Archive for June, 2015

Dottie Jones & Angela Winbush Join Richard Smallwood For Anthology Live

Friday, June 26th, 2015

Richard Smallwood CD CoverRCA Inspiration is in full prep mode for the release of Anthology Live, the highly anticipated 15th CD from Gospel Music maestro Richard Smallwood  The two disc set pairs Smallwood with his celebrated ensemble Vision and features memorable cameos from former Richard Smallwood Singers Dottie Jones (He Won’t Leave You) and R & B song stylist Angela Winbush.

“After nearing the 40 year mark of being in ministry and doing music as a profession, I am elated about this latest work ANTHOLOGY LIVE,” says Smallwood of the release.  Anthology hits stores and digital outlets on June 29th.

 

Donnie McClurkin Honors Andrae Crouch During BET Awards

Friday, June 26th, 2015

Donnie McClurkinRCA Inspiration recording artist Donnie McClurkin will pay tribute to Gospel Music legend Pastor Andrae Crouch during the  2015 BET Awards on Sunday, June 28th.  The show will air live on  BET. Check your local listings for time and channel information in your area.

McClurkin marks 9 years as host of his syndicated Donnie McClurkin radio show as well as getting in gear for the July 19th premiere of the popular BET Sunday Best singing competition.  This season’s All Star Show features popular contestants from previous years.

Martha Munizzi Records New CD

Friday, June 26th, 2015

June 26th is the datemarthamunizzi2 set for the live recording of GRAMMY-nominated, Stellar and Dove Award-winning inspirational artist Martha Munizzi at Miami’s Metro Life Church. Israel Houghton will return in the producer’s seat for this project along with guest appearance from Anthony Evans.  The recording becomes a family affair as the Munizzi children join their mom for this praise and worship experience.

Christon Gray Signs With Fo Yo Soul

Friday, June 26th, 2015

ChristonGrayFo Yo Soul Recordings/RCA announced the signing of WLAK group member and writer, singer, rapper, and producer Christon Gray. In 2014, Gray’s  solo album, School Of Roses, debuted in the top 5 on Billboard’s R&B albums chart.

“Christon is one of the most exciting, young voices in urban music today,” says Kirk Franklin.  “We are thrilled to be able to partner with him to cultivate his influence in the flourishing Christian Hip Hop market and to expand his platform into the mainstream.”

Smokie Norful Receives Top Honors at 2015 ASCAP Awards

Friday, June 26th, 2015

Smokie Norful at the keyboardThe American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers held its 28th annual Rhythm and Soul Awards honoring the songwriters and publishers of the most performed songs on the charts.

In the Gospel category, top honors went to Bart Millard for I Can Only Imagine (as recorded by Tamela Mann).  Other award recipients include Smokie Norful (who performed his composition No Greater Love during the evening), William McDowell for Withholding Nothing, Erica Campbell for Help and David Bratton for Every Praise (as recorded by Bishop Hezekiah Walker).  A full list of Gospel award recipients can be found here: 2015 ASCAP Top Gospel Songs

Pastor Shirley Caesar Honored In Hollywood

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

Lady ShirleyMultiple Grammy winner Pastor Shirley Caesar was recently announced as a 2016 recipient of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  She is the 4th Gospel artist to receive the prestigious honor.   Eone VP/GM Phil Thorton shared these sentiments: “Entertainment One Music congratulates Pastor Shirley Caesar on this monumental achievement as an honoree on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for 2016! What a great blessing to be selected for this honor. Pastor Caesar’s incomparable style, personality and lifelong dedication to ministry have continued to impact and influence so many fans around the world, and we are thrilled to celebrate her upcoming 50-year anniversary and deliver new music to come.”

Gospel Duo AsOne Makes Stunning Debut

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

Individually, Lisa WrAsOne_s_Album_Coveright and Theresa Bailey have enough credits to set up shop as a writing machines anywhere on the planet.  It was their coming together, however that set them on a new path.  Lisa was fully involved in the process and making plans to record a solo project.  At the behest of her producer, she met with 2012 GMA Immerse Female Songwriter of the Year winner Theresa Bailey to come up with some new material.  Upon hearing the musical collaboration, Lisa’s producer was blown away.  The end results gave credence to the undeniable fact that the sovereign God had orchestrated this meeting and set these two minstrels on a divine path.  AsOne was born.

