Archive for the ‘Artist News and Updates’ Category

Mary Mary Gets Back To You With New Music Video

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

Its more of the music that we love from Tina and Erica Campbell as they make a statement with Back to You.  This marks the WeTV reality stars return after a four year hiatus which gave birth to solo albums from each of them.

Back To You is written and produced by Warryn Campbell and inspired by the new Ben Hur movie produced by Hollywood Super couple Roma Downey and Mark Burnett.  In case you missed the video debut, we’ve got the video right here:

KJ Scriven Drops “Lead Me”

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

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Carolina’s KJ Scriven dropped new music this week. Coming off of a hit with Tye Tribbett’s single “What Can I Do?, which was written by Scriven, he’s back with signature acoustic sound and heartfelt lyrics.  The song is available for download.  Check out the video here:

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Monica Lisa Stevenson Shares Her Testimony

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

Monica Lisa Stevenson caMLS Testimonyn bear witness of the truth that God makes all things new.  The two time Stellar Award nominee is gearing up for the release of her new CD entitled The Kainos Project.  Walking in her new found newness, Stevenson pulls on the talents of Doobie Powell and quartet favorites The Williams Singers for her new single, Testimony.

Testimony is already causing quite a stir hitting #3 on the Billboard Hot Singles Charts.  Tour stops will take her to Chicago for a Singsation television taping, the Gospel Music Workshop of America in Birmingham, Alabama and the John P Kee Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Kathy Taylor, Luther Barnes and Byron Cage Headline Gospel Mix Tour

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

Gospel Mix 2016The Gospel Music Workshop of America will play host to the first stop of the Gospel Mix 2016 Tour, taking place on Sunday, July 24th in the Grand Ballroom of the Sheraton Hotel in Birmingham, Alabama.

This year’s tour brings together legends Luther Barnes and The Canton Spirituals with Kathy Taylor, Earnest Pugh, Byron Cage and choir master Ricky Dillard. Joining the praise party are Gospel favorites Zacardi Cortez, James Fortune, the trio Half Mile Home, quartet king Damon Little and others.

The music of the Gospel Mix Tour makes up this year’s installment of the Top Ten best-selling album “Kerry Douglas Presents Gospel Mix 2016” that features chart-topping hits such as Zacardi Cortez’ “#YDIA,” Damon Little’s “I Won’t Be Defeated,” Byron Cage’s “Like No Other” and Half Mile Home’s “More Than Enuff.

Chicago Mass Choir Does Daytime TV

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

New Chicago MassChicago Mass Choir continues its Summer of Praise Tour with an appearance on Fox Television’s Good Day Chicago on Thursday, June 21st.  The award winning choir will perform music from its latest CD We Give You Praise.

We Give You Praise made its debut in the Top 20 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Album’s chart largely fueled by the lead single, Thank You Thank You Jesus. The lead single generated over a half a million YouTube views cementing its place as a CMC classic alongside other chart-topping hits like “Holy Ghost Power,” “I Pray We’ll Be Ready,” “Mighty Good God,” and “God is My Everything.” The choir has released a follow up single, I Give You Praise as well as a companion lyric and live lyric video.

Founded by James Chambers as an extension of the ECC Music Workshop and celebrating over 25 years of ministry, CMC President Dr. Feranda Williamson gave words of appreciation to fans and supporters, “I am just overwhelmed with “THANKS” to those that support the music of Chicago Mass Choir.  It is an honor to be listed with so many major gospel artists as one of the top billboard chart top 20 gospel albums.  It is great to be recognized for our music ministry.”

V Michael McKay Pens A New Classic

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

Composer V. Michael McKay writes the songs that inspire people to sing all across the world.  A sample of his body of work includes The Battle Is ThVMMe Lord’s and The Good Shepherd (both recorded by Yolanda Adams) , The Potter’s House (Tramaine Hawkins),  Intercession (Kim McFarland), All In His Hands (Florida Mass Choir and Dr. Charles G Hayes’ Cosmopolitan Church of Prayer Choir), Broken But I’m Healed (Byron Cage), The Corinthian Song (Kathy Taylor), I’m Still Here (Albertina Walker) and Oh Jesus (Dorothy Norwood).  McKay adds to his list of classics with the release of his new song Rest (For My Yoke Is Easy) making the rounds at radio.

The two time Dove Award winner said the song’s strong and deliberate message  are derived from scripture and his upbringing.  “These were words that I heard my mother and her mother recite with such conviction as I was growing up. When we realize that Jesus gives us a special invitation (to come to Him) in Matthew 11:25-30 and the invite allows us to bring our worries, our frustrations and our fears and in turn He gives us his rest. We can exchange our weakness for His strength. I Peter 5:7 is interspersed in the middle of the song, and what a joy it is to know we can cast every care upon Jesus and realize the load is not too heavy for Him to bear. For the weary, wounded and disappointed, there is rest. The world is teetering in a state of uncertainty and confusion, and in the midst of the turmoil. God offers us His peace and his rest.

A special release of the song heads to digital outlets in a couple of weeks.

Derek Minor Premieres New Video FREE

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

DerekMinorrealStellar Award winning Christian hip hop artist Derek Minor took to his blog to premiere the new video for his latest creation, Free.  Motivated by the senseless violence and recent killings in Baton Rouge, Minor composed Free in just three hours, and shot the video a few days later with directorial assistance from Patrick Tohill.

Minor conveyed the following sentiments talking about the song, “We’ve been too occupied with ourselves to be “united”. We need real reform and real solutions and it starts with ALL of us. I wanted to bring that idea to life in the video for my song “Free”. We may not have all of the answers, but if there’s going to be change, I’m convinced we have to do it together.”

 

 

 

Cedric Ballard Champions Houston’s Night Of Unity

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

Cedric Ballard New1On Friday, July 18th, the Houston area Gospel community joined local area pastors, government officials and community leaders in a display of unity and prayer for peace in the nation as a whole in response to the tragedies and violence plaguing our inner cities.  Leading the charge was Worship Leader and Psalmist Minister Cedric Ballard, who hosted the event at the Greater Grace Outreach Church.  Joining in the celebration was noted songwriter V. Michael McKay, Rhonda and Shawn McLemore, Alexis Spight and Earl Duncan.

Ballard stressed the need for unity and for the church to lead the charge.  “We have such a huge responsibility to show people that our gatherings have impact after the end of Sunday morning worship.  God called and ordained the church to change the world, we have to show them we are truly united and serious about making a difference when and where it counts.”

 

New Music From Mary Mary

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

MaryMary-Photo-Credit-Chris-Ragazzo2After what seemed like a long four year hiatus, our favorite sister duo Mary Mary return with new music inspired by the new Paramount/MGM movie Ben Hur, produced by Mark Burnett and Roma Downey.

Back To You is written and produced by Warryn Campbell and makes its exclusive video debut on Thursday, July 21 at 2pm EST / 11am PST on BET.com. In addition, Tina and Erica will perform the song as they visit the set of The Preachers on Friday, July 22nd.  Check your local listings for time and station information in your area.

 

Anita Wilson Sets Date For Live Recording

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

Anita WilsonGrammy nominee Anita Wilson is getting in gear for a live recording taking place in Chicago on October 8th.  The East St. Louis, Illinois native received a Grammy nomination for her second album Vintage Worship released last year as well as her debut project Worship Soul which was released in 2013 and produced the runaway hit Speechless and the infectious homage to the Barrett Sisters cover of Jesus Will.

In other news, Wilson joined the ranks of the recording industry’s finest with her addition as a recently elected Governor to the Chicago Chapter of the Recording Academy.

Ticket information and other details for the live recording are available via her website.