The 29th Annual ASCAP Rhythm and Soul Music Awards were handed out in Los Angeles on June 23rd and Motown Gospel recording artist Bryan Courtney Wilson took home the honor for the Top Gospel Song for his chart topping composition Worth Fighting For. Tyscot recording artists Anthony Brown and group therAPy performed a rousing rendition of their chart topping single Worth capping off the evening’s musical performances. Other Gospel music winners are as follows:
AWARD WINNING GOSPEL SONGS
“All the Glory” by Alexis Spight Writer: Travis Malloy Publisher: Travis Malloy Music
“Bless Me” by J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise Featuring Donnie McClurkin Writers: Eric Davis
JJ Hairston Publishers: E Dav Music
Yellow Boy Music
“Bless This House” by Dorinda Clark-Cole Writer: Shanika Bereal Publisher: JGurl Music
“Fill Me Up” by Casey J Writer: Will Reagan Publisher: United Pursuit Music
“For Your Glory” by Tasha Cobbs Writer: Mia S. Booker Publisher: I Thirst Music
“Gotta Have You” by Jonathan McReynolds Writers: Warryn Campbell
Jonathan McReynolds Publishers: Campbell Kids Publishing
Warner/Chappell Music Inc.
“I Am” by Jason Nelson Writers: Jason Nelson
Dana T. Sorey Publishers: C Bazz Publishing
Jaelyn Songs Music
“I’m Good” by Tim Bowman Jr. Writers: Johntá Austin
Marvin Winans Publishers: Jobete Music Co Inc
Naked Under My Clothes Music
Sony/ATV Tunes LLC
“My Words Have Power” by Karen Clark Sheard Featuring Donald Lawrence & The Co. Writer: Rick Robinson Publishers: Capitol CMG Genesis
Kid Prodigy Music
Universal Music Publishing
“No Greater Love” by Smokie Norful Writer: Smokie Norful Publishers: Capitol CMG Genesis
Meadowgreen Music Company
Universal Music Publishing
“Worth” by Anthony Brown & group therAPy Writer: Anthony Brown Publishers: Key of A Music Publishing
Marquis Boone Entertainment recording artist Bri (Briana) Babineaux headlines the New Artist on the Block Tour making its first stop in Hendersonville, Tennessee on July 5th. Joining Babineaux on tour is Sunday Best winner Geoffery Golden and MBE’s newest signee Kelontae Gavin. Tour dates are as follows:
7/05/16 @7 Celebration Of Life Church, Hendersonville, TN. 7/06/16 @7 Prince of Peace Church, Memphis, TN. 7/11/16 @7 Bethel World Outreach, Olney, MD. 7/12/16 @7 Have Life Church, Charlotte NC. 7/13/16 @7 Valley Brook Outreach Baptist Church, Pelzer, SC. 7/14/16 @7 Heritage Christian Center, Jacksonville, FL . 7/18/16 @7 Dothan High School, Dothan, AL. 7/19/16 @7 TBA, Columbus, MS. 7/20/16 @7 Showers of Blessing Church, Hammond, LA. 7/21/16 @7 TBA, Dallas, TX .
African Worship Leader Uche Agu makes a praise declaration with the release of The Glory Experience Deluxe Edition. Recorded live in Houston, the CD presents Agu as he celebrates God in all his majesty and power. Production assistance comes from producer, musician and songwriter Clay Bogan III (William McDowell, Israel & New Breed), coveted vocal arranger and worship artist Daniel Johnson, world-class drummer Chris Coleman (Israel & New Breed, Chaka Khan, Prince), Grammy award winning recording engineer Danny Duncan and along with the Grammy award winning mix engineer Paul “Salvo” Salveson.
The Nigerian born preacher’s kid began singing God’s praises since the age of 3 and has ministered abroad across Africa, Europe and the Caribbean. The Glory Experience is available via iTunes, Amazon and other digital outlets now.
Sho Baraka has found a new home. After leaving Reach Records in 2011 over what he felt were directional differences, Amisho Baraka has popped up here and there with a collab, or project almost as a call home to let mom know he’s ok, but to his fans and supporters. It appears though that Sho is ready to get back into the full swing of things after an announcement tweet from Humble Beast’s account “Welcome to the Family, @AmIShoBaraka. Sho Baraka + Humble Beast — Humble Beast Records”.
Then Humble beast releases a statement and video via their website,
“Sho has always been a friend of Humble Beast & our ministry. Recently, we’ve realized just how similarly our paths and passions are intertwining. After building for a while, it only made sense to take the next step. We are thrilled to work with Sho and are excited for you to see what comes from this relationship.
