Archive for the ‘Album Releases’ Category

Richard Smallwood’s Anthology Bows At Number 1

Monday, July 13th, 2015

RCA Inspiration celebrates Anthology, the new disc from celebrated maestro Richard Smallwood making its debut in the number one spot oRichard Smallwood CD Covern the Billboard Gospel Albums chart.  “I’m elated that ANTHOLOGY has entered on the number one spot on the Billboard Top Gospel Chart,” said Richard Smallwood. “Personally, this project is the most important recording that I’ve done, so it adds more to the excitement that people are excited. I’m so appreciative of their support!”

The two disc project is a celebration of Smallwood’s four decades in Gospel music and features his backing ensemble Vision flanked by noteworthy performances from Angela Winbush and former Richard Smallwood Singers alum Dottie Jones .

Jonathan McReynolds Gives a Second Helping of Life Music

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

Mcreynolds Life MusicEver since the electrifying performance of the hit Pressure on this year’s Stellar Awards, fans have been waiting with great anticipation for the new album from Jonathan McReynolds.  We are pleased to report that McReynolds sophomore effort, Life Music: Stage Two will hit stores and digital outlets on September 18th.

McReynolds states, “I wrote my first album as a college student. This second album, as a college teacher. My life has changed – different pressures, more revelation, more musical ideas. The one thing that hasn’t: my approach to songwriting. Still aiming to be transparent and genuine. Message first.”

With notable performances at the Stellars, BET Celebration of Gospel, the Essence Music Festival and the BET Music Matters showcase, McReynolds continues to tour in support of the upcoming CD release with stops in Washington DC, Tampa, Baltimore, Mobile AL, Boston, New York and overseas.

Israel and New Breed Release Covered July 24th

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

“Gospel is good news- Good News is global. Global Gospel, Kingdom Music is our passion.” – Israel HoughtonCD100_out

Under those sentiments, internationally renown worship leader Israel Houghton and his group New Breed embarked upon a courageous effort to “go ye into all the world” taking the Gospel to the east hosting worship experiences at concerts in Jakarta, Indonesia, Kuala Lumpur, Seoul, Korea, Tokyo and Manila, with the end result being his new CD, Covered: Alive in Asia hitting stores on July 24th.

The project celebrates 15 years of Israel and New Breed and their tenth album together.  With production from Aaron Lindsey, Covered: Live In Asia also features a concert DVD with behind the scenes footage in a special edition CD/DVD package.

 

Dottie Jones & Angela Winbush Join Richard Smallwood For Anthology Live

Friday, June 26th, 2015

Richard Smallwood CD CoverRCA Inspiration is in full prep mode for the release of Anthology Live, the highly anticipated 15th CD from Gospel Music maestro Richard Smallwood  The two disc set pairs Smallwood with his celebrated ensemble Vision and features memorable cameos from former Richard Smallwood Singers Dottie Jones (He Won’t Leave You) and R & B song stylist Angela Winbush.

“After nearing the 40 year mark of being in ministry and doing music as a profession, I am elated about this latest work ANTHOLOGY LIVE,” says Smallwood of the release.  Anthology hits stores and digital outlets on June 29th.

 

Gospel Duo AsOne Makes Stunning Debut

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

Individually, Lisa WrAsOne_s_Album_Coveright and Theresa Bailey have enough credits to set up shop as a writing machines anywhere on the planet.  It was their coming together, however that set them on a new path.  Lisa was fully involved in the process and making plans to record a solo project.  At the behest of her producer, she met with 2012 GMA Immerse Female Songwriter of the Year winner Theresa Bailey to come up with some new material.  Upon hearing the musical collaboration, Lisa’s producer was blown away.  The end results gave credence to the undeniable fact that the sovereign God had orchestrated this meeting and set these two minstrels on a divine path.  AsOne was born.

