GOSPELflava joins others across the country in mourning the passing of worship leader and psalmist Elder Stephanie Dotson. Dotson, a Louisiana native and the 2004 Gospel Dream Competition Winner burst on the scene with Miracles Still Happen, her recording effort for Tehillah Records (read our review here and interview here). Dotson would go on to appear in the 2006 Tyler Perry movie, Madea’s Family Reunion.
Archive for February, 2015
Plans to bring the life story of Mahalia Jackson to the silver screen advanced with the announcement of Bill Duke signing on to direct the film. The director of A Rage In Harlem and Sister Act 2:Back In the Habit shared his thoughts: “Getting her story to the screen has been a passion project of mine for many years. When she sings ‘How I Got Over,’ it helps us all to believe that we can get over, too.”
Gospel Music’s first megastar, Jackson traveled across the world rightfully earning her the distinction as the world’s greatest Gospel singer. Her close association with Dr. King led to her unforgettable music performance at the March on Washington in 1963 and her influence on music landed her a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Mahalia Jackson Story, written by Ruth Ratny, based on the book Just Mahalia Baby will be filmed in Chicago and feature the music of Mahalia including Move On Up A Little Higher and Thomas Dorsey’s Precious Lord, Take My Hand.
Gospel powerhouse Dorinda Clark Cole is overjoyed with the release of her fifth solo project, Living It hitting the #2 spot on the Billboard Top Gospel Albums chart. “This is a huge honor and I am overjoyed,” says Cole. “After being in this business for as long as I have, it is an incredible feeling to know that people still want to hear my music. This album is my life’s testimony and I am thankful for every person who purchased it and every heart it has touched.”
The Princess of Rhythm and Praise is back! Lisa McClendon has returned with a new project, outlook on life, and an indomitable spirit to praise God no matter what. Gospelflava.com had the pleasure of catching up with the gospel neo-soul songstress to talk about her new release, new lease on life and what’s new outside of music.
Over the past decade, McClendon has wowed us with her sultry, organic, and spiritual vocals. Although she rose to prominence with the song “You Are Holy” from Soul Music (2003), her first CD release “My Diary, Your Life” debuted in 2002 (definitely worth a listen). Subsequently she released “Soul Music”, “Live from the House of Blues” (2006), “Reality” (2009), and “Christmas with You” (2010). However since that time, she seemed to have vanished. Many wondered, “Where is Lisa McClendon?” Her stalwart answer is, “Home.” She jovially added, “I’ve been home. I needed to take time out to be wife and mother. Plus, my husband Maurice had just started a ministry and I needed to be there to help. I knew I had to put some things on hold. It was hard, but it was worth it.”
Now she’s back! What took so long many would wonder? This wasn’t a 3 to 6 month project, McClendon says, “It’s been in the making for the last 3 years.” As to why, “My story wasn’t done” she admitted. As she was doing life, she was gaining life also. If you are a social media McClendon devotee, she talks about her personal ups and downs, especially her bouts with depression. When many would omit this storyline, McClendon shares it. “I share my truth about my depression because truth sets you free. I was truthful and honest with myself.” She described her time away simply as the color gray. “I was confused. There wasn’t a black or white. I hadn’t had my 5 AM moment yet. I had some stuff I needed to experience.” Then her breakthrough came! In the breaking, she felt the desire to write again. “I started pouring out. Every song is a different place during the season that I had to go through.” Her most liberating revelation was, “God told me, I will never be perfect. I said amen. Now, it’s okay. I’m me and I’m progressing.” Life experiences such as these always make for superb song material for stellar albums. Hence her new project “5 AM.”
Andraé Crouch will be posthumously saluted during the 22nd Annual Movieguide Awards, airing Saturday, Feb. 21 at 7pm.
Syndicated radio host and Stellar Award winner Lonnie Hunter joins the Tyscot family for the release of #Getitdone, his new disc featuring the group Structure. The #Getitdone movement was initiated via an apparel line and has evolved into a music mandate for people who love Gospel music. The first single, Forever I Will, written by Davie Moore is headed to radio in March.
