Archive for October, 2013

Micah Stampley Releases Love Never Fails November 12th

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Micah Stampley gears up for a multi city promotional tour supporting the release of his sixth solo CD Love Never Fails releasing November 1Micah Stampley_LNF_FINAL_CVR2th via Motown Gospel/Interface Entertainment.  The CD is a collection of songs placing emphasis on God’s never ceasing and unfailing love.  Stampley puts his inimitable signature on Chris Tomlin’s Our God, the first single.  The song is near and dear to Micah’s heart as it encouraged him while in a trying time and season of his life.

Sample the music from the CD here:

 

Donny Hathaway Anthology Box Set Releases November 12th

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

The life and mDonny+Hathaway+Never+My+Love+TheAnthologyusic of Donny Hathaway is celebrated in Never My Love, The Anthology available in stores nationwide on November 12th. Included in the set are 3 gospel flavored tracks, namely Thank You Master (For My Soul), Lord Help Me and Come Ye Disconsolate, a duet from Hathaway’s successful music partnership with Roberta Flack.

Hathaway’s gospel roots run deep as his first musical experiences evolved from being a part of the church choir under the watchful eye of his grandmother in St. Louis. Hathaway continued a close affiliation with gospel music, producing and writing for Albertina Walker and the Caravans. Hathaway’s impact on gospel music is felt and heard in the varied covers of his music by Keith Pringle, Marvin Sapp, Darius Brooks, Richard Smallwood and Ted & Sheri. His daughter, Lalah continues to wow audiences with recent appearances on Donald Lawrence’s chart topping Best For Last CD.

 

Israel Houghton’s Call To Action

Saturday, October 19th, 2013

090_israelIsrael Houghton’s theatrical debut I’m in Love With a Church Girl opened nationwide in theaters, and Houghton took to social media on yesterday to mobilize  the Body of Christ to action.

Hey guys! I need to ask a personal favor.

I know we have posted a few things about the film I produced and did the soundtrack for called I’m in Love with a Church Girl, but I need your help. This weekend, we need the Kingdom of God to come out and support this film. Here’s why: (more…)

Stellar Awards Eliminate Quartet of the Year, Introduce Fan Favorite Quartet Category

Friday, October 18th, 2013

stellar-awardsThe Stellar awards released the following information via their website on Friday, October 18th
Stellar Awards Fan Favorite Quartet of the Year

Although Quartets are a staple in the gospel music industry, the Stellar Awards criteria does not facilitate nationwide inclusion. Therefore, the category would be eliminated. However, because of the importance of quartets, the Stellar Awards Executive Board and Nominating Committee voted to have a separate Fan Favorite Quartet category, consisting of quartet projects released during our eligibility period. The Stellar Nominating Committee identified the quartets that will appear on the initial ballot and this initial list includes those quartets that were qualified to meet the initial Stellar Awards criteria.
The first Fan Favorite Quartet ballot will be available online at www.thestellarawards.com from October 25, 2013 – November 8, 2013. The top vote-getters from that ballot will move on to a second and final ballot, which will be voted on from November 15th to November 29th. The top four vote-getters from the second ballot will become the Fan Favorite Quartet Nominees and the winner will be announced during the Stellar Awards Pre-Show in Nashville on Friday, January 17, 2014.

Banner Year for McDonald’s Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

63891-Vickie-Winans-originalThe 2013 McDonald’s Inspiration Celebration Tour set a record raising more than $83,000 supporting Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC).  This year’s tour was hosted by Vickie Winans and featured Smokie Norful and son Ashton, Lecrae and John P. Kee with Tamela Mann in select cities.  The mission of the Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour is to bring service, encouragement and entertainme63891-Tamela-Mann-originalnt to communities while emphasizing the importance of giving back.  The tour kicked off in May in Washington, DC and made stops in Philadelphia, Newark, Birmingham, Atlanta, Detroit, Chicago and Louisville before culminating in Dallas August 30 at Bishop T.D. Jakes’ MegaFest.

Tamela Mann, Tasha Cobbs and Lecrae Have Big Night at Dove Awards

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

TamelaTasha Cobbs, Tamela Mann and Lecrae were all smiles as each took home statues at the GMA Dove Awards held at the Allen Arena on the campus of Nashville’s LipscomTasha_Cobbs_Single_FINALb University.

