The Chicago Gospel Sound Celebrated On New Disc

Written by: John Burton Jr.

July 29th, 2016

Sirens Records Lift Me UpThe Sirens Records, whose catalog includes memorable recordings from Gospel Legends Geraldine and Rev. Donald Gay, Rev. Dwayne Mason and Edward Robinson continues its delve into the revered Chicago Gospel sound with its latest release, Lift Me Up.

The CD pulls together some of Chicago’s finest keyboard masters including Richard Gibbs (son of Inez Andrews and accompanist for Aretha Franklin), Elsa Harris (longtime member of the Jessy Dixon Singers), Rev. Bryant Jones, Lavelle Lacy, Terry Moore, and Rev. Eric Thomas with master drummer Curtis Fondren for a nostalgic yet spirited encounter with Sunday church music.  Lending vocal assistance to the project are Rev. Donald Gay, Rev. DeAndrae Patterson and Dorothy Robertson.

Lift Me Up is a continuation of the label’s efforts  to preserve authentic Chicago Blues, Boogie Woogie, Gospel, and Jazz piano music. The disc hits retail outlets during the month of August.

Melonie Daniels Walker Gives New Life To Daryl Coley Classic

Written by: Gregory Gay

July 29th, 2016

MDW SpiritWho hasn’t been in awe of the artistry of Melonie Daniels Walker?  The in demand singer/songwriter, actress, vocal coach, vocal director, worship leader and so much more has delighted audiences with her unforgettable performances including He Lives and Forever from the GMWA Women of Worship and Reflections from Olanda Draper and the Associates.  The Gospel world was buzzing when Walker broke the news that she had begun work on her solo CD.  News that she was releasing a single only made us anxious, and then on July 29th, it became a reality.  I Need Your Spirit hit digital retail outlets and was met with rounds of praise from Walker’s large fan base.

Walker honors the memory of the late Reverend Daryl Coley as well as the legacy of the Edwin and Walter Hawkins Music and Arts Love Fellowship Conference (The song was originally featured on the Edwin Hawkins Music and Arts Seminar Mass Choir Give Us Peace LP).  “I Need Your Spirit was so ideal in that it expresses a reinforced truth that without God, we are nothing.  The Bible expresses it clearly when it says in Him we live, move and have our being.  The song also gives a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the legacy of Reverend Daryl Coley, who was by far one of the greatest singers and God sent musical gifts to mankind as well as to honor the wonderful music that we have been recipients of over the past 35 years through the Edwin and Walter Hawkins music conference.  I am just blessed to have been an active part of this great assembly of talented singers and musicians.”

Spirit heads to radio as Walker makes promotional stops at select cities across the country.

 

Jovonta Patton Debut’s at #1 on Billboard Gospel Charts

Written by: Martin Williams

July 27th, 2016

51CWRwi2gVL._SS500_SS280One of the newest and vibrant talents in Gospel Music has a lot to celebrate. Independent Artist Jovonta Patton new album, “Finally Living”, debut at #1 on the Billboard Gospel Charts.  This is significant for Patton as he released this album independently without a major label or distribution. Patton is no stranger to the industry as he and his dynamic group, “Deliverance For Youth” (DFY) have been making strides in the industry. Their energetic vibe and vocal power have captured the attention of many top names and figures in Gospel Music. His Billboard accomplishment proves how the power of Gospel music stands true even in turbulent times. Patton says, “It feels great and its the exact reason why the gospel was formed to encourage and strengthen us  in times of weakness. “Finally Living” is available on all digital media outlets.

AME Choir Opens Democratic National Convention

Written by: John Burton Jr.

July 27th, 2016

Gospel music took front and center at the opening festivities of the 2016 Democratic National Convention as the historic Mother Bethel AME Choir under the direction of Jonas Crenshaw performed a spirited arrangement of the Battle Hymn of the Republic on Monday, July 25th.

