Paul Porter is living the good life and celebrating the release of his new solo project, F.R.E.E. on Tre’Myles Music/Motown Gospel/ Mars On Sunday. The disc features Paul at his best with a little help from Ruben Studdard, LeAndria Johnson, Rance Allen and Smokie Norful.
Paul’s testimony of deliverance takes center stage with this project. “In 1996, I had an aneurysm,” Paul shares. “I couldn’t walk or talk, and I lost my memory. I stayed in the bed maybe a year and a half. From 1996-2006 I went through all of the transitions—from the bed to the wheelchair to the walker to the cane. In June 2006, I dropped the cane!”
Production on the ten song disc is handled by the Grammy Award winning duo Blac Elvis (Beyonce, Jamie Foxx) and songwriter Harold Lilly (Alicia Keys, Beyonce).
Fountain of Life Records wastes no time in introducing the world to the ministry gift that is Romandis P. Moore. Moore can be defined as either a preacher that sings or a singer that preaches, in whatever situation he finds himself in, he masterfully ministers the message of the gospel and blesses the people by doing so.
On You, the first single from his debut solo project was crafted by the writing and production team of Pharis Evans, Jr. & Maulty Jewel IV . Moore draws from the musicality of singers like Smokie Norful, Anthony Hamilton, Donnie Hathaway and Marvin Winans to present a sound that is rich and soulful yet unmistakably Gospel.
On You is available at iTunes, Amazon and other digital outlets. Look for a full CD in 2015.
Earnest Pugh draws people into the presence of the Lord on his new EP, Just Worship hitting retail and digital outlets September 2nd. Pugh is assisted by veteran producers Michael Bereal (Beverly Crawford, Norman Hutchins, and Judith Christie McAllister) and Grammy Award winner Cedric Thompson (Donald Lawrence, Stephanie Mills, Karen Clark-Sheard) in the creation of the disc that features music culled from the many worship experiences from Pugh’s live concerts.
A CD release celebration will be hosted by Pastor Keion Henderson and the Lighthouse Church family, where Earnest serves as Worship Pastor. Joining in the night of praise are Deric Lewis of Austin and Keith Williams and the Lighthouse Church Radical Praise Choir.
Zie’l captured the attention of the Gospel music industry with their stunning debut album GENESIS, which featured remakes of the Clark Sisters’ “Is My Living In Vain” and the Clara Ward Singers iconic staple, “Surely He’s Able.” September 2nd marks their return with the release of their sophomore project for Dream Gospel offering praise and worship, traditional gospel, soulful r&b infusions and always flawlessly mesmerizing vocals that will cement Zie’l as one of the greatest female groups in contemporary Gospel music.
Christina Bell says: “Words can’t describe the multitude of gratefulness that I have towards God. His faithfulness towards us is indescribable. Ministry is my hearts desire and I’ll forever remember this “Beautifully” “Truthful” album.”
“This has been an exciting but grueling process and I am so happy to see this album come to fruition,” says Crystal Bell. “God is truly amazing!”
“I can’t wait for everyone to experience this journey with us,” says Keyondra Lockett. “Pronounced Zy-El is uplifting, pure, and honest. I believe everyone will walk away encouraged and inspired after listening.”
A CD release concert was held on August 31st at Bright Star Baptist Church in their hometown of Shreveport, Louisiana, and the group is heading out on a promotional tour covering New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington,D.C. before heading to the southeast cities of Dallas, Houston and Nashville.
Get ready to hear a live performance of Bless Me, the new single from JJ Hairston and Youthful Praise when they appear on the TBN Praise the Lord Program September 2nd. “Bless Me” is from the group’s forthcoming 7th CD “I See Victory” (Light Records) that hits retail and online stores everywhere on October 28th. The contemporary gospel choir joins host Pastor Frank Santora and other guests including baseball legend Darryl Strawberry and his wife Tracy; New York Yankees executive Roy Negron; Randy LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins and noted preacher Pastor Jamal Bryant.
While the single sparked pandemonium and had people “leaping” all over the country, the self titled and anticipated debut of Karew Records recording artist David Daughtry is sure to stir the hearts and minds of listeners with its release on September 9th.
David defines his musical style as diverse stating emphatically, “I see myself as a diverse singer.” I love music and sing both in and outside of the church. I love the old traditional gospel songs and contemporary gospel music and I wanted the album to capture everything that I do. Mostly, I want people to be lifted and encouraged by it and feel the presence of God when they listen.”
Social Media has been abuzz about Houston Texas based singing sensation Johnny B. Williams. One listen and you will agree that the hype-meisters got this one right. Williams spent most of his youth surrounded by music and started singing and playing at an early age. His love for music continued through his high school and college years as he earned degrees in theater and education administration. A proud father and husband, Williams takes great pride in molding young minds as a public school teacher and honors the Lord with his gift every week in the position of music director at Houston’s Fallbrook Church. Williams’ radio single, The Greatest King is making impact at radio now and his Songs for the World to Sing is available on digital outlets everywhere.
The Los Angeles Chapter of the Recording Academy will host a conversation with 4 time Grammy winners Edwin Hawkins and Erica Campbell on August 28th. Hawkins is regarded by many as the father of contemporary gospel music and is known for the 1969 hit Oh Happy Day with his Edwin Hawkins Singers. Campbell, one half of gospel duo Mary Mary is celebrating her 4 Dove Award nominations for Help, her debut solo CD and the release of her new radio single You Are. Help held the top spot on the Billboard Gospel Charts for seven weeks.
Campbell is slated to perform at the October 7th Dove Awards telecast. “Feeling very blessed for every acknowledgement and every opportunity I’m given,” said Campbell. “I’m so very excited to partner with N.A.R.A.S. and interview the gospel legend Edwin Hawkins. It is going to be an amazing night.”
Chicago is an indisputable CHOIR CONCLAVE. The hallowed roster includes the likes of Rev. Milton Brunson’s Thompson Community Singers, Rev. Clay Evans’ Fellowship Church Choir, Dr. Charles Hayes and the Cosmo Warriors, Ricky Dillard and New G and New Direction to simply name a few. Adding to the list is Paul Turner and Creation Ministries Incorporated with the debut of A Singer’s Point of View.
Turner grew up on Chicago’s west side among the social ills that plague the inner city yet made a conscious decision to devote himself to music and the church. He joined the choir (which was originally the Lake Street Community Choir) as their first musician shortly after its inception and ascended the ranks to choir leader. Inspired by Ephesians 2:10, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath ordained that we should walk in them”, he rebranded the choir as Creation Ministries and set out on a mission to do “good works” by providing inspiration, light and hope to those in need.
Turner invites all to experience the “sound of creation” via their debut CD, A Singer’s Point of View.