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Bryan Courtney Wilson Celebrated At ASCAP Awards

Friday, June 24th, 2016

BCwilsonwffThe 29th Annual ASCAP Rhythm and Soul Music Awards were handed out in Los Angeles on June 23rd and Motown Gospel recording artist Bryan Courtney Wilson took home the honor for the Top Gospel Song for his chart topping composition Worth Fighting For.  Tyscot recording artists Anthony Brown and group therAPy performed a rousing rendition of their chart topping single Worth capping off the evening’s musical performances.  Other Gospel music winners are as follows:

AWARD WINNING GOSPEL SONGS

“All the Glory” by Alexis Spight
Writer: Travis Malloy
Publisher: Travis Malloy Music

“Bless Me” by J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise Featuring Donnie McClurkin
Writers: Eric Davis
JJ Hairston
Publishers: E Dav Music
Yellow Boy Music

“Bless This House” by Dorinda Clark-Cole
Writer: Shanika Bereal
Publisher: JGurl Music

“Fill Me Up” by Casey J
Writer: Will Reagan
Publisher: United Pursuit Music

“For Your Glory” by Tasha Cobbs
Writer: Mia S. Booker
Publisher: I Thirst Music

“Gotta Have You” by Jonathan McReynolds
Writers: Warryn Campbell
Jonathan McReynolds
Publishers: Campbell Kids Publishing
JMcReynolds
Warner/Chappell Music Inc.

“I Am” by Jason Nelson
Writers: Jason Nelson
Dana T. Sorey
Publishers: C Bazz Publishing
Jaelyn Songs Music

“I’m Good” by Tim Bowman Jr.
Writers: Johntá Austin
Arthur Ross
Leon Ware
Marvin Winans
Publishers: Jobete Music Co Inc
Naked Under My Clothes Music
Sony/ATV Tunes LLC

“My Words Have Power” by Karen Clark Sheard Featuring Donald Lawrence & The Co.
Writer: Rick Robinson
Publishers: Capitol CMG Genesis
Kid Prodigy Music
Universal Music Publishing

“No Greater Love” by Smokie Norful
Writer: Smokie Norful
Publishers: Capitol CMG Genesis
Meadowgreen Music Company
Universal Music Publishing

“Worth” by Anthony Brown & group therAPy
Writer: Anthony Brown
Publishers: Key of A Music Publishing
Tyscot Music

Bri Babineaux Hits The Road In July

Friday, June 24th, 2016

Briana BabineauxMarquis Boone Entertainment recording artist Bri (Briana) Babineaux headlines the New Artist on the Block Tour making its first stop in Hendersonville, Tennessee on July 5th.  Joining Babineaux on tour is Sunday Best winner Geoffery Golden and MBE’s  newest signee Kelontae Gavin.   Tour dates are as follows:

7/05/16 @7           Celebration Of Life Church, Hendersonville, TN.
7/06/16 @7           Prince of Peace Church, Memphis, TN.
7/11/16 @7            Bethel World Outreach, Olney, MD.           
7/12/16 @7            Have Life Church, Charlotte NC.
7/13/16 @7            Valley Brook Outreach Baptist Church, Pelzer, SC.
7/14/16 @7            Heritage Christian Center, Jacksonville, FL .
7/18/16 @7            Dothan High School, Dothan, AL.
7/19/16 @7            TBA, Columbus, MS.
7/20/16 @7           Showers of Blessing Church, Hammond, LA.
7/21/16 @7            TBA, Dallas, TX .

African Worship Leader Uche Agu Releases The Glory Experience

Friday, June 24th, 2016

Uche Agu2African Worship Leader Uche Agu makes a praise declaration with the release of The Glory Experience Deluxe Edition.  Recorded live in Houston, the CD presents Agu as he celebrates God in all his majesty and power.  Production assistance comes from producer, musician and songwriter Clay Bogan III (William McDowell, Israel & New Breed), coveted vocal arranger and worship artist Daniel Johnson, world-class drummer Chris Coleman (Israel & New Breed, Chaka Khan, Prince), Grammy award winning recording engineer Danny Duncan and along with the Grammy award winning mix engineer Paul “Salvo” Salveson.

The Nigerian born preacher’s kid began singing God’s praises since the age of 3  and has ministered abroad across Africa, Europe and the Caribbean. The Glory Experience is available via iTunes, Amazon and other digital outlets now.

Sho Baraka Returns to the Christian Hip Hop Scene with New Label Humble Beast

Friday, June 24th, 2016

sho-baraka-642Sho Baraka has found a new home. After leaving Reach Records in 2011 over what he felt were directional differences, Amisho Baraka has popped up here and there with a collab, or project almost as a call home to let mom know he’s ok, but to his fans and supporters. It appears though that Sho is ready to get back into the full swing of things after an announcement tweet from Humble Beast’s account “Welcome to the Family, @AmIShoBaraka. Sho Baraka + Humble Beast — Humble Beast Records”.

Then Humble beast releases a statement and video via their website,

“Sho has always been a friend of Humble Beast & our ministry. Recently, we’ve realized just how similarly our paths and passions are intertwining. After building for a while, it only made sense to take the next step. We are thrilled to work with Sho and are excited for you to see what comes from this relationship.

Sho wanted to let you know where he’s been, where he’s at, and how he got there. Check out his verse, The Road to Humble”

Edwin Hawkins Music Conference Celebrates 35 Years In Chicago

Friday, June 24th, 2016

Edwin HawkinsEdwin Hawkins, the Father of Contemporary Gospel Music celebrates the 35th anniversary of his Edwin and Walter Hawkins Music and Arts Love Fellowship Conference in the Gospel Music Capital of the world, Chicago, Illinois June 26 – July 1st.

