As a result of the untimely passing of singer/songwriter and worship leader Minister DeVaughn Murphy, PAJAM/PMG Gospel announced today plans to release “We Will Worship,” his new single on August 11, 2015. Murphy was an established songwriter, having written such memorable songs as “Chasing After You,” “Make Me Righteous”, and “Let Us See Jesus”. A portion of the proceeds from the single will benefit Murphy’s wife Khia Murphy and the Vaughn Murphy Foundation. “We were honored to know a person with such a huge heart and love for God as Vaughn; his ministry will live on forever. We are deeply hurt, but we know God has a plan,” says Paul “PDA” Allen of PAJAM/PMG Gospel.
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Of course, we knew it was bound to happen, and now we know when. August 17th will more than likely go down as a historic moment when proud pastor Bishop J Drew Sheard presents the Greater Emmanuel Institutional Mass Choir in a live recording. If you remember, Greater Emmanuel’s 1994 CD The Sun Will Shine Again peaked at number 30 on the Billboard Top Gospel Albums charts and produced the radio hit Get the Glory. Of equal importance is the fact that Greater Emmanuel is the spiritual home of Detroit’s leading ladies, The Clark Sisters (Karen Clark Sheard serves as first lady), BET Sunday Best Judge Kierra Sheard and J Drew Sheard III.
As anticipated, the Clark Sisters and Kierra will make guest appearances on the CD and GEI minister of music and decorated producer Derrick Starks will share production duties with J Drew Sheard III. Starks, who is a former music director for the Trumpet Awards and contributed to the Stellar Award nominated Temple of Deliverance Women’s Choir project is the composer of several chart topping compositions including So Many Times, He Brought Me and Take It Back (all recorded by Dorinda Clark Cole) which was celebrated by BMI as 2010’s Most Performed Gospel Song of the Year.
GOSPELflava joins others across the globe sending congratulatory greetings to Pastor Marvin Sapp on his elevation to the office of Bishop. The consecration ceremony was held during the gathering of the Global United Fellowship gathering in Jacksonville, Florida on July 10th.
Bishop Sapp is currently enjoying the success of Yes You Can, the hit single which hit #1 on the Mediabase chart. Yes You Can comes from his fourth #1 album You Shall Live released by RCA Inspiration on June 2nd.
In response to the June 17th Charleston Church shooting, Israel Houghton, Tasha Cobbs, Mali Music and Columbia, SC native Travis Greene will join Tye Tribbett for Hate Won’t Win, a concert benefiting the families of the nine victims. The concert will serve as the opening event for Tribbett’s second annual “The Chosen Music Mentorship” conference for church worship leaders on June 23rd at Columbia South Carolina’s Medallion Conference Center.
“Gospel is the good news,” Tribbett says of his use of music as a healing tool. “By spreading the music we induce hope, and we train new worship leaders so they are equipped with the same intent to go fearlessly where some have lost hope and to boldly declare through this gospel that there is yet hope.”
We were first exposed to the antics of SWV’s Cheryl Coko Clemons and her manager Cory Taylor via their interaction and verbal comedic jousts on the hit We TV reality show SWV Reunited. The joy of the experience makes its way to radio with the addition of The Coko and Cory Radio Show on Rejoice Musical Soulfood.
Manager Cory explains the camaraderie this way, “We both grew up in church but in the show we say things other Christians may be thinking but are afraid to say.” Rejoice Musical Soulfood CEO Mike Chandler agrees. “The response has been incredible. The audience is really loving the dynamic of Coko and Cory. So, I’m excited to see where the show is going from here.”
RCA Inspiration celebrates Anthology, the new disc from celebrated maestro Richard Smallwood making its debut in the number one spot on the Billboard Gospel Albums chart. “I’m elated that ANTHOLOGY has entered on the number one spot on the Billboard Top Gospel Chart,” said Richard Smallwood. “Personally, this project is the most important recording that I’ve done, so it adds more to the excitement that people are excited. I’m so appreciative of their support!”
The two disc project is a celebration of Smallwood’s four decades in Gospel music and features his backing ensemble Vision flanked by noteworthy performances from Angela Winbush and former Richard Smallwood Singers alum Dottie Jones .
Stan Jones has made a name for himself writing and producing the hits for Bryan Courtney Wilson (All I Need), Mississippi Mass Choir (God’s On Your Side) and Marvin Sapp (You Shall Live, Greater, He Has His Hands On You). Today, the multifaceted producer and award winning composer enlarges his territory with the formation of Clout Music Group. Jones announced BET Sunday Best Season Three finalist Durward Davis as the first artist signed to the new label.
Jones is ecstatic about the label and had this to say , “He’s a phenomenal vocalist and great communicator through song. I’m excited to launch my label with his project and to witness what God will do through the unification of our gifts.”
If there is anything Dr. LouDella Evans Reid wants you to remember, its this: as long as there is a church, there will be a place for Sunday morning choir music. Reid, a founding member and four decades plus music minister of Chicago’s historic Fellowship Baptist Church celebrated the pre-release of Count It All Joy, a new collection of songs from her Traditional Gospel Choir during the 90/85 birthday celebration festivities that honored both her and her brother, the Reverend Clay Evans.
He Touched Me, a lively remake of the Thurston Frazier composition serves as the radio single and is garnering praise along with rave reviews from around the country. Dr. LouDella Evans Reid and the Traditional Gospel Choir were a highlight of the National Baptist Convention Christian Education Conference in June and will make an appearance at GMWA during July.
Ever since the electrifying performance of the hit Pressure on this year’s Stellar Awards, fans have been waiting with great anticipation for the new album from Jonathan McReynolds. We are pleased to report that McReynolds sophomore effort, Life Music: Stage Two will hit stores and digital outlets on September 18th.
McReynolds states, “I wrote my first album as a college student. This second album, as a college teacher. My life has changed – different pressures, more revelation, more musical ideas. The one thing that hasn’t: my approach to songwriting. Still aiming to be transparent and genuine. Message first.”
With notable performances at the Stellars, BET Celebration of Gospel, the Essence Music Festival and the BET Music Matters showcase, McReynolds continues to tour in support of the upcoming CD release with stops in Washington DC, Tampa, Baltimore, Mobile AL, Boston, New York and overseas.
Under those sentiments, internationally renown worship leader Israel Houghton and his group New Breed embarked upon a courageous effort to “go ye into all the world” taking the Gospel to the east hosting worship experiences at concerts in Jakarta, Indonesia, Kuala Lumpur, Seoul, Korea, Tokyo and Manila, with the end result being his new CD, Covered: Alive in Asia hitting stores on July 24th.
The project celebrates 15 years of Israel and New Breed and their tenth album together. With production from Aaron Lindsey, Covered: Live In Asia also features a concert DVD with behind the scenes footage in a special edition CD/DVD package.