Archive for February, 2014

Taraji Henson Set To Host BET Celebration of Gospel

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Taraji Henson will succeed comedian and radio/tv talk show host Steve Harvey for the 14th Celebration of Gospel, BET’s top Gospel special.  Henson expressed her excitement with these words: “I am thrilled toBET COG join the BET ‘Celebration of Gospel’ family. I look forward to a great evening of incredible music and continuing the rich history of BET and gospel music which started 14 years ago hosted by the talented and very funny Steve Harvey.”

This year’s star studded event tapes on Saturday, March 15th at Los Angeles’ Orpheum Theater and features top acts including Yolanda Adams, Erica Campbell, Hezekiah Walker, Tamela Mann, Tasha Cobbs, Deitrick Haddon, J.J. Hairston, “Sunday Best” Season 6 winner Tasha Page-Lockhart and current “American Idol” Candice Glover.  There will be special performances from “American Idol” winner Ruben Studdard, “Sunday Best” winner Le’Andria Johnson, and soulful crooner Kem as well as Acoustic soul artist India.Arie who will pair up with Christian contemporary artist Jonathan McReynolds for a special performance. Female R&B group SWV and the renowned Rance Allen Group will also join together to anoint the crowd through song.

The BET Celebration of Gospel will premiere on Sunday, April 6th.

Real Life, Real Worship From Anthony Evans April 8th

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Real Life Real WorshipAnthony Evans is ready to take his music to another level with the release of Real Life/Real Worship, his seventh studio record.  This is Evans’ first album since competing in Season 2 of the NBC hit show, The Voice.  The show exposed the Dallas native to legions of new fans and Evans has plans to return to the show as a talent producer for Seasons 7 & 8.

Real Life/Real Worship features music from celebrated worship leader Martha Munizzi, her daughter Danielle Munizzi and Christian music staples Cindy Morgan and Krissy Nordhoff with production assistance LA producer Max Stark. The first single, Greater is He is headed to radio within the next couple of weeks.

 

Patrick Dopson Inspires With God Is

Friday, February 28th, 2014

God IsStellar award winner Patrick Dopson is set to deliver his follow up project to the 2012 debut Open the Heavens.  Dopson spent time with the Lord in preparation for the new album. “I started writing this song by really asking God two things about this record,” Patrick shares. “One, ‘what is it that you want to say to your people?’ and two, ‘what do you want your people saying back to you – how do You want to be worshipped?’. There was simply no other intent.” Patrick concludes, “This particular song really was pulling on me. I knew it was supposed to be the single before I wrote it.”

God Is is on its way to radio and is making the rounds with a lyric video posted to youtube.  Production on the upcoming album comes from Dopson, Kevin Camp, and former Tye Tribbett MD Parris Bowens.  Look for the full release this summer.

Da T.R.U.T.H. Invites You To Hear His Heartbeat On April 15th

Friday, February 28th, 2014

da-truth-02Hip Hop Artist Da T.R.U.T.H. gears up for the release of Heartbeat,  his seventh studio project and the very first project under his Mixed Bag Entertainment partnership with Eone.  “Heartbeat” will feature notable artists Lecrae, Chris August, Isaac Caree, Alexis Spight, Canon, Papa San and Capital Kings along with newly signed Mixed Bag Artists. Production for the disc is being handled by Grammy award winners J.R., Symbolyc One (S1), Justin Ebach, (Newsboys), Alex Medina and a couple of up and coming producers.

Da T.R.U.T.H. had this to say of the project: “I originally planned to step away from music until 2015 to focus on Mixed Bag Entertainment, but after almost a year of watching & observing the culture, I realized that I had a few more things that I wanted to share. What started as a 3-5 song EP, became a full length album. This record is fun – it’s experimental, gritty and engaging, and having my longtime friend (J.R.)  help me to shape the project makes it that much more enjoyable.

Heartbeat hit stores and digital outlets on April 15th.

The Passing of Henry Hanq Neal

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

GOSPEHanq NealLflava has been informed of the passing of Minister Henry Hanq Neal as a result of complications after suffering a massive heart attack earlier during the week.  Neal is a recognizable fixture in Gospel music circles having performed with, the Pentecostal Ambassadors,  Donald Vails’ Choraleers and more notably with the late Rev. James Cleveland and the Gospel Music Workshop of America.

