Archive for October, 2013

Life, Love and Food on Hanging With the Manns

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

david-and-tamela-mannDavid and Tamela Mann have been sharing their love of life, God and music with the masses for some time; now, we get to see them up close at work and play. Their latest effort is Hanging With the Manns. The reality show follows their adventures and gives the audience a premium seat at the kitchen table and David and Tamela prepare some scrumptious and delectable dishes and share favorite recipes and other cooking tips.

You can catch an episode of the show here:

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Rapper Dee-1 Signs With RCA Inspiration

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Dee 1The RCA Inspiration family grows again with the signing of New Orleans Rap Sensation Dee-1. “We are truly excited about Dee-1 joining the RCA Inspiration family,” says General Manager, Geo Bivins. “In the current marketplace, where people are listening much closer to artists and seeking music that is authentic with a ‘real’ message, we believe Dee-1’s music will resonate with today’s diverse Hip Hop and Inspirational music consumers and beyond.”

“Signing with RCA is a life-changing partnership that I’m excited to be a part of. I know we’re about to make history together so I’m motivated to work harder than ever. Coming from New Orleans, I realize that my success is bigger than me. It’s a symbol of hope for others who want to chase their dreams and make a difference in life. So I’m going to make sure that together we all win. #MissionVision,” said Dee-1.

Dee-1 burst onto the national scene with the mix tape “I Hope They Hear Me Vol 2”, which featured the wildly popular single “Jay, 50, Weezy”. The record proved to be a viral juggernaut spawning a YouTube video that to-date has over 600,000 total views, spins on MTV Jams and radio airplay.  A new album will be released in 2014.

Rev Stef and Jubilation Sing Songs of Christmas

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Grammy award winnersAJubilationChristmas_Cover Reverend Stefanie Minatee and Jubilation bring joy this holiday season with the release of A Jubilation Christmas.  The CD features the choir interpreting holiday classics and seasonal favorites including “Hark the Herald Angels Sing,” “The First Noel,” and “The Little Drummer Boy.”

Reverend Stef shared some background on the timeliness of this CD release: “these are difficult times of pain, sorrow and suffering, but we must remember what Christmas means,” she said. “Christmas is the season of love, hope and joy. It is a time of peace on earth and goodwill toward man. Moreover, Christmas is a time of jubilation, so I am delighted to offer A Jubilation Christmas to the world.”

A Jubilation Christmas will be available via itunes and Amazon and other digital outlets October 29th.

First Round Ballot Released For Stellar Awards

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Voting season has begun as the first round ballot was released for the 29th Annual Stellar Awards.  Twenty-six categories make up this year’s ballot with a few modificstellar-awards-logoations.  The Quartet of the Year category was eliminated and replaced with a fan favorite Quartet selected by the general public (see news here). The 29th Annual Stellar Awards will take place on January 18th, 2014 at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium.

Kevin Vasser Drops New CD – Only You Can Deliver

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Malaco Music Group is proud to announce the Malaco debut full length album release of Kevin Vasser’s “Only You Can Deliver” on October 29, 2013.  Kevin Vasser’s “Only You Can Deliver” CD Available In Stores & OnlineKevin Vasser OYCD October 29, 2013.

Kevin Vasser serves as the Director of Worship and Arts at Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church and is the featured lead vocalist on “Days Of Elijah” on the Pastor Charles Jenkins & Fellowship, “Best Of Both Worlds” CD.  The lead single “Only You Can Deliver” featuring DeWayne Woods is a top 30 charting song that is making an impact within the Gospel community and churches around the country. From the very moment you hear Kevin’s anointed voice singing “Only You Can Deliver,” you know that this is a special song and it will touch the hearts of millions.”

