Archive for March, 2013

GMA Dove Awards Set to Return to Nashville

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

540884_414529261929811_729033018_aThe Gospel Music Association has announced that the GMA Dove Awards will return to one of its original homes, Nashville, TN.  Over the last few years the show has traveled, with Atlanta being its most recent home. The award show will take place for the first time in the fall of the year on October 15, 2013 and will be televised on GMC from the Lipscomb University Allen Arena. Mayor Karl Dean of Nashville states, “The Christian and Gospel music industry plays an important role in the energy of our city’s music scene, and, as Music City, we are proud to welcome the Dove Awards back to Nashville.”  The Association has also added a feature film category to the awards, with inspirational films being on the rise in the industry. To assist in these efforts, The Dove Foundation has partnered with the GMA Association with the development and credibility of the award.

In the Spotlight: The Music Ministry of Brother Hahz

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

The GHahzospel music community came to know Hassan McMillan, known professionally as Brother Hahz through his collaboration with Donald Lawrence on Let the Word Do the Work from Lawrence’s Law of Confession Volume 1 disc.  In retrospect,  Hahz has actually had the career that a lot of artist only dream of , touring and performing with Queen Latifah, Naughty by Nature, The Fugees and Jay-Z, across the country and overseas.  A near death experience and the birth of his daughter would set the stage for a life change and lead him to commit his life to God in 2004.

A singer, writer, producer, composer and arranger, Hahz uses his life experiences to shape his music.  But Hahz is quick to confess, “Please don’t call me a rapper.” “ I do so much more than rhyme.” His ministry touches the heart and reaches those who are seldom reached through traditional church settings.  His latest offering, The Fixtape Vol. 2 hits Itunes on March 12th.

Stan Jones Tapped to Produce Mississippi Mass Choir

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

America’s Choir, the Mississippi Mass Choir is celebrating the selection of Clarksdale, MS native son Stan Jones as producer for their 25th Anniversary Live Recording project. Stan Jones

A noted songwriter and award winning producer, Jones’ song credits include Hold On recorded by Yolanda Adams, He Has His Hands on You recorded by Marvin Sapp and All I Need recorded by Brian Courtney Wilson (which spent a record 90 + weeks on the Billboard Gospel Songs Chart) in addition to production credits for The Williams Brothers,  The Canton Spirituals and Tim Rogers.

Anita Wilson, The Walls Group and Tedashii Featured In Jet Magazine

Monday, March 18th, 2013

OpeWalls Groupn the April 8th edition of Jet Magazine and you will find a mini “gospel edition”.  Jet covers the addition of Michelle Williams and the Sheard family to the reality tv genre as well as profiling up and coming Gospel artists including Grammy and Stellar nominated artist Anita Wilson, Kirk Franklin latest proteges The Walls Group, Teadshii Jonathan McReynolds and Tasha Cobbs.   Anita Wilson

Mali Music Confirms Duet with Jennifer Hudson

Monday, March 18th, 2013

In Mali MusiMali-Musicc news, the celebrated artist went to Twitter today to confirm a duet with Jennifer Hudson. Mali Music’s single Ready Aim was highlighted in Rolling Stones Magazine in early March and I Shall Live from Sharon Riley and Faith Chorale’s latest project is making the rounds on the BDS radio chart. Tye Tribbett was also on Twitter over the weekend tweeting about the highly anticipated Mali Music/Tye Tribbett mix tape. Tribbett’s latest single Same God hits the streets on April 2nd.

Arnetta Murrill Crooms Gets Into March Madness

Monday, March 18th, 2013

Arnetta Murrill Crooms is enjoying the success of the release of her first single Try it Again from her self titled debut CD scheduled to bow in the spring.Arnetta Murrill Crooms  Supporting the single’s release, the Tri-City Singers alum has had high profile performances during CIAA Week and will perform the National Anthem for the Charlotte Bobcats vs Miami Heat game at the Time Warner Arena in early April.

GOSPELflava was privileged to get insider info on the CD.  The noteworthy and stand out compositions come from Cedric Thompson and Carnell Murrell.  Crooms enlists  family support as brother Roger Murill joins her for a feel good duet and she pulls on the expertise of her son Oliver, an up and coming producer for assistance with the five songs that she penned. If that isn’t enough, there’s a off the chain remake of I Am God.

In the meantime, Try It Again is available on Amazon and iTunes and  feel free to take in a command performance of In the Presence of a King to help you get ready:

Mississippi Mass Choir 25th Anniversary – Update

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

Rehearsals are underway for a celebration of gigantic proportions as America’s Choir, the Mississippi Mass Choir prepMMCares to celebrate their 25th Anniversary with a live recording. This marks the 10th album from the singing aggregation formed by the late Frank Williams in 1988.    In addition to new music, MMC prepares a “walk down memory lane” reliving some musical moments from the past featuring some of the choir’s most beloved soloists.  GOSPELflava will keep you abreast of  special MMC happenings as they evolve.

The Potters House Denver Choir EXCLUSIVE LOOK AND LISTEN

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

GOSPELflaSteve Lawrenceva was afforded an opportunity to share a “Behind-the-Scenes” look at the making of Lord of the Nations, the debut release from Pastor Chris Hill’s Potters House Denver Choir CD.  Grammy winning producer Steve Lawrence, whose working credits include Kirk Franklin, Marvin Sapp, Donnie McClurkin,  and Yolanda Adams talks about the uniqueness of the worship experience at TPHD right before the choir delves into a rhythmic and energetic adaptation of Sandra Crouch’s He’s Worthy. Hold on to your seat, because this can only get better.

Take a look and listen here:

Dorinda Clark Cole Signs Deal With Rejoice Radio Network

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

SERVINDorindaG UP SOUL, the two hour music and information program hosted by Dorinda Clark-Cole announced news of an agreement with Rejoice Radio Networks resulting in a major expansion of the show. Rejoice will provide programming, distribution, advertising sales, marketing and affiliate sales for the weekly radio program. The nationally syndicated  SERVING UP SOUL provides inspiration, health tips, and showcases some of the best music. Today’s foremost entertainers, personalities, and recording artists share special moments with three time GRAMMY® award winner and host, Dorinda Clark Cole.

Serving up Soul was a 2011 Winner of the Crystal Mic Media Award for Best Syndicated Radio Show of the Year.  Under the agreement with Rejoice, the show will now air in 100 markets nationwide.  SERVING UP SOUL is produced by DMI Music & Media Solutions.

 

Donald Lawrence To Release New Album: “20 Year Celebration Vol.1 & 2”

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Donald-Lawrence-2011-2Donald Lawrence has entered into an exclusive partnership with Entertainment One Music and his company Quiet Water Entertainment to produce his 20th Year in Music Celebration and Live DVD Recording.  This two disc project will include live recordings of Lawrence’s hits and new music. Donald states, “2013 marks 20 unbelievable years in the music business since releasing my first album with the Tri-City Singers, and I could not be more excited to announce in celebrating this milestone, my production company, Quiet Water Entertainment, has signed a distribution deal with eOne Music for a project that I cannot wait to share with the world: Donald Lawrence 20 Year Celebration Volumes I & II.”  Donald goes on to say that this project will tell the story of his 20 years of music and give fans a glimpse into the future.  Donald has written and produced timeless anthems such as “Encourage Yourself”, “The Blessing Of Abraham,  and”The Best Is Yet To Come”.