Archive for the ‘Artist News and Updates’ Category

JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise Release Bless Me

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Its new music from JJ Hairston and Youthful Praise in the form of Bless Me, a new radio single from I See Victory, the group’s forthcoming CD.  Pastor Donnie McClurkin joins YP on the song SHIRTEDIT_MG_7911which is available at digital outlets everywhere.  I See Victory was recorded live in Bloomfield, Connecticut and also features performances from Karen Clark Sheard, Vashawn Mitchell, Jason Nelson and Deon Kipling.  The full project hits stores on October 28th.

Meet the Artist – Benita Farmer

Friday, August 8th, 2014

Benita FarmerEvery once and again you come across someone with an undeniable gift and calling to music and artistry, such is the case with Benita Farmer.   As the story goes, Benita hails from a musical family- her mom is gospel legend and Former Sweet Rain recording Artist Bishop Barbara Ward Farmer (Bread of Heaven).  Benita’s collaborative efforts with songwriters Angela King and Jamar Jones (executive minister of music for Bishop TD Jakes) and production assistance from Anthony Bell (Jill Scott, Anthony Hamilton, Jazmine Sullivan, Usher) lead to the creation of her latest single, Mender of Me.  Its a dynamic song with a powerful message delivered with fervent passion and intentionality.  Mender of Me speaks a word of healing for the world to receive.  For this reason, we add Benita Farmer to the GOSPELflava watch list.

The Unstoppable Dottie Peoples Celebrates 30 Years

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Dottie niceDottie Peoples, the Songbird of the South is celebrating 30 years as a recording artist. With recent appearances at the Gospel Music Workshop of America and concert dates from coast to coast, the Stellar award winner continues to bring joy to audiences with her music ministry. “I’m excited to share my new music with all of my fans,” said Peoples. “There is nothing more important to me than ministry and being able to see the power of music impact and inspire people. It is my prayer that this new song will encourage people.”

Peoples is excited about the release of Everything Must Change, the third single from her I Got This – LIVE recording.   In addition to touring, Dottie delivers great gospel music via Dottie’s Praise House her syndicated radio show on Rejoice Musical Soulfood.

 

The Return of Saints With A Vision

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

Saints AliveThe year was 1999 when Pharis Evans, Jr. and Saints With a Vision (SWV) burst on the scene with their debut project Calling All Saints.  The disc produced a wave of great choir music including Oh, How He Loves Me, Great Things and the unforgettable If Nothing Else, Thank You, which led to top placement on the Billboard Top Gospel Albums chart, a Stellar Award nomination and a Chicago Music Award.

Fast forward to 2014 and prepare yourself  as the Saints get ready for another go round with the release of the Deeds of the Lord, the new single from their soon to be released Saints Alive CD.  The group will celebrate their 16th Anniversary with a concert kick off to their multi city promotional tour.

Tamela Mann Earns Gold Certification

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Tamela Mann can now add a RIAA plaque to her already full trophy case.  The “Take Me To The King” digital single penned and produced by Kirk63891-Tamela-Mann-original Franklin and recorded and performed by Tamela, has been RIAA Certified Gold, having sold more than 500,000 digital copies. Tillymann Music Group label head and Tamela’s manager and husband, David Mann, presented Tamela with her RIAA Certified Gold plaque during their Comedy and Concert event on Friday, August 1 at the Victoria Fine Arts Center in Victoria, Texas.

“Take Me To The King” was also recently named one of the most performed songs on Gospel radio in 2013 during BMI’s 2014 Christian Music Awards held at BMI in Nashville, Tenn.  The song featured on Tamela’s No. 1 selling 2012 album ‘Best Days’ was released to Gospel radio. The track quickly climbed to No. 1 on the Gospel radio chart where it remained for more than 25 weeks.

Sunday Best Season 6 Winner Tasha Lockhart Delivers Solo Debut August 5th

Friday, August 1st, 2014

TPLockhartOn the heels of the hugely successful “Kirk Franklin Presents Tye Tribbett Tour” alongside label mates the Walls Group, BET Sunday Best Season 6 Winner Tasha Lockhart prepares for the release of her debut solo project, Here Right Now on August 5th on Fo Yo Soul Recordings/RCA .

