Neily Dickerson Tributes Al Hobbs

Written by: Melanie Pratt

August 15th, 2014

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The Gospel Music Industry has lost another “pillar!”

Al “The Bishop” Hobbs was a “Force.”

As Chairman of the Gospel Music Workshop of America (GMWA), GMWA’s ~ Gospel Announcer’s Guild and owner of Aleho International Music, “The Bishop” was an advocate for all who asked for his support. His common-touch approach extended to label executives, artists, and everyone in between.  At any moment you might see Al having an in-depth conversation with, Central City Production’s, Don Jackson and the next sharing a laugh with a up-and-coming young Gospel talent. Read the rest of this entry »

Streaming Link for The Funeral Services of Al Hobbs

Written by: Melanie Pratt

August 15th, 2014

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The services for Al “The Bishop” Hobbs will be streamed live tonight and tomorrow via the following website:  Read the rest of this entry »

Erica Campbell, Tamela Mann, Hezekiah Walker and Lecrae Receive Dove Award Nominations

Written by: Gregory Gay

August 13th, 2014

DOVE-awards-press-conferenceThe Gospel Music Association announced the nominees for the 45th Annual GMA Dove Awards which will be held on October 7th at Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena in Nashville, Tennesse.  TBN will broadcast the event live.  Nominees in the Gospel Categories are as follows: Read the rest of this entry »

JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise Release Bless Me

Written by: Gregory Gay

August 12th, 2014

Its new music from JJ Hairston and Youthful Praise in the form of Bless Me, a new radio single from I See Victory, the group’s forthcoming CD.  Pastor Donnie McClurkin joins YP on the song SHIRTEDIT_MG_7911which is available at digital outlets everywhere.  I See Victory was recorded live in Bloomfield, Connecticut and also features performances from Karen Clark Sheard, Vashawn Mitchell, Jason Nelson and Deon Kipling.  The full project hits stores on October 28th.

Meet the Artist – Benita Farmer

Written by: Gregory Gay

August 8th, 2014

Benita FarmerEvery once and again you come across someone with an undeniable gift and calling to music and artistry, such is the case with Benita Farmer.   As the story goes, Benita hails from a musical family- her mom is gospel legend and Former Sweet Rain recording Artist Bishop Barbara Ward Farmer (Bread of Heaven).  Benita’s collaborative efforts with songwriters Angela King and Jamar Jones (executive minister of music for Bishop TD Jakes) and production assistance from Anthony Bell (Jill Scott, Anthony Hamilton, Jazmine Sullivan, Usher) lead to the creation of her latest single, Mender of Me.  Its a dynamic song with a powerful message delivered with fervent passion and intentionality.  Mender of Me speaks a word of healing for the world to receive.  For this reason, we add Benita Farmer to the GOSPELflava watch list.

The Unstoppable Dottie Peoples Celebrates 30 Years

Written by: Gregory Gay

August 7th, 2014

Dottie niceDottie Peoples, the Songbird of the South is celebrating 30 years as a recording artist. With recent appearances at the Gospel Music Workshop of America and concert dates from coast to coast, the Stellar award winner continues to bring joy to audiences with her music ministry. “I’m excited to share my new music with all of my fans,” said Peoples. “There is nothing more important to me than ministry and being able to see the power of music impact and inspire people. It is my prayer that this new song will encourage people.”

Peoples is excited about the release of Everything Must Change, the third single from her I Got This – LIVE recording.   In addition to touring, Dottie delivers great gospel music via Dottie’s Praise House her syndicated radio show on Rejoice Musical Soulfood.

 

The Return of Saints With A Vision

Written by: Gregory Gay

August 6th, 2014

Saints AliveThe year was 1999 when Pharis Evans, Jr. and Saints With a Vision (SWV) burst on the scene with their debut project Calling All Saints.  The disc produced a wave of great choir music including Oh, How He Loves Me, Great Things and the unforgettable If Nothing Else, Thank You, which led to top placement on the Billboard Top Gospel Albums chart, a Stellar Award nomination and a Chicago Music Award.

Fast forward to 2014 and prepare yourself  as the Saints get ready for another go round with the release of the Deeds of the Lord, the new single from their soon to be released Saints Alive CD.  The group will celebrate their 16th Anniversary with a concert kick off to their multi city promotional tour.

