The Rising Star of Jekalyn Carr

Written by: Gregory Gay

May 5th, 2016

Jekalyn Carr FullWe came to know of the exuberance of fifteen year old Jekalyn Carr when she ignited a fire with the release of her 2013 single, Greater is Coming.  The dynamic singer and evangelist would chart in the top 5 on Billboard and take home a Stellar Award win all by the age of 15.  Some three years later, Carr returned to the recording booth this time for a live recording, Jekalyn’s very first, entitled The Life Project.  GOSPELflava caught up with Jekalyn to talk about her new project, her mentors and what keeps her going.

GOSPELflava: Ok, set the stage for us, its 3 years since the release of Greater is Coming, what’s Jekalyn Carr been up to?

Jekalyn Carr: Well, I did my first national live recording October 22, 2015 and the result of that is my new album The Life Project.  My first single from the CD,  You’re Bigger is at radio and I am touring with singing and preaching dates, so its nothing short of amazing and all for God’s glory.

 

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Jonathan Nelson Talks Fearless To GOSPELflava

Written by: Gregory Gay

May 4th, 2016

Jonathan Nelson-FEARLESS album coverFearless is the fifth album from multiple Stellar Award winning singer/songwriter Jonathan Nelson.  GOSPELflava caught up with the worship leader and shared a few moments to talk about the new album, new label and other things.

GOSPELflava: Jonathan, bring us up to speed since our last conversation.

Jonathan Nelson: I signed with a brand new record company Eone Music, recorded and released a new CD entitled Fearless and it debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top Gospel Albums chart.    I told Eone when we started talking that I wanted to expand and I wanted to  infiltrate the Gospel market with a stronger brand and a stronger sound, having a stand out kind of approach, and  Eone helped me to do just that. Everything about this CD is me living out the word fearless, taking the risks, doing what I have never done before and being out the box so to speak.  All of the background singers that are singing on the CD, we have never really worked together officially as a team, some of the background singers I had never met in person, the band had never really worked together,  we maybe did one record together but not really as a team effort with the band or singers.  I  had never worked with Da Truth, Tye Tribbett, Kim, Dorinda or Sonnie Badu as it relates to partnering or collaborating on music, so that was completely different.  I just took a leap of faith.   I believed what God would do and His hand of approval is on it,  so everything about this CD, there is no script for it, it is really me living out what fearless is in me. Read the rest of this entry »

Donald Lawrence Announces 2016-17 Plans For New Music

Written by: Melanie Pratt

May 4th, 2016

 

Donald Lawrence took to Facebook to announce new music coming!  Celebrating a birthday today,  Lawrence posted on April 29, that we can expect a new single from TriCity late this summer.  He also announced a live recording in Charlotte and a new project in 2017,  Donald Lawrence Presents: The TriCity Singers “Curtain Call”

Joshua Rogers Joins Mixed Bag Entertainment Roster

Written by: Gregory Gay

May 4th, 2016

JoshRogersMixed Bag Entertainment announced the signing of Sunday Best Season 5 Winner Joshua Rogers.  Well Done, Rogers first album was released by Mathew Knowles’ Music World Gospel label. He followed that with Unconditional in 2013.  Both discs placed in the top 5 spots on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart.  Rogers was released from his recording contract with Mathew Knowles’ Music World Gospel earlier this year.

Mark Mims, COO of Mixed Bag Entertainment states: “We’re excited to add a talented artist like Joshua to Mixed Bag Entertainment. He has so much to offer the gospel music community and we can’t wait to share his new music with his dedicated fans.” Emanuel “DA TRUTH” Lambert, CEO of Mixed Bag Entertainment adds: “Joshua Rogers is the full package. He’s a gospel singer with a golden voice and a great heart! We are super excited to have him on the Mixed bag team!” Gary Crockett, Co-founder and CSO of Mixed Bag Entertainment also states: “Joshua Rogers is the full package. We’re excited that Mixed Bag gets to be a part of the next and most exciting phase of his career by bringing the many dynamics of Joshua’s talent to bigger platforms including film, television and live stage plays.”

Joshua heads into the studio to create new music with the assistance of Grammy winning producer Blac Elvis, with plans for a single release in the fall and a full-length album in 2017.

“I’m optimistic about my future with Mixed Bag Entertainment,” said Rogers. “I’m in a position where I can create the best quality of music that is meaningful, storytelling and relatable for my fans.”

Todd Dulaney Takes #1 Spot On Billboard

Written by: John Burton Jr.

