The Walls Group, Anita Wilson, Erica Campbell, Ricky Dillard Get Grammy Nominations

Written by: Gregory Gay

December 10th, 2014

Nominations for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards were announced by the Recording Academy on December 5th in Los Angeles.

 

 

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The awards will be handed out on Sunday February 8th during a RickyPic_Press1_SideProfileAgainstWalllive broadcast at the Staples Center.  Erica Campbell and Smokie Norful received nominations in both the Best Gospel Performance and Best Gospel Album Categories, while Mali Music received nominations in the Gospel as well as Urban Contemporary categories.  A full list of nominees can be viewed here: Grammy Nominees

 

Fred Hammond Releases I Will Trust

Written by: Gregory Gay

November 19th, 2014

Fred Hammond I Will TrustFred Hammond makes a declaration of faith with the release of I Will Trust, his new 12 track CD for RCA Inspiration released on November 17th.  The award winning singer/songwriter and producer used his experiences with double knee surgery as the inspiration for the title song.  Of his experiences, Hammond states “I had to learn how to walk again, but I did it and trusted God and that’s kind of what makes this album special. All of the emotional trauma that came with it.”

Fresh from the 30 city Festival of Praise tour with Donnie McClurkin, Hammond will embark upon a promo tour in support of the new disc visiting Dallas, Houston and Atlanta.

Mississippi Mass Choir Brings Happy Days Overseas

Written by: Gregory Gay

November 13th, 2014

MMC DODIts tour time again as America’s Choir, Malaco Music Group recording artist the Mississippi Mass Choir continue their 25th year celebration with a 15 city Spain tour with performances in Madrid, Barcelona, Gijon and Santiago .  Their latest CD, Declaration of Dependence released this past spring made its way into the Billboard top 20 with the hit single God’s On Your Side featuring Stan Jones and  BET Sunday Best Winner Leandria Johnson.  As in previous years, MMC will take us behind the scenes and give us regular updates as they are on the road.

Andrea Helms Makes Debut In Billboard Top Ten

Written by: Gregory Gay

November 13th, 2014

HelmsDream Records must be doing some hand clapping of their own as Clap Your Hands,  the new release of Andrea Helms makes its debut at #6 on the Billboard Top Gospel Albums chart.  Helms captured the hearts of many with her performances during Season 4 of BET’s Sunday Best television show.  She continues to tour across the country with upcoming stops in Philly, Cleveland, Columbus and Tampa, Florida.

JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise Hit #1 On Billboard

Written by: Gregory Gay

November 13th, 2014

SHIRTEDIT_MG_7911Its a victorious celebration as JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise’s 7th CD I See Victory which made its debut at #2 on the Billboard Top Gospel Albums Chart rises to the #1 spot.  Youthful Praise has and continues to be a dominant force  delivering songs of celebration including After This, Incredible God, Incredible Praise, Deliverer and Awesome God.  Hairston and YP will perform Bless Me on BET’s Bobby Jones Gospel on Sunday, November 23rd.

 

Dr Larry Reid Gets In The Christmas Spirit November 25th

Written by: Gregory Gay

November 4th, 2014

DLarry Reid Christmasr. Larry Reid and the Breakthrough Singers capture the essence of the holiday season with their take on the classic Go Tell It On The Mountain.  Their holiday maxi single hits digital outlets on November 25th and promises to be a welcome addition to your holiday music collection.

Amen Tour Features Andrae Crouch and Friends

Written by: Gregory Gay

November 4th, 2014

Coming to a city near you this holiday season is the Let the Church Say Amen Tour honoring the music of internationally known and celebrated gospel singer/songwriter Andrae Tourand musician Pastor Andrae Crouch. The multi city tour will feature performances from Grammy winners CeCe Winans, Pastor Marvin Winans, Israel Houghton, Bishop Rance Allen and others.  Tour dates are scheduled for Charlotte, Birmingham, Chicago, Atlanta, Milwaukee, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Orlando and Miami with other dates and cities soon to be added.

foreverJONES Readies Musical Prayer Project

Written by: Gregory Gay

October 29th, 2014

familyjonesReinforcing the ideology of “the family that prays together, stays together”, foreverJONES is ready to present their first new offering in two years entitled the Musical Prayer Project.  Dewitt Jones noted the necessity of teaching people about an important connection with God through prayer and stated, “We must send prayer music into the future with the next generation.”

The disc will also feature the track Access, the long awaited solo performance from Dominique which is a follow up to her Stellar Award winning  song He Wants It All.

Gotta Have Gospel Christmas Collection Hits Stores

Written by: Gregory Gay

October 29th, 2014

GHG Oh Holy NightIts beginning to sound a lot like Christmas!  Holiday favorites from Yolanda Adams, Anthony Brown & Group therapy, Commissioned, James Fortune & FIYA, Ayana George, Fred Hammond, Israel Houghton & New Breed, Whitney Houston, Joe, John P. Kee & The New Life Community Choir, Mary Mary, Donnie McClurkin, Tarralyn Ramsey, Richard Smallwood and Hezekiah Walker round out the Gotta Have Gospel! Christmas Oh Holy Night CD release from RCA Inspiration and Integrity Music. The disc is now available on all digital outlets and in stores.

Riverside SDA Celebrates Release Of Declare Your Name

Written by: Gregory Gay

October 29th, 2014

RiversideThe music ministry of Nashville’s Riverside Seventh Day Adventist Church comes to the forefront with the release of Declare Your Name, the first single from their live recording.  Pastor Furman Fordham spoke on how the recording came to fruition.  “A few years ago we were convicted that God wanted us to capture the amazing music ministry that we enjoy at Riverside week after week, and provide it as an evangelistic offering to our broader community. We are thrilled to announce the official release of ‘Declare Your Name’ the first single from our debut Riverside Worship Arts Ministry Project”.  The disc will feature guest performances from Take 6’s Joey Kibble, Earnest Pugh, Lecresia Campbell, Michelle Prather and others.  Look for the project in early 2015.