Archive for January, 2016

Celebration of Gospel On BET January 31st

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

We’re in countdown mode for the praise party! Celebration of Gospel airs this Sunday January 31st 8P/7c!

David Blakely Puts New Spin On Hymns

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

Blakely HymnalTo say that David Blakely is simply a musician would be a gross understatement.  This talented yet humble individual has spent some 2 decades working with some of music brightest stars including Dorinda Clark Cole, LeAndria Johnson, Mama Sue Roseberry, Rev. James Moore, Gladys Knight, Natalie Cole, Mississippi Mass Choir, Kurt Carr, Edwin and Walter Hawkins and the list goes on.  With the hymns of the church holding a special place in his heart, David sought to put his signature on the music that has been a guiding force in his life .  Thus, the Hymnal (My Interpretation) was birthed.

Blakely, who serves in a number of capacities including the Chief Levite for the Church of God in Christ  defines the project this way: “Music can transcend personal, social, and cultural boundaries. I am humbled that God chose me to bring unity, love, and joy through each instrumental and lyrical interpretation. At the end of the day, if I helped introduce someone to Christ or lifted them from whatever may be going on in life through the music God has birthed out of me, my labor is NOT in Vain”.

A CD Release event is scheduled for Friday, January 22nd with special guests to include  Giloh Morgan, Nikki Potts (Kurt Carr Singers) and Lena Byrd Miles.  The Hymnal (My Interpretation) will hit all digital outlets in the coming weeks.

Tiff Joy Lauded With Song of the Year Award From BMI

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

Tiff Joy AwardBroadcast Music Incorporated (BMI) gave special recognition to singer/songwriter Tiff Joy as Amazing, her composition recorded by Ricky Dillard’s New Generation Chorale took top honors as the  Most Performed Gospel Song of 2015 at the 17th annual BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music.

Amazing, which was nominated for a Grammy spent some 30 weeks in the top spot on the Billboard chart and received a Stellar Award for Song of the Year.

 

BMI Celebrates BeBe & CeCe Winans and Mary Mary at the Trailblazers of Gospel Music Honors

Monday, January 18th, 2016

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Gospel Music Mega Stars Bebe and Cece Winans and Mary Mary were honored in Atlanta at the 2016 BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music Awards. This iconic invitation only event was the talk of the town as it was a night filled with inspirational music, well blended duets, and show stopping surprises. This year BMI wants you to have the best seat in the house. The special is set to air February 19th at 8pm EXCLUSIVELY on TVone.  The event was hosted by previous BMI Trailblazer Award winner , Yolanda Adams.

In addition, Ricky Dillard & New G and Tiff Joy were honored with “BMI’s Most Performed Gospel Song Of The Year” Award for their hit single, “Amazing”. BMI also recognized the Ten Most Performed Songs of the Year (2015): “But God,” co-written by Isaac Carree, Philip Cornish and Eric Dawkins and performed by Carree featuring James Fortune; “Different,” written by Kirk Franklin and performed by Tasha Page-Lockhart; “Help,” co-written by Hasben Jones and Harold Lilly and performed by Erica Campbell featuring Lecrae; “I Can Only Imagine,” co-written by Israel Houghton and Meleasa Houghton and performed by Tamela Mann; “I Will Trust,” co-written by Phillip Feaster, Calvin Rodgers, and Fred Hammond, who is the performer; “No Greater Love,” written by Aaron Lindsey and performed by Smokie Norful; “This Place,” written by Darrell Blair and performed by Tamela Mann; “War,” written and performed by Charles Jenkins; “We Are Victorious,” written and performed by Donnie McClurkin featuring Tye Tribbett; and “You Alone,” written by Michael McDowell and performed by the Arkansas Gospel Mass Choir.

Get ready for performances by Tamela Mann, Donald Lawrence, Kierra Sheard, Kelly Price, Avery Sunshine, Tamia, Deborah Cox, KeKe Wyatt, Tasha Page Lockart, Lisa Page Brooks, Tasha Cobbs, and more! The BMI Trailblazers airs February 19th at 8pm on TVOne.

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RALEIGH TEENS INTERVIEW STELLAR AWARD WINNING THE WALLS GROUP

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

The Jambalaya Project is a Raleigh based youth enrichment program. This series of music journalism workshops introduces youth to cultural diversity through music and the arts while enhancing their reading, writing and social skills. This year marks its 10 year anniversary and was created by Judith Guest, a professional writer and owner of Perfecting The Persona. To date, it has enrolled over 300 y20150727_163021_resizedouth. This Summer’s participants are Ivori McNeil, Christina Alston, Zoe Brannon, Jaylen Peacox, Kira Matthews, Kourney Privette & Koury Privette. They conducted the following interview with the Grammy nominated and Stellar Award winning The Walls Group. The Texas based contemporary gospel group on Kirk Franklin’s Dallas based Fo Yo Soul record label. It’s a joint venture with RCA records. They consist of 4 siblings; Darrel, Rhea, Paco and Asia. They’re just a chip off the old block from a musically inclined family of 10. Their signature sound and heart for God lends credibility to the motto “Everything is bigger in Texas!” You’ll find that they can’t contain it. The revelation can come anytime and anywhere whether you find yourself on the subway or at a concert. Their music will command you to rise from your seat, dance and rejoice.

