Bob Marovich Chronicles Chicago Gospel Roots In New Book

Written by: John Burton Jr.

March 26th, 2015

Noted historian and host of Gospel Memories shines a bright light on the celebrated history of Gospel Music and its origins in the Gospel Music Capital of the City Called Heavenworld, Chicago, Illinois.  In the early days of Gospel Music, Chicago was the home to Thomas Dorsey, Sallie Martin, Roberta Martin, Mahalia Jackson, James Cleveland, Albertina Walker, Pops Staples and Sam Cooke.
“The challenge in writing A CITY CALLED HEAVEN was to tell as much of the Chicago story as possible, give it the scholarly treatment it deserves, and at the same time make it a pleasure to read,” Marovich shares.  “I also hope the book stimulates readers to learn more about the topics and people I’ve covered, and inspires other cities to examine their own rich African American sacred music traditions.”

Maurette Brown Clark Joins SRT Entertainment Family

Written by: John Burton Jr.

March 26th, 2015

Maurette+Brown+Clark+03D.A. Johnson’s SRT Entertainment roster continues to grow with the recent announcement of the signing of Stellar Award winner Maurette Brown Clark.

Clark had this to say on the new musical venture: “I am very excited and optimistic about this next move in my musical journey. To be working with D.A. Johnson again is a joy and I look forward to what God has for SRT Entertainment and my ministry. #forward“

McDonalds Announces Lineup & Schedule For Inspiration Celebration Tour

Written by: Gregory Gay

March 26th, 2015

Donald Lawrence pr photo 1-Photo credit Dominick GuillemotMcDonalds has announced the lineup and schedule for the 9th installment of their popular Inspiration Celebration Tour beginning in Detroit on May 13 and running through Oct. 17th.

This year’s lineup features celebrated Gospel artists  Donald Lawrence, Yolanda Adams, Dorinda Clark-Cole, Ricky Dillard,  DeWayne Woods,  Tasha Page-Lockhart, comedian Small Fire  and syndicated radio host Lonnie Hunter.

Scheduled tour dates include:

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Any Given Sunday Bows at Number 1

Written by: Gregory Gay

March 26th, 2015

Inspired People/Motown Gospel recording artist Pastor Charles Jenkins and Fellowship Chicago are all smiles as their sophomore release Any Given Sunday PastorCharlesJenkinsAlbumCovermakes its debut at #1 on the Billboard Gospel Chart.

“It’s no easy feat to follow up a #1 album with another #1 regardless of genre,” says Larry Blackwell, Motown Gospel Vice President/ General Manager. “We congratulate Charles Jenkins & Fellowship Chicago on this significant achievement. More importantly `Any Given Sunday’ continues the vital legacy and rich heritage of Chicago choir music.”

BET Sunday Best All Star Show Announced For Season Eight

Written by: Gregory Gay

March 25th, 2015

The ever popular BET Sunday Best program is getting in gear for a very special all star show.  Beginning April 1st through April 15th,  the public will be given a chance to vote Sunday-Best-09_aonline for their favorite contestants from the past 7 seasons, and the top 10 vote getters will be announced via the Season 8 premiere on Sunday, July 19th.

Casey J Continues Strong Showing At Radio

Written by: John Burton Jr.

March 25th, 2015

Bobby Jones Gospel -Day 1, Show 1Casey J continues her radio reign as Fill Me Up makes its return to the #1 spot on the radio chart for the 6th week.  The song is the anchor of her debut CD The Truth which hits stores and digital outlets on April 21st.

GOSPELflava was in the audience for this live recording and magnetic night of praise at the Fresh Start Church where she serves as Worship Leader (see our recap here) .

Karen Clark Sheard Hits Radio With My Words Have Power

Written by: John Burton Jr.

March 25th, 2015

Karen Clark SingsKarew Records recording artist and multiple Grammy and Stellar Award winner Karen Clark Sheard used the GMWA/Stellar week as the backdrop to release her new single, My Words Have Power. The new track written by Rick Robinson features Donald Lawrence and the Company and is the second single released from her highly anticipated sixth solo album.  Radio has already given its blessing on the song as Power was the #1 Most Added and Greatest Gainer on the radio charts.

 

Lonnie Hunter Named Voice of 2015 Stellar Gospel Music Radio Awards

Written by: Gregory Gay

March 25th, 2015

Lonnie-HunterSyndicated radio host and recently signed Tyscot recording artist Lonnie Hunter’s voice will echo throughout the Orleans Arena as the 2015 Stellar Gospel Music Radio Awards takes place on Saturday, March 28th.

Hunter is also grateful for the warm reception he is receiving for his radio single, Forever I Will.  His new CD, #GETITDONE hits stores and digital outlets in late Spring.

This Week’s Top Gospel CDs

Written by: Gregory Gay

March 24th, 2015

CompilationsJasonNelson_JesusRevealed are the people’s choice as WOW GOSPEL continues to dominate the charts holding both the #1 and #2 spot this week with the Billboard #1 Gospel Hits from eOne holding on at number 5. Fred Hammond, Jason Nelson, Tasha Cobbs, 3 Winans Brothers and cousins Dorinda Clark Cole and J Moss round out the top 10.  The rest of the week’s top Gospel CD’s are listed below:

 

1 VARIOUS ARTIST WOW GOSPEL 2015
2 VARIOUS ARTISTS WOW GOSPEL 2014
3 COBBS*TASHA GRACE
4 HAMMOND*FRED I WILL TRUST
5 VARIOUS ARTISTS BILLBOARD #1 GOSPEL HITS
6 NELSON*JASON JESUS REVEALED
7 CLARK-COLE*DORINDA LIVING IT
8 MOSS*J GROWN FOLKS GOSPEL
9 3 WINANS BROTHERS FOREIGN LAND
10 GGC VOLUME 1 GGC VOLUME 1
11 GGC VOLUME 2 GGC VOLUME 2
12 BROOKLYN TABERNACLE CHOIR PRAY
13 MCDOWELL*WILLIAM WITHHOLDING NOTHING
14 YOUTHFUL PRAISE FEAT. J.J. HAI I SEE VICTORY
15 ICON GOSPEL ICON GOSPEL
16 CAMPBELL*ERICA HELP
17 REEDY*JESSICA TRANSPARENT
18 MITCHELL*VASHAWN UNSTOPPABLE
19 NORFUL*SMOKIE FOREVER YOURS
20 RANCE ALLEN GROUP*THE CELEBRATE
21 DR. LARRY D. REID THE SET
22 HADDON*DEITRICK BEST OF DEITRICK HADDON
23 AIKIN*CRYSTAL ALL I NEED
23 WILLIAMS*MICHELLE JOURNEY TO FREEDOM
25 MORGAN*WESS LIVIN’

Late Night Industry Mixer Moves To July

Written by: Gregory Gay

March 20th, 2015

The Late Night Industry Mixer originally scheduled during the GMWA Board Meeting/Stellar Awards weekend is being rescheduled for the Annual Convention of the Gospel Music Wimageorkshop of America in July.  Plans are already underway for the new event with additional details being announced in mid April.