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This past Sunday July 27, the Cincinnati Reds hosted their first ever Post-Game Gospel Concert at Great American Ball Park, with performances by Isaac Carree and Grammy-winning artist Pastor Donnie McClurkin on Sunday, July 27.
Pastor McClurkin posted via his Facebook page that it was “A GREAT day” as Family and friends were able to enjoy their favorite gospel artists for true day of praise in the park!
In 1945, a group of teenagers assembled at Chicago’s Highway Baptist Church with the intentions of forming a singing group. The group consisted of Sam Cooke, Creadell Copeland, and two pairs of brothers, Marvin and Charles Jones and Curtis and Lee Richardson. This would mark the beginnings of the Highway QCs. During the early years, the group would experience years of personnel changes. Sam Cooke’s decision to leave the group to join the Soul Stirrers would make way for the introduction of his replacement, Lou Rawls. Rawls would stay for two years and leave to join the Chosen Gospel Singers of Los Angeles. He would be replaced by Johnnie Taylor. In the interim, the QCs made their recording debut on the Vee Jay label in 1955. Shortly thereafter, Spencer Taylor (cousin of Johnnie) would become a member of the group and upon Johnnie Taylor’s departure to go and join the Soul Stirrers following the departure of Sam Cooke, Spencer Taylor would lead the Highway QCs for more than 5 decades.
The legacy of the Highway QCs is continued with the addition of Taylor’s sons, Spencer Taylor III and Lynn “Fuzzy” Taylor joining their father in the group. With no signs of slowing down, the Taylors have secured their mark on the future with the launch of an independent label and preparations for a new disc from the Highway QCs in the fall of 2014.
Royce Lovett is the newest signee to the Motown Gospel roster. A distinguished singer/songwriter Lovett combines the elements of hip-hop and neo soul with strong Christ centered lyrics appealing to believers and non believers alike. Royce’s earliest music beginnings emanate from the experience of watching his mom lead worship at their local church. Through his mother, he came to know the music of Christian worship bands like Hillsong. The Florida resident broadened his love and appreciation for authentic music while listening to Michael Jackson, Musiq Soulchild, and Lauren Hill and The Fugees. An adept guitarist, Lovett has connected with audiences across the country as well as gaining fans while touring South America and Europe.
Dorothy Norwood Music Group has announced a distribution deal with EchoPark/JDI Entertainment and is readying the 52nd solo release of the world’s greatest story teller, Evangelist Dorothy Norwood in October. An Incredible Journey, produced by Norwood and Cedric Thompson features stellar performances from Dorinda Clark Cole, LeJuene Thompson, VaShawn Mitchell and Melvin Williams on the lead single, When the Church Begins to Pray.
We placed Cinque Cullar on our watch list a long time ago. Besides having a rather odd first name, this young man has been called to bring people into the presence of God through worship. A Chicago native, Cullar spent his formative years as part of the Soul Children of Chicago under the leadership of Walter Whitman. Cinque travelled across the United States and overseas with this prestigious group and was featured on their hit Celebrate from their Generation X Celebration CD. After traveling through Europe with Gospel legend Rev. Jessy Dixon, Cullar organized the Tribe of Judah and later recorded with the Stellar Award nominated male group Fortitude. Cinque accepted his call to the ministry and released his solo debut, Letters to God. With a heart for young people, Cullar travels the country doing youth events and choir workshops yet finds time to minister as worship leader at Chicago’s St. Sabina Catholic Church and Salem Baptist Church of Chicago. His new single, Let the Glory of the Lord is getting rave review at radio and Letters to God is available at digital outlets everywhere.
Newly signed Motown Gospel artist Brian Courtney Wilson pulls out all the stops for his first live recording session on July 25th. The event takes place at Pastor Rudy Rasmus’ St. John’s United Methodist Church in the city of Houston. The album entitled, “Worth Fighting For” will be Wilson’s debut release on the Motown Gospel label with production duties handled by the very capable Aaron Lindsey.
Lindsey could hardly contain his joy in preparing for the session. “I’m truly honored to see this recording come together. Brian’s songs are lyrically and musically so relevant to the current hybrid sound of worship and gospel that this recording is going to be amazing!” Wilson echoed the same sentiments, “I am so thankful to be recording new music with this team and to share in the experience with my friends, family and supporters. In some ways it feels like a long time coming…in other ways it feels like it is right on time.”
Grammy award winning producer Donald Lawrence, Arnetta Murrill Crooms, Joshua Rogers and Dottie Peoples headline the first annual Gospel’s Best 3 Day Concert and Indie Artist Showcase in Wilmington, North Carolina August 8th through August 10th.
This event extends an invitation to Gospel groups, artists and musicians to compete for an opportunity to win cash prizes and awards in addition to a trip to SONY MUSIC NYC to meet with A&R Executives. In addition, the selected artist will perform live at Six Flags America locations and MBN6 Gospel Believers ROC celebrity concerts and other Sony Indie Artist Showcases.
The event was created and spearheaded by Kal Nwaneri, Founder & CEO, MBN6, in collaboration with Bishop James Utley, President, Resource Outreach Center (ROC) and Kevin Liles, CEO of Go N’SYDE in an effort to provide an alternative to the violence, bullying and other ills plaguing inner city youth.
There’s a new sound and its coming from the AME Church!!!. While AME LIVE, the first recording from the International AME Church Mass Choir hits digital and retail outlets on August 5th, the celebration has already begun with listening parties and concerts in Nashville, Tennessee and Chicago, Illinois. Over 125 voices from AME Churches across the country participated in the recording of the live CD/DVD held in Chicago last summer. The project is produced by Adrian Dunn and Curtis Lindsey and features guest performances by Myron Butler, Melonie Daniels, Troy Bright.
Prepare yourself for the release of Foreign Land, the new disc from the 3 Winans Brothers on September 30th. Marvin, Carvin and BeBe Winans unveiled the new group offering If God Be For Us last year at the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. The brothers have formed a new label Regimen Records and announced a marketing and distribution deal with Entertainment One. An artist services/publishing deal was signed with BMG earlier this year.
The brothers are also celebrating the video release for their current single, Move In Me, produced by Grammy winning producer Daniel Weatherspoon and remixed by multi-Grammy award winning songwriter/producer, Warryn Campbell.