Archive for September, 2014

Dorinda Clark Cole Gathers Singers and Musicians In Chicago

Monday, September 15th, 2014

Chicago prepares to welcome the Rose of Gospel, Dr. Dorinda Clark Cole as she brings her Singers and Musicians Arts Conference to the Gospel Music Capital of the world, Chicago Illinois on September 18-20.  “I am elatedDorinda and overjoyed to join Minister Walter Owens and the dynamic music ministry of Salem Baptist Church to bring SMAC to the windy city” said Clark Cole.  “Chicago has such great gospel music history having been the home of Mahalia Jackson, Albertina Walker and Inez Andrews and is the place that Donald Lawrence and Ricky Dillard call home.”

The conference begins on Thursday with Thursday, September 18th with an Artist Showcase and Masters Class.   On Friday, September 19th, Dorinda Clark Cole hosts a Praise Fest with special guests to include Dexter Walker and Zion Movement, Keshia McFarland, Cinque Cullar, Valencia Lacy and the New Covenant Life Worship Team and more.  Saturday, September 20th offers morning and afternoon workshops and panel discussions presented by leading industry professionals, musicians and ministers of music.

The Walls Group Hit Number 1 on Billboard

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

Its official! Fast ForwaWallsrd, the new disc from Kirk Franklin’s Fo Yo Soul recording artist The Walls Group makes its debut in the number one position on the Billboard Top Gospel Albums Chart.

The single, “Love On The Radio” peaked at #10 on the Christian/Gospel Chart and continues to go strong on radio while the video has received over 30, 000 views to date.

Franklin shared these words of gratitude. “I can’t find the words to explain how proud I am of The Walls Group and how thankful I am that the public went out and supported both a new group and a new company. I am truly humbled.”

Read our review of the disc here 

Catch the Video for Love on the Radio here: The Walls Group Video

L Spenser Smith To Release Unstoppable October 14th

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

Spenser Smith UnstopUnstoppable, the long awaited solo debut from Stellar award nominated singer/songwriter L Spenser Smith hits stores on October 14th. Smith assumes a new role in this recording as solo artist and the disc endeavors to capture the anointed worship and powerful praise of the live recording.  The lead single My Life,  is making impact at radio. Smith, a powerful preacher, author and founding pastor of the Impact Nation Fellowship Church will release the CD via his own SmithWorx Music Group label with distribution from eOne entertainment.

Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir Announces Live Recording

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

Grammy winners Carol CymbCarol Cymbalaala and the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir announced their live recording scheduled for Friday, September 26th and Sunday, September 28th. The choir has plans to do an “all the way live” recording with no studio tracking. “This is taking us back to the concept of our first album Giving Him Thanks back in 1981, “ says BTC Music and Conference administrator Kevin Lewis. “Carol wanted to go back to what defined our sound in the beginning because Brooklyn Tabernacle is best when it’s completely live and spontaneous.”

David Daughtry Impacting iTunes Charts with New CD

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

DaughtrycoverKarew Records celebrates David Daughtry’s self titled debut making an impressive showing at number 35 on the iTunes chart. Daughtry’s lead single God is Great/Leap was well received and has been making the rounds at radio as well as being used in worship services across the country.  David was the recipient of congratulatory greetings from Dr. Dorinda Clark Cole of the Clark Sisters and COGIC International Presiding Bishop Charles E Blake, pastor of the West Angeles Church of God in Christ (where David serves as Worship leader).

Oxygen Premieres Fix My Choir November 5th

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

DeitrickDeitrick Haddon and Michelle Williams invite us to experience their many adventures as they set out to bring “the help” to Fix My Choir, the new music reality series premiering on tMichellehe Oxygen Network November 5th.  “A great choir has the potential to inspire communities and uplift people everywhere,” said Rod Aissa, Senior Vice President, Original Programming and Development for Oxygen Media. “Viewers will witness Deitrick and Michelle breathe new life into choirs that have lost their way in ‘Fix My Choir,’ culminating with unforgettable performances that will bring the house down.”

