Archive for the ‘Artist News and Updates’ Category

Fred Hammond Announces Dates For Festival Of Praise

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

FOP 16Fred Hammond announced the return of the ever popular Festival of Praise Tour, making its way across the country and visiting 2 dozen major cities. “FOP 2016 is going to be off the chain!,” Hammond said, adding, “ The thing I love about this tour is that no matter who you are or where you’ve come from, you’re guaranteed to have a great time, something is surely going to inspire you, and you’re going to want to come back again and again! You definitely don’t want to miss this so don’t be late because we’ve got an incredible show planned from beginning to end!”

This year’s lineup includes Hammond along with Bishop Hezekiah Walker, Israel Houghton, Karen Clark Sheard, Regina Belle and Casey J.  Hammond also announced that his new CD will be released in October to coincide with the release of the FOP tour.

Lecrae Tells Life Story In New Book

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

Grammy award winner Lecrae gives details of his journey and all the things that make for faith and freedom in Unashamed, his life story in his own words.  lecrae

The Atlanta based Christian hip hop artist has won seven Dove Awards,  won two Soul Train Music Awards and garnered a BET Hip Hop Awards nomination and one Billboard Music Award nomination.  His seven studio albums and mixtapes have sold more than 1.5 million copies.  In the book, he shares the experiences that have caused him to grow closer to God and deeper in His faith.

If you live for people’s acceptance, you’ll die from their rejection.” – Lecrae

I had learned to be unashamed in the midst of a fallen world. Now I needed to learn to be unashamed in the midst of a religious world.” – Lecrae

“Critics always have a lot of fury. But they rarely have a lot of facts.” – Lecrae

The book is available on Amazon and iTunes as well as in stores.

 

VaShawn Mitchell Debuts New Single on Facebook

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

Vashawn MitchellNew music is coming from Vashawn Mitchell.  On Thursday, May 26th, the celebrated singer and noted songwriter will debut his new single, Joy on Facebook Live in addition to answering questions and taking comments from fans via his Facebook fan page.

“JOY,” is the first single from Mitchell’s soon to be released album, SECRET PLACE which was recorded earlier this year at the famed Mosaic Teatro Fairbanks in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The Winans Get Bump From Drake

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

 

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A few weeks back, Drake dropped his latest project titled Views and included a very familiar sample from gospel’s first family. The first thirty seconds on the title track “Views”, features a sample from “The Question Is” the gospel mega-hit that debuted on the Winans inaugural release Introducing The Winans  that was first released in 1981.

Drake has broken Beyonce’s record for debut week U.S. streams and sold over 850k copies the first week. “The Question Is” saw Apple Music streams increase to 6,000, after averaging 200-300 prior to Drake using the sample.

Worship Leader Jeff Walthal Releases More Of You

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

Walthal CoverFor almost 2 decades Jeff Walthal has led God’s people to experience the presence of God through the power of praise and worship.  Walthal extends his borders with the May 13th release of More of You.

The CD, recorded live at the Capital Community Church captures Walthal lifting up the name of Jesus and  doing what he does best with production and writing assistance from Stellar Award winning producer Dana Sorey (Tye Tribbett, Jason Nelson, Marvin Sapp, Anthony Brown &Group TherAPy).

More of You is available at all digital retail outlets now.

 

Tim Bowman Bows At #1 On Billboard

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

TimBowmanJr_LISTEN_COVERTim Bowman Jr. celebrates his debut release Listen as it makes its entry at #1 on the Billboard Gospel albums chart.  The CD, produced by Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkinson his Lifestyle Music Group label was heavily fueled by the radio single, I’m Good.

Bowman had this to say: “I can’t put it into words how this moment feels! My very first #1 album! It’s been a long road but now, more importantly than anything; the world can begin to hear what we have been working on! God is great!”

Jerkins echoed with his sentiments: “Listen is an incredible album from start to finish. We wanted to create a project that transcends a single genre, and we put our passion and heart into it and gave it to God.”

Lecrae Inks Deal With Columbia Records

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

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After a decade with Reach Records, Lecrae has signed with Columbia Records.  Columbia, the largest label under Sony Music, is home to Beyoncé, Pharrell Williams, and Adele.
With Grammy and Dove awards, Lecrae has enjoyed critical acclaim, as well as mainstream success having collaborated with hit artists, topping the Billboard charts, and appearing on The Tonight Show. The new deal will allow Lecrae to continue to make music in conjuction with Reach, the label he founded.  Lecrae also recently releases a new book, Un-Ashamed, which made The New York Times bestseller list.

Charles Jenkins is London Bound

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

CharlesJenkins1Pastor Charles Jenkins takes the #WAR cry overseas for dates in the United Kingdom.  The Chicago based ensemble will be in concert at London’s The Rock Tower on Friday, May 13th followed by the Sunday morning worship experience at at Kingsway International Christian Centre’s Prayer City  location.

“This will be my first real promotional tour in London,”Jenkins noted.  The pastor of 8,000 member Fellowship Chicago Church will also do interviews and press for various outlets during his visit.

Bryan Popin Returns With Such A Time As This

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

Bryan Popin ministers words of life with the release of his new single, Such A Time As This, impacting radio across the country. “This song was born through a very confusing time in my life,” Popin stated. “I’ve felt what so many people feel, but don’t always say – one moment you experience favor and a blessing you don’t deserve, then the next you are so beat down you feel like it’s all over. But Bryan Popinthank God, something or someone comes along to remind you that God has placed you exactly where you are supposed to be at this moment, at this exact time! This IS your time; this IS your moment and He’s with you through it all – He’s not giving up on you even when we give up on yourself. I’m learning sometimes it’s just another chapter to the story.”

“Such A Time As This,” is available now on iTunes and all digital outlets. It is the first single to follow the critically acclaimed project, I Can Make It. Popin’s new album is slated to release later this year on his joint venture imprint label, Little Boy Wonder Music | Flaydo Music.

New Mobile App and Tour Dates Announced For Kierra Sheard

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

Karew Records recording artist Kierra Sheard is banking on girl power to propel her solo tour hitting the road in July.  Sheard took to social media to announce online auditions for her all girl band.  While the band is comprised of girls, Sheard extends an invitation for guys to enjoy the music of the tour.

“I want those thatKierra Kiki Sheard come, to leave feeling refreshed. Transparency, God, love, music, and more is what I’ll have to offer. I’ll have fun on this tour and do things that I’ve never done before. I will not be prohibited or stopped by anyone but God! I won’t worry about what’s said, I’m going for a raw experience! People don’t want fake experiences. They want what’s real. We all want to feel like we aren’t alone while doing this thing called “life,” says Kierra.

In addition, Sheard is excited about the release of her very own mobile app going live on May 12th.