Archive for May, 2013

Karew Records and Entertainment One Music Announce Partnership

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Karew Records, the labeKaren Clarkl home of Karen Clark Sheard, Kierra Sheard, The Clark Sisters and Jonathan Nelson announced news of the label’s new partnership with Entertainment One Music beginning with the live recording of Karen Clark Sheard on September 9th in Chicago produced by Donald Lawrence.

The two entities already share a connection via the BET hit reality series The Sheards.  “We are excited to extend the eOne relationship with the Sheard family beyond television into music as well through this new partnership with Karew Records,” said Phil Thornton, Vice President of Marketing and New Business Development at eOne Music, Nashville.

The label also indicated that Johnathan Nelson’s latest project, Finish Strong will continue its distribution via Motown Gospel and the next CDs from Kierra Sheard and the Clark Sisters will also be handled by Motown Gospel

James Murphy’s “Echo” Creates Buzz

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

943217_671011239592253_2145627147_nOne of Gospel Music’s brightest new talents, James Murphy is making a lot of noise with his new mix tape “Echo”. The free download available through James website is creating a huge buzz on social media and in the Gospel Music industry. James is no stranger as he has released two buzz singles, “Un-Apologetically Me” , and “Good God”. His smooth tenor voice has supported numerous artist such as the legendary Bebe Winans, Patti LaBelle, Kelly Rowland, and Cece Winans just to name a few. A graduate of Morgan State University, James has traveled across the world singing to audiences in Russia, Prague, Chezk- Republic and Paris. James is working on his debut album which is scheduled to be released later this year on Fontez Camp/Campground Records, but first wants to give Gospel listeners a taste of what they will experience from his forth-coming albun.

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James Fortune Does Radio

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

James FortunJames Fortunee will connect with fans via his new radio show beginning Tuesday, May 28th.  The show will air on twenty nine stations across the country  afiliated through Reach Media , Inc.

Catch Up With Smokie Norful

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

smokie_norfulIn anticipation of the release of Say So, his new single dropping on Tuesday, May 28th, Smokie Norful decided to use youtube to debut Hangin With Smokie Norful. The video vignettes provide insight into his life and daily activites as well as  tell us what he’s been up to since we last saw him.

Catch this week’s edition here:



Passing of Reverend Gerald Thompson

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

GOSPELflava has been notified of the passing of Reverend Gerald Thompson, noted preacher, pastor, singer, songwriter and producer. Amongst ReverenGerald Thompsond Thompson’s production credits are co producer of On Time God and Live at Salem for the songbird of the south, Dottie Peoples. Thompson recorded several albums for the AIR Gospel label producing such hits as Hallelujah, I Found Him and Jesus Is My Rock.

Arrangements are as follows:
Musical Tribute
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
6:30 PM
Covenant of Zion Cathedral
3023 W. 12th St.
Little Rock, AR 

Visitation for Family & Friends

Wednesday, May 29, 2013
12 – 6 PM
Robinson Mortuary Chapel
1201 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr.
Little Rock, AR
Homegoing Celebration
Thursday, May 30, 2013
11 AM
Greater Second Baptist Church
5615 Geyer Springs Rd.
Little Rock, AR

Sirius XM “Praise” To Become “Kirk Franklin’s Praise”

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013



Sirius XM’s “Praise” Channel 64 will become “Kirk Franklin’s Praise” as of Friday May 24, 2013. The  commercial-free music channel will now be executive produced by Grammy Award Winning, multi  platinum Gospel star Kirk Franklin. Sirius XM subscribers will get the opportunity to hear the perfect blend of contemporary and traditional gospel music 24/7. From Yolanda Adams to Shirley Caesar, the channel will be filled with uplifting music showcasing some of today’s most celebrated acts in Gospel Music. The station will launch at 12 pm EST on Friday May 24, 2013 with an exclusive in studio performance from Franklin and his band. The performance will re-air on Monday May 27th at 8 am, and will also be available on Sirius On Demand. On his new position with Sirius XM, Kirk states, “I am so honored and excited to be able to have this platform to bring music fans the biggest stars and the freshest new talents in Gospel music.” Kirk goes on to state that over the years Sirius XM has shown a true  commitment to Gospel music and he’s “proud to be working alongside their staff to build this new channel.”   Listeners of the station will continue to enjoy their favorite on air personalities: Gina Rogers, Meta Washington, and Fred Mills.  Pastor Rudy Rasmus of Houston, TX will also continue his “Love Revolution” airing on Sundays at 12pm EST.  Kirk Franklin will join the ranks of other prestigious artist and entertainers with their own channel on Sirius XM such as, Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Radio, Ozzy Osbourne’s Ozzy’s Boneyard, Pearl Jam Radio, Eminem’s Shade 45, Willie Nelson’s Willie’s Roadhouse, and B.B. King’s Bluesville. For more information about Sirius XM log onto


