Pastor Smokie Norful celebrates his birthday today along with 7 years of Pastoral Ministry. Norful is the founding pastor of Victory Cathedral Worship Center located in a Chicago suburb. The church boasts a membership of over 3000. In honor of Founder’s Month, the church celebrated throughout the month of October with guest speakers including Pastor Marvin Winans and Evangelist Dorinda Clark Cole. Karen Clark Sheard, Kierra Sheard and Isaac Carree headlines the founders day concert.
With the news this week of Dorothy Norwood launching her very own Dorothy Norwood Music Group imprint , many gospel insiders wondered if this would be the vehicle Norwood will use for the release of the follow up to the 2006 Caravans Paved the Way CD.
Evangelist Norwood informed Gospelflava back in 2008 of plans to release another session from the group that introduced the world to the likes of the late Queen of Gospel Albertina Walker, the late Reverend James Cleveland, Inez Andrews, Delois Washington and Evangelist Shirley Caesar. Paved the Way was a resounding success debuting at #7 on the Billboard Top Gospel Albums charts and remained on the charts for an impressive 22 weeks. The CD received multiple award nominations, including a Soul Train, Dove , Grammy and three Stellar Award Nominations.
In the meantime, the gospel community patiently awaits word of an artist roster and release schedule from the newly formed Dorothy Norwood Music Group.
EMI Gospel is abuzz with news of the imminent release of “BREAK EVERY CHAIN,” the lead SINGLE from Tasha Cobbs ‘ upcoming album Grace, available for download on November 27th. Tasha was privileged to minister the song to thousands in attendance at Bishop T D Jakes Woman Thou Art Loosed Conference in Atlanta.
Cobbs made impact with the release of an independent album, SMILE in 2009 featuring the popular single “Happy”. She signed with EMI Gospel in January of 2012. Grace, recorded this past summer will feature production from Cobbs’ music mentor VaShawn Mitchell and is scheduled for a first quarter 2013 release.
Dr. Teresa Hairston’s Gospel Heritage Foundation 16th Annual Praise and Worship Conference returns to the city of Atlanta the week of February 14th, 2013 with some of the nation’s foremost worship leaders in attendance. This year’s schedule includes William McDowell, Dr. Judith Christie McAllister, Bishop Hezekiah Walker, Pastor Wess Morgan, VaShawn Mitchell and others. One of the highlights of this year’s convention is a heritage session with the incomparable Edwin Hawkins.
The Gospel Heritage Award recipients for 2013 are noted choir directors Lonnie Hunter and Ricky Dillard and Bishop Liston Page, Sr. Bishop Paul S. Morton and the Changing A Generation Full Gospel Baptist Church will serve as the host.
JDI Records does Christmas……………………..AGAIN! Following on the success of their initial Christmas project (Norman Hutchins & JDI Christmas that featured the smash hit Emmanuel), JDI Records returns with Beverly Crawford and a Churchy Christmas.
Recorded live in Dallas and backed by the 200 voice Antioch Fellowship Voices of Praise, Beverly Crawford delivers the goods and puts a new spin on holiday classics along with the introduction of new songs that are sure to be favorites the whole year round.
It doesn’t seem like it has been 20 years since Isaac Carree first burst on the scene as a front man for John P. Kee’s New Life Community Choir. We remember those days well when Isaac, Lowell Pye and John P. Kee would carry the day through hit songs Wash Me, Wave It Away and Jesus Is Real. Issac would go on to be a founding member of the group Men of Standard in addition to singing with Hezekiah Walker and Love Fellowship as well as backing Michelle Williams and Kirk Franklin.
Today, Isaac Carree can add a new chapter in his list of accomplishments, as he is a Stellar award nominee for his first solo project. And we couldn’t be more happier. Its a wonderful opportunity for us to put some of our favorite Isaac moments that you will hear below.
Congratulations Isaac from your friends at Gospelflava.
Isaac Carree – Total Nominations 5 New Artist of the Year, Producer of the Year, Contemporary Male of the Year, Urban Inspirational Single or Performance and Music Video of the Year
WE tv announced the return of the adventures of three time Grammy Award winning sisters Tina and Erica Campbell, known across the world as Mary Mary. Season two of WE tv’s hit series MARY MARY, will premiere on Tuesday, December 6th at a special time . Following the premiere, new episodes of MARY MARY will air in its regular time slot Thursdays at 9PM ET/PT, beginning on December 13th .
Mary Mary is currently on the Go Get It Tour and will serve as co hosts of the 28th Annual Stellar Awards alongside Kirk Franklin. Mary Mary leads the list of nominees with nine total nominations including “Song of the Year,” “Contemporary Group/Duo of the Year,” and “Contemporary CD of the Year,” in addition to “Producer of the Year,” “Music Video of the Year” and “Recorded Music Packaging of the Year” categories.
Kirk Franklin announced via webcast that the 28th Annual Stellar Awards will honor Kurt Carr with the James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award.
A gifted songwriter, musician, arranger and producer, Kurt Carr has been a staple in gospel music for over 20 years and together with the Kurt Carr Singers has blessed audiences across the country with great gospel hits such as For Every Mountain, God Blocked It, I Almost Let Go, The Presence of the Lord is Here, In the Sanctuary and countless others. His production credits include Byron Cage, Bishop Paul S. Morton, Tramaine Hawkins and Ami Rushes.
Kurt announced via his Twitter page this week the upcoming release of 2 new singles, Bless This House and I’ve Seen Him Work available on iTunes on November 6th