The Preachers are COMING!!!!! February 20th is the day Oxygen media gives us both front row seats in additon to backstage access as the Preachers franchise makes its way to the motor city of Detroit Michigan. Seven preachers take part in the Detroit series, Bishop Charles H. Ellis III, Bishop Corletta Vaughn, Pastor Tim Alden, Pastor David Bullock, Bishop-Elect Clarence Langston, Pastor Don William Shelby Jr. and Evangelist Dorinda Clark-Cole. Its sure to be a good ride, so get your motor running and check local listings for time and station information.
WOW Gospel 2015 takes the top spot on the charts as we enter the 6th week of the new year with DeWayne Woods’ Life Lessons taking the number 2 spot and Crystal Aikin’s sophomore effort All I Need making its way into the top 10. The 25 top Gospel Albums are listed below:
- Various Artists WOW Gospel 2015
- DeWayne Woods Life Lessons
- Various Artists Billboard #1 Gospel Hits
- Fred Hammond I Will Trust
- Tasha Cobbs Grace
- Jason Nelson Jesus Revealed
- Various Artists WOW Gospel 2014
- Crystal Aikin All I Need
- J Moss Grown Folks GOspel
- VaShawn Mitchell Unstoppable
- Youthful Praise/JJ Hairston I See Victory
- Bryan Courtney Wilson Worth Fighting For
- 3 Winans Brothers Foreign Land
- Jessica Reedy Transparent
- Rance Allen Group Celebrate
- Icon Gospel Icon Gospel
- Smokie Norful Forever Yours
- The Walls Group Fast Forward
- Erica Campbell Help
- Michelle Williams Journey To Freedom
- Deitrick Haddon Best of Deitrick Haddon
- Wess Morgan Livin
- Dorothy Norwood An Incredible Journey
- William McDowell Withholding Nothing
- Ricky Dillard/New G Amazing
What can be said about Samuel R. Blakes? To his credit, he is an “of note with no doubt” gospel preacher. He serves as Senior Pastor of New Home Ministries, a multi-location ministry in Baton Rouge and New Orleans Louisiana and he inspires the masses via his weekly telecast on the Word Network. Most important, Bishop Blakes knows the importance of close connection with God through prayer as expressed in God Wants To Hear From You, the new single from his debut CD, I Survived. As he sings from personal experience, he is able to convey a message of hope and inspire and uplift people from all walks of life. The single is available on iTunes and has connected with audiences reaching well into the top 50 on the radio charts. Look for the full project featuring guest appearances from Bishop Paul S. Morton and David Hollister with production assistance from master producer Pharis Evans, Jr. later this year.
Love is in the air…because Valentine’s Day is here! Whether you have a sweetheart or not, don’t miss out on your opportunity to revel in this Love Day. Over the years, there have been several gospel songs that not only express our love towards one another, but also our love toward God. Here are a few songs to add to your playlist this Valentine’s Day weekend. Some of which you may have heard before. Whereas others you may not, but this lovers holiday, they certainly deserve a listen.
“I Love You Lord” – Fred Hammond
“Love Song”- Canton Jones
“Addictive Love” – BeBe & CeCe Winans
“Open My Heart” – Yolanda Adams
“Real Love” – Kirk Franklin & The Family
“Jesus is Love” – Smokie Norful featuring Heather Headley
“Be Happy” – Mary Mary
“I Adore You” – Darlene McCoy
“Just For Me” – Karen Clark Sheard
“Draw Me Close” – Donnie McClurklin
“Chasing After You” – Tye Tribbett
“Ain’t No Need to Worry” – Marvin Winans & Anita Baker
“Stuck” – Lisa McClendon
“Abide” – Lexi
“Happy” – Tasha Cobbs
Sending YOU our love from the GospelFlava.com family!