“I couldn’t be more proud to present Tasha as the first female artist on my new label,” says Kirk Franklin. “Tasha has a powerful story, and her lifestyle matches her music.”

Lockhart gets some help from her friends and family on Here Right Now in the person of  her mom, Lisa Page Brooks as well as acclaimed singer/songwriter PJ Morton.  Lockhart performs on Sunday Best on August 3rd and makes an appearance on 106 & Park on August 6th.

Graceland Earns Kierra Sheard A #1 Debut On Billboard

Friday, August 1st, 2014

Its a #1 debut for KKierra Sheard Gracelandarew Records and Motown Gospel as Graceland, the new disc from Kierra Sheard debuts at #1 on the Billboard Top Gospel Albums chart.  The album was also #33 on the Billboard 200.  Kierra participated in release events in both Atlanta and Charlotte and is making preparation for her 9th annual Bold Right Life convention which takes place on August 7-9 in Detroit.

Read our review of Graceland here: Kierra takes us to Graceland

Gospel Giant Al Bishop Hobbs Passes

Friday, August 1st, 2014

Al The Bishop Hobbs Presides over the Radio AwardsThe Gospel Announcers Guild released a statement regarding the passing of Al Hobbs.

It is with joy and sadness that we announce the home-going of our beloved GOSPEL INDUSTRY AFICIONADO, Dr. Al “The Bishop” Hobbs.

 

Al “The Bishop” Hobbs was simply one of the most interesting personalities you’re likely to ever cross paths with in this industry.  Wearing as many hats as some specialty stores offer, Hobbs has earned the title of ‘Bishop’ with an empire to accompany it.  He was responsible for the operation of two gospel record labels, and served as chairman of the Gospel Announcer’s Guild and  Vice-Chairman of the industry’s leading organization – the Gospel Music Workshop Of America, Inc. (GMWA), under the leadership of Bishop Albert Jamison.

 

A recording artist, announcer, meeting planner, event coordinator, and successful entrepreneur, he was born June 4, 1943 in Decatur, Alabama.  He is the father of Alex Carrington Hobbs, Asha Gabrellia Hobbs, and Bridgett Hobbs.

Desmond Pringle On A Mission To Celebrate Life

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Desmond Pringle contDesmond Pringleinues his mission of touching lives through his work with the Cancer Treatment Centers of America.  Pringle was recently the guest artist for Celebrate Life, an event honoring five year cancer  and their families.  “It it is a phenomenal two day event and a great blessing to meet so many survivors. Their optimism and determination to overcome health challenges and to live a quality life is inspiring”, Pringle remarked.

After losing his father last year to cancer, the Stellar and Dove award nominated singer whose Top 20 song Can’t Even Imagine continues to inspire and uplift listeners counts his work with CTCA as the fulfillment of his ministry.  “If my music and ministry can be a source of inspiration and hope, then I have succeeded with my ministry objectives.”

Pharis Evans Jr Takes Us To The Fountain Of Life

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Grammy, Stellar and Dove award nominated singer/songwPEJ1riter/producer Pharis Evans, Jr. has greatly impacted the landscape of Gospel music writing and producing chart topping hits for The Williams Brothers, Stevie Wonder, DJ Rogers, Kelly Price, Bobby Jones and NSC, Stephanie Mills,  Yolanda Adams, Bishop Paul Morton, the Canton Spirituals, Bishop Neal Roberson and the list goes on.  Evans’ lineage consists of great preachers and minstrels as he is the son of a preacher and the nephew of the legendary iconic gospel preacher and singer, Reverend Clay Evans.

Evans fulfills a God ordained assignment with the formation of Fountain of Life Records.  The label aims to provide music that both revitalizes and refreshes the spirit much like water quenches the natural thirst.   Scheduled releases include Due Season,  a 2 disc set from Pharis Evans, Jr and Loved Ones, the long awaited follow up disc from Saints with a Vision as well as music from newcomers Romandis Moore, Davie Moore, DeWayne Strong and noted pastor Samuel R. Blakes.