Stellar Awards Relocate to Las Vegas

Written by: Gregory Gay

July 23rd, 2014

Now comes official word frvashawn_mitchell2012-stellars-wideom Central City Productions that the Stellar Music Awards will celebrate its 30th Anniversary in the city of Las Vegas, Nevada.  In addition, the 2015 awards show will be held on March 28th moving from its original January date.  The venue for the event is the Orleans Arena. For additional details, check out the Stellar Awards official website.

Dorothy Norwood Music Group Inks Deal with EchoPark/JDI

Written by: Gregory Gay

July 23rd, 2014

Dorothy NorwoodDN Incredible Journey Music Group has announced a distribution deal with EchoPark/JDI Entertainment and is readying the 52nd solo release of the world’s greatest story teller, Evangelist Dorothy Norwood in October. An Incredible Journey, produced by Norwood and Cedric Thompson features stellar performances from Dorinda Clark Cole, LeJuene Thompson, VaShawn Mitchell and Melvin Williams on the lead single, When the Church Begins to Pray.

New Music From Cinque Cullar

Written by: Gregory Gay

July 22nd, 2014

cinqueheadshot2We placed Cinque Cullar on our watch list a long time ago.  Besides having a rather odd first name, this young man has been called to bring people into the presence of God through worship.  A Chicago native, Cullar spent his formative years as part of the Soul Children of Chicago under the leadership of Walter Whitman.  Cinque travelled across the United States and overseas with this prestigious group and was featured on their  hit Celebrate from their Generation X Celebration CD.  After traveling through Europe with Gospel legend Rev. Jessy Dixon, Cullar organized the Tribe of Judah and later recorded with the Stellar Award nominated male group Fortitude.  Cinque accepted his call to the ministry and released his solo debut, Letters to God.  With a heart for young people, Cullar travels the country doing youth events and choir workshops yet finds time to minister as worship leader at Chicago’s St. Sabina Catholic Church and Salem Baptist Church of Chicago.  His new single, Let the Glory of the Lord is getting rave review at radio and Letters to God is available at digital outlets everywhere.

 

 

Brian Courtney Wilson Gets In The Ring July 25th

Written by: Gregory Gay

July 15th, 2014

BCourtneyWilsonNewly signed Motown Gospel artist Brian Courtney Wilson pulls out all the stops for his first live recording session on July 25th.  The event takes place at Pastor Rudy Rasmus’  St. John’s United Methodist Church in the city of Houston.  The album entitled, “Worth Fighting For” will be Wilson’s  debut release on the Motown Gospel label with production duties handled by the very capable Aaron Lindsey.

Lindsey could hardly contain his joy in preparing for the session.  “I’m truly honored to see this recording come together.  Brian’s songs are lyrically and musically so relevant to the current hybrid sound of worship and gospel that this recording is going to be amazing!” Wilson echoed the same sentiments, “I am so thankful to be recording new music with this team and to share in the experience with my friends, family and supporters. In some ways it feels like a long time coming…in other ways it feels like it is right on time.”

Donald Lawrence, Arnetta Murrill Crooms and Joshua Rogers Headline Gospel Showcase

Written by: Gregory Gay

July 14th, 2014

Donald-Lawrence-2011-2Grammy award winning producer Donald Lawrence, Arnetta Murrill Crooms, Joshua Rogers and Dottie Peoples headline the first annual Gospel’s Best 3 Day Concert and Indie Artist Showcase in Wilmington, North Carolina August 8th through August 10th.

This event extends an invitation to Gospel groups, artists and musicians to compete for an opportunity to win cash prizes and awards in addition to a trip to SONY MUSIC NYC to meet with A&R Executives. In addition, the selected artist will perform live at Six Flags America locations and MBN6 Gospel Believers ROC celebrity concerts and other Sony Indie Artist Showcases.

The event was created and spearheaded by Kal Nwaneri, Founder & CEO, MBN6, in collaboration with Bishop James Utley, President, Resource Outreach Center (ROC) and Kevin Liles, CEO of Go N’SYDE in an effort to provide an alternative to the violence, bullying and other ills plaguing inner city youth.

 

International AME Mass Choir Makes Historic CD Debut August 5th

Written by: Gregory Gay

July 14th, 2014

There’s a new sound and its coming from the AME Church!!!.  While AME LIVE, the first recording from the  International AME Church Mass Choir hits digital and retail outlets on August 5th,  the celebration has already begun with liAME LIVEstening parties and concerts in Nashville, Tennessee and Chicago, Illinois.  Over 125 voices from AME Churches across the country participated in the recording of the live CD/DVD held in Chicago last summer.  The project is produced by Adrian Dunn and Curtis Lindsey and features guest performances by Myron Butler, Melonie Daniels, Troy Bright.

Homegoing Services for Pastor Shirley Caesar’s Husband

Written by: Melanie Clark

July 9th, 2014

Lady Shirley

On Friday, Independence Day, July 4, 2014, Bishop Harold Ivory Williams Sr., the beloved husband of Pastor Shirley Caesar went home to be with the Lord. Bishop Williams is the Bishop Emeritus of the Mt Calvary Holy Churches of America. Read the rest of this entry »

The Winans Sign with eOne, Debut New Video

Written by: Gregory Gay

July 8th, 2014

WinansPrepare yourself for the release of Foreign Land, the new disc from the 3 Winans Brothers on September 30th.  Marvin, Carvin and BeBe Winans unveiled the new group offering If God Be For Us last year at the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.  The brothers have formed a new label Regimen Records and announced a marketing and distribution deal with Entertainment One.  An artist services/publishing deal was signed with BMG earlier this year.

The brothers are also celebrating the video release for their current single,  Move In Me, produced by Grammy winning producer Daniel Weatherspoon and remixed by multi-Grammy award winning songwriter/producer, Warryn Campbell.

Anthony Brown Takes Honors At ASCAP Urban Music Awards 2014

Written by: Gregory Gay

June 27th, 2014

anthonybrownThe American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) honored the songwriters and publishers for the most performed songs in 2013 at the 27th Annual  Rhythm & Soul Music Awards on Thursday, June 26th. Tyscot recording artist Anthony Brown was honored as his composition Testimony was recognized as the Top Gospel Song.  Other Gospel songs celebrated were 1 on 1 (Zacardi Cortez), A Little More Jesus (Erica Campbell), Break Every Chain (Tasha Cobbs), Clean This House (Isaac Carree), Every Praise (Hezekiah Walker), God Will Make a Way (Shirley Caesar), Greater is Coming (Jakalyn Carr), Here in our Praise (Fred Hammond and United Tenors), Hold On (James Fortune), If He Did It Before (Tye Tribbett), Its Not Over (Israel & New Breed) and Sunday Morning (Mary Mary).  Lecrae, Anthony Brown and Jekalyn Carr performed during the awards ceremony.

Donnie McClurkin Joins Celebration for Andrae and Sandra Crouch

Written by: Gregory Gay

June 26th, 2014

On Sunday, June andrae-crouch29th Pastor Donnie McClurkin will join the New Christ Memorial Church family celebrating the birthday of Gospel Music Legend Pastor Andrae Crouch.  Crouch shares a July 1st birthday with his twin sister, Pastor Sandra Crouch.  The multiple Grammy award winner has endured several medical challenges over the past couple of months and GOSPELflava joins others across the country praying for his healing and restoration.  Crouch Celebration