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Gospel Dream Winner Stephanie Dotson Passes

Friday, February 27th, 2015

GOSPELflava joinsstephaniedotson2 others across the country in mourning the passing of worship leader and psalmist Elder Stephanie Dotson.  Dotson, a Louisiana native and the 2004 Gospel Dream Competition Winner burst on the scene with Miracles Still Happen, her recording effort for Tehillah Records (read our review here and interview here). Dotson would go on to appear in the 2006 Tyler Perry movie, Madea’s Family Reunion.

New Life For Mahalia Movie Project With Bill Duke

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

MahaliaPlans to bring the life story of Mahalia Jackson to the silver screen advanced with the announcement of Bill Duke signing on to direct the film.  The director of A Rage In Harlem and Sister Act 2:Back In the Habit shared his thoughts: “Getting her story to the screen has been a passion project of mine for many years. When she sings ‘How I Got Over,’ it helps us all to believe that we can get over, too.”

Gospel Music’s first megastar, Jackson traveled across the world rightfully earning her the distinction as the world’s greatest Gospel singer. Her close association with Dr. King led to her unforgettable music performance at the March on Washington in 1963 and her influence on music landed her a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Mahalia Jackson Story, written by Ruth Ratny, based on the book Just Mahalia Baby will be filmed in Chicago and feature the music of Mahalia including Move On Up A Little Higher and Thomas Dorsey’s Precious Lord, Take My Hand.

Dorinda Clark Cole’s Living It Debuts At #2

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Dorinda newGospel powerhouse Dorinda Clark Cole is overjoyed with the release of her fifth solo project, Living It hitting the #2 spot on the Billboard Top Gospel Albums chart. “This is a huge honor and I am overjoyed,” says Cole. “After being in this business for as long as I have, it is an incredible feeling to know that people still want to hear my music. This album is my life’s testimony and I am thankful for every person who purchased it and every heart it has touched.”

New Music And Label Home For Lonnie Hunter

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

HEADSHOTlonniehunterSyndicated radio host and Stellar Award winner Lonnie Hunter joins the Tyscot family for the release of #Getitdone, his new disc featuring the group Structure.  The #Getitdone movement was initiated via an apparel line and has evolved into a music mandate for people who love Gospel music.  The first single, Forever I Will, written by Davie Moore is headed to radio in March.

Preachers of Detroit Season Premiere Feb 20th

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

preachersofdetroitThe Preachers are COMING!!!!! February 20th is the day Oxygen media gives us both front row seats in additon to backstage access as the Preachers franchise makes its way to the motor city of Detroit Michigan.  Seven preachers take part in the Detroit series, Bishop Charles H. Ellis III, Bishop Corletta Vaughn, Pastor Tim Alden, Pastor David Bullock, Bishop-Elect Clarence Langston, Pastor Don William Shelby Jr. and Evangelist Dorinda Clark-Cole.  Its sure to be a good ride, so get your motor running and check local listings for time and station information.

This Week’s Top Gospel Albums

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

WOW Gospel 2015 takes the top spot on the charts as we enter the 6th week of the new year with DeWayne Woods’ Life Lessons taking the number 2 spot and Crystal Aikin’s sophomore effort All I Need making its way into the top 10.  The 25 top Gospel Albums are listed below:

  1.  Various Artists                                  WOW Gospel 2015
  2. DeWayne Woods                                Life Lessons
  3. Various Artists                                   Billboard #1 Gospel Hits
  4. Fred Hammond                                  I Will Trust
  5. Tasha Cobbs                                       Grace
  6. Jason Nelson                                      Jesus Revealed
  7. Various Artists                                  WOW Gospel 2014
  8. Crystal Aikin                                     All I Need
  9. J Moss                                                Grown Folks GOspel
  10. VaShawn Mitchell                             Unstoppable
  11. Youthful Praise/JJ Hairston            I See Victory
  12. Bryan Courtney Wilson                    Worth Fighting For
  13. 3 Winans Brothers                            Foreign Land
  14. Jessica Reedy                                    Transparent
  15. Rance Allen Group                            Celebrate
  16. Icon Gospel                                        Icon Gospel
  17. Smokie Norful                                   Forever Yours
  18. The Walls Group                               Fast Forward
  19. Erica Campbell                                  Help
  20. Michelle Williams                              Journey To Freedom
  21. Deitrick Haddon                                Best of Deitrick Haddon
  22. Wess Morgan                                     Livin
  23. Dorothy Norwood                              An Incredible Journey
  24. William McDowell                              Withholding Nothing
  25. Ricky Dillard/New G                         Amazing

