Archive for March, 2014

The Clark Sisters Spread Sunshine On The Queen Latifah Show

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Clark Sisters QLSet your DVR’s for Tuesday, March 18th as Karen, Jackie and Twinkie help to make Queen Latifah’s day with a rousing rendition of You Brought the Sunshine on her syndicated daytime talk show.  The Clark Sisters was just one of many surprises as the show celebrated Queen Latifah’s birthday.  Check your local listing for time and station information in your area.

In other Clark Sisters news, Twinkie continues to travel with her Songs of Twinkie Clark tour, while Karen is prepping for the March 25th  release of Sunday AM (morning), the first single from her highly anticipated live recording in Chicago and Jacky is flooding social media with news of her new single which hits the streets on March 25th.

Ben Tankard And Fifth Third Bank Enable Young People To Fly

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Ben Tankard is committed to making a difference in the lives of young people.  The award winning producer, musician, minister, motivational speaker, licensed pilotBen and Jewel Tankard and  star of Bravo TV’s hit reality series  Thicker Than Water along with wife Jewel host an Urban Eagles youth summit offering young people at first hand look at aviation.  “I have friends that are stunt pilots, airplane mechanics, flight attendants, charter plane operators, and airline captains that will be on hand to talk ….. about the many opportunities available in aviation. We want to help kids soar,  exposing them to planes and relationships will help them develop their own wings (dreams).

Fifth Third Bank made a donation to assist in underwriting the costs of this year’s Urban Eagles youth summit.  The gift was presented during an event hosted by the financial institution celebrating Black History Month.  Tankard said, “we are so very thankful to Fifth Third Bank for sowing into these wonderful future aviators “.

Earnest Pugh Joins Music Team at Light House Church

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Henderson Head ShotPastor Keion Henderson is making a bold proclamation for Jesus Christ in Houston, Texas inspiring hope and changing lives as he interacts with people each week.  He founded the Light House Church in 2009 with just over 100 members.  The congregation has swelled to over 2,500 and is one of the Houston area’s fastest growing congregations.  Seeing a need for growth in the church’s music ministry, Pastor Henderson decided to add Earnest Pugh as the assembly’s new Pastor of Worship. “It is an honor to announce the addition of Earnest Pugh to our church,” Pastor Henderson noted. “It’s a perfect match.  He fits in with our church’s culture and shares the same vision as I. We are excited to embrace his talent and utilize his God-given gifts to help grow our congregation even further.”

The EPM Music Group will soon release a Word & Worship CD on Pastor Henderson to bring greater awareness to his dynamic preaching, teaching and singing ministry. “I’m excited about my future with the church and also about the blooming of Pastor Henderson’s ministry,” Pugh adds.

 

Mighty Brooklyn Skyways Founder Willie Connell Johnson Passes

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Thoughts and prayers goSkyways out to Malaco Music Group Gospel Division Director D. A. Johnson in the passing of his father, Willie Connell Johnson last week in Jamaica, New York.  The elder Johnson founded the Mighty Brooklyn Skyways quartet recording for Peacock Records and later for Savoy Records.

Funeral services are scheduled for Friday, March 14th at the Holy Nazarene Deliverance Ministry, 237 Ralph Avenue in Brooklyn.

 

Da’dra Crawford Greathouse Debuts Arms Wide Open

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Da’dra Crawford GreathoDadrause answers the “so what have you been up to” question with the release of Arms Wide Open, the new single from her long awaited solo CD.  As a founding member of the group Anointed,  she helped to define the dimensions for urban contemporary gospel music.  Da’dra and her brother Steve make up the worship team at Pastor Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church in Houston and can be seen each week leading worship alongside Israel Houghton and Cindy Cruse-Ratcliff.

Greathouse spent some time sharing the news about the single and the CD during the National Religious Broadcaster’s gathering in February.  Inspired by the teachings of Pastor Joel, she began to write lyrics for Arms Wide Open and called upon childhood friend and super producer Aaron Lindsey to assist in its production. After premiering the song with the congregation at Lakewood, she was inundated with requests as to when the song would be available.  “I am at a place where God is prodding me to record my very first solo CD,” says Greathouse. “I am currently in the process of writing songs for the new project and I am very excited!”  Arms Wide Open is available now at iTunes.

James Fortune Debuts At #1

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Praise for Live Through It, the new CD from James Fortune & FIYA was solidified today with news that the 2 disc CD scored a #1 debut on Billboard’s Gospel James Fortune 4Albums chart, in addition to making its initial  landing at #13 in top albums on the Billboard 200 chart. This feat marks a career-high for Fortune with his highest first week of sales in his career thus far.

Hezekiah Walker’s Every Praise Spends 26 Weeks On Top of Billboard Chart

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Congratulations to Bishop Hezekiah Walker! His Every Praise has been atop the Billboard Charts for 26 non-consecutive weeks at #1.  Every Praise now tops his former chaHez Coverrt topper, “Souled Out,” with the Love Fellowship Choir, which topped the chart for 14 weeks in 2009.

Anita Wilson Brings Us Into Vintage Worship

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Anita Wilson is up to something good.  The Grammy, Stellar, and Dove-award nominated singer keeps the flame of Urban contemporary burning with her unparalleled fusiAnita Wilsonon of Gospel and Soul. As audiences everywhere fell in love with her debut album Worship Soul, Wilson readies us for more of the same with her sophomore album VINTAGE WORSHIP.

“That’s What He’s Done For Me” the album’s lead single makes its debut on the James Fortune Radio Show and serves as the first representative of how VINTAGE WORSHIP truly lives up to its moniker. A modernized relic of gospel’s golden days, “That’s What He’s Done For Me” rings from start to finish as an ode to traditional gospel, but seasoned with Anita’s unmistakable soulful flair.

Listen for music from the new album on radio and be sure to catch Anita on Dorinda Clark Cole’s The Gospel According to Dorinda on the Word Network this month.

 

Take 6 Inducted In GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

The Gospel Music Association will celebrate the music of Grammy and Dove Award winners Take 6 during its annual GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame Induction and Honors Ceremony on April 29th.   The event will take place at the Allen Arena on the Lipscomb University campus in Nashville.  CTake6PhotoByAnthonyScarlati_8x10_SEPIA0

With 18 albums, 12 Grammy and 5 Dove Awards to their credit, Take 6 has come a long ways from their humble beginnings on the campus of Oakwood College.  Their self titled debut CD  released in 1988 won two of their first Grammy Awards and saw them rank in the top ten on both the Jazz and Contemporary Christian charts.

The Showers Make Impressions At Pre Oscar Event

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

The Showers got a chance to do what they do best as they lifted up the name of Jesus at the Gospel Goes to Hollywood Pre-Oscar Awards Luncheon Showers groupevent on Friday, February 28th. The group performed their latest single, Better and moved the crowd with their performance.  Pastor Donnie McClurkin wanted a piece of the reprise and enlisted some additional vocal support from soul song stylist Kelly Price.

Better, released back in January was written and produced by Deon Kipping and is seeing favorable action at radio. The song peaked in the Top 30 on the iTunes Christian/Gospel Top 100 Chart. A full album from the Showers is due later this year.