Archive for June, 2015

Celebrating Rev. Clay Evans 90th Birthday

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

Clay EvansYou cannot mention Chicago Gospel without a mention of the Godfather of Gospel Preaching, the Rev. Clay Evans.  For some 5 decades, the What A Fellowship Hour reached thousands of home weekly via radio and television and featured the preaching of Evans and the melodic sounds  of the 200 voice Fellowship Baptist Church Choir.  We were on hand for his 85th birthday (check out the photos here), and this weekend everyone is all excited as friends from across the country gather to celebrate the 90th.

Producer/Singer/Songwriter and Fountain of Life Records CEO Pharis Evans Jr. (who features his famous uncle on his new single All My Help) shared these sentiments, “Reverend Clay Evans is a religious icon”, says master producer/songwriter and Fountain of Life Records CEO (and nephew) Pharis Evans, Jr. “He is an inspiration to so many. A man of great wisdom, candor and great humor, he motivates us to keep moving and trust God with everything. At 90, he can go into any church, anywhere on the planet on any given Sunday and simply say, “My, My, My” or “Can I get a witness” and the church will go in. ”

Fountain of Life is preparing for the reissue of some early recordings of Rev. Evans and the choir as well as a previously unreleased track.  In the meantime, catch the spirit of Fellowship in the following throwback clip.


Tamela Mann Grabs Third #1 Radio Single

Friday, June 12th, 2015

63891-Tamela-Mann-originalThe blessings keep flowing on Tamela Mann.  This Place, the current single from her Best Days CD takes its place and marks the third consecutive number 1 single on the Billboard Gospel Radio chart.  Her fist single, Take Me to the King, penned by Kirk Franklin held on to the top spot on the Gospel radio chart for 24 weeks easily earning gold certification from the RIAA and is well on its way to platinum status. The second single, I Can Only Imagine  spent 13 weeks at #1 and also received an RIAA gold certification.


Bri Babineaux Makes Top Ten on iTunes

Friday, June 12th, 2015

BrianaGospel music fans can’t get enough of Marquis Boone Enterprises latest signee Briana Babineaux.  The internet sensation’s debut single I’ll Be The One was released on June 9th and made its way to  #5 on the iTunes Christian/Gospel Top Songs.

“All of this is very exciting and unexpected,” said the 20 year old University of Louisiana college student. “None of this was planned. A friend of mine put a tape of me singing a song on You Tube and then all of these incredible things began to happen and I’m humbled by all of them.”

Be sure to catch Briana on the upcoming season of Bobby Jones Gospel airing this fall.

Marvin Sapp’s You Shall Live Takes Billboard Top Spot

Friday, June 12th, 2015

MarvinSapp_10_024_590x287You Shall Live, the 10th solo album from Marvin Sapp made its debut atop the Billboard Gospel Charts this week.  This marks the fourth #1 album debut for the two dozen Stellar Award winner.  “I am humbled that so many people still believe in the practical musical message that my team and I have shared over the years……………….Words can’t express the appreciation that I feel, ‘ Sapp noted.


Micah Stampley to record new LIVE EP & DVD directed by Kim Fields

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

International recording artist Micah Stampley is set to record a live EP/DVD recording on June 26, 2015 in Dallas, Georgia at Oasis Family Life Church.

Micah  Stampley Billed to be an evening of worship, Stampley will introduce new worship anthems penned by he and his co-writer wife Heidi, as well as others. He will also revamp some of his most well-known songs from his previous five recordings.  A multi-camera DVD shoot will be directed by award winning director and actress Kim Fields of Facts of Life and Living Single fame. This will be the initial phase of several projects that the “Holiness” singer and his wife are producing.

EXCLUSIVE – Jesse White Live Recording Recap

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

MusiTemple Church Praise Choir in Actionc City showed itself hospitable hosting the live recording of Same Seed’s Jesse White  on Sunday, June 7th at the Temple Church.  The guest list included a number of Gospel personalities including Dr. Bobby Jones, SDemetrus Alexander serves as MCan Franklin Jackson and Nashville Super Choir’s Dr. Everett Drake along with the Gospel executive branch being represented by Roderick Jemison and Tammy Taylor.  Demetrus Alexander Stewart served as the host for the night’s festivities and admonished the attendees to prepare themselves for a night of anointed music and powerful praise.

The heavens opened as Benita Washington led the people into worship and Jesse took the floor backed by Pastor Victor Wynn and the Temple Church Praise Choir. The music of the disc gives a wide array of Gospel sounds including an impassioned pipe organ solo from Nathan Burbank on Come Thou Fount. Another of the evening’s highlights came as Jesse was joined by his twin Jeffrey at the mic to the glow of adoration from their parents listened intently and taking the moment in.  Look for the Jesse and Jeffrey sing againalbum release in the 4th quarter of the year.

Jonathan Dunn Offers Up New EP

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

KMM DunnMany are familiar with Jonathan Dunn as pastor and worship leader, but most know the Cincinnati native via the prolific songs he has written for his own projects and those for Byron Cage, Amber Bullock, Tamela Mann and Marvin Sapp.  On June 9th, the world awaits to hear  the release of Keep My Mind.  The new EP  features more of the distinctly anointed and life changing music that has flowed from his pen including a re release of Oil from his 2004 Another Level CD.

Keep My Mind is available on all digital outlets.

