Archive for the ‘Album Releases’ Category

Continuing the Legacy with the Highway QCs

Friday, July 25th, 2014

QCsIn 1945, a group of teenagers assembled at Chicago’s Highway Baptist Church with the intentions of forming a singing group. The group consisted of Sam Cooke, Creadell Copeland, and two pairs of brothers, Marvin and Charles Jones and Curtis and Lee Richardson. This would mark the beginnings of the Highway QCs. During the early years, the group would experience years of personnel changes. Sam Cooke’s decision to leave the group to join the Soul Stirrers would make way for the introduction of his replacement, Lou Rawls. Rawls would stay for two years and leave to join the Chosen Gospel Singers of Los Angeles. He would be replaced by Johnnie Taylor. In the interim, the QCs made their recording debut on the Vee Jay label in 1955. Shortly thereafter, Spencer Taylor (cousin of Johnnie) would become a member of the group and upon Johnnie Taylor’s departure to go and join the Soul Stirrers following the departure of Sam Cooke, Spencer Taylor would lead the Highway QCs for more than 5 decades.
The legacy of the Highway QCs is continued with the addition of Taylor’s sons, Spencer Taylor III and Lynn “Fuzzy” Taylor joining their father in the group. With no signs of slowing down, the Taylors have secured their mark on the future with the launch of an independent label and preparations for a new disc from the Highway QCs in the fall of 2014.

Dorothy Norwood Music Group Inks Deal with EchoPark/JDI

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Dorothy NorwoodDN Incredible Journey Music Group has announced a distribution deal with EchoPark/JDI Entertainment and is readying the 52nd solo release of the world’s greatest story teller, Evangelist Dorothy Norwood in October. An Incredible Journey, produced by Norwood and Cedric Thompson features stellar performances from Dorinda Clark Cole, LeJuene Thompson, VaShawn Mitchell and Melvin Williams on the lead single, When the Church Begins to Pray.

International AME Mass Choir Makes Historic CD Debut August 5th

Monday, July 14th, 2014

There’s a new sound and its coming from the AME Church!!!.  While AME LIVE, the first recording from the  International AME Church Mass Choir hits digital and retail outlets on August 5th,  the celebration has already begun with liAME LIVEstening parties and concerts in Nashville, Tennessee and Chicago, Illinois.  Over 125 voices from AME Churches across the country participated in the recording of the live CD/DVD held in Chicago last summer.  The project is produced by Adrian Dunn and Curtis Lindsey and features guest performances by Myron Butler, Melonie Daniels, Troy Bright.

The Winans Sign with eOne, Debut New Video

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

WinansPrepare yourself for the release of Foreign Land, the new disc from the 3 Winans Brothers on September 30th.  Marvin, Carvin and BeBe Winans unveiled the new group offering If God Be For Us last year at the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.  The brothers have formed a new label Regimen Records and announced a marketing and distribution deal with Entertainment One.  An artist services/publishing deal was signed with BMG earlier this year.

The brothers are also celebrating the video release for their current single,  Move In Me, produced by Grammy winning producer Daniel Weatherspoon and remixed by multi-Grammy award winning songwriter/producer, Warryn Campbell.

Bryan Andrew Wilson Lands In Billboard’s Top Twenty

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

BryanWilsonsinglecoverBryan Andrew Wilson’s fifth solo CD “The One Percent” makes its debut at the #18 slot on the Billboard Top Gospel Albums chart.  This marks his return to the charts since his 1996 solo CD debut “Bryan’s Songs.”  Wilson burst on the scene with his impassioned rendition of His Eye is On the Sparrow with the Mississippi Mass Children’s Choir.

Jesus Revealed By Jason Nelson

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

Jason Nelson took us INNNWe are in love with behind the scenes footage and Pastor Jason Nelson affords us the opportunity to have a sneak peek into the making of his new CD Jesus Revealed.  Nelson new single I AM hits digital outlets on July 8th.   In the meantime, you can relive the majesty and the music here:

Catching Up With Otis Battles

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

In the late 90s, we Otis Battles officialwere introduced to Otis Battles as the front man for the High Point Community Choir.  The choir’s MCG Records debut was co-produced by Hezekiah Walker with music from Rodney Jerkins and a noteworthy vocal performance from Faith Evans (see review here).  Battles and the choir received a warm reception and his gift made room for him affording ministry opportunities across the country as well as  overseas.   Otis Battles sings of hope and brighter days in I Believe, his new single written and produced by Travis Malloy, marking his triumphant return to the recording scene after a ten year hiatus.

Smokie Norful Releases Forever Yours August 5th

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Smokie Norful Forever YoursSmokie Norful is preparing for the release of his first new project in five years. Forever Yours features production from Aaron Lindsey, Tony Dixon, Derek D.O.A. Allen, Elvis Williams (Blac Elvis) and Warryn Campbell.  No Greater Love, the first single from the CD is making impact at radio and is currently in the top 20 on the Billboard Hot Songs Gospel chart. Forever Yours hits retail and digital outlets on August 5th.

New Music From Minister Keith Pringle

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

On the heels of the celebration of the Pentecostal Community Choir’s 35th Anniversary Celebration and Reunion Concert comes word of a new single from PCC founder and GOSPEL legend, Minister Keith Pringle.  Pringle burst into the Worst is Overmusic scene while accompanying Rev. James Cleveland and the Salem Baptist Church Choir of Omaha, Nebraska.  As the choir was singing I Don’t Feel No Ways Tired, Rev. Cleveland uttered the words “sing it for me, Keith”, and Pringle’s singing career was birthed.  For the new single, Minister Pringle teams up with noted songwriters V. Michael McKay, Carlton Burgess and producer Garland Miche Waller for The Worst Is Over.  The new single has been released to radio and Pringle returns to the studio to work on a full project with a tentative release date for early 2015.

Chanel Haynes Makes Her Solo Debut

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

Chanel Haynes of Trin-i-Tee 5:7 launches her solo debut with CD Trin-i-tee 5:7 According To Chanel on June 17th.  Chanel continues her collaboration with longtime friend and producer PJ Morton chanel-2014with the lead single Repay, which is gaining airplay at radio.  The CD remains true to form featuring the signature sound of Trin-i-tee 5:7, while at the same time casting Chanel in a new light as not just a solo artist, but also as a songwriter and producer.

“I am truly excited about this album for so many reasons,” said Chanel.   It reminds me that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. I feel so blessed and empowered to be an example to young artists who carry God- inspired dreams in their hearts.”