For over 10 years, Dorinda Clark Cole has hosted her annual Singers and Musicians Arts Conference in her hometown of Detroit, Michigan. This year, she decided to package the conference and “take it on the road”. On Decmeber 5th, all roads will lead to Los Angeles, California as SMAC makes its way to the Bishop Craig Worsham’s Peoples Independent Church. The three day confab features a musical extravaganza, new artist showcase and workshops featuring some of the top names in gospel including Tasha Page Lockhart, Teddy Campbell, David Daughtry, Damien Sneed, Neily Dickerson, Eric Dawkins, Asaph Ward, Gerald Haddon, Jason White, Shep Crawford and many more.
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The nominees for the final ballot of the 2014 Stellar Awards were announced today by Don Jackson. Tasha Cobbs, Tamela Mann, Anthony Brown and Group Therapy and Tye Tribbett garner multiple nods in various categories including Artist of the Year, Song of the Year, CD of the Year and Producer of the Year. Bishop Paul Morton, Jekalyn Carr and Twinkie Clark also received multiple nominations. Listed below is the full list covering 28 categories including the newly added Fan Favorite Quartet : (more…)
GOSPELflava joins others across the country as we pray for Pastor Kim Burrell in the loss of her mother, Helen Graham Spears. Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday, December 7 at the Greater Grace Outreach Church in Houston, Texas. Let us continue to keep Pastor Burrell and the family in our thoughts and prayers.
Catch JJ Hairston and members of Youthful Praise in the ABC network special Lady Gaga and The Muppets Holiday Spectacular on Thanksgiving night. The ensemble will back Miss Piggy during the 90 minute show. Check your local listings for time and station information.
In the meantime, YP is hard at work putting finishing touches on its’ seventh CD, “I See Victory”. The project was recorded live and features performances from Pastor Donnie McClurkin, Karen Clark Sheard, Vashawn Mitchell, Pastor Jason nelson, Deon Kipping, Elder Fondrea Lynn Lewis, Lowell Pye and others.
The date and lineup was announced for the 91st Annual National Christmas Tree Lighting taking place on December 6th at President’s Park in Washington, DC. Celebrated composer and conductor Nolan Williams and his Voices of Inspiration will join the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, the Avett Brothers, Grammy award-winning violinist Joshua Bell, acclaimed soprano and musical ambassador Renée Fleming, multicultural operatic trio Forte, Janelle Monáe, Latin music superstar Prince Royce, jazz legend Arturo Sandoval and the multiplatinum, Grammy-winning band Train in performing a collection of holiday favorites.
The event will be streamed live online as well as rebroadcast on public television throughout the month of December.
Bravo has scored another winner with an up close and personal look into the lives of Stellar Award winner Ben and wife Jewel Tankard and their blended family . Thicker Than Water scored a record 1.86 million viewers with this past Sunday’s episode. Ben and Jewel have been on the talk show circuit with appearances on Fox News and Andy Cohen’s Watch What Happens Live.
Tankard, widely regarded as the Godfather of Jazz/Gospel released his 18th solo smooth Jazz/Gospel project Full Tank this year. The project received three Dove Award nominations and was also nominated for a Soul Train Music Award. Thicker Than Water airs on Sunday evenings on the Bravo Network. Check your local listings for time and station in your area.
BMI announced today that the 15th annual Trailblazers of Gospel Music Awards Luncheon will honor Daryl Coley and Richard Smallwood. The event will take place on Friday January 17th in Nashville during the annual Stellar Awards Weekend festivities.
BMI is currently enjoying the success of the release of the BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music Live 2013 CD. Recorded live on January 18 at the 14th annual BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music Awards Luncheon, the CD features performances from Anaysha Figueroa-Cooper, Pastor Shirley Caesar, Le’Andria Johnson, Donald Lawrence & Company, Yolanda Adams and Kierra Sheard. The album can be purchased now at iTunes and Amazon.
Habakkuk Music celebrates another win as In the Sanctuary, the debut project from the Temple of Deliverance Women’s Choir ascends to #10 on the Billboard Top Gospel Albums Chart. while Everybody Praise, the infectious single featuring Carla Tolbert Taylor re enters the Billboard Gospel Songs chart at #25.
The project produced by Derrick Starks and recorded last summer featured stand out performances by the 200 voice ensemble featuring guest appearances by Lisa Page Brooks, Tamela Mann and Karen Clark Sheard.
Veronica Petrucci, one half of the Dove Award winning husband and wife duo Angelo and Veronica has established herself as a mainstay in gospel music circles. Over the past couple of months, Veronica enlisted the talents of Gospel heavyweights Fred Hammond, Canton Jones, John P . Kee, Shirley Murdock, Bryan Courtney Wilson and the Mississippi Mass Choir for her debut solo project Made It Out Alive. The CD project is now available via digital outlets and is produced by her husband Angelo Petrucci for Latin Soul Entertainment and distributed by Central South Distribution.
The disc also features a Spanish cover of Tamela Mann’s hit Take Me to the King (Llevame al Rey).
Following on the release of the Billboard Top Gospel Songs #1 hit single The Gift, Donald Lawrence releases Best for Last as the second radio single from his 20 Year Celebration Volume 1 CD. The song, written by Lawrence and co produced by Percy Bady features the majestic vocals of Yolanda Adams backed by the Tri-City Singers.
Lawrence’s writing and production efforts has resulted in unforgettable chart toppers including “The Blessing of Abraham,” “Encourage Yourself,” “Back II Eden,” and most recently “The Gift”. The blessings keep going with Best for Last, which marks his first recording with Yolanda Adams.