Audiences around the world are experiencing great Joy with the release of VaShawn Mitchell’s new single. “Joy” is the first single from the multiple Grammy and Stellar nominated artist’s new album, SECRET PLACE, which was recorded in South Africa.
This live recording and worship experience was held at the MOSAÏEK TEATRO in Fairland, Gauteng, South Africa (a suburb of Johannesburg). The concert incorporated the beauty, power and sounds of South Africa with a prominent sound of worship that has become Mitchell’s signature. The live atmosphere and energy from the South African audience reflected the globalization of Gospel music and unifying power of worship.
The famed Chicago Mass Choir aims to give God praise all year long and gets Summer praise into high gear with a performance at TBN Studios in Aurora, Illinois. CMC President Dr. Feranda Williamson shared these words: “TBN has so graciously allowed Chicago Mass Choir to share several selections from our new CD with their viewing audience. This is truly a great opportunity, and we are very thankful to TBN for their support of Chicago Mass Choir.”
New Haven Records follows up the ever popular Thank You, Thank You Jesus with both a live video and lyric video for CMC’s latest single, I Give You Praise.
Jekalyn Carr is ready for the world to hear the music from her third album, The Life Project, which hits stores and digital outlets on August 5th. You’re Bigger, the first single from the project continues its reach on Gospel radio hitting number 2 on both the BDS and Mediabase charts, and the live video has garnered some 185,000 views in a month. Essence Magazine named Carr one of Gospel’s 15 artists to watch.
The Life Project is Carr’s first live project and she took time to talk to GOSPELflava about the CD and what inspires her to keep on going, read our interview here: The Rising Star of Jekalyn Carr
David and Tamela Mann report via Facebook that while in Atlanta yesterday, their car was broken into outside a Red Lobster in Camp Creek Marketplace. The couple, in town for a comedy show, posted a video about the incident Monday night on Facebook. indicating they had just arrived at the restaurant and were being seated when a woman ran into the restaurant and told them someone was breaking into their car. Mann ran outside and tried to grab one of three men, but the assailants got away with his backpack, a new computer, identification and some of Tamela’s jewelry. The incident is under investigation.
RCA Inspiration joins singer/songwriter Deon Kipping in celebrating his first number one debut on the Billboard Top Gospel Albums chart with Something To Talk About. The 15 track CD is Kipping’s third release and immediately follows his 2012 hit album I Just Want To Hear You. The album’s success is fueled by hit radio singles Place Called Victory and By Myself.
Singer/songwriter Glenn Allen Gray states that prayer is the answer with the release of his latest single, Lord We Need Your Blessing. Gray wrote the song in response to the blaring images of violence against the youth across the nation as well as being personally impacted by the Flint water crisis. “The world as we know it is on a downward spiral and moving quickly”, says Gray. “Living in Flint and seeing first-hand the water crisis and its impact on all life, not just the young but the old, it is clear that we need a course of action and immediate assistance. II Chronicles 7:14 is the answer for our problem. Every major move of God comes as people unite and ask God to intervene.”
Gray’s musicality and exposure to the Eddie Kendricks Motown sounds shine as he collaborates with noted producer Jeffrey LaValley as well as up and coming Gospel Rap artist Darian Gray. Lord We Need Your Blessing is available now on iTunes, Amazon and other retailers.
Singer and actor Maurice Lauchner grew up believing “a man’s gift will make room for him and bring him before great men”. Knowing he possessed a gift of being able to connect with audiences, the NY native took God at His word and waited patiently for the doors of opportunity to open. Lauchner’s acting opportunities included roles on The Cosby Show and in the documentary on the life of Emmit Till, but his work in the Tyler Perry stage plays Madea Christmas, Aunt Bam’s Place and Madea Gets a Job brought him national recognition.