An accomplished singer, songwriter, choir director and musician, Neal relocated to Houston, Texas in 1984 to serve at a small Windsor Village United Methodist Church under Reverend KirbyJohn Caldwell.  At the time, the choir began with a modest 25 voices.  Under Neal’s tenure, the choir grew from one to five choirs with over 500 active participants.  Neal was serving in music ministry at the Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church in Houston at the time of his passing.

Dottie Peoples Takes Us Back To The Old Church

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Dottie niceDottie Peoples is taking us “Back to the Old Church” as the second single from her latest CD I Got This makes the rounds at radio.  “I chose Back To The Old Church as my second single because so many people around the country have told me they don’t hear enough of the old style traditional Gospel music that so many of us love. I wrote and recorded this song with the old country church service in mind where everybody is having a good time praising God. It’s a song that my generation can really relate to but I also believe the young folks can experience something that maybe they were never exposed to. I always love to go back to my roots as I go forward in my life.”

The three-time Grammy®-Award nominee and winner of numerous Stellar, Dove, Soul Train, NAACP, and GMWA awards celebrates 30 years of music ministry and uplifts and encourages people everywhere she goes through inspirational messages contained in her music. Look for Dottie on tour this spring.

James Fortune Hits The Road With Live Through It

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

james-fortune-and-fiya-livethroughit-albumcoverartAward-winning Gospel star, songwriter, producer and nationally-syndicated radio host James Fortune gets on the road with his group FIYA as they embark on a multi-city promo tour in support of the highly-anticipated live album Live Through It.

James Fortune & FIYA celebrates the CD release hosting a concert on February 25th at Atlanta’s Greater Travelers Rest Church with live appearances from Tasha Cobbs, Isaac Carree, Zacardi Cortez, Alexis Spight and more. The album release concert will be live streaming on Yes Lord Radio.  Other stops include Houston at Lakewood Church (February 26), Chicago at New Life Covenant Church (February 27), Charlotte for a free concert with Yolanda Adams (February 28), Washington DC for an exclusive Listening Party with Praise 104.1 DC’s Inspiration Station (March 1), and more, appearances on “The Yolanda Adams Morning Show,” “The Rickey Smiley Morning Show,” “The Tom Joyner Morning Show,” as well as upcoming performances at the Allstate Gospel SuperFest in Chicago (March 22) and Praise 103.9’s Inspiration & Music Conference Finale Concert in Philadelphia (March 29).

 

 

Bobby Jones New CD Available March 25th

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Howard Hewett, Ann Nesby, Shawn McLemore, Tommye Young West, Renee Spearman and Paul Jackson Jr.join Dr. Bobby Jones and his group NSC for Rejoice with Me, his latest offering from Echopark/JDI RecorDBJ Rejoice With Meds dropping on March 25th. The title cut featuring Faith Evans has been in the top 20 of the Billboard Hot Gospel Songs Chart for three months.

Dr. Jones has been a mainstay on Sunday mornings with his Bobby Jones Gospel Show, the longest running program in cable television history on BET and has released a dozen or so albums over the years.  His backing ensemble, NSC (formerly the Nashville Super Choir) joins him weekly on Sunday as well as on the new disc.

Beverly Crawford Poised For A Sweep

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

BC SweepingBeverly Crawford takes great pleasure in “churchin” her audience as evidenced in her glory days with Bobby Jones’ New Life Singers (He’ll Step Right In) and her house rocking rendition of  It’s About Time for a Miracle from her Live from Los Angeles CD.  She  recently whet our appetite with her remake of the Caravans’ Sweeping Through the City at the Stellar Awards pre show.  Now JDI has shown us the artwork and informed us a single is imminent. As for our response, we simply can’t wait. We’ve got our tambourines and shouting shoes ready.

The Solo Debut of Tony Wilkins

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

HesgreatTony Wilkins is considered by most as an architect of the choir sound from the late 80s well into the 90s.  As a composer and musician, Wilkins gave life and breath to LA Mass Choir working with the likes of Donald Taylor and Laythan Armour to create hits as Love Lifted Me, That’s When You Blessed Me and Grace.  Grace would find new life some ten years later being covered by Bishop T. D. Jakes and the Potter’s House Mass Choir and winning two Stellar awards.

Today, the California native finds himself leading the saints in praise at Mount Zion Baptist Church in Los Angeles and Full Gospel Baptist Church in Compton, CA.  With a career that spans 30 years, Wilkins shows no signs of slowing down and has just released his debut solo project He’s Great, which is available digitally.