Bishop Samuel Blakes Keeps Us Connected

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

What can be said about Samuel R. Blakes? To his credit, he is an “of note with no doubt” gospel preacher.  He serves as Senior Pastor of  New Home Ministries, a multi-location ministry in Baton SBlakesRouge and New Orleans Louisiana and he inspires the masses via his weekly telecast on the Word Network.  Most important, Bishop Blakes knows the importance of close connection with God through prayer as expressed in God Wants To Hear From You, the new single from his debut CD, I Survived.  As he sings from personal experience, he is able to convey a message of hope and inspire and uplift people from all walks of life.  The single is available on iTunes and has connected with audiences reaching well into the top 50 on the radio charts.  Look for the full project featuring guest appearances from Bishop Paul S. Morton and David Hollister with production assistance from master producer Pharis Evans, Jr.  later this year.

A Grammy Win For Erica Campbell

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

This year’s Grammy Awards hold a special place in Erica Campbell’s heart.  Already a Grammy winner for her work with her sister Tina as Mary Mary, Erica was privileged to take home the coveted statue this year for her work on her first solo project Help.  Erica Grammy Win

“Thrilled! Overwhelmed! Honored! God is faithful and amazing,” said Campbell after her win. “I’m just going to keep on singing like I’ve been singing.” The reception for Help continues to expand as Campbell was awarded a Soul Train Music Award in addition to receiving a record 10 nominations for this year’s Stellar Awards

This Week’s Top Gospel Albums

Friday, February 6th, 2015

Its a second week in the top spot for RCA Inspiration recording artist Pastor Jason Nelson as Jesus Revealed continues its reign atop the charts.  The top 25 selling Gospel Albums are listed below:

  1. Jason Nelson                          Jesus Revealed
  2. Various Artists                       Billboard #1 Gospel Hits
  3. Fred Hammond                      I Will Trust
  4. Tasha Cobbs                            Grace
  5. Various Artists                        WOW Gospel 2014
  6. Darrell McFadden                   We are DMD
  7. J Moss                                       Grown Folk Gospel
  8. Icon Gospel                               Icon Gospel
  9. Youthful Praise/JJ Hairston  I See Victory
  10. VaShawn Mitchell                    Unstoppable
  11. 3 Winans Brothers                   Foreign Land
  12. Michelle Williams                     Journey To Freedom
  13. Jessica Reedy                           Transparent
  14. Ricky Dillard & New G            Amazing
  15. Rance Allen Group                  Celebrate
  16. William McDowell                   Withholding Nothing
  17. Smokie Norful                          Forever Yours
  18. Doxa                                          Centered
  19. Kierra Sheard                          Graceland
  20. Erica Campbell                        Help
  21. Brian Courtney Wilson           Worth Fighting For
  22. The Walls Group                     Fast Forward
  23. James Fortune and FIYA       Live Through It
  24. Deitrick Haddon                       Best of Deitrick Haddon
  25. Wess Morgan                            Livin

Benita Farmer Inspires With Mender of Me Feb 17th

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

BENITA-FARMER-FinalWe told you when we heard Benita Farmer that she was definitely one to watch.  Benita prepares to take center stage as Dream Gospel releases Mender of Me on February 17th.  The celebrated music teacher by day collaborates with her brother Lawrence Farmer IV on this project with some assistance from  songwriter Angela King,  producers Anthony Bell and Freddy Washington for this project.  Overall,   the disc will offer up message music providing an answer to the ills in today’s world.  “Jesus is STILL the answer”, she emphatically proclaims. “Whatever our situation, there is nothing out of his reach that He cannot handle, and the love of God is so wide and vast.  Think about it, Walter Hawkins wrote that God will never forsake us, even though he knows everything there is to know about us, that’s REAL LOVE.  We can find what we need when we come to the Mender.”

Mender hits digital outlets on February 17th.