Motown Gospel Announces Signing of Royce Lovett

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

Royce Lovett is the newest signee to the Motown Gospel roster.   The Florida native will release Show Me Love, the first single from his major label debut Write It On The Wall on Lovetton July 10th.  A distinguished singer/songwriter Lovett combines the elements of hip-hop and neo soul with strong Christ centered lyrics appealing to believers and non believers alike. Royce’s earliest music beginnings emanate from the experience of watching his mom lead worship at their local church. Through his mother, he came to know the music of Christian worship bands like Hillsong. The Florida resident broadened his love and appreciation for authentic music while listening to Michael Jackson, Musiq Soulchild, and Lauryn Hill and The Fugees. An adept guitarist, Lovett has connected with audiences across the country as well as gaining fans while touring South America and Europe.

BMI Celebrates Black Music Month With 1st Annual Gospel Brunch

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015
Jonathan McReynolds performs at BMI’s Gospel on the Park Brunch, held on June 7 at Park Tavern in Atlanta. Photo Credit: Prince Williams #BMIgospelbrunch

Jonathan McReynolds performs at BMI’s Gospel on the Park Brunch, held on June 7 at Park Tavern in Atlanta.
Photo Credit: Prince Williams

In celebration of Black Music Month, Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI) has added another event to their roster of signature events that celebrates the music that we know and love. For the past few years BMI has been instrumental in honoring Gospel Greats through their iconic Trailblazers of Gospel Luncheon and Award Show. Now visionary, Catherine Brewton, who serves as Vice President Writer/ Public Relations and team have now gone a step further by creating the 1st Annual Gospel Brunch On The Park.

When asked about how the event came about Brewton says that it was an idea that came to her and that her awesome team pulled it together so quickly. Passionate about the art of Gospel Music, Catherine says that even though her role at BMI allows her to cross genres with some of the biggest names in music. Gospel is near and dear to her heart.

VaShawn Mitchell, Jonathan McReynolds and Todd Dulaney at BMI’s Gospel on the Park Brunch, held on June 7 at Park Tavern in Atlanta. Photo Credit: Prince Williams #BMIgospelbrunch

VaShawn Mitchell, Jonathan McReynolds and Todd Dulaney at BMI’s Gospel on the Park Brunch, held on June 7 at Park Tavern in Atlanta.
Photo Credit: Prince Williams

In an intimate venue in the heart of Atlanta, Gospel music fans gathered on a beautiful Sunday afternoon for an elegant brunch and time of worship. Set the hit the stage were Grammy Award Winning Artist Tasha Cobbs, Grammy Nominated artist VaShawn Mitchell, and two fresh and unique voices in gospel music Jonathan McReynolds and Todd Dulaney. The atmosphere in the room was serene and peaceful and people from all over gathered to celebrate Gospel during a historic month.

To show support for new and upcoming artist BMI chose to hold a contest through Instagram where singers and musicians were able to submit their version of a song by one of the artist set to perform. After hundreds of submissions two artist were selected.  A group of young people by the name of “Grace” sang their rendition of the James Cleveland  classic, “God Is”, and mixed it with the traditional hymn, ” I Surrender All”.  A true moment of worship took over the place when Curtis Eubanks from Milwaukee took the stage singing CeCe Winans’, “Jesus You’re Beautiful”. Curtis into  set the tone for the rest of the afternoon.

Isaac Carree onstage at BMI’s Gospel on the Park Brunch, held on June 7 at Park Tavern in Atlanta. Photo Credit: Prince Williams #BMIgospelbrunch

Isaac Carree onstage at BMI’s Gospel on the Park Brunch, held on June 7 at Park Tavern in Atlanta.
Photo Credit: Prince Williams


Hosts Isaac Caree and Catherine Brewton didn’t have much to do as their was a strong wind of power in the room.  One by one Todd Dulaney, Jonathan McReynolds, VaShawn Mitchell, and Tasha Cobbs turned a simple restaurant at a local park into a cathedral of worship. Songs such as “Nobody Greater”, “Turning Around For Me”, “Free”, and “Fill Me Up” were declared as hundreds of worshippers stood weeping, dancing, and receiving.

Throughout the course of the afternoon attendees were reminded of the fact that Gospel music needs the support of its fans around the world. With the music industry constantly changing and CD Sales declining if we want to keep the music we love around we have to show up in big numbers.




Tasha Cobbs performs at BMI’s Gospel on the Park Brunch, held on June 7 at Park Tavern in Atlanta. Photo Credit: Prince Williams #BMIgospelbrunch

Tasha Cobbs performs at BMI’s Gospel on the Park Brunch, held on June 7 at Park Tavern in Atlanta.
Photo Credit: Prince Williams

Each of the artist who performed represented the new generation of Gospel destined to continue to the long rich tradition of the genre. With all of them having new singles and albums on the way, Gospel music fans have some great material on the way. BMI plans to hold this event in other cities annually to keep the tradition going.

Warryn and Erica Campbell Join with Proctor & Gamble to Celebrate Black Men

Monday, June 8th, 2015



Warryn and Erica Campbell have partnered with Proctor and Gamble’s My Black Is Beautiful in celebration of black men. The Grooming My Black Man for Greatness program purposes to invite men to embrace talking about grooming, engaging P&G product lines like Crest, Head and Shoulders and Braun shaving products.

Click here for more info on My Black Is Beautiful.