“Better Days”) and Deborah Joy Winans (“Shine The Light”) and beloved veteran artists such as Kirk Franklin (“123 Victory”) and Mary Mary (“Heaven”) that leaves listeners on an emotional high. The album also boasts a remix of “The Root,” the show’s title theme, performed by the legendary Mavis Staples.
Big Idea Entertainment, home of the leading faith-based studio and producer of the children's brand, VeggieTales, and rising gospel star Bryan Popin found a way to support Hurricane Harvey relief efforts from their Nashville, TN hubs. Big Idea donated VeggieTales school supplies, toys and clothing to families that have been displaced from their homes because of Hurricane Harvey's flooding and storm damage. Popin, his wife Susan, and four of their children ferried VeggieTales supplies to a holding facility for the Church of Christ Disaster Relief Center in Nashville, TN in preparation for an upcoming delivery to Houston area families.
TEGNA Inc. (NYSE: TGNA) and TV One, the network which represents the best in Black culture and entertainment, announced that "Sister Circle," a live, daily talk show hosted by a panel of four female hosts, will premiere on a new date, Monday, September 18. Led by News One Now, which will expand to 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., "Sister Circle" will air live weekdays from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on TV One as part of the morning news and lifestyle programing block, as well as in 12 TEGNA markets. This is the first-time TV One, which reaches 59 million households, will carry original programming from a local station group.
GRAMMY® Award winner, world-renowned pastor, educator and visionary, Smokie Norful has reached the heights of success in both music and ministry. With a career that has spanned two decades, Norful now brings his music and ministry efforts towards a new book, Take the Lid Off: Trust God, Release the Pressure, and Find the Life He Wants for You (Thomas Nelson, September 5, 2017).
Multiple-award-winner, and top-selling artist Tasha Cobbs Leonard earns her second Billboard Number 1 album with HEART. PASSION. PURSUIT. Since its release on August 25, 2017, the Grammy® Award winner’s third album has also generated an historic 2 million+ streams in one week, dominating streaming and online platforms and continuing last year’s distinction as Billboard’s Most Streamed Artist in gospel music. Not only has HEART. PASSION. PURSUIT. seen the highest-selling week of any gospel album this year, the album released at a record-breaking pace earning the largest streaming debut in gospel music.
Stellar Award nominated contemporary family group, The Showers, are releasing their sophomore effort THE JOURNEY, their long-awaited new album, on Friday, September 29, 2017, available digitally wherever music is sold. The 10-track project boasts lead singles "I Need You, Lord" and current radio single "I Belong To You" - both available now for purchase and streaming.
Multiple Stellar Award nominated Washington, D.C. based group Charles Butler & Trinity are set to release their third project THE BLOOD EXPERIENCE this Friday, September 8th on all digital outlets. The 10-track project is produced by Butler, Brandon Maclin and James "Jimmy" Johnson.
Multiple award-winner Anthony Brown adds another credential to his belt - actor. The premier singer, songwriter will make his acting and singing debut on the national tour of “Momma’s Boy,” a stage play written and directed by Priest Tyaire. Starring Johnny Gill, Robin Givens, Jackee' Harry, Shirley Murdock and Lil G. Anthony Brown will sing his hit songs as well as act in a part written specifically for him. Brown will play the role of Kyaire Williams. Kyaire, a pastor, is the older brother of central figure, Nasir Williams a well-known drug dealer and felon in the community. While Kyaire and Nasir are total opposites, Kyaire sets out to change his brother’s life. Brown steps into the role with his natural talent and real life experiences.
Alexis Spight is formally known as the fiery young red-haired, three-time Stellar Award Winning, NAACP Image Awards and Grammy Award wining artist from Houston TX. is getting ready to release a new album. After overcoming adversities like homelessness, insecurities, material losses, and consecutive deaths, above all else, Alexis aspires to encourage, uplift, inspire and provoke change through the message of sound God has given her, while reminding the outcast that they are not cast out. Alexis is currently prepping for the release of her highly anticipated live recording titled “All Is Not Lost” held in Detroit Michigan September 12, 2017.
Multiple Stellar Award nominated Washington, D.C. based group Charles Butler & Trinity are set to release their third project THE BLOOD EXPERIENCE this Friday, September 8th on all digital outlets. The 10-track project is produced by Butler, Brandon Maclin and James "Jimmy" Johnson.
