Archive for the ‘Album Releases’ Category

Any Given Sunday Bows at Number 1

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

Inspired People/Motown Gospel recording artist Pastor Charles Jenkins and Fellowship Chicago are all smiles as their sophomore release Any Given Sunday PastorCharlesJenkinsAlbumCovermakes its debut at #1 on the Billboard Gospel Chart.

“It’s no easy feat to follow up a #1 album with another #1 regardless of genre,” says Larry Blackwell, Motown Gospel Vice President/ General Manager. “We congratulate Charles Jenkins & Fellowship Chicago on this significant achievement. More importantly `Any Given Sunday’ continues the vital legacy and rich heritage of Chicago choir music.”

The Set From Dr. Larry Reid Lands In Billboard Top 10

Friday, March 13th, 2015

Larry Reid The SetDr. Larry Reid and the Breakthrough Singers caught our attention with Better Than Ever from his debut CD, Work Me Over.  He then took his group to places near and far and developed a set of music that the group delivered during their concert performances.  The music was so well received that Reid decided to press, package and deliver it to his fans.  Thus, The Set was born.  Led by excitement generated from the lead single Can’t Take God From Me, The Set made its debut on March 3rd and landed in the top ten on the Billboard Top Gospel Albums charts.

Habakkuk Music Partners With Central City for Stellar CD

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

Habakkuk StellarAlbumMusic in partnership with Central City Productions will release a commemorative compilation album celebrating the 30th anniversary of The Stellar Gospel Music Awards. The very special collector’s edition disc will be comprised of performances by fifteen of the most legendary names to grace the Stellar Awards stage.  The CD hits stores and digital outlets on March 31st.

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Dorinda Clark Cole’s Living It Debuts At #2

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Dorinda newGospel powerhouse Dorinda Clark Cole is overjoyed with the release of her fifth solo project, Living It hitting the #2 spot on the Billboard Top Gospel Albums chart. “This is a huge honor and I am overjoyed,” says Cole. “After being in this business for as long as I have, it is an incredible feeling to know that people still want to hear my music. This album is my life’s testimony and I am thankful for every person who purchased it and every heart it has touched.”

Lisa McClendon Inter-Review

Friday, February 20th, 2015

The Princess of Rhythm and Praise is back! Lisa McClendon has returned with a new project, outlook on life, and an indomitable spirit to praise God no matter what. Gospelflava.com had the pleasure of catching up with the gospel neo-soul songstress to talk about her new release, new lease on life and what’s new outside of music.
lisamcclendon5amcdOver the past decade, McClendon has wowed us with her sultry, organic, and spiritual vocals. Although she rose to prominence with the song “You Are Holy” from Soul Music (2003), her first CD release “My Diary, Your Life” debuted in 2002 (definitely worth a listen). Subsequently she released “Soul Music”, “Live from the House of Blues” (2006), “Reality” (2009), and “Christmas with You” (2010). However since that time, she seemed to have vanished. Many wondered, “Where is Lisa McClendon?” Her stalwart answer is, “Home.” She jovially added, “I’ve been home. I needed to take time out to be wife and mother. Plus, my husband Maurice had just started a ministry and I needed to be there to help. I knew I had to put some things on hold. It was hard, but it was worth it.”

Now she’s back! What took so long many would wonder? This wasn’t a 3 to 6 month project, McClendon says, “It’s been in the making for the last 3 years.” As to why, “My story wasn’t done” she admitted. As she was doing life, she was gaining life also. If you are a social media McClendon devotee, she talks about her personal ups and downs, especially her bouts with depression. When many would omit this storyline, McClendon shares it. “I share my truth about my depression because truth sets you free. I was truthful and honest with myself.” She described her time away simply as the color gray. “I was confused. There wasn’t a black or white. I hadn’t had my 5 AM moment yet. I had some stuff I needed to experience.” Then her breakthrough came! In the breaking, she felt the desire to write again. “I started pouring out. Every song is a different place during the season that I had to go through.” Her most liberating revelation was, “God told me, I will never be perfect. I said amen. Now, it’s okay. I’m me and I’m progressing.” Life experiences such as these always make for superb song material for stellar albums. Hence her new project “5 AM.”

