Praise for Live Through It, the new CD from James Fortune & FIYA was solidified today with news that the 2 disc CD scored a #1 debut on Billboard’s Gospel Albums chart, in addition to making its initial landing at #13 in top albums on the Billboard 200 chart. This feat marks a career-high for Fortune with his highest first week of sales in his career thus far.
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Anita Wilson is up to something good. The Grammy, Stellar, and Dove-award nominated singer keeps the flame of Urban contemporary burning with her unparalleled fusion of Gospel and Soul. As audiences everywhere fell in love with her debut album Worship Soul, Wilson readies us for more of the same with her sophomore album VINTAGE WORSHIP.
“That’s What He’s Done For Me” the album’s lead single makes its debut on the James Fortune Radio Show and serves as the first representative of how VINTAGE WORSHIP truly lives up to its moniker. A modernized relic of gospel’s golden days, “That’s What He’s Done For Me” rings from start to finish as an ode to traditional gospel, but seasoned with Anita’s unmistakable soulful flair.
Listen for music from the new album on radio and be sure to catch Anita on Dorinda Clark Cole’s The Gospel According to Dorinda on the Word Network this month.
Anthony Evans is ready to take his music to another level with the release of Real Life/Real Worship, his seventh studio record. This is Evans’ first album since competing in Season 2 of the NBC hit show, The Voice. The show exposed the Dallas native to legions of new fans and Evans has plans to return to the show as a talent producer for Seasons 7 & 8.
Real Life/Real Worship features music from celebrated worship leader Martha Munizzi, her daughter Danielle Munizzi and Christian music staples Cindy Morgan and Krissy Nordhoff with production assistance LA producer Max Stark. The first single, Greater is He is headed to radio within the next couple of weeks.
Stellar award winner Patrick Dopson is set to deliver his follow up project to the 2012 debut Open the Heavens. Dopson spent time with the Lord in preparation for the new album. “I started writing this song by really asking God two things about this record,” Patrick shares. “One, ‘what is it that you want to say to your people?’ and two, ‘what do you want your people saying back to you – how do You want to be worshipped?’. There was simply no other intent.” Patrick concludes, “This particular song really was pulling on me. I knew it was supposed to be the single before I wrote it.”
God Is is on its way to radio and is making the rounds with a lyric video posted to youtube. Production on the upcoming album comes from Dopson, Kevin Camp, and former Tye Tribbett MD Parris Bowens. Look for the full release this summer.
Hip Hop Artist Da T.R.U.T.H. gears up for the release of Heartbeat, his seventh studio project and the very first project under his Mixed Bag Entertainment partnership with Eone. “Heartbeat” will feature notable artists Lecrae, Chris August, Isaac Caree, Alexis Spight, Canon, Papa San and Capital Kings along with newly signed Mixed Bag Artists. Production for the disc is being handled by Grammy award winners J.R., Symbolyc One (S1), Justin Ebach, (Newsboys), Alex Medina and a couple of up and coming producers.
Da T.R.U.T.H. had this to say of the project: “I originally planned to step away from music until 2015 to focus on Mixed Bag Entertainment, but after almost a year of watching & observing the culture, I realized that I had a few more things that I wanted to share. What started as a 3-5 song EP, became a full length album. This record is fun – it’s experimental, gritty and engaging, and having my longtime friend (J.R.) help me to shape the project makes it that much more enjoyable.”
Heartbeat hit stores and digital outlets on April 15th.
Award-winning Gospel star, songwriter, producer and nationally-syndicated radio host James Fortune gets on the road with his group FIYA as they embark on a multi-city promo tour in support of the highly-anticipated live album Live Through It.
James Fortune & FIYA celebrates the CD release hosting a concert on February 25th at Atlanta’s Greater Travelers Rest Church with live appearances from Tasha Cobbs, Isaac Carree, Zacardi Cortez, Alexis Spight and more. The album release concert will be live streaming on Yes Lord Radio. Other stops include Houston at Lakewood Church (February 26), Chicago at New Life Covenant Church (February 27), Charlotte for a free concert with Yolanda Adams (February 28), Washington DC for an exclusive Listening Party with Praise 104.1 DC’s Inspiration Station (March 1), and more, appearances on “The Yolanda Adams Morning Show,” “The Rickey Smiley Morning Show,” “The Tom Joyner Morning Show,” as well as upcoming performances at the Allstate Gospel SuperFest in Chicago (March 22) and Praise 103.9’s Inspiration & Music Conference Finale Concert in Philadelphia (March 29).
Howard Hewett, Ann Nesby, Shawn McLemore, Tommye Young West, Renee Spearman and Paul Jackson Jr.join Dr. Bobby Jones and his group NSC for Rejoice with Me, his latest offering from Echopark/JDI Records dropping on March 25th. The title cut featuring Faith Evans has been in the top 20 of the Billboard Hot Gospel Songs Chart for three months.
Dr. Jones has been a mainstay on Sunday mornings with his Bobby Jones Gospel Show, the longest running program in cable television history on BET and has released a dozen or so albums over the years. His backing ensemble, NSC (formerly the Nashville Super Choir) joins him weekly on Sunday as well as on the new disc.
Beverly Crawford takes great pleasure in “churchin” her audience as evidenced in her glory days with Bobby Jones’ New Life Singers (He’ll Step Right In) and her house rocking rendition of It’s About Time for a Miracle from her Live from Los Angeles CD. She recently whet our appetite with her remake of the Caravans’ Sweeping Through the City at the Stellar Awards pre show. Now JDI has shown us the artwork and informed us a single is imminent. As for our response, we simply can’t wait. We’ve got our tambourines and shouting shoes ready.
Tony Wilkins is considered by most as an architect of the choir sound from the late 80s well into the 90s. As a composer and musician, Wilkins gave life and breath to LA Mass Choir working with the likes of Donald Taylor and Laythan Armour to create hits as Love Lifted Me, That’s When You Blessed Me and Grace. Grace would find new life some ten years later being covered by Bishop T. D. Jakes and the Potter’s House Mass Choir and winning two Stellar awards.
Today, the California native finds himself leading the saints in praise at Mount Zion Baptist Church in Los Angeles and Full Gospel Baptist Church in Compton, CA. With a career that spans 30 years, Wilkins shows no signs of slowing down and has just released his debut solo project He’s Great, which is available digitally.
If you are not familiar with the name Duawne Starling, you then are most certainly familiar with his voice. Duawne Starling has sang background for a plethora of gospel artists including CeCe Winans, Donnie McClurkin (remember Great is Your Mercy?) , Kirk Franklin, Kelly Price, Fred Hammond (When Jesus Sings), Sandi Patty and the list goes on. Duawne released his solo project back in 2004 and is making plans for the release of his follow up project, Deeper Faith in the Spring. His single, If This is Faith is available now on iTunes and Amazon.
GOSPELflava caught up with Duawne and talked about Background Singers, read our archive interview here: Duawne Starling Interview