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Stan Jones Brings Clout To Tyscot Records

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

Stan Jones CloutMississippi’s pride and joy and master songwriter/producer Stan Jones announced a distribution deal with his newly formed Clout Music Group and Tyscot Records.   “Tyscot Records has proven longevity,” says Jones. “They were a pioneer in the past and they continue to break exciting new ground for new #1 acts such as Anthony Brown & group therAPy and Casey J.” The union will marry Tyscot’s vast promotional and marketing resources with Jones’ dynamic handpicked vocalists, his powerful songwriting skills and his A1 production standards. “Stan Jones is a premiere producer who has established his brand in the gospel genre,” says Tyscot COO Bryant Scott. “We are excited to partner with Stan as he launches Clout Music Group.”

Look for Clout’s first offering in the long awaited release from Sunday Best finalist Durward Davis in 2016.

A #1 Debut For Kirk Franklin

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

KirkfranklinpubThe masses have spoken and declared its a hit! Losing My Religion, the eleventh album from Gospel superstar Kirk Franklin makes it debuts at No. 1 on Billboard’s Gospel Chart in addition to the number 1 spot on Billboard’s Top Christian/Gospel Albums Chart.  The album, released November 13th also made its entry on the Billboard 200 chart at number 10.

Also claiming its place at #1 is Franklin’s lead single from the album Wanna Be Happy? The song, which set a record as Gospel music’s best first week digital single (replacing his last single I Smile from 2011)   released in August dons the top spot on the Mediabase Gospel radio chart,’s Hot Gospel Songs and Digital Gospel Songs Charts.

Chicago’s Dexter Walker and Zion Movement Team Up With Percy Bady

Friday, November 20th, 2015

Percy BadySinger/Songwriter and Master Producer Percy Bady helped to establish the iconic Choir Sound working with the legendary Thompson Community Singers aka the Tommies during the reign of the Choir years.  Today, Bady recreates a musical menagerie with God’s Got Me, the first single from How Sweet the Sound winner DexteZion Movement at SAr Walker and Zion Movement’s live recording captured during this past summer in Chicago.  God’s Got Me pairs the energetic choir with the equally energetic Minister Tim White for a rapturous reassurance of God’s abiding presence and constant care.

God’s Got Me is available on digital outlets and look for the full album to be released in 2016.

Kierra Sheard Releases New EP

Friday, November 20th, 2015

Kierra LedKarew Records’ recording artist Kierra Sheard enlists help from her brother J Drew Sheard and producer Jor’Dan Armstrong for a new EP entitled Led released to iTunes on Friday November 20th.  Sheard had this to say about the release, “My goal is to give listeners a sound that they can take everywhere. I’m hoping to put God in people’s atmosphere and they not even know it until later. It’s something for in the meantime, but it’s fun and creative.”

Kierra continues to travel the country as part of the Tasha Cobbs One Place Live Tour, in addition to stops at various cities promoting her new line for full figured clothing line, Eleven60

Charles Jenkins Hits The Road With Thankful Tour

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

CharlesJenkinsCelebrated songwriter Pastor Charles Jenkins and Fellowship Chicago enlists the services of native Chicagoan Michelle Williams and Byron Cage for Holiday Praise: The Thankful Tour visiting select cities across the US before returning to Chicago for a holiday television taping.

“It’s been an amazing year for us and we’re all so thankful,” says Jenkins. His hit single War from his latest album Any Given Sunday spent 5 weeks in the #1 slot on the Gospel Airplay Chart.   “We all have so much to be thankful for and to celebrate God’s goodness. The tour is going to be an amazing, uplifting and fun experience for the entire family.”


Israel Houghton Hits The Big Screen With Concert Documentary

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

CD100_outOn January 19th,  Israel Houghton invites fans and music lovers to the theater to take a behind the scenes look at the making of his latest project with the release of the documentary Israel Houghton & NewBreed – Covered: Alive in Asia in select theaters across the United StatesThe award winning singer/songwriter and producer will also host a special session with celebrity guests at Lakewood Church in Houston.

