Fred Hammond Announces Dates For Festival Of Praise

Written by: John Burton Jr.

May 23rd, 2016

FOP 16Fred Hammond announced the return of the ever popular Festival of Praise Tour, making its way across the country and visiting 2 dozen major cities. “FOP 2016 is going to be off the chain!,” Hammond said, adding, “ The thing I love about this tour is that no matter who you are or where you’ve come from, you’re guaranteed to have a great time, something is surely going to inspire you, and you’re going to want to come back again and again! You definitely don’t want to miss this so don’t be late because we’ve got an incredible show planned from beginning to end!”

This year’s lineup includes Hammond along with Bishop Hezekiah Walker, Israel Houghton, Karen Clark Sheard, Regina Belle and Casey J.  Hammond also announced that his new CD will be released in October to coincide with the release of the FOP tour.

Lecrae Tells Life Story In New Book

Written by: John Burton Jr.

May 23rd, 2016

Grammy award winner Lecrae gives details of his journey and all the things that make for faith and freedom in Unashamed, his life story in his own words.  lecrae

The Atlanta based Christian hip hop artist has won seven Dove Awards,  won two Soul Train Music Awards and garnered a BET Hip Hop Awards nomination and one Billboard Music Award nomination.  His seven studio albums and mixtapes have sold more than 1.5 million copies.  In the book, he shares the experiences that have caused him to grow closer to God and deeper in His faith.

If you live for people’s acceptance, you’ll die from their rejection.” – Lecrae

I had learned to be unashamed in the midst of a fallen world. Now I needed to learn to be unashamed in the midst of a religious world.” – Lecrae

“Critics always have a lot of fury. But they rarely have a lot of facts.” – Lecrae

The book is available on Amazon and iTunes as well as in stores.

 

VaShawn Mitchell Debuts New Single on Facebook

Written by: Gregory Gay

May 23rd, 2016

Vashawn MitchellNew music is coming from Vashawn Mitchell.  On Thursday, May 26th, the celebrated singer and noted songwriter will debut his new single, Joy on Facebook Live in addition to answering questions and taking comments from fans via his Facebook fan page.

“JOY,” is the first single from Mitchell’s soon to be released album, SECRET PLACE which was recorded earlier this year at the famed Mosaic Teatro Fairbanks in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Kirk Sweeps Billboard

Written by: Melanie Pratt

May 23rd, 2016

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Kirk Franklin walked away with the three gospel category awards handed out at last night’s Billboard Music Awards.  Franklin with his latest project, Losing My Religion,  won the awards for Top Gospel Song, Top Gospel Album and Top Gospel Artist.

BET Award Gospel Nominees Announced

Written by: Melanie Pratt

May 20th, 2016

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Nominations for the 2016 BET Awards were announced overnight.  The BET Awards honor achievements in music, movies, television and sports. This year’s ceremony will air live at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday, June 26, from inside the Microsoft Theater in L.A.  The gospel category nominees are:

 

Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award
Anthony Brown & Group TherAPy
Erica Campbell
Kirk Franklin
Lecrae
Tamela Mann
Tasha Cobbs

 

Byron Cage Joins Chance The Rapper On Tonight Show

Written by: Melanie Pratt

May 19th, 2016

 

likenotoherByron Cage shared the stage with Chance the Rapper who was the featured musical guest on the May 6, 2016 episode of The Tonight Show featuring Jimmy Fallon. Chance served up his new single titled “Blessings” featuring Jamila Woods, and Cage on vocals. Chance 3 dropped May 13. Chance 3 dropped May 13. Cage is busy working his latest single “Like No Other”.  Check out the video of the broadcast below! Read the rest of this entry »

The Winans Get Bump From Drake

Written by: Melanie Pratt

May 19th, 2016

 

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A few weeks back, Drake dropped his latest project titled Views and included a very familiar sample from gospel’s first family. The first thirty seconds on the title track “Views”, features a sample from “The Question Is” the gospel mega-hit that debuted on the Winans inaugural release Introducing The Winans  that was first released in 1981.

Drake has broken Beyonce’s record for debut week U.S. streams and sold over 850k copies the first week. “The Question Is” saw Apple Music streams increase to 6,000, after averaging 200-300 prior to Drake using the sample.

Worship Leader Jeff Walthal Releases More Of You

Written by: Gregory Gay

May 17th, 2016

Walthal CoverFor almost 2 decades Jeff Walthal has led God’s people to experience the presence of God through the power of praise and worship.  Walthal extends his borders with the May 13th release of More of You.

The CD, recorded live at the Capital Community Church captures Walthal lifting up the name of Jesus and  doing what he does best with production and writing assistance from Stellar Award winning producer Dana Sorey (Tye Tribbett, Jason Nelson, Marvin Sapp, Anthony Brown &Group TherAPy).

More of You is available at all digital retail outlets now.

 

Tim Bowman Bows At #1 On Billboard

Written by: Gregory Gay

May 17th, 2016

TimBowmanJr_LISTEN_COVERTim Bowman Jr. celebrates his debut release Listen as it makes its entry at #1 on the Billboard Gospel albums chart.  The CD, produced by Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkinson his Lifestyle Music Group label was heavily fueled by the radio single, I’m Good.

Bowman had this to say: “I can’t put it into words how this moment feels! My very first #1 album! It’s been a long road but now, more importantly than anything; the world can begin to hear what we have been working on! God is great!”

Jerkins echoed with his sentiments: “Listen is an incredible album from start to finish. We wanted to create a project that transcends a single genre, and we put our passion and heart into it and gave it to God.”

Lecrae Inks Deal With Columbia Records

Written by: Melanie Pratt

May 17th, 2016

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After a decade with Reach Records, Lecrae has signed with Columbia Records.  Columbia, the largest label under Sony Music, is home to Beyoncé, Pharrell Williams, and Adele.
With Grammy and Dove awards, Lecrae has enjoyed critical acclaim, as well as mainstream success having collaborated with hit artists, topping the Billboard charts, and appearing on The Tonight Show. The new deal will allow Lecrae to continue to make music in conjuction with Reach, the label he founded.  Lecrae also recently releases a new book, Un-Ashamed, which made The New York Times bestseller list.