 

The Walls GroupPERFECT PEOPLE
(Chorus: All)
“If you’re a miracle today and God has always made a way
If you have food to eat, a place to sleep and you really can’t complain
This song is for you
After everything you’ve been through
This song is for you.”

 

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Antioch Fellowship Church Voices of Praise Make Their Debut

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

We’ve come to know the Antioch Fellowship Church Voices of Praise because of their stellar work with Evangelist Beverly Crawford on her Billboard chart topping CD Thank You For All You’ve Done.  Now the choir stands readAntioch Fellowshipy to deliver with a project of their very own.  Dr. Karry D. Wesley proudly presents the choir in the form of Speak To My Heart, making its debut on January 15th.  “This anointed group of believers has ministered faithfully to the Antioch family of faith for years,” says Pastor Wesley  “As a result of this choir’s commitment to God and His calling on their life, this project has come to fruition. Now, countless lives will be touch and transformed for the Kingdom of God through these songs, because Music ministers to the heart like none other.”  

The disc features the music of Antioch Fellowship under the auspices of their minister of music Paul Jackson coupled with guest performances from Earnest Pugh, Tommye Young-West and Beverly Crawford.

Straight Gate Mass Choir Hits Billboard Top Ten

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

Straight Gate Mass Choir1The Straight Gate Mass Choir hit a new stride with the release of their new disc, Saturate Us.  Its the fourth album from the Detroit church pastored by Bishop Andrew Merritt that burst on the scene with the release of Faith In The House in 2000.  Faith In The House went on to sell over 150,000 copies.

With production from Noel Hall (Fred Hammond, CeCe Winans) and performances from Jaye Thomas, Pam English, LaDon Ford and former Commissioned member Marcus Cole, Saturate Us is destined to be another praise and worship favorite.

Entertainment One Collects 26 Stellar Nominations

Friday, January 8th, 2016

Dorinda neweOne Music counts its blessings as 10 artists collect some twenty six Stellar Award nominations in 19 categories for 2016.  And the nominees are: Erica Campbell, Jonathan McReynolds, Dorinda Clark-Cole, Karen Clark Sheard, J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise, William McDowell, Derek Minor, Alexis Spight, Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship Super Mass Choir, and 3 Winans Brothers.

Phil Thornton, eOne Music Vice President and General Manager, Urban Inspirational, says: “Wow! It’s truly an honor for eOne Music to be recognized with 26 nominations from the Stellar Awards this year for such a range of incredible projects! We are proud to celebrate and support the milestone works and creative inspiration that everyone from Erica Campbell and Jonathan McReynolds, to William McDowell, Karen Clark Sheard, Derek Minor and more continue to bring to fans across the world.”Mcreynolds Life Music

Anthony Brown Gets 10 Stellar Award Nominations

Friday, January 8th, 2016

Tyscot Records is basking in the afterglow of the Stellar Award nominations announcement.  Anthony Brown and group therAPy earned 10 nominations (the most for any artist this year)  for their sophomore project, Everyday Jesus.

The disc received nods for Song of the Year and Producer of the year in addition toA rtist of the Year, CD of the Year, Contemporary CD of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Contemporary Male Vocalist of the Year, Group/Duo of the Year and Contemporary Group/Duo of the Year. “Wow…is all I can say. I am so honored and extremely humbled to be nominated,” said Brown. “I have a great amount of respect for The Stellar Awards and for all of the artist who share the gospel around the world. I’m elated to be considered amongst them.”

Adding to the celebration was news of the Grammy nomination for the hit single, Worth which spent 17 weeks at number one gospel radio and was one of the best selling digital singles of 2015.

Deon Kipping Takes Us To A Place Called Victory

Friday, January 8th, 2016

Deon Kipping_Place Called VictoryGetting the New Year off on the right track, singer/songwriter and RCA Inspiration recording artist Deon Kipping releases a 4 song EP A Place Called Victory hitting digital outlets on January 8th. Victory served as the first single and was released last year.  A follow up single, By Myself is headed to radio this week.

Kipping says, “I am so grateful for all the love and support that I have received for my single ‘Place Called Victory’ thus far, life has the tendency to take you through painful circumstances and unwanted changes.  Fortunately none of these places are our final destination.  This song reminds us that we were created to live in victory.  I am excited for everyone to hear ‘By Myself.’ At times many of us try to handles our issues on our own and most times our way never works. This new song is an honest declaration for the people of God that lets the world know we cannot make it without him, an anthem for those are willing to give everything to God and say Lord, I need your help.”