Now knowing God was in the plans, Lisa and Theresa fully accepted the call and mandate to be shining examples of the message of reconciliation through the power of Jesus Christ.  “You have to come to the conclusion that you can do nothing in and of yourself”, states Lisa. “We are here and we are open and ready to be used by God as an interracial duo to impact and bless the nations.” Their sights are set on tearing down boundaries and racial divides to minister the love of God to a hurting world.  Fueled by the April release of their ever popular praise anthem and radio single Hero, their 8 song self titled disc produced by Paul Wright hits stores on Tuesday, June 23rd.  The CD presents a diverse musical offering drawing from both ladies musical experiences and influences.  In addition to Hero, the listener is treated to stellar work from the ladies alongside Lamar Campbell’s Spirit of Praise Choir, Take 6’s Mark Kibble and rapper Da TRUTH.

 

Marvin Sapp’s You Shall Live Takes Billboard Top Spot

Friday, June 12th, 2015

MarvinSapp_10_024_590x287You Shall Live, the 10th solo album from Marvin Sapp made its debut atop the Billboard Gospel Charts this week.  This marks the fourth #1 album debut for the two dozen Stellar Award winner.  “I am humbled that so many people still believe in the practical musical message that my team and I have shared over the years……………….Words can’t express the appreciation that I feel, ‘ Sapp noted.

 

Karen Clark Sheard Delivers New Disc July 17

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

Destined to Win, the long awaited and highly anticipated CD from Karen Clark Sheard will make its way to stores and digital outlets on Friday, July 17th.  Recorded live in Chicago, thKaren Clark Sheard-Destined To Win-album covere disc pairs Clark Sheard with the production work of Donald Lawrence, Daniel Weatherspoon and her son J Drew Sheard.

The 4 time Grammy winner shared these thoughts, “I’ve had some tests and trials….but I kept pushing through. God gave me a word that you have to speak because your words have power. I want the album to be a driving force to move people to where they need to be.”

Among the gems on the disc is a not to be missed Pass the mic session on the Andrae Crouch composition, Where Jesus Is featuring the Clark Sisters, Kierra Sheard and Donald Lawrence’s Company singer Kim McFarland.  Where Jesus Is appears exclusively on the Walmart version of Destined to Win.

 

Lonnie Hunter Makes Billboard Top Ten

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

Lonnie Hunter is all smiles as his new CD offeringHEADSHOTlonniehunter #Getitdone makes its debut at #6 on the Billboard Top Gospel Albums chart.  The Chicago native who now serves as Pastor of Worship at Bishop David G Evans’ Bethany Baptist Church in New Jersey launched a #Getitdone motivational apparel line last year and is currently on tour with the McDonalds Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour.  Hunter joined the Radio One family in 2007 and serves as host of the nationally syndicated Lonnie Hunter Show

Marvin Sapp Declares You Shall Live June 2nd

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

Sapp Marvin YSLPreacher, Pastor and Psalmist Marvin Sapp declares victory in Jesus despite trying circumstances with the June 2nd release of his 10th solo CD, You Shall Live on the RCA Inspiration label.  “I was in a very transparent space when I recorded this album.” “I wanted to deliver something that was going to encourage those who are in the valleys of their lives, to let them know I get it. I know what it feels like to have your heart ripped out of your chest. But, I also needed them to know that no matter the heartbreak, God’s got us and even the most painful experience can be overcome.”

Pastor Sapp will celebrate the CD’s release with concert appearances in Atlanta, Charlotte and as part of the 30th annual Chicago Gospel Music Festival.

Cedric Ballard Readies CD Release

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

imageHouston is an enclave for Gospel music and singer songwriter Cedric Ballard is definitely one of the city’s greatest offerings.  Ballard is without a doubt an effective worship leader and the music in his heart flows as a result of his personal time of prayer praise and worship.  His perspective of life experiences tempered by God’s grace prompted him to create songs that would lead to the creation of Transparency, his long awaited solo project.  Radio is abuzz with the release of his first single, My Praise Belongs To You.

Ballard will celebrate the release of Transparency with a CD Release Concert on Saturday, May 30th at Houston’s Greater Grace Church before embarking on a multi-city promotional tour.