Archive for November, 2013

The Word Network Adds New Shows With Paula White & Dorinda Clark Cole

Friday, November 29th, 2013

Dorinda“Monday Night Live,” with noted pastor and teacher Paula White and “Gospel According to Dorinda” with Grammy Award winning singer and evangelist Dorinda Clark Cole are new shows being added to the programming lineup of the Word Network.

2013 has been a year of expansion for the Light Records recording artist and member of the legendary Clark Sisters. Cole’s Singers and Musicians Conference grew to include regional conferences in additional cities across the US.   In related news, Cole’s syndicated radio program Serving Up Soul will be re-branded as the Dorinda Clark Cole Show beginning in January, 2014. Clark is currently in the studio working on music for her upcoming solo project.

JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise in ABC Thanksgiving Special

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

imageCatch JJ Hairston and members of Youthful Praise in the ABC network special Lady Gaga and The Muppets Holiday Spectacular on Thanksgiving night. The ensemble will back Miss Piggy during the 90 minute show. Check your local listings for time and station information.

In the meantime, YP is hard at work putting  finishing touches on its’ seventh CD,  “I See Victory”.  The project was recorded live and features performances from Pastor Donnie McClurkin, Karen Clark Sheard, Vashawn Mitchell, Pastor Jason nelson, Deon Kipping, Elder Fondrea Lynn Lewis, Lowell Pye and others.

Nolan Williams’ Voices of Inspiration Participate in National Christmas Tree Lighting

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

imageThe date and lineup was announced for the 91st Annual National Christmas Tree Lighting taking place on December 6th at President’s Park in Washington, DC.  Celebrated composer and conductor Nolan Williams and his Voices of Inspiration will join the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, the Avett Brothers, Grammy award-winning violinist Joshua Bell, acclaimed soprano and musical ambassador Renée Fleming, multicultural operatic trio Forte, Janelle Monáe, Latin music superstar Prince Royce, jazz legend Arturo Sandoval and the multiplatinum, Grammy-winning band Train in performing a collection of holiday favorites.

The event will be streamed live online as well as rebroadcast on public television throughout the month of December.

Record Ratings For Tankard Family Reality Show

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

Bravo has scored anotThicker Promoher winner with an up close and personal look into the lives of Stellar Award winner Ben and wife Jewel Tankard and their blended family . Thicker Than Water scored a record 1.86 million viewers with this past Sunday’s episode. Ben and Jewel have been on the talk show circuit with appearances on Fox News and Andy Cohen’s Watch What Happens Live.

Tankard, widely regarded as the Godfather of Jazz/Gospel released his 18th solo smooth Jazz/Gospel project Full Tank this year.  The project received three Dove Award nominations and was also nominated for a Soul Train Music Award.  Thicker Than Water airs on Sunday evenings on the Bravo Network. Check your local listings for time and station in your area.

Daryl Coley and Richard Smallwood Selected as 2014 BMI Trailblazers of Gospel

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

c7c16a3fbe7c435c1d127055_800x227BMI announced today that the 15th annual Trailblazers of Gospel Music Awards Luncheon will honor Daryl Coley and Richard Smallwood. The event will take place on Friday January 17th in Nashville during the annual Stellar Awards Weekend festivities.

BMI is currently enjoying the success of the release of the BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music Live 2013 CD. Recorded live on January 18 at the 14th annual BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music Awards Luncheon, the CD features performances from Anaysha Figueroa-Cooper, Pastor Shirley Caesar, Le’Andria Johnson, Donald Lawrence & Company, Yolanda Adams and Kierra Sheard. The album can be purchased now at iTunes and Amazon.

Temple of Deliverance Women’s Choir in Top Ten on Billboard

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Milton R HawkinsHabakkuk Music celebrates another win as In the Sanctuary, the debut project from the Temple of Deliverance Women’s Choir ascends to #10 on the Billboard Top Gospel Albums Chart. while Everybody Praise, the infectious single featuring Carla Tolbert Taylor re enters the Billboard Gospel Songs chart at #25.

The project produced by Derrick Starks and recorded last summer featured stand out performances by the 200 voice ensemble featuring guest appearances by Lisa Page Brooks, Tamela Mann and Karen Clark Sheard.

Veronica Petrucci Releases Made It Out Alive

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Veronica Petrucci, onVeronicae half of the Dove Award winning husband and wife duo Angelo and Veronica  has established herself as a mainstay in gospel music circles.  Over the past couple of months, Veronica enlisted the talents of Gospel heavyweights Fred Hammond, Canton Jones, John P . Kee, Shirley Murdock, Bryan Courtney Wilson and the Mississippi Mass Choir for her debut solo project Made It Out Alive.  The CD project is now available via digital outlets and is  produced by her husband Angelo Petrucci for Latin Soul Entertainment and distributed by Central South Distribution.

The disc also features a Spanish cover of Tamela Mann’s hit Take Me to the King (Llevame al Rey).

Donald Lawrence Releases New Single Featuring Yolanda Adams

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Donald Lawrence pr photo 1-Photo credit Dominick GuillemotFollowing on the release of the Billboard Top Gospel Songs #1 hit single The Gift, Donald Lawrence releases Best for Last as the second radio single from his 20 Year Celebration Volume 1 CD. The song, written by Lawrence and co produced by Percy Bady features the majestic vocals of Yolanda Adams backed by the Tri-City Singers.

Lawrence’s writing and production efforts has resulted in unforgettable chart toppers including “The Blessing of Abraham,” “Encourage Yourself,” “Back II Eden,” and most recently “The Gift”. The blessings keep going with Best for Last, which marks his first recording with Yolanda Adams.

Bryan Wilson, Micah Stampley and Jonathan McReynolds Headline East Coast Summit

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

JRMicah Stampley, Bryan Wilson and Jonathan McReynolds join Uncle Reese and the Russell Delegation in Baltimore for the East Coast Gospel Music Summit and Showcase November 15th and 16th. Hosted by Lee Michaels, the 2 day confab will bring together some of the nation’s top gospel artists and executives offering informative industry related workshops and seminars.

Micah Stampley will share valuable time tested information on the role of a psalmist while Vicki Mack Latillade is a featured panelist for “Am I ready for this?” Other seminars will be offered on how to get songs played on the radio and a discussion the art of negotiating a recording contract.Bryan

McClurkin Family Patriarch Donald McClurkin Passes

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

donnie-mcclurkinGOSPELflava joins others across the world mourning the passing of Donald A McClurkin, Sr., father of gospel recording artists Donnie McClurkin and Andrea McClurkin Mellini.