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Bob Marovich Chronicles Chicago Gospel Roots In New Book

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

Noted historian and host of Gospel Memories shines a bright light on the celebrated history of Gospel Music and its origins in the Gospel Music Capital of the City Called Heavenworld, Chicago, Illinois.  In the early days of Gospel Music, Chicago was the home to Thomas Dorsey, Sallie Martin, Roberta Martin, Mahalia Jackson, James Cleveland, Albertina Walker, Pops Staples and Sam Cooke.
“The challenge in writing A CITY CALLED HEAVEN was to tell as much of the Chicago story as possible, give it the scholarly treatment it deserves, and at the same time make it a pleasure to read,” Marovich shares.  “I also hope the book stimulates readers to learn more about the topics and people I’ve covered, and inspires other cities to examine their own rich African American sacred music traditions.”

Maurette Brown Clark Joins SRT Entertainment Family

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

Maurette+Brown+Clark+03D.A. Johnson’s SRT Entertainment roster continues to grow with the recent announcement of the signing of Stellar Award winner Maurette Brown Clark.

Clark had this to say on the new musical venture: “I am very excited and optimistic about this next move in my musical journey. To be working with D.A. Johnson again is a joy and I look forward to what God has for SRT Entertainment and my ministry. #forward“

McDonalds Announces Lineup & Schedule For Inspiration Celebration Tour

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

Donald Lawrence pr photo 1-Photo credit Dominick GuillemotMcDonalds has announced the lineup and schedule for the 9th installment of their popular Inspiration Celebration Tour beginning in Detroit on May 13 and running through Oct. 17th.

This year’s lineup features celebrated Gospel artists  Donald Lawrence, Yolanda Adams, Dorinda Clark-Cole, Ricky Dillard,  DeWayne Woods,  Tasha Page-Lockhart, comedian Small Fire  and syndicated radio host Lonnie Hunter.

Scheduled tour dates include:

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Any Given Sunday Bows at Number 1

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

Inspired People/Motown Gospel recording artist Pastor Charles Jenkins and Fellowship Chicago are all smiles as their sophomore release Any Given Sunday PastorCharlesJenkinsAlbumCovermakes its debut at #1 on the Billboard Gospel Chart.

“It’s no easy feat to follow up a #1 album with another #1 regardless of genre,” says Larry Blackwell, Motown Gospel Vice President/ General Manager. “We congratulate Charles Jenkins & Fellowship Chicago on this significant achievement. More importantly `Any Given Sunday’ continues the vital legacy and rich heritage of Chicago choir music.”

Casey J Continues Strong Showing At Radio

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

Bobby Jones Gospel -Day 1, Show 1Casey J continues her radio reign as Fill Me Up makes its return to the #1 spot on the radio chart for the 6th week.  The song is the anchor of her debut CD The Truth which hits stores and digital outlets on April 21st.

GOSPELflava was in the audience for this live recording and magnetic night of praise at the Fresh Start Church where she serves as Worship Leader (see our recap here) .

Karen Clark Sheard Hits Radio With My Words Have Power

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

Karen Clark SingsKarew Records recording artist and multiple Grammy and Stellar Award winner Karen Clark Sheard used the GMWA/Stellar week as the backdrop to release her new single, My Words Have Power. The new track written by Rick Robinson features Donald Lawrence and the Company and is the second single released from her highly anticipated sixth solo album.  Radio has already given its blessing on the song as Power was the #1 Most Added and Greatest Gainer on the radio charts.

 

Lonnie Hunter Named Voice of 2015 Stellar Gospel Music Radio Awards

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

Lonnie-HunterSyndicated radio host and recently signed Tyscot recording artist Lonnie Hunter’s voice will echo throughout the Orleans Arena as the 2015 Stellar Gospel Music Radio Awards takes place on Saturday, March 28th.

Hunter is also grateful for the warm reception he is receiving for his radio single, Forever I Will.  His new CD, #GETITDONE hits stores and digital outlets in late Spring.

Mann and Wife Comes To Bounce TV

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

We can’t get enough of David and Tamela Mann! Lucky for us, we are afforded additional TV time with the April 7 series premiere of Mann and Wife on  the david-and-tamela-mannBounce network.

The sitcom pairs David and Tamela in a Brady Bunch format as a newly married couple with children from previous marriages adjusting to their new family life. We can rest assured as in all of the Mann family situations where there is love, there will also be lots of laughter.

Check your local listings for station information in your area.

Ashford Sanders Keeping It 100

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

Well on his way to earning the moniker of one of the hardest working men in the business, Sunday Best Season 5 Favorite Ashford Sanders is keeping it 100.  Maintaining a heavy travAshford Sanders officialel schedule while promoting the release of his new single, Because You’ve Been Good, the Canton, Mississippi native wanted to highlight and help develop the talents of those coming behind him. His first endeavor comes off this weekend with the Mississippi Talent Showcase Finals.

I can say the Sunday Best experience was a wonderful opportunity for me, I got a chance to meet some very talented and creative people and I thought, if these people are here, just think of the other people who are just as good (or better) and don’t venture out   I was thinking of providing a vehicle that would bring people together, give them a chance to show what they got and then encourage them to reach for the sky, so the Mississippi Talent Showcase was born.”

Contestants auditioned before a panel of judges and received one on one mentoring and coaching from Sanders and other industry professionals.  The March 20th event will feature performances from the 7 top finalists with the winner taking home a cash prize.

Bishop Paul S Morton Legacy Live Recording Set For July

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Bishop Rance AlleBishop+Paul+Morton-press+photon, Pastor Shirley Caesar, Tasha Cobbs, Zacardi Cortez and LeAndria Johnson are among the guests joining Bishop Paul S. Morton on July 13th at Greater St Stephens in New Orleans in what is being billed as a legacy recording event celebrating his 30 + year career in Gospel Music as well as 20 years as leader of the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International.

The live recording is produced by Trent Phillips and serves as the the kickoff to this year’s Full Gospel Fellowship Conference and the first of many events honoring Bishop Morton.