The Return of Nancey Jackson Johnson

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

Donnie McClurkin’s Camdon Music is getting in high gear anticipating the summer release from 2 time Stellar Award nominee Nancey Jackson Johnson.  A love for the church and Gospel music was established at an early age as Nancey begin singing at age 7 in her Dad’s church.  After recording with Bishop Jeff Banks aNancey Jacksonnd the Revival Temple Mass Choir, the New Jersey native’s solo debut came in 1997 with the release of Free, Yes I’m Free from Harmony Records.  Following the success of Free, Harmony Records released Relationship featuring five star production from Michael J Powell, Tonex, PAJAM, Fred Hammond and Dawkins & Dawkins.  This licensed and ordained minister has traveled the country leading worship and sharing the stage with Donald Lawrence, Judith McAllister and Donnie McClurkin.

Her new single, I’m Free is available on iTunes and Amazon now.

Damien Sneed Releases God Bless America Single

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013


LeChateau Earl Records announced the release of God Bless America, an arrangement of the American classic by Damien Sneed and Chorale LeChateau featuring  Chenee Campbell.

Sneed had this to say of the release of the single.  “It feels as if our nation is under siege. Senseless gun violence plagues our inner city neighborhoods with no regard for the lives of the innocent. Fires, floods, tornadoes, continually test us – our hope and faith are daily diminished. If there was ever a time that we needed to join together in continual prayers for our nation, that time is now. It is our hope that hearing this arrangement of God Bless America will draw us to prayer.”

Chorale Le Chateau is developing a remarkable reputation for its vivid interpretations of vocal literature, from Renaissance period pieces to jazz, spirituals, gospel, and avant garde contemporary music. This musical ensemble will join legendary jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis for a multi-city tour of the Abyssinian Mass.

The “God Bless America” release is one of several projects from Le Chateau Earl Records. In June, the label will release, Spiritual Sketches, another eagerly awaited project featuring the lead single “All Night, All Day” by Sneed and world-renowned tenor Lawrence Brownlee. In addition, a live recording from Damien Sneed featuring The Levites is scheduled for the summer as well as the album debut of newcomer Tekesha Russell.

Danetra Moore Signs With Tyscot Music & Entertainment

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

Danetra-MooreBET Sunday Best Finalist Danetra Moore has signed with Tyscot Records to release her debut album. Moore appeared on Season 5 of BET Sunday Best where she wowed the judges and audiences each week with her powerhouse voice. Moore is no stranger to the music industry. For many years she’s lent background vocals to artist such as Ledisi , Angie Stone, Kurt Carr, Byron Cage, DeWayne Woods and countless others. Danetra was a fixture on BET’s,  “The Monique Show” as an in house vocalist with The Penthouse Players, and has appeared on The Jay Leno ShowR&B Divas, and even accompanied Ledisi at the 2012 Democratic National Convention where they sang for President Barack Obama.

On her recent label signing Danetra tells Bonnerfide Radio that, “she’s excited, appreciative, and grateful beyond words”.  She goes on to explain that she’s “happy that the label believes in the ministry and message that GOD has given her and she wants to be her best and give her best”. Bryan Scott, President of Tyscot calls Daneta a “rare find”, and that her vocal talent and work ethic is impeccable.

Danetra released an an independent single entitled, ” All I Can Do Is Pray” last year and continues to travel and work on her new music.  Danetra new music is slated for release later this year or early 2014.

Donald Lawrence 20th Year Celebration Recording In Chicago June 18th

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

Mark yodonald_lawrenceur calendars for June 18th, when all roads will lead to Dr. Bill Winston’s Living Word Christian Center in Chicago for the live recording celebrating award winning singer/songwriter/producer Donald Lawrence’s 20 years in gospel music.  Some of music’s best and brightest will be on hand to celebrate this momentous ocassion, including gospel royalty Karen Clark Sheard and Kierra Sheard, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Ted & Sheri, Faith Evans, Lalah Hathaway, Kelly Price and more.

The live recording in Chicago will mark the first collaboration between Lawrence’s  Quiet Water Entertainment production company  and eOne Music in their partnership,  Lawrence’s live recording for Volume II will take place in Charlotte, NC with the Tri-City Singers and other guests at a later date.