Earnest Pugh sets radio ablaze with More of You, his new single from the WIN (Worship In Nassau) Experience CD releasing August 27th on his P-Man Record label. A video clip of Pugh in rehearsal was making the rounds across social media networks and is receiving favorable response.
More of You, written by Pugh and produced by Cedric Thompson was conceived as Earnest spent time in prayer. Pugh said the time with God was rewarding. “I felt compelled to stay in God’s presence………… my time with God empowered me beyond words. From that day on, it was evident that nothing mattered more to me than quenching the hunger and thirst for more of God.”
The new CD is a commemorates Pugh’s twenty years in ministry and fifteen years in the music industry and features Shirley Caesar, Rance Allen, LeJuene Thompson and Vincent Tharpe and Kenosis
GOSPELflava joins others across the country mourning the passing of Gospel’s very own Donna Grady Creer. Creer and her husband Donald died as a result of a fire in their home in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Creer was known to many through her work as an educator, radio announcer, event planner/coordinator, consultant and writer. She served for a number of years in the Gospel Announcers Guild of the Gospel Music Workshop of America and was a friend to everyone she came in contact with.
Many will wonder with all that Kirk Franklin is doing these days, when does he get to sleep? The multiple Grammy and Stellar award winner is well on his way to solidly earning the moniker as “the hardest working man in show business”. Our friends over at SiriusXM shared a Kirk Franklin moment with us where the man of many hats shares his vision for his new radio venture and gives an impromptu performance of his hit SMILE.
GRAMMY Nominee and multiple Stellar Award winner Vashawn Mitchell recently sang his #1 hit “Nobody Greater” at the Anniversary Memorial Service commemorating the assassination of civil rights leader Medgar Evers. The event was emceed by Roland Martin and took place at the historic Arlington National Cemetery. Former President Bill Clinton, Mrs Myrlie Evers-Williams, Chairman Emeritus, National Board of Directors NAACP, and current NAACP President, Benjamin Jealous and US Attorney General Eric Holder were among those in attendance. VaShawn will be traveling around the country with Verizon Wireless as apart of their “How Sweet The Sound” experience, and his latest single, “Greatest Man” continues to impact Gospel radio.
Erica Campbell of “Mary Mary” is set to release her debut single, ” A Little More Jesus” on all digital platforms on June 25th. The song will also be featured as a ringtone for Verizon Wireless Black Music Month. The song has received critical acclaim from fans and industry insiders. Elroy Smith of Radio One stated that when the song debut on Praise 103.9 in May, “listeners constantly begged us to play it again, and if you want to feel good and uplifted this is the song for you.” The single is the first song to be released off Erica’s debut solo album that will be produced by her husband Warryn Campbell, and the song is co written by Erica and her sister Tina Campbell. Warryn states, “The Erica Campbell project is long over due, she has shined so brightly with Mary Mary over the last 10 Years, and now we get to hear her in a way that she has never been heard before.” Warryn goes on to say that listeners should be prepared to take an amazing journey with Erica and that they will enjoy the ride. This summer Erica will hit the road with several high profile appearances and performances at conferences, and is currently in production on the third season of her and Tina’s self titled WEtv Series “Mary Mary”.
Karew Records, the label home of Karen Clark Sheard, Kierra Sheard, The Clark Sisters and Jonathan Nelson announced news of the label’s new partnership with Entertainment One Music beginning with the live recording of Karen Clark Sheard on September 9th in Chicago produced by Donald Lawrence.
The two entities already share a connection via the BET hit reality series The Sheards. “We are excited to extend the eOne relationship with the Sheard family beyond television into music as well through this new partnership with Karew Records,” said Phil Thornton, Vice President of Marketing and New Business Development at eOne Music, Nashville.
The label also indicated that Johnathan Nelson’s latest project, Finish Strong will continue its distribution via Motown Gospel and the next CDs from Kierra Sheard and the Clark Sisters will also be handled by Motown Gospel
One of Gospel Music’s brightest new talents, James Murphy is making a lot of noise with his new mix tape “Echo”. The free download available through James website is creating a huge buzz on social media and in the Gospel Music industry. James is no stranger as he has released two buzz singles, “Un-Apologetically Me” , and “Good God”. His smooth tenor voice has supported numerous artist such as the legendary Bebe Winans, Patti LaBelle, Kelly Rowland, and Cece Winans just to name a few. A graduate of Morgan State University, James has traveled across the world singing to audiences in Russia, Prague, Chezk- Republic and Paris. James is working on his debut album which is scheduled to be released later this year on Fontez Camp/Campground Records, but first wants to give Gospel listeners a taste of what they will experience from his forth-coming albun.
To download James Free mix tape log onto iamJamesMurphy.com. Tweet James @JamesMurphy and let him know GFlava directed you over to him!
In anticipation of the release of Say So, his new single dropping on Tuesday, May 28th, Smokie Norful decided to use youtube to debut Hangin With Smokie Norful. The video vignettes provide insight into his life and daily activites as well as tell us what he’s been up to since we last saw him.
GOSPELflava has been notified of the passing of Reverend Gerald Thompson, noted preacher, pastor, singer, songwriter and producer. Amongst Reverend Thompson’s production credits are co producer of On Time God and Live at Salem for the songbird of the south, Dottie Peoples. Thompson recorded several albums for the AIR Gospel label producing such hits as Hallelujah, I Found Him and Jesus Is My Rock.