All-time great Carl Lewis to receive to be honored at the USATF Hall of Fame Black Tie & Sneakers Gala. "More than 20 years after his retirement, Carl Lewis still stands as one of the greatest legends in all ofsport," USATF CEO Max Siegel said. "His athletic accomplishments made history, and his advocacy for the professionalism of track & field made him a cultural trailblazer. "
Due to the nature of the list of catastrophic events that are currently affecting our country, including the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and spiked gas prices,Dr. Bobby Jones and his committee have decided to reschedule the Bobby Jones International Gospel Industry Retreat. The Bobby Jones International Gospel Industry Retreat was set to return to the home of its visionary, Dr. Bobby Jones, in Nashville, TN, October 15 – 17, 2017 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church. However, “after looking at so much devastation from Hurricane Harvey and the many lives that it has affected rescheduling the Retreat is the right thing to do. It has been especially hard for some of our industry family, especially those who live in the Houston, Texas area, so we have decided to reschedule this event to a more conducive time for everyone,” says Dr. Jones.
Our hearts and prayers go out to the people of Houston, Texas. In the midst of devastation, the community remains strong, but they still need our help. Meanwhile after receiving an overwhelming number of inquiries from citizens and companies who want to help, Mayor Sylvester Turner has established the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund that will accept tax-deductible flood relief donations for victims affected by the recent floods. It is administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation.
Gospel music legend Vanessa Bell Armstrong can now add “Dr.” in front of her name after receiving an honorary doctorate degree in theology from Next Dimension University, a Southern California based Bible college. The event took place at the West Angeles Cathedral in Los Angeles Saturday, August 20, 2017. Chancellor Joel McLeod, the founder of the Black owned university presented Dr. Armstrong her degree after she sang a crowd stirring rendition of her classic, “Good News.” She was overwhelmed with joy upon receiving the degree. “This is so awesome. I’m humbled that someone thought enough of my work to honor me in this way,” says the Detroit native and seven-time Grammy nominee. “In 2014 I lost my mother and my only son within a nine month span and there were times I felt like giving up. The good news is I didn’t.” Chancellor McLeod and the staff were thrilled Dr. Armstrong flew to LA from Houston to receive her degree.
Darwin Hobbs stepped away from the recording booth for a few years to focus on his personal healing, his family, and his ministry as a worship pastor, he returns to the masses on September 1st with the release of “Call the Name of Jesus”. The single will be available everywhere digital music is sold.
Tonight, GRAMMY® nominated and Stellar Award winning artist Travis Greene will join fellow world-renowned artists Natalie Grant, Jeremy Camp, Mark Hall of Casting Crowns, Danny Gokey, Jonathan McReynolds, Mandisa, Matt Maher, Matthew West, Ryan Stevenson and Hannah Kerr for a benefit concert “Together for Texas: Songs of Hope & Healing” to aid those affected by Hurricane Harvey. The concert will benefit the non-profit organization Convoy of Hope and be broadcast via Facebook Live beginning at 9 PM EST / 8 PM CST on Convoy of Hope's and each of the artist's Facebook pages. People can make $25 donations to Convoy of Hope by texting GIVE HOPE to 50555 or visitwww.convoyofhope.com to donate any amount.
As you know, Houston, TX has been devastated by the Category 4 Hurricane Harvey. The city is flooded and many people have lost their homes, jobs, and livelihoods. Over the years, Houston has shown great support to Malaco Records and now it’s time for us to return the favor. August 30th through September 10th we pledge to donate 100% of the sales from our Online Catalog to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts via The Salvation Army. Please help us give back to the people that have lost so much by buying your favorite album, performance DVD or other items. Thank you for your support. Malaco Online Catalog: http://bit.ly/2wosCsz #Hope4Houston #HurricaneHarveyReliefEffort #MalacoSupportsHouston
On Sunday, October 8 at 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT, TV One will premiere the powerful original movie BOBBI KRISTINA, an honest and moving look at the young woman at the center of one of the most talked-about stories in recent years. Starring newcomer Joy Rovaris (Stuck in the Middle) in the title role, the film aims to restore what has been lost amidst the tabloid headlines: the real Bobbi Kristina Brown, a.k.a. "Krissy" - the vibrant, talented and troubled only daughter of pop music royalty Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, who died too young, and whose memory has been overshadowed by the circumstances of her death. https://youtu.be/qtOkelkcaJ0
Verizon and AT&T are donating money and waiving fees to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey that hit Texas. Verizon is giving USD 10 million to support Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, while AT&T is donating USD 350,000 to aid communities following the calamity. Both operators are also offering some sort of discounts on communications. Verizon partnered with local and state government officials to identify four non-profit agencies to support that are working on-the-ground on both immediate and long-term needs.
