Archive for February, 2011

Psalmist Lawonda Campbell passes

Monday, February 28th, 2011


The Gospel Community is saddened with news of the passing of noted gospel singer Lawonda Campbell on Saturday, February 26th in Chicago, Illinois.    Campbell, whose immeasurable talent and unmistakable voice produced a string of  hits for a venerable list of gospel artists including Chicago Mass Choir, the Trinity All Nations Choir, Carlis Moody, and most notably Bishop Hezekiah Walker and the Love Fellowship Crusade Choir.  The audio of Sweeter as the days go by can be heard in the youtube clip above.

Her life will be celebrated over two days beginning with a musical on Friday, March 7, 2011 at Chicago’s Apostolic Pentecostal Church of Morgan Park, 11401 South Vincennes Avenue beginning at 7 p.m.  The services will continue on Saturday, March 8, 2011 with visitation at 10 a.m. with funeral services following at 11 a.m. at the St. James Ministries Church of God in Christ, 11750 South Lowe.  Pastor W. James Campbell is the officiant. joins others across the country in praying for the Campbell family.

Sunday Best Season 4 Auditions

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Sunday Best Is Back! Season 4 is well under way, and if you think you have what it takes to be Gospel Music’s next rising star, show up to audition in one of the following cities: 

Saturday, February 19 (7am- 1pm)
Dallas, TX
The Potter’s House (Main Dallas Campus)
6777 W Kiest Blvd
Dallas, TX 75236

Saturday, March 5 (7am-1pm)
West Angeles Church Of God In Christ
3600 Crenshaw Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90016

Saturday, March 12 (7am-1pm)
Greater Travelers Rest Baptist Church
4650 Flat Shoals Parkway
Decatur, GA 30034

For a list of approve songs and more information log onto or call 1-855-879-5978 ext. 101   Sunday’s Best Season 4 will premiere Sunday April 17, 2011 at 8 p.m. on BET

DOVE Award Nominations

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Award Season Continues as the 42nd Annual GMA Dove Awards Nominees were announced. Congratulations to the following Gospel artist nominated in the following categories along with some of today’s Top Contemporary Christian Acts:

Male Vocalist Of The Year:

Israel Houghton

Marvin Sapp

Artist Of The Year:

Marvin Sapp

New Artist of The Year:

Forever Jones

Rap/ Hip Hop Recorded Song Of The Year:

“Background”- LeCrae

Urban Recorded Song of the Year:
“All I Need” from ” Just Love Deluxe”- Brian Courtney Wilson, Stan Jones
“Finally” from “Finally”- Lowell Pye, Asaph A. Ward
“He Knows” from  “All In One”-Karen Clark Sheard, Kendall Hunter, James L. Moss, Paul D. AllenTraditional Gospel

Recorded Song of the Year:
“Favor”; A City Called Heaven; Shirley Caesar; David Frazier; Light Records, Shu-Bel Records
“The Greatest Name”; Smokie Norful Presents; Victory Cathedral Choir; Smokie Norful; EMI Gospel, TreMyles Music
“The Master Plan”; The Master Plan; Tamela Mann; Tamela Mann, Myron Butler; Tillymann Music Group

Contemporary Gospel Recorded Song of the Year
“He Wants It All”; Get Ready; forever JONES; Dominique’ Jones
“I Choose to Worship”; Under an Open Heaven; Wess Morgan; Wess Morgan, Joseph Morgan
“Nobody Greater”; Triumphant; VaShawn Mitchell, Darius Paulk
“The Best In Me”; Here I Am; Marvin Sapp; Marvin Sapp, Aaron Lindsey
“You Hold My World”; Love God, Love People; Israel Houghton; Aaron Lindsey, Israel Houghton, Tommy Sims

The Dove Awards will be taped live in Atlanta at the  Fabulous Fox Theater on April 20th and will Air on GMC (Gospel Music Channel) on April 24th at 8:00 p.m. EST. Sherri Shepherd from ABC’s, “The View” will serve as host of this year’s awards.

TV Reminder: BMI Trailblazer’s Luncheon Airs Saturday!

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

The event that has grown to be hailed as one of the most exclusive and powerful events in Gospel Music will air on TV this Saturday. The 12th Annual BMI Luncheon honoring Commissioned and Pastor Shirley Caesar will air on GMC February 19, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. with an encore following at 8:30. The luncheon was filled with heartfelt tributes, words of encouragement, and great memories.

