Archive for May, 2014

The Works Of Melvin Crispell Celebrated

Friday, May 30th, 2014

We are at WARWhile remembered for his work with A-list artists such as James Hall, Tye Tribbett and Hezekiah Walker, Melvin Crispell was involved in dozens of independent projects, many of which we have reviewed and listed below:

Tunesha Crispell, Just As I Am

United Voices in Praise, Abide With Me

Cheryl James & Voices of Worship, Live

Lorraine Stancil, Holy Is the LambJust as I am

Tony Moore & Jehovah’s Chosen

Jason Hendrickson, Let Your Mercies

Bishop Andrew J. Ford II and The Anointed Voices of Ford Memorial Temple,
Live At Ford Memorial

James Hall & Worship and Praise, We Are At War
Rev. Timothy Wright & The NY Fellowship Reunion Choir II,
Live in New York

James Hall & Worship and Praise, Live at Foxwoods

 

Tye Tribbett & G.A., StandOUT

Hezekiah Walker & The LFCC, Family Affair

Hezekiah Walker & The Love Fellowship Choir, Family Affair II – Live at Radio City Music Hall

Melvin Crispell Passes

Friday, May 30th, 2014

MelvinCrispellLegendary Songwriter and Charlotte-area resident Melvin Crispell has passed away unexpectedly. It is believed that Crispell passed from complications connected to his diabetes, during a minor surgery.

Melvin Crispell was most widely known for his ground-breaking and prolific skill on a church organ.   Gospel artists worldwide have taken to social media to express this enormous loss. Yolanda Adams remarked via twitter “Melvin Crispell is a legend whose music influenced choirs & musicians. His legacy will live on through the music God birthed through him.” And that music is ringing out today in celebration of the life and musical legacy. Songs like “Jesus Is My Help” recorded by Hezekiah Walker, and “Wonderful Is Your Name” recorded by Walker as well as Juanita Bynum. There are countless songs recorded by James Hall Worship & Praise, among them “Caught Up” and “He Took My Place”, from Crispell’s early days and life in New York.

BET Blogger Torrence Glenn paid tribute to the mastery and majesty of Crispell’s works here: RIP: Professor Melvin Crispell

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Ricky Dillard & New G Set To Amaze On June 10th

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

First, there was the amazing standing room only 25th anniversary celebration and live recording in Chicago, followed by the amazing performance as the closing act on the 2014 Stellar Awards show earlier this year.  As if that wasn’t eRicky no wordsnough, Ricky Dillard and New G continue to dominate radio with Amazing climbing the singles chart, rising to #2 in Gospel Radio.  It all leads up to June 10th, when  Ricky Dillard’s highly anticipated new live album, Amazing, will hit shelves and digital outlets everywhere.

Ricky Dillard will cross the country with a slate of upcoming appearances, bringing the Amazing live album experience to fans beginning in his native Chicago on June 7th and 8th, then to New York on June 10th, and Philadelphia on the following date with additional dates to be announced.

Beverly Crawford Bows At #1

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Beverly Crawford 514Beverly Crawford’s 7th solo CD “Thank You For All You’ve Done” has debuted in the #1 position on next week’s Billboard Magazine Top Gospel Albums sales chart. “All I can say is thank you God and thank you to all of the people who have bought the CD,” says Crawford. “A number one album is something that I would have never imagined for myself but I’m truly thankful for the support that radio and fans have shown the project and it’s my prayer that the message of the music really encourages and inspires everyone who hears it.”

Funeral Services Announced For Pastor Rosie Wallace

Monday, May 26th, 2014

Rosie Wallace 2012The First Church of Love, Faith and Deliverance has posted funeral arrangements for their beloved Pastor Rosie Wallace on their website. They are as follows:

Friday, May 30th
Visitation: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Celebration Service 7:00 pm
First Church of Love, Faith and Deliverance
3101 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

Saturday, May 31st
Visitation: 9:00 am – 11:00am
Homegoing Service 11:00am
Deliverance Evangelical Church
2001 Lehigh Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

Legendary Gospel Songwriter Pastor Rosie Wallace Passes

Saturday, May 24th, 2014

Rosie WallaceOnce again, GOSPELflava joins others across the country saddened by news of the passing of Pastor Rosie Wallace of Philadelphia, Pa.  An outstanding singer, songwriter and evangelist, Pastor Wallace recorded several albums (many with her First Church of Love, Faith and Deliverance Choir) for Savoy Records and made an indelible imprint on Gospel music with her compositions God Cares, Wake Up in Glory, Take it to the Lord in Prayer and several others.  Funeral arrangements are pending.


Earnest Pugh Issues Challenge: So You Think You Can Dance

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Psalm 150:4 admonishes us to “praise Him with the timbrel and dance”, and Earnest Pugh has made it his business to bring life to this scripture with the July 8th release of the Top Ten Praise Breaks.Top Ten Praise Breaks

Pugh offered this explanation, “at my live recording for the  “A Worshipper’s Perspective”  CD in 2006 that I saw the power of God move.   I literally had to ask people to take their seats because we knew the cameras were rolling and we wanted to be out of that building at a certain time but it was as though the Holy Spirit refused to leave the room. My music director looked at me and said, `Let God have his way…’ Needless to say the praise break was the highlight of the recording and set the tone for the rest of the recording. From that day forth I vowed to always pause for the cause and render a praise break.”

“This CD will give musicians and worship leaders a tool that can be used when their services shift from worship to praise or vice versa,” says EPM Music Group President Keith Williams.  “The CD will showcase a variety of approaches to the praise break from the West Coast style to the East Coast vibe.”

Kierra Sheard Hosts Listening Party for Graceland

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Kierra Kiki SheardMark your calendars for May 28th, when Kierra Sheard goes to UStream to host an online listening session promoting her 5th solo album,  GRACELAND (Karew/Motown).  2nd Win, the first single from the CD was released on May 20th and has maintained a presence in the top 20 iTunes Christian/Gospel Hot Songs chart.  In addition to production from J Drew Sheard, Graceland pairs Kierra for the first time with songwriter Diane Warren (Beyoncé, Whitney Houston, Céline Dion) and rising songwriter/producer Harmony Samuels (Ariana Grande, Fantasia, Michelle Williams). Graceland arrives in stores on July 22nd.

Shawn Bigby, A Voice To Be Heard

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

BigbyThere’s a joyful noise emanating from North Carolina and one of the noticeable noise makers is Anderson, SC native Minister Shawn Bigby.  Shawn has been singing for 2 decades and counts songwriting, teaching and leading people in worship as a few of  his ministry gifts.  He was a featured vocalist on John P Kee’s  “Walking in Favor” and regularly travels with Pastor Kee as he tours the country.  He released his own project, The Set List, Volume 1 in March of 2014 and delivered the hit single Never Go A Day, which is currently making the rounds at radio.

Wess Morgan Starts Livin On May 20th

Monday, May 19th, 2014

Wess MorganIts almost unbelievable that we last heard something new from Wess Morgan in 2010 with the release of Under an Open Heaven which yielded the super hit, I Choose to Worship.  Worship dominated the Billboard Gospel Radio Chart for over 57 weeks and earned both a Stellar and Dove award nominations.  On May 20th, Wess Morgan invites us to start Livin as he releases his new CD on his Bowtie Music label with distribution from Central South.