Many of our readers have seen that the beloved duo Dawkins & Dawkins have released their highly anticipated project “From Now On“. they continue to receive rave reviews of this recording effort. The group is making strides on digital markets such as itunes and amazon.com, and have been featured on TBN’s 15th Street Live show. Their video “Get Down” has been added to BET and Centric’s video roster. So keep your eyes and ears open to see what’s next for Dawkins & Dawkins.
Archive for July, 2011
Almost 3 years later and William Mcdowell’s “As We Worship:Live” recording is still making an impact in the gospel music world! The undeniable anthem of selflessness, “I Give Myself Away”, is undoubtedly sung across the world by believers that at their core desire more of God. Congratulations to William McDowell and Light Records on the continued success. This shows that even more people are catching on to the vision & focus of the project and the IGiveMyselfAway.org movement . Look out for McDowell’s newest single off of his forthcoming project “Arise”, which will be coming to radio soon.
They’ve given us classics such as “Optimistic”, “I’m Going All The Way”, and “Hold On Change Is Coming”, and now the group that revolutionized Christian, R&B, and Inspirational Music Returns! The Sounds of Blackness has recently signed with Malaco Records. Expect to hear a new single entitled, “Fly Again” on radio from the Grammy Award Winning Group starting in August. The new album will be simply titled, “The Sounds of Blackness” and is right on the heels of the group’s 40 year anniversary and the 20th anniversary of their game changing album, “Optimistic’. The new single will feature Jamecia Bennett on lead vocals. Jamecia is the daughter of former Sounds of Blackness Lead vocalist Ann Nesby , and mother to Season 5 American Idol Finalist Paris Bennett
I am sure many of you watched Sunday’s Best and heard the stirring rendition of I Won’t Complain. It stirred the historian in me to go and pull the dust off the original. (more…)
Essence.com has given a great platform to the gospel music community by featuring gospel artists that you should keep on your radar this year. The article was written by Gerald Jones, a noted gospel music media figure. It highlights the artists’ current projects/singles and some interesting tidbits about them. Some artists mentioned include: Jessica Reedy, Earnest Pugh, Brittany Wright, Wess Morgan and plenty more. Support gospel music and stay up on the trends!
With “Put It On The Altar,” Jessica Reedy reminds believers everywhere to stop carrying around stress, worries, and problems ourselves. “Put It On The Altar” is a catchy song that adeptly and infectiously charges us to take our burdens to the altar, to give them to God, and to LEAVE THEM THERE! (more…)
Congregants with gather en masse for the 78th Session of the National Convention of Gospel Choirs & Choruses covening in the city of Atlanta on August 6 – August 12, 2011. This will be the first gathering of the convention since the passing of their beloved president, Bishop Kenneth Moales in 2010. (more…)
Lawrence Matthews happens to posses one of the most distinctive voices in gospel music. (more…)
Gospel music lovers across the country were saddened with the passing of AIR Gospel/Malaco Recording Artist Bishop F C Barnes on July 11. Bishop Barnes was 82.
Bishop Barnes started singing with quartets at the age of 14. He spent a number of years traveling the circuit before answering the call to ministry organizing the Red Budd Holy Church in Rocky Mount, North Carolina where he would serve as pastor and chief musician. He would later go on to pair up with Reverend Janice Brown. The duo made eight albums, one of which yielded the smash hit Rough Side of the Mountain in 1983. The album would sell over 500,000 units and ride the charts for over a a record 97 weeks.
Bishop Barnes recorded several albums with his son Luther and the Barnes Family, with his group called the Company (featuring his nieces Deborah Barnes, Wanda Barnes, and Lisa Barnes) his Red Budd Gospel Choir as well as several recordings from the quartet he founded, the Sunset Jubilaires.
Funeral arrangements are pending.
Many are anticipating the new album from the masterful Richard Smallwood and Vision. In the days leading up to the 7/19 release of “Promises” , Richard Smallwood and Vision will give some insight into the inspiration behind the songs on the new project. This will give those checking in an opportunity to get a sneak peak of the album! Go to Richard Smallwood’s website for more info.