Archive for March, 2014

Thomas Dorsey Project Honors Father of Gospel Music

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Thomas A. Dorsey III is leading efforts to preserve the history and legacy of his grandfather through the organization of the Thomas A Dorsey Project.  Widely regarded as the FaThomas Dorsey Projectther of Gospel Music, Thomas Dorsey a noted blues musician who found God in the midst of personal tragedy combined elements of the blues with spiritual lyrics and personal life experiences to form Gospel music.  Dorsey composed over three hundred songs, including Precious Lord, Take My Hand, a favorite of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr which was sung at his funeral by Mahalia Jackson and recorded by Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Aretha Franklin, Candi Staton, Al Green and others.  Dorsey was featured in the documentary Say Amen Somebody with Mother Willie Mae Ford Smith, Sallie Martin, The Oneal Twins & The Barrett Sisters.

The Thomas Dorsey Project aims to increase awareness of Thomas A. Dorsey’s contributions to the rich tapestry of American culture and expose new generations of singers, songwriters, musicians and music lovers over the world to his works.

Marcus Cole Releases New Music

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Its high tide over at Riverphlo Music Group as Letting Go, the brand new single from Commissioned alum Marcus Cole is now available.  Letting Go is the first single from the Soul Preacha CD which is expected to be released this summerMarcus Cole.  The project is a reunion of sorts as it once again teams Cole with Super Producer Luther Mano Hanes (Andraé Crouch – “The Journey” and “Live In Los Angeles”, Israel & New Breed – “A Timeless Christmas”, Jonathan Butler – “Brand New Day”, Cece Winans – “Live In the Throne Room DVD” and “Thy Kingdom Come”) for the first time since Cole’s 2006 debut project Write My Song.

Riverphlo’s roster includes Cole, the legendary Andrae Crouch, Vonnie Lopez and Leon Timbo as well as former Commissioned member Keith Staten.

Patrick Lundy and the Ministers of Music Recording In Atlanta

Friday, March 21st, 2014

Patrick Lundy and The Ministers of Music are headed to the historic Ebenezer Baptist  Church in Atlanta, Georgia for a live recording on March 29th.

Lundy MOMThe live recording caps off the Hymns & Hip Hop Conference sponsored by Ebenezer Baptist Church and the NEW Leadership Academy. Special guests include Evangelist Dorothy Norwood, Rev. James Bignon and LaShun Pace as well as the introduction of the Georgia Unit of Patrick Lundy and The Ministers of Music.  This marks the 7th recording for the DC based aggregation who is celebrating 20 years of music ministry.  The choir has has travelled throughout the United States and abroad, sharing the stage with the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Beyonce Evangelist Dorothy Norwood and Tramaine Hawkins.

 

JJ Hairston Hosts New Sunday Radio Show

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

JJ Hairston is headed tJJ Radio Promoo radio; this time as the host of “Sunday Praise with J.J. Hairston” on Hot 93.7 FM (WZMX).

Hairston notes “it’s a huge opportunity to spread the gospel,” It’s a Hip-Hop station!  This is the first time this station has had gospel music on their station. So the fact that they’re entrusting me as the host and that they’re trying gospel music is huge! Many of the listeners don’t go to church so this program may be introducing many of them to the gospel for the first time and hopefully, eventually, to Christ.”

Sunday Praise will air from 7:00 to 10:00 a.m. every Sunday beginning March 30th.   Be sure to look for JJ and the Youthful Praise ensemble on the BET Celebration of Gospel airing on April 6th as well as the release of their new single It Pushed Me hitting radio in April.

 

Funeral Arrangements For Mother Mildred Bell

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Funeral arrangemenVanessa Bellts have been made for Mother Mildred Bell, wife of Elder Jesse Bell and mother of Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Charlene Bell and Margaret Bell are as follows:

Memorial Service

Friday, March 21, 2014 6:00pm-8:00pm.

Greater Mt. Everett Church of God in Christ

631 E. 8 Mile Rd.,

Ferndale, Michigan

 

Funeral Service:

Saturday, March 22, 2014 10:30am,

Fountain of Life & Praise Church,

8051 Ohio St., ( at Tireman)

Detroit, Mi

GOSPELflava joins others across the nation in praying for the Bell family during their time of bereavement.

