Inspired People Recording Artists Charles Jenkins and Fellowship Chicago get a jump on the fall with the release their latest single, WAR. War is a song of declaration serving notice on the devil and his plans. The song is making the rounds at radio and sets the stage for the 2015 release from the Stellar Award winning pastor/songwriter and choir.
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Karew Records celebrates the success of David Daughtry as his self titled debut CD bows at #12 on the Billboard Top Gospel Albums chart. “On behalf of Bishop J. Drew Sheard and Karen Clark Sheard, everyone at Karew is very excited about David’s project and his debut on the charts,” says Karew’s General Manager, Darrell Thompson. “In the current state of the music industry, it is difficult for established artist to find an audience. Accordingly, it is refreshing to know that as a new artist, consumers are supporting David. We know that as the word of mouth builds, so will future success.”
Michelle Williams celebrates with news of Journey To Freedom earning a spot on both Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums and Top Christian & Gospel Albums charts at #2, as well as making a Top Ten debut on Billboard’s Top Independent Albums chart at #7. Fueled by the success of Top 10 Gospel Radio hit “Say Yes” (featuring Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland), Journey to Freedom offers both fresh and vibrant musical offerings winning praise from fans across the globe.
Michelle will join Deitrick Haddon as a mentor on the new television series “Fix My Choir,” premiering Wednesday, November 5th at 10 pm ET/PT on Oxygen.
The Dream Gospel roster continues its growth with the recent signing of BET Sunday Best Season 4 finalist Andrea Helms. The Texas native grew up surrounded by church (her dad a preacher and musician) and developed a love for music at an early age. She assumed leadership of the music department of her father’s church upon graduating high school and today continues her work in music ministry as her husband now serves as pastor. She desires to use her music to connect people with Jesus. ” I want people to know how big Jesus is through what I sing. I want them to know He is real. I’m excited for this new chapter in my life and I can’t wait to have you all hear it.”
Clap Your Hands hits stores on October 27th.
JJ Hairston sets the record straight about his continued recordings with Youthful Praise. “People always ask me if I’m going to go out on my own and do my own thing. I think Youthful Praise is a part of what I do so I’d never make a J.J. Hairston record. It will always be J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise.” Looking back, Hairston admits to never having intentions to lead the aggregation. “I joined just to sing tenor. Youthful Praise taught me to be a leader. I didn’t form the group. It was already there when I got there but they made me a leader and that’s why I appreciate the group as a whole.
Hairston and YP are excited about the October 28th release of their 7th live CD, I See Victory on Light Records. The 17 track disc features the choir and assistance from Donnie McClurkin, Karen Clark Sheard, Vashawn Mitchell, Jason Nelson and Deon Kipping. Radio has responded to “It Pushed Me” as it rose to #13 on Billboard’s Gospel Airplay chart and “Bless Me” (featuring a rousing lead by Donnie McClurkin) is #27 on the Gospel Airplay chart.
Worship leader Bridgett Kern is serious when it comes to her role of having people to experience the presence of God through worship. The Arizona based pastor’s wife and mother of 4 places high priority on making people aware of what true worship is. “As a worship leader, my heart and desire is to be relevant to the needs of the people, and give to them, through music, encouragement that will help them get through their week,” she continues. “I never assume that the people that walk into Radiant Life Church already have a relationship with God or, for that matter, even know what we are doing when we are lifting our hands. I instruct them so that they really get it!.”
Kern is poised to take her music to the masses with the release of her worship project, No One Greater, produced by BJ Putnam with musical offerings from Putnam,Melody Putnam, Doug and Laurie Enquist, Lucia Parker, Adam Ranney, Riley Enquist, Josh Lopez and Freddie Rodriguez . Radio is warmly embracing the first single from the project, He Shall Reign. “The songs I sing are always directed to The King, Our Lord, and I want people to understand that our worship is a lifestyle that reflects Gods influence.””He Shall Reign” is available on iTunes and Amazon and can be heard on Gospel and Christian Radio now.
Rance Allen invited us to “clap our hands” on his new single released to radio at the top of the summer. Now, he wants us to plan for an all out celebration as Tyscot readies the November 11th release of Celebrate, the new disc from the legendary Rance Allen Group. The 12 track disc offers new music from Rance and company in their own inimitable style with assistance from long time producer and music director Chris Byrd. Celebrate hits stores and digital retailers on November 11th.
Chicago prepares to welcome the Rose of Gospel, Dr. Dorinda Clark Cole as she brings her Singers and Musicians Arts Conference to the Gospel Music Capital of the world, Chicago Illinois on September 18-20. “I am elated and overjoyed to join Minister Walter Owens and the dynamic music ministry of Salem Baptist Church to bring SMAC to the windy city” said Clark Cole. “Chicago has such great gospel music history having been the home of Mahalia Jackson, Albertina Walker and Inez Andrews and is the place that Donald Lawrence and Ricky Dillard call home.”
The conference begins on Thursday with Thursday, September 18th with an Artist Showcase and Masters Class. On Friday, September 19th, Dorinda Clark Cole hosts a Praise Fest with special guests to include Dexter Walker and Zion Movement, Keshia McFarland, Cinque Cullar, Valencia Lacy and the New Covenant Life Worship Team and more. Saturday, September 20th offers morning and afternoon workshops and panel discussions presented by leading industry professionals, musicians and ministers of music.
Its official! Fast Forward, the new disc from Kirk Franklin’s Fo Yo Soul recording artist The Walls Group makes its debut in the number one position on the Billboard Top Gospel Albums Chart.
The single, “Love On The Radio” peaked at #10 on the Christian/Gospel Chart and continues to go strong on radio while the video has received over 30, 000 views to date.
Franklin shared these words of gratitude. “I can’t find the words to explain how proud I am of The Walls Group and how thankful I am that the public went out and supported both a new group and a new company. I am truly humbled.”
Read our review of the disc here
Catch the Video for Love on the Radio here: The Walls Group Video
Unstoppable, the long awaited solo debut from Stellar award nominated singer/songwriter L Spenser Smith hits stores on October 14th. Smith assumes a new role in this recording as solo artist and the disc endeavors to capture the anointed worship and powerful praise of the live recording. The lead single My Life, is making impact at radio. Smith, a powerful preacher, author and founding pastor of the Impact Nation Fellowship Church will release the CD via his own SmithWorx Music Group label with distribution from eOne entertainment.