“I love Chicago”, said Hawkins.  “There is so much Gospel Music history in the city.  Chicago was the home of the greats, the Father of Gospel Music, Professor Thomas A. Dorsey (who was with us at our first convention) Sallie Martin, Mahalia Jackson, Roberta Martin, Delois Barrett Campbell, Albertina Walker, Inez Andrews, Rev. Clay Evans, Pastor Maceo Woods and the list goes on.  Chicago is now home to the some of Gospel’s current music influencers like Jonathan McReynolds, Donald Lawrence, Ricky Dillard, Tiff Joy and others.  The Lord has allowed us to be together for 35 years, and I’m ecstatic that we get a chance to have a reunion celebration in the Windy City. The key to the continuation of our genre is empowerment through education.  Its up to us to train future generations, giving them the origins and celebrated history of this great music we know as Gospel music to prepare them for whats to come”

The convention begins with a Quartet Concert followed by a Tribute concert honoring Chicago’s legendary Reverend Milton Brunson and the Tommies featuring some of Chicago’s finest community choirs including Malcolm Williams and Great Faith, Paul Turner and CMI, Dexter Walker and Zion Movement and William Smith and RVC. Classes will be offered during the week with nightly services, guest preachers and musicals.  The convention will close on Friday, July 1st as the mass choir presents new music taught by some of the nation’s upcoming songwriters and arrangers.

Shirley Caesar Feted By Hollywood Walk of Fame June 28th

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

Yolanda Adams and Kirk Franklin will be on hand to pay homage to the reigning Queen of Gospel , Pastor Shirley CaesPastorShirleyCaesar-Photo3ar as she is honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on June 28th by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.

“We are proud to welcome the Reigning Queen of Gospel Shirley Caesar to our famous Walk of Fame. She is known as a musical trailblazer who has influenced a wide range of artists across genres. Her career has made an indelible mark on American music and the sounds of gospel,” stated Leron Gubler, Hollywood Chamber of Commerce President and CEO.

Pastor Caesar joins only 3 other Gospel legends Mahalia Jackson, Reverend James Cleveland and Pastor Andrae Crouch with the with the 2,583rd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame .

Fred Hammond Readies New Album For September 30th Release

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

FRED_HAMMOND-WORSHIP JOURNAL LIVE-album artFred Hammond took to social media to introduce Father Jesus Spirit, the new single from his forthcoming album Worship Journal Live.   The new disc, the follow up to his 2014 hit CD I Will Trust was recorded last month in front of a standing room only crowd, marking Hammond’s first live recording in 17 years. Worship Journal Live hits stores and digital outlets on September 30th.

Hammond will introduce the music of the new album to audiences as he brings his ever popular Festival of Praise Tour to some 40 + cities across the US starting with the inaugural stop being October 5th  in Las Vegas, Nevada. Joining him on the tour this year is Hezekiah Walker, Israel Houghton, Regina Belle, Karen Clark Sheard, Casey J, and comedian Earthquake.

Dennis Reed and GAP Hit #1 on Digital Songs Chart

Monday, June 20th, 2016

Dennis Reed and GAPThe sheer power of GOSPEL music is felt through the song Necessary, recorded by Charlotte, NC based Dennis Reed and GAP some nearly 10 years ago.  The song had a resurgence thanks to Fantasia posting a video in rehearsal performing the song with members of the group.  Fortified by the video that has had over 10 million views and performances during her concert stops, Necessary has made its way from #11 into the top spot on the Digital Download Gospel Songs chart, selling some over 3,000 +  downloads.

Just in case you’ve been out of the country and on an internet fast, here’s a lyric video for Necessary

Men of Standard Take The Stage At Father’s Day Concert

Sunday, June 19th, 2016

MOSFather’s Day 2016 will go down in history as the First Baptist Church of Glenarden, (the church home of Stephen Hurd and Anthony Brown) hosted a Father’s Day Concert that touted the reunion of Men of Standard after a 7 year hiatus.  It was indeed a great moment as Lowell Pye, Isaac Carree and Bryan Pierce took to the stage to take us down memory lane.  The icing on the cake was the addition of Zacardi Cortez (you can only imagine the utter pandemonium, right?!?!?!?!)

The gentlemen quickly but effectively ran through a number of their hits including the Winans’ Trust In God, Yet Will I Trust In Him, Anointed Song, In Your Will, Latter Rain and I Made It.  The songs had huge impact on the audience as the guys ministered messages of faith and inspiration in the music.  We can only hope that this is the start of a tour and a possible CD in the works.

While we wait on the Men of Standard recording, you can prepare yourself as Bryan Pierce is set to record in August at Mount Zion in Greensboro, NC.

Pastor David Wright Records The Timothy Wright Concert Choir

Saturday, June 18th, 2016

Tim WrightThe Godfather of Gospel Music, the late Reverend Timothy Wright organized the Timothy Wright Concert Choir in 1976.  For some 2 decades, the choir set a standard for “Sing on Sunday Morning Music” releasing chart topping hits that included Who’s on the Lord’s Side, Testify, Jesus Will, Let Us All Go Back and others.

Continuing to build upon the strong foundation laid by his father, Pastor David Wright will bring together the famed choir on the day after what would have been his Dad’s 69th birthday for a reunion and live recording on Saturday, June 18th at the Christ Fellowship Church in Brooklyn, New York.