The recording of Wynton Marsalis’ Abyssinian Mass featuring the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and the 70 voice Chorale LeChateau conducted by Damien Sneed takes a bow at #12 on the Billboard Top Gospel Albums chart. The work celebrates the 200th anniversary of the famed Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem and the recording captures performances from the Abyssinian Mass Tour that took place in 2013. Its a glorious fusion of church service and big band weaved together and is receiving rave reviews from the Chicago Tribune and the Wall Street Journal.
Archive for March, 2016
Tiff Joy’s rambunctious new single Oh How We Love You is making quite an impression as it hits the radio airwaves. The Stellar Award winning songwriter’s composition Amazing recorded by Ricky Dillard & New Generation spent some 30 weeks on the Billboard Hot Gospel Songs chart. This set the stage for her solo debut self titled disc last year. On Oh How We Love You, Tiff Joy gets writing assistance from Phillip Feaster, Angel Feaster and Calvin Rodgers. And because we love you, you can take it in for all its worth right here:
Fearless, the new CD from Jonathan Nelson makes its debut in the number one spot on the Billboard Gospel chart. The album which marks Nelson’s fifth project was recorded live before a capacity crowd at the Faith Center in Sunrise, Florida last year. Fueled by the hit radio single Anything Can Happen, Nelson continues to criss-cross the country making promotional appearances in support of the CD’s release.
Kirk Franklin’s celebration of 20 years of music gets it second wind as the multiple award winning artist announced dates for the summer beginning on June 3rd in Augusta, Georgia. Twelve additional cities were added to the tour with tickets going on sale on April 1st.
20 Years in One Night Tour Schedule – Summer Leg:
June 3rd Augusta, GA James Brown Arena
June 4th Durham, NC Durham Performing Arts Center
June 5th Jacksonville, FL Time – Union Center
June 9th Tulsa, OK Brady Theatre
June 10th Austin, TX ACL Live at Moody Theatre
June 11th New Orleans, LA Orpheum Theatre
June 12th Mobile, AL Saenger Theatre
June 14th Birmingham, AL Alabama Theatre
June 15th Savannah, GA Savannah Civic Center
June 17th Rochester, NY Main Street Armory
June 18th Dorchester, MA Strand Theatre
June 19th Baltimore, MD The Lyric Opera House
Fo Yo Soul Recordings celebrated the news that The Glory Album, the new release from Christon Gray made its debut at #5 on the Billboard R & B Chart. “We can’t tell you how excited we are that people are connecting to this incredible artist we have in Christon Gray,” said Kirk Franklin. “The Glory Album” is music for the mind body and soul.”
The Ohio based writer/singer and producer continues to amaze and wow audiences with stellar performances this month including opening for the BET Honors awards show and being named among ESPN’s Music Artists of The Month.
Service arrangements have been announced for Daryl Coley who passed away last week. Services will be held on April 2, 2016 at the City of Refuge in Los Angeles where Bishop Noel Jones is pastor.
Columbus, Ohio based writer, singer, rapper, and producer Christon Gray shared a moment with GOSPELflava to talk about the release of his second solo project The Glory Album, the success of WLAK and joining the Fo Yo Soul family. Here’s what he had to say:
GOSPELflava: Hey Christon, it seems that this new album is causing a bit of a buzz. How would you define this project?
Christon Gray: Well, I’m not ashamed to say I think the album is good. It’s an album that doesnt just fit in one category. The record dropped on Friday,March 11th and since then, I’m hearing all sorts of positive feedback, people are overwhelming me with how much they love the album, it was sitting at the top of the R & B/Soul charts on iTunes for the first 3 days of its release and number 10 overall as well as charting on the Christian and Gospel charts , so its been encouraging to see that. The concept of the album is Chris continuing his story from School of Roses and also just trying to find my place in God’s glory and the glory He has to reveal in me, so that journey from glory to glory is what you hear in the album. (more…)
GOSPELflava joins countless others around the world mourning the passing of Daryl Coley. Born October 30, 1955 in Berkely, California, Daryl would gain early exposure to jazz music and display an affinity for playing keyboards early on in his high school years while attending Claremont High with friends Rodney Franklin and bass player Freddie Washington. The Bay area connection would lead him to found an organize the New Generation Singers (which would go on to do background on James Moore’s first LP) and meet the likes of Walter and Edwin Hawkins. Coley toured with the Hawkins family, making a unforgettable appearance on the tag of Holy One on Tramaine’s first solo album in addition to being the perfect duet partner for Lynette Hawkins Stephens on Do Your Best from Walter Hawkins’ I Feel Like Singing album. Daryl’s stand out vocals caught the attention of Reverend James Cleveland, that association would lead to his fronting He’ll Never Let You Down for the Gospel Music Workshop of America recording in 1982. Just Daryl, his first solo album was released in 1986 and received a Grammy nomination. Daryl would record additionally for Light Records and for Sparrow Records, releasing such standards as To Live Is Christ, He’s Right On Time, It Shall Be Done, He That Dwelleth, Beyond the Veil, Integrity, When the Music Stops and a host of others. Daryl’s body of work outside of Gospel music included a performance of the Star Spangled Banner on The Simpsons and a featured performance on the 1984 Ramsey Lewis and Nancy Wilson album, The Two of Us.
Some of his most memorable performances comes from guest appearances with the Wilmington Chester Mass Choir (He’s Preparing Me, Sovereign, He Shepherds Me) and Donald Lawrence and the Tri City Singers (When Sunday Comes) his improvisation on Quincy Jones’ arrangement of the Hallelujah Chorus. BMI honored him with the Trailblazers of Gospel Salute in 2013.
Deon Kipping is enjoying the success of the release of his new EP, A Place Called Victory. GOSPELflava caught Deon in a moment of downtime and here’s what he had to say: (more…)
In an effort to create, promote and celebrate young seekers and carriers of wisdom, Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Jonathan McReynolds has announced the creation of Elihu Nation. A non-profit, Elihu makes its debut in McReynolds hometown of Chicago, Illinois, and believes that “with God and adequate community, young people can avoid ignorance, shallow living and life-altering mistakes.” (more…)