Same Seed’s Jesse White Set For Live Recording in Nashville

Written by: Gregory Gay

May 29th, 2015

Jesse White, one half of the dynamic duo Same Seed will step out as front man on his debut live recording taking place on June 7th at the Temple Church in NaJessewhitessshville.  Jesse and Jeffrey gained notoriety singing lead on the hit God Is Able recorded by Joe Leavell and the St Stephens Temple Choir.   In recent years, the brothers made an appearance on the debut project of EPM Music Group recording artist Vincent Tharpe and Kenosis.  Tharpe will join Vincent Wynn, Derrick Lee, Kendall Wyatt and Jason Clayborn contributing music for the project.

Casey J Continues Billboard Chart Action

Written by: Gregory Gay

May 28th, 2015

CaseyJ2 Marquis Boone Entertprises/Tyscot recording artist Casey J continues to make waves as her single Fill Me Up marks its 13th week atop the Billboard Gospel Airplay chart in addition to making a showing at #29 on the R & B chart.

Her debut CD, The Truth bowed at #1 on Billboard’s Gospel Albums last month and continues to find a resting place in the top ten as she continues to travel the country in support of the album’s release.

William Murphy Records Live In ATL

Written by: Gregory Gay

May 28th, 2015

RCA Inspiration recording artist and Grammy nominee Pastor William Murphy heads to The Church at Chapel Hill  outsiWilliamMurphy-Cropde of Atlanta, Ga. to record his fifth solo album,  The Overcomer’s Record on Thursday, May 28th.

The multifacted singer, songwriter, pastor and worship leader will also serve as host of the three day Demonstrate Conference bringing together worship leaders from across the country including Tasha Cobbs, David and Nicole Binion, Jonathan Nelson and Aaron Lindsey.

Tim Bowman Jr Makes I’m Good His Summer Declaration

Written by: Gregory Gay

May 20th, 2015

When you’re part of a musical family, the expectation of strong music potential can run high, fortunately with the case of Tim Bowman, Jr., we can rest easy. The son of noteTimmy Bowmand guitarist Tim Bowman, the younger introduced the saints to “sanctified scat” with his appearance on his aunt Vickie Winans’ smash hit, How I Got Over.  That was followed by the release of his independent CD in 2010 featuring Beautiful, which made its way into the top ten.  Bowman’s signing with Rodney Jerkins Lifestyle Music Group/Motown Gospel just gets us in gear for great things to happen.

The first radio single I’m Good, written by Jhonte Austin and produced by Jerkins shows a mature and modern sound for Bowman.  The single has been serviced to radio and Bowman will make appearances in support of its release.

Marvin Sapp Declares You Shall Live June 2nd

Written by: Gregory Gay

May 20th, 2015

Sapp Marvin YSLPreacher, Pastor and Psalmist Marvin Sapp declares victory in Jesus despite trying circumstances with the June 2nd release of his 10th solo CD, You Shall Live on the RCA Inspiration label.  “I was in a very transparent space when I recorded this album.” “I wanted to deliver something that was going to encourage those who are in the valleys of their lives, to let them know I get it. I know what it feels like to have your heart ripped out of your chest. But, I also needed them to know that no matter the heartbreak, God’s got us and even the most painful experience can be overcome.”

Pastor Sapp will celebrate the CD’s release with concert appearances in Atlanta, Charlotte and as part of the 30th annual Chicago Gospel Music Festival.

RCA Inspiration Signs Phillip Bryant

Written by: John Burton Jr.

May 20th, 2015

Phillip Bryant.PRRCA Inspiration announced the addition of award winning songwriter, producer and musician Phillip Bryant to their roster.  The North Carolina native and  two time Dove Award winner has worked with the likes of Dave Hollister, John P. Kee, Kelly Price, Fantasia, Mary J. Blige, Anthony Hamilton, Trinitee 5:7 and CeCe Winans over the past 10 years and is now set for the release of his first national label effort.

“I’m looking forward to sharing my music with the world and making history with RCA Inspiration,” said Phillip Bryant.  “My first single ‘Source’ is a song of both surrender and praise.  The simple yet powerful lyrics: ‘I never wanna think I can do this on my own’ is my personal testimony.”

“Phil is the consummate musician: singer, composer and producer,” said Joseph Burney, VP of A&R at RCA Inspiration.  “I am enthused to present these gifts to the listeners.”

Ashford Sanders Video Nets Over 3 Million Views

Written by: John Burton Jr.

May 20th, 2015

Ashford Sanders officialLeave it to Ashford Sanders to lead an entire restaurant into a moment of worship.  The Sunday Best season 5 fan favorite who recently released his single Because You’ve Been Good on Fountain of Life Records was instantly recognized as he encountered the prom night crowd at a local restaurant in Mississippi on a weekend in early May.  He was asked to sing and obliged the audience with a verse of Something About the Name Jesus. What he didn’t expect was the entire restaurant (including patrons and waitstaff) to join him in the rousing rendition.  The moment was captured via cellphone and posted to social media sites.  That musical event caught the attention of the local news and the social media post has garnered over 3 million views.

Catch the news story here

 

Darwin Hobbs To Appear On OWN

Written by: Melanie Pratt

May 20th, 2015

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Darwin Hobbs first appeared on “The Oprah Show” during its historic final season. Hobbs, a guest on a poignant show about child sex abuse, bravely shared his testimony as an abuse survivor. Now, Hobbs and wife Traci will appear on the update show, OWN’s “Oprah: Where Are They Now,” this Saturday, May 23rd at 10pm EST.

The show will update viewers on Darwin’s courageous journey to freedom from shame, guilt, and tragedy of abuse. Additionally, the episode will also feature Darwin and Traci’s weight loss story. They lost a combined 250 pounds with the help of weight loss surgery and lifestyle changes.

In an awesome twist, Darwin and Traci share their proudest update their first baby girl, Bethany Lennox Grace, born in May 2014.

After 18 years as a major label artist and a 5 year hiatus, Darwin returned to the recording studio, and this summer will release his hit single “God Has Remembered,” a song inspired by the miracle of Bethany. A full album is also planned for an Early Spring 2016 release on the couple’s new indy label Heart Art Music.

 

BET Nominees Announced

Written by: Melanie Pratt

May 20th, 2015

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The BET Award nominees were announced Monday, May 18. In the “Best Gospel Artist” category, the nominees are Deitrick Haddon, Erica Campbell, Fred Hammond, Lecrae, Mali Music and Michelle Williams.

The BET Awards will air on the BET network on June 28 in celebration of the achievements of African Americans and other minorities in music, entertainment and sports.

 

Israel Houghton, Richard Smallwood & Anthony Brown Headline 30th Annual Chicago Gospel Fest

Written by: Gregory Gay

May 8th, 2015

Israel 1014On May 29 – 31, the largest free outdoor Gospel music festival celebrates 30 years in Chicago. This year’s Chicago Gospel Music Festival will feature over 30 performers including Israel Houghton and New Breed, Richard Smallwood and Vision, Anthony Brown & group therAPy, Marvin Sapp, Chicago’s own Ricky Dillard and New G, Anita Wilson, Jonathan McReynolds and Cinque Cullar and a 200 voice Peace Choir comprised of churches throughout the Chicagoland area.Smallwood

Donald Lawrence will helm a very special tribute to Bishop Walter Hawkins and Andrae Crouch featuring Bishop Rance Allen, Bryan Courtney Wilson, Lisa Page Brooks and Tasha Page Lockhart, Vanessa Bell Armstong, Krystle Murden and more.

A complete listing and lineup for the Chicago Gospel Music Festival can be found here