Archive for the ‘Album Releases’ Category

Charles Butler and Trinity Prepares New CD For June Release

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

CharlesButler-MakeIt2The Gospel world has fallen in love with DMV area based ensemble Charles Butler and Trinity’s new single Make It as it crosses the top 40 on Billboard’s Gospel Radio chart.  The group prepares for the release of their sophomore album with their new label home, Anointed Sounds Records.  The new ten track CD produced by Daniel Weatherspoon features appearances by Coko of SWV, Travis Malloy, Maranda Willis and Brittney Wright.  The disc hits stores and digital outlets on June 3rd.  A promotional tour will kick off in late April taking the group around the country in support of the CD release.

 

Chicago Mass Choir Makes A Joyful Noise With We Give You Praise

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

The Chicago Mass Choir stands on a proud legacy of music from the authentic Chicago experience and continues a proud heritage with the release of We Give You Praise, its 16th album on New Haven Records.  We Give You Praise sets the praises in motion, taking its cues from the infectious radio single, Thank You, Thank You Jesus.  CMC New Cover

Dr. Feranda Williamson, CMC President shares these sentiments:  Through the years, Chicago Mass Choir has brought unapologetically traditional gospel music to the Church. If it’s relevant and transforming, people will embrace it. Based on the amazing reaction to “Thank You Thank You Jesus,” We Give You Praise will be a landmark album in an already legendary career.”

Ken Harding, President of New Haven Records adds these words: We really appreciate the overwhelming support that “Thank You Thank You Jesus” is receiving from Gospel radio everywhere. The Chicago Mass Choir loves Gospel radio and Gospel radio loves the Chicago Mass Choir!”

Tyscot Records Dominates The Charts, Celebrates 4 Decades With Compilation Release

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

Tyscot Logo (640x360)Its been a good year for Tyscot Records and the blessings just continue to flow.  The oldest existing African American Gospel Music label began the year with a record 10 Stellar Award wins for Anthony Brown and group therAPy.  The radio hit Worth from their Everyday Jesus project spent  21 non-consecutive weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Gospel Digital sales chart.  The album also received three Billboard Music Award nominations.

Newcomer Casey J continues her reign holding down the top spot on the Billboard radio charts with her current radio single I’m Yours, and internet sensation Bri (Briana) Babineaux made her Billboard Top Gospel Albums chart debut  at number 1 and held on to the top spot for another week with the release of Keys To My Heart.

In honor of their 4 decades in the business, Tyscot will release “Feel Good! 40 Years of Life Changing Music,” a fifteen-track compilation featuring some of the label’s top acts past and present, in celebration of the historic recording firm’s 40th anniversary on April 29th.

Abyssinian Mass CD Debuts In Top 20 on Billboard Chart

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

The recording of Wynton Marsalis’ Abyssinian Mass featuring the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and the 70 voice TAMChorale LeChateau conducted by Damien Sneed takes a bow at #12 on the Billboard Top Gospel Albums chart.  The work celebrates the 200th anniversary of the famed Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem and the recording captures performances from the Abyssinian Mass Tour that took place in 2013.  Its a glorious fusion of church service and big band weaved together and is receiving rave reviews from the Chicago Tribune and the Wall Street Journal.

Fearless Brings Jonathan Nelson A Number One Debut

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

Jonathan Nelson-FEARLESS album coverFearless, the new CD from Jonathan Nelson makes its debut in the number one spot on the Billboard Gospel chart.  The album which marks Nelson’s fifth project was recorded live before a capacity crowd at the Faith Center in Sunrise, Florida last year.  Fueled by the hit radio single Anything Can Happen, Nelson continues to criss-cross the country making promotional appearances in support of the CD’s release.

 

The Glory Album Hits Billboard R & B Chart

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

ChristonGray_2Fo Yo Soul Recordings celebrated the news that The Glory Album, the new release from Christon Gray made its debut at #5 on the Billboard R & B Chart.   “We can’t tell you how excited we are that people are connecting to this incredible artist we have in Christon Gray,” said Kirk Franklin.  “The Glory Album” is music for the mind body and soul.”

The Ohio based writer/singer and producer continues to amaze and wow audiences with stellar performances this month including opening for the BET Honors awards show and being named among ESPN’s Music Artists of The Month.

William Murphy Releases New Single Arise

Friday, March 4th, 2016

Arise (You Are Good) William MurphyBishop William Murphy wowed audiences at the Stellar Awards Pre Show with the debut of his new single Arise (You Are Good).  Arise serves as the front single from the EP hitting digital outlets on March 25th.

The Arise EP  is the followup to Murphy’s 2013 Godchaser release that featured the smash hit Its Working.  Arise makes an offering of  3 songs giving fans a taste of music from Murphy’s upcoming full project, Demonstrate that was recorded live last May in Douglasville, GA.

Bishop Murphy says,” God’s given me something fresh to say, and I believe it’s going to help us consistently encounter His Presence. I look forward to sharing this song and I pray it will be a blessing to all.”

Jonathan Nelson Is Fearless On March 18th

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016

A powerful performance at this year’s Stellar Awards Pre Show served as a perfect introduction to new music from Fearless, the fifth album from singer/songwriter and worship leader Jonathan Nelson.  NJonathan Nelson-FEARLESS album coverelson recorded his new CD last year at the Faith Center in Sunrise, Florida.  The album features guest appearances from Da’ T.R.U.T.H., Pastor Kim Burrell, Dorinda Clark-Cole, Tye Tribbett, Sonnie Badu, and his twin brother Jason Nelson.

“I’m really excited about this new music. Each lyric is designed to increase our faith. High energy, deep impact and true inspiration from God is my ultimate goal. I pray that each listener would be bold, walk in faith, and simply BE FEARLESS.”

The CD is available for pre order on Amazon and iTunes and fans can catch Nelson live as he ministers on March 2nd during the iLead Escape Face2Face Worship Concert in Birmingham, AL.

Reverend Clay Evans Heritage Series Offers New Music

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

Great news for the Clay Evansmasses who love the authentic Chicago church sound. The Clay Evans Heritage Series compilation will feature vintage recordings that cover the 50 + years of ministry of Reverend Evans and the Fellowship Choir.

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Wynton Marsalis’ Abyssinian Mass CD Featuring Damien Sneed Set To Release March 18

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

TAMBlue Engine Records will release Wynton Marsalis’ critically acclaimed Abyssinian Mass disc featuring the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra along with Damien Sneed and Chorale LeChateau on March 18th.

Marsalis wrote the Mass in 2008 in commemoration of the 200th anniversary of Harlem’s Abyssinian Baptist Church. In 2013, the JALC Orchestra joined Marsalis on a 16 city tour pairing the orchestra with the multi talented Damien Sneed and his 70 voice Chorale LeChateau for 19 concerts that stretched across the east and the south.   Marsalis shared these sentiments:”Many of the greatest jazz musicians today come out of the church. The church is one of the last places that retain the actual feeling of the blues in sound and also the call-and-response rituals that are central to our music”. “The principal fact of The Abyssinian Mass – the feeling that we want you to come away with – is uplift through the way that we all come together.”Damien and Wynton

In addition to the 2 discs covering 20 musical offerings, the Abyssinian Mass includes a bonus documentary DVD featuring performances, interviews and insights behind the music.