Archive for June, 2013

Prayers For The Campbell & Atkins Family

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

WEtvsMaryMaryRenewedforSeason3PhotoCreditCourtesyofWEtvGOSPELflava joins the rest of the world in prayer for Erica and Tina Campbell and the rest of the Atkins family in the loss of their father, Elder Eddie A. Atkins Jr. . Fans were given an inside look into the Campbell-Atkins family during the last two seasons of their weTV reality show, “Mary Mary”.  Mr. Atkins was battling cancer at the time of his death.

Mary Mary has released a statement saying:

“Our dad was a powerful man. Our family had it’s challenges but our love superseded it all. We had the opportunity to profess our love for our father. We were able to tell him how much we loved him, valued him, and how much life had helped us to understand the things that we couldn’t for many years. Our dad was a man of immense physical and spiritual strength. He always covered us in prayer. He warned us when hardships were coming, taught us how to pray through, fight on, and overcome life’s challenges. What better gift can a man give his family. Our family prayed and thanked God for our dad’s life and healing on Monday night and God chose to give him the ultimate healing on Tuesday afternoon, which was a transfer from life on earth to life in Heaven. God sent him out better than we ever could’ve imagine and for that, we will be forever grateful. We love our daddy dearly, respect him highly, and will remember him always.”

 

– Tina and Erica Campbell.

Israel Houghton Produces Film: “I’m In Love With A Church Girl”

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

090_israelReverence Gospel Media, a new production company in Hollywood announced their first feature film, “I’m In Love With A Church Girl” will open domestically on October 18, 2013 and will follow with an international release.  GRAMMY Award Winning Gospel star Israel Houghton serves as producer and contributed to the film’s soundtrack.  The film stars JA Rule as a successful entrepreneur haunted by a criminal past surrounded by old friends who still behave in that former life and finds inspiration through Adrienne Bailon.  Israel states, “We feel extraordinarily blessed to have been able to make this movie and can’t wait to see the impact it has on people’s lives, this is completely unlike any ‘faith-based’ movie anyone has ever seen. The characters face believable situations with real faith in a real God.”  Pastor Donnie McClurkin is lending his voice to the film and says, “I’ve seen this movie, and am both moved and inspired by the story, the characters, and the quality of both movie and music, This is not what people have come to expect from Christian films, and I know it will resonate deeply with viewers – even those who would never have gone anywhere near a movie that touches on the subject of faith.”  The movie will be distributed in the United States by High Top Releasing.

Kevin Davidson DVD Taping Scheduled For June 30th

Monday, June 24th, 2013

Summer gets into high gear with the DVD Taping of KKevin Davidson Video Tapingevin Davidson and the UCICC Fellowship Choir on Sunday, June 30th in Memphis, Tennessee.  The choir is currently enjoying strong radio support following the release of their single Something Happens.  

Jeffrey LaValley Honored at Hampton Ministers Conference

Monday, June 24th, 2013

GOSPELflava congratulates the incomparable Elder A. Jeffrey LaValley Commendation AJLon receiving the Roland Carter Living Legend in Church Music Award at this year’s Hampton University Ministers, Choir Directors and Organists Conference in early June.  LaValley’s composition of Revelation 19:1 (Hallelujah, Salvation & Glory) was included in the recently released Lift Up Your Hearts Hymnal  published by the Christian Reformed Church of North America.

Hear Stephen Hurd’s interpretation of the classic here:

William Murphy Elevated to the Office Of Bishop

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

GOSPELflava congratulates RCA Inspiration recording artist Pastor William Murphy on his elevation to the office of Bishop in the Full Gospel Baptist Fellowship International.  Bishop Murphy was consecrated on June 17th by Bishop Paul S. Morton, presiding prelate of FGBCF.  William Murphy

BMI Recognizes Most Played Gospel Songs of the Year

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

BMI celebrated thEarnest Pugh Flanked By Jody Williams  Leslie Robertseir 25th Annual Christian Music Awards honoring the top songs played at Christian radio during the past year. Songs getting nods in the black gospel category were Troy Sneed’s “My Heart Says Yes,” Yolanda Adam’s “Be Still,” Donald Lawrence’s “Spiritual” Fred Hammond’s “I Feel Good” and Earnest Pugh’s “I Need Your Glory”.

BMI Vice President of Writer/Publisher Relations Jody Williams, and Associate Director, Writer/Publisher Relations Leslie Roberts presented Pugh with his commendation (see pic above).

Marica Chisolm Signs With Tyscot Records

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

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Tyscot Records has signed  new contemporary praise and worship leader Marica Chisolm to their label. Marica released her debut project entitled, “Simply Worship” , independently in February 2013. The album received high praise and became a favorite on social media. Prior to its release Marica’s buzz single “Hallelujah To The King” and “Used”  quickly became fan favorites and added into rotation on radio. Marica is set to open up for GRAMMY Award Winner Kirk Franklin, Stellar Award Winning Isaac Carree, and Lecrae at the 2013 Joyfest, after fans took to the website to vote for her to be apart of the concert.  Her album, “Simply Worship”  produced by Trent Keys is slated for national release this fall and she plans to continue to tour to promote the album. Prior to her own ministry, Marica has served as a background vocalist to VaSahwn Mithcell, Juanita Bynum, and JJ Hairston and Youthful Praise. Currently she serves as Praise and Worship leader at Gathering of Champions International Cathedral under Bishop Brian Keith Hodges.

READ GOSPELflava Review of “Simply Worship”. 

Earnest Pugh Releases More Of You To Radio

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

Earnest Pugh  Shirley Caesar During CDDVD RecordingEarnest Pugh sets radio ablaze with More of You, his new single from the WIN (Worship In Nassau) Experience CD releasing August 27th on his P-Man Record label. A video clip of Pugh in rehearsal was making the rounds across social media networks and is receiving favorable response.

More of You, written by Pugh and produced by Cedric Thompson was conceived as Earnest spent time in prayer. Pugh said the time with God was rewarding.  “I felt compelled to stay in God’s presence………… my time with God empowered me beyond words. From that day on, it was evident that nothing mattered more to me than quenching the hunger and thirst for more of God.”

The new CD is a commemorates Pugh’s twenty years in ministry and fifteen years in the music industry and features Shirley Caesar, Rance Allen, LeJuene Thompson and Vincent Tharpe and Kenosis

Catch the Behind the Scenes Video Here:

Passing Of Donna Grady Creer

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

Donna Creer

GOSPELflava joins others across the country mourning the passing of Gospel’s very own Donna Grady Creer.  Creer and her husband  Donald died as a result of a fire in their home in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Creer was known to many through her work as an educator, radio announcer, event planner/coordinator, consultant and writer.  She served for a number of years in the Gospel Announcers Guild of the Gospel Music Workshop of America and was a friend to everyone she came in contact with.

 

Kirk Franklin Gets Sirius

Monday, June 10th, 2013

Kirk FranklinMany will wonder with all that Kirk Franklin is doing these days, when does he get to sleep?  The multiple Grammy and Stellar award winner      is well on his way to solidly earning the moniker as “the hardest working man in show business”. Our friends over at SiriusXM shared a Kirk Franklin moment with us where the man of many hats shares his vision for his new radio venture and gives an impromptu performance of his hit SMILE.