Sho wanted to let you know where he’s been, where he’s at, and how he got there. Check out his verse, The Road to Humble”
Edwin Hawkins, the Father of Contemporary Gospel Music celebrates the 35th anniversary of his Edwin and Walter Hawkins Music and Arts Love Fellowship Conference in the Gospel Music Capital of the world, Chicago, Illinois June 26 – July 1st.
“I love Chicago”, said Hawkins. “There is so much Gospel Music history in the city. Chicago was the home of the greats, the Father of Gospel Music, Professor Thomas A. Dorsey (who was with us at our first convention) Sallie Martin, Mahalia Jackson, Roberta Martin, Delois Barrett Campbell, Albertina Walker, Inez Andrews, Rev. Clay Evans, Pastor Maceo Woods and the list goes on. Chicago is now home to the some of Gospel’s current music influencers like Jonathan McReynolds, Donald Lawrence, Ricky Dillard, Tiff Joy and others. The Lord has allowed us to be together for 35 years, and I’m ecstatic that we get a chance to have a reunion celebration in the Windy City. The key to the continuation of our genre is empowerment through education. Its up to us to train future generations, giving them the origins and celebrated history of this great music we know as Gospel music to prepare them for whats to come”
The convention begins with a Quartet Concert followed by a Tribute concert honoring Chicago’s legendary Reverend Milton Brunson and the Tommies featuring some of Chicago’s finest community choirs including Malcolm Williams and Great Faith, Paul Turner and CMI, Dexter Walker and Zion Movement and William Smith and RVC. Classes will be offered during the week with nightly services, guest preachers and musicals. The convention will close on Friday, July 1st as the mass choir presents new music taught by some of the nation’s upcoming songwriters and arrangers.
The 2016 Thomas A. Dorsey Birthplace Festival encompasses 2 full days of music in the city that welcomed the birth of the Father of Gospel Music. Thomas A. Dorsey was born on July 1, 1899 in Villa Rica, Georgia. He developed a reputation as a Blues songwriter and pianist working with Ma Rainey and others before making a vow to serve the Lord with his gifts and talents. Professor Dorsey would merge the secular with the sacred and call it Gospel music. Composing over 400 compositions, he would see his works recorded by Elvis Presley (Peace In The Valley) and serve as the anchor of the civil rights movement. His most recognized composition, Precious Lord, Take My Hand, popularized by Mahalia Jackson was a favorite of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“I’ve been around Gospel music all of my life”, says Villa Rica Mayor Shirley Marchman. I grew up in Villa Rica, attending the church that Dr. Dorsey and his family attended, the Mount Prospect Baptist Church and Gospel Music has played a tremendous part in my life, as it has touched many people across the country and the world. We are proud of the efforts of Professor Dorsey and grateful that we can do our part to make sure that his legacy lives on so that others may enjoy the fruit of his labor.”
The 2 day festival features Blues, Jazz and Gospel music with performances from Eric Ayers and the Thomas A. Dorsey Birthplace Gospel Choir, Gospel music sensation and Stellar Award winners Lisa Knowles and the Brown Singers, Minister Eddie Robinson and others. The festival is free and open to the public.
GOSPELflava joins others across the country wishing a Happy 91st birthday to the Gospel music legend and iconic pastor, preacher civil rights leader and humanitarian, the founding pastor of Chicago’s Fellowship Baptist Church, the one and only Reverend Clay Evans.
It wouldn’t be enough to just mention Rev. Evans without hearing him sing a hymn of the church as only he can:
Yolanda Adams and Kirk Franklin will be on hand to pay homage to the reigning Queen of Gospel , Pastor Shirley Caesar as she is honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on June 28th by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.
“We are proud to welcome the Reigning Queen of Gospel Shirley Caesar to our famous Walk of Fame. She is known as a musical trailblazer who has influenced a wide range of artists across genres. Her career has made an indelible mark on American music and the sounds of gospel,” stated Leron Gubler, Hollywood Chamber of Commerce President and CEO.
Pastor Caesar joins only 3 other Gospel legends Mahalia Jackson, Reverend James Cleveland and Pastor Andrae Crouch with the with the 2,583rd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame .
Fred Hammond took to social media to introduce Father Jesus Spirit, the new single from his forthcoming album Worship Journal Live. The new disc, the follow up to his 2014 hit CD I Will Trust was recorded last month in front of a standing room only crowd, marking Hammond’s first live recording in 17 years. Worship Journal Live hits stores and digital outlets on September 30th.
Hammond will introduce the music of the new album to audiences as he brings his ever popular Festival of Praise Tour to some 40 + cities across the US starting with the inaugural stop being October 5th in Las Vegas, Nevada. Joining him on the tour this year is Hezekiah Walker, Israel Houghton, Regina Belle, Karen Clark Sheard, Casey J, and comedian Earthquake.