“This is by far the biggest project we’ve done and it is a thrill to share ‘Alive in Asia’ with the masses,” said Houghton. “We’ve never embarked on anything like this and people will be able to see the beautiful cultures and cities we visited as well as relive our extraordinary global worship experiences. We are honored to partner with Fathom Events for this huge milestone for us as a company and for the entire faith-based genre.”

This special cinematic concert event is presented by Fathom Events, RGM-NewBreed, Sovereign Agency and RCA Inspiration.  Ticket and theater info is available by visiting the Fathom Events website.

Seth and Nirva Sign With Integrity Music

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

Husband and wife worship duo Seth and Nirva prepare for their major label debut signing with Integrity Music for a March, 2016 studio release produced by Grammy winning producSeth Nirvaer and songwriter Israel Houghton.  “I’ve been friends with Nirva for many years and have been familiar with hers and Seth’s music for quite a while,” says Integrity Music A&R Director Chico Gonzalez. “I’ve always been impressed by their heart for worship and how they take a crowd from being listeners to participants. No matter what genre they are working in, or artist they’re working with, they worship with their whole hearts and they are passionate about helping others do the same.”

No strangers to the industry, Seth has done background work with a number of artists including Kirk Franklin, Chris Tomlin, Donnie McClurkin and CeCe Winans, while Nirva, a graduate of Fisk University and former member of the prestigious Fisk Jubilee Singers has spent some 10+ years with TobyMac’s Diverse City Band.  The couple released an EP I Need You in additon to making a guest appearance on Houghton’s multi artist album Blessed Assurance: The New Hymns of Fanny Crosby.

Jonathan McReynolds Tours With India.Arie For Christmas

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

JonathanMcReynolds_Whole,single cover artJonathan McReynolds continues to deliver hope and inspiration with music from his Billboard chart topping CD Life Music:Stage Two.  The Chicago native delights his fans with the release of a  new lyric video for Whole, his single featuring India.Arie and prepares to visit a number of cities as part of Arie’s Christmas with Friends tour.

The tour will make stops in Washington, DC (December 14, Howard Theatre); New York, NY (December 15, Gramercy Theatre); Philadelphia/Glenside, PA (December 17, Keswick Theatre); Memphis, TN (December 20, Minglewood Hall); and Nashville, TN (December 21, Schermerhorn Symphony Center).

McReynolds will finish out the year with dates in Fresno and Oakland, California and begin the new year with a trip overseas to London, England.

Catching Up With Erick Matthews

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

Back in the 90s when choirs reigned supreme, we got to know the music by the individuals who gave them light and life.  Such an individual is Erick Matthews.  Matthews is prominently known for contributing leErick Matthewsad to Let Us Praise and Worship Him from John P Kee’s VIP Mass Choir hit CD Stand.  He would guest on other John P Kee projects including Special Christmas Gift and Strength both with the New Life Community Choir.  His solo debut,  Friend For Always was released in 1997 and he helped out his sister Drea Randle making an appearance on her debut CD Oooh Wee in 1998, followed by the release of his second solo project No Fear In Me which GOSPELflava reviewed here.

Collaborations with Prime Minister, BBJ, MC Hammer and Ben Tankard would lead to additional doors of opportunity being opened as well as the release of a third album Life Captured in 2008.

Today, the singer/songwriter finds himself with added responsibilities including worship leader, author, speaker,  husband and  dad.  Through it all, he still has time to make a statement through his music, releasing a new single entitled Power earlier this summer and makes plans for a full album within the coming months.

Williams Singers Show Staying Power With There Is No Way

Monday, November 9th, 2015

We are pleased to report that quartet is here to stay and continues to live through the collective efforts of Joe Ligon and the Mighty Clouds of Joy, the Canton Spirituals, the WWill Singersilliams Brothers, Lee Williams and the Spiritual QCs and  newcomers like Zacardi Cortez, Ashford Sanders, Cedric Ballard, Tim Rogers and one of our all time favorite new groups, The Williams Singers.  The brothers from Indianapolis mesmerized the audience during their live CD/DVD recording in September and are now exposing us to some new music with the release of their cover of the Tommies classic, There Is No Way.  The early reviews are in, and the audience can’t seem to get enough.

There is No Way is available on digital platforms now, and hold on to your seat.