Archive for September, 2013

Kerry Douglas Honored at International Leadership Awards

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

Kerry Douglas can be easily described as a hitmaker. Among his many successes are Evelyn Turrentine-Agee’s “God Did It” , Earnest Pugh’s “Rain on Us” Kerry, James Fortune & FIYA’s “I Trust You” and Keith Wonderboy Johnson’s “Send A Revival” . In honor of his many contributions and achievements, Douglas will be honored during the International Financial and Leadership Summit.

“It’s a blessing to receive my flowers while I’m still alive,” Douglas jokes. “God has been good to me and allowed me to work with some really talented artists. I’m also excited to be out on the road every week and seeing new talents out there that I hope to develop and sign for my next Gospel Mix CD.”

“Kerry Douglas Presents Gospel Mix Vol. VI” recently debuted in the Top 10 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart and features the radio smash “1 on 1” by Zacardi Cortez. Tamela Mann, Ruben Studdard, Rev. Paul Jones and others round it out with classic gospel songs alongside future gems by Lalah Hathaway, Bryan Wilson, Ted Winn and Earnest Pugh.

The event takes place Thursday, September 26, 2013 @ 6:30 p.m. at the J.W. Marriott Galleria, 5150 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX.

Contestant Search for GSN’s American Bible Challenge Season 3

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

Cimagealling All Bible Scholars!  Casting directors will travel to select cities across the country searching for teams to compete on season three of the GSN’s highest-rated original series of all time, THE AMERICAN BIBLE CHALLENGE. The hit series hosted by comedian Jeff Foxworthy along with Grammy winner Kirk Franklin as musical co-host is slated to air in 2014.

Casting sessions are currently ongoing in Los Angeles through September 29 th and will also take place in the following cities:

Saturday, September 28th

      New York, NY
      Time: 10 am – 4 pm
      American Bible Society
      1865 Broadway
      New York, NY 10023-7505
      Dallas, TX
      Time: 10 am – 4 pm
      Le Meridien Dallas by the Galleria
      13402 Noel Rd
    Dallas, TX 75240

 

 

The Clark Sisters Join Mary J Blige For A Mary Christmas

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

Clark Sisters OLTGrammy Award winners The Clark Sisters join  R&B singer, songwriter and actress  Mary J Blige for a festive rendition of The First Noel, one of 12 tracks on ” A Mary Christmas”. The first holiday album from the award winning singer is produced by legendary front man David Foster and features timeless Christmas classics with a twist.  The album is scheduled for an October 15th release.

Soul Children of Chicago Guest on Queen Latifah Show

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

SCC The Stellar Award winning Walt Whitman and the Soul Children of Chicago make a guest appearance during premiere week on the new daytime talk and variety show hosted by Queen Latifah. The September 16 debut drew a wide audience making it the second highest rated premiere of a new daytime talk show since The Dr. Oz Show debuted in 2009.

On the September 18th show, the Soul Children perform with Latifah in a taped segment at the Hollywood Bowl.   Check your local listings for time and station information.

2013 Soul Train Nominees Announced

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

Tasha_Cobbs_Single_FINALThe 2013 Soul Train Awards honoring both the artists and the music that they make will take place on November 8th, 2013 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The awards show will honor artists in 12 different categories. Artists in the category for Best Gospel/Inspirational Performance are: (more…)

James Fortune Speaks About His Sold Out Live Recording [Exclusive]

Friday, September 13th, 2013

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GRAMMY nominated, Stellar Award Winning Syndicated Radio Host James Fortune recorded his new live project in front of a sold out crowd in Atlanta, GA. Thousands began gathering at the Word of Faith Cathedral hours before the event even started. Lines wrapped around the building, parking lots quickly filled, and local interstate exits quickly jammed as people traveled from all over the country to experience “FIYA” Live. Local Radio one Affiliate Praise 102.5 kept the crowd engaged as they waited anxiously to enter the sanctuary. With the concert selling out nearly three days before the event, attendees had the hottest ticket in town.

Comedian Marcus Wiley from the nationally syndicated Yolanda Adams Morning Show was on hand as the evening host. Marcus kept the crowd in stitches giving his commentary about the comical things that happen weekly in local churches. For this live recording James brought together some of the most unique voices in contemporary Gospel and Hip Hop. DA Truth opened up the recording joining James and band on the track, ‘Built to Last”.  In her first ever live feature on an album, BET Sunday Best runner up Alexis Spight sent the audience into a frenzy on “Did It All For Me”. After the recording Alexis explained that she was “nervous”, however her dynamic ministry said otherwise.  “The Worship Chant” featuring Tasha Cobbs will prove to be a fan favorite as it took the house into an intense session of worship. When speaking to James afterwards he explained this album would be “hard to edit” because of the many visitations of the holy spirit that happened on that night. Zacardi Cortez’s, “Let Your Power Fall” and Isaac Carree’s “Empty Me” well rounded the project adding even more pure worship.