Now knowing God was in the plans, Lisa and Theresa fully accepted the call and mandate to be shining examples of the message of reconciliation through the power of Jesus Christ.  “You have to come to the conclusion that you can do nothing in and of yourself”, states Lisa. “We are here and we are open and ready to be used by God as an interracial duo to impact and bless the nations.” Their sights are set on tearing down boundaries and racial divides to minister the love of God to a hurting world.  Fueled by the April release of their ever popular praise anthem and radio single Hero, their 8 song self titled disc produced by Paul Wright hits stores on Tuesday, June 23rd.  The CD presents a diverse musical offering drawing from both ladies musical experiences and influences.  In addition to Hero, the listener is treated to stellar work from the ladies alongside Lamar Campbell’s Spirit of Praise Choir, Take 6’s Mark Kibble and rapper Da TRUTH.

 

It’s Personal – Tina Campbell

Sunday, June 21st, 2015

Tina Campbell
It’s Personal
For more than a decade she’s been one half of the multi-platinum selling sister duo Mary Mary with her sister Erica Campbell. Now Tina Campbell has stepped onto the solo stage with her debut album, It’s Personal.

For years Mary Mary fans have marveled at the chemistry and luscious melodies the two sisters created on albums and live performances. While both voices compliment each other, Erica and Tina each have a unique style, delivering power that fans knew and loved.

CDAfter enduring a public heartbreak in her family as seen on their hit weTVreality show, “Mary Mary”, Tina now brings a musical download straight from heaven’s gates. “It’s Personal” is a befitting title for one of the most transparent artist and testimonies to come forth in Gospel music in a while. Although there was an unknown delay in the release of the digital-only album, that didn’t stop fans from supporting and breaking the records. With no official release date, no marketing plan, no single released, and no pre orders, It’s Personal shot straight to #1 on the iTunes Gospel and Top 200 charts. Once fans realized the album was available, many took to social media to spread the word about one of the most anticipated albums of the year.

Tina takes listeners through a worship and praise experience and shows her individuality. From the sincerity of “Only Jesus Did It”, the foot stomping “Speak The Word”, and the treadmill street anthem, ” Life”, the album offers something for everybody.

Perhaps the most talked about single from the album is the song “Destiny”, which listeners were introduced to on Mary Mary’s reality TV show. The song chronicles Tina’s journey, which led to the birthing of this great album.

Guest artist on this album include Stevie Wonder, Teddy Campbell, and Honey Atkins.

There’s no doubt that It’s Personal defied the odds both musically and professionally. Industry analyst are marveling at the fact that an album that had no promotional plan, no single at radio stations, and that was initially only available on one digital media outlet, pulled in such strong numbers and continues to do heavy damage on the Billboard Gospel charts.

With the success of It’s Personal, fans are excited to see what’s next for Tina as she continues to promote the album.


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Chicago Gospel Music Awards Honor Mavis Staples, Rev. Maceo Woods and Apostle Richard D Henton

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

The second annuStaples 2al Chicago Gospel Music Awards will present lifetime achievement awards to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Mavis Staples, Gospel luminaries Rev. Maceo Woods and Apostle Richard D. Henton in addition to honoring Chicago Gospel singers, songwriters and musicians in eleven categories on Friday, June 19th.

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Performances will come from Bishop Larry Trotter and the Sweet Holy Spirit Combined Choirs, Stellar Award winner Tiff Joy, Paul Porter, Chicago Mass Choir and a special performance by the Thompson Community Singers Reunion Choir with special presentations from BET host Dr. Bobby Jones, Bebe Winans and Maurette Brown Clark.

Ashford Sanders Hits The Stage In New Musical

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

Ashford Sanders StandardFountain of Life Records recording artist Ashford Sanders will delight audiences as he hits the stage in the inspirational drama Lord, Why Can’t I Do Right written by Richard Torrence.  The Sunday Best Season 5 fan favorite can’t wait to take the stage.  “I’m good in the sense that all you have to do is give me a place to sing, but NOW I get a stage, lights, and a band??? You need to watch out and then pray when the music starts I’m able to stay in character. Real talk, we are REALLY going to have a great time.” The play will also feature the comedic stylings of Shelly Garrett (Beauty Shop), comedian Don DC Curry and Dee Dee Simon.

Catch the play in the following cities

June 25th – Clarksdale Civic Center, Clarksdale, Ms
June 26th – Perot Theater, Texarkana, Tx
June 27th – Strand Theater, Shreveport, La
June 28th – Statehouse Convention Center, Little Rock, Arkansas