Tina Campbell Wins NAACP Image Award for Gospel

Written by: Melanie Pratt

February 8th, 2016

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The 47th annual NAACP Image Awards, hosted by Anthony Anderson, were awarded Friday in Los Angeles, with “Straight Outta Compton” winning best film and “Creed” star Michael B. Jordan winning both entertainer of the year and best actor. “Empire” and “black-ish” won best drama and comedy TV shows, respectively.  In it’s only gospel related category, Tina Campbell, came away with a win: Read the rest of this entry »

Chicago Gospel Legend Doris Sykes Passes

Written by: Gregory Gay

February 5th, 2016

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GOSPELflava joins others around the country mourning the loss of Doris Sykes, lead singer for Pastor Maceo Woods’ Christian Tabernacle Concert Choir of Chicago, Illinois.  In a time when sopranos reigned supreme, Sykes had an inimitable style and held her own amongst the likes of Sarah Jordan Powell and  Hulah Gene Dunkin while serving as inspiration to newcomers like Lecresia Campbell, Felicia Coleman Evans and Tina Watson. Read the rest of this entry »

Heavenly Joy: Big Things In Small Packages

Written by: John Burton Jr.

February 5th, 2016

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Both the live and television audiences were wowed at the close of this year’s Celebration of Gospel as Heavenly Joy stole the show with her rousing performance of Charles Jenkins’ #War.  Read the rest of this entry »

Reverend Clay Evans Heritage Series Offers New Music

Written by: Gregory Gay

February 4th, 2016

Great news for the Clay Evansmasses who love the authentic Chicago church sound. The Clay Evans Heritage Series compilation will feature vintage recordings that cover the 50 + years of ministry of Reverend Evans and the Fellowship Choir.

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Wynton Marsalis’ Abyssinian Mass CD Featuring Damien Sneed Set To Release March 18

Written by: Gregory Gay

February 3rd, 2016

TAMBlue Engine Records will release Wynton Marsalis’ critically acclaimed Abyssinian Mass disc featuring the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra along with Damien Sneed and Chorale LeChateau on March 18th.

Marsalis wrote the Mass in 2008 in commemoration of the 200th anniversary of Harlem’s Abyssinian Baptist Church. In 2013, the JALC Orchestra joined Marsalis on a 16 city tour pairing the orchestra with the multi talented Damien Sneed and his 70 voice Chorale LeChateau for 19 concerts that stretched across the east and the south.   Marsalis shared these sentiments:”Many of the greatest jazz musicians today come out of the church. The church is one of the last places that retain the actual feeling of the blues in sound and also the call-and-response rituals that are central to our music”. “The principal fact of The Abyssinian Mass – the feeling that we want you to come away with – is uplift through the way that we all come together.”Damien and Wynton

In addition to the 2 discs covering 20 musical offerings, the Abyssinian Mass includes a bonus documentary DVD featuring performances, interviews and insights behind the music.

WILLIAM MCDOWELL TOPS THE CHARTS

Written by: Gregory Gay

February 2nd, 2016

McdowellSound of Revival, the new CD from celebrated worship leader Pastor William McDowell makes its bow at #1 on the Billboard Top Gospel Albums chart.  In addition, the album is #1 on the Top Christian & Gospel Albums (combined) charts,  #2 on the Independent Albums chart and at #46 on the multi-genre Billboard TOP 200 chart.

The Dove Award nominee and Stellar Award winner known for popular worship songs including “I Give Myself Away,” “I Won’t Go Back” and “Withholding Nothing” celebrates his third  album hitting the top of the chart and readies a national tour launching in the Spring.

CHARLES BUTLER WANTS YOU TO MAKE IT

Written by: Gregory Gay

February 2nd, 2016

Charles Butler New CDCharles Butler and Trinity sing a song of encouragement in their new single, Make It heading to digital outlets on Friday, February 5th.  Make It serves as the lead single from the DMV based Stellar nominated ensemble .  The song is penned by Sam Roberts and James “Jimmy” Johnson and produced by Daniel Weatherspoon.

Their sophomore CD, scheduled for release in the second quarter of 2016 will feature guest performances from Coko of SWV as well as Travis Malloy, Jarmel Evans, Maranda Willis, Jeremiah Hicks, and Brittney Wright.

KELONTAE GAVIN SIGNS WITH MARQUIS BOONE ENTERPRISES

Written by: John Burton Jr.

February 2nd, 2016

16 year old Kelontae Gavin made waves when his Youtube video performance of I Won’t Complain went viral, garnering some 575,000 views.  Marquis Boone , the mastermind behind the success of Casey J and social media sensation Bri Babineaux received a clip of his performance and immediately Kelontae Gavinbegan to make inroads to sign him.

It was a long process getting Kelontae to become part of MBE because of his age but after many emails, phone calls and conversations with his parents we are thrilled and ecstatic to be trusted with such an awesome talent and we at MBE are ready to position him to be a new breakout artist,” says Boone.

MBE is set to re release Higher, a single from Gavin’s 2014 digital EP later this year.

SEASON 2 OF “IT’S A MANN’S WORLD” RETURNS February 23

Written by: John Burton Jr.

February 2nd, 2016

Viewers are in for more love, life and a whole lot of laughs as BET announced the return of Its a Manns World, the reality series that takes us into the lives of entertainment power couple David and Tamela Mann and their family.david-and-tamela-mann

Set to make its second season premiere on February 23rd, Manns World will pick up following the family as they find themselves juggling  careers, church and community and family life .

 

Pastor Shirley Caesar Debuts New Music On Celebration Of Gospel

Written by: Gregory Gay

January 31st, 2016

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 09:  Singer Anthony Hamilton (L) and Pastor Shirley Caesar perform onstage during BET Celebration Of Gospel 2016 at Orpheum Theatre on January 9, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Mark Davis/BET/Getty Images for BET)

The ever popular Celebration of Gospel makes its triumphant return to the airwaves on Sunday, January 31st.  Pastor Shirley Caesar is joined by Anthony Hamilton for the debut of new music in addition to paying tribute to Gospel legend Andrae Crouch who made his transition last year.

The new song, Its Alright, Its Ok is currently available on digital outlets and  is penned by Courtney Rumble and Stanley Brown and produced by Stanley Brown. Pastor Caesar spoke of her new music by saying, “It has been more than two years since I have recorded a project so needless to say I am very excited about my new release, ‘It’s Alright, It’s Ok’ that also features Anthony Hamilton. It is my prayer that you will be blessed not only by this song but all the others that will be featured on my upcoming release.”

Catch our pictures of the Celebration of Gospel here