Archive for July, 2013

Love Fellowship Meets Brooklyn Tabernacle For the First Time

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

Carol CymbalaGrammy and Dove award winners Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir directed by Carol Cymbala  and Bishop Hezekiah Walker’s  Love Fellowship Choir will mark the end of the summer with their first ever combined concert on Sunday, September 1st at the Brooklyn Tabernacle. The mass choir will do a unity concert of songs from both of their repertoires.

Six time Grammy Award winning Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir began 2013 performing The Battle Hymn of the Republic at this year’sHez presidential inauguration.  Their latest CD offering Love Lead the Way debuted at #11 on the Billboard Top Gospel Albums chart this spring.  Bishop Hezekiah Walker founded the Love Fellowship Choir in 1985 and burst on the scene with a cover of DJ Rogers’ I’ll Make It.  Bishop Walker and the choir has earned two Grammy Awards and is currently enjoying the success of their latest release the Azusa: The Next Generation and the number 1 song in the country, Every Praise.

 

God Belongs In My City Come Together Concert Tour

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

GBIMCIn 2009, a group of Christian youth received a wake up call upon seeing a billboard in a New York subway that posed the question, A Million New Yorkers Are Good Without God. Are You? The leaders connected with other youth ministries across the five New York borroughs starting what would become known as the God Belongs in My City movement.  This year’s outreach concert tour hits New York, Miami, Orlando and Jacksonville, Florida featuring music from top Christian artists Andy Mineo, MC Jin, Skrip, HeeSun Lee, KJ 52, SocialxClub, KB and Propaganda.

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Cantinas Music Festival Worship Song Talent Search

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

image002Jason Castro, Francesca Battestelli and Michael W. Smith headline the 2nd Annual Cantinas Music Festival on August 24th in Paso Robles, California. This year’s festival will again feature a Worship Song Talent Contest where contestants will vie for a recording contract with RayLynn Records.

Contestants are encouraged to record a video singing an original worship song and submit their selection. Three contestants will be chosen to perfom at the festival.

“We are extremely excited to sponsor such a great Christian music festival,” said Tammy Collie, VP of Operations and Management at RayLynn Records. “There are so many talented performers who have entered the Worship Song Talent Competition and we are looking forward to welcoming this year’s winner into the RayLynn family.”

Israel Houghton Presents Deeper Conference 2013

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

logo-w-title21Award winning worship leader  and recording artist Israel Houghton announced plans for this year’s Deeper Conference, taking place August 14th – 17th in Houston, Texas.  The conference will bring together some of the top names in praise and worship, including William McDowell, Pastor Jason Nelson, David and Nicole Binion, Bishop Joseph Garlington, Aaron Lindsey, John Gray and Bishop Michael Pitts.

Fred Hammond Readies Theatrical Debut

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Cain and AbelWhile keeping up with a hectic concert schedule and preparing for the Everybody Get Up Worship Tour featuring supergroup United Tenors in the fall, Fred Hammond is getting in gear for the theatrical debut of JD Lawrence’s Cain & Able. Described as a suspenseful dramedy, Hammond and Lawrence are cast as two estranged brothers each inheriting half of their father’s wealthy estate with a contingency that they spend the weekend together at the family compound .  In addition to acting, Hammond serves as a producer as well as contributes to music and lyrics.  Cain & Able is scheduled to run during the month of August at Manhattan’s 777 theater.

Music Moment – Percy Bady Painful But Necessary Music Video

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

Percy BadyWhile everyone was grooving to Jesus I Love You and had Still on repeat, Percy Bady released a music video via youtube for Painful But Necessary from his Kingdom Inspirations CD. WE think its worth a share (and we would never steer you wrong, would we?), so here it is :

James Fortune Live Recording September 6th

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

james-fortuneAdding to the busy summer concert/conference/recording calendar for 2013 is the first ever live recording of  James Fortune and FIYA on Friday September 6th.  The location will be the Word of Faith Church in Austell, Ga.  Guests for the session include Israel Houghton, Tasha Cobbs, Isaac Carree and Zacardi Cortez

Worldwide Music Announces New Distribution Deal

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

Worldwide Music , the indie label that introduced the world to the likes of Earnest Pugh and James Fortune has signed a distribution agreement with RED Distribution.  “I’m excited aboutKerry Douglas New CD working with RED because I think that together we’re going to take gospel to new heights,” says CEO Kerry Douglas. “RED is opening a door for us to the mainstream and we’re not walking but running through it because – with all the troubles people are going through – we want the world to experience the joy and inspiration that gospel music brings.” RED President Bob Morelli echoes the sentiment. “We are pleased to get a second chance to work with Kerry and Worldwide Music, Inc.,” he notes. “We all saw the amazing job WWM did for Billboard 2012 #1 Gospel Artist James Fortune and we are anxious to repeat that success together on behalf of rising stars like Zacardi Cortez, Ted Winn and Bryan Wilson. WWM fulfills our desire to work with the very best in the Gospel Music genre.”

The first project under the new deal is the “Kerry Douglas Presents Gospel Mix VI” CD that hits stores everywhere on August 20th. It continues Douglas’ best-selling “Gospel Mix” series of compilation CDs that introduced the world to artists such as James Fortune & FIYA and Earnest Pugh. The new collection features stellar songs by Tamela Mann, Ruben Studdard and James Fortune & FIYA.

Mali Music, Jessica Reedy, Tedashiii and Kierra Sheard At The Merge Summit

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Mali-MusicMali Music, Jessica Reedy, Tedashiii and Kierra Sheard are headliners for the concert capping off a weekend of activities at the 5th Annual Merge Summit being held August 22–24th in Los Angeles, CA.  The Merge Summit serves as the meeting place for industry executives and entertainment professionals.  Under the banner of  integrating faith and entertainment, the gathering includes a complete weekend of education, inspiration and entertainment. Nearly 100 of the industry’s top entertainers and executives will lead more than 20 interactive panel discussions, workshops and Master Class sessions, covering music, television, film, creative development, and branding, marketing and new media.

“We are so excited to announce our fifth year and we celebrate this milestone,” said The Summit Founder & Chair Dr. Holly CarteJessica Reedyr. “Each year, The Merge Summit has progressed to represent the evolution of the entertainment business while always remaining true to our original purpose. Our desire is to give creative men and women of faith, the opportunity to share their stories, to edify and to give a voice for the gifts and talents in our community.”

Keith Wonderboy Johnson Takes It Day By Day

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Among the new and noteworthy music released in JulyWonderboy is a 5 song EP from quartet favorite Keith Wonderboy Johnson entitled Day By Day.  With music from Rick Robinson, Bobby Jeffreyes and Walter Smith, Keith gives us just enough to whet our appetite until the full project is released.  The EP is available on iTunes.