Tasha Cobbs and Tamela Mann electrifyed the audiences with their renditions of Break Every Chain and Take Me To The King. You can catch their performances when the show is broadcast on UP tv on Sunday, October 20th.

For a complete list of the winners click here

Stellar Awards Update

Monday, October 14th, 2013

stellar-awards-logoMark your calendars for the 2014 Stellar Awards that will stay in Nashville but change locations.  Stellar Award Chairman and CEO Don Jackson provided the following details via press release:

Stellar Awards is moving to a new location In NASHVILLE, Tenn. The date is January 18, 2014. The new location is:

Nashville Municipal Auditorium

417 Fourth Avenue North

Nashville, TN 37201

 

The Sanctioned Stellar Award Events Include:

Friday, January 17th – Stellar Awards Preshow

Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC)

505 Deaderick St., Nashville, TN 37219

6:00 p.m.

 

Saturday, January 18th – Stellar Gospel Radio Station and Announcer Awards

Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC)

505 Deaderick St., Nashville, TN 37219

11:00 a.m.

 

The show will be produced live on UPLIFTING Entertainment on January 18, 2014 and will air in national syndication starting January 25th – March 2, 2014.

 

 

 

 

Desmond Pringle Brings Hope To Los Angeles

Monday, October 14th, 2013

Pastor Desmond Pringle teams up again with the Cancer Treatment Centers of America to share A Night of Hope on Friday, October 18th.  The event will be held at the West Angeles Church of God In Christ where Bishop Charles E Blake, Sr. is the pastor.  Des 2

Our Journey of Hope program at CTCA, and the Rev. Percy McCray, director of pastoral care at CTCA Midwestern Regional Medical Center in Zion, Ill., are hosting the concert during Breast Cancer Awareness month to bring the message to the  community about how the program provides much needed support to thousands of cancer patients and their families.

Pastor Pringle had this to say regarding his CTCA partnership.  “I am very excited about partnering with Our Journey of Hope,”   “It is a very powerful tool to get information into the African American community, which is adversely affected by cancer. As a minster of gospel and a pastor, it is incumbent on me to use the talent and information that I have to help. If there is hope for one’s health, that needs to be heralded. I’m thrilled to be in partnership to share the enlightenment that your diagnosis does not have to be a death sentence.”

As we went to press on this story, we found out about the passing of Desmond Pringle’s father. Please keep him and his family lifted in prayer during this time of bereavement.

Jonathan McReynolds in Nashville for Dove Awards Festivities

Monday, October 14th, 2013

JRJonathan McReynolds makes the rounds as a Dove Award nominee performing during the official Pre-Show for the Dove Awards  streaming live  via Hearitfirst.com  on Tuesday, October 15th.  McReynolds debut CD Life Music made it to #3 on the Billboard charts and  received a nomination in the Contemporary Gospel, Urban Song of the Year category. You can also catch Jonathan as he shares hosting duties with Chanel at the Urban Soul Cafe Pre Dove Party on Monday, October 14th.

 

Celebrating the Life of Gospel Great Mother Geneva Gentry

Monday, October 14th, 2013

GOSPELflava jMother Gentryoins others across the globe mourning the passing of Mother Geneva Gentry at the age of 101.  Mother Gentry along with her late husband Joshua were instrumental in the promulgation of Gospel music through their affiliation with Professor Thomas A. Dorsey and the National Convention of Gospel Choirs and Choruses.  In the early 40s, the Gentrys organized When Singers Meet, a yearly music festival (still in existence)  in St. Louis, Missouri introducing various up and coming gospel singers and musicians.   Joshua Gentry succeeded Professor Dorsey as President of NCGCC and served until his passing in 1990. Mother Gentry served as the coordinator for the consecration service for many years and was featured in the acclaimed documentary, Say Amen Somebody.   Their daughter, Marabeth Gentry now serves as the first woman president of the 80 year old organization.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 19th at the Christ Southern Mission Baptist Church in St. Louis.

Watch a clip of Mother Gentry leading the NCGCC consecration Service from Say Amen Somebody here