Temple of Deliverance Women’s Choir Debut CD Hits Stores Nov 5th

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Milton R HawkinsLeading ladies of Gospel Tamela Mann, Karen Clark Sheard and Lisa Page Brooks lend their remarkable talents as Superintendent Milton R. Hawkins  partners with Habakkuk Records to present the highly anticipated CD debut of the Temple of Deliverance Women’s Choir.  In addition to stand out performances from Mann, Sheard and Brooks, the twelve track CD produced by Derrick Starks features the breakout hit of the summer, Everybody Praise with Carla TolbertLisa Page Taylor on lead. Pastor Milton R. Hawkins Presents Live In The Sanctuary hits stores and digital outlets on November 5th but is available now for pre-order on iTunes with proceeds going to benefit disaster relief efforts across the country.

 

Church Girl Movie Opens Strong

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

I’m In LoChurch Girl posterve With A Church Girl is the #1 independent move in theaters in its opening weekend.  The film, produced by Israel Houghton’s RGM-New Breed production outfit was called the surprise opening of the weekend debuting on more than 450 screens.

The film stars Jeff “Ja Rule” Atkins who, as a successful entrepreneur haunted by a criminal past and surrounded by old friends still “in thAdrienne and Ja Rulee life,” finds faith, redemption and inspiration when God puts a woman of faith (Adrienne Bailon) in his life. Rounding out the cast are Stephen Baldwin, Vincent Pastore, Michael Madsen, T-Bone, Martin Kove and TobyMac, with Steve Race directing.

 

 

BMI Hosts Album Release Party To Celebrate Trailblazers Album

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

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Piedmont Park in Atlanta, GA will never be the same after the electrifying live performances at the BMI Trailblazers Album Release Party. Gospel’s elite traveled from all angles of the globe to celebrate the release of BMI’s first Trailblazer Gospel Compilation. The album is a collection of the live performances from the 14th annual BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music Awards Luncheon in Nashville, TN. This year honorees included award winning artist Edwin Hawkins, Tramaine Hawkins, and Kurt Carr.

To celebrate this accomplishment BMI and eOne Music hosted an invitation only album release party. The event was reminiscent of the luncheon, as Gospel’s elite gathered together in an intimate setting to worship and encourage one another. Isaac Carree was on hand to host the event Anyasha Figueroa- Cooper started the evening singing the lead single, “Holy One” accompanied by Donald Lawrence and Company. Jason and Jonathan nelson sang “I Need Your Spirit”, and Lisa Knowles did her rendition of “Oh My Soul Loves Jesus” which sent the place into a worship frenzy.

The BMI staff, under their leader Catherine Brewton had the Park Tavern venue decorated with soft lighting and warm colors. Catherine made it very clear this project was to celebrate Gospel music and its life changing message. She gave honor to Donald Lawrence, DeWayne Woods, and her team for working so diligently on producing this project. BMI plans to release next year’s luncheon as a compilation album as well. All proceeds from this album will go directly back to the composers of the songs.

 

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Kirk Whalum Live Recording November 15th

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

Grammy winningKirk Whalum instrumentalist Kirk Whalum will record his fourth installment of the ever popular Gospel According to Jazz series on November 15th at the Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn, New York. Joining Kirk for this session are Norman Brown, Rick Braun and Kevin Whalum.

Kirk won a Grammy for Its What I Do featuring Lalah Hathaway from the Gospel According to Jazz Chapter 3 CD.

Read our review of the CD here and catch our 2002 interview with Kirk here

Faith Evans and Dr. Bobby Jones Team Up for Rejoice With Me

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Get ready for new music from Dr. Bobby Jones. As host of the longest running show in cable television history (33 years & counting), Dr. Bbobby jones - faith evans radio singleobby Jones is a trailblazer & icon revered around the world. For his latest project, Dr. Jones enlists support from Grammy winner Faith Evans  with the end result being Rejoice With Me, the new single impacting radio this week.  The CD is scheduled for an early 2014 release on EchoPark/JDI/Caroline/Capitol Records.  Faith Evans was ecstatic about working with Dr. Jones.   “I am so excited about the release of ‘Rejoice with Me’ and I’m proud to be a part of Dr. Jones’ forthcoming CD project. Having watched his show for years to see my favorite gospel artists, as well as his singers & band, I never imagined I’d one day be among them! God bless you, Dr. Jones! ”