The triple digit temperatures in Dallas won’t deter the faithful as 60,000 people from over 40 countries are expected to gather this weekend for Bishop TD Jakes’ Megafest conference. Billed as the largest US Inspirational Family Festival, the confab brings together Bishop Jakes’ most popular conferences: ManPower, Woman Thou Art Loosed, MegaYouth and MegaKidz with a plethora of entertainment, business and other inspirational features for the entire family. This year’s event pairs Bishop Jakes with Oprah Winfrey for a Lifeclass session, the inaugural International Faith & Family Film Festival, the Just Churchin’ Comedy Show and the Ball Up Streetball Classic Tour Championship. The fest will also include performances from top gospel artists including John P Kee, Earnest Pugh, Smokie Norful, LeCrae, Mali Music, Kierra Sheard, Tye Tribbett, United Tenors and more.
Archive for August, 2013
The world got its first taste of If God Be For Us as performed by Marvin, Carvin and BeBe Winans during the 50th Anniversary commemoration of the March on Washington on August 28th. What you may not know is that the brothers have come together to form a new group, Three Winans Brothers (3WB).
BeBe Winans penned the powerful single which is a fresh take on Romans 8:31 and after yesterday’s performance is sure to be a hit. Look for the single on digitial outlets soon and an album release in early 2014.
As the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington is celebrated in Washington, DC., some of gospel’s outstanding and stellar artists will take part in the celebration. Pastor Shirley Caesar, Pastor Marvin Winans, BeBe Winans, Carvin Winans, Natalie Grant and Whintley Phipps are all scheduled to perform during the day’s festivities.
In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s iconic I Have a Dream speech, GOSPELflava remembers the impact of Mahalia Jackson and Gospel Music in the civil rights movement. (more…)
Evangelist Dorothy Norwood is planning to have “some pure church with a little flair” as she heads to the nation’s capital to record her 52nd album on September 25th at Reid Temple AME Church. Joining her for the session will be Dorinda Clark Cole, VaShawn Mitchell, Isaiah Thomas and Patrick Lundy and the Ministers of Music.
America’s choir, the Mississippi Mass Choir made an official announcement of October 17th as the new date for their 9th live recording session celebrating 25 years of music and ministry. Rehearsals are in full swing and producer Stan Jones assures us of a few surprises that are in store. In the ensuing weeks, GOSPELflava will be your source for updates getting you the first word and all access from the MMC insiders and power players. Mark your calendar and stay tuned.
Earnest Pugh is getting in gear for the Men of Worship Tour visiting 15 cities promoting the release of his new project, the WIN (Worship In Nassau) Experience. Joining Pugh on “The Men of Worship Tour” are fellow EPM Music Group recording artists Keith Williams and Vincent Tharpe & Kenosis. Williams releases his CD “Tone For Worship” on September 10th while the Memphis based Tharpe and Kenosis are promoting thier current CD “Live in Memphis.” Pugh will make a special appearance at Bishop T.D. Jakes’ MegaFest on Friday, August 30th at 8:30 a.m.
Gospel audiences are in love with “More of You”, Pugh’s single from the WIN CD. The song is currently #15 on this week’s Billboard Hot Gospel Songs chart. “I have a great feeling about the W.I.N. CD,” Pugh says. “It’s the biggest release of my 15-year career as an artist. The production and songs are amazing.”
WIN hits stores and digital outlets on September 17th.
The nominees for the 2013 GMA Dove Awards were announced via press conference today. Tamela Mann received multiple nominations including Song of the Year, Artist of the Year and Gospel Performance of the Year. Newcomer Tasha Cobbs also received nods for New Artist of the Year, Contemporary/Urban Gospel Song of the Year and Contemporary/Urban Album of the Year.. Other gospel nominees include Andrae Crouch, Charles Jenkins and Fellowship Chicago, Israel Houghton, Anita Wilson, John P Kee, Jonathan McReynolds and Anthony Brown and Group Therapy.
The Dove Awards will be announced on October 15th, 2013 during ceremonies held at the Allen Arena on the David Lipscomb University Campus in the city of Nashville.
Click here for a complete list of this year’s nominees
Detroit’s Tasha Page-Lockhart and Philadelphia’s Kefia Rollerson will deliver unforgettable performances this week as votes are cast across the nation to determine who will take home the coveted prize. The winner will be announced during the power packed season finale on Sunday, September 1st, which will include performances from Chaka Khan, CeCe Winans, Tamela Mann and Israel Houghton.
Check your local listings for the time and station information in your area.
Tye Tribbett’s new album “Greater Than” is sweeping across the nation. Gospel fans across the country have took to social media posting their pictures with their hands doing the (>) greater than symbol. This movement has encouraged the body of Christ to believe that GOD is greater than whatever they are dealing with and he can certainly “Turn It Around”. Tye has been the last few weeks promoting the album but sat down with me for a quick chat about his new album, which is currently the #1 Gospel album in the Country.
GOSPElflava: The new album hit stores August 6th, debut at #1 and was one of the most anticipated albums of the year! How does it feel for it to finally be released?
Tye Tribbett: It’s awesome! But yet a humbling experience. It truly felt like the earth is waiting to hear what the next sound or message is.
GOSPELflava: You are known for your energetic and power packed performances. What can people expect when they listen to “Greater Than”?
Tye Tribbett: I truly want each listener to feel like they are on a large carnival “Jesus Float”. This entire album is dedicated to bragging on how great our God is!
GOSPELflava: Since the single, “If He Did It Before” has been released its become an anthem of faith and a declaration for so many. What is the story behind that song?
Tye Tribbett: The story is I wanted to make a bold statement about how Great Our God is. That song was birth out of that desire to proclaim that.
GOSPElflava: How important is your relationship with GOD as it relates to what you feel he wants you to say when you prepare for an album?
Tye Tribbett: VERY important. This album is a direct reflection of my one on one experience with him.
GOSPELflava: You work with incredible musicians and singers who brought such power and passion to this album. When we see you all perform the unity is strong and everyone is in sync. How do you all prepare for each album?
Tye Tribbett: Prayer, rehearsal and focus. Those are key tools for creating this experience that happens on stage when the music, talent and the creativity come together.
GOSPELflava: What’s next for Tye Tribbett?
Tye Tribbett: Well we are looking into a fall tour. We are definitely exploring some real creative ways to share the music and looking into TV and other outlets to share the message.
Current Fan Favorite: “He Turned It”
Tye Tribbett’s “Greater Than” is available online and in stores.