Bryan Andrew Wilson Headed In Right Direction By Turning Away

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Bishop Bryan A WilsonIn light of societal influences and the veracity of God’s Word as recorded in 2 Timothy 3: 1-5, Bryan Andrew Wilson gets the chance to comingle preacher and singer in the proclamation of Turning Away, the new  single from his upcoming CD from Echopark/JDI Records.  The song is a poignant personal testimony of the believer’s  conscious decision to lay aside every hindrance that would cause strain in the Christian journey.   Wilson does a masterful job of delivering the message of the song with heartfelt conviction and accuracy.

Turning Away is making impact at radio and releases to digital outlets on May 6th with a full CD release slated for the month of June.

Jackie Gouche, Ten Minutes & Psalms 121

Monday, March 17th, 2014

Jackie GoucheIt  took singer/songwriter and worship leader Jackie Gouche ten minutes to pen a song inspired by Psalms 121. The song would be featured on the debut project of Purpose, Pastor Beverly Bam Crawford’s church choir.   But that was just the beginning.    The song would become a staple for Pastor Donnie McClurkin as he sang it during his many concerts in additon to being recorded by Ron Winans and CeCe Winans for his Family and Friends series and by Carol Cymbala and the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir.  Today, My Help is a classic and is sung in churches across America and around the globe.

As for Jackie Gouche, you can find her doing what she does best leading worship at Bible Enrichment Fellowship Church International each week.  Gouche  has authored two books; one being her autobiography and the other a book on true worship.  Convinced that God is not through with her yet, Gouche  is preparing for the release of her solo CD Big God, Little Me.

Lisa Knowles & The Brown Singers Continue The Evolution

Monday, March 17th, 2014

Lisa Knowles has proven to be a musical force to be reckoned with but doesn’t like to be categorized.  “I’ve always been labeled as one thing,” says Knowles when it comes to defining her style and place “Oh, she’sBrown Singers just a quartet singer or she’s just a churchy singer, but there are so many layers to me. I’m just showcasing what God gave me. People ask how I categorize myself and I say: I don’t know. I’m just Lisa.”

Knowles and her group, The Brown Singers are ready to make another mark with the release of their latest effort, The Evolution Continues from Zantino Kimmons’ One Voice Media label with distribution from Central South.  While the project delivers on traditional quartet, there’s a lot of musical variety in store, including a cover of LaShun Pace’s He’s Able.  All in all, its 11 tracks of undeniably great gospel music produced by Marque Walker.

Iconic Radio Personality Edna Tatum Passes

Friday, March 14th, 2014

On the heelsEdna Tatum of the closing of the GMWA Board Meeting in Los Angeles comes word of the passing of one of Gospel music’s distinctive voices, the legendary Edna Tatum has passed away after enduring some health challenges.  A tribute service honoring her for her contributions to Gospel music was held this past January.

Known as the “Voice” of the Gospel Music Workshop of America, Edna Tatum found great joy as a  gospel radio announcer in Los Angeles. She caught the attention of Reverend James Cleveland and introduced him and the Southern California Community Choir on several occasions including the Live at Carnegie Hall LP as well as Rev Cleveland’s last recording with SCCC, Having Church .  In 1996, she was joined by Billy Preston for the compilation of a words and music disc.  Her voice can also be heard on projects from Kurt Carr and the Kurt Carr Singers, Bishop Walter Hawkins and the Love Center Choir’s 25th Anniversary Celebration and  Rev. Daryl Coley.  

Funeral Services are as follows:

Musical Tribute – Tuesday – March 25, 2014 – 7 PM
Homegoing Celebration Service:
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 – 10 AM

Mt. Moriah Baptist Church
4269 S. Figueroa St. – Los Angeles, CA 90037
323.846.1950

Kathy Taylor Invites You To Church Windsor Village Style

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Kathy Taylor has a burning desire for everyone to experience WORSHIP as she has for the last 25 years leading the music department at Houston’s Windsor Village United Methodist Church. Seeing that she cospiritofagratefululdn’t get everyone to move to Houston, she decided on the next best thing. Kathy Taylor is proud to introduce you to her church via Spirit of A Grateful People, the Windsor Village Church Family Worship & Arts Ministry, the first album from her  Katco Music Group label.

“This record was born out of a desire to tell God… We are grateful,” Taylor shares, “with all the natural disasters and tragedies…we remain grateful to Him.”  “The album was a homegrown project,” Taylor adds, “most of the songs were written by members of Windsor Village United Methodist Church Mass Choir.” Taylor notes that the CD offers something for everyone.  “This is a family album, there is music for every generation from the grandmother to the grandbaby.”