Archive for November, 2012

Mondays News and Noteworthy

Monday, November 19th, 2012


In our new feature covering the “Word on the Street”.

 Mali Music tweeted about being in the studio with Jennifer Hudson while John P Kee took time away from his Life and Favor Tour to go in the studio and complete a mix on San Franklin.  Pastor Kee tweeted about a new single with Hezekiah Walker and the possibility of a Brothers Tour featuring Kee, Hezekiah Walker, Tye Tribbett  and Fred Hammond.

The reviews are coming in strong for the B Chase Williams and the Shabach Choir (Take A Trip) live recording and DVD taping on Saturday in Atlanta with special guest MC VaShawn Mitchell and guest soloist Ms. Kim McFarland.

Israel Houghton’s Jesus at the Center Tour made its way to the First Baptist Church of Glen Arden in the DC/MD area where Stephen Hurd serves as Senior Pastor of Worship.   You can find an unplugged acoustic worship and an insightful word on Worship from Israel Houghton on Steven Furtick’s Elevation Church website:

Steven Hurd was in the motor city  on Friday as the gospel community kicked off the dedication and celebration for The WORD Network’s new state of the art studio and world headquarters. Broadcast live during a very special Rejoice in the WORD , music was rendered by Marvin Sapp, Damita Haddon, Lisa Page Brooks, Lexi, Wess Morgan, Tim Stevens and others.

The Mary Mary Go Get It Tour made its final stop in Hampton, VA at the Hampton Coliseum.  The tour also featured Isaac Carree, Anthony Brown and Group Therapy and VaShawn Michell.  While the DC stop on the tour was postponed, the tour picks back up in Spring 2013 with additional cities and dates.



Vonnie Lopez Sings with Riverphlo Entertainment

Monday, November 19th, 2012

The world became familiar with Vonnie Lopez as Kurt Carr introduced her on his One Church project (Just One Word).   A member of the Kurt Carr Singers since 2003, this singer/songwriter and prolific proclaimer of the Gospel who is just as comfortable being a worshipper as she is being a worship leader, Lopez makes her solo debut on Mano Hanes’ Riverphlo Entertainment label (alongside Andrae Crouch) with the release of the single, The Name of Jesus.


Verity Gospel Music Group Releases “Joy To The World: A Gospel Christmas”!

Monday, November 19th, 2012

Verity Gospel Music Group released a holiday compilation project titled: “Joy To The World: A Gospel Christmas” today. The project features: Kirk Franklin & The Family, Marvin Sapp, Fred Hammond, Donnie McClurkin, and more. It’s a 10 tracker that can provide a nice little addition to your Holiday play lists. You can download it today for a great low price. Check out your music media outlets for more details.

Mississippi Mass Choir’s Venora Brown on Live Chat TONIGHT

Monday, November 19th, 2012

The name Venora Brown may not be familiar to some, but her song  certainly is.  Venora Brown is the voice behind Mississippi Mass Choir’s hit Having You There (Makes the Difference).  In MMC’s continuing series of Meet the Artist, you get a chance to chat with Venora about being a part of the ministry of MMC and what Having You There means to her.  For call details and times, check out the Mississippi Mass Facebook page


November Birthdays: Bishop Rance Allen and VaShawn Mitchell

Monday, November 19th, 2012


As we enter into Thanksgiving Week 2012, Gospelflava is overjoyed in sharing birthday wishes with the inimitable Bishop Rance Allen and VaShawn Mitchell.

Tramaine, Edwin Hawkins and Kurt Carr Receive BMI Top Honors

Friday, November 16th, 2012







Lady Tramaine Hawkins confirmed via Twitter and Facebook that she is among the honorees for the 2013 BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music Awards Luncheon held during Stellar Awards Weekend in Nashville, Tennessee.  Sharing BMI top honors with Tramaine are  Edwin Hawkins, widely regarded as one of the fathers of contemporary gospel music and noted singer/songwriter and master producer Kurt Carr.

Memorial Services for Dontavies Boatwright

Thursday, November 15th, 2012


Arrangements have been finalized for Dontavies Boatwright,PEInc Gospel recording artist, who passed away on Thursday, November 8, 2012, in Jacksonville,Florida.

Friday, November 16th
PUBLIC VIEWING, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
J.E. Fralin & Sons Funeral Service
5065 Soutel Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32208
Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church
A.B. Coleman Auditorium
1118 W. Beaver Street
Jacksonville, FL 32204
Saturday, November 17th
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
215 Bethel Baptist Street
Jacksonville, FL 32202
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Dontavies Boatwright Memorial Scholarship Fund can be sent to:
c/o Parriscope Entertainment, Inc.
5103 San Juan Avenue
Jacksonville, FL 32210

Happy Birthday Karen and Twinkie

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

Gospelflava sends birthday greetings to the incomparable Dr. Elbernita Twinkie Clark and Karen Clark Sheard. Be sure to visit our facebook page as we go through their memorable and most favorite performances.

Steven Hurd on Rejoice in The WORD This Friday

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

Praise and Worship Leader Stephen Hurd will perform music from his CD, Oh That Men Would Worship on Rejoice in THE WORD on Friday, November 16th.  The show airs at 8:30 EST.

Gospel 411: Williams Brothers, Ted Winn, Hez, Harvey Watkins, Clark Sisters, Paul Morton and more

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012


Tuesday saw the release of the new project from Bishop Paul Morton.  Ted Winn composed 2 songs for the project; Living In His Favor (the Curse is Broken) and The Best Is Yet to Come.  Many will remember The Best Is Yet to Come from Ted and Sheri’s The Healing Starts Here 2001 CD.  Karen Clark Sheard joins Bishop Morton on a revamped remake of the Thomas Whitfield classic, The Grass Withereth. There is also a nice family track featuring Bishop Morton, son PJ and daughter Jasmine. Jasmine’s husband and film producer Elvin Ross is generating buzz around his documentary that continues the story of the descendants of Kunta Kinteh, popularized in the Alex Haley Roots miniseries of the 1970s. You can view the trailer and website here:


In Clark Sisters news, congratulations goes out to Bishop J. Drew Sheard (husband of Karen, father of Kierra and J Drew III and Karew Record Label co founder) on his election to the 12 member General Board for the 6 million member Church of God in Christ denomination.  Sheard received over 2,600 votes during the elections held in St. Louis at the Holy Convocation.

Producer Stan Jones tweeted about studio time with Harvey Watkins Jr. (of the Canton Spirituals) and The Williams Brothers and Lee Williams.  Projects are scheduled for release sometime in 2013

When does Donald Lawrence sleep? Following his performance on the weekend at the COGIC confab in St. Louis, Lawrence alloted time for studio work on a new Hezekiah Walker project.  Lawrence also noted that  Love Fellowship alum Timiney Figueroa – Caton (who is currently featured on the new single from the Kurt Carr Singers) is featured on a new Hez track.  Donald Lawrence and Company will celebrate New Years in London, England.


Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir records a new project this weekend.  Plans are underway for BTC to be a part of the Obama Inauguration festivities.