Presiding Bishop of the Church of God in Christ, Inc. (COGIC), Charles Edward Blake Sr. and legendary GRAMMY® award-winning powerhouse, Pastor Shirley Caesar are set to headline the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Incorporated's (CBCF) Annual Legislative Conference (ALC) Prayer Breakfast, September 23, 2017, from 7:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. This year's ALC honorary co-chairs are Congressman Marc Veasey from Texas and Congresswoman Robin Kelly from Illinois. Celebrating faith, freedom and resilience, this year's event will introduce a creative worship experience with liturgical dancers Stacy J. & Unified Praise from Houston, Texas and will also feature a performance by the Great Commission Baptist Church Choir from Ft. Worth, Texas. The CBCF is honored again to have this year's Prayer Breakfast sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company.
Join The Walls Group along with Marcus Wiley, Kevin Lemons, Stevie J, Darius Paulk,Y'Anna Crawley, Kelontae Gavin, Amber Bullock and more for a night of worship benefiting victims of the catastrophic floods that hit Houston recently. The pop-up concert will take place atAll Nations Worship Assembly in Atlanta on Tuesday, August 29. Limited seating is available. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVF_JRAgsQQ
TaMyya J hasd released her single "GOD's Got My Back", from her forth coming CD entitled LOVE FOR YOUR NAME. God's Got My Back received rave reviews and great support from radio across the country. It was the number one most added song to radio only four weeks in a row after her release date and continued moving up the charts. In addition to working on her project, TaMyya J is a radio host and has of thousands of listeners weekly on her 'Never Missed a Beat" radio show. "YOU DESERVE" is one of TaMyya's favorite songs recorded under the DarkChild Gospel label back in 2010 with multi-award winning producer Freddy "Uncle Freddie" Jerkins and Imani "Izy" Pressley. "Uncle Freddy" Jerkins has reproduced this single to give it a fresh new flavor and for inclusion on TaMyya's upcoming Love For Your Name CD/DVD.
Todd Dulaney is back with a brand new declaration of faith titled “Your Great Name” !! It’s an uplifting track with an infectious beat and catchy lyrics! “Your Great Name” motivates listeners everywhere that when you call the great name of Jesus, your situation has no choice but to change for the better! Please consider adding this highly anticipated single into your rotation today!
Award-winning chart topper Travis Greene celebrates another chart-topping album, as his new album Crossover: Live from Music City, debuts at #1 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums Chart. Travis also makes history in album streaming, as the first Gospel artist to garner over 1 million album streams in the first week of release. The acclaimed 15-track album has been captivating listeners with an uplifting musical experience to celebrate the love, guidance, and joys found in faith – through hit songs. His hit single “You Waited,” continues to make an impact across multiple charts as well, at #4 on Billboard’s Hot Gospel Songs Chart, #4 on Soundscan’s Gospel Digital Song Sales and #6 on Billboard’s Gospel National Airplay Chart. Additionally, his new album debuts at #15 on Soundscan’s Top Current Album chart, and his previous hit album The Hill also makes a return on the Top Gospel Albums Chart at #3 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums Chart this week.