James showcased the power house vocal talents of his group “FIYA”.  18 year old Carvena Jones wowed the audience with her tone and stage presence alongside DShondra Rideout on, “Just Smile”.  Todd Galberth added his dynamic tenor voice to the song, “Forever”. James wife, Cheryl Fortune co-wrote several of the songs on the project and lead the track “Best Praise” and accompanied Israel Houghton on “Light The Way”. Josiah “JoJo” Martin known for his unique delivering tone added warmth to the song, “Never Forsake Me”. Minon Sarten and Lisa Knowles took the audience to church on “Miracles” which featured the backing of Kevin Lemons and Higher Calling.

Many special guests were on hand for this live recording including Kierra Sheard, Deon Kipping, Canton Jones, Damita Haddon, Ted Winn, and more.  A very special moment in the evening came when Sybrina Fulton, mother of Travyon Martin was honored. FIYA member  Carvena Jones sat at the keyboard and sang a song she wrote entitled ” I am TrayVon Martin”. The song brought tears to the eyes of many and left Ms. Fulton speechless as she received her award. While on stage Ms. Fulton thanked the congregation for their support and prayers to her family during this difficult time. Ms. Fulton went on to explain that she is encouraged and hopeful for the future.

The lead single of the album will be a personal song written by James entitled “Live Through It”. During his intro of the song James talked about how the song was birth through a season of adversity.  James explains that the amount of pain scrutiny that he experienced with his family was so unbearable at times he didn’t want to get of the bed. A firm believer of living what he sings, James chose to face the adversity head on and lived through the situation. At this point in the recording many were seen wiping tears away as the song hit close to home for many. “Live Through It” will began impacting radio soon.

I had the opportunity to speak with James after the recording and he simply stated, “I am so grateful to GOD. I wanted this CD to be one that had songs that praise teams and choirs could sing and that’s exactly what happened that night. The entire sold out crowd sang many of the choruses along with us at the recording. GOD knew exactly what he was doing and he told me to do this one live”. 

James Fortune and Fiya “Live” is scheduled to be released on March 25, 2014. James hosts ‘The James Fortune Show” weeknights on your local Inspiration Station.

 

 

Kerry Douglas’ Gospel Mix VI In Billboard Top Ten

Friday, September 13th, 2013

Kerry Douglas New CDGospel Mix VI, the new compilation from Billboard’s #1 independent gospel CEO Kerry Douglas debuts at #9 on this week’s Billboard Top Gospel Albums chart.

“This is the best gospel mix yet,” Douglas says of the 15-track project that features dynamic performances by Tamela Mann, Ruben Studdard, James Fortune & FIYA, and others. The digital version includes five bonus songs by rising artists such as Kenny Smith and Derrick Horne.

In addition to Zacardi Cortez’ Top Ten radio smash “1 on 1” , the CD features Bryan Wilson’s “It Will Happen” and Ted Winn’s “You Are The Reason.” There’s an amazing mash up between Lalah Hathaway, Zacardi Cortez and Earnest Pugh on “Every Promise.” There are also rare classics such as Rev. Paul Jones’ “I Won’t Complain,” Greg O’Quin’s “I Told The Storm” and “Praises Go Up” by Jimmy Hicks featuring Le’Andria Johnson

R.E.D. Garners Top Spot For Deitrick Haddon

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Chalk up another #1 foREDr RCA Inspiration as R.E.D. (Restoring Everything Damaged), the new release from Deitrick Haddon bows in the top spot on the Billboard Top Gospel Albums Chart.  The album also charted at #71 on the Billboard Top 200 and the lead single, Have Your Way is settling in at #11 on the Top Gospel Songs Chart.

Church Girl Movie Tour Hits The Road

Monday, September 9th, 2013

The promo tour for Israel Houghton’s I’m in Love with a Church Girl kicks off on Monday, September 9th in Chicago, Illinois.  Church GirlSeveral members of the cast and crew will make appearances during the multi city tour including Adrienne Bailon, Stephen Baldwin and Ja Rule.  The tour will wind through Chicago, Detroit, New York, Dallas, Atlanta, Tampa, Orlando and San Jose before the big movie premiere and concert in Los Angeles on October 16th.

A Marvin Sapp Christmas

Monday, September 9th, 2013

Marvin Sapp ChristmasPastor Marvin Sapp went to social media today to unveil the cover for his first holiday CD entitled Christmas Card. The CD, his seventh solo release will drop on October 22nd.  Pastor Sapp was a keynote presenter during Bishop TD Jakes’ Megafest festivities and will host the Full Life Conference celebrating 25 years of ministry and 10 years of pastoral service later this month.  Guest speakers include Bishop Liston Page, Bishop Marvin Winans, Bishop Rudolph McKissick  and Bishop Paul Morton.