Lauchner released an CD of hymns in 2009 and was eager to begin work on a new album when he was introduced to the new song, Can’t Live Without You. The song caught his attention. “I heard Can’t Live Without You and was immediately taken with the song’s refrain”, states Lauchner. “I called Estee Bullock (Hezekiah Walker) and sang the chorus to him over the phone and in about a week, he called me back with some verses he had written. It was then that I knew we were ready to record this track. Looking over my life and all of the things that me, my wife and children have been through, I know that I couldn’t have made it without the Lord, so the song has a real personal meaning to me. The Apostle Paul reminds us that in Him (GOD) we live, move and have our being. As we live, we will encounter struggles in life. but how you go through your struggle determines how you will come out of it. God allows struggles to bring back into focus that He is our way out. He has our back, knows our future and He really loves us. He gives purpose to our lives and gives us reason to live.
Can’t Live Without You hits digital outlets on July 4th.
Congratulations to Kirk Franklin on winning the Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award at the BET Awards last night! Here, Franklin brings Tammy Franklin, his wife of 20 years to the stage with him to accept.
The 29th Annual ASCAP Rhythm and Soul Music Awards were handed out in Los Angeles on June 23rd and Motown Gospel recording artist Bryan Courtney Wilson took home the honor for the Top Gospel Song for his chart topping composition Worth Fighting For. Tyscot recording artists Anthony Brown and group therAPy performed a rousing rendition of their chart topping single Worth capping off the evening’s musical performances. Other Gospel music winners are as follows:
AWARD WINNING GOSPEL SONGS
“All the Glory” by Alexis Spight Writer: Travis Malloy Publisher: Travis Malloy Music
“Bless Me” by J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise Featuring Donnie McClurkin Writers: Eric Davis
JJ Hairston Publishers: E Dav Music
Yellow Boy Music
“Bless This House” by Dorinda Clark-Cole Writer: Shanika Bereal Publisher: JGurl Music
“Fill Me Up” by Casey J Writer: Will Reagan Publisher: United Pursuit Music
“For Your Glory” by Tasha Cobbs Writer: Mia S. Booker Publisher: I Thirst Music
“Gotta Have You” by Jonathan McReynolds Writers: Warryn Campbell
Jonathan McReynolds Publishers: Campbell Kids Publishing
Warner/Chappell Music Inc.
“I Am” by Jason Nelson Writers: Jason Nelson
Dana T. Sorey Publishers: C Bazz Publishing
Jaelyn Songs Music
“I’m Good” by Tim Bowman Jr. Writers: Johntá Austin
Marvin Winans Publishers: Jobete Music Co Inc
Naked Under My Clothes Music
Sony/ATV Tunes LLC
“My Words Have Power” by Karen Clark Sheard Featuring Donald Lawrence & The Co. Writer: Rick Robinson Publishers: Capitol CMG Genesis
Kid Prodigy Music
Universal Music Publishing
“No Greater Love” by Smokie Norful Writer: Smokie Norful Publishers: Capitol CMG Genesis
Meadowgreen Music Company
Universal Music Publishing
“Worth” by Anthony Brown & group therAPy Writer: Anthony Brown Publishers: Key of A Music Publishing
Marquis Boone Entertainment recording artist Bri (Briana) Babineaux headlines the New Artist on the Block Tour making its first stop in Hendersonville, Tennessee on July 5th. Joining Babineaux on tour is Sunday Best winner Geoffery Golden and MBE’s newest signee Kelontae Gavin. Tour dates are as follows:
7/05/16 @7 Celebration Of Life Church, Hendersonville, TN. 7/06/16 @7 Prince of Peace Church, Memphis, TN. 7/11/16 @7 Bethel World Outreach, Olney, MD. 7/12/16 @7 Have Life Church, Charlotte NC. 7/13/16 @7 Valley Brook Outreach Baptist Church, Pelzer, SC. 7/14/16 @7 Heritage Christian Center, Jacksonville, FL . 7/18/16 @7 Dothan High School, Dothan, AL. 7/19/16 @7 TBA, Columbus, MS. 7/20/16 @7 Showers of Blessing Church, Hammond, LA. 7/21/16 @7 TBA, Dallas, TX .