Archive for February, 2016

Jonathan Nelson Is Fearless On March 18th

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016

A powerful performance at this year’s Stellar Awards Pre Show served as a perfect introduction to new music from Fearless, the fifth album from singer/songwriter and worship leader Jonathan Nelson.  NJonathan Nelson-FEARLESS album coverelson recorded his new CD last year at the Faith Center in Sunrise, Florida.  The album features guest appearances from Da’ T.R.U.T.H., Pastor Kim Burrell, Dorinda Clark-Cole, Tye Tribbett, Sonnie Badu, and his twin brother Jason Nelson.

“I’m really excited about this new music. Each lyric is designed to increase our faith. High energy, deep impact and true inspiration from God is my ultimate goal. I pray that each listener would be bold, walk in faith, and simply BE FEARLESS.”

The CD is available for pre order on Amazon and iTunes and fans can catch Nelson live as he ministers on March 2nd during the iLead Escape Face2Face Worship Concert in Birmingham, AL.

Stellar Award Winners Announced, Big Night For Anthony Brown

Monday, February 22nd, 2016
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Gospel’s biggest nigAJBwinsht did not disappoint as the 31st Annual Stellar Awards returned to the city of Las Vegas to celebrate Gospel music and the people who make it.  Anthony Brown and group therAPy made Stellar Award history as the Tyscot recording artists took home statues in the 10 categories they were nominated in.  Other multiple winners included Charles Jenkins and Fellowship Chicago, the Rance Allen Group, Tasha Cobbs and Tina Campbell.  One of the most memorable moments was the James Cleveland Award tribute to the late Olanda Draper featuring a reunion of his beloved choir the Associates coupled with fellow Brat Pack members Ricky Dillard, Donald Lawrence and Hezekiah Walker.  The 2 hour telecast will make its debut on Sunday, March 6 on TV One and then begin its syndicated run in 125 markets between March 12 and April 10th.  .  A full list of the winners is found below.

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Glam At The Stellars

Saturday, February 20th, 2016
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Of course getting glam for the big show is a big part of the Stellar Award weekend. We highlight a couple of our favs!   Goo’s Gifting Suite and The Glam Room both offer star-treatment experiences for you to get your look together at the Stellars. (more…)

Passing of Noted Songwriter and Musician Herbert “Pee Wee” Pickard

Saturday, February 20th, 2016

DLC and Pee WeeGOSPELflava joins others across the country mourning the passing of acclaimed Gospel songwriter and musician Herbert Pee Wee Pickard (seated at the piano).  A child prodigy and son of a COGIC pastor, Pickard grew up in Detroit, Michigan and trained, directed and accompanied choirs as well as a number of the legends of Gospel including Reverend James Cleveland and the Voices of Tabernacle (his piano accompaniment is heard on their first hit, The Love of God),  Brother Joe May, Professor Alex Bradford and a long stint with the Original Gospel Harmonettes.

Pickard recorded two albums for Savoy Records, one an instrumental and the other with his group, the Pickard Singers.

 

Stellar Spotlight – Israel and New Breed

Friday, February 19th, 2016
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090_israelIsrael Houghton has amassed a number of accolades in his 25 years in Gospel music.  5 Grammy-Awards, 13 Dove Awards, 2 Stellar Awards, a Soul Train Music Award are but a brief testament to his years of service in the kingdom as singer, songwriter and producer.  He is the recipient of his sixth Grammy award for Covered: Alive In Asia, which has been nominated for 4 Stellar Awards. (more…)

Stellar Spotlight – Richard Smallwood

Friday, February 19th, 2016
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Richard Smallwood is without a doubt an authentic Gospel music legend.  Hugely influenced by the works of the Hawkins family, Smallwood went on to make a name for himself fusing together the worlds of Classical and Gospel music.  Penning timeless classics like “Total Praise;” “Center of My Joy;” and “I Love the Lord” and having them recorded and performed by Whitney Houston, Destiny’s Child, Kelly Price and Aretha Franklin have helped to cement his place in the Gospel music stratosphere.  (more…)

Stellar Spotlight – Tasha Cobbs

Friday, February 19th, 2016
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Tasha Cobbs One PlaceMotown Gospel recording artist Tasha Cobbs perfectly fits the moniker of “breakout artist”.  Her national debut, Grace took the world by storm with her cover of Break Every Chain.  Grace flowed freely and Cobbs went on to win her first Grammy coupled along with three Stellar Awards and three Dove Awards.  This year, Cobbs is nominated in 6 Stellar Awards, including Artist of the Year for her One Place Live CD. (more…)

Stellar Spotlight – Erica Campbell

Friday, February 19th, 2016
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New Erica CampbellErica Campbell is showing the world that she plans to be around for a very long time.  The other half of the super group Mary Mary released her first solo project Help, which was warmly received by audiences and netted her a Grammy Award as well as 8 Stellar trophies including Artist of The Year, CD of the Year and Female Artist of the Year. She then showed there was a lot more to the story by releasing Help 2.o.  Erica made this proclamation: “There is just so much more to sing and say,” said Erica. “I’m just getting started! As long as God keeps opening the door for me I’ll keep walking through it! So humbled and so grateful.” (more…)

Stellar Spotlight – Charles Jenkins and Fellowship Chicago

Friday, February 19th, 2016
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Charles Jenkins and Fellowship Chicago aren’t  strangers to the Stellar Awards.  The Chicago based ensemble burst on the scene with their runaway smash hit, Awesome (from the Best of Both Worlds CD) which spent 22 weeks at #1 on the Billboard Radio chart,  took home a BMI Award for over 100,000 spins at radio and won 5 Stellar Awards. (more…)

Stellar Spotlight- Anthony Brown

Friday, February 19th, 2016
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In the forefront with 10 Stellar Award nominations for their sophomore CD is singer/songwriter Anthony Brown and his DC area based group therAPy.  In his own words, Brown shares his joy by stating “Wow…is all I can say. I am so honored and extremely humbled to be nominated,”  “I have a great amount of respect for The Stellar Awards and for all of the artists who share the gospel around the world. I’m elated to be considered amongst them.”  (more…)