Great news for the masses 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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Blue 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.”
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.
Sound of Revival, the new CD from celebrated worship leader Pastor William McDowell makes its bow at #1 on the Billboard Top Gospel Albums chart. In addition, the album is #1 on the Top Christian & Gospel Albums (combined) charts, #2 on the Independent Albums chart and at #46 on the multi-genre Billboard TOP 200 chart.
The Dove Award nominee and Stellar Award winner known for popular worship songs including “I Give Myself Away,” “I Won’t Go Back” and “Withholding Nothing” celebrates his third album hitting the top of the chart and readies a national tour launching in the Spring.
16 year old Kelontae Gavin made waves when his Youtube video performance of I Won’t Complain went viral, garnering some 575,000 views. Marquis Boone , the mastermind behind the success of Casey J and social media sensation Bri Babineaux received a clip of his performance and immediately began to make inroads to sign him.
“It was a long process getting Kelontae to become part of MBE because of his age but after many emails, phone calls and conversations with his parents we are thrilled and ecstatic to be trusted with such an awesome talent and we at MBE are ready to position him to be a new breakout artist,” says Boone.
MBE is set to re release Higher, a single from Gavin’s 2014 digital EP later this year.
Mark your calendars for March 11th as Christon Gray releases his second solo project, The Glory Album on Kirk Franklin’s Fo Yo Soul label. The multi talented rapper, singer, songwriter and producer topped the Billboard Gospel chart as a member of WLAK (We Live As Kings) with their self titled debut in 2013 followed by School of Roses, his premiere solo album charting in the top 5 on Billboard’s R & B chart in 2014.
“Christon is one of the most exciting, young voices in urban music today,” says Kirk Franklin. “We are thrilled to be able to partner with him to cultivate his influence in the flourishing Christian Hip Hop market and to expand his platform into the mainstream.”
WOW Gospel 2016 makes its return on January 29th featuring great gospel music from newcomers Travis Greene , The Walls Group , Geoffrey Golden , Casey J and mainstays Richard Smallwood, Marvin Sapp, Tamela Mann and others comprising 30 tracks.
The WOW Gospel series has sold over 8 million units with last year’s WOW Gospel 2015 #1 debut marking the 17th consecutive year of the compilation making its entry at #1 on the Billboard Top Gospel Albums chart.
To say that David Blakely is simply a musician would be a gross understatement. This talented yet humble individual has spent some 2 decades working with some of music brightest stars including Dorinda Clark Cole, LeAndria Johnson, Mama Sue Roseberry, Rev. James Moore, Gladys Knight, Natalie Cole, Mississippi Mass Choir, Kurt Carr, Edwin and Walter Hawkins and the list goes on. With the hymns of the church holding a special place in his heart, David sought to put his signature on the music that has been a guiding force in his life . Thus, the Hymnal (My Interpretation) was birthed.
Blakely, who serves in a number of capacities including the Chief Levite for the Church of God in Christ defines the project this way: “Music can transcend personal, social, and cultural boundaries. I am humbled that God chose me to bring unity, love, and joy through each instrumental and lyrical interpretation. At the end of the day, if I helped introduce someone to Christ or lifted them from whatever may be going on in life through the music God has birthed out of me, my labor is NOT in Vain”.
A CD Release event is scheduled for Friday, January 22nd with special guests to include Giloh Morgan, Nikki Potts (Kurt Carr Singers) and Lena Byrd Miles. The Hymnal (My Interpretation) will hit all digital outlets in the coming weeks.
We’ve come to know the Antioch Fellowship Church Voices of Praise because of their stellar work with Evangelist Beverly Crawford on her Billboard chart topping CD Thank You For All You’ve Done. Now the choir stands ready to deliver with a project of their very own. Dr. Karry D. Wesley proudly presents the choir in the form of Speak To My Heart, making its debut on January 15th. “This anointed group of believers has ministered faithfully to the Antioch family of faith for years,” says Pastor Wesley “As a result of this choir’s commitment to God and His calling on their life, this project has come to fruition. Now, countless lives will be touch and transformed for the Kingdom of God through these songs, because Music ministers to the heart like none other.”
The disc features the music of Antioch Fellowship under the auspices of their minister of music Paul Jackson coupled with guest performances from Earnest Pugh, Tommye Young-West and Beverly Crawford.
The Straight Gate Mass Choir hit a new stride with the release of their new disc, Saturate Us. Its the fourth album from the Detroit church pastored by Bishop Andrew Merritt that burst on the scene with the release of Faith In The House in 2000. Faith In The House went on to sell over 150,000 copies.
With production from Noel Hall (Fred Hammond, CeCe Winans) and performances from Jaye Thomas, Pam English, LaDon Ford and former Commissioned member Marcus Cole, Saturate Us is destined to be another praise and worship favorite.
Getting the New Year off on the right track, singer/songwriter and RCA Inspiration recording artist Deon Kipping releases a 4 song EP A Place Called Victory hitting digital outlets on January 8th. Victory served as the first single and was released last year. A follow up single, By Myself is headed to radio this week.
Kipping says, “I am so grateful for all the love and support that I have received for my single ‘Place Called Victory’ thus far, life has the tendency to take you through painful circumstances and unwanted changes. Fortunately none of these places are our final destination. This song reminds us that we were created to live in victory. I am excited for everyone to hear ‘By Myself.’ At times many of us try to handles our issues on our own and most times our way never works. This new song is an honest declaration for the people of God that lets the world know we cannot make it without him, an anthem for those are willing to give everything to God and say Lord, I need your help.”