The choir represents family, unity and team work,” said Deitrick Haddon. “It’s an honor to be a part of introducing the choir culture to the world with “Fix My Choir.

Check local listings for time and station information in your area.

The Return Of Virtue

Monday, September 8th, 2014

“We are so excited and blessed to be able to have another opportunity to share our ministry with the world.” “We’ve grown tremendously and God has shown us so many different things during the time we were away. We’ve missed performing together, our friends in the industry and especially all of our fans, so it’s long overdue and we are ecstatic about this new season for Virtue!” – Heather Martin

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Sisters Ebony Holland, Karima Kibble, and Heather Martin, known as the group Virtue make their return to the music scene after an eight year hiatus with their first single “You Deserve” written and produced by Grammy® Award winner Fred Jerkins (Beyoncé , Destiny’s Child, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson) and Grammy® -nominated Alvin Garrett (Joe, Deitrick Haddon, Ruben Studdard).  You Deserve hits radio in September with a  full length albums scheduled to be released  in 2015 on their new record label home Mixed Bag Entertainment (founded by Christian Hip Hop artist Da Truth).

Early Christmas Gifts From Motown

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas as artists from Motown, Motown Gospel and Capitol Records join forces for Motown Christmas, the first collection of new Christmas recordings from tMotown Christmashe label in over 40 years. Leave it to producer in chief Aaron Lindsey to deliver masterful performances from the likes of India.Arie, Ne-Yo, Tasha Cobbs, Smokie Norful and Tye Tribbett, Kierra Sheard and more.

Look for the disc hitting stores at the end of September.

Reissues – Lamont Lenox Yes I Can

Monday, September 8th, 2014

pasted-image-small-16We absolutely LOVE reissues, and this one is noteworthy.  KNE Entertainment has made available Yes I Can, the solo disc from Chicago singer/songwriter Lamont Lenox.  For Lamont Lenox, Gospel music has been the family business. His father James Lenox recorded I Won’t Complain (and the world hasn’t been the same since, see our post here ) and his mom sang with both the Dorothy Norwood Singers and the Jessy Dixon Singers. Brother Kelvin held his own as singer and songwriter, penning the hit Nobody Like Jesus for the Edwin Hawkins Music and Arts Seminar and sister Annette (Queenie) has traveled the globe singing with Donnie McClurkin (but alas, who can forget her voice giving life to Rudolph Stanfield’s Yes I Will).
Lamont is equally credited for creating memorable hits for Rev. Clay Evans and Fellowship Church Choir, the Church of God In Christ International Mass Choir, Dexter Walker & Zion Movement and a host of others. His travels have taken him across the US and abroad to Africa, Europe and South America to sing and share his music with the masses. Lenox’s solo project, Yes I Can is simple reflections of a man and his music giving honor to God and is now available for digital download.

Williams Brothers Matriarch Passes

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Mother Williams

GOSPELflava joins others mourning the passing of Mrs. Amanda “MOM” Williams, mother of Doug and Melvin Williams of The Williams Brothers, Huey Williams of The Jackson Southernaires, Minister Leonard Williams, and the late Frank Williams of The Mississippi Mass Choir, passed away on Saturday, August 30, 2014. Funeral services are as follows:

Friday, September 5, 2014

Visitation from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Craft Funeral Home, 210 Martin Luther King Drive, McComb, Mississippi 39648

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Visitation from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at Pine Grove M. B. Church, 3160  Highway 98 West, Summit, Mississippi 39666

Homegoing Service starts promptly at 11:00 a.m. at Pine Grove M. B. Church, 3160 Highway 98 West, Summit, Mississippi 3966

Interment immediately following the service at Rose Hill M. B. Church Cemetery, 9560 Highway 98 East, Meadville, Mississippi 39653