(gmc, formerly Gospel Music Channel, can be seen on DIRECTV 338, FIOS TV 224 and local cable.   There is also a show page on the gmc website with a “gmc Insider” video of VaShawn Mitchell covering the awards at )

Check out Melanie Clark’s Full Recap Of the Event: BMI 12th Annual Trailblazers of Gospel Music Awards Luncheon (2011)

This Year’s Gospel Grammy Winners

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards were held Sunday February 13, 2011 in Los Angeles, California at the Staples Center. Yolanda Adams represented the entire Gospel Community as being the only Gospel performer during the live show, in tribute to the “Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin. Bebe and Cece Winans proved to be the big winners in the Gospel category as they took home both awards they were nominated for.

The Following Gospel Awards were given out during the Grammy Pre-Show streamed exclusively on the web:

  • Best Gospel Performance- “Grace”- BeBe and CeCe Winans
  • Best Gospel Song- “It’s What I Do”- Jerry Peters and Kirk Whalum
  • Best Pop/ Contemporary Gospel Album- “Love God, Love People”- Israel Houghton
  • Best Traditional Gospel Album- “Downtown Church”- Patti Griffin
  • Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album- “Still”- Bebe and CeCe Winans

Kirk Franklin…Encourages You To “Smile” :-)

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

2011 is certainly proving to be the year of return for some of the veterans of Gospel Music. Gospel innovator, Kirk Franklin has released a new single entitled, “I Smile” in anticipation of his new album “Hello Fear” to be released on March 22nd. The single is making its debut after Franklin delivered power packed performances at the 2010 BET Celebration of Gospel.

Kirk is also giving his fans the opportunity to be apart of the video for “I Smile” by allowing them to upload a picture of their best smile, and allowing users to go online and vote for their favorites on Facebook.

Make sure to check out Deitrick Haddon on the Monique Show Tonight!!

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Make sure you check out Deitrick Haddon tonight on the Monique show! Let’s show our support for gospel music artists and tune in!! Make an impact.

Yolanda Adams To Perform on The Grammy’s

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

GRAMMY Award Winning Singer and National Syndicated Radio Host Yolanda Adams is set to perform on this year’s Grammy Awards. The singer will join Jennifer Hudson, Christina Augilera, Martina McBride and Florence Welch in tribute to the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin.

The 53rd Annual GRAMMY’s will air live on Sunday February 13, 2011 at 8 p.m. EST on CBS.

Sold Out Crowd for 2011 Super Bowl Gospel Concert

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

The 2011 Superbowl Gospel Concert hosted by CeCe Winans proved to be a huge success despite Dallas, TX having the worst snow storm in 15 years. The show celebrated its 12th year with a night of inspirational messages and high praise. On hand for the celebration were Pastor Donnie McClurkin, Mary Mary, Israel and New Breed, and Marvin Sapp. The concert also featured a performance from the 2010 Verizon How Sweet The Sound Winners, Voices of Destiny.   Each year the NFL Players get the opportunity to pick their, “Player’s Choice”, an artist who they would like to have perform on the show, and this year Stellar Award Winning James Fortune and Fiya were selected.

The NFL Choir returned this year under the direction of Myron Butler rendering background vocals to Cece on  “I’ll Take You There”, and on “I’m Walking” with Pastor Donnie McClurkin. Members of the choir included players from the Dallas Cowboys,  Chicago Bears, Raiders, and Steerlers.

Superbowl Gospel was sponsored by Verizon Wireless is the only NFL Sanctioned Gospel event and has served as a fundraiser to charities across the United States. The 2012 celebration is scheduled to be held in Indianapolis, Indiana during Super bowl weekend.

Deitrick Haddon’s “Church On The Moon” Debuts at the #1 spot on the Gospel Album Billboard Chart

Friday, February 4th, 2011

Deitrick Haddon’s newest project “Church On the Moon” debuts at the  #1 spot on the Billboard Gospel album Chart and #65 on the Billboard 200 (which tracks the top selling releases each week across all genres) What a great way to start off 2011! Gospel music continues to make an impact on the world! Let’s continue to support our artists and expose those who do not know about Christ, to life in Christ through this great medium called music! Go to your music media outlets and make an impact today!!