April 26th, 2016

Todd Dulaney-A Worshipper's Heart-Album cover artTodd Dulaney follows up his #1 debut on iTunes Christian & Gospel Albums Chart with a #1 debut on the Billboard Top Gospel Albums Chart for  his new disc, A Worshipers Heart. The lead single,  “The Anthem” also takes the #1 spot  on the Gospel Airplay Chart, and the album charts at #3 on Billboard’s Top Christian & Gospel Albums (Combined) Chart, #14 on Billboard’s Top Independent Albums Chart, and #22 on Billboard’s Current Digital Albums Chart.

Todd is currently on tour in support of the album’s release with special performances in Baltimore, MD; Norfolk, VA; Kansas City, MO; and his home town of  Chicago, IL.

Chicago Gospel Music Festival Welcomes Hezekiah Walker, Shirley Caesar and Travis Greene

Written by: Gregory Gay

April 26th, 2016

Travis Greene 2Chicago, the Gospel music capitol of the world celebrates Gospel music in a big way as it gets in gear for the 31st annual Chicago Gospel Music Festival taking place in downtown Chicago at Millennium Park June 3rd and 4th.  Among the headliners for this year’s fest are Grammy Award winners Bishop Hezekiah Walker and Pastor Shirley Caesar, Grammy nominees Travis Greene and Bryan Courtney Wilson as well as William Murphy and local Chicago favorites Chicago Mass Choir, Kenny Lewis and One Voice, The James  and more.

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events will also hosts several Gospel music events around the country including a conversation with Entertainment One VP Phil Thornton and recording artist Lalah Hathaway hosted by Michelle Williams on May 18th and a special Gospel music presentation on July 25th in Millennium Park featuring the Jones Family Singers and the Apostolic Church of God choir.

Check out the city of Chicago website for detailed information.

Erica Campbell Takes To Radio With New Show

Written by: John Burton Jr.

April 26th, 2016

Erica NewReach Media and Radio One announced the addition of multiple award winner Erica Campbell to weekday mornings with Get Up! Mornings with Erica Campbell, the new morning drive radio programming replacing the Yolanda Adams Radio Show.  Yolanda Adams informed the fans and listeners of the end of her show via social media on last week.

David Kantor, Chief Executive Officer of Reach Media and Radio One’s Radio Group states, “Erica has mastered her craft in music and she’s winning in reality TV and even social media. I’m glad Reach Media and Radio One can provide her access to syndicated radio – another media to dominate and share her inspirational voice.”
Erica Campbell says, “I’m grateful to Reach Media, Radio One, Dan Otero of Globe Star Media and Warryn Campbell, CEO of My Block Records, for believing in me and my ability to inspire America to Get Up!

Gospel Artists React To the Passing Of Music Icon, Prince

Written by: Melanie Pratt

April 22nd, 2016

Prince Rogers Nelson passed away unexpectedly yesterday at the age of 57.  Having influences that defied genre, his presence will certainly be missed.  Gospel music’s best and brightest took to social media yesterday to express themselves.

Anthony Brown (FB)
Some news you just never think you’ll see or read..wow..I am literally speechless. Speechless. RIP to one of the greatest entertainers and artist to ever walk the face of the earth. Wow… Sincerely praying for his family. This hits home for all the music makers and dreamers.. Read the rest of this entry »

Tye Tribbett To Host Joyful Noise On BET

Written by: Gregory Gay

April 22nd, 2016

Tye-Tribbett-02BET announced its lineup of new and returning programs and featured in the lineup is Joyful Noise, an hour long program hosted by award winning Motown Gospel recording artist Tye Tribbett.  The show will feature performances from celebrated as well as new and upcoming Gospel artists, an on the street feature manned by Willie Moore Jr, a local church feature and a sermonette from the nation’s leading pastors and pulpiteers.

Celebration of Gospel was included in the list of returning special programs.

Charles Butler and Trinity Prepares New CD For June Release

Written by: Gregory Gay

April 20th, 2016

CharlesButler-MakeIt2The Gospel world has fallen in love with DMV area based ensemble Charles Butler and Trinity’s new single Make It as it crosses the top 40 on Billboard’s Gospel Radio chart.  The group prepares for the release of their sophomore album with their new label home, Anointed Sounds Records.  The new ten track CD produced by Daniel Weatherspoon features appearances by Coko of SWV, Travis Malloy, Maranda Willis and Brittney Wright.  The disc hits stores and digital outlets on June 3rd.  A promotional tour will kick off in late April taking the group around the country in support of the CD release.