16th Annual Superbowl Gospel Welcomes All Star Line-up

Written by: Melanie Pratt

January 26th, 2015

Grammy winner Donnie McClurkin directs the NFL Players All-Star Choir that will perform at the Super Bowl Gospel Celebration on February 5, 2010 at the James L. Knight Center in Miami during Super Bowl Weekend.

 

In its Sixteenth year, the Super Bowl Gospel Celebration celebrates big with this years artist line-up: Natalie Grant, Fred Hammond, Donnie McClurkin, Israel Houghton and Gladys Knight! The first and only gospel event sanctioned by the NFL for Super Bowl Weekend, the concert series features Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum selling gospel and contemporary Christian and mainstream artists, marquee NFL players and the NFL PLAYERS Choir.

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3’s Up for Rapper Dee-1 On February 17th

Written by: Gregory Gay

January 23rd, 2015

Dee1_3sUp_coverRCA Inspiration announced news of the first major-label release from Dee-1 on February 17th.  The native New Orleans rapper has been called one of the most important artists in hip-hop music today. The EP is available now for pre order and will feature the singles “Against Us” and “I’m Not Perfect”

Ashford Sanders Drops New Music February 23rd

Written by: John Burton

January 22nd, 2015

GOSPELflava was the first to break the news of music coming from Sunday Best Season 5 Finalist and Fan Favorite Ashford Sanders. Now comes word of the February release of a brand new single,Ashford Sanders official Because You’ve Been Good.

Sanders says the song is a personal testimony for him. “God has been good to me, and I know I have been blessed. Not that everyday in my life has been good, I have had some sleepless nights and days filled with pain, but I am a living witness that God will bring you through every situation. …… I can sing anything, but my heart is in songs with substance, and Because You’ve Been Good sums up how great God has been in my life. I can’t help but thank and praise Him for his goodness TO ME.”

Because You’ve Been Good is written and produced by Pharis Evans, Jr. and hits digital retail outlets on February 23rd.  Sanders will perform the song as he makes concert dates throughout the US leading up to the GMWA Board Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Crystal Aikin Delivers All I Need February 3rd

Written by: Gregory Gay

January 21st, 2015

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The world came to know of and love  the talents of Crystal Aikin via her win of the BET Sunday Best competition and she made her recording debut with I Desire More in 2009 .  Her sophomore project, All I Need,  hits stores and digital outlets on February 3rd.  Her lead single So Amazing is gaining traction at radio across the country.

Lisa McClendon: New CD… and a Devotional for Teen Girls.

Written by: Stan North

January 21st, 2015

lisamcclendon5amcdFresh from the December 2014 release of her devotional book geared towards teen girls (The Proverbial Girl: The 31-Day Devotional of Wisdom, Values, and Being Fabulous), neo-soul songstress Lisa McClendon has now also released her next audio project. Titled 5AM, the 12-track project features popular cuts “Fly” and “Turning the Corner”, and released on January 21, 2015 at popular online retailers.

Recap: 16th Annual BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music Awards

Written by: Martin Williams

January 19th, 2015

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Atlanta, GA was on fire as Gospel music’s biggest and brightest stars, producers, and industry personalities invaded the city for The 16th Annual BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music Awards.  BMI Vice President Catherine Brewton described the event as a “homecoming”. Sixteen years ago the first BMI Trailblazers Event was held in Atlanta with just a keyboard, drum set, and a hundred people. Since its humble beginnings the event has gone on to be considered the Gospel equivalent of the annual Clive Davis Grammy Party. In past years the event was apart of Stellar Award Weekend, but when it was decided that The Stellar Awards would be held in Las Vegas, BMI decided to return “home” to its Atlanta beginnings.

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BMI Awards Most Performed Songs

Written by: Melanie Pratt

January 19th, 2015

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This weekend’s BMI Trailblazer Awards were also the scene to honor Gospel’s Most-Performed Song of the Year: “The Gift,” written and performed by Donald Lawrence. The song, featured on Lawrence’s album Best For Last, topped the Billboard Gospel Airplay chart and achieved  wide-spread success. BMI also recognized five additional opuses as Top-Performed Gospel Songs of the Year (2014): “1 On 1,” written by Lucius B. Hoskins and performed by Zacardi Cortez; “Clean This House,” co-written by Philip Cornish and Isaac Carree, who is the performer; “God Will Make a Way,” written by Ay’Ron Lewis and performed by Shirley Caesar; “Here in Our Praise,” co-written by Michael Bethany and Fred Hammond, who is the performer; and “It’s Working,” co-written by Aaron Lindsey and William Murphy, who is the performer.

BMI HONORS ISRAEL HOUGHTON, LASHUN PACE AND THE ANOINTED PACE SISTERS

Written by: Melanie Pratt

January 19th, 2015

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This past weekend, BMI brought legends and contemporary stars together to celebrate the careers of gospel giants Israel Houghton, LaShun Pace and The Anointed Pace Sisters at its 16th annual Trailblazers of Gospel Music Awards in Atlanta.

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Top 25 Gospel Albums

Written by: Gregory Gay

January 14th, 2015

Fred Hammond’s I Will Trust holds on to the top spot as Brian Courtney Wilson makes his debut at number 2 on the the Soundscan Top 25 Gospel Albums Chart for this week.  Fred Hammond I Will Trust

  1.  Fred Hammond                          I Will Trust
  2. Brian Courtney Wilson             Worth Fighting For
  3. Tasha Cobbs                                  Grace
  4. Various Artists                            WOW Gospel 2014
  5. J Moss                                              Grown Folks Gospel
  6. Youthful Praise/JJ Hairston  I See Victory
  7. VaShawn Mitchell                       Unstoppable
  8. Smokie Norful                               Forever Yours
  9. Erica Campbell                             Help
  10. Michelle Williams                       Journey To Freedom
  11. The Walls Group                          Fast Forward
  12. 3 Winans Brothers                      Foreign Land
  13. Icon Gospel                                   Icon Gospel
  14. Jessica Reedy                               Transparent
  15. The Rance Allen Group            Celebrate
  16. Wess Morgan                                Livin
  17. Lynda Randle                              Ageless Hymns
  18. Ricky Dillard & New G              Amazing
  19. Jimmy Greene                             Beautiful Life
  20. Tasha Page-Lockhart                Here Right Now
  21. William McDowell                      Withholding Nothing
  22. Various Artists                            Motown Christmas
  23. James Fortune & FIYA            Live Through It
  24. Donnie McClurkin                      Duets
  25. Deitrick Haddon                         Best of Deitrick Haddon

 

Israel Houghton Celebrates God’s Goodness

Written by: Gregory Gay

January 14th, 2015

2015 marks a milestone in the music ministry of award winning worship leader and singer/songwriter Israel Houghton; 15 years of ministry with New Breed and the March release of CoHougton 2015vered, Live in Asia, his 10th album with the group.  Making impact is the current single, How Awesome Is Our God, which is now available on all digital outlets on January 13th and features the inimitable Yolanda Adams.  Houghton shared his joys of the pairing, “Having Yolanda Adams singing with us on this song marks a personal ‘bucket list’ moment for me!”

Houghton will be celebrated at the BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Awards Ceremony in Atlanta on January 17th as well as taking part in the 16th Annual Superbowl Gospel Celebration concert series in Phoenix, AZ.  There are plans for a theatrical release of the “Alive in Asia” concert film to theaters in select cities.