REVIEW: Bryan Andrew Wilson In The Spotlight

Written by: Gregory Gay

August 5th, 2014

GOSPELflava got an opportunity to talk to Bryan Andrew Wilson about the release of his latest CD, The One Percent. Released in June, the disc made its debut at #18 on the Billboard Top Gospel Albums chart fueled by the success of the lead single Turning Away.   Wilson opened up about his beginnings, the people who have influenced his life and ministry and much more.

GOSPELflava: Take us back to the beginning and how this all started.

BBryanWilsonsinglecoverAW: Growing up everything I knew was church. I grew up as a kid in the Church of God In Christ in Chicago, Illinois in the 5th Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction (for authenticity). You know typical church kids, we would go to church and then come home and have more church. I would be outside singing to the grass every day before I went to school and when I got home from school with the paper towel roll serving as my microphone and I would be singing and shouting on the side of my house.   One day my neighbor said, you know somebody needs to put that boy on tv or do something with him, so a video tape was made of me at church. The neighbor’s daughter was attending Jackson State University and had become affiliated with the Mississippi Mass Choir. She presented the tape to Jerry Mannery, he heard the tape and loved it immediately, they invited me to come down and sing. I sang His Eye Is On the Sparrow, they tweaked it a little bit and we recorded it for the debut project of the Mississippi Children’s Choir and it took off from there and as they say the rest is history. I got into the Malaco family, continued travelling in the COGIC conventions and Holy Convocations. I got to know James Moore and he took me under his wing and mentored me and that’s how it all began. Read the rest of this entry »

Tamela Mann Earns Gold Certification

Written by: Gregory Gay

August 5th, 2014

Tamela Mann can now add a RIAA plaque to her already full trophy case.  The “Take Me To The King” digital single penned and produced by Kirk63891-Tamela-Mann-original Franklin and recorded and performed by Tamela, has been RIAA Certified Gold, having sold more than 500,000 digital copies. Tillymann Music Group label head and Tamela’s manager and husband, David Mann, presented Tamela with her RIAA Certified Gold plaque during their Comedy and Concert event on Friday, August 1 at the Victoria Fine Arts Center in Victoria, Texas.

“Take Me To The King” was also recently named one of the most performed songs on Gospel radio in 2013 during BMI’s 2014 Christian Music Awards held at BMI in Nashville, Tenn.  The song featured on Tamela’s No. 1 selling 2012 album ‘Best Days’ was released to Gospel radio. The track quickly climbed to No. 1 on the Gospel radio chart where it remained for more than 25 weeks.

UPDATED: Funeral Services Announced for Al “The Bishop” Hobbs

Written by: Melanie Pratt

August 5th, 2014

al hobbs   Funeral Arrangements have been announced for Al “The Bishop” Hobbs

Friday, August 15  in Indianapolis (location TBA)Viewing 3pm – 6pm
Quarter Note 6pm – 7pm
Musical 7pm – 11pmSaturday, August 16Viewing 8am – 10am
Services 10am

All services will be held at : 

Christ Church Apostolic

6601 Grandview Dr Indianapolis, IN 46260

(317) 255-8761

Bishop C. Shawn Tyson, Pastor

For more information contact Pastor Henzy Green – 317.281.6198

Hotel Information: Gospel Announcers Guild has made arrangements for hotel space in the Indianapolis area, however you are free to use other properties as well.
Renaissance Indianapolis North Hotel for 129.00 USD per night
The deadline to reserve a room is August 12. Earliest arrival date: 8/14/14. Departure date: 8/17/14 (minimum stay is one day)
All phone reservations are directed to 866-905-9619.
Singers and musicians desiring to lend their talents with the homegoing mass choir and praise band may send their contact information (name, address, phone number, and email) to alehointl@aol.com.
The rehearsal schedule will be: Thursday Aug. 7th and Tuesday Aug. 12th, 7:30p at Eastern Star Church 5750 E 30th St and Sunday Aug 10th, 5:00p at Light of the World Christian Church 4646 Michigan Rd. For more information please, reach out to Lamar Campbell and Sherri Garrison