Reverend Anthony Vinson, International Director of Music and Christian Arts for the African Methodist Episcopal Church and Minister of Music for AME LIVEthe AME Mass Choir  joined Mother Bethel for the performance and shared these sentiments, “What a honor to be a part of such a historic convention and a momentous occasion for a historic church.  Mother Bethel is the first AME Church in the nation, organized by AME Founder Richard Allen in 1794.  Among it many accomplishments, Mother Bethel has been a beacon in African American history having served as a stop on the Underground Railroad and hosting such great orators including Frederick Douglas and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The music ministry of the church continues to celebrate the proud traditions and legacy of the AME Church and we are grateful.” Read the rest of this entry »

Maurette Brown Clark Becomes A Radio Angel

Written by: John Burton Jr.

July 27th, 2016

Maurette+Brown+Clark+03Gospel’s sweetheart Maurette Brown Clark adds radio host to her many hats with the debut of “The Sound of Praise with Maurette Brown Clark” on Monday.  The Stellar Award winner known for It Ain’t Over (Until God Says Its Over) , I Hear the Sound of Victory, Breaking of Day and her most recent radio single King Oh King will host the midday show in her hometown of Baltimore as well as Philadelphia.  Clark will alternate hosting duties between cities.

 

Latice Crawford, Tasha Page Lockhart, and D’Morea Johnson Touring this Fall

Written by: Stan North

July 25th, 2016

Recorlaticecrawford1ding artists Latice Crawford, Tasha Page Lockhart and D’Morea Johnson will kick-off the Enter The Realm Tour this fall.  The concert tour starts on Thursday, September 22nd at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium in Asheville, NC. Additional tour dates will be added in the coming weeks.

Crawford’s current EP, Diary of a Church Girl debuted at No. 15 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart. Her single, “Author” continues to climb on the Gospel radio charts. Best known as the second runner-up of Season 2 of BET’s Sunday Best, Crawford presents Diary of a Church Girl as the follow-up to her 2014 debut self-titled album.  Lockhart and Johnson are also coming off of successful album releases.

Fantasia Drops New Music With Tye Tribbett

Written by: Melanie Pratt

July 25th, 2016

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Fantasia is set to drop her latest project The Definition of… this Friday, and the album features a collaboration with Tye Tribbett. Check out the debut of the song “I Made It” as performed by Fantasia this morning on Good Morning America.

 

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Donnie McClurkin Readies Us For The Journey

Written by: Gregory Gay

July 25th, 2016

D_McClurkin_TheJourney_CVRMultiple Grammy, Stellar and Dove Award winner Donnie McClurkin takes us on a musical experience by way of his seventh album The Journey, hitting stores and digital outlets on August 19th.  The disc features fourteen tracks in total that comprise eleven classics and three new songs including his latest single, I Need You.

The singer/songwriter and radio host hits the road bringing inspiring words and music to people across the country as he presents An Evening with Donnie McClurkin visiting several cities.  A tentative schedule is listed below

AN EVENING WITH DONNIE MCCLURKIN DATES

 

7/30                   Baltimore, MD               Israel Baptist Church

7/31                    New York, NY                Grant Memorial Park (WBLS/WLIB event)

8/20                    Dallas, TX                        Inspiring Body of Christ

8/21                    Cincinnati, OH               Sawyer Pointe Park (I Hear Music Conference)

8/25                    Richmond, VA               St. Paul’s Baptist Church

8/26                    Charlotte, NC                 Rock Church Center

8/27                    Fairburn, GA                  Open Bible Church

9/18                    Norfolk, VA                     Rock Church

9/24                    Montgomery, AL          Safe Harbor Church

TBS                      Chicago, IL                      TBS

TBS                      Detroit, MI                      Perfecting Church

 

Mary Mary Gets Back To You With New Music Video

Written by: Gregory Gay

July 22nd, 2016

Its more of the music that we love from Tina and Erica Campbell as they make a statement with Back to You.  This marks the WeTV reality stars return after a four year hiatus which gave birth to solo albums from each of them.

Back To You is written and produced by Warryn Campbell and inspired by the new Ben Hur movie produced by Hollywood Super couple Roma Downey and Mark Burnett.  In case you missed the video debut, we’ve got the video right here:

KJ Scriven Drops “Lead Me”

Written by: Melanie Pratt

July 22nd, 2016

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Carolina’s KJ Scriven dropped new music this week. Coming off of a hit with Tye Tribbett’s single “What Can I Do?, which was written by Scriven, he’s back with signature acoustic sound and heartfelt lyrics.  The song is available for download.  Check out the video here:

 

 

 

 

 

 

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