Archive for February, 2013

“The Sheards” to Debut on BET April 7th

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

the-sheards-copy1One of the premiere families of Gospel music are heading to reality TV.  “Bishop J. Drew Sheard, his wife GRAMMY Award Winning  Karen Clark Sheard of,  ‘The Clark Sisters”, and their talented children , Stellar Award Winning Gospel Artist Kierra Sherad, and Producer J. Drew “JDS” Sheard, will star in “The Sheards” . The  show will debut on April 7th on BET, and  center around the family juggling their lives as one of the top acts in Gospel Music, running their new label Karew Records, and their church Greater Emmanuel Institution Church of God In Christ in Detroit, MI. Watch the preview clip.. Here

“Mary Mary” Renewed for 3rd Season

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

WEtvsMaryMaryRenewedforSeason3PhotoCreditCourtesyofWEtvGet ready for more of “Mary Mary”. The Grammy Winning duo’s weTV reality show has been renewed for a third season. The show’s second season has reached an impressive 5.2 million viewers. Season 3 is set to begin filming in March of this year in Los Angeles.   In an interview Erica Campbell stated, “We’re so excited about the next season as we enter a new phase in our lives and careers. This past year has been both overwhelming and exciting and we were happy to share those moments with our fans.  We are grateful to provide viewers with an honest look into who we are and how we handle our differences, and we hope to continue to inspire and encourage people through our show in addition to our music.” Catch the Season finale of Mary Mary Thursday February 28, 2013 at 9pm on weTV.

Worship Leader David Daughtry Readies Album Debut

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Daughtry 1God is raising up a new generation of worship leaders, and amongst the stand outs in this group is David Daughtry.  Daughtry takes praise to a new level each Sunday as Director of Praise and Worship  for Bishop Charles Blake and the  West Angeles Church of God in Christ (Daughtry was the lead on the West Angeles Mass Choir 2010 No Limit CD). He also serves the International Music Department of the Church of God in Christ as the Assistant Director of Praise and Worship leading worship during the church’s summer convention and convocation gatherings.  Daughtry is in demand as a session singer having worked on projects from Bishop Paul Morton, Kurt Carr and Beverly Crawford as well as performing with Yolanda Adams, Bebe Winans, Aretha Franklin, the late Bishop Walter Hawkins, Kim Burrell, Faith Daughtry ABCEvans, The Clark Sisters, Sean Puffy Combs, Patti Labelle and others. Look for Daughtry in the ensemble performing on the Game Show Network’s American Bible Challenge hosted by Jeff Foxworthy and recent addition Kirk Franklin.

Daughtry is currently in the studio putting the finishing touches on his debut solo CD scheduled for a June release. As new doors of opportunity open for Daughtry, he remains humbled and focused on his goal, to sing for God’s glory that lives are changed as he ministers to the body of Christ.

 

 

 

 

Funeral Arrangements for Cleotha Staples

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

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Arrangements have been made for the services celebrating the life of Cleotha Staples (pictured on the left), founding member of the Staple Singers.  Viewing takes place Thursday February 28, 2013 @ 6:00 PM at Leak & Sons Funeral Home, 7838 South Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619. The funeral services will be held on Friday March 1, 2013 @ 10:00 AM at Trinity United Church of Christ, 400 W 95th Street, Chicago, IL 60628. The burial will follow immediately at Oakwood Cemetery, 1035 E 67th Street, Chicago, IL 60680. Ms. Staples will be buried in the Staples family plot alongside her father, Roebuck “Pops” Staples; her mother, Oceola Staples; and her sister, Cynthia Staples

Coca Cola Calls on Gospel Artist J Shep For Pay It Forward Program

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

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Coca Cola has called on producer, songwriter, and Contemporary Gospel artist Jason Shephed  (J Shep) for its new add campaign “Pay It Forward”. J Shep’s  track will air in the new “Pay It Forward” ads airing worldwide. “Pay It Forward” will reward four young adults with the opportunity to work as an apprentice for such notable business figures as Magic Johnson, Debra Lee, and Common.