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New Music And Label Home For Lonnie Hunter

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

HEADSHOTlonniehunterSyndicated radio host and Stellar Award winner Lonnie Hunter joins the Tyscot family for the release of #Getitdone, his new disc featuring the group Structure.  The #Getitdone movement was initiated via an apparel line and has evolved into a music mandate for people who love Gospel music.  The first single, Forever I Will, written by Davie Moore is headed to radio in March.

Bishop Samuel Blakes Keeps Us Connected

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

What can be said about Samuel R. Blakes? To his credit, he is an “of note with no doubt” gospel preacher.  He serves as Senior Pastor of  New Home Ministries, a multi-location ministry in Baton SBlakesRouge and New Orleans Louisiana and he inspires the masses via his weekly telecast on the Word Network.  Most important, Bishop Blakes knows the importance of close connection with God through prayer as expressed in God Wants To Hear From You, the new single from his debut CD, I Survived.  As he sings from personal experience, he is able to convey a message of hope and inspire and uplift people from all walks of life.  The single is available on iTunes and has connected with audiences reaching well into the top 50 on the radio charts.  Look for the full project featuring guest appearances from Bishop Paul S. Morton and David Hollister with production assistance from master producer Pharis Evans, Jr.  later this year.

Benita Farmer Inspires With Mender of Me Feb 17th

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

BENITA-FARMER-FinalWe told you when we heard Benita Farmer that she was definitely one to watch.  Benita prepares to take center stage as Dream Gospel releases Mender of Me on February 17th.  The celebrated music teacher by day collaborates with her brother Lawrence Farmer IV on this project with some assistance from  songwriter Angela King,  producers Anthony Bell and Freddy Washington for this project.  Overall,   the disc will offer up message music providing an answer to the ills in today’s world.  “Jesus is STILL the answer”, she emphatically proclaims. “Whatever our situation, there is nothing out of his reach that He cannot handle, and the love of God is so wide and vast.  Think about it, Walter Hawkins wrote that God will never forsake us, even though he knows everything there is to know about us, that’s REAL LOVE.  We can find what we need when we come to the Mender.”

Mender hits digital outlets on February 17th.

Charles Jenkins Sounds The War Cry

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

PastorCharlesJenkinsAlbumCoverAward winning songwriter and Inspired People recording artist Pastor Charles Jenkins’ new single War has been effective in sounding the alarm to rally the church to action.  “War is a victory anthem, fight song, and an inspirational prayer,” says Jenkins. “I believe everyone is fighting for victory in one way or another every day.  Sometimes life is like a boxing ring and Satan brings new and often multiple opponents into our lives. This song is a reminder of who you are, whose you are, and calls on your faith, strength, and hope in God. It is a reminder not to settle for defeat when victory is an option.”

War is the first single from Any Given Sunday, the follow up disc to Best of Both Worlds that yielded the hit Awesome.  The new CD features Jenkins and Fellowship Chicago Choir with guest appearances from Rev. Clay Evans, John P. Kee, Beverly Crawford, Byron Cage, Jonathan McReynolds, Sean Hodo, Kevin Vasser, Tanesha Jefferson and the new Inspired People recording artist Donishisa Ballard. The CD hits stores and digital outlets March 17th.

Yunion Productions releases Bow Down featuring Chris Lawson

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

bowdowncdDetroit based label Yunion Productions (previous projects Genocide and the H.E.R Project) returns with Bow Down featuring Chris Lawson. Lawson is currently a featured soloist with praise & worship leader Israel Houghton at the Lakewood church in Houston, Texas. The 11-track praise and worship project features his soulful falsetto stylings with worship lyrics taken from the Psalms. Producer Jason “Maji” Wilson helms three songs on the album, including the lead single, “Due”. Bow Down has already released to digital retail, with video and radio to follow.