TV One hosted the Los Angeles premiere for the upcoming original film, "WHEN LOVE KILLS: The Falicia Blakely Story" on Tuesday, August 22nd at The Harmony Gold. "WHEN LOVE KILLS: The Falicia Blakely Story," marks the feature-length directorial debut of Tasha Smith. It stars Niatia "Lil' Mama" Kirkland, Lance Gross, Tami Roman, Tiffany Black and also guest stars Floyd Mayweather, Big Freedia and Lil Zane. Special guests in attendance of last night's screening included: Angela Bassett, Loni Love, Tiffany "New York" Pollard, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Safaree, Essence Atkins, Judge Faith Jenkins, Bresha Webb, Estelita, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Miracle Watts, MAJOR., Apryl Jones, Joy Rovaris, Jensen Atwood, Jon Chaffin, Jasmine Brand, Jackie Long, Flex Alexander, Ferrari, Christian Keyes, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Andra Fuller, Michelle Rice (TV One, Interim General Manager) and more. Following the premiere screening, the cast conducted Q&A moderated by Kevin Fraizer.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxenaC-ZxpI&feature=youtu.be
The Heart of Same Kind Of Different As Me video features Ron Hall and film's stars (Greg Kinnear, Renee Zellweger and Djimon Hounsou) as they talk about the real people and events that inspired the drama. The film, based on the best-selling book, follows the true story of a man on a quest to save his marriage. Debbie Hall (Academy Award® winner Renee Zellweger) and her husband Ron Hall (Academy Award® nominee Greg Kinnear) recommit to their marriage in the most unlikely of places – a homeless shelter, whereas she insists that he volunteer with her at the shelter. But it’s really meeting the homeless man Denver (Academy Award® nominee Djimon Hounsou) which changes all three of their lives forever. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n71924UDbb8
Montel Dorsey is Pastor, recording artist, music producer and rising music executive. His new MUniversity Records label, a family partnership with co-owner Lady Darcia Pickett, is developing artists that are Kingdom driven and musically matchless. Montel released his LOVE OVER HATE album in March of this year that featured Ruth La’Ontra, Farrin Sherelle and rapper Janoir on the high energy Urban Gospel track “Celebrate”, and now Montel is growing his label and is introducing a powerful lineup of artists he is set to release over the next year. The MUniversity Records roster of artist includes an eclectic mix of Traditional Gospel, Contemporary Worship, Contemporary Christian and Urban Inspirational artists. Now, Montel is proud to introduce and announce LaBrock, Corey V & Fragrance, Dr. Aimee Clute, Tenishia Toussaint, Jason Hendrickson and Trevone Perry as the new additions to his indie label.
If you missed Tasha Cobbs-Leonard's Performance last night on BET's Black Girls Rock, You have got to check it out! ABOUT BLACK GIRLS ROCK! ™: Founded by celebrity DJ, model and executive producer, Beverly Bond, BLACK GIRLS ROCK! ™ is a multifaceted movement dedicated to shifting the culture of media images depicting Black women and girls. Since 2006, BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™ has been committed to empowering women through media and enriching girls through leadership, education, and positive identity development programs. http://thatgrapejuice.net/2017/08/performances-bets-black-girls-rock-2017/
Grammy®, Dove, and 5x Stellar award-nominated recording artist, Todd Dulaney, has signed an exclusive management agreement with Nashville-based Maximum Artist Management. The announcement was made by the firm's founder and president, Mitchell Solarek. In two short years, Dulaney has become one of the most in-demand performing artists in the country since he stormed Gospel radio with his 2015 hit single, "The Anthem." The meteoric success of that track along with his sophomore project, A Worshippers Heart (2016 Light Records/eOne Entertainment) — which debuted #1 on Billboard's Top Gospel Album's charts — has led Dulaney from being "one to watch" to "one that's here to stay." It was Dulaney's extensive high-profile concert appearances, multiple award nominations, and fast-growing fan base that brought him to the attention of Maximum Artist Management, a top-tier firm whose eclectic client roster spans multiple genres. "Todd is a unique talent with a unique gifting'
Montel Dorsey is Pastor, recording artist, music producer and rising music executive. His new MUniversity Records label, a family partnership with co-owner Lady Darcia Pickett, is developing artists that are Kingdom driven and musically matchless. Montel released his LOVE OVER HATE album in March of this year that featured Ruth La’Ontra, Farrin Sherelle and rapper Janoir on the high energy Urban Gospel track “Celebrate”, and now Montel is growing his label and is introducing a powerful lineup of artists he is set to release over the next year. The MUniversity Records roster of artist includes an eclectic mix of Traditional Gospel, Contemporary Worship, Contemporary Christian and Urban Inspirational artists. Now, Montel is proud to introduce and announce LaBrock, Corey V & Fragrance, Dr. Aimee Clute, Tenishia Toussaint, Jason Hendrickson and Trevone Perry as the new additions to his indie label.
A Question of Faith in US theaters September 29, 2017 starring C. Thomas Howell, Richard T. Jones, Kim Fields, T.C. Stallings. A diverse community comes together after a tragic texting and driving accident, uniting through prayer and their quest for forgiveness. https://youtu.be/StNvFjirQks
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.
THE BENTLEY DIDIER FIRM a leading and cutting edge public relations based firm that specializes in Creative Direction, Publicity, and Consulting. TBDF are proud to announced the upcoming Ricky Dillard & New G: LIVE in Atlanta concert on Saturday, September 9, 2017 to be held at the dReam Center.
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.
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Bridle Bit- Lincoln F. Brown - Pat. No. 484, 994
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Elevator - Alexander Miles - Pat. No. 371,207
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