Final Season Of Bobby Jones Gospel Announced

Written by: John Burton Jr.

April 25th, 2015

After 34 Bobby Moses Twinkie Kirkuplifting seasons, BET announced the final season of Bobby Jones Gospel,  the longest-continuously-running original cable TV show will tape this summer.  Bobby Jones Gospel has brought great gospel singers and music into the homes of millions each week and a special season is planned as the gospel community comes to bid farewell.

Tina Campbell Solo Album Due May 7th

Written by: John Burton Jr.

April 25th, 2015

The other half of Mary Mary Tina Campbell prepares for the release of her long awaited solo album .  Its Personal is packed with appearances from Stevie Wonder, Teddy Campbell, Erica Tina-Book-Album-Feature-NewCampbell, Warryn Campbell, Honey Atkins, Aaron Lindsey, The Underdogs, Eddie Brown, Jason White, PJ Morton and Donald Lawrence and the Company.

The disc along with Tina’s book I Need A Day To Pray hits digital outlets on May 7th.

Trent Von Lee Makes Bold Declaration With I Am A Praiser

Written by: Gregory Gay

April 22nd, 2015

Vegasgiovanni | Trent“Some may not understand why I lift my hands or why I run and dance, its because that’s who I am. I am a Praiser!” With these words we are introduced to the ministry gift that is Trent Von Lee.  The west coast based worship leader, psalmist, author and teacher’s  debut CD Bishop Noel Jones Presents: Trent Von Lee I Am A Praiser was released on March 24th and was warmly received making its way into the top 10 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart.

Von Lee has been leading worship and ushering people into the presence of God for more than a decade serving under the pastoral leadership of Dr. Marichal Monts and the late Bishop Kenneth Moales before relocating to Los Angeles and joining the City of Refuge pastored by Bishop Noel Jones.  After surviving a bout with prostate cancer and loss of a kidney, Trent stands on the promises of God to declare and sing the Lord’s praises to all who will hear and receive.

Earnest Pugh Returns To DC For Special Honor From Howard University

Written by: Gregory Gay

April 22nd, 2015

Earnest Pugh will receive a special Alumni Award for the Arts during the 3rd Annual Howard University School of Divinity Alumni Association Awards EarnestPughBanquet on April 26th.

Pugh will start the day sharing music ministry at the Ebenezer AME Church in Fort Washington where he served as part of the music team during his stay in the DMV followed by the awards banquet and a concert at Howard University’s Blackburn Center.  Pugh will also celebrate the 30th Pastoral anniversary of Pastor Robert G Childs, Howard University School of Divinity Professor at the Berean Baptist Church.

 

Tiffany Joy McGhee Signs With VaShawn Mitchell’s Walkway Music Group

Written by: Gregory Gay

April 21st, 2015

Stellar Award Winner Tiffany Joy McGhee (TiffJoy) becomes the first artist under VaShawn Mitchell’s Walkway Music Group banner in partnership with Tyscot Records.  TiffJoy’s Amazing recorded by Ricky Dillard and New G took home the Stellar for song of the year and remained on the Billboard charts for 30 consecutive weeks.TiffJoy

“Tyscot has enjoyed years of working with VaShawn in various capacities, and now we are elated to be the label partner for his Walkway Entertainment,” said Bryant Scott, President and COO Tyscot Records. “We are excited about our first artist through this joint venture, TiffJoy. Her voice and song have saturated our spirits for the past year, culminating with a Stellar Awards win for Song Of The Year. It is now time to present TiffJoy on her own stellar project.”

“Church” Was Had At the White House!

Written by: John Burton Jr.

April 20th, 2015

white-house-concert“Welllll….I hope everybody is in the spirit tonight. We’re bringing some church to the White House!” were President Obama’s opening remarks for the White House Gospel Music Celebration last Tuesday. Held in the East Wing of the White House, which was converted into a concert venue, President Barack, First Lady Michelle Obama, and invited guests were entertained by some of the nation’s premiere Christian and Gospel artists. Among the list of performers included: Pastor Shirley Caesar, Rance Allen, tamela Mann, Rodney Crowell, Darlene Love, the Morgan State University Choir, Emmylou Harris, Lyle Lovett and Aretha Franklin. ABC’s Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts served as Mistress of Ceremonies. The show is scheduled to air on PBS and TV One on June 26th. Take a listen!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TnNxnQ1zZ3I

Pastor Keion Henderson Shines On Give Me More

Written by: John Burton Jr.

April 17th, 2015

Henderson Head Shot Pastor Keion Henderson enters the class of singing preachers with the debut of his single, Give Us More.  The Pastor of one of Houston’s fastest growing churches, The Lighthouse Church (where Gospel balladeer Earnest Pugh serves in music ministry) is already well known for his preaching and teaching and  is now gaining national attention as the single makes its way up the Billboard Hot Gospel Songs chart.

Give Me More, written by Lucious Hoskins is available via digital outlets.

Sparrow Records Founder Billy Ray Hearne Passes

Written by: Gregory Gay

April 17th, 2015

Billy-Ray-HearnGOSPELflava joins others around the world remembering the life of Christian music legend Billy Ray Hearne who passed away on Wednesday, April 15th.  Hearne, a graduate of Baylor University began his career at Word Records, launching the Myrrh label and introducing the world to Amy Grant.  In 1976, he founded Sparrow Records, which would include a number of top Gospel artists including Bebe and CeCe Winans, Tramaine Hawkins, The Clark Sisters, Daryl Coley, and the West Angeles COGIC Saints In Praise series.

In 1992, Sparrow was sold to EMI Music, making way for the creation of Capitol Christian Music, the world’s largest Christian music group and home to Motown Gospel.

Ted Winn Puts More Into Perspective

Written by: John Burton Jr.

April 16th, 2015

Ted WinnTed Winn delivered the goods with the release of Balance, his solo project in 2010 featuring The Lifter and God Believes In You.  He now engages audiences with a new single, More and gives reason to hope that Perspective, his sophomore CD is imminent.  More is gaining traction on the Billboard Gospel Airplay chart and makes it debut on digital platforms on Tuesday, April 21st.

Live Recording For Sunday Best Season 7 Winner Geoffery Golden

Written by: John Burton Jr.

April 16th, 2015

GGoldenGeoffery Golden, the BET Sunday Best Season 7 Winner will record live on Friday April 17th at the Irving Bible Church.  The Cleveland native spent his formative years around the church and developed a love for music under the keen eye and supervision of his father, the pastor of their local church and mother who serves as the church music director.  Golden joins Kirk Franklin’s Fo Yo Soul label alongside label mates and recent Stellar Awards Winners Tasha Page Lockhart and the Walls Group.