Habakkuk Music Set To Release Temple Of Deliverance Women’s Choir

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Milton R HawkinsHabakkuk Music announced today a partnership with Pastor Milton Hawkins for the July, 2013 release of Pastor Milton R. Hawkins Presents “In The Sanctuary”, the live recording of the  Memphis based Temple of Deliverance Church of God in Christ Women’s Choir.

 The TOD Women’s Choir wowed audiences with Everybody Praise, their first radio single featuring Carla Tolbert Taylor at Hezekiah Walker’s Choir Fest during Stellar Awards Weekend in January.  In addition to Taylor, the twelve song CD features performances from Karen Clark Sheard, Tamela Mann and Habakkuk Music Recording Artist Lisa Page Brooks.

Raise the Praise With Full Gospel April 9th

Monday, February 25th, 2013

The Full GoFull Gospelspel Baptist Church Fellowship International Worship Ministry is paying it forward on the admonition of Psalm 66:2 to “make His praise glorious.    Light Records is getting in gear for the release of One Sound.  The live CD, recorded during the 2012 FGBCF Conference at the Georgia Dome features the “saints in praise” with appearances by Bishop Paul Morton,  Bishop William Murphy, Jr. , Pastor William Murphy, III, Benita Washington, Jonathan McReynolds, JJ Hairston and others.  The project drops April 9th.

Israel&New Breed,Tamela Mann, Lecrae TopThe Billboard Gospel Charts For The Week Of 3/2/13!!

Monday, February 25th, 2013

BILLBOARD.COM chronicles the top selling albums in music each week. So we’re bringing this info about the Gospel music genre to your fingertips each week, right here. We will highlight the Top 5 Gospel Albums & The Top 5 Gospel Songs!

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Artist Discovery: Michael Bethany

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Mike BethanyIf you’ve seen Fred Hammond in concert over the past 5 years or so, you are more than likely familiar with Michael Bethany.  The St. Louis native has been in the Hammond camp since 2005, first appearing on the Free to Worship CD.  Bethany added a producer credit to his resume and co-wrote They That Wait on Hammond’s 2009 Love Unstoppable CD.  But the major impression was made by his acapella, soul-stirring, heartfelt rendition of I Need You Right Away.  Michael’s heart for worship has been cultivated since his youth and is evident in his  powerful God invoking delivery.  Let’s say it like this, when Michael Bethany sings, God comes near.

Bethany is set to come into his own as he is now putting the finishing touches on his first solo project scheduled for release in the summer of 2013. We know and can say without equivocation that Michael Bethany is definitely one of 2013’s big things. While you wait, enjoy this clip

Pastor David Wright-Continuing Wright Traditions

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Tim Wright The late Reverend Timothy Wright was a gospel music supernova and is well remembered for the charm and uniquely warm spirit he exhibited as a choir director, preacher,  singer, composer and musician.  Reverend Wright knew how to get what he wanted out of a choir and a soloist and songs like Who’s On the Lord’s Side, Come Thou Almighty King, He is Risen (Let’s Celebrate), Jesus Will and many others  still resonate in churches, from street side storefronts to massive cathedrals across the country, even today.  In 1993, RevereDavid Wrightnd Wright called together a few of his friends including Donnie McClurkin and Hezekiah Walker  for the recording of the New York Fellowship Mass Choir.  The hugely successful project was followed up in 2003 with NYFMC 2 featuring  Professor James Hall, Keith Wonderboy Johnson, Valerie Boyd, David Bratton and others.  Picking up his father’s mantle some ten years later, Pastor David Wright has issued a call for 500 voices to form the New York Fellowship Mass Choir – Next Generation honoring the legacy of the work his dad began over 20 years ago.     Recording dates have been set for June 8th and 9th in Brooklyn. This is sure to be one of the memorable musical events of 2013.